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Steele Creek

Piedmont Kennel Club on Choate Circle in Steele Creek near Carowinds will host its annual Cabin Fever Open Show on Jan. 21 with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.

Judging begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Rally Show-N-Go from noon to 3 p.m.

Charlotte

The Neighborhood Energy Challenge (NEC) - Power2 Live Green grant of up to $10,000 is designed to encourage neighborhoods to implement strategies for reducing energy expenses.

The application deadline is Feb. 15.

Neighborhood representatives are required to attend a workshop to be eligible. The next workshop is 6-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Old City Hall in the Wilmore Room, 600 E. Trade St.

Neighborhood based organizations within the city limits of Charlotte that have been organized and active for at least three months are eligible to apply. Projects include: Alternative Transportation Challenge; Home Energy Audits; Energy Efficient Product Distribution; Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Incentive/Rebate Program; Energy Efficient Lighting Program; Energy Star Appliance Upgrade Program.

Details: visit nbs.charlottenc.gov or contact Nicole Storey at 704-336-2929, or nrstore@charlottenc.gov.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont will partner with the IRS and the Family Financial Literacy Coalition to provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for those who qualify.

The organization will operate the VITA site at its Career Development Center, 2122 Freedom Drive, during the 2011 tax season, which ends April 17. The site will be open by appointment each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6-9 p.m., and each Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for walk-ins.

Details and appointments for tax services: call 704-761-8482 or visit www.communitylink-nc.org.

Matthews

Boy Scout Troop 39, sponsored by Matthews United Methodist Church, is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a special dinner ($8 per person) and program 6-9 p.m. Jan. 28 at Belk Scout Camp. All former Scouts, Scout Leaders, and Friends of Troop 39 are invited. RSVP at www.matthewstroop39.com or richalter@carolina.rr.com or call 704-847-5728.

Ballantyne

Ballantyne Elementary School has been named a 2012 SMART Showcase Elite School.

Each year, 25 SMART Showcase Schools are recognized as Elite for the duration of the calendar year. SMART Showcase Elite Schools are those that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment in using a wide range of SMART products in classrooms to create appealing, interactive learning environments. Educators and administrators at SMART Showcase Elite Schools have shared their results and experiences with their local education community.

Contact Kasia Thompson at Katherinef.Thompson@cms.k12.nc.us

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