TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

Get details this afternoon at UNC Charlotte about NC plans to transform part of University City Boulevard into a six-lane ”Superstreet”, launch a new roadway to south Charlotte and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing. The meeting will take place 4-7 pm today, April 23, in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center. The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions Visit the project website for details and to take a survey about the plans.   Superstreet details The state plans to convert 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. Construction could start in 2022. The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to cut congestion and accidents while increasing capacity.   Other major project components The state project has three other significant components: Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential. Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor. Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed.   Why? The state says the project and its design will: Improve traffic volume, speed and safety on University City Boulevard. Start the long-planned major highway from University City to Independence Blvd. Details Close a dangerous crossing as part of massive upgrades to the NC...
33 wineries featured at Wine Fest

33 wineries featured at Wine Fest

You don’t need to know much about wines to enjoy the University City Wine Fest on April 13. However, if you already recognize a particular winery or want to learn more, this list might help The following wineries will be represented at Wine Fest. With more than 100 wines available to try, you should be able to sample multiple wines from a particular winery.   Learn more By the way, Tim Wallace of the Wine Vault chose these wineries. Visit the Wine Vault anytime to sample many of the wines featured at Wine Fest. The Wine Vault 9009 JM Keynes Drive, Suite 1, Shoppes at University Place Facebook page.   Wine Fest 2019 Featured Wineries Annalissa Black Ridge Cambria Carro Catena Centorri Drumheller Elbo Evolution Filus Fiore J Christopher J Lohr Kiona Limestone Milou Moss Roxx New Age One Hope Paris Pertico Raimat Rockbrook Septima Sileni St Christopher Steeple Jack Tacho the Path Tiamo Verso Villa M Zestos Wine Fest featured breweries Pilot Brewing Great Lakes Brewing Mother Earth Brewing   Wine Fest featured ciderworks Red Clay Good...
Mallard Creek High to host CMS information nights

Mallard Creek High to host CMS information nights

Mallard Creek High will host information meetings about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools budget and curriculum options. If you can’t make the meeting there, you can attend sessions at other schools on different dates. Here are the details.   Learn about the budget and share ideas Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is holding community-engagement meetings to discuss development of the 2019-2020 operating budget. Employees, parents and community members are invited to attend, learn more about the current budget climate and give input on budget priorities to support academic success for all students. The meetings will be held: April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte. April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Crown Point Elementary, 3335 Sam Newell Road, Matthews.   Learn about curriculum options Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will adopt a guaranteed viable curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents, employees and community members are invited to attend sessions to help choose tools and resources for English language arts for grades K-8, math for grades 6-8 and NC Math 1, 2 and 3. The sessions will be held: April 8, Independence High, 1967 Patriot Drive, 6-8 p.m. April 9, South Mecklenburg High, 8900 Park Road, 6-8 p.m. April 10, West Charlotte High, 2219 Senior Drive, 6-8 p.m. April 11, Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road, 6-8 p.m.April 12, Spaugh Administrative Center, 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane, 10 a.m. to 2...
A memorable feast: the Wine Fest Evening Dinner

