Happy November Smarties! I hope that the sick germs are staying away from your households so that you can get out and enjoy the weekend. There are some great events in town and at some of our around town spots. Don’t forget to visit some of our favorites in town as well, ImaginOn, Discovery Place and our fantastic parks. Have a great and Smarty weekend. If you have events you would like to share, please email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.
CureSearch Walk to Conquer Kids’ Cancer
November 7, Registration and Check In @ 9:00am & Opening Ceremony and Walk @ 10:00am
Join us as we celebrate and honor children from the Charlotte, NC area who have been affected by childhood cancer. This very special day will take place at Freedom Park and will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family! This is a walk to increase awareness of childhood cancer and to raise the revenue needed to support the life saving research conducted by the Children’s Oncology Group. Proceeds from the walk will benefit CureSearch: National Children’s Cancer Foundation. The NCCF provides funding for the vast majority of pediatric research programs at the top 200+ children’s hospitals, including all local children’s hospitals that treat our youngest cancer warriors. You can join local team “Go Grier Go” and help support Grier Christenbury as he fights this disease.
Mr. Nigel’s Music & Friends Story Time
Joseph-Beth Booksellers & Bistro
November 6, 11:15am
Have fun with Mr. Nigel as he sings, plays intruments and reads books. Children will have fun while learning!
1st Annual Fun Fest Charlotte by Charlotte Speech and Hearing
Park Road Park, Shelter 2
November 7, noon-4:00pm
Charlotte Speech and Hearing will be doing free speech, fine motor and gross motor screenings for kids, and hearing screenings for all ages. Many moms love an opportunity to ask professionals a few questions about their child’s development and make sure everything is on track. Here is a great opportunity, along with lots of activities to wear the little ones out on a beautiful day-cheap! There will be bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin races, carnival games and prizes, fire truck, Carolina Clowns, arts and crafts, bake sale, food/drinks and free child identity kits and more.
November 6-8, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat. and Sun., 2:00pm
E.B. White’s classic tale of friendship and love comes to life in this Matthews Playhouse production. Cost is $10, $9 students.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
November 7, 11:00am
Rhythmic. Engaging. Electrifying. Experience Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping, a unique art form born at African American fraternities and based in African traditions. The dancers use their bodies as instruments, and their intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mixed with spoken word pound the floor and fill the air. Don’t miss a show that the Washington Post called “a virtuosic performance to make the venerable Alvin Ailey dancers sigh.” Cost is $12-$14.
Historic Latta Plantation
November 7, 10:00am-4:00pm
Learn about Charlotte’s rich gold mining history and pan for gold at the miner’s cabin, enjoy local root beer and listen to music. Cost is $6 adults, $5 students, free 5 and under.
Ocean Activity Center
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
November 7-8, Saturdays, 9am-5pm; Sundays, 1-5pm
Learn about animals that live in the ocean through hands-on exploration. Explore the characteristics marine animals have that help them live in a unique habitat. Cost is $7 adults, $6 ages 4-18.
Rural Hill Sheep Dog Trials
Rural Hill Center of Scottish Heritage, Huntersville
November 7-8, Gates open 8:30am, more activities start at 10am
More than 100 dogs compete in this trial. There are also family activities – bounce house, hayrides, antique tractor display, Pumpkin Chunkin’ and a maze. Cost is $10, $7 ages 5-12, free 4 and under.
13th Annual Adoption Expo
International Trade Center, 200 N. College St.
November 7, 8:30am-4:00pm
Southern Piedmont Adoptive Families (SPAFA) will offer expo attendees opportunities to learn from adoptive parents how they can build their families through adoption.
Crossroads Pumpkin Fest
November 7, 10:00am-5:00pm
Enjoy the Festival Kids Zone, games, rides and activities, more than 50 art and craft exhibitors, pie eating contest, cornhole tournament, biggest pumpkin contest and more.
Mint Hill Library
November 7, 10:00am
Rings, bracelets, pendants– you decide what to make and Tammy Morris, teaching artist from Mint Hill Arts, will help you complete your project. All ages are welcome but if you are 6 and under you will need an adult to assist you.
CMPD Pet Adoption
November 7, 10:00am-4:00pm
Held the first Saturday of each month, the public can meet orphaned dogs and cats available for adoption. Shelter staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions.