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February 26, 2017

Playing for Others hosts two great events to honor disabled

Playing for Others, (PFO) a nonprofit group that works with teenagers to train them to be more compassionate and philanthropic citizens, is celebrating 10 years of work in our city with two super fun events this week: Heartbeat and the Red Carpet Buddy Event for their musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”


First up is their premier event, Heartbeat, an event where PFO teens create and perform original works of art to honor other Charlotte area nonprofits. This year, Heartbeat will take place on Friday, March 3 at 8:00pm at the McGlohon Theater. It’ll be a one-of-a-kind event honoring 12 local nonprofits through music, dance and digital art.16-17_HeARTbeat_Social_Media-2 (1) Read More →

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2016 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Tuesday, February 28, 10:00-11:30 – The Fletcher School

February 24, 2017

Fitness Friday: Join in on the Pure Barre ‘Carolina Shake-Off’


We’re headed straight for March Madness, and our friends over at Pure Barre Ballantyne, Pure Barre Myers Park, and Pure Barre SouthPark have made the month fun even for those who don’t follow basketball. From March 1-31, Pure Barre is challenging Y-O-U to complete 20 classes in 31 days (according to our calculations, that’s just 5 classes a week – that’s lay-up easy). Those who successfully complete the challenge get their next month for $125.

And there’s a fun twist on it, too. Studios from across the state will be competing against each other in a “Carolina Shake-Off.” The studio with the most completed challenges wins the big trophy (and maybe a tiny bikini to show off the new summer bod?).

If you’re a new client, you can buy a 1-month unlimited package for just $99. If you’re an existing client and are not already in a monthly package, you can purchase one month for $150. You never know, that one month might just be the jumpstart you need to be summer-ready.

C’mon – get in on the fun. We HAVE to beat Raleigh at the VERY least, y’all! 😉 Read More →

February 22, 2017

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: February 24-26

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.

WestEnd Chili Cook-off
Blue Blaze Brewing
528 S. Turner Ave., Charlotte, NC
February 25, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Kid friendly options available, Free
Summary: The best of the WestEnd chili cooks are going head to head in a chili challenge. The catch: Blue Blaze Brewing beer must be incorporated into the recipe. Admission is free and vegan and kid-friendly options will be available.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Fullwood Theater
100 McDowell Street East, Matthews, NC
February 25 – March 5, See website for schedule, All ages, $11-$13
Summary: This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy’s journey into Narnia. With the help of Aslan the lion, the siblings are charged with the great task of defeating the evil White Witch and rescuing the magical creatures from an eternal winter. This story of love, faith, courage and friendship, is a celebration of the power of goodness and its ability to triumph over darkness.

YMCA of Greater Charlotte Event Calendar
19 Locations throughout the Greater Charlotte Area
Summary: Most people know their neighborhood “Y” because of its incredible sports, camps and fitness programs but the “Y” has so much more to offer. Spend some time (it will take a while) on the website and learn about all the opportunities the “Y” provides. I promise, you will be amazed.

Charlotte Hornets
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Checkers
Bojangles Coliseum
2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more. Plan your visit today. Click on the links below for detailed information on special events, featured exhibitions, featured shows and IMAX.

Featured Exhibitions: For information on all exhibitions click here.
Featured Shows: For information on all featured shows click here.
IMAX: For information on all featured movies and showtimes click here.

Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Explore the theme of I CAN at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville. The children’s museum features developmentally-appropriate experiences that encourage imagination and offer the opportunity to build confidence while testing skills by trying new things. The exhibits, themed around a small town, allow children to learn through play.

Theme Areas: For a complete description of all nine theme areas click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete listing of all featured shows click here.
Current and Upcoming Events: For all current and upcoming events click here.

Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Bring little ones for just an hour or the whole day and experience wildlife through live animal exhibits and interactive education programs. The Museum is easy to navigate with fun surprises around every corner. Kids can roam The Great Hall and visit Beginnings, an area filled with young animals and information on their lifecycles.

Featured Exhibitions: For complete details on exhibitions and exhibits click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete schedule of show times click here.

ImaginON: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 416-4630
See website for hours of operation
Summary: This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot facility recently ranked by as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States. ImaginOn features two state-of-the-art theaters, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio, and interactive exhibit space. 

Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 875-6521
Summary: Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. As a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CRC relies on public financial support to fulfill our mission. Supporters can release a raptor, adopt a bird, make a charitable donation, purchase a membership or sponsor a capital improvement project. CRC’s environmental education programs reach approximately 40,000 students each year. Our Raptor Trail hosts more than 35,000 visitors a year. Visit our calendar page for event times or just come and enjoy our nicely maintained trails and see all the amazing birds of prey.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC (704) 866-6900
Summary: The natural wonders of North America and North Carolina coupled with the rich history of our region are all reflected in The Schiele’s exceptional exhibitions and diverse programming. Whether you’re indoors or out, with the kids or your colleagues, by bringing you a lot closer to nature, The Schiele will bring you a little closer to yourself.

Featured Exhibits: For a complete listing click here
Planetarium: For a complete schedule click here
Events Calendar: For all events click here

February 21, 2017

Smarty Alert: RSVP now for Hunstad Kortesis’ After Hours Event

Hunstad Korstesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa (HK) will host their After Hours Mommy Makeover event next Tuesday, February 28.HK_AfterHours_FB-ads_FEB-1

This RSVP-only Mommy Makeover event includes wine, appetizers, mingling with actual patients and an opportunity to meet their board certified plastic surgeons, renown for their leadership within the cosmetic plastic surgery field. Feel free to event other moms who could use some pampering!

