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Cupcake contest: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will hold its third annual Cookie and Cupcake Challenge 2-4 p.m. Dec.19 at the hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Participants should enter their favorite homemade cookie or cupcake by Dec. 9. Judges from the hotel's culinary team will choose three winners in each category, based on taste and presentation. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the Levine Children's Hospital. To enter, contact Katie Saunders, 704-248-4007.

Fundraising goal met: The Ballantyne Country Club announced the results of the south Charlotte breast cancer fundraiser, "Rally for the Cure." Through events such as the Pink Bow Campaign, sporting events and sales from the book "Ruthie and the Pink Fairy," the club raised $168,000 for Susan B. Komen for the Cure. The club also partnered with sponsors such as Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, Carolinas Medical Center-Blumenthal Cancer Center, Skatell's Manufacturing Jewelers and Lance Inc., who collectively donated to the cause.


"My First Sale": HGTV, the Home and Garden Television network, is looking for first-time home sellers and their realtors for the show "My First Sale." Ideal candidates should be motivated, financially candid and willing to share their experiences and purchase details. Singles, couples and families are eligible. Taping runs until spring 2011. Apply by contacting Kathryn Richert at 303-712-3152 or