Join the ‘Unsilent Night’ fun on Dec. 6 at University Place

Join the ‘Unsilent Night’ fun on Dec. 6 at University Place

Experience the warmth of community through musical fellowship, and help University City Partners create a new holiday tradition. Join us 6-8 pm Dec. 6 at the Shoppes at University Place to sip mulled wines and hot chocolate, visit with the Grinch, enjoy crafts and performances and join a walking musical parade unlike any other!   A musical parade like no other The centerpiece of the evening is composer Phil Kline’s musical parade, Unsilent Night – where everyone can play a part. Unsilent Night has been performed at more than 120 locations worldwide. “Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December,” the Unsilent Night website explains. “It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together, all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. “The fact that the participants play different ‘parts’ simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. “They then walk a carefully chosen route, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener’s perspective.”   Many other activities for all ages Unsilent Night at University Place will offer many other activities for all ages besides the parade. All activities are free, and most will be on or near the outdoor lakefront stage near Boardwalk Billy’s. Here is the evening schedule: 6:00-8:00: Making crafts, courtesy of University City Regional Library. 6:00-6:30: Governor’s Village STEM Choir 6:30-6:45:...
#GivingTuesdayCLT – Make a difference on Nov. 27

#GivingTuesdayCLT – Make a difference on Nov. 27

Charlotte’s biggest celebration of philanthropy is here! Join thousands of your neighbors on #GivingTuesday CLT – Nov. 27– in helping hundreds of local nonprofit groups create a better Charlotte region. #GivingTuesdayCLT has generated more than $20 million in value since 2014. Here’s how to make 2018 the best year yet!   What is #GivingTuesdayCLT? Presented by Wells Fargo and powered by SHARE Charlotte, #GivingTuesdayCLT is Charlotte’s local response to the global #GivingTuesday movement. #GivingTuesdayCLT is an unprecedented collaboration of hundreds of Charlotte nonprofits, businesses, community organizations and individuals coming together to support the community they live in and love. #GivingTuesdayCLT has influenced nearly $20M in value for local nonprofits and inspired more than 11,000 new donors since 2014. Learn more about #GivingTuesdayCLT, Share Charlotte and #GivingTuesday. Watch the #GivingTuesday video.   How to make your donation Go to GivingTuesdayCLT.org through Nov. 27 to give online to your favorite nonprofit. If your nonprofit is not listed, go directly to its website and give. It all counts for good! Share your giving story – and win to $10,000 for your chosen nonprofit! What inspires you to give back? Is there a moment or event that changed your understanding of generosity? Who is the most generous person you know and how has that person influenced you? GivingTuesday, the global movement that inspired Charlotte’s local event, invites you to share your own story of generosity or the inspiring story of others. The top entries can earn thousands of dollars for the contributor’s chosen nonprofit.   See inspiring stories and submit your own here Click here to learn more about the contest, to view stories...
Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

University City is in the midst of incredible change. Guiding that change for maximum benefit to our community will require bold vision, thoughtful planning, and creative design. Urban-design expert David Dixon will share ideas for navigating the sea change on Dec. 6 at University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City. The free public event, presented by University City Partners and Charlotte Research Institute, will take place 5-7 pm Dec. 6 at UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL Innovation Hub.   About David Dixon Dixon leads the Urban Design team at Stantec, a multi-faceted company providing community planning, architectural design, engineering and related services worldwide. In Charlotte, the Urban Design team is helping master-plan and develop the $700 million Brooklyn Village mixed-use neighborhood in Second Ward. Stantec also helped create Charlotte’s South End Vision Plan. Dixon also is co-editor of “Suburban Remix: Creating the next generation of Urban Places,” and co-author of “Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People.”   About University City 2.0 University City 2.0 is a Charlotte Research Institute and University City Partners signature reception and guest speaker event for area businesses and business partners, civic and economic development leaders, and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff. The Dec. 6 event will begin with the Charlotte Research Institute winter reception from 5-6 pm. The guest-speaker program will start at 6 with remarks by Dixon. After his remarks, Mr. Dixon will be joined by City of Charlotte Director of Planning, Design and Development Taiwo Jaiyeoba and Assistant City Manager for Economic Development Tracy Dodson for a panel discussion and open Q&A exchange.   Want to attend? The...
Students star at Booth, Ovens and campus halls

