Jody Mace

I am a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina who writes for magazines and websites. Find me at Google+

Apr 242015
 April 24, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, West Charlotte No Responses »

damien sneed
Charlotte Children’s Choir at Community School of the Arts has been enjoying a partnership with accomplished pianist, conductor, composer and arranger Damien Sneed, who has been instructing the 56 students in five high-impact educational rehearsals that began in March. On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., Sneed and the choir will present a free concert at First Baptist Church West, 1801 Oaklawn Avenue. Although the concert is free, you need to reserve tickets online in advance or by calling 704-372-1000.

Some information about the concert:

It will feature songs and stories of “Faces and Places” around the world. This partnership is made possible with support from the Knight Foundation. Through folksongs, jazz, classical repertoire, spirituals, hymns, and contemporary arrangements, the singers will take you on a musical journey. The central piece of the concert, “It’s Freedom” from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Suite, will be an exciting collaboration between Damien Sneed and the singers of the Charlotte Children’s Choir. Our musical journey will end with “Everyone Has a Place” from Wynton Marsalis’s Abyssinian Mass.

And some information about Damien Sneed:

Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a rising star that is widely admired for his range of musical talents and his extraordinary achievements in entertainment. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Sneed was a musical prodigy who was playing the piano at three years old. He is a pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach, professor and arts educator. A 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has collaborated with a wide range of talent from various musical genres including Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Carlos Santana, Ashford & Simpson, David Sanborn, Kenny Burrell, among many others. Sneed is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and he is a professor at Nyack’s Christian College in New York City. His other professional affiliations have included The Juilliard School as a staff accompanist, Jazz at Lincoln Center as an artistic consultant, the City University of New York (CUNY) as a professor of music, New Brunswick Theological Seminary as an instructor, The Boys Choir of Harlem as an accompanist, the Martina Arroyo Foundation as an artistic consultant, and Yamaha as an endorsed Influential Artist.

In 2013, Sneed brought his 80-member Chorale le Chateau to Charlotte to be part of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass at Friendship Baptist Church, along with Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Filmmakers Dennis Scholl of the Knight Foundation and Marlon Johnson followed both Marsalis and Sneed in their journey around this performance a and produced a documentary, “Everyone Has a Place,” which premiered in WTVI PBS Charlotte in February.

Apr 242015
 April 24, 2015  Posted by  Free Events 4 Responses »
kings drive art walk charlotte

Kings Drive Art Walk

Plan your weekend on the cheap with this list of 1free events around Charlotte, from  Monday, April 20th, 2015, to Sunday, April 27th. One highlight is the first weekend of NC Science Festival, which features science-related events across the stage. Some of the events in this list are part of the NC Science Festival. Learn more about the festival here. On Saturday, dogs are the special guests at Bark in the Park. 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 pretzel at Auntie Anne’s. Must register app by Thursday.
6:00am: Bootcamp class at Romare Bearden Park
10:30am: Free chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A Woodlawn Road if you wear goggles
12:00pm: Lunchbox Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Dante Lewis
12:00pm: English language conversation hour at International House
12:30pm: NC Science Festival: Science, Technology and Modern Percussion at UNCC
6:00pm: Music in the Middle at Ballantyne Village
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Putney’s End
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Loafers
7:00pm: NC Science Festival: Statewide Star Party at Discovery Place
7:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: New Hires
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jon Caneda
7:00pm: Live music at Piedmont Town Center: Perfect 10
8:00pm: NC Science Festival: Statewide Star Party in Concord
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Brandon Stiles (arrive before 10 for free admission)



Free pretzel at Auntie Anne’s. Must register app by Thursday.
Ladybug Weekend Event at Pike Nurseries
8:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Tabata
9:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Rise and Flow Yoga
10:00am: Bark in the Park
10:00am: NoDa Eclectic Market
11:00am: Kings Drive Art Walk
12:00pm: First Annual Graffiti Jam
12:00pm: Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Kannapolis
2:00pm: Spring Family Event at Charlotte Premium Outlets
2:00pm: Bewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Amy Broome
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Loafers
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Rich Challen
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Brinley Addington (arrive before 10 for free admission)


