Hello there Smarties! There is a lot going this weekend from plays to Earth Day celebrations, there is even a festival for your dog. Designer House is back and if you have been spring cleaning, Queens University is hosting a Goodwill Drive. There is one event I would like to bring to your attention that is happening today at SouthPark Mall. The Road to Healthy Skin Tour is rolling through town and if you have not had a skin check up, please make the time to visit SouthPark and get a quick skin check up. I have had melanoma and I know how very important this is. Also want to remind you to sign up to Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence at Quail Hollow next Tuesday, April 27. Have a great weekend – Get out and Enjoy!
Columbia and Belk are proud to host The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour
April 21, 10:00am-4:00pm
This event provides skin cancer screening by a local board-certified dermatologist, information on skin conditions, treatments, products and tips on protecting your skin from the sun. The Tour bus (a 38-foot RV with two exam rooms) will make an estimated 80 stops in 24 states. We hope you’ll be able to stop by for a screening, try some sunscreen samples, or just to pick up a few brochures and say hi! And be sure to check this site regularly for news from the road, including schedule updates; pictures from our photo gallery; tour statistics, and more.
Thanks to Holly B. from Columbia Sportswear for the heads up and make sure you check out their sportswear products that have SPF of 30-50 and are endorsed by the Skin cancer Foundation. I wear their long sleeve light weight fishing shirts when out in the sun and as a swim suit cover-up!
Support this week’s Smarty Mom Tiffani Bacon with her Clothing/Bake Sale for Haiti Drive!
Fellow Smarties can help by participating in a clothing/shoe drive as well as a fundraiser/bake sale THIS FRIDAY, April 23rd, from 1p-4p, at the following drop-off locations on behalf of Haiti:
The UPS Store #4952 at I-485 & Rocky River Road (University)
9611 Brookdale Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28215
Shining Hope Farms
328 Whippoorwill Lane
Mt. Holly, NC 28120
***Flip-flops and baby formula are top of the list for donation items!
Goodwill Donation Drive
Queens University of Charlotte
April 23, 8:00am-6:00pm
Clean out your closets and participate in Goodwill’s Donation Drive at Queens University of Charlotte. Proceeds from the sale of donated items benefit Goodwill’s job training and employment programs. This is a unique opportunity for residents to help fund Goodwill’s programs that directly impact the local community. read more
Clean out your closets and participate in Goodwill’s Donation Drive at Queens University of Charlotte. Proceeds from the sale of donated items benefit Goodwill’s job training and employment programs. This is a unique opportunity for residents to help fund Goodwill’s programs that directly impact the local community. Trailer will be parked by clock tower.
2nd Annual Gray’s Gang Walk-n- Roll will raise money for SMA(Spinal Muscular Atrophy)research
Alexander Graham Middle School track
April 24, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Gray ‘s Gang is a 100% volunteer organization established in 1999 committed to defeating the deadly disease of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Our mission is to raise awareness about SMA, and to raise money to facilitate a cure. Right now there is no cure or treatment for SMA. However, research is moving forward at an accelerated pace, and a cure for SMA is a realistic and attainable goal. To date, Gray’ s Gang has raised over $150,000 for SMA.
Gray Dougherty , an eleven year old boy, is just like any other eleven year old boy exc=pt his muscles do not allow him to walk, run or be physical like other chi=dren. Gray has a neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA=. He uses a power wheelchair to walk and run. Gray is in the fifth grade at Selwyn Elementary School . Gray is exceptionally bright and an inspiration to everyone he meets.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Charlotte Christian School
April 22-24, Thurs.-Fri., 7:00pm; Sat., 2:00pm, 7:00pm
The timeless enchantment of magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Follow this classic tale from the greedy step-sisters to the glass slipper and rediscover its timeless beauty as Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother turn pumpkins into coaches, mice into footmen and find true love at the ball. Cost is $7-10.
ImaginOn, McCall Family Theatre
April 23-25, Fri., 7:30pm (sold-out); Sat., 11:00am, 2:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
We believe Margaret Wise Brown herself would applaud this whimsical and wise adaptation of her family bedtime classic “Goodnight Moon.” While she penned a gentle lullaby that has lulled countless children safely into dreamland, the stage version takes us into the imagination of the child who quite simply is not interested in falling asleep! Imbued with theatre magic, the Great Green Room comes to life before our eyes. For ages 3 and older. Cost is $18-$24.
