University City


University City

Candlelight tours: The Charlotte Museum of History will host special candlelight tours of the 239-year-old Hezekiah Alexander House, 3500 Shamrock Drive, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 14.

The house is the last existing home of a framer of North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution and Bill of Rights and is Mecklenburg County’s oldest house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For details, email

Donations sought: Our Foundation for Children is collecting donations for its annual Food and Toy drive, which will be noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at 5630 Phillips St.

The nonprofit organization, which promotes the physical, intellectual and moral well-being of children, needs unwrapped new or gently used toys for ages 1-12 and canned or nonperishable food items including macaroni and cheese in a box, small bags of white rice, green beans and peas, tuna, chicken soup, cereal in box, spaghetti sauce, pasta and sauce, cake mix, muffin mix, oatmeal, beans in bag, and dry milk.

Donations can be dropped off at 2026 Chipstone Road, Charlotte, or will be picked up within a reasonable distance. Call 704-236-8945 and ask for Clair.

Monetary donations also are accepted. Go to and click the donate link.

Bridal showcase: Varick Renaissance Center, 3165 Zion’s Renaissance Lane, Charlotte, will hold a bridal showcase from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. The event will feature tours of the center, a bridal fashion show, specialty vendors, door prizes, music, a grand prize and more. Tickets are $7. To register visit


Centralized mailboxes?: Because of a U.S. Postal Service change requiring the use of centralized mailboxes in new neighborhoods, some developments of single-family homes must switch, in mid-construction, from individual curbside boxes, according to a report from Senior Analyst John Chesser of UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute.

Changing the mail delivery approach after construction begins causes problems for developers, according to Joe Padilla of the Charlotte-based Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition.

If subdivisions weren’t planned for centralized delivery, Chesser wrote, it can be difficult to find locations without safety or other infrastructure issues, such as traffic flow and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn more at