City bonds on the ballot will fund several Ucity projects

City bonds on the ballot will fund several Ucity projects

When you go to the polls over the next few weeks, be sure to vote for Charlotte’s general obligation bonds. The $223.8 million in projects that the bonds will fund include several that directly benefit University City – including a new bridge linking the research park to light rail; street improvements to make our business district more walkable; and community improvements at the I-485 Prosperity Village. Here’s a brief overview of the General Obligation Bonds   Transportation Bonds – $118.08 million The bonds will fund street and intersection projects, continued development of the Cross Charlotte Trail, upgrades to Charlotte’s traffic control system, pedestrian safety improvements, and repairs or construction of bridges, sidewalks and bikeways. In University City, more than $50 million will go to ongoing improvements of streets, sidewalks and intersections along the Northeast Corridor that includes the LYNX Blue Line Extension. The funds will also build a revolutionary vehicle-bike-pedestrian roadway and bridge linking University Research Park to the JW Clay Blvd Transit Station, the North Tryon Street business corridor and UNC Charlotte. SEE THE VIDEO More money will also go to develop the 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail. When completed in the next decade, the paved path for pedestrians and cyclists will run from University City to Pineville via UNC Charlotte, NoDa, Uptown and southeast Charlotte. GET DETAILS   Housing Bonds – $50 million Housing bonds fund the city’s Housing Diversity Program. This money is matched with private investment dollars to provide affordable and well-maintained housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and throughout Charlotte. The Housing Diversity Program not only addresses the need for new construction; it also helps preserve existing...
Celebrate our international CommUNITY on Oct. 27

Celebrate our international CommUNITY on Oct. 27

Keith Family YMCA invites the world and especially University City residents to celebrate our global connections at the 2nd annual CommUNITY International Fall Festival. The free event celebrating togetherness, inclusiveness and acceptance will take place 10 am-2 pm Oct. 27 at the Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road. DIRECTIONS The festival will include music, dance, bounce houses, family activities, fellowship and refreshments. You do not need to be a YMCA member to take part. The event will take place rain or shine. Come to the outdoor fields unless there is rain, when the festival will be held in the basketball gym. Click here to learn more about the...
This UCity venue is alive with concerts, comedy, dance and more!

This UCity venue is alive with concerts, comedy, dance and more!

One of Charlotte’s best venues for great entertainment this fall is right here at UNC Charlotte. Among the two dozen shows through early December are Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy, “Twelfth Night,” a stirring choral tribute concert, one-of-a-kind dance performances and concerts featuring jazz, gospel, classical and contemporary music. October performances include:   The Sweet By and By: Choral Reflections on Death 7:30 pm Oct. 15 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. The University Chorale performs The Sweet By and By: Choral Reflections on Death, dedicated to the memory of beloved former accompanist Greg Underwood, who died in 2017. Presented in the three stages of “Loss/Grief,” “Acceptance,” and “Peace,” the concert includes music by J.S. Bach, contemporary choral pieces, and arrangements of well-known hymns and gospel songs. Tickets   Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles concert 7:30 pm Oct. 23 in Rowe Recital Hall The performance is free.   “Twelfth Night” Oct. 25-28; Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in the Black Box Theater at Robinson Hall. All shows are 7:30 pm except 2 pm on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Robinson Distinguished Professor of Theatre Andrew Hartley directs this production of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy about a love triangle shaped by disguise, deception, and yellow stockings. Tickets   See the full fall semester schedule Click here to see the full schedule of performances, shows and other events taking place through early December. Click here to sign up for regular notification of events.   Campus venues and galleries Most main-campus performances take place at Robinson Hall, home to the 340-seat Ann R. Belk Theater and the 100-seat “black Box” Lab Theater, and in the newly renovated...
Join us at the starting line for Healthy UCity Race Series

