Happy Wednesday Smarties. This morning I am dropping off my daughter for her first day of Kindergarten – she is literally skipping out the door, following her big brother and all I want to do is hold her tight. They grow up way to quickly! Since this is the last free weekend before all of the schools begin, get the fam out and enjoy. If you are like me and need to commiserate with your girlfriends, check out SouthPark for Movies Under the Stars. Head to ImaginOn for a little Boogie Woogie or some of the other great back-to-school activities. If you have events you would like to share please email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.
Movies Under The Stars – Girls Night Out Movie – 27 Dresses
Symphony Park – SouthPark Mall
August 21, 6:00pm
To jump-start the night, pre-event activities will entertain the crowd from 6 – 9 p.m. including a live band. Tasty concessions and cold drinks will be available for purchase all night. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets! Before each featured film, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will also present a special viewing of the trailer for the all-new movie “Bring it On: Fight to the Finish,” starring Grammy-nominated singer Christina Milian.
Back-to-School Bash and Movie Under the Stars
August 21, 3:00pm to 10:30pm
Free event to feature concert by Mr. Nigel, fashion show, kid-friendly games, snacks and an outdoor presentation of “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” on a 42-foot screen.
Mr. Nigel’s Music & Friends Story Time
Joseph-Beth Booksellers – SouthPark
August 21, 11:15am
Have fun with Mr. Nigel as he sings, plays instruments and reads books. Children will have fun while learning!
Kids Health Link
August 22, 10:00am-2:00pm
Sponsored by the Junior League of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Kids Health Link is a free festival for children and their families to receive healthcare and learn more about health-focused topics. The festival includes children’s activities, free kindergarten health assessments, free dental, vision and hearing screenings and free immunizations. Parents must bring a form of identification and immunization records for students.
Tea for Two
August 22, 10:30am-5:00pm
Nursing moms and moms-to-be are invited to Destination Maternity for the annual “Breastfeeding Tea for Two” event, as part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August. The store will offer complimentary cookies and Organic Mother’s Milk iced tea, complimentary bra fittings, breast pump demonstrations and door prizes. Free.
Civil War Infantry Weekend
Historic Latta Plantation
August 22-23, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sun.; 1:00pm-4:00pm
Civil War soldiers on the grounds of Latta Plantation will provide demonstrations. Cost is $5-$6.
August 22, 9:30am to 10:30am
This walking class includes 45 minutes of brisk stroller pushing and 15 minutes of strength training. Moms can network with other moms, provide support for new moms, and welcome new moms to the Charlotte area. Stroller Mamas is safe for pregnant moms, post-partum moms, and women of all fitness levels. Meet at the large amphitheater in center of park near the pond/lake. Call (704) 620-2554.
Cost is $10 for one class, $80 class pass for 10 classes
Boogie Woogie Books
August 22, 3:30pm to 3:50pm
Kids can really get their groove on with this program!
Disney Story Time
Disney Store at Carolina Place
August 22, 9:30am to 10:00am
Every Saturday associates at the Disney Store will read magical stories and share Disney adventures with children of all ages.
Calling All Girls with Sparkle and Shine!
Casting Call – Amelie’s French Bakery, 2424 North Davidson Street
August 23rd, 12:00pm-6:00pm
The Assist by Knight Foundation will host the American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday November 21, 2009 and we need MODELS sizes 6X and 10. To be considered, an application must be submitted before Saturday, 8/22/09 at 10:00PM online at: http://www.extendsystems.com/projectbloom/ModelApp.aspx. There is a $25 processing fee. No experience necessary, but girls with confidence and sparkle will make the show fun for the audience. Clothing is provided by American Girl. (see website for sizing details: http://www.extendsystems.com/projectbloom/ModelsVolunteers.aspx)
Proceeds benefit Project Bloom. For details about Project Bloom, visit www.projectbloomgirls.org.
Two local business are jumping in to help our Birthday Blessings (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings birthday joy and support to homeless children and their families in the greater Charlotte area) – Wolfman Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. Read more to find out how they are helping to provide birthdays for our local homeless children. Go out to enjoy some pizza and ice cream and help support this homegrown charity.
During August, all Charlotte-area Wolfman Pizza locations are offering a free small one-topping pizza to customers who donate goody bags and party favors to Birthday Blessings. The entire community is invited to rally for local homeless children by bringing the following items when they dine in or carry out at Wolfman Pizza this month: treat bags, party hats and blowers, individually wrapped candy, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, mini notepads and activity pads, spin tops, yo-yo’s, glow sticks, bouncy balls, playdough, mini bubbles or any fun party favors for boys and girls.
Cold Stone Creamery is having “Cones for Kids” day every Wednesday at four Charlotte-area locations, starting August 19 through September 30. “Cones for Kids” will continue every Wednesday through September 30 as follows:
Rivergate 4-8 p.m. 14126 Rivergate Parkway
Blakeney 4-8 p.m. 9820 Rea Road
University 4-8 p.m. 2700 West Mallard Creek Church Road
EpiCentre 4-8 p.m. 210 East Trade Street