Jody Mace

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Oct 022014

Charlotte discount corn maze
It’s September and that means it’s time to start thinking about fall activities like corn mazes, haunted trails and haunted houses. I’ve gathered up a few special deals on these activities so that you can save some money as you scare yourself. All of these deals are available for a limited time, and are also subject to getting sold out, so make sure to grab them right away. Click on the links below to learn about the attractions and deals.

Half off Haunted District Ghost Tour
• $17 ($39 value) for a two-hour ghost tour for one
• $35 ($78 value) for a two-hour ghost tour for two
• Wander off the beaten path to glimpse haunted landmarks like the Carolina Theater, Dunhill Hotel, Founders Hall, and Old Fire Station Number 4

Hayride, Petting Zoo, and Pumpkin Picking for Four, Six, or Eight at The Hunter Farm (Up to 47% Off)

Choose from Three Options
$20 for four tickets (up to a $38 value)
$30 for six tickets (up to a $57 value)
$40 for eight tickets (up to a $76 value)
Each ticket includes a hayride to the barn, where visitors can pet and feed a variety of farm animals. After a return hayride, each visitor can pick a pumpkin to take home.

“Get Lost” Corn Maze in Albemarle
• $10 ($18 value) for “Get Lost” Corn Maze admission for two
• $15 ($27 value) for “Get Lost” Corn Maze admission for three
• Open Saturdays and Sundays throughout September and October

$25 for Zombie-Attack Haunted Hayride with VIP Pass at Paintball Central Charlotte ($69 Value)


VIP pass on Zombie Attack ride and 75 paintballs ($25 value)
75 additional paintballs ($10 value)
Access to target range ($5 value)
A return pass to play paintball on a repeat visit, including admission and rental equipment ($29 value)

Riders board a zombie response vehicle, each armed with a rental marker preloaded with 75 glow-in-the-dark paintballs, before being driven down a haunted trail filled with unarmed zombies.

Haunted House and Black-Light Mini Golf for Two at Haunted Mill (Up to 56% Off). Two Options Available.


$19 for admission to the Haunted Mill for two and two rounds of 3D black-light mini golf ($40 value)
$35 for admission to the Haunted Mill for four and four rounds of 3D black-light mini golf($80 value)

Corn-Maze Admission for Two, or Admission and Activity Bracelets for Two at Regal Corn Maze (Up to 46% Off)


$10 for admission for two ($18 value)
$14 for admission for two with activity wristbands; valid for six activities each ($26 value)

$5 for Fall Fun: Corn Maze & Family Games in Albemarle, Reg. $9

For $5 (reg. $9), one person gets admission to “Get Lost” Corn Maze
Admission also includes access to activities, such as:
Look-out tower to view the corn mazes from above
Gigantic Jumpy Pillow (one pass per voucher; $2 additional jumps)
Sling-shot game — see if you can hit the target
Straw maze
For $10 (reg. $18), two get admission
Go with four people for $20 (reg. $36)

$11 — Kersey Valley Corn Maze & Tram Train for 2, 50% Off

For $11 (reg. $22), get admission for two to Kersey Valley Maize Adventure
Access to Giant Jumping Pillow
Ride on the Tram Train around the farm; learn how the corn maze was made and how corn is used in everyday life
Go with a group of four for $22 (reg. $44)

 October 2, 2014  Posted by  Affiliate, Halloween, holiday 1 Response »
Oct 022014

zombie pirate
Looking for a Halloween costume for you or your kids? If you’d like to avoid spending a scary amount of money on a costume but you also don’t want to spend tons of time, here’s a list of 90 cheap and easy Halloween costumes. This list is from our sister website, Living on the Cheap. There are so many costume ideas that they’re divided into sections: Scary, Real-life people, Pop culture and history, Offbeat, sports themed and animals. Just a few that you’ll find are: Playing Card, Tardis from Doctor Who, Medusa and Zombie Bride. Do you have more ideas for cheap and easy DIY Halloween costumes? Leave a comment and maybe we can add it to the list. Also, just as Charlotte on the Cheap gives you the scoop on local events and deals, Living on the Cheap does the same on a national basis, and also shares tips on topics like selling your house quickly, protecting your personal information and getting rid of junk mail before it starts. You can subscribe by email too.

