Hello Smarty friends. Spring has sprung with a vengeance. This is the weekend to celebrate the Earth, cheer on rubber ducks, Walk for the Cure and raise awareness for healthy, fit kids! I think there is a cause in there for everyone. Not only does spring bring that great Carolina weather, it also brings great family events centered on raising awareness and funds for issues that affect our families. If you haven’t already adopted your ducks and become a member of the CSP/Jen B team, it is not too late and we hope to see many of you on Sunday at the Whitewater Center. Check out the other great festivals plays and Earth Day celebrations happening around town, there really is something out there for everyone! You can also go the the CSP Cares section of the site to find out more about many of these events. Have a very smarty weekend.
CSP is proud and honored to partner with the Avon Foundation and the PGA TOUR Wives Association to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in North Carolina who are affected by domestic violence. We have set an ambitious goal to be the largest team in the inaugural Avon Foundation Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence event, held at the Quail Hollow Championship on Tuesday, April 28th. We want to blanket the course in our smarty pink and green and we cannot do it without your help. Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence is a non-competitive, family-friendly event that will raise critical funds and awareness to help end the cycle of domestic violence in North Carolina. Join the CSP team to walk 9 holes (2.5 miles) or 18 holes (5 miles). Funds raised will be distributed by the Avon Foundation to outstanding organizations in the Charlotte area, including the United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women and The Shelter of Gaston County. Please click here to read Jen P’s post about the event and how to join our team.
5th Annual Hope Floats Duck Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center
April 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm
A community event that occurs each spring to support the locally based nonprofit, KinderMourn, which provides grief counseling, support groups and community outreach programs to parents who have lost a child and children/teens who have lost a loved one. Last year, over 12,000 ducks were dropped into the rapids. All guests enjoy a great afternoon filled with live music, fun-filled activities. Don’t forget to join Team Charlotte Smarty Pants/Jen B!
Kids In Motion Festival
Symphony Park at SouthPark
April 18, 10:00am-4:00pm
Kids in Motion — where kids of all ages can learn about improving their physical, mental and dental health. This community festival showcases cars, trucks and all things that go, along with valuable tips on living a healthier life. Presented by the Junior League of Charlotte (JLC), Kids in Motion is part of the JLC’s Healthy Child Initiative focusing on improving the mental, dental and physical health of Charlotte’s children. Explore Pre-School Play Zone is a new feature for the 2009 festival. Children ages 3 and under can enjoy a safe area to use their imaginations and even bounce in a house especially for them.
Charlotte Walk to Cure Diabetes
April 18, Check in is 7:00am and the walk begins at 8:30am
The Charlotte Walk to Cure Diabetes (the ninth largest JDRF Walk in the U.S.) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Carowinds for the 19th consecutive year. More than 6,500 walkers, including 612 family, school, and corporate teams, supported the 2008 event in an effort to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. YOU can help us reach our goal of raising $1.8 million for diabetes research by supporting the 2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes!
Myers Park United Methodist Church
April 18, 10:00am-2:00pm
The carnival benefits the preschool and South Tryon Community Development Corp. and features games, rides, art tent, carousel, face-painting, food, silent auction, and a performance by children’s entertainer Roger Day at 10:30 am and noon.
Beating the Odd’s to benefit Addi’s Cure
RaceWorld USA, Huntersville
April 18, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy an entertaining night of excitement that will include good food, a cash bar, silent auction and lady luck – that means gambling tables of all sorts! Benefit to raise money for Addi’s Cure; cost is $50 per person with half of the proceeds going to Addi’s Cure. To find out more or to purchase tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Addi’s cure was established in September 2006 and is dedicated to funding research for lung cancer.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Presents: “Alice in Concert”
April 17-19, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 1:00pm and 4:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
The beloved stories of “Alice ’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” like you have never seen them before. With catchy tunes, witty lyrics and a remarkable cast of Carroll’s creatures. Ages 6 and up. Cost is $18-$24.
Charlotte Museum of History
April 18, 11:00am-4:00pm
See local artisans practice crafts that celebrate Charlotte’s historic past. Enjoy games and historic demonstrations including blacksmithing, paper marbling, basket weaving, soap making, pottery, wood turning, and many more. Cost is $3-$6.
Earth Day 2009
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
April 18, 10:00am-4:00pm
It’s a group hug for Mother Earth with food, crafts, games and fun. Naturalist singer-songwriter Foster Brown spins tales of nature in song and story to delight and entertain everyone in the family.
Earth Day Festival
Charlotte Nature Museum
April 18, 10:00am-3:00pm
Celebrate the Earth and learn how you can have a positive impact on your environment. Don’t forget to enter the Earth Day poster contest.
Charlotte Clean and Green, An Earth Day Celebration
On the campus of Central Piedmont Community College
Come out if you want to learn how to save energy and save money, about solar hot water and PV, how to do a green remodel or design a green home from the ground up, the health and environmental benefits of local, sustainable food and much more! Come listen to great music and eat delicious and healthy food. Get outdoors and have fun with your kids. Shop and peruse the green products and services of the many vendors and exhibitors.
Healthy Kids Day
April 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm
This free event is open to the entire family. There will be over 25 family and kid-friendly organizations and activities present: Summer Camp; Family Fitness; Health, Wellness & Safety; Balloons, Face Painting & Games; Aquatics & Sports demos. There are also similar events happening at other area Y’s, please click the link to find out which locations and times of events.
The Butterfly Project
Mint Museum of Craft + Design
April 19, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
A world-wide project to create ceramic butterflies for a goal of 1.5 million, to represent the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Families learn historic background from a team at The Levine Jewish Community Center, and then decorate a 5-6 inch bisque-fired butterfly to be added to a community wall in Shalom Park. Registration required. Cost is free.
If you have events you would like to include in Scoop, please email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.
This is the lst day to register for our latest Smarty Giveaway:
–Rolly Pollies in Mooresville is giving away 2 weeks of Rolly Pollies summer camps for 4-8 year olds ($300 value) and 9 weeks of Rolly Pollies summer class (6 months-6 year olds) and 1 month of summer session Open Gym ($195 value) to two CSP readers! Click here to enter this fun giveaway before it tumbles away on Wednesday 4/15 at 11pm. Check out Rolly Pollies in Mooresville and experience all the Smarty things they have to offer and make sure to tell them CSP sent ya!