Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Service Project: Comfort Kits 4 Cancer

We are collecting items to put together in comfort kits for cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy. Below is a list of items that we will be collecting, please donate as little or as much as you can. We will be accepting donations on Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Levine Museum of The New South (200 E Seventh St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202).The items we are collecting are as follows:

Soft toothbrushes
Sensitive toothpaste
Hand sanitizer
Fuzzy socks
Small Lotions (UNSCENTED) - strong smells can make you sick during chemo
Activity books (like Sudoku or word search) something to keep your mind off the chemo

Parking: You may park in the 7th Street Station parking deck, tickets will be validated at the museum. OR if you are bringing your family, check out ImaginOn which is just a block away and park in their underground lot. ImaginOn provides validation as well. 

Thank you in advance for your support and participation!!!

Eboni & Tyler

Fun With Food: Pizza Biscuits

Now that school is back in session, I've been trying to think of a variety of lunch ideas to prepare so that lunch doesn't become boring.  Of course I need to make sure the items are filling to get him through the day.  Like every parent, I would also like things that don't take a lot of time to prepare.  And where does every parent looking for ideas go? Pinterest of course! Here is my spin on an idea I saw multiple times, pizza made in a muffin tin.  I decided to try a few different toppings, including items from our balcony garden.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the muffin tins with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Start with a can of biscuits, flatten and slightly pull the biscuits to make the circles wider.  Lay them in the muffin cups making sure the dough forms a cup.

Add a tablespoon of pizza sauce to the bottom of each up, then top with cheese.

Add any toppings you would like.  This time I did 3 different pizzas:
              - turkey bacon
              - basil & tomatoes (from our balcony garden)
              - cheese

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.


This is one of those recipes that is easy for little helping hands. Perfect for movie or game night!  Once you flatten and pull out the biscuits, simply put all of the topping choices in bowls and they can build their own pizzas.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rock 'N Read 5K Beneficiary: Little Free Libraries

Still haven't purchased your registration for the Rock 'N Read 5K? Did you know that proceeds benefit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation? One of the great community projects that was recently launched by the Library Foundation is the Little Free Library project which was featured in an article in the Charlotte Observer. The Little Free Libraries is a community outreach effort to provide access to books in areas where the population is underserved. LFL's are small containers that house books that are free to the public.  The idea is that people will take books and either put it back when they are finished reading, or will restock the LFL with another book they have previously read. More Little Free Libraries are planned for the Charlotte area, and registrations for the Rock 'N Read 5K will help to continue to fund this great community resource.

Don't forget, we'll be giving away a registration to the Rock 'N Read 5K. Continue reading the Rock 'N Read feature posts to learn about how this event benefits the Charlotte community through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and find out how you could win the registration giveaway.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Family Fun Event: Rock 'N Read 5K

Looking for a great way to incorporate exercise, music, family time AND help Charlotte Mecklenburg Library programs?!?!?  Well the Rock and Read 5K is your one stop shop!!!  There is a 5K, 1 mile race and a kid's dash.  Oh and when have you ever been able to register for a 5K for only $20?!?!?  If you register by Friday, August 8, the 5K registration is $20, 1 miler is $10 and the kids dash is $5.

The Rock and Read 5K is going to be held on September 6, 2014 at the Plaza Midwood Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (1623 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205). There will be a 1 Mile Fun Run and a Kids' Dash as well. At each mile marker there will be live music by local bands, hence the rock part ;). At the finish line, there will be an atmosphere of more live music, food, and beverages (so far beer from Triple C Brewing Company is being donated).
Our goal is to raise $25,000 which will go toward supporting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library programs and services. The website for the event ishttp://foundation.cmlibrary.org/rockandread if you would like more information.

Oh and stay tuned because we will be giving away a registration!!!! Yaaay, who doesn't love a giveaway?!?!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

July Service Project Update (New Date): Hydration 4 The Homeless

The new date for Hydration 4 The Homeless is Sunday, August 10, 2014.  Same location but we will start promptly at 1:00 pm.  Please read the previous post for all of the details.  We do hope that you will be able to join us and of course that the weather will cooperate this time around.

Eboni & Tyler