Good morning, I’m Michael Collins, and this is Charlotte Talks

Good morning, I’m Michael Collins, and this is Charlotte Talks

“Good morning, I’m Michael Collins and this is Charlotte Talks.” If you listen even occasionally to University City-based WFAE 90.7 public radio, you have heard something like that introduction from time to time over the past two decades. Collins marked the 20th anniversary of his daily news program on April 20 with classic Mike Collins humor: “Will there be cake? Will there be ice cream? I don’t know, but we do have noisemakers! Woo Woo!” he quipped. Within a few minutes, the revelry was over and his regular Friday guests, veteran reporters from The Charlotte Observer, Business Journal, Spectrum News and WFAE, were holding their weekly Local News Roundup, just like always.   A place for learning and understanding “A deadly prison riot in South Carolina ends with seven inmates dead and 17 injured. City Council’s Lawana Mayfield turns heads after a post she made on Facebook speculating that the 9-11 attacks weren’t real. Vice President Mike Pence visits Charlotte on Friday to stump for Robert Pittenger. And another chapter in the unfolding Atrium health saga. All that and more on the 20th Anniversary edition of Charlotte Talks,” Collins intoned. Leave the crazy toasting and yucking it up to other TV and radio personalities and, well, to Charlotte Squawks (more on that in a minute). Yes, friends did throw Mike and Charlotte Talks a party on April 19 at The Foundation for the Carolinas. When you’ve interviewed most of Charlotte’s cultural, political and civic leaders since 1998, you do deserve some thanks or perhaps roasting. Théoden Janes interviewed Collins for The Charlotte Observer a few months ago. Collins explained...
University City’s bike shop takes a Giant leap

University City’s bike shop takes a Giant leap

The University City bike shop formerly known as Bike Line has a new name, a new line of bikes and a fresh look. What won’t change, says founder and owner Shane Hockensmith, is the skilled staff focused on customer service, quality repairs and cycling advocacy. Shane invites the community to the Grand Reopening of Giant University City on May 4-5. Today (May 4) and Saturday, Giant University City, located next to Toby Creek Greenway and UNC Charlotte, will offer a bike repair clinic for women, a Saturday morning greenway ride, mountain-bike exhibitions by “Trail Boss” Jeff Lenosky and, of course, Grand Reopening special prices on all bikes and accessories. First up is tonight’s “Liv Women’s Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic,” 6:30-8:30 pm at the shop. Leading the workshop will be Liv Cycling ambassador Jen Audia. Details Jen will also lead Saturday morning’s no-drop Greenway Ride, starting at 9 am. Details   20-year journey from Bike Line to Giant University City Hockensmith launched Bike Line of Charlotte 20 years ago in the row of stores and offices directly behind the shop’s current location in Towne Center Plaza. A decade ago, Hockensmith relocated to the much larger current location between Rite Aid and Life Time Fitness. This latest transformation brings the world’s largest bike manufacturer to University City. The “Giant” in Giant University City is Giant Bicycles. While most bike companies outsource their production, Giant makes both its own bicycles and the materials those bicycles require. What does that mean for consumers? “Simply put, lower prices and better bikes for everyone,” Hockensmith says. Bringing in a completely new line of bikes gave...
This weekend’s festivals are for our kids

This weekend’s festivals are for our kids

The kids will love two big events this weekend in University City. Healthy Kids Day on April 28 will let our children run, jump, dance and bike ride while adults learn about YMCA summer camp, fitness and swim lessons. The UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo on April 29 will challenge young minds with dozens of activities and displays.   Healthy Kids Day at Keith Family YMCA Start the weekend with Healthy Kids Day at the Keith Family YMCA. From 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, the kids can enjoy free games, fitness activities, a bike-safety activity and snacks. Parents can spend time with YMCA staff learning about the many programs available for youngsters this summer, including the summer day camp and swim lessons. Keith Family YMCA is at 8100 Mallard Creek Road near West W.T. Harris Boulevard. Directions. To learn more about the event and all of the Y’s programs, visit the Keith Family YMCA website and Facebook event page or call 704-716-6700.   Science and Technology Expo lets kids touch stars, science, tech The Science and Technology Expo, noon-4 pm Sunday, April 29, remains the University’s largest NCSF event and its grand finale, closing out the festival from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 29. The expo includes an ever-expanding set of activities, including robotics, rocketry, virtual people, live animals, lab experiments, explosive chemistry, exotic plants, fire engines, race cars, boats, and an interactive artificial intelligence and lifelike machine or two. The event is for the science-curious of all ages, featuring 100-plus hands-on activities and presentations. Many of these offer public-friendly glimpses into some more-than-cool current research work,...
University City hits the high notes with 5 concerts!

