Teens’ hopes fly high in NASA Challenge

Teens’ hopes fly high in NASA Challenge

The future of NASA exploration – or at least the dreams of several teenagers – recently flew down the dirt-bike track at Hornet’s Nest Park. The teens, members of the Vision Builder Adventures program, were testing their emerging entry in the 2021 NASA Rover Challenge. “Testing the Rover was wild and awesome fun!” said Marshall George, a student leader with Vision Builders. Johnny White founded Vision Builder Adventures 14 years ago to help area youth learn and have fun through projects. That vision fits perfectly with the Rover Challenge. “Each year, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration,” the Rover Challenge website says. “The competition challenges high-school and college students to create a vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world.” The Vision Builder Rover team comes from several area high schools, including the Cato Middle College High at Central Piedmont Community College’s Cato Campus in University City. The team includes: Warren Floyd, sophomore at Olympic High School Marshall George, senior at Central Cabarrus High School Major George, junior at Central Cabarrus High School Jacob Kim, senior at Audrey Kell High School Hannah White, CATO Middle College High Last year, Vision Builder took a large group of students to the NASA center in Alabama. “This time, we’re taking the kids who are able to do the fabricating and able to do all of the other activities” required to design and field a competitive rover. “These are sharp kids!” Months of work The Vision Builder team began working on the project in...
University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Partners announces the start of an outdoor nighttime marketplace, University City Night Market, at the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. University City Night Market will support small local businesses, while building and highlighting some of the best of the city’s culture. The market will open on Small Business Saturday, November 28, and continue each Saturday through December 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. In time for the holidays, the open-air night market will offer fun and adventurous retail shopping, holiday beverages and festive music. An opportunity to support local restaurants and retail “If there is ever a time to shop small, it is now,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “University City Night Market creates an opportunity for us to back local restaurants and small retail vendors, as well as activate a safe social space. We ask visitors to come out, follow all safety precautions and support our small businesses.” University City Night Market follows the opening of University City Farmers Market and University City Food Truck Friday in partnership with the City of Charlotte StreetEats program. The Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays have been successful in safely supporting local businesses and nurturing the community in the heart of University City. Night market to offer handmade crafts, jewelry, art and clothing At University City Night Market, shoppers will find an array of vendor goods like handmade crafts, jewelry, art and clothing. Surrounding the shopping experience, attendees will encounter live entertainment. Whatever your taste, University City Night Market will have something to offer. All events are open to the public and free...
State, county ramp up no-cost COVID-19 testing

State, county ramp up no-cost COVID-19 testing

With COVID-19 again spiking across North Carolina, the state urges everyone to get tested if they have symptoms or think they’ve been exposed to someone who has the virus. To help, the state and Mecklenburg County are holding no-cost COVID-19 testing events for children and adults at several locations, including: Target University City, 8120 University City Blvd. Tests given 8 am-4 pm Nov. 20-22. UNC Charlotte. Tests given 9 am-5 pm Nov. 20-21. Keith Chiropractic Clinic, 402 E. Sugar Creek Road. Tests given 10 am-2 pm weekdays. Test results should be available in 24-72 hours via email or text. LEARN MORE  •  REGISTER NOW More COVID-19 testing sites; holiday health tips; travel advisory More testing sites – Mecklenburg County maintains a robust testing-site database that you can use anytime to find a COVID-19 testing location. Many of these require you to register and may charge a fee. SEARCH HERE Tips for holiday gatherings – Current expert advice for celebrating with a minimum of risk. MORE CDC travel advisory –The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends against travel for Thanksgiving and has issued updated guidelines if you must travel. MORE COVID-19 local, state and national resources Get the latest information on the pandemic at these government websites: Mecklenburg County State of North Carolina Federal Centers for Disease Control  ...
The season of giving has begun in University City

The season of giving has begun in University City

Three University City groups and businesses welcome our support in helping feed and clothe hundreds of people in need throughout Charlotte. Hope Church Thanksgiving meal Hope Church seeks food donations to provide the ingredients of Thanksgiving dinners for 200 families. Needed items are: brownie or cake mix, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, mac and cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes. Bring donations to the Hope Street Food Pantry, 410 Johnston-Oehler Road, by Nov. 20. Questions? 704-584-9073 Chick-fil-A’s Help Us End Child Hunger campaign Place a mobile order in the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A University Place (8700 University Executive Park Drive at West W.T. Harris Blvd.) and other participating Charlotte area Chick-fil-A restaurants, and the company will donate 10% of the order price to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The campaign ends Nov. 21. Donate coats at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery The sweet-treats shop near IKEA (6925 University City Blvd.) is collecting winter coats for WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats For Kids campaign. Donate a new or gently used coat in child or adult sizes, and get 10% off your order of fresh cupcakes, cakes and vegan ice cream. Owner-operators Steve and Samantha White say this is a small way for them to give thanks to the community for supporting their business during the pandemic....
City Council Oks zoning change for Novant Health facility

City Council Oks zoning change for Novant Health facility

• Council also approves five rezonings for 1,020 townhomes and apartments. • Hearings held on proposals for offices, townhomes along Mallard Creek Road. Novant Health’s rezoning request for a 144,000-square-foot medical facility won unanimous approval from Charlotte City Council on Oct. 19. The council also unanimously approved five other rezonings across University City that would add more than 1,000 apartments, townhomes and one-floor attached homes. Two rezoning hearings also held on Oct. 19 were for two Mallard Creek Road tracts just west of West W.T. Harris Boulevard. One rezoning would allow up to 50,000 square feet of offices and similar uses while the other would permit up to 130 for-sale townhomes. Details are below. To watch a the meeting video, click here. A directory allows you to choose which items to watch. Charlotte City Council zoning decisions 1. Novant Health medical center on North Tryon Street Location: Western corner of North Tryon Street and West Mallard Creek Church Road Zoning change approved: 23.8 acres from mixed-use development, optional to mixed use development, optional, with site plan amendment Petitioner: Novant Health. Petition 2019-163 details Proposed uses: Up to 144,000 sf of medical and general offices uses with optional provisions for vacant land. Uses could include clinics, health institutions, surgery centers, and emergency rooms. Current zoning allows up to 1 million sf of general medical and office uses and other uses. Transportation improvements: Developer commits to provide numerous improvements both at the site and at the I-85 interchange with Mallard Creek Church Road. Other details: provide urban open space, plus 8-ft wide planting strip and 12-ft wide multi-use path along sites frontage...