Welcome to Wednesday Smarties! Hope everyone made it back to school safely and happily. To all the moms who are still teary after sending the little one off the kindergarten – hang in there, they will love it and you will be ok. For those off you with energy this weekend, there is plenty to do. Get a running start on the Greek Festival by running the Yiasou 5K. The CMS Parent University is hosting two workshops this weekend – check them out! Visit NoDa and the Evening Muse to introduce your kids to the latest kid’s music sensation, Skidoo. Have a great weekend and if you have events you would like to share, email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.
Yiasou Greek Festival 5K
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC
August 29, 7:30AM
5K Run with Baby Jogger & Wheelchair division
1 Mile walk for kids and adults
All kids that finish the 1 Mile receive a prize at the finish line
All participants get 2 tickets to the Yiasou Greek Festival in their race goody bags
Yiasou Greek Festival runs September 10-13 2009
Free food and drinks, music, and over $1000 in giveaways!
“Movies Under the Stars” Series: Kung Fu Panda
SouthPark Symphony Park
August 28, 6:00pm
Enjoy this PG-rated movie on the lawn at Symphony Park, where shoppers can enjoy featured flicks under the stars on a 42-foot screen. Pre-event activities from 6–9 p.m., including a live band. Concessions and cold drinks will be available for purchase all night. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Cost is free.
Mingling on the Green Concert Series
August 28, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Live music from Wild Card Band. Cost is free.
Terrific Twos- Wiggle Worms
McDowell Nature Preserve
August 28, 10:00am-10:45am and 11:00am-11:45am
Wiggle on over with your little one and learn about worms through an age appropriate group time and parent-child activity stations.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Special Kids Show!!!)
The Evening Muse, NoDa
August 29, 2:30pm
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is on a mission. As a lifetime fan of hip hop and superdad of an awesome daughter, he realized the need for hip hop that spoke straight to the magic mindset of the kids and still kept the parents nodding along on the 5000th listen. With over a decade of recording, performance, and production under his belt, the music and sound quality of the album “Easy” is remarkable. And with 6 years of chilling with one of the coolest little girls on earth, the song concepts hit the bullseye for the 3-13 crowd. The song “Luck” enjoyed multiple weeks at1 on the XMkids charts, and kidsmusicthatrocks.com said, “Easy is easily one of the top ten children’s albums of 2008.”
Reedy Creek Nature Center
August 29, 9:00am-11:00am
Are you delighted by the thought of dragonflies? Then you don’t want to miss this excursion through the field, forest and pond in search of these incredible insects. You’ll also learn some interesting facts and folklore as we explore the fascinating world of the dragonfly. For more information, contact 704.598.8857.
Nature: Live Animal Talk
McDowell Nature Preserve
August 29, 4:00pm-4:30pm
What does a snake feel like? Can turtles trade shells? Explore the secret lives of animals while you get up close and personal with several animals that call McDowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and even your backyard home.
Fractions…multiplication…division…A guide to Doing Math at Home
PTA Executive Conference, First Ward Elementary, 715 N. Caldwell St.
August 29, 8:00am-noon
Presented by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University and CMS Curriculum and Instruction. Experience a hands-on math lesson, and understand why it’s important to teach for understanding and not just memorization. Plus, learn how to use simple, interactive math games specially designed to teach key mathematical concepts at home. For more info. call 980-343-0318.
Going Green at School and Home
Mecklenburg PTA Workshop, First Ward Elementary, 715 N. Caldwell St.
August 29, 8:30am-2:00pm
Presented by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University and CMS Environmental Health and Safety Office. Learn more about CMS’ environmental stewardship program and what the district is doing to improve classroom conditions and discover ways to support this program at school.
Summer at the Backcountry Farm
Schiele Museum of Natural History
August 28-30, Fri./Sat.-10:00am-4:00pm; Sun.-1:00pm-4:00pm
Visit the Backcountry Farm to learn how animals, plants, and even the earth itself sustained the European Settlers of the Piedmont.
Also, don’t forget to register for our latest giveaway!
This Smarty giveaway is one you can really sink your teeth into! Our friends at Dream Dinners, Midtown location, are offering a lucky Smarty the chance to win (1) 36serving session (a $150 value)!! That’s either 12 dinners that serve 3, or 6 dinners that serve 6. With the kids back in school that means the full court press of homework and all the extra curricular activities…enough to keep any family on a tight schedule! So, let Dream Dinners handle meals for your busy family, click here to register to win this succulent 36 serving giveaway now! Hurry, you have until Monday, August 31st at 11p. Good luck, Smarties!
Consignment season is starting – Head up to Metrolina Expo (exit 16 off I-77) this weekend for the KidzExchange.com consignment sale. It runs Friday thru Sunday from 9AM to 7PM. Sunday is 1/2 price day for most items. They accept cash and major credit cards.