Free pretzel at Auntie Anne’s. Must register app by Thursday.
Free pretzel at Pretzelmaker if you say a tongue twister
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
Ladybug Weekend Event at Pike Nurseries
11:00am: Kings Drive Art Walk
12:00pm: NC Science Festival: UNCC Science and Technology Expo
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm: History program at Duke Mansion
3:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Nate Randall
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
5:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allan
5:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: The Hudson Branch
5:00pm: Pickleball in Matthews. Includes equipment and lesson
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:30pm: Open bluegrass jam at Tommy’s Pub
Apr 232015
 April 23, 2015  Posted by  Food and Drink No Responses »

chickfila chicken sandwich
Hungry? Here are some ways to get free food this week and next. Follow each link for the necessary details. If you’re not subscribed to Charlotte on the Cheap by email, now’s the time. That way you won’t miss a thing. We send just one email a day.

Chicken: Chick-fil-A at 1540 East Woodlawn Road is celebrating the Queen’s University men’s and women’s swim teams winning the Division II NCAA National Championships by giving everyone comes into the store Friday, April 24th, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. wearing swim goggles a free chicken sandwich.

Pretzel: Download and register Auntie Anne’s app by 11:59 p.m. today (Thursday, April 23rd) and get a free pretzel Friday, April 24th, Saturday, or Sunday. You get a plain or cinnamon sugar pretzel

Another pretzel: Visit Pretzelmaker on Sunday, April 26th, say a tongue-twister and get a free pretzel.

Doughnuts: Buy a dozen doughnuts (any variety) at participating Krispy Krispy locations Tuesday, April 28th, on National Superhero Day, and get a dozen free Original Glazed doughnuts for your hero.

Ice Cream: Thursday, April 30th, is Free Cone Day at Carvel. Stop in a participating location between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and get a free junior cone or cup.

Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015  Posted by  Art, Free Events, Music, South Charlotte 1 Response »

south endHead to the Historic South End for Art & Soul of South End on Saturday, May 6th, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 25 independent artists, musicians, artisans, and retailers will be along the Rail Trail. Enjoy a BMX Stunt Show, Slam Poetry by Q Productions, music from Charlotte Folk Society, and Charlotte Food Fight (food trucks will compete.) This map shows some of the key spots for entertainment.

Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping 2 Responses »

