Friday, April 30, 2010

Beer Dinner at Pie Town

On Saturday, May 22nd at 6:30p, Pie Town will host a Beer Dinner featuring three courses paired with beers from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  The cost is $24/person not including tax or gratuity.  RSVP at (704) 279-7555 or via briana@sonomarestaurants.net.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rev'd Up 2010

NASCAR's Rev'd Up series returns to Third Ward on May 20th with bands Switchfoot, Parachute, and the Paper Tongues performing.  Events begin at 4:00p near Third Street & Mint Street (map).  Find more information here!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Family Day at the Bechtler

MAY 8, 2010 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M
Bring your family for a day of artful fun in and around the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Try your hand at creating art in the styles of Warhol, MirĂ³, Calder, Picasso and other greats. Sketch the museum and the Firebird or join in creating a public work of art. Explore the unique style of the Bechtler’s architecture. Learn how a cantilever works and how to build an arch and keystone or examine the blueprints for the museum building.
Look for Family Day activities on the Bechtler plaza, in the lobby, and across Tryon Street in The Green park.
All Family Day activities are free. Admission to tour the museum on Family Day is discounted to $4 for adults; children up to 18 years are admitted free.

"Driver Crashes in Uptown Creek"

For the Observer article, see here.  For WSOC video, see here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Weather Postponement

Due to predicted thunderstorms, Historic Charlotte has cancelled  the History Learning Series Walking Tour this afternoon.  Historic Charlotte will schedule an alternative date in May.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Historic Charlotte 2010 History Learning Series

Explore Charlotte’s Historic Pinewood/Elmwood Cemetery on a guided walking tour led by local experts Lynn Weis and Bill Hart ... Tuesday, April 27, 2010 (rain or shine).
Tour Begins at 5:30pm at Alexander Michaels Tavern (410 West Ninth Street), or meet at 6:00pm at the  Pinewood/Elmwood Cemetery Gardner’s House (700 West Sixth Street)."

Friday, April 23, 2010

Reminder: Community Garden Workday Tomorrow

Be at the Community Garden at 8:30a to begin!

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Presents the Music and Museum Series

"APRIL 23 AND 25 AT 5 P.M. IN THE MUSEUM LOBBY [map]
This innovative concert/lecture hybrid fuses image, sound and conversation to provide an insider's perspective on artwork from the Bechtler collection and featured musical compositions. Enjoy selections by French and Spanish composers performed by a quartet of chamber musicians complemented by a display of artworks by Alfred Manessier and Pablo Picasso. Concertgoers will be treated to a champagne reception prior to the performance.
TICKETING/RESERVATIONS
Tickets for each concert are $15 per person ($10 for museum members). Call 704.353.9200 to purchase. Space is limited."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wayfinding Signage

"In an effort to make Uptown more pedestrian friendly and to encourage more pedestrian trips, a wayfinding signage program was developed to direct visitors, residents and employees to their destinations. The Pedestrian wayfinding signs were installed in 2007, and new highway and vehicular signs are being installed in spring 2010. By September 2010, dynamic signs at the gateways to Center City and at 15 parking decks in Center City will be installed providing real-time information about where parking is available so that vehicles can quickly and efficiently locate parking. The rest of the signage program will encourage them to walk to the remainder of their destinations, limiting vehicle trips and reducing congestion on Uptown streets. Learn more about the signage program by clicking here."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Video Flythrough

The video flythrough illustrating the Johnson & Wales Way/West Fourth Street project has been posted here under "Video Mock Up."  Thanks to Project Manager Joe Frey and his team!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Single-Room Occupancy Standards

"The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department staff will be seeking public input on the topic of Single Room Occupancy Residences (SROs).  An SRO is a multi-tenant building that contains between 11 and 120 rooming units, which are available for rental occupancy for periods of seven days or longer.  The buildings must contain common open space, such as recreation areas or dining rooms, and provide twenty-four hour on-site management.
SROs are increasingly becoming a viable housing option, both as adaptive reuse and new construction.  The purpose of the group will be to review and provide comment on potential updates to the city’s existing zoning regulatory standards for single room occupancy residences and the districts where permitted.
As the Planning Department seeks to review the SRO requirements, public input becomes a vital part of the process.  We are seeking volunteers that will provide valuable information throughout the process.  The group will be comprised of residents, neighborhood leaders, industry representatives, volunteers, and other interested parties.
If you are interested in participating, please notify us by April 21, 2010.  You may sign up on our website at www.charlotteplanning.org and click on the SRO link under 'What’s Hot!'  If you prefer, you may contact Zenia Duhaney at 704-336-8310 or e-mail: zduhaney@ci.charlotte.nc.us with your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.  Citizens for whom we have an e-mail address on file will receive this notice via e-mail and may sign up directly on line.
The first public input meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 [map].  The meeting will be held on the 8th floor, in the Uptown Conference Room.  Public parking is available in the parking deck on Davidson Street across the street from the main entrance of the Government Center.  (After 6:00 p.m., please use the basement entrance on Davidson Street and check-in with the security guard).  Please bring your parking pass with you for validation.  The Government Center is located two blocks from the transit center.  Bus and train schedules are available at www.ridetransit.org."