HK surgeons will be there to discuss breast augmentations and tummy tucks. Consult with leaders within the global breast augmentation specialty to discover choices that are meant for you and learn more about their industry-leading experience in removing excess or loose skin for a more confident you.

Check out this great video of patients talking about their surgeries – including one mom of three who feels like her old self again after surgery!

There’s no fee to attend but space is limited. You must RSVP online attend. Complimentary valet parking at Del Friscos is available.

Event Details

HK After Hours: Mommy MakeoverHK_combo logo_cmyk_print
Tuesday, February 28 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Del Frisco’s in Piedmont Town Center (SouthPark)
4725 Piedmont Row Drive
Suite 170
Charlotte, NC 28210
RSVP here

Call 704-659-9000 or email for questions.

February 19, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2016 Smarty School Open House Guide.

February 23, 9:15 am: Trinity Episcopal School (Super Tour)
February 24: Palisades Episcopal School Storytime Adventure – Reading and art workshops for parents & children ages 3-5 years. All Storytime Adventure events begin at 10 a.m. Please RSVP to 704.583.1825 or Space is limited.

February 15, 2017

Smarty Scoop for Weekend Events: February 17-19

Discovery Place

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

Sunday Fun Day: Into the Wild
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
February 19, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, All ages, Free for Mint members, Adults $6
Summary: Family time at the Mint! Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos, STEAM studio, and family yoga sessions.

Charlotte Hornets
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Checkers
Bojangles Coliseum
2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC

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February 14, 2017

Smarty Sweetheart Story

Love stories. They come in all shapes and sizes. Smarties, we are opening the vault and sharing ours with you. Happy Valentine’s Day! XXOO ~ Team Smarty

Jen P. & Randy

My love story began in 11th grade. Yep, we were high school sweethearts. Randy and I were at a summer pool party and we didn’t really know each other. Unbeknownst to me, Randy noticed that I was the only girl at the party wearing a bikini, which clearly caught his eye:-) He swam up to me and we hung out for hours. We started dating soon after and did the high school sweetheart thing for a while. But once we both hit college, he in Michigan and me in Florida, we quickly realized that we needed to spread our wings and enjoy the college experience with no long-distance strings attached. We did have each other on drunk dial so we kept in touch periodically throughout college. We didn’t really get serious until a few years after college and we started the long-distance dating gig. This was pre-cell phones, pre-social media and pre-FACE TIME!! I feel like a dinosaur just typing this. One day, Randy sent me a package to my work, which I hated (my average college grades landed me as a Store Manager at Toys R Us as my first job out of college – I haven’t stepped foot in that store since becoming a mom:-). The package included a 4-month AAA Trip Tix map that had us starting at his house in Michigan and took us through our favorite national parks across the country, up to Alaska, down the California coast and into New Mexico and ending in a scuba trip in the Caribbean. I was in shock and the first thing I said was “you know I will run out of money in one month?” His response: “I’ve been looking for someone just like you to go on this trip.” He had me at “hello, let’s quit our jobs and travel.” We were so ahead of our time…#weinventedthegapyear

Cheryl & John

We met the way all great love meets – before a frat party freshmen year at UNC – Chapel Hill. I happened to be dating one of his frat bros and was going to the party with said-bro, but due to a series of (very fortunate) events that involved an ice storm, my roommate’s tailbone, and a trip to Student Health, I got delayed and my date ended up being too inebriated to pick me up (so classy!). So, a cute pledge brother with DD duties that night ended up swinging by my dorm to take me to the party. That same cute pledge just happened to be in my geography class the next morning, and, lucky for me, he was reeeaaaalllly good at geography. He loved my overalls, and I loved his eyelashes. Match made in {the Southern part of blue} heaven. Read More →

February 10, 2017

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core Teacher Profile, Stacy Walker

StacyGroup fitness instructors are part cheerleader and part drill instructor. It’s a delicate balance! The best instructors are like coaches.  They encourage us.  They push us to dig deep.  They want us to see the results of our hard work.

Stacy Walker, an instructor at Carolina Barre & Core, is the perfect combination – she motivates and challenges you.

Before becoming a powerhouse instructor,  Stacy’s journey with Carolina Barre & Core began 4 years ago as a client.  She wanted to get back into shape after welcoming 2 babies in 2 years.

Stacy was no stranger to the group exercise scene, having spent the last 15 years participating in some form of group fitness to stay healthy and in shape. But Carolina Barre & Core was different.

After consistent visits, Stacy was A-M-A-Z-E-D! She’d never seen results like this. She became stronger and so much more flexible than she’d ever been. Ever. Read More →

February 9, 2017

Register now for the First Tee of Greater Charlotte’s Spring Programs

Kids Walking Home Office

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte is currently registering for Spring programs. Classes take place one day a week for an 8 or 10 week session (depending on the child’s age) at 7 locations in the Greater Charlotte area. Classes are for children ages 5-18, from beginning golfer to experienced players. 8 or 10 week sessions cost $50 and scholarship opportunities are available. To register click here.

“The First Tee of Greater Charlotte will impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” Read More →

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