A memorable feast: the Wine Fest Evening Dinner

Fine wines are meant to be enjoyed with great meals. That’s why we proudly introduce the first annual Wine Fest Evening Dinner, Friday, April 12, at University Place. Guests will be treated to unique dishes matched with exquisite wines. The menu for this special night has been crafted by Executive Chef Eric Litaker of Suffolk Punch Culinary Café and Taphouse. Under Litaker’s guidance, Suffolk Punch offers an ever-evolving menu pairing locally and sustainably sourced seasonal ingredients with scratch-made processes. Our Wine Fest dinner menu, from the Sautéed Prince Edward Island Mussels to Seared Pekin duck breast, showcases Litaker’s unique culinary touch.   Fine wines for a wonderful meal The wine pairings for our dinner are sure to delight, as well. All come from the renowned Robert Mondavi Winery. Two have earned Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast scores of 90 or higher. The Auros Cabernet was crafted by Mondavi Vineyards winemaker Megan Schofield with hand-selected fruit from four revered Napa Valley sub-appellations: Oak Knoll, Oakville, Rutherford, and Stag’s Leap. Each sip is sure to be memorable!   Reserve your place now The dinner will take place 6:30-9 pm Friday, April 12, lakeside at University Place at 8933 J.M. Keynes Drive Unit 2. Cost per person is $85. Seating is limited. Click here to buy tickets.   Wine Fest Eve Dinner Menu   First Course Bay scallop cevieche, fresh masa tostada, charred pineapple salsa Wine pairing: Mondavi Oakville Fume Blanc 2015   Second Course Sautéed P.E.I. mussels, chorizo, saffron beurre blanc, cilantro oil, charred campagne bread Wine pairing: Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2016   Third Course Seared Pekin duck breast, house made...
Taste, Sip & Stroll the night away on April 11!

Taste, Sip & Stroll the night away on April 11!

Get a great start to Wine Fest weekend. Join us lakeside on the University Place boardwalk on April 11 for Taste, Sip & Stroll – a night of tasty restaurant bites, classy wine, crafty brews, lively local arts and the uniquely Carolinas Alternative rock music of Swim in the Wild. Here’s the lineup – all yours for just $15 per person. Get tickets online now. Seven restaurants to savor – What’s your dining pleasure? Carolina seafood, smoked barbecue, Japanese dishes, decadent donuts and much more will be served up all night long by our friends at Boardwalk Billy’s, Famous Toastery, City Barbecue, The Bistro, Love Sushi, Chicken Salad Chick and Uncle D’s Southern Donuts. Beverages – The experts at the Wine Vault will be pouring their favorite wines and craft beers. Your admission price covers the cost of your first two glasses. Get additional beverages for an extra cost. Art to admire and buy – Members of the Charlotte Art League will display their works for your enjoyment and buying pleasure. Get a preview of what’s in store by visiting the Art League’s Facebook page. Sounds by Swim in the Wild – The Taste, Sip & Stroll outdoor stage will rock with Swim in the Wild’s unique blend of rock guitars, banjos and ukulele. Get samples of two very different songs: “Sway,” featuring an electric banjo, and the band’s guitar-driven video, “Love like the Wind”. Get your tickets now Taste, Sip & Stroll will take place 6-9 pm Thursday, April 11, on the boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place. Tickets are $15 per person (you must be 21...
University City Wine Fest – the best tasting festival in town!

University City Wine Fest – the best tasting festival in town!

Join us April 13 for Charlotte’s most spirit-filled springtime festival – the University City Wine Fest. Spend the afternoon lakeside at University Place sampling and learning about fine wines from two dozen wineries, plus craft beers and spirits! One ticket covers all the beverages you can consume (responsibly) at our event.   Don’t miss 3 new Wine Fest Weekend events at University Place The third annual Wine Fest is better and BIGGER than ever – in fact, three days bigger! Wine Fest Weekend now spans four wine-themed events. Along with our signature Wine Fest on Saturday, the weekend features: Taste, Sip & Stroll – Tasty bites, lively arts, wine and more. 6-9 pm Thursday Wine Fest Evening Dinner – Sumptuous dining and exquisite wines. 6:30-9 pm Friday Wine Fest Sunday Brunch – Lakeside at Famous Toastery. 11 am-2 pm Sunday “We’ve seen an increase in interest and attendance for the University City Wine Fest each year and are thrilled to grow the festival from a one to four-day event,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “The scenic boardwalk with easy access to LYNX makes for a perfect location to host the festival each year. I’m excited for our new partnerships with area restaurants to host a four-course dining experience, brunch and taste, sip and stroll event to create an unforgettable kick-off to spring.” Wine lovers rejoice! A day to remember Saturday’s signature Wine Fest will give guests the rare opportunity to choose from among more than 100 wines from 25 wineries. Tim Wallace of the Wine Vault once again has selected the wines for the event....