District Attorney Candidate Town Hall Meeting

Neighbors For A Safer Charlotte, Crossroads Charlotte, and Johnson C. Smith University are sponsoring a town hall style conversation with District Attorney candidates Andrew Murray and Michael Barnes:  "Participants will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions about the criminal justice system and how they plan on making Charlotte a safer community."
The event will take place this Thursday, April 22nd, at Johnson C. Smith University's (map) Technology Auditorium from 6:30p to 8:00p.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Boarded-up Structures Survey

The City Council’s Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee is reviewing the Boarded-Up Structures Ordinance to determine if changes are needed. Your input is desired via this survey.  The survey closes April 22nd, so please act quickly.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

City Council E-mail Addresses

As suggested by a resident in follow-up to yesterday's e-mail, the below matrix associates each City Councilmember's name with his/her e-mail address.  For questions, please contact me.

Mayor Anthony Foxx: afoxx@ci.charlotte.nc.us
Andy Dulin: adulin1@carolina.rr.com
David Howard: info@davidhowardclt.com
Edwin Peacock: epeacock@ci.charlotte.nc.us
James Mitchell (represents Third Ward): JamesDistrict2@aol.com
Michael Barnes: barnesdistrict4@aol.com
Nancy Carter: n3157w@yahoo.com
Patrick Cannon: councilmancannon@gmail.com
Patsy Kinsey: pkinsey@charlottenc.gov
Susan Burgess: sburg346@aol.com
Warren Cooksey: warren@warrencooksey.com
Warren Turner: district3_turner@yahoo.com

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Johnson & Wales University Student Center

The Johnson & Wales University Student Center is slated for groundbreaking the week of April 26th; construction completion is expected in Spring 2011.  According to Johnson & Wales University, "the student center will have a full size gymnasium with seating capacity for over 600, a fitness center and group exercise room.  There will be locker rooms and showers for the varsity teams and changing areas and showers for the campus community.  The student center will also have a multi-purpose space for student activities as well as work rooms for clubs & organizations and student government.  The building will have offices for student activities, athletics, clubs & organizations and new student & parent programs."

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Cavalia"

Cavalia is an "homage to the poignant history and fascinating bond between human beings and horses ... Blending dramatic visual effects, live music, dance, and acrobatics with the bold presence of over sixty magnificent horses."  The show is coming to the "Beazer site" at Morehead and Cedar Streets, and begins May 4th.  For more information, click here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Speed Street 2010

"Food Lion Speed Street, the three-day festival scheduled for May 27 to May 29 and located in Charlotte, N.C., will entertain more than 400,000 fans in a new location.
Food Lion Speed Street will begin at Fifth Street and Tryon Street and extend south on Tryon Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard. The footprint also includes several blocks of Third Street between Tryon Street and Poplar Street (map).  A pedestrian corridor along Martin Luther King Boulevard will be available to reach the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Numerous fan-friendly destinations will be included such as:

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame - 400 Martin Luther King Boulevard
  • Food Lion Kids Zone presented by General Mills - Tryon Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Third Street
  • Miller Lite Stage - Parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Poplar Street
  • Coca-Cola Stage - East Trade Street and Tryon Street

For fans attending the festival and visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests are encouraged to utilize Tryon Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard as the safest route to reach the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The event is free to the public. Gates open each day at 12 p.m. ET. For a complete schedule of events and parking details, visit www.600festival.com."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Community Garden Workday + Update

Spring Workday officially Saturday April 24th at 8:30a!

Tip: Please save and bring your newspapers or there is also a product at Lowe’s (DuPont Weed Control Fabric 50 feet for $26) that can be rolled out and laid down on the walkways under the mulch to help us prevent the grass and weeds.  This extra effort up front could help us during the growing season and into the fall/winter.

