SCW News Briefs – April 25

Area Shepherd’s Center services come to an end

The Shepherd’s Center, which provides services to Charlotte-area seniors, announced this week it would cease its operation in southern Mecklenburg at the end of the

The program helps seniors 55 years old and older with transportation services to doctor’s appointments and other obligations, among other offerings such as learning workshops and volunteer opportunities, according to a news release. The South East Chapter, which will close Wednesday, April 30, serves Ballantyne in addition to Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.

“We so appreciate the support from the Charlotte community and participants during our 22 years of operation and are thankful for the financial backing that allowed us to provide the programs and services to seniors in our area,” Executive Director Mary Brown said in a news release.

The center’s main chapter, located at 3115 Providence Road, will step in to “embrace participants and volunteers of South East by offering its services and programming to ensure no senior is left without vital resources,” according to the release.

Call 704-365-1995 for more information.


Health center to host ribbon cutting

A new 69,000-square-foot health center off Providence Road West will celebrate its opening next month.

The Pavilion Health Center at Brightmore in south Charlotte is scheduled to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 6, a Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. The center includes private and semi-private suites with full private baths and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment, according to a news release. People will be able to tour the facility during an open house following the ribbon

The center is located at 10011 Providence Road W.


BRAVO! Cucina Italiana to open Friday

The new BRAVO! Cucina Italiana restaurant will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at 9824 Rea Road.

Members of the Ballantyne chapter of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce will attend, as will Ballantyne-area Charlotte City Council Rep. Ed Driggs, according to a news release.

“We … love the location within Blakeney right on the park and feel the stores of Blakeney complement us really well,” Tom Duca, Southeast district partner for Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, said in a news release.

The restaurant will employee 50 full-time and 50 part-time staff, according to the release. Find more information at


Dash for Down Syndrome is this weekend

The 3-2-1 Dash for Down Syndrome will take place this weekend starting at south Charlotte’s Elevation Church campus in Blakeney.

The event, a 5K and one-mile fun run, will take place Saturday, April 26, at 8:30 a.m. The course will start and end at the parking lot of the church, at 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive. People will be able to run an additional .11 miles to complete 3.21 miles – representing “the three copies of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome,” according to a news release. Children and adults with Down syndrome will help runners finish the final .11 miles by running it with them.

Proceeds from the event will fund research into the disease, as well as educational programs at Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte.

Find more information on the event at


Antonich honored with Premier Protection Award

Mark Antonich, of Antonich & Associates, was recently honored with the 2014 Premier Protection Award from RiverSource Life Insurance Company.

The award is given to Ameriprise Financial advisors who “have reached outstanding benchmarks for helping clients achieve their goals through RiverSource life and disability income insurance policies,” according to a news release.

Antonich’s office is located at 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive. Find more information at www.mark


Fit for the Cure returns to malls

Wacoal will host Fit for the Cure events at local malls to help spread awareness of breast cancer.

Events will take place May 8, a Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Belk in Carolina Place Mall, 11009 Carolina Place Pkwy., and May 9, a Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Belk in SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.

The events will include a complimentary bra fitting, and a donation of $2 to Susan G. Komen for every fitting according to a news release. The company also will donate $2 for every Wacoal apparel purchase at the events.


Fish fry to benefit local charities

Next month’s James K. Polk Masonic Fish Fry will raise money for the Masonic Home for Children, a scholarship fund and other local charities.

The event, on May 10, a Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will take place at 900 Hill St. in Pineville. It will include fish fillet, French fries, hush puppies, homemade cole slaw and “bottomless tea” for $9 per plate, according to a news release.


Volunteers to plant trees at McMullen Creek

Employees of Piedmont Natural Gas will team up with Trees Charlotte this week to plant 12 trees at the entrance of the McMullen Creek Greenway on N.C. 51.

The event, on Friday, April 25, will end a week’s worth of events for Piedmont’s Earth Week, according to a news release.

The company’s local office is located at 4720 Piedmont Row Drive in SouthPark. Find more on the week’s events at


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