University City hits the high notes with 5 concerts!

If you enjoy live music, you will LOVE the next few days in University City. We just learned that Thursday’s rain-postponed free performance of The Voltage Brothers at The Shoppes at University Place has been shifted to May 3. Meanwhile, UNC Charlotte’s musicians and singers will perform four concerts in six nights, starting tonight, April 27.   Special themes and great venues The Voltage Brothers will appear lakeside near the main bridge at the University Place lake. Is there a better place to enjoy music outdoors on a beautiful spring evening? All campus performances will take place in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. This an acoustic gem of a hall, with great seats throughout. The university’s Wind Ensemble perform a program entitled “Angels and Demons.” The Jazz Ensemble will offer works by Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and others. The Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the many voices of the Americas in its second “Symphony of Diversity” concert.   Tickets The Voltage Brothers will perform for free, courtesy of the many shops and restaurants at The Shoppes at University Place. For the UNC Charlotte performances buy tickets online or visit the Robinson Hall Box office 11 am-3 pm weekdays in the front lobby of Robinson Hall. You also can order tickets by calling the box office11 am-3 pm weekdays at 704-687-1849.   Performance details Chamber Orchestra – 7:30 pm April 27 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra, led by Jonathan Govias, celebrates the many voices of the Americas in its second “Symphony of Diversity” concert. More than half of the repertoire is by women composers, including the...
Best Wine Fest Yet!

Best Wine Fest Yet!

https://universitycitypartners.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/UC-Wine-Fest-2018.mp4 Play our 2018 Wine Fest Video and enjoy the fun! The second annual Wine Vault University City Wine Fest is now history – and what a great event it was, with more than 1,200 attendees helping raise $20,000 for our libraries while enjoying wine, beer, tasty food and live music lakeside at University Place. “We were thrilled with the response to The Wine Vault University City Wine Fest and loved sharing our long-time appreciation for wine by the lake with many more people this year!” says University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater. “The new additions to this year’s festival were hugely popular, and we look forward to continuing to improve and add new features next year as we grow this event for our community,” she adds. “And, of course, we are so appreciative of our sponsors who bring this festival to life.”   Libraries benefit from Wine Fest Proceeds from the Wine Fest will benefit University City Regional Library and Sugar Creek Library. Each library will receive $10,000 to use for programs. Thanks to Everett Blackmon, Circulation Services Manager at the University City Regional Library, for providing the photos in this post. Stay tuned for the third annual Wine Fest. Details to come at UniversityCityWineFest.org.   Many thanks to our sponsors! Thanks again to the many businesses and groups whose support made the second annual University City Wine Fest such a success: Title Sponsor: The Wine Vault  (Watch the video!) Presenting Sponsor: Greystar communities (Watch the video!) Stage Sponsor: UNC Charlotte (Watch the video!) VIP Sponsors: Courtyard by Marriott and Springhill Suites at University Research Park (Watch...
Join us for UCity Small-Business Networking event on April 24

Join us for UCity Small-Business Networking event on April 24

Small-business leaders are invited to a breakfast networking event and brief talk on maintaining financial health, hosted by University City Partners. The monthly University City Small Business Networking event will take place 7:30-9 am April 24 at the Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Drive. The morning will start with breakfast courtesy of UCP, informal networking and news of business developments in University City. At 8:25 am, a financial expert from Carolina Small Business will give a short presentation on “Maintaining the Financial Health of Your Business.” The program will end promptly at 9 am.   About Carolina Small Business Carolina Small Business is a statewide nonprofit founded in 1990 to help grow sustainable businesses that will make a significant economic impact in our communities. The group provides capital, business services and research to support startups and small businesses statewide. These services include one-on-one assistance and business coaching, plus educational webinars, seminars and training events conducted in partnership with universities, colleges, small businesses and other organizations. The group has offices in Charlotte at 227 W. 4th St., Suite 108. To learn more, visit carolinasmallbusiness.org or call the Charlotte office at 704-412-7031.   Event directions and questions For more information about the networking event, contact University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater at dheater@universitycitypartners.org. Directions: The Camino Community Center is at 201 Stetson Drive. From southbound North Tryon Street, turn right onto Stetson Drive at the Waffle House. The center is on the left. Click here for map...