Home prices up: According to UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, the Case-Shiller Home Price Index values for December 2013, released Feb. 25, show that seasonally adjusted home values in the Charlotte metropolitan statistical area increased slightly from November to December. Charlotte-area home prices rose 0.5 percent in that period, part of a steady rise since February 2012. Compared to December 2012, Charlotte home prices are up 7.9 percent. Among peer cities represented in the index, Charlotte had monthly growth similar to Portland, Ore., (0.7 percent) and Minneapolis (0.7 percent); San Francisco had the greatest monthly growth (1.1 percent).
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Hands-on history: The Charlotte Museum of History is asking for support from residents for “When Charlotte Was Young Like Me,” a project to provide hands-on learning for children and their families who visit the museum. The goal is to furnish the museum’s 18th-century gallery with reproduction materials that will provide a learning and play environment for ages 3-12. Youngsters learn best when they can pretend, pick up and touch items, and see how people lived in the Carolina Backcountry. The materials will explore the three cultures that lived in the early days of the county: the Catawba and Cherokee tribes, European immigrants and African-Americans. Items needed are a facade of a bark house, log cabin and rock house ($4,100); musical instruments ($420); garden dirt and foodstuffs ($400); clothing from each cultural group ($500); tables and chairs ($2,500); and the power2give project fee ($1,080). Those who give $50 or more will be invited to an opening night reception, along with their families, to explore the hands-on elements of the Piedmont Backcountry and eat authentic 18th-century food. Donate by visiting www.power2give.org/charlotte/Project/Detail?projectId=2868.
Blood drives: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas plans the following blood drives: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 12 at BECO South, 8505 IBM Drive, Innovation Park, Charlotte; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18 at UNC Charlotte Student Activity Center, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds. For more information or additional blood drives visit www.cbcc.us.
‘Coffee with a Cop’: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will host this event at 9 a.m. March 15, providing an opportunity for community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to ask questions, discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. All community members are invited. The event will be at Dilworth Coffee, 5818 Highland Shoppes Drive (The Shoppes at Highland Creek). Those attending also will learn more about the department’s work in University City neighborhoods. The department hopes residents will feel comfortable enough to ask questions, voice concerns or simply get to know officers better. Details: www.coffeewithacop.com/about.