Happy Wednesday Smarties! Hopefully it will warm up and everyone can get out to enjoy one or hopefully many of the events in the Queens City this weekend. Join us for the Skyline Run, you can run the 5K, walk a 5K, run a mile with the kids or throw them all in you Baby Jogger for the 5K Championship. Afterwards, head over to the Greenway for the Kings Drive Art Walk. Beach Fest is back in Matthews, Bark in the Park is at Rural Hill and JJ’s Red Hots is having a Spring Fest. Get out and enjoy!
18th Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run
Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus
Kaye McGarry 5K Run, 5K Walk for Health, & 1K Family Fun Run. The first of nine races featured in the Run for Your Life Grand Prix series. An estimated 1,500 runners are expected to attend this family fun event which will support CPCC student scholarships and other student needs. The Skyline Run will feature 4 components, including a 5K run, Walk for Health, Family Fun Run and the Charlotte Baby Jogger 5K Championship.
Kings Drive Art Walk
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
April 27-28, Sat., 11:00am-8:00pm; Sun., 11:00am-6:00pm
Fine arts and emerging artists, roaming musicians and jazz performers on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Located next to Kings Drive and adjacent to Metropolitan in Midtown Charlotte. More than 65 artists display their works for sale in a variety of mediums, including paint and drawing; sculpture; pottery; metal, stone, wood and glass works.
Alice In Wonderland
Matthews Community Center: Matthews Playhouse
April 26-28, Fri.,7:30pm; Sat., 2:00pm, 7:30pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! All the characters you love and remember are here including the Cheshire Cat, and The Mad Hatter.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn
April 26, 7:30pm
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+.
Preschool Pioneers: Lovely Trees
McDowell Nature Preserve
April 26, 9:30am-10:15pm; 11:00am-11:45am
Adventurous and curious, preschoolers explore the outdoors with wide-eyed wonder. Each week features a different theme that incorporates age-appropriate games, stories, animal encounters and more. Try one to start or sign up for them all! This is a drop-off class. Registration Required. Cost is $3.
Purina Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival presented by Harris Teeter
Rural Hill, Huntersville
April 27, 10:00am-4:00pm
Bring your canine friends and family. 2013 Bark in the Park offers booths and information regarding rescues, vendors, freebies and giveaways, demonstrations, a Pooch Parade, and contests for humans and dogs including Long Shot, Toss and Catch, Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Bark, Best Human Bark, Smallest Dog, Largest Dog, Cutest Puppy, Best Decorated Booths, and Most Interactive Booths.
Beach Fest Matthews
April 26-27, Fri., 6:00pm-10:00pm; Sat., 10:00am-10:00pm
The Town of Matthews proudly welcomes you & your family to join the fun & festivities at BeachFest Matthews! The BeachFest Arts & Crafts show, sponsored by the Matthews Chamber, will be held on Saturday. There is a great musical lineup for the two days: The Fantastic Shakers and Ken Knox & The Company on Friday night, and The Band of Gold, The Extraordinaires, and the excitement of The Tams on Saturday! Join area clubs, experts, and instructors and learn to SHAG—the dance made famous at the beaches of the Carolinas! Watch demonstrations by the area’s best shaggers, and give it a try! Our goal is to bring the beach and boardwalk to Matthews, with great beach music, shag dancing, rides and amusements, boardwalk-style food vendors, a sand volleyball tournament, a cornhole tournament, and much more! There is much to see and do at BeachFest Matthews—“Come Put Your Toes in the Sand!”
Family Farm Day
April 27, 10:00am-4:00pm
Families with children of all ages can learn about 19th century farm life! Activities will include animal presentations throughout the day, farming demonstrations, crafts, and a kids’ hands-on chore area. In the chore area kids can milk the cow, churn butter, gather eggs, try the water bucket relay, and pull a wooden sled. Free with regular site admission ($7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, ages 5 and under free).
JJ’s Red Hots
April 27, 4:00pm
JJ’s will feature unlimited samples of 3 best-selling Dogs-of-the-Week and debut 2 brand new dogs. All 5 dogs will be up for a spot on our menu. You, our most loyal fans, will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite dog! Check out our Dog of the Week Photo Gallery check out potential contenders.
JJ’S Hot Dog Showdown Is Great For The Whole Fam!
+ Best of the Best Hot Dogs
+ Local Craft Beer
+ Fresh Squeezed Orangeade and Lemonades
+ Live Music
+ Outdoor Event
+ Family-friendly… Bring the kids!
*We’ve created 3 different ticket prices. All tickets include unlimited dogs, orangeade & lemonade, live music, entry into the event.
What’s materials science? You might call it the study of stuff! Just about everything you use every day – the shoes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the bike or skateboard you ride – it’s all made of differentkinds of stuff. Get ready for over a dozen hands-on experiences and exhibits that give you a close encounter with the amazing world of modern materials and materials science. Through May 5.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
April 27, 10:00am-11:00am
Come prepared to get wet and muddy as we discover what lives under that rock and in the mud in Reedy Creek’s stream. We will use hand nets to try and capture these creatures and identify them. How many fish or insects can you catch? Good for all ages. Cost is free. Must call 704-432-6460 to register.
Operation Medicine Drop –
April 27, 10:00am-2:00pm
Morrocroft – Harris Teeter
Stonecrest – Harris Teeter
Yadkin Riverkeeper in conjunction with Charlotte Mecklenburg 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 a Charlotte medicine drop.