Groceries$45 for a One-Year Sam's Plus Membership, $20 Gift Card, and Free Fresh Food Certificates at Sam's Club ($142.94 Value)
Rock MusicIncubus and Deftones at PNC Music Pavilion on August 9 at 6:15 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)
Massage60- or 90-Minute Custom Massage at LKN Massage (Up to 47% Off)
Electronics - EarbudsApple EarPods with Remote and Mic; 1 Set for $12.99 or 2 for $24.99
ResortStay with Water Park Passes and Resort Credit at Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord in Concord, NC. Dates into July.
Cinema$5 for One Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.25 Value)
Thai CuisineThai Cuisine and Sushi at Deejai Thai Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)
Eyewear / SunglassesRay-Ban Men's and Women's Sunglasses from $89.99–$109.99
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Laser Hair RemovalThree Laser Hair-Removal Treatments on a Small, Medium, or Large Area at Satin Med Spa (Up to 83% Off)
Hair Cuts & StylingHaircut with Option for Color, Highlights, or a Keratin Treatment at Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte
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Professional Photography, Photo Printing & FramingOne Framed Canvas from CanvasCuts (Up to 67% Off). Five Sizes Available.
Car Club Membership$29 for One Year of AAA Basic Membership ($59 Value)
DrivingSuper-Speedway Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)
Professional Photography, Photo Printing & Framing$16 for a Photo Session with 8 Portrait Sheets and Video at Flash Digital Portraits ($159.60 Total Value)
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Vehicle Parts & AccessoriesWet/Dry Auto Vacuum with LED Lights
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Vision$59 for an Eye-Care Package with Eye Exam and $225 Toward Prescription Glasses at Eye Care Center– Charlotte
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Apparel & Accessories - Fashion Jewelry - Bracelets - WomensElephant Charm Bracelet with Swarovski Elements in 18K Gold-Plated Brass
Coffee / Tea Supplies (Retail)$6 for $10 Worth of Hot Beverages — Unwind tea and coffee
Hair Cuts & StylingHaircut Package with Optional Partial Highlights or Full Color at Lavish Hair Spa (Up to 52% Off)
ComputersApple iPad 4 (Refurbished). WiFi or 4G GSM-Unlocked Models from $249.99–$309.99
Traditional American Cuisine$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401
Rock MusicJohn Fogerty at Uptown Amphitheatre on May 6 at 8 p.m. (Up to 45% Off)
Dry Cleaning / Laundry ServicesDry Cleaning of One Comforter or Laundering of Eight Men's Shirts at Dry Clean City (Up to 50% Off)
CavitationThree, Six, or Nine iLipo Cavitation Treatments at Omni Medspa by Revita (Up to 80% Off)
Pet - DaycareOne or Five Days of Doggy Daycare or One Basic Doggy Bath at Camp Bow Wow (Up to 58% Off)
Professional Photography, Photo Printing & FramingIn-Studio Photo Shoot with Portrait Sheets and Optional Digital Image and 16"x20" Print at Picture People (91% Off)
Kitchen AppliancesNinja BL206 Extreme Kitchen System Pulse Blender and Food Processor (Refurbished)
MassageOne Massage with Crystal Bishop at Jon'Ric Medical Spa and Wellness (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.
Accommodation typeStay with WiFi at Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria in Dallas, with Dates into August
Hobbies & Creative Arts40, 75, or 110 Custom 5”x7” Flat Cards, Invitations, or Announcements with Envelopes from $24.99–$44.99 from Zazzle
Rock MusicSublime with Rome and Special Guests Rebelution, Pepper, and Mickey Avalon on August 11 (Up to 40% Off)
Pet - DaycareBoarding or Daycare at Carolinas Critter Sitters Doggie Daycare (Up to 63% Off). Three Options Available.
Injection - Botox20, 40, or 60 Units of Botox at Metrolina Medical Associates (Up to 56% Off)
Undergarments6-Pack Microfiber Bras in Regular and Plus Sizes
Hair CareBrilliance New York Hair Straightener Duo with Heat-Resistant Mat and Diamond Drops Hair Serum
Courses - Entertainment Media / ArtsSix-Hour Sewing Class at That's Sew Samii (50% Off)
MassageUp to 53% Off Massage at Emanate Balance
Southeast Asian CuisineJapanese and Malaysian Food at Cuisine Malaya (40% Off). Two Options Available.
Automotive Window TintingTinting for Two Front Windows or Complete Tinting for Sedan from Sun Blockers of America (Up to 51% Off)
Accommodation typeStay at Royal St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, with Dates into September
Injection - Botox20 Units of Botox at Carolinas Eye Center & Med Spa (Up to 54% Off)
Dry Cleaning / Laundry ServicesDry Cleaning for a Comforter or $12 for $25 Worth of Any Dry-Cleaning Services at Cunningham Cleaners
Shooting Range$29 for a One-Day Shooting-Range Package at The Range at Ballantyne ($234.50 Value)
Italian Cuisine$24 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Dinner at Dolce Ristorante
Health & Beauty - Fragrance - MensBurberry Brit Rhythm Eau de Toilette for Men; 1.7 or 3 Fl. Oz. for $22.99 or $29.99
Pizza Place$11 for $20 Worth of Pizzeria Food for Carryout from Jet's Pizza on Montford Dr.
Toys & GamesVrum Ride-On Suitcase and Toy Storage. Multiple Options Available.
MassageSwedish or Deep-Tissue Massage at Advanced Therapeutics: Pain Relief & Wellness Center (Up to 67% Off)
Hair Cuts & StylingOne, Two or Three Keratin Treatments at Melange Hair By Jennifer (Up to 62% Off)
Tribute MusicZoso: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin at The Fillmore Charlotte on Friday, May 1 (Up to 51% Off)
Experiential DiningWinery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)
Event Rental Services25 Balloons, Four or Eight Centerpieces, or Columns or Archway from Balloon and Party Service (Up to 56% Off)
Accommodation typeStay at Island Drive Lodge in Pigeon Forge, TN, with Dates into August
ComputersiPad Mini 16GB 7.9" Tablet with WiFi (Refurbished)

