Planning appointment: Ballantyne Breakfast Club President Ray Eschert was recently selected to serve on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, whose opinions carry weight when City Council decides zoning cases. Eschert previously served on the Committee of 21, a local group formed in 2008 to find solutions to growing transportation problems in the Charlotte region.
Wine tasting: Taste Chardonnay from around the world at Gallery Bar on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Wine is served with cheese; cost is $20. Reserve your space today, 704-248-4100.
Pancake breakfast: Tammi Brady of south Charlotte will host the 2nd "Pancakes for a Purpose" 7:30-10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Applebees across from Stonecrest, in honor of her husband, Dave Anstadt, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 43, and left behind two children. The fundraiser supports the Lustgarten Foundation, where 100 percent of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. 5110 Piper Station Drive. Cost is $7 person. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. To order tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate online, visit www.lustgarten.org/Pancakes.
New neighborhood park: The Town of Matthews has purchased 9.13 acres of property on Rice Road for a new neighborhood park. The property was purchased for $338,000 from the Wake County Board of Education. The Town will apply for a state grant which could potentially pay for one-half of the cost of the land. Currently, no park and recreational facilities are in that part of the town. The land had previously been valued around $500,000, but recent appraisals valued it at $335,000 to $341,000. No timeline for construction has been determined.
Camp registration open: Summer registration for Town of Matthews's Park, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department camps and programs is now open. To register: https://www.matthewsfun.org/.
Garden show trip: Pineville residents are invited to attend the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on March 1. The group will leave the Community Center at 8:30 a.m., stop for breakfast and return around 3 p.m. Tickets will be purchased at Harris Teeter on the way for $7.50. Call 704-889-2400.