Browse all the costume ideas.

 October 2, 2014  Posted by  Halloween No Responses »
Oct 012014
hola charlotte

Hola Charlotte

Plan your weekend on the cheap with this list of free events, from  Friday, October 3rd,  2014, to Sunday, October 5th.  Some highlights are Hola Charlotte, Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival, Lake Normal Folk Art Festival and First Fright Day in Waxhaw. Make sure to follow each link to get the necessary details. 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 coffee at McDonalds
8:00pm: Grand opening of Healthy Home Market at Plaza Midwood
9:00am: Free flu shot clinic at JCSU
11:00am: Observe the Pink Lunch on the Lawn of the Observer
4:00pm: Fort Mill, SC First Friday event
5:00pm: Role-playing and board games at Your Local Game Shop in Matthews
5:00pm: First Fright Day in Waxhaw
6:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Christopher Michael
7:30pm: Open Mic at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center


Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
9:00am: Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: EMS Truck
10:00am: Lake Norman Folk Art Festival
10:00am: Charlotte Book Fair
10:00am: Workshop at Guitar Center: Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
10:15am: Group guitar lesson at Guitar Center
11:00am: Charlotte Symphony Guild’s musical petting zoo at ImaginOn
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Drum
11:00am: Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival
12:00pm: Hola Charlotte Festival
1:00pm: Grand opening of Healthy Home Market Plaza Midwood
4:00pm: Plaza Midwood Art Crawl
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jonah Moore
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse


Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allan
 October 1, 2014  Posted by  Free Events 1 Response »
Oct 012014

renfest ad
Carolina Renaissance Festival is coming back, on weekends from October 4th to November 23th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Back are the jousting tournaments, 11 stages of entertainment, rides and games, artisan demonstrations and really big turkey legs. Carolina Renaissance Festival is hugely popular and the highlight of many folks’ year. Just a really fun time. Don’t miss it. The festival grounds are located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for kids age 5-12 and free for kids under 5. Seniors over age 60 and military personnel are $19.

Carolina Renaissance Festival free tickets

One Charlotte on the Cheap reader will win two adult tickets and two child tickets. To enter:

  • Be an email subscriber to Charlotte on the Cheap. You’ll receive one email every morning with links to all the new posts from the previous 24 hours. Register online now. It’s free. You must be an email subscriber to win.
  • Leave a comment to this post. The comment can say whatever you want. It doesn’t even have to be true.
  • The winner will be randomly selected Tuesday, October 14th. I’ll email the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond with his or her mailing address for the tickets. If I don’t hear within 48 hours an alternate will be selected.