Other$17 -- Treehouse Vineyards Tour, Tastings & Take-Home Bottle
Getaway$199 -- N.C. Culinary Escape w/White House Chef, Reg. $503
Other$59 -- New River Gorge: All-Day Rafting thru Summer, 50% Off
Spa$89 -- Urbana: 'Best Day Spa' Massage & Wine, Reg. $144
Other$224 -- Lake Norman Helicopter Tour for 2, Save 45%

$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning Package ($250 Value)
$32 for a Vineyard Tour, Wine-Tasting for Four, and Two Take-Home Bottles
$49 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Dryer Vent Cleaning ($328 Value)
$45 for a Vineyard Tour, Wine-Tasting for Six, and Three Take-Home Bottles
$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Furnace Checkup ($249 Value)
$19 for $100 Towards a Windshield Replacement or Insurance Deductible
$29 for a 3-Course Two-Hour Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Two-Acupuncture Sessions & Two 30-Minute Massages at Insight Wellness
$49 for a Character or Model with Optional Animal Appearance
$99 for a 3-Lap High-Speed Ride-Along in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
$249 for a 2-Night Weekday Stay for Two - with Breakfast, Champagne and Spa Credit
$149 for a 3-Lap High-Speed Driving Experience in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
$319 for a 2-Night Weekend Stay for Two - with Breakfast, Champagne and Spa Credit
$125 for a High Speed Drive in a Lamborghini or Ferrari
$18 for a Vineyard Tour, Wine-Tasting for Two, and a Take-Home Bottle

