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WCNC Charity Homes Tour:

Two furnished houses, located at 5735 and 5718 Tufton Brae Court, will be open for touring from 12 noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday and Wednesday through next Sunday. The tour benefits Levine Children's Hospital. Tickets are $10 purchased at the door, or $8 in advance at selected locations. For more information, go to www.wcnc.com.

Sept. 22

Gaston Quilters' Guild:

Meets 6:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 1101 N. Main St., Lowell. Details: 704-263-1559.

Sept. 23

Autumn Equinox Garden at Wing Haven

9:30 a.m.: Join 35-plus-year organic gardener and author Wendy Johnson at Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary on Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte for a morning of practical organic gardening and a reading from her book, "Gardening at the Dragon's Gate." Johnson, an advocate in the local foods/sustainable gardening movement, also serves as an adviser to the Chez Panisse Foundation's Edible Schoolyard project in Berkeley, Calif. $10 for members; $15 for others. Details: 704-331-0664 or www.winghavengardens.com.

Local Foods Lunch at Wing Haven

12:30 p.m.: Lunch of local foods prepared by Jason Hedge, a food service manager for Earth Fare. Follows Johnson's talk. A tour of the Wing Haven follows. $20. Details: 704-331-0664 or www.winghavengardens.com.

Sept. 26

Charlotte Log and Timber Home Show

Various hours Sept. 26-28 at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. Log and timber home displays. Free workshops. Seminar titled “Six Steps to your Custom Home” at noon Sept. 26 and 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. $15 per person; children under 18 free. Details: 800-782-1253 or www.loghome.com.

Sept. 27

Fall Family Festival at Daniel Stowe

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont hosts Fall Family Festival in conjunction with the opening weekend of the “Something's A-Flutter” butterfly display. Opens 9 a.m. Sept. 27 and 28. $10 for adults; $9 for seniors 60+; $5 for children ages 4-12; members free. Details: 704-825-4490 or www.DSBG.org.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days at Wing Haven

Take a self-guided tour of six private Charlotte gardens; rain or shine, no reservations required. Tour begins at Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave. in Charlotte. 10 a.m. Sept. 27; 1 p.m. Sept. 28. $5 per garden or $25 for six tickets. Details: 888-842-2442 or www.opendaysprogram.org.