 October 1, 2014  Posted by  contest 30 Responses »
Oct 012014

Beauty & SpasThree, Six, or Nine Lipo-Cavitation Ultrasonic Fat-Reduction Treatments at Massage Contour (Up to 92% Off)
Beauty & SpasThree, Six, or Nine Lipo-Cavitation Treatments at Envy Face and Body (Up to 90% Off)
Beauty & SpasSpa Package for One or Two with Facials or Massages, Lunches, and Gifts at The Spa at Rock Barn (Up to 51% Off)
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Custom or 60-Minute Hot Stone Massage at LKN Massage (Up to 47% Off)
Food & DrinkWinery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Option for Color, Highlights, or a Keratin Treatment at Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte
Restaurants$20 for $40 Worth of Cajun Food at Cajun Queen
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Custom Massage or Two 60-Minute Custom Massages at Serendipity Massage (Up to 57% Off)
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Massage at Clear Vision Therapeutic Massage (Up to 50% Off)
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Massages at Advanced Therapeutics: Pain Relief and Wellness Center (Up to Half Off)
Beauty & Spas$25 for an At-Home Teeth-Whitening Kit from The Smile Clinic ($116.95 Value)
Beauty & SpasOne Month of Unlimited Level 1 or 2 UV Tanning or Two VersaSpa Spray Tans at South Beach Tanning Company (Up to 52% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne, Two, or Four Fit Body-Wrap Treatments at Palmetto Tanning (Up to 68% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$27.50 for a Shooting-Range Package at Eagle Guns ($117 Value)
Services$29 for Online Life-Performance Coaching for One from ITU Online ($795 Value)
Beauty & Spas20, 40, or 60 Units of Botox at Metrolina Medical Associates (Up to 59% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentAdmission or Membership to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.
RestaurantsJapanese Cuisine at Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (40% Off). Two Options Available.
Beauty & Spas$149 for Three Accent Laser Cellulite-Reduction Treatments at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center ($975 Value)
Beauty & SpasLaser Toenail-Fungus Treatment for Up to 5 or 10 Toes at Carolinas Toenail Laser Centers (Up to 82% Off)
Health & Fitness5 or 10 Pole-Fitness Classes or 30 Days of Unlimited Classes at Pole Dance Charlotte (Up to 70% Off)
Beauty & Spas60-Minute Massage for One or Two at Massage Therapy Studios (Up to Half Off)
Automotive$50 for $100 Off Full-Vehicle Window Tinting at Speed Styles
Health & FitnessOne or Two Dental Exams with Cleaning, X-rays, and Optional Teeth Whitening at My Dentists (Up to 81% Off)
Beauty & Spas4, 10, or 15 B12 Injections at InShapeMD (Up to 80% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$25 for Zombie-Attack Haunted Hayride VIP Package at Paintball Central Charlotte ($69 Value)
Beauty & SpasHaircut Packages at Salon Twelve26 (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Options for Partial or Full Highlights or Full Color at Cora Bella’s Aveda Salon & Spa
Beauty & Spas$25 for Take-Home Teeth-Whiten Kit with Lifetime Gel Refills from DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA ($199 Value)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two One-Hour Anti-Aging Microcurrent Sessions at Beautiful Image Anti Aging, LLC (Up to 71% Off)
Beauty & Spas50-Minute Signature or Men's Facial, or a 80-Minute Pure Gold Facial at Eden Skin and Body Institute (Up to 54% Off)
Shopping$12 for $20 Worth of Wild-Caught Seafood and Steaks at Carolina Fish Market
Restaurants$16 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Serbian Food at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe
ShoppingSouvenir Glasses and Hard-Cider for 2 or 4 at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (Up to 53% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentAll-Day Paintball with Equipment Rental for Two, Four, or Eight at Mighty Sports Center (Up to 59%% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Deep-Conditioning Treatment or Partial or Full Highlights at 90 Degrees Salon (Up to 69% Off)
Arts and Entertainment10 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform, or 16 Classes with a Uniform, Test, and Graduation Belt from Go2Karate (94% Off)
RestaurantsChinese Food for Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South (50% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Three 75-Minute European Facials with Kiwi Masks at Carmel Day Spa & Salon (Up to 60% Off)
Restaurants$30 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger
Beauty & SpasWomen’s Cut and Style with Optional All-Over Color or Partial or Full Highlights at styleFX Hair Studio (Up to 62% Off)
Beauty & SpasThree Laser Hair-Removal Treatments for One Small, Medium, or Large Area at H2 Laser and Skin (Up to 64% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two Groupons, Each Good for One Shellac Polish at Nail Bar Spa (Up to 48% Off)
Beauty & SpasMani-Pedi Package or Spa Package with Pedicure and Massage for One or Two at Grafin Blau Spa (Up to 71% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two IPL Laser-Phototherapy Sessions and Double-Infusion Light Treatment at Regenesis Skin Studio (Up to 65% Off)
Arts and Entertainment10 Fitness Classes, Pole Fitness Party for Up to 6, or 4-Week Pole Toning Workshop at Sassy Girl Fitness (Up to 77% Off)
Beauty & SpasSpa Package with Manicure and Facial for One or Two Girls at Shug-A-Bug Kids Spa, LLC (Up to 56% Off)
Services2 Nights of Dog Boarding, 5 or 10 Days of Daycare or Five-Week Obedience Class at K9 Hangout Charlotte (Up to 55% Off)
RestaurantsUpscale Comfort Food for Lunch or Dinner at City Tavern (40% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Three Swedish Massages or Spa Foot Massage at Mutatio Wellness (Up to 65% Off)
Restaurants$22 for Entry to Fly Me to the Moon Event at Bubble Charlotte on Friday, October 17 ($50 Value)
RestaurantsEthiopian Food at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant (50% Off)
Health & Fitness$59 for an Eye-Care Package with Eye Exam and $225 Toward Prescription Glasses at Eye Care Center– Charlotte
Arts and EntertainmentMini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf (Up to 61% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne Massage with Chiropractic Exam or Facial, or Two Massages at Infinite Rejuvenation Med Spa (Up to 88% Off)
AutomotiveOne or Two Premium Oil Changes at Brothers' Auto Tech (50% Off)
Restaurants$24 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Dolce Ristorante
Beauty & SpasMicrodermabrasion with Option for a Basic Facial, or Three Microdermabrasion Sessions at The Facial Room (Up to 46% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$25 for a One-Hour Practice Session with Bow and Arrow Rental for Two at Barefoot Archery ($50 Value)
ServicesConcealed-Carry Permit Class with Range Time and Gun Rental for One or Two at DoubleTap Concealed (Up to 59% Off)
Restaurants$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers and Hot Dogs at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers ($32 Total Value)
Tickets$20 for One Ticket to the Fight Lab 42 MMA Event at Grady Cole Center on Friday, November 14, at 6 p.m. ($59 Value)
Restaurants$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express
Restaurants$16.50 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Open Kitchen
Arts and EntertainmentOne Month of Unlimited Boot Camp for One or Two at Burn Boot Camp (Up to 88% Off)
Health & FitnessOne Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp and Yoga Classes for One or Two at Gunn's Fitness in Matthews (Up to 82% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentScuba Certification with Magazine Subscription or Buoyancy Class at Sink or Swim Scuba (Up to 65% off)
ServicesOne or Five Days of Doggy Daycare or One Basic Doggy Bath at Camp Bow Wow (Up to 58% Off)
Restaurants$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401
Automotive$55 for a Wheel-Alignment Package at AAMCO Transmissions of Pineville ($134.98 Value)
Beauty & SpasHaircut and Style with Optional Single-Process Color at Orange Olive Hair Gallery (40% Off)
RestaurantsLocally Sourced Pizzas, Salads, and Sandwiches for Dinner for Two at Pure Pizza (50% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentOne-Hour Safari Encounter with Baby Animals for One, Two, or Four at Zootastic Park (Up to 50% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$17 for One Go-Kart Race and a One-Year Membership at The Pit ($35 Value)
Arts and Entertainment$29 for a One-Day Shooting-Range Package at The Range at Ballantyne ($234.50 Value)