Services1-Hour Boudoir Photography Shoot + 11x14 Print ($99 for $249)
Fitness/ActiveTwo-Week Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes and Two Personal-Training Sessions ($40 for $80)
Beauty/HealthOne, Four, or Eight i-Lipo Ultra Sessions ($99 for $250)
Fitness/Active5 COREBARRE Fitness Classes; 3 Semi-Private Pilates Classes; or 3 Private Pilates Classes ($49 for $100)
ServicesPre-Treatment Lab Soil Analysis ($49 for $99)
Beauty/HealthChiropractic Package ($39 for $255)
ServicesGroup or One-on-One Hair Courses: ($249 for $449)
Sports/ Fitness ClubLacrosse Lesson for Up to Three or Four Kids ($90 for $120)
EntertainmentOne Walleye FIshing Trip for Two ($295 for $500)
Fitness/ActiveGym Membership and Fitness Classes ($65 for $150)
ServicesPlan for the Big Day: Linen & Décor or Catering Package for Your Upcoming Charlotte-Area Event ($150 for $300)
ServicesFamily, Bridal, Engagement, Maternity, or Fashion Photo Shoot with 15 Images and Photo Montage ($125 for $250)
EntertainmentHorseback Riding Lessons or Farm Tour ($73 for $105)
Services$60 Toward Computer Services; or a Virus Removal and Computer Tune-Up ($30 for $60)
Services1- or 2-Hour Photo Package; or Wedding Photography ($30 for $100)
Services$50 Window Moisture Removal and Prevention or $100 to Spend on Attic Insulation ($25 for $50)
Beauty/HealthThree Eyebrow and Underarm Waxes ($60 for $90)
ServicesOne or Two Oil Changes or One Computer Diagnostics Session ($29 for $59)
ServicesPrivate In-Home Dog Training Consultation and Evaluation from an Expert Dog Trainer ($47 for $95)
Sports/Fitness ClubSix 30-Minute Group Training Sessions; or One On-Location Private Personal Training Session ($129 for $270)
Fitness/ActiveTwo-Month Women's Gym Membership ($50 for $100)
Fitness/ActiveBaby Class 1 for Adult and Baby: Learn About Tummy Time, Head Shape, and More ($13 for $25)
ServicesGarage Door Tune-Up Including Up to 10 Rollers ($89 for $349)
ServicesOne-Hour Boudoir or General Photography Session with Five Digital Prints ($100 for $200)
RetailConsultation and $500 to Spend on Window Shutters ($250 for $500)
ServicesIn-Studio Boudoir Package with Outfit Changes, Prints, Digital Images, and More ($99 for $250)
Beauty/HealthFull Color or Highlights with a Keratin Smoothing Treatment ($39 for $80)
Beauty/HealthTime to Visit the Chiropractor: Chiropractic Consultation, Exam, Full-Spine X-Rays, and Report ($50 for $200)
EntertainmentFoster Your Creativity with a BYOB Painting Class ($35 for $80)
ServicesRefresh Your Space with Carpet Cleaning ($89 for $198)
ServicesTwo Hours of Residential Cleaning ($90 for $200)
Fitness/ActiveA Workout with Purpose: Five Pilates or CrossFit Classes in Charlotte or Davidson ($50 for $275)
Beauty/HealthTackle Lifestyle Challenges with Hypnosis ($69 for $125)
Fitness/ActiveOne Circuit Training Boot Camp Class on Saturday ($7 for $15)
ServicesSynthetic-Blend Oil Change and Tire Rotation ($32 for $64)
Fitness/ActiveEight 20-Minute MPS Radiant Heat Aided Cardio Exercise Bike Sessions in Cornelius ($199 for $400)
EntertainmentPainting Party Admission for One or Two People ($34 for $70)
Beauty/HealthInvisalign & Comprehensive Dental Evaluation ($2925 for $5850)
Services$200 or $400 to Spend on Tree Removal Services ($100 for $200)
Services$50 to Spend on Scanning Services ($25 for $50)
Fitness/Active2 Weeks of On-Ramp CrossFit Classes ($29 for $69)
ServicesPressure Washing or Gutter Cleaning and Screen Installation Services ($299 for $550)
Fitness/ActiveFive Fitness Classes with Optional Kids' Fitness Class; or an Unlimited Month ($20 for $40)
ServicesKeep Your Home at a Comfortable Temperature with a Heating Inspection ($59 for $189)
Beauty/HealthFull Set of Eyelash Extensions ($100 for $200)
Services$500 to Spend on Installation of Five Energy-Efficient Windows ($49 for $500)
Fitness/ActiveGym Membership or Foot Detox Sessions ($19 for $40)
ServicesUltimate Auto Detail Package, Engine Cleaning, and Headlight Restoration ($142 for $285)
Fitness/ActiveGet Toned Your Way: One- or Two-Month Unlimited CrossFit Membership for One or Two ($49 for $135)
