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June 15, 2017

Get your summer dance on with Jami Masters School of Dance Summer Technique Classes and INSPIRED Summer Intensive!

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Do you have a rising 4th or 5th grader looking to raise the barre on her dance technique? Look no further, we bring you the best dance technique classes at our Smarty favorite, Jami Masters School of Dance!

Our friends at Jami Masters School of Dance (JMSD) offer technique classes all summer long for dancers of all levels age rising 4th grade all the way up to adults. They offer ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, funk, contemporary, body conditioning/stretching, pointe and more. This is the perfect time for your dancer to try something new and see if she likes it before registering for fall classes.

Also, join JMSD this year for their popular summer intensive, INSPIRED! This summer intensive is offered to dancers ages 8-18 and is sure to be an amazing weekend of beautiful dancing! Read More →

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: All About Audiologists

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. has nearly 100 healthcare providers with different jobs and titles. What do these titles mean and what care does everyone offer? This is the third in a series explaining who our providers are and what they do to keep you and your family healthy.

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are medical professionals – usually doctors – who test, diagnose, and treat hearing loss in babies, children, and adults. They also fit patients with hearing aids or other hearing-enhancing instruments, and diagnose other hearing- and ear-related conditions. At CEENTA they also work closely with the ear, nose, and throat doctors to provide a continuity of care if more serious medical concerns are detected during an audiology exam. Unlike hearing instrument specialists, who primarily do just hearing aid fittings, audiologists also can perform full diagnostic evaluations of a patient’s complete auditory system. This means they can diagnose the cause of hearing loss and determine if it needs medical attention before the patient gets hearing aids.Swanson

How does someone become an Audiologist?

After receiving an undergraduate degree, future audiologists get a master’s degree or doctorate in audiology through a graduate program. In addition to the classroom portion of the degree, the third and/or fourth year of their program involves getting hands-on experience through an externship program. In fact, CEENTA has its own externship, where fourth-year students work with patients in three separate educational tracks. Students rotate through clinics for cochlear implants, pediatric audiology, tinnitus retraining therapy, vestibular testing electrophysiology, diagnostics, hearing aids, and practice management. CEENTA is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 program, and interested students can email Audiologist Tracy Swanson, AuD, F-AAA, at Read More →

June 14, 2017

Summer Happenings at the Quarry: Open Swim Schedule

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Our FAVORITE local gem is the Quarry at Carrigan Farms. Smarties, we kid you not, this is the best kept hidden secret in the Greater Charlotte area. CSP {LOVES} The Quarry!

Located just outside Charlotte in Mooresville, The Quarry is fed by an underground spring and rimmed in rock that rises to 70 feet – it’s absolutely stunning. The water is emerald green and blue with gray granite cliffs and a white, sandy beach – it’s perfect for a family picnic and swimming on a hot Carolina day. What I love about the Quarry is it has no age barriers – kids ages 4 (I recommend this outing if all of your kids can swim) all the way through high school and college will enjoy the Quarry just as much as you do. Your entire fam will enjoy cliff jumping, swimming, lounging, volleyball, and more.

This is also a fun birthday party spot – think 13th birthday, 16th birthday, family reunion, etc. My go-to activity when we have company in town is to pack up a cooler and haul everyone up to the quarry – it gets everyone out of my house and good and tired from a full day of fun in the sun!

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For those of you not familiar, read our Smarty tips on how to do the Quarry here. Read More →

From the Smarty Education Corner and Charlotte Country Day: Summer Reading – A Smarty Podcast


We recently chatted with kindergarten teacher Anna Scott and fourth grade teacher Kato Nims from Charlotte Country Day about the importance of summer reading. They offered some GREAT tips on how to keep kids reading all summer long. This 15-minute podcast, powered by Shrink Tank, is a must-listen-to this summer. We promise it will inspire you to encourage your kids to open a book before school starts back up! Check out all of our Smarty podcasts here. Read More →

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events June 16-18


14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
Saturdays and Sundays, See website for schedule, All ages
Summary: The park is open 7 days a week, Get your season tickets now!. Check out the Waterpark, the new Country Fair, Rock the Park is here…

Summer Pops

Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops events take place on Sundays from June 4-July 1 at Symphony Park, SouthPark. From Hollywood hits, music from Star Wars to Broadway, Jazz and Patriotic favorites, these one-of-a-kind musical picnic experiences are some of the most highly anticipated events of the season! Fun FAQ’s about the concerts HERE.

Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops kicks off this weekend! Read More →

Smarty Summer Bucket List: Spend a day at Carowinds (on the cheap!) and give back to the JDRF

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Is a trip to Carowinds on your Summer Bucket List? Is giving back to the community also on there? Well, mark those two right off the list with a trip to Carowinds this month. From now through June 30, Carowinds is partnering with JDRF to offer not only a super low ticket price but also a chance to give back to JRDF just by purchasing a ticket.

Here’s how it works: Go to to purchase extremely discounted park tickets and $2 from every ticket will be donated to JDRF. Normally, regular gate prices at Carowinds are $65, but Smarties can use this site to purchase tickets for only $42. The tickets are valid for a single day admission, ages 3+ and good through September 4th. Read More →

June 13, 2017

What I’m reading this summer

Summer is one of my fave times to plow through some books. And, I’m happy to say that I’ve FINALLY arrived – I’ve got four strong swimmers, which means I am parking my seat in a lounge chair at the pool and reading. (Don’t worry, Smarty moms of littles, your day will come! I’ve waited 13 years for this!!) Here’s what’s in my pool bag this summer (thanks to Amazon for the book descriptions!).


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Read More →

June 12, 2017

Smarty Alert: Welcome summer with ‘Mimi Discovers Sullivan’s Island’ book release party

We found the PERFECT way to welcome summer. Grab some friends and head to Swoozie’s SouthPark/Sharon Corners next Tuesday, June 13, for a book release party for a local Charlotte family’s latest children’s book, Mimi Discovers Sullivan’s Island. Gently used children’s books will also collected at the event for Promising Pages, a local non-profit that inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by instilling a love of reading. IMG_6375

This is the second children’s book by Catherine Farley and her family. The first, Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island, was written by Catherine and her two daughters, Madeline and Mary Katherine. In this latest book, Catherine and her son, James, and nephew, Gray, write about the adventures Mimi takes around Sullivan’s Island. Both books are illustrated by the very-talented Susan Leggett. Read More →

June 9, 2017

Smarty Summer Day Camp Giveaway: One week FREE at Charlotte Day Camp

*** This giveaway has closed. Our winner is Nicole Renaud.****

Happy Summer, Smarties! We’re starting your summer season off right today with a big giveaway from our friends at Charlotte Day Camp. One lucky reader is going to win a week free at this amazing camp. Keep reading to learn more about Charlotte Day Camp and how you can win!

Charlotte Day Camp was founded in 2011 as a cultural exploration program where campers could experience other parts of the world without having to leave Charlotte. Over the last six years, we like to think it has grown into one of Charlotte’s best summer enrichment programs.

The camp now offers three different themed programs each week for campers, and the current directors have more than 20 years of combined experience administering summer camps both in the US and internationally.

If there is one thing that makes Charlotte Day Camp stand out, it is their strong Outcomes Focus. This is not a camp that just puts activities together and hopes that the campers have a good time. There are three specific Program Outcomes that the camp is designed to achieve for every camper: Growth, Learning, and Fun.

At Charlotte Day Camp, Growth means helping campers build positive, healthy, and productive dispositions. Counselors are hired and trained to be role models who demonstrate confidence, courage, and responsibility for campers and help campers do so as well. Read More →

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core’s Summer Barre Blowout

CBCsummerSmarty Alert!

Our friends at Carolina Barre & Core have summer barre pricing options for you.

If you are not already on a contract then this is the time to get contract pricing for a shorter commitment. The longer you commit to CBC throughout the summer, the less you pay per month!

If you buy all 3 months, then you save $180 over regular pricing. You pay per month (not all up front).

Go now – get in on this mega deal!

Carolina Barre & Core
2901 Selwyn Avenue,  Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 980.207.1046

Carolina Barre & Core, Lafayette Village Raleigh
8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102,  Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.200.4241

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