Masanori Shiramine, owner of Mai Japanese Restaurant, hosts a dinner March 28 to benefit victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The family of Shiramine, known as Mine (pronounced mee-nay), lives on the northern island of Hokkaido, which was mostly unharmed by the events, but he wants to contribute. So he will serve traditional dishes, including sushi and hibachi items, buffet style 5-9:30 p.m. The food will be free, and donations for the relief efforts will be collected, with all going to the Red Cross. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. 7731 Colony Road; 704-542-4222.