Fitness/ActiveHave Fun With Your Cardio Workout: 5 or 15 Zumba Classes ($20 for $35)
ServicesMake Sure Your Pet Is in Good Health with a Pet Exam, Consult, Nail Trim, and Rabies Shot ($49 for $105)
Fitness/ActiveHit the Gym: Ten CrossFit Classes; or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes in Cornelius ($40 for $100)
Retail$40 for Billiards Supplies and Accessories ($20 for $40)
Retail$30 to Spend on Colorfully Fun Clothing ($15 for $30)
Beauty/HealthIndulge: Color Service or Women's Haircut ($39 for $80)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Sushi, Teriyaki, and More ($10 for $20)
Beauty/Health1, 3, or 5 Infrared Fit Body-Wrap Sessions ($80 for $180)
RetailEmbrace the Joys of Pregnancy Thanks to Valuable One-on-One Support for an Entire Trimester ($150 for $300)
ServicesStay Comfy: Furnace or A/C Tune-Up ($59 for $120)
EntertainmentKids' Spa Package for 6 or 8 Girls ($159 for $275)
Beauty/HealthChiropractic Consultation and Adjustment with Full Spinal Scan, Four Digital X-Rays & Findings ($20 for $340)
Services90-Minute In-Home Professional Training Session for Dogs 16 Weeks and Older ($59 for $175)
Fitness/ActiveFour Private and Four Group Dance Classes ($109 for $249)
ServicesAll the Photos You Could Want: Classic Photo Booth Package with 3 Hours of Unlimited Use ($450 for $900)
ServicesAuto Detailing Package with Paint Protection Film ($239 for $480)
Fitness/ActiveLearn to Dive: Intro to Scuba Orientation Class ($20 for $50)
Beauty/HealthHaircut with Conditioning, Blow Dry, and Style with Option to Add Color ($32 for $65)
Beauty/HealthFull Set of Eyelash Extensions + 1 Fill ($109 for $225)
Beauty/HealthShampoo, Haircut, and Style with an Option for a Color Treatment or Full Highlights ($22 for $45)
Fitness/ActiveTurn Up the Temps with Hot Yoga Classes ($29 for $75)
Beauty/HealthLactic Acid Peel or Glycolic Acid Peel ($45 for $70)
EntertainmentHone Your Natural Dramatics with 3 Intro Acting Sessions with Linda Ann Watt ($49 for $99)
Services1 Day of Dog Walking (3 Walks) ($25 for $45)
Beauty/HealthFootbath, Sauna Session, and Thermal Massages ($39 for $110)
Fitness/ActiveFitness Classes, Fitness Package, or Massage ($34 for $168)
Services$100 Toward Mobile Windshield Replacement ($19 for $100)
ServicesOne or Two Premium Oil Changes ($19 for $35)
EntertainmentTwo-Hour Wine-Making Class for One or Two ($49 for $99)
ServicesProfessional Landscape Consultation ($75 for $150)
Beauty/Health$40 or $150 to Spend on Improving Your Hair's Look and Feel ($20 for $40)
Beauty/Health1-Hour Massage, Facial, or Both ($40 for $59)
Beauty/HealthChemical Peel, Body Wrap, or Both ($55 for $110)
ServicesAir Duct Cleaning or Dryer Vent Cleaning ($49 for $230)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Kids' Dance Classes; or 4 Voice Lessons ($32 for $65)
Fitness/Active1 Month of Unlimited CrossFit ($70 for $145)
ServicesFive Days of Doggie Daycare in Fort Mill ($37 for $75)
Fitness/ActiveTwirl Around the Floor: 5 Private Dance Lessons, 1 Group Class & 1 Practice Session ($39 for $312)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Sushi and Japanese Food and Drink at a Beloved Spot in Mooresville ($12 for $20)
Beauty/Health1 or 3 Swedish Massages; a Couples' Massage Training Class; or 2 Seaweed Wraps ($99 for $195)
Fitness/ActiveFitness Classes or Medical Massage ($19 for $75)
Beauty/HealthFull Set of Eyelash Extensions with Maintenance ($145 for $290)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Chinese Food and Drink ($10 for $20)
Beauty/HealthHaircut, Conditioning, and Style; Brazilian Wax; or CND Shellac Manicure ($30 for $60)
RetailPreserve Memories: Videotape-to-DVD or Audio Casette Transfer ($10 for $20)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two One-Hour Massages ($39 for $50)
ServicesHVAC Tune-Up or 1-Year Service Agreement ($69 for $139)
EntertainmentKids' Baseball Camp or Softball Camp ($125 for $250)
ServicesGarage Door Tune-Up and Outdoor Keypad Installaion ($99 for $155)
Beauty/HealthIPL Photofacial with LED Light Treatment and More; or Lymphatic Drainage Massage ($65 for $240)

