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...
3,800 grads and UNC Charlotte leaders celebrate

3,800 grads and UNC Charlotte leaders celebrate

Both 3,800 students and UNC Charlotte administrators have reasons to celebrate on Dec. 13-14. The students will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during Fall Commencement. The university’s good news: winning recognition as a national leader in increasing timely degree completion for enrolled students. The Fall Commencement will involve three ceremonies in Halton Arena. Commencement ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, when the University will confer degrees upon undergraduates and graduates from the College of Arts + Architecture, College of Health and Human Services and Belk College of Business. During a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14, the University will award degrees to undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Computing and Informatics, Cato College of Education and the William States Lee College of Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will receive their degrees in the afternoon at 3 p.m.   National Award Recognizes UNC Charlotte for Degree Completion Gains The good news about on-time graduation improvements came last month from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The group named UNC Charlotte the winner of its 2019 Degree Completion Award. Through a student-centered approach, UNC Charlotte has improved its four-year graduation rate by 17 percentage points and consequently has seen a 5 percent decline in student debt upon graduation. “We recognize the importance of a college degree to the jobs of the future and want every student to finish what they start. As a public university committed to access and equity, we also want to do our part to lessen the student debt burden by ensuring our...
Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

What will our future workforce look like? And how can Charlotte prepare our workers for the skills they’ll need? To help provide answers, UNC Charlotte’s Research and Economic Development and University City Partners recently hosted a talk by Dr. Jennifer Gresham, founder of Work for Humanity, on “Rising Tides: Rethinking Education in an Age of Uncertainty.” In her keynote presentation on Dec. 5 at the university’s PORTAL Building, Gresham discussed future workforces as a combination of specialists and “agilists,” a term she uses to identify individuals who have a breadth of experience, enjoy complexity and prefer working across disciplines. She noted that in order to create more agilists, there must be a designed shift in educational programming and workforce preparedness. Additionally, Gresham believes that employers will need to rethink hiring practices and performance criteria for agilists. University City Partners co-presented Gresham’s talk in conjunction with the university’s Division of Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Lee College of Engineering and the Graduate School. The talk was part of an annual celebration of UNC Charlotte’s Research and Community Partners. Hilton Charlotte University Place, Turner, Atrium Health, Foundation for the Carolinas, GOM, and the city of Charlotte co-sponsored the celebration. More about Dr. Jennifer Gresham Gresham is the founder of Work for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals develop the self-confidence, independence and technical skill to teach themselves nearly anything and demonstrate their capacity for more valuable and meaningful work. A research scientist for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Gresham previously served 16 years in the United States Air...