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Author: The County Journal

LOCALS in Business lead the way for holiday clothing project

By Cynthia Johnson   A Charlotte area network of local business owners is taking action to help out the local food bank and Charlotte schoolchildren. The group recently donated more than $250 to Helping Hands Food bank and is now planning another donation in partnership with Charlotte Schools to help local school children in dire need of winter clothing and accessories. This 34-member group, titled LOCALS in Business, consists of the words in the acronym, Locally Owned Area Leaders. These business leaders from Charlotte and the surrounding communities have banded together for well over a decade to provide a system of networking and referrals among the members. By standing together to provide services, backed by the reliability and accountability of each member in the group, this organization has established a network that provides customers with excellent products and services, or else. Over the last few weeks, the group has turned its focus to helping community schoolchildren with the LOCALS in Business Holiday Clothing Project. With the intention to bring awareness of need right here locally, the group will establish several collection centers over the next week where donations can be dropped off. For now, it is time to think ahead if you would like to help out with the LOCALS in Business school clothing drive with new or like new winter coats, snow pants, boots, gloves, hats and socks....

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Playing bridge at Fay’s leads to active minds and healthy lives

In 1955, when I was 8 years old, young mothers from the First Congregational Church, members of a circle called the Evening Bells, were offered the opportunity to learn to play bridge. They jumped at the chance. Those young women were Mary Lou Schneckenberger, Joyce Ells, Donna Mae Johnson, Donna W. Johnson, Margie Clever, Midge Sherman, Joyce Sparks, and Nancy Cook. Fifty-nine years later, five of the original eight plus Connie Bazaire, Sandy Maatsch, and Bev Trumley, and a number of substitutes too numerous to mention, are still playing. They originally met in their respective homes in the evenings....

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Exciting things happening in October at Crosswalk Teen Center

As fall begins and teens seek to settle into their school schedule, Crosswalk Teen Center continues to provide and pursue ways to assist students in achieving their full potential. The month of October is packed with opportunities for students to stretch their horizons and try new things. Teens are encouraged to sign-up for classes as soon as possible, due to limited space. Classes include: Frugal Foods – Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Foods don’t have to be expensive to taste great.  Sign-up to create meals that can stretch the dollar while providing a delicious entrée. An Introduction to Stress Management — Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn a simple technique that has been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful effects of stress, resulting in a healthier, more productive life. You will leave this class relaxed and renewed with everything you need to start a daily practice to manage your stress. Teens and adults are welcome. Instructors are Holly Makimaa and Mike Limauro. Intro to Piano Keyboard — Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It’s never too late to learn the piano. Take the leap, learn the basics, and be on your way to becoming a musician. Whether you’ve dreamed of becoming a musician or are just curious as to whether you might like playing the...

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Anticipation building for crafts on the Courthouse lawn

You may not notice the the leaves on the trees starting to change colors or that some have even begun to fall to the ground. That’s only because your eyes will be transfixed by the sheer number of white tents, colorful crafts and people filling Courthouse Square for the annual Charlotte Frontier Days arts and crafts show. The food wagons will be in place and the city will be all a buzz. The yearlong process of meetings, emails, mailings and phone calls is about to become a reality. Behind the scenes on the 1885 Courthouse Square lawn, the map layout will be laid, the tents and canopies will be set up, water, electric and picnic tables ready, thanks to my husband, Randy, son-in-law, Gary Reichert, cousin, Olivia Belger, nephew, AJ Luna, Julie Kimmer, Chris Garrison, Sally Starkweather and the Charlotte Department of Public Works crew. Just as all of that work settles down, the arts & crafters make their way to Charlotte with their canopies and tables for the busy weekend. This year’s event will feature a wide assortment of Amish baked goods, wind chimes, leather goods, jewelry, maple syrup products, sweat shirts, t-shirts, oak furniture, wood crafts, crocheted/sewn items, ceramics, caricatures, photography, fudge, cement yard ornaments and metal art, to name a few. With the help from the Charlotte Police Department for traffic control, Friday, Sept. 5 morning...

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Big hair not mandatory but encouraged for 80s night

Thursday, Sept. 4 is Throw Back Thursday in the truest sense of the phrase since social media went overboard categorizing every day of the week. Can you honestly think of a greater time to throwback to than the 1980s with its crazy hair and gaudy fashion? The Charlotte Frontier Days Board can’t either, that’s why they are introducing 80s Night at the Candy Ford Saloon. Ladies, it’s time to break out all of that extra Aqua Net you’ve been storing away and tease those bangs to epic heights once again. Gentlemen, it’s time to bust out your parachute pants, gold chains and dust off those old Adidas, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love the 80s? The evening will include your favorite tunes performed by the band, Square Pegz. Drink specials all night include slushy drinks and $1 pucker shots. If nothing else, you won’t want to miss the “I Want Candy” candy buffet, featuring a variety of 80s candy favorites. So, help us celebrate Throwback Thursday by coming to the biggest 80s party of the year. The Charlotte Frontier Days Board wants everyone to have a good time. Please drink responsibly. Cabs will be available. Stay safe and don’t drink and...

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