Join us at the starting line for Healthy UCity Race Series

The Healthy UCity Race Series is at the starting line for the fall/winter season. Here’s your chance to get or keep fit, make friends and earn a Healthy UCity T-shirt! Races include the University City Turkey Trot; The Run Rudolph Run 5K/10Kand our inaugural New Year’s Day 5K – Run or walk North Tryon Street; ride back on the LYNX!   Why a race series? The Healthy UCity Race Series encourages health and wellness by providing events throughout the year for all ages and fitness levels. As a bonus, these University City events feature scenic routes and fantastic venues. With events ranging from 10Ks to children’s fun runs, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to participate. Most races benefit charities, including the Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas (Turkey Trot), the Dirt Divas Project Angel and Police Explorers Toy Drive (Run Run Rudolph) and University City food pantries (New Year’s Day 5K).   How to earn a Healthy UCity Race Series T-Shirt To give you extra motivation to take part in several of the events, we are providing Healthy UCity Race Series T-shirts to anyone who takes part in three or more events during the fall/winter or spring/summer race series. Click here to learn more about the Healthy UCity Race Series. Upcoming races Turkey Trot 5K and Kids Run – Nov. 22, 2018 The University City Turkey Trot is an annual 5K race/walk on Thanksgiving Day. The race will be held at 3024 Prosperity Church Road (formerly The Fresh Market). After the race, cool down and enjoy a post-race mini-feast featuring food, drinks and music!...
Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Great weather, wonderful volunteers, generous sponsors, inspired activities, perfect location and 6,500 guests – many of them under age 10 – made for a super Second Annual Charlotte Kids Fest in University City on Sept. 22. UNC Charlotte, University City Partners, TIAA and numerous other businesses and groups teamed up to present this vast learning event designed especially for children 10 and under. Kids Fest took place in the heart of the university’s Charlotte Research Institute campus, just a short walk from the LYNX light-rail station at JW Clay Boulevard. For people arriving by car, Parks Chevrolet sponsored free parking in the CRI parking deck. Dozens of activities ranging from dance to chemistry experiments challenged the bodies and minds of the young visitors. One of our food vendors, City Barbecue, used the day to raise $1,000 for Operation North State, providing aide to Hurricane Florence victims.   49ers gave 100% Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, said that Kids Fest was conceived in part as a way to introduce potential UNC Charlotte 49ers and their parents to the many opportunities available at the rapidly growing urban research university right in their own backyards. The university certainly rolled out the welcome mat, providing both the venue and numerous activities staged by 17 departments. More than 100 UNC Charlotte students volunteered for the event, as well. Visit charlottekidsfest.org to learn more about the event.   Thanks to the great Kids Fest sponsors and friends An event this big also takes strong corporate and non-profit support. We are fortunate to be so blessed. Title Sponsor: TIAA Presenting sponsors: University City Partners...

Kids Fest is Sept. 22 – Free, Fantastic, Fun!

Turn your youngsters on to learning, play, creativity and just plain fun this Saturday, Sept. 22, at the 2nd Annual Charlotte Kids Fest. From 11 am to 4 pm, Robert D. Snyder Road on the UNC Charlotte campus will overflow with activities to inspire, motivate and activate young minds and bodies! And it is all free! UNC Charlotte, University City Partners, TIAA and numerous other businesses and groups have teamed up to present this vast learning event designed especially for children 10 and under (which is not to say that older kids and even we adults won’t enjoy it). Imagine a campus street filled with clowns on stilts, balloon artists, superheroes and dozens of places for curious children to activate their minds, hands and bodies while having fun. Get a preview Sept. 19-21. Details Volunteer and help the kids! Details   This IS Kids Fest You can see the many possibilities for fun at our event website, charlottekidsfest.org. Here are some examples: Chick-fil-A University Dance Party – Those crazy cows and some of kids’ favorite superheroes are taking over the Dance Zone for a daylong Kids Fest Dance Party. Lego Robotics – Toys turn high tech courtesy of Digi-Bridge. Find them in the Create Zone at Kids Fest. Get kicking and mentally fit with Budokon –  Visit the Play Zone and discover how this Mixed Movement Arts System can help your youngers get fit while transforming their minds. And there’s much more fun and adventure at our Discover Zone, Learn Zone and Festival Circle. Check out our Event Map to see where your kids may want to go first.  ...