University City Partners is committed to justness and opportunity for all

To the University City community: University City Partners stands against racism and social injustice in every form. We work to help build a community that is inclusive and equitable. I know that many of our residents, business owners and area employees are experiencing pain and trauma from recent killings that have been shared across TV screens and online. Though I personally do not know the pain felt by the Black community, I extend my compassion. We at University City Partners stand with our Black-owned businesses, community members and partners. We will continue to work with our community leaders, business partners, and City and County government leaders to identify ways that we can support those who have been treated unjustly in the past and even today. We will continue our work with the UCITY Family Zone that was created in partnership with UNC Charlotte leaders, the community and civic and faith partners following the killing of Keith Lamont-Scott by a police officer four years ago in University City. We will also continue to listen to local residents who experience racial injustice first-hand, supporting them in the best ways that we can. We are committed to ensuring that we nurture a University City that provides equitable employment, living and leisure experiences for everyone in our diverse and inclusive community. Changes this big only happen when everyone gets involved. If you need help getting started, visit the the UCITY Family Zone website and fill out its contact form. If you want to learn about COVID-19 support efforts needing your help right now, visit the UCITY Family Zone’s COVID-19 support web page. Thank...

Employment Opportunities, Food Access, Daycare, Loan Relief & More: COVID-19 Community Resources

This information is provided by the city of Charlotte and shared by University City Partners as a community service. Community Resources During COVID-19 The City of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department works hard to connect the community to resources that help neighborhoods thrive. Although these times are unprecedented, our mission is still the same. We want to make sure you have access to the resources and information you, your family and your neighbors need as we navigate our new normal during COVID-19, so we have compiled a list of local resources   for those needing help during this pandemic. Recent highlights include: Employment Opportunities: Our Job Development team is working closely with Charlotte Works to find employers who are hiring immediately. Details Food Access: Governor Roy Cooper announced a new texting service so parents can locate food access sites nearby. Details Childcare Access: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has set up a hotline to help critical-care frontline workers find daycare for their children ages 5-12. Details Loan Relief and Financial Support: Some companies are extending grace to customers who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. You may be able to defer payments on your mortgage, credit card, auto loan, private student loan or personal loans by calling your bank. Details  The Charlotte Observer also recently published a guide to surviving financially when bills are due during this pandemic. Details More information on jobs, housing, utility help, food access and more: Click here for a thorough list of employment opportunities, small business resources, housing information, utility assistance, food access, childcare resources, senior resources and more....
Enjoy great BBQ and auction; help our Scouts, too!

Enjoy great BBQ and auction; help our Scouts, too!

Enjoy savory Carolinas barbecue pork, grilled chicken, slaw and beans on March 13 while helping nurture one of University City’s veteran Scouting programs, BSA Troop 13 at University City United Methodist Church. You can also bid on over $21,000 in goods and services at the Troop 13 silent auction! The proceeds from the barbecue and auction will support Troop activities, including the Troop’s many community service projects and outdoor adventures. This summer, many Troop members will travel to the renowned national Scouting facility of Philmont for a high adventure. Learn more about Troop 13 at its website and Facebook page.   Troop 13 BBQ details Time: Food available 10 am-8 pm March 13. Location: University City United Methodist Church, 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd. Food choices:  All items are $10 each. All items are available for dine-in, take-out, or drive-thru pickup. PLATE: Pork BBQ, cole slaw, BBQ beans and bun PLATE: 1/2 chicken, cole slaw, and BBQ beans POUND: Pork BBQ SANDWICH: 2 BBQ sandwiches, cole slaw, chips and bun More BBQ event details   Troop 13 Silent Auction details Time: The auction begins online at 1 pm Sunday, March 8. The Silent Auction will end at 7pm on Friday, March 13. Auction website What’s for sale: Church and community members have donated over 180 items worth a total of more than $21,000, including a five-night stay at an oceanfront condo in the Mexican resort city of Cabo. Other auction items include restaurant gift cards, fitness club memberships, golfing, gift baskets, event tickets, local brewery items, NASCAR Pit/Garage passes and merchandise, trampoline park tickets and parties, outdoor adventures, and...
Five days of fun – University City Wine Fest!

Five days of fun – University City Wine Fest!

