Happy Wednesday Smarties! It is Memorial weekend which means race week in Charlotte. Head uptown to enjoy all of the festivities. Baseball, cowboys, and our parks round out the weekend. If you are traveling, please be safe. If you see a car with Smarty Pants magnets, grab one and join the Smarty Party. Above all remember and honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedoms. Be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend.
kixx – Spring BOGO (buy 1 get 1 half off)kixx, ParkTowne Shopping Center, Park Rd.
May 25-June 9
Our Spring BoGo (buy 1 get 1 half off) Sale officially starts Friday, May 25th and ends Saturday, June 9th. This sale includes in stock items only and includes brands like Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Pazitos, Lelli Kelly, Jessica Simpson, Kid Express, See Kai Run, SunSan, Pediped, Livie and Luca, Stride Rite, Rachel, Vans, Puma, New Balance, Merrell, Chaco, Teva, Tsukihoshi, Rainbow, Chooze and Native. TOMS and Crocs are not included.
Food Lion Speed Street
May 24-26, check website for times of events and performers
Celebrating 18 years of NASCAR-themed, family-friendly fun, Food Lion Speed Street delivers an unprecedented experience to an estimated 400,000 fans by means of live entertainment, access to NASCAR’s brightest stars, and vendor displays from sponsors such as Food Lion, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite and Chevrolet. There is also a large kids zone!
Cowboys: Dust of the Trail
Sat., 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-5:00pm
Take a ride back in time to the real Wild West. Journey beyond the fiction and beyond the myth, to the real world of the American Cowboy. Retrace their evolution from the Mexican vaqueros of the old Spanish southwest to the hardworking cowhands of today’s Great Basin ranches. Along the way you’ll learn the true story of the historic Texas cattle drives-when men moved thousands of unruly animals north across hundreds of miles of prairie, mountains and desert. As you travel from ranch, to trail camp, to cow town, you’ll discover the tools and techniques necessary for work in the cattle trade. It’s a story of adventurous lives lived in the saddle and under the hat. It’s an epic tale of doggies, drifters and drovers-roundups, reatas and rodeos-bunk houses, bronc busters and buckaroos!
Reedy Creek Nature Center
May 26, 10:30am-11:30am
Snakes, turtles, frogs and other critters call Reedy Creek Nature Center home. Meet some of the animals at the nature center and learn how you can help them in the wild. Cost is free.
Matthew’s Summer Concert & Movie Series: Skinny Velvet
May 26, 7:00pm
Come out to Stumptown Park every Saturday night for free concerts and movies in the park! Concerts begin at 7 PM. This week we feature Skinny Velvet a Blues/Southern Rock band. Vendors will be on site selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please.
Messy by Nature
McDowell Nature Center
May 26, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Visit the Nature Center between 1 and 4 pm and enjoy a variety of messy crafts outside in our natural play area, including painting, pottery, mud-pies and more. Dress to mess! No registration required. Contact McDowell Natrure Center at 704-588-5224 for more information.
ZOOperstars! Knight Stadium
May 26, 7:15pm
Support your Knights vs. the Iron Pigs and see the famous ZOOperstars! Perform. Cost is $8-$15.
The Patriot 5K & Festival
Symphony Park at SouthPark
May 28, 7:30am-11:00am
The Patriot 5K & Festival May 28-Memorial Day- at Symphony Park is fun for the whole family. 5K run/walk starts at 7:30am. Choose to honor your military hero by signing up to “Go The Extra Mile.” Register at www.patriotcharities.org. Stay for the free festival 9am- 11am. Color Guard, Parachute jump, JR ROTC exhibition, Kids activities and more! Show your support of our military heroes by wearing red, white & blue for this fundraiser for wounded military from the Carolinas.
Story Time Monday
May 28, 10:30am-11:30am
Chick-fil-A Cotswold and Books-A-Million have teamed up to bring you FREE Story Time on Monday Mornings at Chick-fil-A Cotswold. Recommended for children 18 months to 4 years of age. For more information call 704-366-0073.