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October 2, 2014

Smarty Alert: Toys & Co 20% off Storewide Sale Starts Saturday!

Toys & Co Fall Storewide Sale

Smarty Sale Alert!! Starting Saturday, October 4th, Toys & Co will begin their 38th Annual Fall Sale! For one week only, they will offer a 20% discount in stores & online at! There are no coupons or codes needed, simply shop and save. Load up on your holiday & birthday gifts now and take advantage of this once-a-year gig! Sale starts Saturday and runs through October 11th.

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October 1, 2014

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: October 4-6

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

HLC Free College Seminar

Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot! (704) 522-7511

Saturday, October 4th, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Huntington Learning Center
9601 Holly Point Drive, Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Tuesday, October 7th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Huntington Learning Center
4701 Park Road
Pfeiffer University Campus
Charlotte, NC 28209 Read More →

September 30, 2014

Charlotte Radiology is painting the QC PINK this October!

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Our Smarty partners at Charlotte Radiology are the PINK headquarters as we head into October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Their newest debut is the new 3-D Mammography and of course, their convenient Mobile Mammography Unit. In typical Charlotte Radiology fashion, they have teamed up with businesses all over Charlotte to paint this town pink!

Charlotte Radiology Breast Centers are sponsoring several local fundraisers and events throughout the month, in their 7th consecutive year of the October “1-in-8″ breast cancer awareness campaign. A portion of the proceeds from all of these events will benefit Carolinas Breast Cancer Fund, a Levine Cancer Institute initiative. Donations will aid the organization in providing Free Mammography Day in targeted underserved populations.

Mark your calendars, Smarties and hit these awesome pink events all in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Pink Pint Night: Wednesday, October 1

On Wednesday, October 1, NoDa Brewing Company is hosting Pink Pint Night with live music, food trucks, raffles, and a special pink brew from 4:00p-8:30p.

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Smarty Steal: Toddler Tuesdays at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

Listen up, Smarties! We’ve got an awesome new Smarty Steal for all of you. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium just announced its new Toddler Tuesday. Every Tuesday one child admission ticket (ages 3-12 – we love that it’s up to age 12 because, let’s face it, aren’t there times when kids of ALL ages act like toddlers?! ;-) ) is free with a paying adult! PLUS, adult tickets are also discounted to $14.SLCH01 >30mm

This offer is valid all day, on Tuesdays only. Discount for walk-up tickets only (not available online). Just mention “Toddler Tuesday” at the ticket counter!

Have you been to Sea Life yet? Well, if not, this is the PERFECT activity if your kids is a MWF preschooler or are just out of school on a Tuesday. SEA LIFE will transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you’d have to get wet! There’s tons to do at SEA LIFE:

- Amazing Underwater Ocean Tunnel
- More than 5,000 Sea Creatures
- Hold a crab or touch a starfish in our Touchpool Experience
- Watch  fun talks and feed shows throughout the day

About Sea Life Charlotte-Concord

Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is a 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction allows visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with over 5,000 sea creatures. Sea Life provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors see strong evidence of Sea Life’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally. Read More →

Smarty Steal Alert: 10% off class fee at SwimMAC Swim School

This just in from SwimMAC Swim School – Smarties are able to take 10% off the class fee (not the registration fee) when you register your little one for SwimMAC Swim School.SwimMAC instructor

SwimMAC Swim School offers programs for students of all ages and at all levels of experience, including Mommy & Me classes, preschool and elementary-age group lessons, adult beginners and stroke refinement sessions. In small group or individual settings, SwimMAC Swim School instructors focus on fun, safety, and proper technique. A logical skill progression structure sets students up for success and our experienced instructors create a positive, supportive environment. Our goal is to establish a strong foundation in our students while instilling a love of swimming so that children and families enter the sport with an opportunity for lifelong enrichment.

This Smarty Steal is good at all of their locations. Simply register on their web site and use the code “SwimMACSmartyPants” – easy peezy! Read More →

Don’t miss Leroy Fox’s 3rd Annual Rocks for Pink

Planning your weekend already and it’s only Tuesday? Us, too. Here’s one you don’t want to miss – Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails will be hosting the 3rd annual Fox Rocks for Pink event this Saturday, October 4th, 2014. This big bash is the official post Race for the Cure benefit for Susan G. Komen of Charlotte.Fox Rocks Web 2014 FINAL

Fox Rocks for Pink is a FUN event doing a lot of good. In 2012, the first annual event raised over $10,000 in funds with over 250 guests. Last year they raised nearly $15,000 with over 350 guests. It was inspired by Nicole Bills, former Panther’s LadyCat and breast cancer survivor, but is now held in honor of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends, and family affected by breast cancer.

This year’s guests can expect a glamorous pink carpet event with paparazzi, and a silent auction with fun prizes like a pair of diamond earrings from Diamonds Direct, a professional photography session with famed pin-up photographer Carlo Pieroni, and a complimentary surgery from Stillwater Plastic Surgery. All silent auction proceeds will go directly to Susan G. Komen.