Other$59 -- New River Gorge: All-Day Rafting thru Summer, 50% Off
Spa$89 -- Urbana: 'Best Day Spa' Massage & Bubbly, Reg. $155
Restaurant$65 -- Zebra: 'Superb' Dinner & Wine for 2, Reg. $115
Other$49 & up -- Gauley River Rafting thru 10/19, Half Off
Other$40 -- White House Chef: Cooking Class w/Lunch, Save 50%
Other$64 -- Race Car Thrill Ride at Charlotte Speedway, Reg. $130
Other$11 -- Best Corn Maze & Tram Train Ride for 2, 50% Off
Other$18 -- Top-Rated Art Studio: BYOB Painting Class, Reg. $35
Other$5 -- Fall Fun: Corn Maze & Family Games, Reg. $9
Other$79 -- Muscle Car Drive on the Open Road, Reg. $199
Other$30 -- Old North State Winery Tour & Reserve Tastings for 2

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60-Minute Couples Massage
Kickstart Your New Year with 5 Weeks of Martial Arts Classes plus Free T-Shirt for only $30
$75 for a Spa Slimming & Detox Body Wrap ($150 Value)
$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Furnace Checkup ($249 Value)
Dry Cleaning Services from Holiday Dry Cleaners
60-Minute Massage
$175 for Air Duct System Cleaning + Sanitizing, & Dryer Vent Cleaning ($510 Value)
$100 for $1000 toward a Complete Bathtub or Shower Renovation + Consultation
$29 for a 3-Course Two-Hour Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Hormone Imbalance Baseline Testing, Consultation & 4 B-12 Injections Huntersville
Full Blue Package - Mobile Auto Detailing for One SUV, Truck or Van
$19 for a 1-Hour Studio or Outdoor Photo Shoot including Prints ($317 Value)
$99 for a 3-Lap High-Speed Ride-Along in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
Hormone Imbalance Baseline Testing, Consultation & 4 B-12 Injections Charlotte
Full Blue Package - Mobile Auto Detailing for One Car
$69 for 3 Hours of Basic Cleaning with 2 Maids
$149 for a 3-Lap High-Speed Driving Experience in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
Blind Installation from Blind Installers of NC
One Entry to One Painting Party

