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March 22, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 25-27

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Camp Harrison March Tour
YMCA Camp Harrison
7901 S. NC Why 18, Boomer, NC
March 26, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free
Summary: Join us for tours and s’mores!  Pack a picnic, bring the bikes, plan a guided hike or take one on your own. We just want you to see our beautiful camp and have a great day!  When you arrive, we’ll direct you to our spacious parking lot.  Our staff will be on hand to answer questions, show off our incredible facilities, (including our land and water programs) and share how time at YMCA Camp Harrison will give your child the fun and adventure of a lifetime.

Carowinds Opening Weekend
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
March 25, 10:00am – 10:00pm, All ages, See website for cost
Summary: Let’s get this party started! Our 2017 season kicks off on March 25 with tons of fantastic prize giveaways, awesome music and good times. This is definitely a momentous event you won’t want to miss!  Read More →

March 16, 2017

Presenting the 2017 Smarty Summer Day Camp Guide!

Is anyone ready for warmer weather? Summer may be a few months away but it’s time to start planning NOW, especially if summer camp is on the agenda. Working moms need to map out every single day of summer long before school gets out. For SAHM’s, camp serves as an enrichment program for kids to explore the things they like and give moms a break. Regardless of your working status, the camp opportunities in Charlotte and surrounding areas are plentiful, but you need to get your game on N-O-W. Charlotte area camps fill up fast! To help you with your planning, CSP has put together some of our tried and true Smarty camp faves.

Smarty Education Partners

Charlotte Christian School

2017 Charlotte Christian Summer Camp Logo - 300x250Established in 1950, Charlotte Christian School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, independent, non-denominational school serving students in grades JK-12. Our vision for students includes the integration of a Biblical worldview into a curriculum where character, values and essential life skills are emphasized and modeled by a professional and dedicated faculty. A rigorous academic program is offered including strong co-curricular offerings with successful athletic and fine arts programs. For more information, schedule a tour of campus, attend an open house or visit, please visit our website.

Charlotte Christian Summer Camps are available beginning June 5. Learn more about Charlotte Christian’s camps for academics, arts, sports and technology.

Charlotte Christian LogoCharlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
Twitter: @charchristiannc
Instagram: @charlottechristianschool

Charlotte Country Day School

Charlotte Country Day School Summer Programs offers a wide variety of enrichment, sports, and academic camps to meet the needs of students ages 3-18. Weekly camps run from June 5 to August 11, with prices and times varying by camp. Some of the enrichment offerings include art, drama, cooking, video game development, robotics, science, and more. Athletic offerings include lacrosse, tennis, basketball, soccer, running, football, golf, and field hockey. We’re excited to introduce the Summer Institute, which offers high school students a variety of unique, weeklong academic enrichment experiences in support of specific skill development and student curiosity. Visit the website for more details on the more than 200 camps offered or contact Michael Rinehart (704) 943-4648.

NOTE: NEW LOCATION FOR 2017 – Bissell Campus, 5936 Green Rea Road (located four miles from main Cannon Campus off Carmel Road).

Click here for more info on CCDS Summer Programs.

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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Charlotte Latin School

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Looking for a great place to send your kids this summer? Check out Charlotte Latin Summer Programs! We offer half-day and full-day camps for children ages 3- to 18-years-old. Seven weekly sessions are available with options for 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free-of-charge, supervised lunch hour for full day campers is provided. We also offer extended care service from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at $100 per week ($50 each).

Join us for another fun summer of CAMP VICTOR. Camp Victor is a traditional day camp run on the campus of Charlotte Latin. Our themed weeks for 2017 are: Curious Carolina Kids, Glow for it!, Moovin’ & Groovin’ Fitness, Party in the USA, Camp Victor’s Got Talent, Tie-Dye Disco, and Bugs & Botanicals. Each week, students will field journal in our on-campus woods; splash and play on inflatable water slides; experience science hands-on and engage in cooperative team-building games! Camp Victor tuition includes a full day of activities, a daily boxed lunch, and before- and after-camp care.

