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Speak up: SouthPark Toastmasters will hold its International Speech Contest from noon-1 p.m. March 19 at George's Brassieres Restaurant in Piedmont Row. Visitors are welcome. 704-995-2274.

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Fashion show: On March 24, families, residents and staff of the Carriage Club Charlotte will meet for a fashion show called "Accessorize for the Spring." Guest speaker will be Pam Irish, a local ombudsman, who will kick off the evening.

The manager at Versona, a clothing store, will emcee the event as the residents model the clothing. Carriage Club Charlotte, 5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte; 704-365-8551, ext. 156.

Help for memory loss: A seminar titled "Watching Memories Fade, Losing a loved one to Alzheimer's or Dementia" will be from 7-9 p.m. March 15 and 29 at The Respite: A Center for Grief and Hope, 4919 Monroe Road; 704-372-4010;

This group is for those caring for, or who have lost, a parent to Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Facilitated by gerontologist Dr. Lyndall Hare, who has worked in many settings with those caring for someone with dementia.

Give blood: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is teaming with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte to host the Second Annual Pint for a Night campaign. For each blood donation through April 30, CBCC will make a contribution to RMH of Charlotte. Located at 1613 East Morehead St., RMH of Charlotte is hosting a blood drive with CBCC from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30. Details: or 704-972-4700. There is a CBCC donor center at 4447 South Blvd.