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In brief - July 14, 2009

Ayrsley offers free concerts

CHARLOTTE -- The Town of Ayrsley has introduced a free Summer Concert Series, featuring live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays every weekend through Labor Day.

"We hope the entire Steele Creek community will attend these free concerts," said Tom Henson, president of Ayrsley Development Corp.

The Summer Concert Series features various local musicians. For more information, visit ayrsley.com

Find out about Winget Rec

STEELE CREEK -- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites youth and parents to enjoy games, arts and craft from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 1 at Winget Recreation Center, 12235 Winget Road, Winget Park Elementary School gym.

The free events for ages 12 and younger provide an opportunity to see the Winget Recreation Center and find out about its offerings including Start Smart Soccer, basketball, "Spooks and Ghouls Halloween Party," outdoor adventures, a 4-H program and board games.

For more information, call 704 504-5433 or visit parkandrec.com.

Wylie man heads for adventure

LAKE WYLIE -- Joseph Harrison of Lake Wylie and Domino Ireland of Raleigh, N.C., will set out on a 10,000-mile adventure Saturday with more than 300 other teams for the 2009 Mongol Rally.

The event can last two months or longer, with no set route from one of three European cities to the destination in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Harrison and Ireland launch in their 2002 Suzuki Alto from Goodwood, England.

"There's no set route," Harrison said. "You can go ever which way you want."

The pair plans to update fans of the trip by their Web site and blog, posting videos and information about their whereabouts. When they arrive, the vehicle they bought for $900 on Ebay will be auctioned off to help a Mongolian orphanage. Every team in the event must raise at least 1,000 British pounds (about $2,000 for Harrison and Ireland) for a charity. Harrison and Ireland chose Mercy Corps, and are still taking donations.

"We're really doing this on the cheap," Harrison said. "We'll basically be camping everywhere we go, eating packets of Ramen noodles."

To keep up with the pair, visit sleeplessrallyteam.ning.com or cafepress.com/sleeplessknight. For more information about the event, visit mongolrally.theadventurists.com.

Benefit for Wylie woman July 25

LAKE WYLIE -- A benefit will be held for Jane Medler of Lake Wylie battling cancer July 25 at the Knothole parking lot on S.C. 49. A yard sale and bake sale runs 6-11 a.m., followed by raffles, bands, foods and other events until 8 p.m. For more information, call 803-222-4812.

Businesses invited to help CAAC project

LAKE WYLIE -- Lake Wylie Home Staging owner Joan Inglis is coordinating a charity home

tour to benefit Clover Area Assistance Center.

The Good Samaritan House home tour Will be held for three

weeks this fall. The project is named after CAAC's Good Samaritan Fund, which supplies emergency assistance to local families in need.

The main focus of the project is to draw attention to Clover Area Assistance Center, its function in the community, and the many needs of area residents that CAAC fulfills.

Master Builder Curtis Sieck, owner of Jeff Carey Homes, LLC, is constructing the custom home in Catawba Crest off Lake Wylie Road. The home is partially constructed with donated labor and materials -- the value of which will be donated to CAAC upon the sale of the home. Clover High School students will participate in the project. The home is marketed for sale by Mary Sieck, Realtor with Century 21 Palmetto Homes.

Pre-tour and invitation-only events are planned for the house. Special guests are expected to make appearances during the tour. Professionals will conduct presentations about gardening, organizing, home staging and the current regional real estate market.

Area businesses are encouraged to become sponsors of the Good Samaritan House. Information about sponsorship opportunities can be found at

GoodSamaritanHouse.com.

For more information, call 803-628-8053.

Habitat hosting info workshop

ROCK HILL -- Find out how to become a Habitat homeowner 10 a.m. July 18 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave.

Qualifications include need for safe, decent housing; residents live or work in York County and earn a steady income between 30 to 65 percent of area median; and can afford to pay the mortgage.

For information, call 803-328-1728 or e-mail habitatom@comporium.net. Register online at yorkcountyhabitat.org , click on "Home Ownership" then click "Register Today."

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