Students star at Booth, Ovens and campus halls

November days are short, but the spotlights will shine brightly throughout the month on UNC Charlotte dancers and musicians. Among the shows – the Fall Dance Concert in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall, The Veterans Day Concert at Ovens Auditorium and the university orchestra’s Prayer for Peace at Booth Playhouse. Orchestra: Prayer for Peace 7:30 pm Nov. 8 at Booth Playhouse in Blumenthal Performing Arts Center The UNC Charlotte Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Govias, presents Prayer for Peace: A Symphonic Remembrance of War, Holocaust, and Hope. The concert features cellist Cicely Parnas and narrator Jay Morong. Six pieces will be performed, all with strong connections to the tragedy of World Wars I and II. Details For Heroes Proved: A Veterans Day Concert 7:30 pm Nov. 11 at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. The UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble is joined by the University Chorale and the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band for a Veterans Day salute. Performed on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the multi-media concert features patriotic music and video from the marching band’s summer performances at World War II sites in Normandy, France. The concert is free and no tickets are necessary; there will be a fee for parking. Details Fall Dance Concert 7:30 pm Nov. 15-17 and 2 pm Nov. 18 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts Students in the Department of Dance will perform four works choreographed by UNC Charlotte dance faculty and guest artists, including choreographer Claudia Lavista of Delfos Danza Contemporánea, Mexico. Lavista will converse with the audience following the Nov....
UCity wins big with passage of Charlotte bonds

UCity wins big with passage of Charlotte bonds

Charlotte voters gave strong approval of $223 million in general obligation bonds on Tuesday that will fund major improvements in University City as well as the rest of Charlotte. Nearly $40 million will go just to continue improvements to streets, sidewalks and intersections along the LYNX Blue Line Extension, including a new bridge linking the University Research Park to the JW Clay Boulevard light-rail station. Here is the run-down of what voters approved and how University City will benefit.   Transportation Bonds – $118.08 million – Approved 69% to 31% 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. Northeast corridor improvements In University City, about $27 million will go to ongoing improvements of streets, sidewalks and intersections along the Northeast Corridor that includes the LYNX Blue Line Extension. Previous bond packages in 2014 and 2016, plus a planned bond package in 2020, will provide a total of $106.6 million in improvements along the Northeast Corridor from uptown to University City. Bridge and bikeway over I-85 to link University Place and Research Park Another $9.7 million in the 2018 bond package will help 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. The total project will cost more than $25 million, including money approved by voters in 2014 and 2016. Construction is expected to start in 2020. GET DETAILS. Cross Charlotte Trail The 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail...
Help the Camino Center celebrate 15 years of service

Help the Camino Center celebrate 15 years of service

Camino means “path” in Spanish – and the path has indeed been long and winding for University City’s Camino Community Center. What began as an outreach to Cuba has evolved into a beehive of learning, healthy living and care in University City. On Nov. 29, the center will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a reception, dinner and dancing – and we’re invited! The event will take place at the center, 133 Stetson Drive, a short walk from the University City Boulevard LYNX light-rail station.   Register and help sponsor the event Click here to register for the event and to learn how you, your business and your organization can help sponsor the celebration and support the work of the Camino Community Center.   The little center that could The Camino Community Center serves more than 20,000 people yearly from its facility in an industrial area near North Tryon Street and University City Boulevard. Map Local church leader Rusty Price and his congregation launched the Camino Community Center in 2003 to offer medical care to the region’s rapidly growing Latino population. The center has evolved into a non-profit provider of services to people of all backgrounds. Among its programs are the Bethesda medical clinic, thrift store, food pantry, small-business incubator, Zumba fitness classes, leadership development and homeless support. Thousands of children annually receive free physicals, health education and backpacks full of school supplies.   Strong community support The center receives strong support from numerous corporations and foundations including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, United Way, Compare Foods, UNC Charlotte and University City Partners. You can help, too. Hundreds of individuals play...