Friday, October 30, 2009

"Firebird" at the Bechtler Museum

"Firebird" is under installation in the front plaza at the Bechtler Museum now, to be unveiled to the public Tuesday, November 3rd at 3:00p.

Waddlers & Toddlers REMINDER

Families, remember tomorrow's Waddlers & Toddlers Costume Parade!  For more information, click here.

Free First Presbyterian Concert

On Sunday, November 8th at 4:00p, First Presbyterian Church will host a free concert.  Pianists Eddie Huss and Annette Matthews will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and Samuel Barber, and also will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”  The concert will take place in the sanctuary.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tailgate Recycling

For data junkies, here are the stats to date on Panthers tailgate recycling.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Get Motivated Traffic Advisory

Tomorrow's Get Motivated event is expected to have a major impact on morning traffic.  Please see this bulletin.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Tonight at 7:00p, Pie Town will once again open its doors to the neighborhood with food & drink specials.  Bring neighbors and friends from other neighborhoods for the last Third Ward event of the year - see you there!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Johnson & Wales Student Center

Yesterday Johnson & Wales University announced the impending construction of a new student center, located south of the residence halls along Cedar Street.  The 30,000sf structure will include athletic facilities, meeting space, and more.
The university is planning to share plans of the space as they become available.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

REMINDER: 2020 Vision Plan Community Workshop

Tonight will bring the first Community Workshop for the Center City 2020 Vision Plan, open to all residents, families, and interested people at 5:30p.  The event is at the Charlotte Convention Center, with free parking available across the street at The Green.  The voices of Third Ward residents at this event will be critical to preserving and enhancing our neighborhood's quality of life.  Please attend the Community Workshop!

2020 Vision Plan on WFAE

At 9:00a this morning on WFAE (90.7 FM), Daniel Iacofano (MIG), Debra Campbell (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission), and Michael Smith (Charlotte Center City Partners) will be featured on Mike Collins' Charlotte Talks program. The topic will be the 2020 Vision Plan currently underway for Charlotte's Center City.
Also remember that the first Community Workshop for the 2020 Vision Plan is tonight at the Charlotte Convention Center, beginning at 5:30p.  All Charlotte residents - especially residents of Third Ward and other Uptown neighborhoods - are encouraged to attend.  Parking is available at The Green at no charge.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

IBM Donation to Irwin Avenue Elementary School

Excerpted from press release: "On October 30, 2009, Irwin IB Elementary School in Uptown Charlotte will receive $10,000 of KidSmart technology centers from IBM. 
IBM’s KidSmart program includes the Young Explorer, a computer housed in brightly-colored, kid-friendly Little Tikes furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language. The computer centers can also help children learn important socialization skills such as how to work together and share. Exploration and socialization skills are important to prepare children for future success in school, help level the playing field and ensure all children have access to educational tools. (
IBM is trying to bridge the digital divide through the KidSmart program.  Studies show that the KidSmart program leads to substantial improvements in teaching and learning and to significant positive outcomes for children and teachers.  Teachers participating KidSmart are also more confident in their approach to using computers in their classrooms.
The partnership with Irwin IB Elementary is a great fit for IBM, whose Uptown offices are just blocks from the school."

Monday, October 19, 2009

Romare Bearden Park Update

From Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation: "Dear Stakeholders, Although it may seem all is [quiet] at Romare Bearden Park, several key components of this wonderful project are gathering momentum:
Timetable: The Department is hopeful that construction could start late next summer. The County will release a portion of unsold 2004 bonds for sale next June. Construction of Romare Bearden Park is the number one priority for the Department - the park will be first in line when funding becomes available. We will know more as the County moves closer to the bond sale and determines specific department allocations.
Building Demolition: Asbestos abatement in the existing structures is underway. Once abatement is complete, in about a month’s time, the three buildings will be razed.
Public Art: On October 7th the Art and Science Council kicked off the artist selection process. To date the ASC has risen over $225,000 to help support funding for a major art piece.
Romare Bearden Foundation: The Department is working with the local liaison to the Romare Bearden Foundation.  Jerald Melberg, gallery owner and former curator for the Mint Museum is helping us add the depth and richness of Romare Bearden through the careful selection of his works, text and thoughts; capturing Romare’s spirit that is to be incorporated into the interpretive signage throughout the park.
Fundraising:  As we draw nearer to construction and the economic climate improves, Partners for Parks, the non-profit fundraising wing for the department, is gearing up to undertake a fundraising effort. We will pass along details of the fundraising effort as they progress.
Have a great week!
Brian Conroy
Parks Planner, Central Region
Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation Department"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Holidays in the City Auditions

From the press release: "Charlotte Center City Partners is bringing Holidays in the City to life in a new way. We are recruiting talented performers for a variety of roles in our Uptown Holiday Cast. CCCP is looking for creative individuals who can provide a fresh new take on holiday entertainment.
Charlotte Center City Partners will hire 6-8 cast members for the upcoming holiday season. Audition Categories [include]:
Singers who can “Move”: Prepare two songs (a ballad and up-tempo) with accompaniment (CD may be used). We are looking for singers that are proficient in more than one performance style including: rock, pop, musical theatre, swing, and classical. Please come prepared with a brief dance combination with accompaniment (CD may be used). Does not have to be professional, just something that will show us that you have dancing abilities.
Actors/Character Actors: Show us your best with a one-minute comic monologue. Irish, British, and Scottish dialects are of particular interest but not required.
Specialty Talents: Stilt walkers, mimes, jugglers, comedy magicians, or any other family-oriented specialty talents are welcome. Prepare a brief example. Bring necessary equipment.  CD player is provided.
We are especially looking for performers with MULTIPLE TALENTS. Are you ready to get in the holiday spirit? Come out and audition for this once in a lifetime opportunity, and have a hand in enriching the urban core of Center City Charlotte, by doing what you do best."
Auditions will take place at Spirit Square, Friday, November 6, 5:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday, November 7, 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm; Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Callbacks.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter

The second edition of the excellent Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter can be found here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CharMeck Court Watch

Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte has noted the CharMeck Court Watch website, a tool that helps neighborhoods monitor chronic offenders in the area: "These criminal cases are ... committed by chronic offenders that always seem to slip through the cracks of the criminal justice system.  The neighbors volunteer their time to see the court cases through until some sort of resolution is achieved.  Providence Division has had great success in influencing the District Attorney to make sure that the cases are not dismissed or reduced, and a hefty sentence is imposed by the judge."
If you are interested in learning more, review the website or contact Officer Whitesel at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Streetcar Update

The City of Charlotte and CATS have released two bulletins (1, 2) summarizing the current state of the Streetcar project and details on the upcoming engineering study.

Seven Years with Ray's Splash Planet

Ray's Splash Planet will celebrate its seventh birthday and grand re-opening with a free outdoor party this Saturday, October 17th, from 10:00a to 3:00p.  According to the Ray's website, the event will be "a super fun-filled bash loaded with exciting activities and carnival games. There will be cake, giveaways and of course swimming! Bring your family and come join the fun."

Dinner & Book Release with Peter Reinhart

Join chef and author Peter Reinhart at neighborhood sponsor Pie Town on Saturday, November 7th for dinner and a reading from his new book, Artisan Breads Every Day.  The dinner is $28/person; contact to register.  Seating is limited!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Uptown Career Center

Displaced professionals have a new resource to help them get back to work. The Professional Career Center opened its doors last week on the second floor at 525 North Tryon Street.
Part of the Charlotte Regional Recovery Initiative, convened by Governor Bev Perdue earlier this year to address the needs of displaced workers, the Professional Career Center is an Uptown Charlotte work environment with all the tools that job-seeking professionals need, from computer workstations and telephone access to conference/meeting space. The center also offers a wealth of support services, including daily workshops, entrepreneurial resources and individual career counseling.
Contact Steve Partridge at or (704) 778-7185.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Waddlers & Toddlers Costume Parade

Our friends and neighbors in Wesley Heights have graciously invited Third Ward families to join their Waddlers & Toddlers Costume Parade on Saturday, October 31st (Halloween).  The parade will line up in the 400 Block of Grandin Road and begin at 4:00p.  Special guests will include the Wesley Heights Fireman and Policemen, who will lead the Costume Parade.
Costumes are a must for all the Waddlers and Toddlers. Mommies and daddies are welcome to dress up too!
A photographer will be available for kids costume photos (digital copies only).
To receive an Evite invitation, contact with your child's name, age, and neighborhood.  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Swings Installed

The new "bucket-style" swings at Frazier Park are ready for use!  For parents of toddlers and small children, these are by far the best option.  Please join me in thanking Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation for their quick response to the neighborhood's request.  A special thanks goes to Brian Conroy, who arranged for the swings and earlier this year invited the neighborhood's input on the "Third Ward Corner" at Romare Bearden Park.  We appreciate your work.
Enjoy Frazier Park on this beautiful fall weekend!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Emerging Plans at the (existing) Knights Stadium

The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg blogs about Jerry Reese's development plans at the existing Knights Stadium in York County.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Families Photo Shoot Postponed...

...due to inclement weather.  To be contacted for the next round, please e-mail Moira Quinn at Charlotte Center City Partners.

First Ward Mayoral Forum

Did you miss July's Third Ward Mayoral Forum?  First Ward will be hosting their own this Friday, October 9th, 7:00p at Trinity Episcopal School.  All are welcome.  Contact Mauricio Bernal with questions.

Johnson & Wales Way/Fourth Street Extension Project Update

Joe Frey, the project manager (of City of Charlotte Engineering & Property Management) issued an update this past Friday.  An excerpt:
"Greetings all.  First, I want to apologize that there has not been any communication from us regarding the project in a while.  Work is ongoing though and I wanted to share the latest update with you ... The big news is that the Tuckaseegee Road portion of the project will actually be happening this month.  It happened that Tuckaseegee Rd was scheduled to be resurfaced this year.  So we worked it that along with the resurfacing we will also restripe to reduce the travel lanes and add bike lanes [per] the project plans.  There will be some additional sidewalk and median work when we do full project construction later, but this will achieve a major goal of the project now.  We expect to get the plans to 50% complete by the end of the year and at that time we will most likely have another stakeholder meeting to field questions.
Once again, thank you for your interest and input regarding the project.  As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me."
Further information is in the postcard.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Families Wanted

Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon, Charlotte Center City Partners will deploy a film crew to interview families who live Uptown.  This is an excellent way to promote Third Ward and Uptown - and to help correct the conventional wisdom that "no families live Uptown."  If you are available, please contact Moira Quinn at (704) 363-1298.  Thanks!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Larceny from Auto Suspect

Police are seeking to identify the man pictured in these photographs - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  He is an LFA suspect and typically wears the backpack.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

CMPD Report - October

CMPD's most recent District 2 report can be found here.  There are sharp increases in larcenies so please adhere to the suggestions at the end of the report.