Interested in engineering and technology? We have one of the only MIT certified FabLabs (Fabrication Lab) in the country. Students come home at the end of the week with one-of-a-kind engineered masterpieces. Young Engineers of Today camps are designed and taught by STEM educators with more than 20 years of experience in engineering and programming. Charlotte Latin’s hands-on approach to technology education transforms campers into technology creators. We offer a variety of engineering programs involving dinosaurs, fashion design, underwater robots, to drones and Star Wars.

Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277a
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March 15, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 17-19

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival
Old Town
East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
March 17, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The street festival will feature live Irish music, Irish dancers, over 25 vendors, a large Kid’s Zone for the wee ones and plenty of food & beverages. 

Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival
Uptown Charlotte
Tryon and 3rd Streets
March 18, 11:00am, All ages, Free
Summary: The 2017 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival invites our sponsors,  vendors, and you to participate in the Twenty-first Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Thousands of spectators watched Charlotte’s Twentieth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it marched through the heart of Charlotte to the sound of pipes and the cheers of the spectators lining the streets on a perfect day. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The parade has grown to be one of Charlotte’s biggest & best.

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March 11, 2017

Smarty Dad: Dr. Gaurav Bharti, MD, FACS


We are so excited to introduce you to this week’s Smarty DAD (we love Smarty Dads!!), Dr. Gaurav Bharti. Dr. Bharti is a board certified plastic surgeon and partner at Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa. He’s new to Charlotte but already making a name for himself as one of the best plastic surgeons in town for the “Mommy Makeover” – we’ll let him explain a little more about it, but if you’re feeling not quite yourself after having the kiddos, he might be your knight in shining armor. 😉 (You can also read more on the “Mommy Makeover” in this Q&A we posted last year with Dr. Bharti.)

Dr. Bharti and his wife are raising three beautiful girls. We appreciate the time he took to interview with us amidst his crazy schedule. Smarties, enjoy getting to know Dr. Bharti – and keep reading because there’s an AWESOME Smarty Steal at the end (hint: it’s worth $200!).

Smarty Dad: Dr. Gaurav Bharti, MD, FACS

Married to: Sarah Edwards (9 years)
Children: Maya (7) Malina (5) Ariana (3)
Years in Charlotte: 1
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Alma Mater: East Tennessee State University
Occupation: Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Partner, Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa

Tell us what got you interested in plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery offers me the ability to make people happy on a daily basis. I feel that it is a specialty focused on patient well being and overall happiness.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is that I am able to use my artistic vision and surgical skill to transform my patients and allow them to achieve their goals. Read More →

March 10, 2017

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core Bikini Bootcamp

bikiniSmarties, if you share the mindset of many of us and decided that February is really a trial month and you’ll get to sorting your life out in March then we feel ya.  However, it-is-now-March.  Let’s get to sorting it out!  If you’ve made a fitness commitment – we have good news for you!

The Carolina Barre & Core “Bikini Bootcamp” starts TODAY.  Committing in advance is hard because there are too many variables in life that may trip us up.  If you are an “ask me today” kind of gal, then you will be thrilled to know that you can jump on the “Bikini Bootcamp” train because it has not left the station. There’s still time to get on board!

The challenge runs for 32 days through April 10 and with it you get unlimited classes.  If you want the juice cleanse and you are in Charlotte, just add that to your order on the Carolina Barre & Core site and it will be delivered to you in the Charlotte studio.

CBCCltRaleighDid you know that you can use your classes at either the Charlotte or Raleigh studios?  If you find yourself traveling between both cities, then come see us in Raleigh!


Carolina Barre & Core, Charlotte
2901 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 980.207.1046 Email:
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Carolina Barre & Core, Raleigh Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.200.4241 Email:

March 9, 2017

Get your tickets to Charlotte Youth Ballet’s Spring Production: ‘Coppelia’


Get your ballerinas ready and grab tickets for your entire family to Charlotte Youth Ballet’s (CYB) Coppelia, performed by the Charlotte Youth Ballet in collaborations with Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico and the Mauro Ballet Company of Puerto Rico. This is a family-friendly event not to be missed!