DJ SK will be kicking off the dance party while Lindsay, of the Ace & TJ radio show, will be emceeing. Limited pre-sale tickets may be purchased at for the fundraiser starting at 8pm on Saturday, October 5th. The Third Annual Fox Rocks for Pink Party will surely be a night of good will and good times Read More →

September 29, 2014

Smarty Guide to Pumpkin Picking

It’s cool and crisp outside. The sun is rising a little later and setting a little earlier. The Crockpot has found its way to the countertop. This means one thing – fall is here! With fall comes some really great outdoor activities to do with the kiddos. A necessity of the season is getting a pumpkin. Whether you choose to decorate it, use it for home decor, eat it, or all of the above, this is your Smarty Guide to the are Pumpkin Patches.
Hall Family Farm
Family owned and operated for decades on end, this family farm in the Ballantyne area is dry of strawberries from their summer crop and is ready for your family to pick the perfect pumpkin. Beyond the fields of orange, there are other activities to participate in, including a corn make, musical hay ride. Admission to the farm is free, pumpkins and activities extra.

Hours through November 8:
Friday-Saturday: 9am-10pm
Monday-Sunday: 9am-6pm

10713 Providence Road West
Charlotte, NC 28277

Hodges Farm
For more than a century, this family farm has been a hub of the great pumpkin. There are plenty of pumpkins for the picking with 10 acres to choose from. Other family activities include hayrides every hour, hay mountain, farm animals and pony rides on the weekends. Admission to the farm is free, pumpkins and activities extra.

Hours in October:
Open seven days a week: 9am until dark

3900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC 28215

Carrigan Farms
This Mooresville gem has tractor-drawn pumpkin patch hayrides to help you choose the pumpkin that will come home with you. Beyond the pumpkins, their farm market offers a good harvest of fall favorites including apples and cider, gourds, greens, mums and more. Hayride tickets are $10 for ages 2+, free under 23 months; however, they can’t take a pumpkin home). Furthermore, on select nights in October, the 130 acre farm is turned into Scarrigan Farms – a haunted trail that makes you scream. Note that Sacrrigan Farms is not for the wee ones, so get a babysitter and come on out! Tickets are $20 per scaredy cat.

Hayride hours:
Saturdays and Sundays in October: 9am-4pm
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy
Mooresville, NC 28115
704-664-1450 Read More →

Miller Street Dance Academy: More Than A Dance Studio

One of the coolest things about Miller Street Dance Academy (MSDA) is that they are fully committed to community service as well as dance education. They’ve come up with a really unique way to make sure every student has the opportunity to give back – the MSDA Service Society. Every student is invited to participate and can become involved by taking part in projects that are hosted by both the studio and by other students throughout the year. MSDA Raises Money

Students can host their own projects by filling out a Service Society Application and submitting it to the Service Society Coordinator, Katie Knowles (Providence) or Mary-Neil Jackson (Baxter). For each project, different amounts of points are awarded for participation. The student with the most points at the end of the year receives an award. We absolutely love this Smarty idea!

One of their most recent service projects was their “Penny Wars,” which raised an impressive $28,000 for the African Christians Fellowship International – read more about those “Penny Wars” here. Read More →

September 28, 2014

Smarty Sunday Share from SHARE Charlotte: Eagle Rock Camp

By Kimberly Paulk at, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits

“We live in the land of the free, because of the brave.” – Eagle Rock Camp

When our military troops serve, their families serve as well – this is Eagle Rock Camp’s guiding belief. Distance, absence and hardship challenge the dynamics of family groups in ways many of us can only imagine.Share 928

Eagle Rock Camp steps in with secluded camp retreats that are far from the distractions of daily life. Military families attend together to become stronger and more connected. As Eagle Rock says, the families “learn to have fun together, once again.”

Camps rely extensively on volunteers to help their certified campers create a meaningful experience for the families. There are many ways to get involved. Check out a few of the opportunities below, then visit SHARE Charlotte for more information.

Administrative Assistant – after an initial training period, work from home to help with monthly email newsletters
Grant writer – either part time or full time, and you can work virtually
Camp Counselor - attend a camp and spend time with the children coordinating and leading activities

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Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. So for the full list, make sure to check out our Smarty Guide to 2014-15 School Open Houses.

Smarty School Open House Guide

Charlotte Lab School

Charlotte Lab School logo - gray and green

Charlotte Lab School is a NC tuition-free public charter school opening in the Uptown area in the fall of 2015 with grades K-4 and growing to a K-8 school. Their mission is to redesign the school experience to better prepare students for success in college and career and to serve, through community parternships, as a model for innovative practices in teaching and leadership. They believe in: Authentic Learning, Individualization and Personalization, Global Awareness and Bilingualism, Metacognitive Skill Development, and Innovation.

LEARN MORE. Join us at one of our upcoming Information Sessions. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a Spanish-speaking representative at each of the sessions.

Tuesday, September 30
Plaza Midwood Library*
1623 Central Ave.

Wednesday, October 1
Hickory Grove Library*
5935 Hickory Grove Rd.
*Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is not a sponsor, nor does it endorse any practices or points of view of Charlotte Lab School.

This school is history in the making, so please check the website often for more upcoming open houses.

Contact Charlotte Lab School:
PO Box 30034
Charlotte, NC 28230
twitter: @charlottelabsch Read More →

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