Fifth Annual University City Wine Festival

Fifth Annual University City Wine Festival

CRESCENT COMMUNITIES UNIVERSITY CITY WINE FEST – DAYS 4-5. ( 2-6 pm April 17 and 2-6 pm April 18 at Armored Cow Brewing Co. at University Place ) The 5th Annual University City Wine Festival may look a little different this year, but the wine will still be flowing. To ensure everyone’s safety and to follow the Mecklenburg County safety guidelines, a boutique-style University City Wine Festival will happen on both April 17 and April 18 in the outdoor space of Armored Cow Brewing Co. Armored Cow is at 8821 J.W. Clay Blvd. in University Place. MAP You will still experience wonderful wines, cider and brews paired with live music from Randy Paul and the Revelry Band. Your ticket includes all-day samples, souvenir tasting glass and access to all the wine-filled fun. Four ways to enjoy the fun VIP TABLES allow you and 9 of your friends to split a $550 VIP experience, including 10 festival tickets, VIP tables & chairs, 4 bottles of wine plus unlimited tastings. You will also get to begin the fun an hour early, at 1 pm. EARLY ADMISSION TICKETS are $45 and include 5 hours of wine tastings starting at 1 pm, plus a festival souvenir sampling glass. GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS are $35 and include 4 hours of wine tastings starting at 2 pm, plus a festival souvenir sampling glass. DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS are $10 and include access to the festival. Get your tickets for April 17, or April 18, or both days! The University City Wine Festival takes place on April 17 and April 18. Tickets are good for just one day....
Some University City charter schools still taking applications

Some University City charter schools still taking applications

Some public charter schools in University City recently closed their application process for the fall 2021 school year. But there is still time to apply at several others, if you hurry! As of Feb. 22, 2020, the following charter schools in University City continue to take applications, according to their websites. Most schools will end their application process in the next few days or weeks, so contact the school immediately about applying if your child is interested in attending next fall. Mallard Creek STEM Academy Grades K-8 9142 Browne Road, 28269  980-288-4811 Pioneer Springs Community School Grades K-9 9300 Bob Beatty Road, 28269  704-494-0777 United Community School Grades K-8 1406 Suther Road, 28213  980-819-0555 Chartered schools – What they are, how to find the right one North Carolina has licensed hundreds of tax-funded charter schools in the last decade as a way to provide more choices in public education. Mecklenburg County alone now has 32 charter schools, including seven in University City. Schools must meet state standards but can focus on specific themes, such as outdoor learning, hands-on learning, science-focused learning and even learning in a structured quasi-military environment. Students must apply and be accepted to attend. That process typically includes a lottery, when the number of applicants exceeds the school’s capacity. Most schools accept applications from November to early February or later; lotteries typically take place shortly after the application deadline.   Learn more about NC charter schools For a general overview of chartered schools, visit the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Charter Schools website. The website offers a complete list of charter schools, both via an interactive...
Sign up now for weekly local produce at University City Farmers Market

Sign up now for weekly local produce at University City Farmers Market

The University City Farmers Market returns this spring for its first full season at University Place, and one of our major vendors has an exciting and tasty offer that we hope you can’t refuse: Get 31 weeks of fresh produce from nearly two dozen area farms, packaged and ready for pickup each Saturday morning from late April through November at the University City Farmers Market. The Farm at Dover Vineyards is making this service possible by organizing a CSA program with about 20 other growers. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it benefits both customers and growers. Here is the program, as provided by The Farm: Weekly fresh produce through Community Supported Agriculture Are you interested in eating delicious, fresh, locally grown produce? Do you want to support small farmers and keep your money in the local economy? Are you an adventurous eater with a love of cooking? If so, our CSA program might be the perfect fit for you! What’s a CSA? It is an acronym that stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s like a magazine subscription to a farm. Our customers pay an upfront amount for their produce at the beginning of the season and stop by the market weekly to pick up what the farm has to offer. Some weeks, there is a lot of produce, others, not as much. Every week is different, and our offerings change according to availability and the season, but a typical week might be: Spring: lettuce, strawberries, carrots, radishes, cilantro Summer: tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, basil Fall: kale, sweet potatoes, jam, cauliflower Many growers for great variety We have...
Black-owned businesses helping build University City’s future