The Commedia King Arthur
ImaginOn, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
April 23 & 25, 7:30pm, Sun., 2:00, 4:00
The Tarradiddle Players are back with another Commedia tale, and this time they dare to take on an English classic: the Tales of King Arthur. Our Players have never been so audacious (or quite so silly) as when trying to pull this one off. Bedraggled young squire Arthur forgets his master’s sword and has to find a substitute, fast, or risk losing his job. What’s a young squire to do? Grab the nearest sword he can find, of course, never mind that it’s sticking out of a big rock. And the rest, as they say, is history. Or at least legend. This fast-moving production features a sprinkling of well known Arthurian stories, making it a perfect introduction to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Lancelot and the Ogre, and King Arthur and the most adorable little dragon you have ever seen. What? No adorable dragons in the Tales of King Arthur? Are you sure about that? See for yourself! Performed by the Tarradiddle Players. Cost is $14-$18.
Les Miserables-School Edition
April 24-25, Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Victor Hugo’s epic story, Les Miserables, recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father – violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed. Cost is $9-$10.
The Charlotte Jewish Preschool presents Mark Stone’s “Mentalmania”
Levine Jewish Community Center in Sam Lerner Hall
April 24, 9:00pm
Mark Stone never fails to astound his audience with his ability to capture their innermost thoughts – to “read their minds!!” There is not a dull moment in the show as he demonstrates his extraordinary abilities to “read minds,” make predictions, “read” with his fingertips while blindfolded, etc. Mark Stone’s show is professionally and tastefully presented with no risk of embarrassment to any audience member. It is a thoroughly entertaining presentation that is good, clean fun that every audience member will long remember! Cost is $10 in advance (@LJCC or CJP), $13 at the door.
Bark in the Park Festival
April 24, 10:00am-4:00pm
A festival for dogs and the people they own. There will be a pooch parade, best bark, largest dog/smallest dog, best bark and throw and catch competitions. Exhibits, prizes and much more! All dogs must be on a leash. Cost is free.
Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros
April 24, 9:30am
An annual celebration of children, literacy and cultures. Featured author/illustrator Keiko Kasza. Cost is free.
Earth Day Celebration
Carolina Raptor Center
April 24, Noon-4:00pm
Raptor demonstrations with Carolina Raptor Center’s resident owls, hawks and other birds of prey, as well as storytelling, recycling information and a craft project for kids. Cost is $6 for kids over 5 and $8 for adults.
Schiele Museum of Natural History
April 24, 11:00am-4:00pm
Come Celebrate Earth Day in a Big Way! Join us for the 20th year of Earth Day at The Schiele. The Earth Day Parade starts at 10:30; join Mother Earth as she helps kick off this celebration. Special guests include: Snoopy from Carowinds’ Planet Snoopy, Tigers from Tiger World, Sundrop racecar, Butterfly dancers and so much more. Earth Day will include eco demonstrations, live animals, door prizes, Duck Pond races, food, music, health and wellness demos, crafts, games and more. Earth Day is
from 11AM – 4PM. Free with Museum Admission and Free for Members.
Symphony Guild of Charlotte Designer House
The METTerraces , 1225 Baxter Street
April 17-May 9, Wed.-Sat., 10:00am-8:00pm; Sun. 1 to 6pm; and closed Monday and Tuesday
Designer House is back! Explore The Met to check out the Urban Family, Empty Nester and Young Professional, three featured condimiums, Cost is $15.
Art & Soul of South End
Tryon Street – South End
Art and Soul of South End is back! This community arts and culture festival, presented by Charlotte Culture Guide, will consist of some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the nation. This two-day arts fest also includes Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Art Activities as well as dance performances by the Charlotte Dance Festival. Come along and enjoy the excitement while supporting your community!
Discover Your Skin’s Real Age. Discover StriVectin.
SouthPark Mall – Center Court
April 24, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Is your skin making you look old? Discover your skin’s real age with StriVectin’s National Education Director, Laurel Anne Harward, on Saturday, April 24th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at SouthPark Mall, Center Court in Charlotte, NC. Stick around for your chance to win StriVectin’s best-selling products valued at over $100.00. Prizes will be given away every 30 minutes! Receive a mini travel kit as a special gift when you purchase 2 or more StriVectin products at Macy’s and Dillard’s while supplies last.
Earth Day 2010 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. NationalWhitewater Center
April 25, 11:00am-2:00pm
Enjoy live music, activities for the kids, workshops on environmental responsibility, speakers, presentations and much more!
Smarties, Got Fashion? You can’t miss our newest Smarty giveaway!
Run, don’t sashay down the catwalk for your chance to win a week of camp (and future place on a red carpet somewhere) at Style Sanctum. Our friends at Style Sanctum sure do and our latest giveaway will have your lil Smarty turn fashionista in no time! Style Sanctum is offering a one week free camp session for one lucky Smarty child! Children of all ages spend a fun-filled, information-packed week delving into one single topic from the world of fashion. Camps run June 21-August 20. Click here to enter. Winner will need to call the studio to set up date/time/session of choice.