Fitness/ActiveTwo-Month Women's Gym Membership ($50 for $100)
Beauty/HealthOne, Four, or Eight i-Lipo Ultra Sessions ($99 for $250)
Fitness/ActiveGroup, Youth Sports, or Personal Training ($29 for $120)
Fitness/ActiveGet Fit: Two Months of All-Access Membership Including Classes or One Personal Training Session ($50 for $70)
Fitness/ActiveFun in the Sun: All-Day River Tubing for One, Two, or Three with an Additional Cooler Tube ($22 for $55)
Beauty/HealthFive or Ten Lipo-Light Body Treatments ($300 for $1245)
Fitness/ActiveGym Membership and Fitness Classes ($65 for $150)
ServicesTwo Hours of Residential Cleaning ($90 for $200)
ServicesTwo or Four Man Hours of House Cleaning ($65 for $115)
EntertainmentUncork a Wine-Tasting Party for Up to 12 Friends Including Six Bottles of Wine to Sip and Share ($49 for $99)
Beauty/HealthHaircut, Style, Deep Conditioning + Blow Dry ($40 for $90)
Services90-Minute Puppy Training Class ($35 for $69)
Beauty/HealthIndulge: Color Service or Women's Haircut ($39 for $80)
ServicesFour 50-Minute Life Coaching Sessions for an Individual or a Couple ($588 for $1400)
Services30 Minutes of Electrical Work ($70 for $80)
ServicesKids' Themed Birthday Party Package ($175 for $330)
Sports/ Fitness ClubLacrosse Lesson for Up to Three or Four Kids ($90 for $120)
EntertainmentFoster Your Creativity with a BYOB Painting Class ($35 for $80)
ServicesTwo-Month Rental of a 10x10 Self-Storage Unit; or $200 Toward Your Choice of Storage Services ($55 for $260)
Fitness/ActiveTurn Up the Temps with Hot Yoga Classes ($29 for $75)
EntertainmentUp Your Kid's Game with Winter Baseball Camp ($137 for $275)
Fitness/ActiveGet Balanced with Ten Yoga Classes ($35 for $89)
Beauty/HealthGive New Life to Your Look with a Haircut, Blow Dry, and Style with Options for Partial or Full Foil ($19 for $40)
Fitness/Active90-Minute Private Golf Lesson with Video Analysis ($49 for $100)
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EntertainmentFour-Hour Beginner Photography Class in Either Greenville or Charlotte ($75 for $199)
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ServicesOne or Two Oil Changes or One Computer Diagnostics Session ($29 for $59)
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ServicesRefresh Your Space with Carpet Cleaning ($89 for $198)
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ServicesLeave House Cleaning to the Professionals ($45 for $93)
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EducationFour Group or Private Music Lessons: Guitar, Piano, Violin, Voice, and More ($42 for $60)
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Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on Food and Drink in Uptown ($15 for $30)
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 October 1, 2014  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping 3 Responses »
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Free tickets bank of america 500
Kangaroo Express is partnering with Charlotte Motor Speedway to offer extra entertainment to NASCAR fans, both during the Bank of America 500, and beforehand at Kangaroo Express convenient stores. At the bottom of this post, read about their fan events, and the opportunities fans will have to meet drivers. Kangaroo Express is also offering a valuable Bank of America prize package to four Charlotte on the Cheap readers. Each winner will win four tickets to each of these races:

Thu, Oct 9 – Bojangles’ Pole Night
Fri, Oct 10 – 300 Miles of Courage
Sat, Oct 11 – Bank of America 500

To enter the contest:

Read on to learn what Kangaroo Express is offering NASCAR fans:

Bank of America 500 race weekend attendees will have several opportunities to meet legendary drivers at the infield Kangaroo Express, including an autograph signing with driver of the Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Ty Dillon on Friday, Oct. 10 and No. 9 Twisted Tea Ford Fusion driver Marcos Ambrose on Saturday, Oct. 11. Follow Kangaroo Express on Twitter or Facebook to find out when to head down to the infield store for these and other events, including free sample giveaways with Oberto Beef Jerky and Twisted Tea.