The delightful tale of Coppelia presents a budding romance between two young villagers, Franz and Swanilda, alongside the curious working of their eccentric neighbor Dr. Coppelius. Dr. Coppelius, a mad inventor has created a beautiful life-like doll. Infatuated at the sight of the inventor’s new doll, “Coppelia”, Frantz sneaks into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and mayhem ensues! Following the show, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the cast during a free autograph and photograph meet and greet.

Performance Dates & Times:

Friday March 17, 2017 | 10am (Preview Performance)
Saturday March 18, 2017 | 1:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday March 19, 2017 | 2:30pm

Smarty Tip: Girl Scouts can enjoy a special Before the Curtain presentation before the matinee performances. Read More →

March 8, 2017

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: March 10-12

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.


“DeWitched” is a story about the fairytale witches and their quest to retire from a life of evil scheming. But how? With help of a mischievous magic mirror, the gals concoct a plan to make it all happen! The original score is filled with jazz, pop, gospel and edgy tunes and Charlotte’s favorite actors will read and sing this musical comedy.

Sharon Presbyterian Church Chapel
5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
Performances will be at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, March 11th
This show is appropriate for all ages but would be enjoyed best by ages 12 and up.
Talk back session and written survey will follow. Feedback is encouraged!
Admission is FREE but donations are welcome.

Run Jen Run Race Festival 2017

RunJenRun 5K Race Festival
The 5th annual RunJenRun 5K is this Saturday in Symphony Park, SouthPark. All proceeds will benefit the GoJenGo Foundation, a community of caring people brought together for the common purpose of assisting people in their fight against breast cancer. Details here.

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March 5, 2017

Join Belk and Wacoal for Fit for the Cure

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Did you know 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra? Did you know that the right bra can take 10 pounds and 10 year off of your figure? Get fit for the right size bra and help end breast cancer. Belk and Wacoal Fit for the Cure is once again taking it mobile and heading to Tega Cay, SC for the 4th year in a row. For everyone woman who participates in a complimentary fitting, Belk & Wacoal will each donate $2 to Susan G. Komen. Belk and Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra pre-sold during this event.

Event Details

Belk and Wacoal Fit for the Cure
Monday, March 13
9 am – 6 pm
Lower level of the Glennon Community Center, 15083 Molokai Drive – Tega Cay, SC 29708 (just beside the Tega Cay Golf Club) Read More →

March 3, 2017

Fitness Friday: Flywheel turns 5!

Flywheel Sports Charlotte is celebrating their 5th birthday on March 18 and they are inviting you to join the fun! Get ready for DJ rides, a FLY 90 minute ride featuring 5 instructors, raffles in classes, treats in the lobby and more! Also they will be running a package promotion to celebrate their big day. If you purchase a package of classes, you will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Bruno Mars tickets for his 24K Magic World Tour concert at Spectrum Center on September 14 at 7:00pm.

So mark your calendars and get ready for one big day of excitement, sweat, and fun!

Please send all inquiries to

You can find Flywheel Charlotte at:

Flywheel Charlotte
2907 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
(980) 819-8501

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March 1, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 3-5

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
February 24 – March 5, See website for schedule and ticket prices
Summary: You are invited to celebrate 57 years of the South’s Salute to Spring. The show is new and fresh each year – yet, one thing has never changed, and that’s the Magic. It’s your annual opportunity to discover  ideas and creativity, plus find quality products and people ready to make your homes and lives even better.

Green Jeans Consignment Sale – Matthews
Levine Senior Center
1050 Devore Lane, Matthews, NC
March 1-5, See website for schedule, Free
Summary: Green Jeans shoppers have come to expect a huge selection of new and gently worn brand name, boutique and designer clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories from petite to plus sizes, including maternity. Fashionistas of all styles and budgets enjoy this hugely popular and well-organized shopping event. Read More →

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