*** If you have NOT already sent in your payment and application for this year’s garden plot please do so ASAP or it may be given away.  Please let us know ASAP if you will not be keeping your plot so we can reassign to those on waiting list. ***

The Parks Department is working through the tilling of plots based on schedule and weather.  They are also in process of relocating the mulch and compost areas to outside the fenced area closest to Frazier Park.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Help Load a Bus for Bayonnais, Haiti"

"Charlotte First Presbyterian Church (FPC) has purchased a used school bus that will be loaded (hopefully filled) with bulk rice and beans, as well as badly needed food and hygiene kits.  The bus and its contents will be driven to Florida and shipped to Haiti soon after the worship service on April 11.  OFCB Ministries in the Bayonnais area of Haiti, with which FPC partners closely, will use the donations to provide for local evacuees and members of the community who are unable to afford food and supplies due to skyrocketing prices and scarcity.  Recipients of the aid will be expected to work on a community irrigation project in exchange for the rice and beans and other donated items.  There is also a special request coming from the Haitian residents to pack soccer balls in the bus, so that fearful and traumatized children will have an incentive to come together in soccer games for their mutual support.
If you can participate in this FPC effort to support the Haitian earthquake victims, please prepare kits using the list below as a guideline—don’t forget the need for soccer balls.  Even a card of encouragement for a student disrupted by the disaster would be appreciated.  You may deliver the kits to the church receptionist (in building near Poplar Street) or you may contact Lex Jones (910.690.4300, lexjones@earthlink.net) who will make arrangements to pick-up your donation.  (Please pack donations in reusable or canvas grocery bags.)

Food/Hygiene Kits for Haitian Evacuees (Suggestions)
2lb Bag of Rice……….Bar of Soap……….2.5lb Bag of Corn Meal
2lb Bag of Beans……….1lb Box of Spaghetti……….Feminine Products
1 Bottle Vegetable Oil……….Package of Underwear (adults and/or children)
1lb Box of Salt……….2.5lb Bag of Sugar……….Box of Towels
Matches……….Bed Sheets……….Small Can of Tomatoes……….Can of Herring
Sandals or Flip Flops (adults and/or children) ……….Packets of Powdered Juice Mix
Dried Meat……….Bag of Cookies……….Bottled Water……….Toothpaste/Toothbrush"

Taste of the Nation Press Release

"TASTE OF THE NATION: THE CULINARY NIGHT OF THE YEAR
 SPECIAL $10 DISCOUNTED PRICE with promo code TASTECLT

An evening of tasting elegant specialties showcased by 23 of Charlotte's finest restaurants and culinary schools.  Enhance your experience with brewmasters and sommeliers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Shake, Stir and Pour your own drink with mixologists, bid on tantalizing live and silent auction items and dance to live music... simply have a great time while supporting Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in Charlotte.  This year’s event is April 14 at The Atrium, Uptown Charlotte from 7pm to 10pm with a VIP Preview beginning at 6pm.

$85 VIP Tickets | $60 Main Event

Throughout the month of March the Main Event Ticket (originally $60) will be offered at a special $10 discounted price.  Visit http://charlottetasteofthenation.com to purchase tickets.  Follow the instructions for the Charlotte event and enter TASTECLT in the promotional code field."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Two Years of third-ward.org

Third-ward.org launched just over two years ago on March 29, 2008, and Google Analytics has provided daily data since April 2008.  A few facts and figures over the past two years:
  • 406 posts
  • 5,050 unique visitors
  • 15,086 pageviews
  • Visitors from more than 500 cities in 40 countries on 6 continents
  • 57% growth in average monthly hits from first to second year
  • #2 Google hit for "third ward neighborhood association" (to Eau Claire, Wisconsin's Third Ward Neighborhood Association)
Top three posts:
  1. View From The Top (April 2009)
  2. Speed Street 2009 (May 2009)
  3. OAR is Rev'd Up (May 2009)
Enjoy!

Monday, April 5, 2010

"See Chihuly Studios at Work"

Tuesday, April 6, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Mint Museum of Craft + Design Lobby
220 North Tryon Street
Free to the public

"The Mint is on the move! Watch as workers from Seattle-based
Chihuly Studios disassemble Dale Chihuly's renowned Royal Blue
Mint Chandelier, which hangs in the lobby of the Mint Museum of
Craft + Design. Weighing 2,200 pounds, the Chihuly chandelier is
made up of hundreds of delicate, asymmetrical glass pieces that
fuse craft, art, ornament and design. Chihuly's chandeliers have
become icons of architecture throughout the world, and Royal Blue
Mint Chandelier will be reinstalled in the entry gallery of the new
Mint Museum Uptown, opening October 1, 2010."

Friday, April 2, 2010

Charlotte Trolley's No-hibition Speakeasy Gala

"On April 17th, 2010, Charlotte Trolley is hosting its annual No-Hibition Speakeasy Gala Event. The fundraising gala will benefit Charlotte Trolley, Inc. and the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum."
For tickets and more information about Charlotte Trolley, click here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010