Jody Mace

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Apr 302016
 

Bechtler Museum Family Day
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s next Family Day is Saturday, May 7th, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for kids and $8 for adults.

Besides the free and discounted admission, there will be free hands-on art activities throughout the museum for families to enjoy.

Family-friendly activities and games will be set up throughout the museum. Use dye sticks and block printing to create a brightly-colored textile design outside on the Bechtler plaza. Create your own chair in the style of Charles and Ray Eames using Crayola Model Magic in the lobby. Finally, help fellow guests weave a collaborative tapestry with an authentic loom and yarn in our fourth floor gallery. Guests will also be able to take home a small weaving from individual cardboard looms.

On Family Day, visit the museum store for a 10% discount on all children’s merchandise. Chose from an imaginative selection of activity kits, art books and contemporary toys.

Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  holiday No Responses »

Teacher Appreciation Day free meal
May 3rd, 2016, is Teacher Appreciation Day, and several businesses are offering special deals and freebies to educators on May 3rd. Some of the deals extend beyond just May 3rd. Make sure to click each link to get all the details. As always, participation might vary, so if the deal is from a chain make sure to verify with your location. Please keep checking back, as this list will grow as more deals are announced and confirmed. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • PDQ: Free combo meal with teacher ID. Chicken tenders, sandwich or salad May 3rd.
  • Rock the Ed Music Festival: CMS teachers get into this music festival for free on Saturday, April 30th.
  • Chick-fil-A: Teachers get a free chicken biscuit or chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A May 3rd.
  • Chipotle: Teachers buy one burrito, bowl, salad or taco and get another, of equal or lesser value, for free, May 3rd.
  • Books: Teachers get 10% off at The Last Word, a used book and media store, every day. From May 2nd to May 6th, everyone gets 30% off used books. On Friday, May 6th only, teachers can combine those two deals and get 40% off used books.
Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  North Charlotte, Shopping No Responses »

the last word sale charlotte teacher discount
The Last Word, a used book and media store at 5744 North Tryon Street offers teachers a 10% discount every day. From Monday, May 2nd, 2016, until Friday, May 6th, they’re offering everyone a 30% discount on all used books. Normally you can’t combine discounts, but on Friday, May 6th, The Last Word is allowing teachers to combine those two discounts, and get 40% off used books. This would be a good time to stock up on books for the classroom!

Learn more about The Last Word in this Charlotte Five article.

Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  Free Events, Music, North Charlotte No Responses »

charlotte symphony free concert
On Friday, May 6th, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy, Flash of the Classics, a FREE mini-concert by a 5-piece ensemble from the Charlotte Symphony, at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Bring a lunch and take a walk through the Gardens while being entertained. Bring a lunch and take a walk through the Gardens while being entertained. Parking for this event will be at the East Parking Deck on the corner of Van Landingham Drive and Mary Alexander Road (for a small fee.) The concert will be held at the gazebo in the Harwood Garden, which is a short walk from the parking deck. From the deck, follow the sidewalk on Mary Alexander Road to the outdoor garden entrances, just down the gravel path across from the McMillan Greenhouse near Craver Road.

Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  holiday No Responses »

daniel stowe botanical garden
Celebrate Mother’s Day 2016 with some of these special Charlotte-area freebies and deals. Make sure to follow each link to learn the details, such as locations and times. This list will grow as more freebies are added throughout the week, so make sure to bookmark it. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

  • Free mini-golf: Moms play mini-golf for free on Sunday when accompanied by a paying golfer.
  • The Pit Indoor Karting: Moms race for free on Sunday at this facility in Mooresville. One free race (when accompanied by a paying kid) and then half-price races the rest of the day.
  • Carolina Raptor Center: Moms get in free on Sunday.
  • Gardens: Moms get into Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens for free Saturday and Sunday. The first 250 moms get a free potted plant.
  • Pie: Treat Mom to the Mother’s Day buffet at Shoney’s and she’ll get a free slice of strawberry pie.
  • Hooters: Free meal at Hooters for moms May 8th. Need to make a drink purchase and have at least one offspring present. Use your judgment on this one.
  • Swimming: Moms get into Ray’s Splash Planet for free on May 8th, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  Food and Drink, Free Events, holiday No Responses »

Hooters logo

You might want to run this one by Mom in advance instead of just springing it on her. On Sunday, May 8th, 2016 Hooters is inviting kids to bring their “hardworking, fun-loving mothers” for a free Mother’s Day meal. Mom can choose her preferred entrée. Although there’s no coupon required, this deal does require a drink purchase, and at least one offspring must be present.

