Mint Hill Arts displays medical illustrator’s spiritual art
MINT HILL – Jennifer McCormick, a certified medical illustrator, transforms X-rays of injuries into images of healing and hope.
After a second career teaching figure drawing and animation at the International Fine Arts College in Miami, she founded Art for Law & Medicine Inc., which provides medical demonstrative evidence for attorneys and their clients.
McCormick said a grant from The Marianne Oberg Foundation for the Spiritual Arts allowed her to explore spirituality in a way she had not done before. The results of her exploration will be the focus of the Mint Hill Arts exhibit, “There is Healing in a Story: An Invitation to Spiritual Art.”
View the gallery 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, at the Mint Hill Arts, 11205 Lawyers Road. The opening reception, which is open to the public, will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25.
Expressway travelers to receive first invoice
MONROE – Commuters who have driven on the Monroe Expressway since its Nov. 27 opening without an NC Quick Pass transponder account will soon receive a bill in the mail.
Invoices are generated about 30 days after traveling on the 18-mile toll road and will be mailed to the address of the registered vehicle owner. State-mandated late fees will be assessed for bills not paid by the due date.
Customers who want to avoid receiving bills in the mail can sign up for a transponder to save up to 35 percent on tolls. Visit www.ncquickpass.com or call 877-769-7277 for details.
Disaster loans are available in Union County
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations as a result of flooding and wind caused by Hurricane Florence from Sept. 14 to Nov. 21.
The loans are available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities in Union County that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the disaster.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be downloaded from www.Disasterloan.sba.gov.
Speedway Children’s Charities gives $1M to 100 organizations
CONCORD – Speedway Children’s Charities announced its Charlotte Motor Speedway chapter distributed $1,040,350 in grants to 100 charities throughout the region.
The Charlotte chapter’s 2018 contributions represent an increase of more than $88,000 from last year’s mark. The chapter has raised more than $13 million to support children since 1982.
“It’s a true privilege to distribute these funds to 100 local charities who work hard year-round to make a major impact on the lives of children in need,” Chapter President Marcus Smith said.
Speedway Children’s Charities has awarded over $55.3 million over the years to nonprofits throughout the nation.
Alzheimer’s Association offers workshop for early detection
CHARLOTTE – The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will host a workshop, “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters.”
Attendees will learn how to recognize common signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
The program will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road. Registration is strongly suggested to ensure space for all attendees. Register at http://bit.ly/ALZJan10.
Call 800-272-3900 for details.
Charlotte’s air pollution plans help win climate challenge
CHARLOTTE – Bloomberg Philanthropies added Charlotte to its Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge for its plans to reduce air pollution.
The two-year $70 million program will accelerate efforts to tackle climate change for 20 cities.
“We were looking for cities with ambitious and realistic plans to cut emissions in ways that improve people’s lives, and mayors committed to getting the job done,” said Mike Bloomberg, UN special envoy for climate action.
Charlotte City Council passed Dec. 17 the Strategic Energy Action Plan to reduce per capita carbon dioxide emissions from 12 tons to less than two tons by 2050.
Charity for people with disabilities closing
CHARLOTTE – The Arc of Mecklenburg County will close its doors after 65 years.
No final closing date has been announced, however, the organization will cease regular business Feb. 1 at the latest.
Heather Nodeland, president of The Arc of Mecklenburg County’s board of directors, attributed the organization’s closing to diminishing grant funds and financial support.
“The Arc of North Carolina has two offices in Charlotte, and along with our chapter serving the counties of Union and Cabarrus, we will ensure that families have resources to help them navigate the path they are following,” Executive Director John Nash said.
USO greets traveling soldiers
CHARLOTTE – The USO of North Carolina ensured more than 3,000 service members enjoyed snacks, entertainment and hand-written cards Dec. 18 as they passed through Charlotte Douglas International Airport on their first trip home for the holidays.
USO of NC partners, such as WGU North Carolina, Community Coffee, USAA, Verizon, Coca-Cola Bottling Corporation and Albemarle Corp., provided a welcoming environment for the soldiers heading home from basic training at U.S. Army Base Fort Jackson.
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