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Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015  Posted by  NoDa, Shopping, The City No Responses »

noda eclectic marketplace
Shop for a wide variety of art from local vendors at NoDa Eclectic Marketplace every Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. behind Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, 514 East 36th Street. The market recently moved from inside Neighborhood Theatre to outdoors for spring, so enjoy the warming weather and a wide variety of artists and vendors. Expect to find food, home products, jewelry, art and much more.


Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015  Posted by  Festivals, Free Events, Kids No Responses »

NC Science Festival
North Carolina Science Festival 2015 is a statewide collection of events, from April 10th, 2015, through April 26th, intended to ignite an interest in science in both kids and adults. Events take place at a number of venues in the Charlotte area, including Discovery Place, UNCC, CPCC, libraries and ImaginOn. You can see all the Charlotte area events here. Some events are free, some have a cost, and others are free after admission into the venue, like Discovery Place. Here is a list of some of the free events in the Charlotte area. Follow each link for more detailed information. Some require registration and may be filled up by the time you read this.

UNC Charlotte Graduate Research Symposium
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m.
UNC Charlotte Atkins Library
Presentations of the latest research being presented by graduate students at UNC Charlotte.

Songs of the Deep: Why Whales Sing and Olives Float
Saturday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Public Library
Did you know that the blue whale is the loudest creature on earth? Their songs can be heard from hundreds of miles away. How and why do blue whales, and their smaller relatives, communicate? Why do olives float–and how does that have anything to do with whales!? Explore the majesty and mystery of the largest (and loudest) animals on the planet through literature, sound, movement, activities and experiments in this special program for all ages. Families are encouraged to participate together.

Dr. Bob’s Sonic Workshop @ ImaginOn
Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Drawing from the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, and from the innovative educational efforts of the Bob Moog Foundation, Dr. Bob’s workshop engages participants ages 7-13 in the fun and physics of sound!

The Bob Moog Foundation Staff of sonic ambassadors will lead an interactive presentation using elements from the Foundation’s lauded Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool curriculum as well as custom graphic animations to teach children about vibrations, sound travel, waveforms, pitch and amplitude.

Program is for children ages 7-13 years old. You must register to attend. Visit website for details.

Bird-Lore and More
Sunday, April 12 at 1:00 pm
Charlotte Nature Museum
Birds are amazing! From their surprising behaviors to their spectacular colors, species of birds tell us a lot about our world — like how well we’re taking care of our home. Hear from local authorities about why birds are important, then get up close and personal with some fine feathered friends.

New Trends in Gaming
Monday, April 13 at 2:30 pm
Independence Regional Library
Join us for an afternoon of exploring technology through video gaming. Discover the world of video gaming with a variety of games and consoles, or learn how to create your own game! Program for teens, ages 12-18.

Rookie Science: Yummy Science
Monday, April 13 at 5:00 pm
West Boulevard Library
Who knew chemistry could taste this good? Learn the effects of chemical reactions by conducting yummy experiments with some of your favorite candies, like gummy bears, mentos and marshmallows to name a few. Program for children of all ages.

Catapult Physics
Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 pm
Concord Library
Prepare to lay siege! Join us for this medieval exploration of physics as we assemble an army of miniature catapults. Recommended for ages 7 to 12.

STEM 101: BeatLab
Wednesday, April 15 at 3:30 pm
Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects, or math puzzles. This week, we’ll explore BeatLab, an online music maker where you can remix and listen to other’s songs. Put together a compilation that can be played at the library.

Blast Off! Rocket Builders
Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 pm
Charlotte Preparatory School
Blast off into the sky with an evening of rocket construction! Join us to build a variety of rockets from everyday items, including paper, soda bottles, and film canisters. Launch your own model rocket, or watch our model launches. Please contact Angelica Rosen at, if you wish to bring your own rocket!

Free Day at Carolina Raptor Center
Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 am
Carolina Raptor Center
Help Carolina Raptor Center wrap up our yearlong “30 for 30″ celebration, on our 30 years of raptor rehabilitation and science education. We’ve been celebrating all year long in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Everyone gets in FREE to the Raptor Trail on April 16.