Race attendees can also get in on the excitement with fan events scheduled at local Kangaroo Express stores. Marcos Ambrose will meet fans at the 8501 Concord Mills Blvd. Kangaroo Express in Concord on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. – 12 noon and the 546 Ashdale Court Kangaroo Express in Concord on Friday, Oct. 10. from 12 noon – 1 p.m.

Fans can also check out Ambrose’ show car and score free Twisted Tea merchandise Oct. 8 – 11 at the following times and locations:

Oct. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  1529 Concord Pkwy North Concord, NC, Kangaroo Express
Oct. 8, 4 – 6:30 p.m.:  10000 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC, Kangaroo Express
Oct. 9, 4 – 6:30 p.m.:  3065 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. Kannapolis, NC, Kangaroo Express
Oct. 10, 4 – 6:30 p.m.:  1145 Copperfield Blvd. Concord, NC, Kangaroo Express
Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:  8501 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord, NC, Kangaroo Express

As the convenience retailer at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the infield Kangaroo Express store is accessible to all race fans with an infield pass during each event day in October. In addition to grabbing their favorite Coca-Cola refreshments, snacks, alcoholic beverages and convenience items, guests can also refuel on fresh food options, such as Ball Park® hot dogs, chicken wings and nachos.

New breakfast favorites include the Maple Sausage Pancake Roller by Oscar Myer and the 2014 ROO Mug, a reusable mug that retails for just $1.99, plus tax, and can be refilled for 99 cents, plus tax, at any Kangaroo Express store all year long.

Kangaroo Express will also treat its loyal guests with special access to reserved parking on a first come, first serve basis. Loyal guests that show the parking attendant the parking coupon within the free Kangaroo Express mobile app downloaded on their phone can receive complimentary parking in Lot U, the season ticket holder parking lot.

To download the free Kangaroo Express mobile app, visit

 October 1, 2014  Posted by  contest, Sports 6 Responses »
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trick or treatNorthlake Mall is holding a Halloween event for kids 10 and under Friday, October 31st, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arrive in costume and explore interactive displays, enjoy entertainment and receive free treats. The first 200 MallStars members receive a free trick or treat bag. Mallstars it Northlake’s kids’ club at Northlake is called Mallstars. It’s free to join and is a way to stay informed about goings-on like this. Kids get a free gift when you join.

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From October 3rd through November 6th, watch retro horror flicks on the big screen for just $5 at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Boulevard. The movies will be shown at 7pm and 10pm. You can buy the tickets in advance or at the shows. Here’s a frugal tip. Join Ayrsley Perks and, among other benefits, get a free small popcorn at every visit. It’s free to join. In addition there will be a loyalty card for the retro movies. Attend four out of the five and get a free large drink, popcorn and candy.

Here’s the schedule:

  • October 3 – October 9: Psycho
  • October 10 – October 16: Jaws
  • October 17 – October 23: Alien
  • October 24 – October 30: Silence of the Lambs
  • October 31 – November 6: The Shining
 October 1, 2014  Posted by  film, Halloween, South Charlotte No Responses »
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autumnBelmont Fall Festival will take place Saturday, October 18th, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Stowe Park, 24 South Main Street in Belmont. There will be arts and crafts, merchandise displays, food, children’s inflatables ($5 all-day wristband) and stage entertainment at the Gazebl. At 10:00 a.m. Carolina Dance Explosion will perform. At 11:00 a.m. the Belle of Belmont pageant will take place. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a pet pageant, and Merlin’s Band (Top 40 music) will perform from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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enchanted fall festival
Piedmont Progressive Preschool, at 9704 Mallard Creek Road, presents Enchanted Fall Festival on Saturday, November 1st, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The festival includes storytelling, a nature walk, Faerie House competition, face painting, touch-a-truck, a cupcake walk, art and carnival games. Admission is free but tickets will be required for the games.