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Designer show house: The 2011 March of Dimes Designer Show House will be on display 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15 and 1-6 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16.. The 9,800-square-foot Georgian-style home in Eastover has five bedrooms, eight baths, a saltwater pool and outside terrace. Eighteen of the home's rooms are being furnished and decorated by Charlotte's leading design firms.

All proceeds will go to the local division of March of Dimes. Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door. 516 Museum Drive. Details: 980-939-6021.


Delays: Renovations to Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews are two months behind schedule. In August, the board granted ECON Construction a 45-day contract extension until Sept. 27, but the work still isn't finished.

When completed, Squirrel Lake Park will have restrooms, a picnic shelter, asphalt in the parking lot, trails to connect to Four Mile Creek Greenway, a playground with swings, a pier, benches and trash receptacles. Half the $787,000 project is being paid for by a N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

Family service day: Bright Blessings, a nonprofit organization serving homeless children and families, will host a Family Service Day on Oct. 10. Children and their parents are invited to visit the nonprofit's Giving Village to "Fill a Fun Box" and create a birthday gift for a local homeless child. Bright Blessings is offering two "Fill a Fun Box" sessions: 9:30-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 10. $10 donation per participant, reservations required. 704-846-2329 or

Giving Guide 2011

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer's annual Giving Guide, go to and click on the link at the top. The once-a-year guide gives readers information about human-service nonprofits needing donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct. 10.