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PARDON OUR DUST: Work has begun on Phase I of a $6.3 million overhaul of Riverfront Park and Water Street in downtown Wilmington. The project includes underground repairs, and above the ground, the project includes repairs to the Riverwalk, renovation of Riverfront Park, expansion of the plaza in front of the Federal Courthouse and streetscape improvements. The project is expected to take about one year to complete. More information online.

HELPING OUT: The Cape Fear Literacy Council is offering an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Workshop to train volunteers. The training is scheduled for Oct. 27-29 at the Cape Fear Literacy Council (1012 South 17th Street, Wilmington), and costs $30 or $50, depending on the organization you work with.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: New Hanover Public Library seeks volunteers for several upcoming events including Star Wars Reads Day (Oct. 10), the Native Plant Festival (Oct. 17), the Stamp Act Anniversary (Oct. 17), and the Haunted Library (Oct. 24).

NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE MONTH: From Oct. 1-24 the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington is collecting tax deductible donations at its Thrift Shop (420 Eastwood Road, Wilmington). Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm; and Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Donations of $5 or more will buy books for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County public elementary school students. Also joining in the project is Learning Express Store in Oleander Plaza, where a book can be purchased and donated in specially marked bins. Call (910) 769-2345 for more details.

SUPPORT THE ARTS: As part of the national initiative, the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County will launch its Ears on the Arts Listening Tour — gatherings of community leaders, artists and arts organizations to discuss local arts, culture, and creativity to generate partnerships and increased energy around the grassroots movement to elevate the arts in America. Business/Government meets Oct. 1, 8-9am, at Council Chambers, City Hall; Arts Organizations meet Oct. 12, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington (201 Chestnut Street); and Artists of All Disciplines meet Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30pm, at Northeast Library (1241 Military Cutoff Road). Call (910) 343-0998 for more details.

HONORING PHILANTHROPISTS: On Nov. 19, the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day to honor individuals and businesses who have contributed to philanthropy in the Cape Fear region. Make nominations online through Oct. 1.

HOLIDAY CHEER: The Christmas bus trip to the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach is scheduled for Dec. 3. Tickets for this year's show, Christmas Wonderland, go on sale Oct. 1 and cost $46 each. The bus will be leaving Kure Beach Town Hall at 8:30am and returning by 6pm. Call (910) 458-8216 for more details.

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