 

Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  home, Matthews/Mint Hill No Responses »

plants

Spring Plant Swap
Saturday, April 30, 10:00am
Location:  Col Francis Beatty Park (Shelter #2), 4330 Weddington Rd, Matthews

Join the Matthews Chapter of NC Wildlife Federation – Habitat And Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) for a Spring Plant Swap – rain or shine!  Location:  Col Francis Beatty Park (Shelter #2) See map attached

Bring your plants, splits, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, books, tools, pots, etc. (no invasives, please!). They can be from your yard and garden or can be houseplants that have outstayed their welcome. Place them in the designated shelter area, and find a spot away from the shelter where you can stash the plants you grab during the swap.  During each “round,” which is signaled, you get to grab ONE plant and take it to your stash zone. We do this two or three times before we change it to TWO plants per round and then THREE plants. We finally have a free-for-all, when the leftovers can be claimed by anyone.

Please label your plants: something simple like “yellow daylilies” or “cactus houseplant” or “shade ground cover.” Labels will make it easier to know where to plant. Bring your plants in either a nursery pot or a bag to protect the roots, and bring a larger container for carrying home your new plants.  Other gardening paraphernalia is also welcome: pots, books, seeds, magazines, potting soil, tools, statues, etc. The Plant Swap is free but, if you feel so inclined, you can leave a donation for HAWK’s programs in the donation jar.

For more information about HAWK events: www.HAWKncwf.org

Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  Food and Drink, Free Events No Responses »

chickfila teacher appreciation
Chick-fil-A appreciates teachers! Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, teachers can stop by at a participating Metro Charlotte Area Chick-fil-A restaurant from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and receive one free Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit or Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. One per person. Valid teacher ID required. find your closest Chick-fil-A and call to see if they’re participating.

Apr 292016
 
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  Free Events No Responses »
free hippie fest charlotte nc

Hippie Fest

Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events around Charlotte, from Friday, April 29th, 2016, to Sunday, May 1st. Some highlights are Open Streets 704, Kings Drive Art Walk, Hippie Fest and International Sandwich Festival. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to click on each link for details, because some events require pre-registration.

 Friday

9:00am: Presidential artifacts on display at Founders Hall
5:00pm: Food Truck Friday in Matthews
5:00pm: Live music at Piedmont Town Center: Black and Blue Experience
6:00pm: Particle Falls outdoor projection environment art (starts at dusk)
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Dukes & Smith
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Groove Nation
8:08pm: Whitewater Film Series at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Telluride Mountainfilm
10:00pm: Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Mic Larry (arrive before 10 for free admission)
10:00pm: Live music at Hattie’s: Bullfrog Moon

Saturday

9:00am: Class at Pike Nurseries: Raised Bed Gardening
10:00am: Spring Plant Swap
10:00am: Sensory Awareness Tour at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
10:00am: Dia de los Niños at imaginOn
10:00am: Staying Found: Compass and Map Orienteering at Reedy Creek Nature Center
11:00am: Hippie Fest
11:00am: Healthy Kids Day at Johnston YMCA (North Davidson Street)
11:00am: International Sandwich Festival
11:00am: Kings Drive Art Walk
12:00pm: Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Kannapolis
2:00pm: Tawba Walk Music and Arts Festival in Cornelius
2:00pm: Free chess lessons and games afternoon at The Free Store
3:00pm: Chihuahua Races at EpiCentre
5:00pm: First Fruits: A Celebration of Faith & Art–music, storytelling, visual art, more
6:00pm: Particle Falls outdoor projection environment art (starts at dusk)
6:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Ryan Hutchens
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Aaron Longo
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Dukes & Smith
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Groove Nation
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
9:00pm: Live music at Common Market Commonwealth: The Voodo Drifters with Blush and Morrowville
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Disco Lemonade (arrive before 10 for free admission)
10:00pm: Live music at Hattie’s Heather Himes

Sunday

11:00am: Kings Drive Art Walk
12:00pm: Open Streets 704
12:00pm: Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm: WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Contest (info on how to get free tickets)
3:00pm: Arts at the Abbey at Belmont Abbey: spring concert
5:00pm: Play Pickleball for free at Nano Center in Matthews
6:00pm: Particle Falls outdoor projection environment art (starts at dusk)
6:00pm: Davidson’s Concerts on the Green: Matt Stratford Band
7:00pm: Providence Chamber Music Series: Repertoire Gems
Apr 282016
 

arab american festival charlotte queens university
The Charlotte Arab American Festival will take place on Sunday, May 15th, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The cost is $3 a person, with children age 10 and under free. Enjoy music, folklore dancing, henna tattoos, food, pastries, games, arts and crafts and other exhibits.