Black-owned businesses helping build University City’s future

Check out Black-owned restaurants, shops and services in University City Charlotte Five, an online publication of The Charlotte Observer, recently published a list of more than 100 Black-owned restaurants and other businesses across Charlotte. In honor of Black History Month, we have culled through the full list for those businesses located in University City. We hope you will find both lists helpful. As the Charlotte Five article notes, the pandemic has forced some businesses to close or change their hours and services, so call or visit their websites before visiting. But DO visit. Tomorrow’s vibrant University City is being built by our small businesses today!   Restaurants and bars Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe Jamaican and other Caribbean dishes 6434 W. Sugar Creek Road, Suite F. Map Open Wednesdays-Sundays; closed Tuesdays Dine in, takeout and delivery 704-598-6863 Website Facebook   Big Tank’s Soulfull Kitchen Soul food 2130 E. Arbors Drive, No. 125. Map Open 11 am-8 pm Fri, Sat, Sun (as of Feb. 1, 2021) Dine in, takeout and delivery. 980-355-0366. Website Facebook   Caribbean Hut Caribbean dishes 9609 N. Tryon St. and 3 other locations. Map Open daily. Dine in, takeout and delivery. 704-593-0030 Website Facebook   Island Cuisine Jamaican dishes 5332 Docia Crossing Road at Prosperity Park Drive. Map Open Mondays-Saturdays Dine in, takeout and delivery 980-237-2677 Website   Nick and Mike Bar and Grill Sports bar with American food 11525 N. Tryon St., Suite 7. Map Open daily 980-335-0405 Website Facebook   Quidley’s Restaurant Caribbean cuisine 10901 University City Blvd. No. 106. Map Takeout and delivery 704-910-1781 Facebook Yelp Instagram   STATS Restaurant and Bar American dishes 3425...
Here are ways to observe Black History Month – 2021 style

Here are ways to observe Black History Month – 2021 style

Groups across Charlotte and North Carolina aren’t letting a pandemic get in the way of Black History Month, nor will we. In recognition of the achievements and central role of African Americans in American and Charlotte history, we have assembled links to several Charlotte  and NC virtual events, activities and research that you can explore. Events and activities with University City ties “Why we need Africana Studies” – Essay by Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, chair of the Africana Studies Department at UNC Charlotte and award-winning author. MORE “Have You Thanked An Inventor Today?” – Virtual story and activity time for ages 2-4, presented by Mallard Creek Recreation Center, 10:30-11:30 am Feb. 19. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION (required). UNC Charlotte library book recommendations – J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte has assembled an array of fiction, historical texts, essays and memoires on the Black experience in America. MORE “Religion, Racism, & Religious Racism: The Color of Faith Discrimination”: 17th Annual Africana Studies Symposium at UNC Charlotte – Currently scheduled for April 25-26 with opening event at the Center City campus on April 25. Five panel discussions and special presentation by Dr. Abbas Barzegar, on American-Islamic Relations, will take place in J. Murrey Atkins Library on the main campus on April 26. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION Events and activities with Charlotte and North Carolina connections Celebrate Black History Month with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The Library’s Black Lives Matter programming initiative has a variety of virtual discussions, story times, book groups, speakers and more to explore and celebrate Black History this month and every month. MORE Black History Month Read-In, by NC African American Heritage Commission....
These Vance High students are dreaming big – They need our help

These Vance High students are dreaming big – They need our help

Just about every part of the high school experience at Vance High has gone virtual or gone away since March 16, 2020, the day that COVID-19 shut the schoolhouse doors across North Carolina. Students haven’t returned to Vance High classrooms for 10 months and counting. In the year of Zoom, Facetime, virtual lessons and televised graduations, faculty member Vikki Harmon and her team of 21 students are determined to give Vance High teens one iconic and lasting memory of their time together, even while apart, even in the pandemic. Their passion? To publish an honest-to-goodness, paper-and-ink Zebulon B. Vance High School 2021 Yearbook. The book also will include a “flashback” section of last year, since the pandemic wiped out the 2020 yearbook, too. Their bold dream? To sell the yearbooks at a price that all students can afford, regardless of their family’s financial hardships due to the pandemic. Your challenge? To help make that dream come true. The biggest need by far is money, but there are other ways you can help, says Harmon, the yearbook advisor. With the book due to the printer on March 15, the yearbook staff needs plenty of support to get across the finish line. Learn more. Contact Vikki Harmon for details at vikki1.harmon@cms.k12.nc.us. Do it today, if possible. Every day counts, especially for our teens in this year of virtual living and...