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Home tour needs help

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The Dilworth Home Tour, to be held Sept. 12 and 13, needs more volunteers.

All volunteers get a free appetizer card from 131 Main and a voucher for a free breakfast bagel at Owens Bagel & Deli. To volunteer, e-mail Ann Willey at ae_willey@yahoo.com.

This year, the tour will feature eight homes and three businesses, showcasing a variety of historic home styles.

There will also be a wine and cheese kickoff party for ticket-holders from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at Metropolitan Design on South.

Advance tickets are $20 ($21 online) or $25 the weekend of the tour. To purchase tickets – or for a list of businesses selling tickets – go to dilworthonline.org.

Survey says? Charlotte's OK

Charlotte residents think the city does a good job responding to fires, running the airport and providing drinking water, according to a city survey conducted by local firm MarketWise

But they believe the city needs to improve in other areas: Making affordable housing available, improving road conditions and cracking down on landlords who own neglected property.

Results indicated that overall, residents have positive impressions of the city. They think it is a good place to live and raise children and believe the city provides quality services to residents.

Julia Oliver

Party for the Mint

The Mint Museum will hold a kickoff celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 on The Green, to note the start of construction of its new building on Wachovia's Cultural Campus, set to open in fall 2010. There will be refreshments and art activities.

Compiled by Amy Rainey, arainey@eyecharlotte.com

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