Happy Wednesday Smarties! Time to plan the weekend and you should start off by getting the family out to McAlpine Creek Park for the first RunJenRun 5K. Celebrate the finish by heading over to Park Road Books for Seuss-A-Thon or catch one of the fantastic plays by Children’s Theatre or Matthews Playhouse. Not to be forgotten are all the consignment sales – there is one in every part of town! Get out and enjoy.
March 2, 9:00am
McAlpine Creek Park
Join us for a day of celebration, fun, and fitness at the inaugural RunJenRun 5k! Proceeds will benefit the GoJenGo Foundation and, ultimately, local women and families who need support during their fight against breast cancer! The race will take place at the 5k course at McAlpine course! Serious runners, recreational joggers, walkers are all WELCOME! There will be lots of fun festivities, a one mile fun run for kids, and prizes for top finishers. Come take a stand….no make that a run……for breast cancer survivors in our area!
Park Road Books
March 2, 11:00am-3:00pm
It will be “hats off” to Dr. Seuss at the Seuss-a-Thon event co-sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s English Department and Park Road Books at the bookstore on Saturday, March 2. “In this shared literary experience, admirers of Dr. Seuss’ books will read aloud from their favorites of his books,” said Dr. Mark West, long-time children’s literature professor and chairman of the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Park Road Books will supply the books to be read and will offer a 20 percent discount on any Dr. Seuss books purchased that day. The Seuss-a-Thon takes place on the birth date of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. It is part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America literacy campaign, which celebrates and encourages reading and literacy.
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center
February 28-March 3, 10:00am
For 53 years, where spring happens first. More then 300,000 feet of show, including Belgard Gardens with 29 beautifully landscaped gardens, IDS Designer Rooms, Floral displays like Ikebana and Orchids, Bonsai and more. Three Stages with horticulture, lifestyle and cooking experts. Talk with experts representing 450+ companies that can help you with all your home improvement inside and out!
Harrison UMC Children’s Consignment Sale
Harrison United Methodist Church
February 28-March 2, Thurs., 6:00pm-8:00pm; Fri., 9:00am-1:00pm; Sat., 8:00am-12:00pm
Spring & Summer Children’s Consignment Sale! Great deals on gently used clothing for newborns – juniors/teens, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture and more! No strollers allowed in sales area.
The Posh Closet Sale, South Charlotte
South Charlotte Banquet Center
March 2, 9:00am-4:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm – 30% off sale
Charlotte’s Finest Children’s Consignment sale for smocked, boutique, home show & name brand clothing (Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Ralph Lauren, Mini Boden, Lilly Pulitzer, Gap, etc).
Kids Konsignment Sale
March 2, 8:00am-noon, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Shop for children’s clothes, toys, games, books, baby equipment, strollers, furniture, shoes and maternity wear.
UCUMC Spring Children’s Consignment Sale
University City United Methodist Church
March 2, 8:00am-10:30am, noon-2:00pm
Children’s clothing, furniture, books, toys and maternity wear. New this year are juniors size 00 to 13 and boys to size 20.
Egg Hunt and Family Scavenger Hunt
Historic Downtown Waxhaw
March 1, 5:00pm
Head to Waxhaw to experience some quality time with your loved ones. At 5pm, in the David G. Barnes Children’s Park, kids will have a chance to hunt for eggs filled with treats. Following the Egg Hunt, a Family Scavenger Hunt will begin! Families will enjoy the challenge of finding objects throughout the downtown both inside and outside. Music will be in the streets, there will be chances to win prizes, discounts will be plentiful and free carriage rides will be running.
Saturday Art Session: Mayan Scratch Art
Mint Museum Randolph
March 2, 10:00am-3:00pm
We provide the art supplies, you provide the imagination! Projects are inspired by the museum collections and exhibitions, and are appropriate for the entire family. This month, explore the rich and colorful designs of Mayan art and create your own Ancient American-inspired scratch art design. Drop in anytime between 10am-3pm.
Wind In The Willows
Matthews Community Center: Matthews Playhouse
March 2, 11:00am, 4:00pm
Suitable for all ages. Our Junior Acting company will bring Kenneth Grahame’s classic story to life as they re-enact the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole, Badger and their friends. With Toad involved there always is trouble and misadventure at Toad Hall. Cost is $9-10.
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
March 1-3, Fri., 9:45am, 7:00; Sat.-Sun. 2:00pm
Fullwood Theater, Matthews Community Center
Ever thought of the world from someone else’s point of view? The worm, spider and fly go to school, have friends, and live with their parents. But unlike us, they never take a bath, eat their homework and molt as a way of growing up. Come and see what school is like for a worm, fly and spider as they begin first grade and sing and dance their way into your heart. Cost is $9-$10.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
ImaginOn, McColl Family Theatre
March 2-3, Sat., 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Three pigs build houses; the one who builds his out of brick doesn’t get eaten by the Big Bad Wolf and lives to tell the tale. But is that the whole truth or just porcine propaganda? That’s the question raised in this brilliant parody of the Three Little Pigs that follows the Big Bad Wolf on trial for his purported deeds. And with his own version of the story, the audience becomes the jury and helps decide: guilty or not guilty! Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players perform in this hilarious rock musical, based on Jon Scieszka’s wildly popular book. Cost is $20. Ages 5+.
The Red Badge of Courage
ImaginOn, Wells Fargo Playhouse
March 1-2, Fri., 7:30pm, Sat., 3:00pm
Stephen Crane’s novel is reinvented in this fresh spin on the tale of war and regret. This musical version uses hip-hop to tell the story of Henry, a soldier who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he reflects on courage, cowardice, mayhem and his first encounter with death. A powerful and moving story, The Red Badge of Courage is a classic with a relevant message for modern audiences. Families will love this new take on the familiar story. Cost is $18. For ages 11+.
Historic Latta Plantation
March 2, 10:00am-4:00pm
Enjoy a spring day at the plantation and observe various skills and crafts being demonstrated. Smell the sweet aroma of open-hearth cooking, enjoy antique tools demonstrations by the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, observe a blacksmithing demonstration, enjoy spinning and weaving demos, and much more! Free with regular site admission ($7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, ages 5 and under free).
Animal Evidence ID
Reedy Creek Nature Center
March 3, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Have you ever found an animal track in the mud? Or a bird nest in a tree? Learn how to be a nature detective and identify clues left by different kinds of animals. We will hike for about 30 minutes on some uneven terrain. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Cost is free.