Springtime doesn’t get any better! The University City Wine Fest returns April 15-19 for five days of wine-infused lakeside fun at The Shoppes at University Place. Each day features a unique event, culminating with our 4th Annual Wine Fest on Saturday, April 18. Stroll the boardwalk while enjoying samples from dozens of wineries plus tasty food, live music and more!   Five days, five ways to enjoy the University City Wine Fest Our University City Wine Fest offers five unique ways to have fun. Visit the Wine Fest website for all of the daily details and tickets. Wine Wednesday on the Water – Paddleboats, live music and, of course, wine! April 15 Taste, Sip & Stroll – An evening of wine, craft brews, tasty bites, art and music. April 16 Nails, Champagne & Shopping – Get pampered, sip champagne and more. April 17 4th Annual Wine Fest – This is the big day! Choose from more than 100 wines, plus craft beers, spirits and samples from local restaurants! Three levels of tickets, including VIP tables with seating for up to 10. April 18 University City Rosé Fest – Famous Toastery hosts our wine-themed Sunday Brunch. April 19   Learn more and get your tickets The five-day University City Wine Fest will take place April 15-19 at the Shoppes at University Place. Directions and parking – The Shoppes at University Place are located at North Tryon Street and West W.T. Harris Boulevard. There is plenty of free parking on the JW Clay Boulevard side of the lake. Directions to parking and main event entrance at 8708 JW Clay Blvd. View...
People in need were winners at New Year’s Day 5K

People in need were winners at New Year’s Day 5K

Proceeds from the New Year’s Day 5K down North Tryon Street brought smiles and $1,000 checks to the leaders of four groups that help people in need in University City. Atrium Health, sponsor of the New Year’s Day 5K, presented checks to Hope Street Food Pantry, the Camino  Community Center Food Pantry, the Jamil Niner Student Pantry and the Hub at Bread of Life. The inaugural running of the New Year’s Day 5K took place along North Tryon Street from the Old Concord Road station to midway between the McCullough Drive and JW Clay Blvd Stations. The mission of the New Year’s Day 5K was to raise awareness about hunger in Charlotte. Checks were presented by Atrium Health at the January meeting of the UCity Family Zone, a collaborative, place-based initiative empowering communities to increase opportunity and improve quality of life! UNC Charlotte and University City Partners are among 26 groups and religious institutions involved with UCity Family Zone. The NYD5K is the first of several 5K races and related events throughout the year in University City that have banded together under the umbrella organization, the Healthy UCity Race Series. The next Healthy UCity event, the 49er Gold Rush 5K, will take place on Feb. 1 at UNC Charlotte.   Learn more about The UCity Family Zone Camino Community Center Hope Street Food Pantry Jamil Niner Student...
Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

January can seem especially dull after the calendar-packed days of December – but you never have to be bored in University City! Here’s a quick look at a few of the opportunities that await you, including several that are free!   FEATURED: Enjoy 3 Faculty and Friends concerts! The Faculty and Friends concert series showcases the musical talent of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Music faculty. Upcoming concerts (all starting at 7:30 pm at Rowe Recital Hall) include: Asst. Professor of Oboe Elizabeth Sullivan, Jan. 27. MORE Asst. Professor of Voice Sequina DuBose, Feb. 3. MORE Asst. Professor of Trombone Jeremy Marks,Feb. 10. MORE   Student Spotlight Concert 7:30 pm Jan. 31 in Robinson Hall’s Belk Theater. UNC Charlotte’s Music Department offers an evening of solo and small-ensemble performances by students. MORE   Storytime, chocolate and orchids at the Botanical Gardens! The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens offer unique programs nearly every week. Here’s a sampling. See the full calendar for many more events. Stories in the Woods – 12:30-1:30 pm Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 15. Enjoy picture books and literacy activities in a beautiful forest setting. Free. MORE Ganache in the Gardens: A Chocolate Celebration – 11 am-4 pm Feb. 8. Romantic music, a movie and free samples are just the start. Free. MORE Annual orchid sale – Feb. 8-14 during normal greenhouse operating hours. Other plants also for sale. MORE   Winter Craft Crawl at Armored Cow Brewing Co. 5-9 pm Jan. 31, 8821 JW Clay Blvd. at University Place. Featuring the year’s first event of 2020 by the Starving Artist Market. Numerous vendors offering local, handmade...