Happy Wednesday Smarties! Take a break from all the spring sport activities and enjoy one of the incredible festivals this weekend. Head to the US National Whitewater Center for the Tuck Fest and the Hope Floats Duck Race. Enjoy the Arts at CPCC with Sensoria, and then head up to Rural Hill for the Loch Norman Games. On a Spring cleaning note, take your old medications to Matthews or Huntersville for Operation Medicine Drop, a great way to dispose of your medications safely! Don’t forget the Food Trucks are in SouthEnd on Friday night. Get out and enjoy!
KinderMourn’s Hope Floats Duck Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center
April 21, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Join KinderMourn for one of the quackiest races in town! Over 15,000 rubber duckies will be dropped into the rapids to race to the finish line. The first ducks selected by our mascot, Quackers, will be prize winners, including the luckiest duck who will win $3,500! Ducks can be “adopted” by the community for $5 each by visiting KinderMourn’s website, www.kindermourn.org, or by calling (704) 376-2580. Win or lose, the event is enjoyed by all ages and provides support for KinderMourn.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
The first annual Tuck Fest is a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music on the Catawba River at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC). The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing and more. With more than 20 competitions in and around the river as well as 7 live bands, the festival invites athletes, spectators and musicians to celebrate the active lifestyle.
CPCC Central Campus
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) invites you to attend Sensoria, a week-long celebration of the arts that will heighten your senses as it brings the best in literature, music, visual arts, history, culture (and food!) to the College for what is becoming Charlotte’s finest celebration. Many Sensoria events take place on CPCC’s Central Campus in uptown Charlotte and we also take to the streets with outdoor activities and music on the Overcash Lawn. Admission to most events are free.
20th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games
A weekend of fun with live traditional and Celtic rock music, genealogy search, Piping and Drumming, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, Ultra Trail 5K, professional and amateur heavy athletics, long bow competition, battle axe competition, demonstrations, whiskey seminars, the ”Kids’ Zone” with children’s activities, and Rural Hill’s famous historic encampment. Camping available. Advance 2-day (Sat. & Sun.) ticket is $25 and other ticket options are available.
Charlotte World Parade & Festival
April 20, 10:30am-6:00pm
Festival for all ethnic groups in Charlotte. Family-oriented, educational presentations for children. Begins with colorful parade of flags from many countries, participants dressed in their own folkloric costumes. Booths will contain cultural information, arts and crafts from all countries participating. Original food from various countries will be on sale.
Child Abuse Walk-A-Thon
April 20, 7:00am-12:00pm
Payton’s Place Child Abuse Advocacy Center is proud to present our 1st annual walk-a-thon. We are walking to promote the prevention and awareness of child abuse. We want the community to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk because it doesn’t have to happen to someone else!
Earth Day Play Date
Charlotte Nature Museum
April 20, 10:00am
Celebrate Earth Day at Charlotte Nature Museum by getting your kids outside to connect with nature in Fort Wild! Observe demonstrations on backyard gardening for kids, creating backyard wildlife habitats or just enjoy mucking in the mud in our mud cafe.
Reedy’s Animals Meet and Greet
Reedy Creek Nature Center
April 20, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Come and encounter Reedy’s animals close up and ask those questions you been dying to know the answer to. There might even be the opportunity to touch some of these creatures! Good for all ages. Cost is free. Must call 704-432-6460 to register.
Lake Norman Fine Art Festival
April 20, 10:00am-6:00pm
The Lake Norman Fine Art Festival premiers at Birkdale Village on April 20-21, 2013. Join us as more than 70 of America’s most talented fine artisan’s journey to Huntersville bringing creative and original works of art in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, jewelry, glass, ceramics – and more. Become an art collector – enrich your life! Meet the artists that create the work. Hours are Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5. Free admission and parking. Birkdale Commons Parkway.
Earth Day Celebration
Anne Springs Close Dairy Barn
April 20, 9:45a
Our annual Earth Day celebration is our way of saying “Thank You” to the community that has been so good to us. Come out and participate in a myriad of activities and exhibits. Earth Day would not be possible without the support of hundreds of volunteers who make each activity possible. THANK YOU!
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
April 21, 5:00pm
Bring lawn chairs and blankets with you so you can sit back and enjoy the music. Kosher-style food and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale. Cost is $5.
Sunday Fun Day- Go Green!
Mint Museum Uptown
April 21, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Enjoy family-friendly craft projects, gallery visits, healthy living activities, artist demonstrations, and more. It’s the eve of Earth Day! Celebrate the mystery and magic of nature in art, go green with recycled craft projects, and enjoy an artist demonstration.
Armour Street Theatre, Davidson
April 19-21, Fri., 7:00pm; Sat. and Sun., 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Meet courageous Jim Hawkins, irrepressible Long John Silver, and a host of unforgettable characters as they engage in swashbuckling sword fights and mysterious secrets while searching for hidden treasure. Along the way they learn valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty and conscience as they discover what constitutes “true” treasure. This is a great adventure for the whole family.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn
April 19-21, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 1:00pm, 3:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Based on the insanely popular book series Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink love affair lands her a case of Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. With Broadway-style show tunes, dancing cupcakes and a sparkling story, Pinkalicious: The Musical is a treat worth indulging in! Cost is $20. For ages 5+.
Matthews Operation Medicine Drop
April 20, 10:00am-2:00pm
Catawba and Yadkin Riverkeepers in conjunction with Pineville Police will be hosting a prescription drug take back event, to prevent the leeching of pharmaceuticals into our drinking supply! Do some spring cleaning of your medicine cabinet and instead of flushing the medicine, drop it off at the Pineville medicine drop.
Huntersville Operation Medicine Drop
NorthCross Shopping Center
April 20, 10:00am-2:00pm
Catawba and Yadkin Riverkeeper in conjunction with Huntersville Police will be hosting a prescription drug take back event, to prevent the leeching of pharmaceuticals into our drinking supply! Do some spring cleaning of your medicine cabinet and instead of flushing the medicine, drop it off at the Huntersville medicine drop.