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No decision: At the request of the applicant, Matthews commissioners have postponed a zoning decision on 20 acres of vacant land near the intersection of Stallings and Idlewild Roads. They were set to vote on the request last week. Developer Steve Sanders of the Sandstone Group wants to build 274 apartments and several office buildings at that site but must first get the land rezoned from residential to mixed use. After last month's public hearing, the Matthews Planning Board voted 5-2 to recommend to commissioners the zoning be approved with several stipulations. Commissioners delayed their vote while the developer meets with nearby residents again and revises its plans to meet the Planning Board's suggestions. Residents can share input with commissioners either by email, or 704-847-4411.

Bluegrass festival: On Oct. 22, the Matthews Rotary Club will host its 7th annual Bluegrass Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Stumptown Park, 200 South Trade St. Admission to the park is free; donations are welcome. Events include a chili cook-off (sample for $5), bluegrass bands, a motorcycle ride and a bicycle ride starting at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will support Matthews Help Center, Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, Matthews Habitat for Humanity and Levine Senior Center. For more information, visit


5K and Fun Run: The fourth annual Rollin' Stonehaven 5K road race, bike ride and pet parade starts 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Sardis Swim & Racquet Club at 7400 Thermal Road. Participants are encouraged to don their Halloween costumes. Race is open to the public. For details and entry forms: Want to be a sponsor? Email

Music festival

FolkLife Festival: The first annual Piedmont Folk Life Festival will begin Oct. 21 at Indian Trail's new Crossing Paths Park. The festival will celebrate the food, drink, music and art of the Piedmont region through a concert, wine tastings from regional wineries, cultural foods and artists' booths. The kickoff concert begins at 7 p.m. Crossing Paths Park is on Blythe Drive in downtown Indian Trail.