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SouthPark

The Morrison Earth Fare at Sharon and Colony Roads will offer a demonstration at 2 p.m. Monday on how to prepare gluten-free treats.

Barbara D'Ambrosio will demonstrate how to prepare roasted fall vegetables scented with sage and rosemary and served over jalapeno cornbread. The meal will be finished with a sample of pumpkin bread. To register: 704-926-1201.

University City

Countryside Montessori School students recently participated in the national Hats On Day to support the Foundation for Children with Cancer. Students paid a small fee to wear a hat of their choice to school and help raise cancer awareness. They raised $1,000 for the foundation.

Hats On Day calls attention to students battling pediatric cancer who must wear hats to school due to the hair loss accompanying chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

East Charlotte

Days after competing in the Beijing Olympic Games, Jeremy Knowles returned to Charlotte to open the doors to his fourth-grade classroom at Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School.

Knowles, a swimmer for the Bahamian team, teaches science, math and religion. The school hired a substitute for Knowles until he returned from the Olympics in late August.

“Jeremy can connect,” said Headmaster Henry Ward. “He's got a calling, a God-given natural ability with these students. I've interviewed a lot of teachers, and he's beyond his years in his insight.”

Regionwide

The Wesley Mancini Foundation is accepting grant applications until Nov. 1 for projects that promote the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community. Programs that seek to eliminate censorship or work to foster freedom of expression are also considered.

Last year, the foundation awarded a total of $9,800 in grants to three organizations.

Details: 704-375-4275 ext. 11.

From Staff Reports

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