Jul 172014

Charlotte garage salesWe’ve compiled a list of the biggest Charlotte garage sales this weekend. We included very large multi-family sales,  sales, church sales, neighborhood sales and estate sales going on in the Charlotte area this weekend. We’ve added a new feature. Now the sales are shown on a map, so you can easily see which are close together. This is particularly useful on your smart phone. Click here to see this weekend’s sales. Do you know of a large sale we should include? Email cheapskate@charlotteonthecheap.com and include the address, date, time, and a brief description.

This week’s free event list is brought to you by our friends at Charlotte Warehouse Sale. Charlotte Warehouse Sale offers new designer clothing–with tags–at 65% to 90% off department store prices.

charlotte warehouse sale

Next up: the End of Summer Sale, July 30th through August 3rd. Everything is an additional 10% off.

 July 17, 2014  Posted by  garage sales, Shopping 2 Responses »
Jul 052014

mccoll center logoOnce a month (or more) the artists at McColl Center for Visual Arts, 721 N. Tryon Street, open their studios to the public, so that everyone can see something of the creative process. The next Open Studio Saturday is July 12th, 2014,  from 11am to 4pm. This is a chance to meet the artists and talk with them about their work. Free event.

Meet the current residents during Open Studio Saturday to learn about each artist’s unique creative process directly from the source. Roaming room-to-room, you will encounter artists at work and see examples of their art representing a broad range of media from sculpture and painting to photography and encaustics. A free docent-led tour begins at 11:30 AM. All ages welcome. Admission and parking are free.

Future Open Studio Saturday dates are August 9, September 27, October 11 and November 8

 July 5, 2014  Posted by  Art, Entertainment, Free Events Comments Off
Jul 012014

The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Saturday, July 5 and Sunday July 6, take advantage of this opportunity. Also, call individual museums for their hours. As of this posting  the following Charlotte museums are included. If you are reading this post at a later time make sure to check the link yourself.

Mint Museum Uptown
Mint Museum Randolph
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Levine Musem of the New South
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Bring a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch  credit or debit card for admission. Excludes special exhibitions, fundraising events and ticketed shows.

 July 1, 2014  Posted by  Expired Comments Off
May 252014

Charlotte outdoor summer moviesRadiant Life Fellowship Church presents Movies in the Park at North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. The movies are free and so are the popcorn, drinks, bug spray and sunscreen. There will be pre-movie activities like cornhole, frisbee, football, and kids’ games with prizes games. The park opens at 6pm for the festivities, and the movies start at dusk, around 9pm.

The schedule:

June 6: Despicable Me 2
September 5: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

 May 25, 2014  Posted by  film, Free Events, Kids Comments Off
May 222014

boy read bookSummer reading programs can help kids stay interested in books through the summer. Here are three programs that offer kids (and, in one case, adults) rewards for reading a certain number of books or for a certain number of hours. Follow each link for more details on how to participate.

The Last Word, a used book and media store in the university area, rewards kids age 12 and under with $5 in store credit for every 10 books they read, up to $20. You can just write the titles of the books on a piece of paper. You don’t need a special form, although they have some, in limited quantities, at the store. The program runs from June 1st, 2014, through August 15th.  More details.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers programs for kids and adults of all ages. There are four different programs, broken down by age. Readers earn prizes for reading, as well as entry in drawings to win bigger prizes.  They can also “read down” their library fines. The program runs from June 11th through August 9th, and registration is open now.  More details.

Barnes and Nobles’ Imagination’s Destination program lets kids in grades one through six choose a free book when they read eight books. More details. You can also find some tips for parents and lots of book recommendations on the same website.

 May 22, 2014  Posted by  Kids, literature Comments Off
May 222014

skateMany skating rinks across the country are participating in the Kids Skate Free program. The participating locations in the Charlotte area are the two Kate’s Skating Rinks in Gastonia. Click on the above link and then the link for the skating center you’re interested in. You’ll see the age limits and the days and times of the weeks where kids can skate for free. Make sure to read all the details. Skate rental is $2 at Kate’s. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a weekly pass on those pages. If you have questions about the program, call the individual skating rink.

 May 22, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Kids, Sports Comments Off
Mar 272014

The annual Gospel Shout! concert is back, rescheduled from this fall. It’s presented by Levine Museum of the New South and Center City Partners and is held at United House of Prayer for All People, 2321 Beatties Ford Road. Shout Bands are a United House of Prayer original, and they have their roots right in this area. The music of these high-energy trombone-led bands is something you ought to experience. There will also be a capella singing.

The concert is Thursday, March 27th, 2014, at 7:30pm, and it’s free. Come early (starting at 6pm) and get a soul food dinner at the church cafeteria for $10.

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Feb 072014

Mark your calendars: Saturday, February 8th, 2014, from 10am to 4pm, bring your fairies, elves, and gnomes, and other small magical creatures to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, at 6211 Sample Road in Huntersville, for the annual Fairy House Festival. They’ll learn how to build fairy houses and gnome homes on a special wooded trail that is known for its high year-long population of fairies. Prizes will be  awarded for exceptional dwellings for these magical creatures. Kids who show up in fairy or gnome costumes will receive prizes, while supplies last. In addition there will be stories, fairy boats, geocaching, fort building, pony rides ($2 charge), food trucks and crafts.

 February 7, 2014  Posted by  Expired 2 Responses »
Feb 062014

shaggy and bookKids who are self-conscious about reading to people love to read to dogs. And the trained therapy dogs who visit the library love it too. Paws to Read is a free ongoing program, but you need to sign up at the library for the session you’d like your child to attend. Some fill up quickly. You can see all the upcoming Paws To Read sessions here and learn how to register.

The program takes place at several branches of the library, including University City, Davidson, Mountain Island, Morrison, Matthews, Mint Hill and Independence.

 February 6, 2014  Posted by  Expired Comments Off
Nov 232013

Experience the Scottish New Year tradition of First Footin’ at Rural Hill on Tuesday, January 1st, 2014 at 11AM. Participants will walk the borders of the property, stopping together to listen to stories of history and folklore. The walk is between 2 and 3 miles, so dress comfortably. Following the “First Footin’” will be a dramatic reading of the story “Stone Soup” and a luncheon. The event is free, but please bring something share for the luncheon.

10:00 – First Footin’ Five Miler Trail Run begins (There’s a charge for the trail run and you must register in advance.)
11:00 – Step off for the First Footin’ Walk around the farm grounds
12:00 – Stone Soup Blessing and Gathering
1:00 – Historic Rural Hill Cultural center Ribbon Cutting & Scottish Festivities
Recognition of past and present members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.
3:00 – Open House Concludes

List of Items Needed:
•Fresh or canned vegetables for the soup
•Soft Drinks, Tea, or Favorite Beverage
•Bowls, Plates, Napkins, Eating Utensils

Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, N. C. 28078-8342

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