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Observer holiday book signing

Still looking for a gift idea? Swing by The Charlotte Observer’s lobby 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, 600 S. Tryon St., to browse our holiday store and meet authors Kathleen Purvis, Scott Fowler and Ken Garfield. Purvis will be selling her “Pecans” and “Bourbon” books ($18 each) and the Observer’s new “I’m So Clever” book will also be on sale for $5.99. Cash or check only, please. Limited parking available under the building, in addition to streetside parking. Jen Rothacker

Christmas dinner at Charlotte Rescue Mission

Charlotte Rescue Mission will continue the annual holiday tradition of opening its doors to hundreds on Christmas Day for a holiday meal. Through Friday, the local mission is collecting canned hams and frozen turkeys (15-25 pounds). Donations may be dropped off at the Charlotte Rescue Mission, 907 W. First Street (at Cedar Street) near the Carolina Panther practice fields. Enter through the glass doors at the second building on the left. Details: charlotterescuemission.org.

New hours for Tupelo Honey Cafe

Weekday lunch service at the local Tupelo Honey Cafe started Monday after restaurant staff said the Dec. 6 grand opening party was a success. Starting Saturday, the restaurant will begin its regular weekend hours, opening at 8 a.m. for breakfast. Reservations are accepted for parties larger than eight. Tupelo Honey Charlotte is at 1820 South Blvd. Details: 980-225-9167; tupelohoneycafe.com/location/charlotte.

Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend 2014 tickets

Bonterra Dining and Wine Room will host the official ticket launch for the 2014 Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend 3-5 p.m. Jan. 18 at Bonterra, 1829 Cleveland Ave. Tickets to the launch are $35 and allow attendees to be among the first to purchase tickets for the more than 30 events scheduled for the 25th anniversary event, April 22-26. The launch will also include wine-friendly foods, wine and brews for sampling and door prizes. Early registration is encouraged, as a limited number of launch tickets are available. Details and to register: www.charlottewineandfood.org.

Cookies for a cause

Walkers Shortbread’s new Chocolate Scottie Dog Shortbreads help end animal cruelty, as a portion of sales are donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Marketed as an ideal stocking stuffer, this recipe uses Belgian chocolate dough and chocolate chips, and Walkers will donate at least $50,000 to the ASPCA by year’s end. Available online and at retailers such as Super Target, Super Walmart and Fresh Market, among others. Details: us.walkersshortbread.com.

Hilary Trenda

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