Apr 032014
 


The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Saturday, April 5th and Sunday April 6th, 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.

 April 3, 2014  Posted by  Attractions & Museums, Free Events 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.

 March 27, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Music Comments Off
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.

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  Animals, library, literature 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.

Schedule
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
•Bread
•Dessert
•Soft Drinks, Tea, or Favorite Beverage
•Bowls, Plates, Napkins, Eating Utensils

Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, N. C. 28078-8342
704.875.3113

 November 23, 2013  Posted by  Free Events, holiday, New Year Comments Off
Nov 132013
 

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 8.40.14 PMThe public is invited to a Kwanzaa celebration at the Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture on Saturday, December 28th, from 11am to 3pm. A $5 donation is requested. Some more details, from the website: Spend the third day of Kwanzaa at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture in the spirit of Ujima or collective work and responsibility – to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.

Join us for drumming and then learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa by participating in a candle lighting and libation ceremony. Tour the galleries, including our current exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males and participate in a facilitated discussion; then create Kwanzaa themed arts & crafts. While Kwanzaa celebrates African culture, other people can and do enjoy the holiday, just as people of other cultures participate in Cinco de Mayo and Chinese New Year.

The Gantt Center is at Levine Center for the Arts, 551 South Tryon Street.

 November 13, 2013  Posted by  holiday Comments Off
Nov 012013
 

If you’re a regular reader here you know that The Last Word, a used book/media store in the University area, is one of my very favorite places in Charlotte.

So I’m excited about one of today’s daily deals: $20 for $40 to spend at The Last Word. This stuff is inexpensive anyway. So this deal will go a LONG way.

The Last Word carries much more than used books (which, by the way, are extremely well-organized and easy to sort through.) You’ll also find video games and video game systems, CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, videocassettes, and more. They’ve got a great selection of educational materials (perfect for homeschoolers, or people needing to study for AP tests, etc.) They’ve got a community room, and always exhibit the work of local artists. And a new coffee shop.

Also, they pay a GOOD rate for your own used items, especially if you take your payment in store credit.

The Last Word has got it going on! If you haven’t been there yet, you should.

 November 1, 2013  Posted by  Charlotte shopping Comments Off
Oct 312013
 

If you’re a regular reader here you know that The Last Word, a used book/media store in the University area, is one of my very favorite places in Charlotte.

So I’m excited about one of today’s daily deals: $20 for $40 to spend at The Last Word. This stuff is inexpensive anyway. So this deal will go a LONG way.

The Last Word carries much more than used books (which, by the way, are extremely well-organized and easy to sort through.) You’ll also find video games and video game systems, CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, videocassettes, and more. They’ve got a great selection of educational materials (perfect for homeschoolers, or people needing to study for AP tests, etc.) They’ve got a community room, and always exhibit the work of local artists. And a new coffee shop.

Also, they pay a GOOD rate for your own used items, especially if you take your payment in store credit.

The Last Word has got it going on! If you haven’t been there yet, you should.

 October 31, 2013  Posted by  Charlotte shopping Comments Off
Sep 302013
 


The annual UPDATE: This concert has been postponed due to construction at the church. Gospel Shout! concert held at United House of Prayer for All People is back. 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 Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, at 7:30pm, and it’s free. Come early (starting at 6pm) and get a soul food dinner at the church cafeteria for $10.

 September 30, 2013  Posted by  Free Events, Music Comments Off