Inside Interactive Computing Design
Friday, April 17 at 8:00 am
UNCC Woodward Hall
The Interactive Computing folks at UNC Charlotte open their design studio, where they are working on designing smart appliances that can be controlled by gesture. What gesture would you make to ask your fridge for a glass of milk? Come tour the studio, watch students at work on this challenging project, and give them your feedback.
Free, but space is limited so online registration is required at

Sound Science on the SALT Block
Friday, April 17 at 2:00 pm
Catawba Science Center, Hickory
Catawba Science Center is happy to present Sound Science on the SALT Block, with our neighbors Hickory Choral Society, P3 (Piedmont Percussion Program) & Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS). Explore the science of sound & music with CSC staff & our partnering musicians. Drum, vibrate & sing while learning physics! Enjoy viewings of Terminal Star in the Millholland Planetarium; this dazzling musical & visual experience combines a new piece by local composer Luke Benton, music by WPS & images by NASA.

Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 pm
Atomz Lab, 9608 Longstone Lane

FREE community event as a celebration of Earth Day! April 22nd, 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary.
Both indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) stations will boast super fun, hands-on activities related to protecting our planet. Activities include:

  • Learn about oil spill clean-up and pollution of our oceans.
  • Make your own jellyfish and recycled paper to take home!
  • Compete in a recycling game.
  • Learn the importance of honeybees.
  • Make a terrarium using recycled materials.

Garden in a Glove
Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 pm
Harrisburg Public Library
Get your backyard garden off to a great start! Learn how to make a backyard garden as well as how to make it grow!

Rube Goldberg Machines
Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 pm
Kannapolis Library
Join us to build complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, such as rolling a ball or flipping a light switch. Bring your family and friends and put your creativity to work using household items. All supplies will be provided. This event is for all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tape, Loop, Delay: Science, Technology and Contemporary Percussion Music
Friday, April 24 at 12:30 pm
UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building
Percussionist Scott Christian explores the science of sound and the role of new technologies in contemporary concert music, with a performance and demonstration that features music for percussion as well as live and recorded electronics.

Statewide Star Party: Charlotte
Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pm
Discovery Place parking deck
Join Discovery Place and Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club for an evening of stargazing, celestial viewing and astronomy activities on the top of the parking deck of Discovery Place.

Statewide Star Party: Cabarrus County
Friday, April 24 at 8:00 pm
Vietnam Veterans Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord
Due to park closing times, this is a limited chance to see Vietnam Veterans Park in the dark. At Cabarrus County Active Living and Park’s first star party, participants will make s’mores, create constellation cards, view stars through the telescopes and go on a constellation scavenger hunt.

UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo
Sunday, April 26 at 12:00 pm
UNC Charlotte Lower Campus Mall, Student Union and surrounding buildings
An exposition for all ages with more than 100 science and technology activities and demonstrations, games, entertainment and giveaways!

Presented by UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, students and community partners, presentations will include robotics (robots and more robots!), weird physics, chemistry demos, interactive computer activities, environmental and life sciences (live animals and strange plants!), rocketry and space sciences, astronomy, human health, and so much more!

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 April 21, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, The City 2 Responses »

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Romare Bearden’s Party in the Park, a free live music series, returns on May 6th, 2015 and will continue through the end of August. This “Uptown Sound” series features different genres of music, including party bands, jazz and rock, country and Carolina Beach Music, as well as tribute bands. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and lawn chairs or a blanket as they enjoy the music and the friendly ambiance of the park.This weekly music series takes place Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park is at 300 South Church Street. Here’s the schedule.

May 6: The Dickens
May 13: SummerDaze
May 20: Carolina Soul Band
May 27: The Catalinas

June 3: The Extraordinaires
June 10: Lake Side Drive Band
June 17: Coming Up Brass
June 24: Too Much Sylvia

July 1: Fantastic Shakers
July 8: Swinging’ Medallions
July 15: The Entertainers
July 22: The Holiday Band
July 29: Rick Strickland Band

August 5: Atlantic Groove Band
August 12: Band of Oz
August 19: Jim Quick & Coastline
August 26: North Tower Band

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 April 21, 2015  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping No Responses »

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