New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

University City Partners announces the opening of University City Farmers Market on Oct. 3 around the lake at The Shoppes at University Place. Shoppers will find fresh local produce, food preparation programs and live entertainment. Open every Saturday in October The Market will open every Saturday in October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will include some of Charlotte’s best local farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. “We are delighted to offer a first-class farmers market for our community of more than 175,000 residents,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “We asked them what they’d like to see more of in University City and a community market, as well as more programs, were top priorities. “Having the Market at the lake, the town center, makes it highly accessible and set against a gorgeous backdrop. It’s going to be something special.” Local and healthy University City Farmers Market will support local farmers and entrepreneurs. The farmers selected use organic practices to help steward the earth, while producing and sourcing some of the freshest and most nutritious food available in North Carolina. Visitors will find seasonal vegetables and fruits, pasture-raised egg and meats, as well as artisanal food and natural beauty-care products. Click here to learn about the two dozen vendors offering food, arts and crafts at the University City Farmers Market. Cooking demonstrations and entertainment, too University City Farmers Market also will feature live music, DJs and chef demonstrations. The food demos will focus on quick, healthy family-friendly dishes. Chef Lisa Brooks and Erique Berry will show how to prepare tasty treats from items you...
University City Wine Fest to Offer Socially Distanced Activities

University City Wine Fest to Offer Socially Distanced Activities

New This Year: Wine on the Water and a Boutique Dining Experience.  Greystar University City Wine Fest will return this fall at multiple locations around the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. The fourth annual festival will take place from September 16-20 with smaller-scale events. New this year, attendees can experience three additional ways to enjoy wine throughout the festival. Daily events range from sipping wine on the water while paddle boating to a limited capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home. “We look forward to holding the festival to most importantly support local business owners that have been impacted by the coronavirus, and to provide a safe way for individuals to enjoy community,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “University City Wine Fest is lots of fun and has met the growing interest for programs and activities in University City. We will engage more area businesses surrounding the lake and boardwalk, which offers an accommodating location to enjoy scenic views while social distancing.”   A festival for the Charlotte region University City Wine Fest was created to deliver a cultural community experience in the Charlotte region. Activities will begin on Wednesday, September 16 with wine on the water and end on Sunday, September 20 with a festival brunch. The main event on Saturday, September 19 will feature a large variety of wines from several regional wineries. Attendees will have access to as many wine, cider and brew samples as they can responsibly manage while enjoying live music. The festival is accessible by LYNX light rail at JW Clay Blvd Station.  Directions The...
Join us July 22 for interactive discussion on small-business grants

Join us July 22 for interactive discussion on small-business grants

Join University City Partners and Holly Eskridge, Assistant Economic Development Director for the City of Charlotte, on July 22 for an interactive discussion about the Access to Capital grants available for small businesses. How to take part The event will take place 3-3:30 pm July 22 using Facebook Live. Access the event via the University City Partners Facebook page. About the grants Through the small business recovery program, the City of Charlotte is distributing $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses headquartered within the Charlotte city limits. The program is a part of the City’s Open for Business Initiative. Qualifying businesses will receive grants of either $10,000 or $25,000, depending on number of employees. Foundation for the Carolinas serves as the city’s grantmaking partner for this effort. The July 22 online program is being hosted by University City Partners and Foundation for the Carolinas. Questions? If you have questions about the July 22 program, contact Darlene Heater at dheater@universitycitypartners.org. Visit the Open For Business website to learn more about the grant program and how to apply. Please share! Please share this email with any local small-business owners you know....
Kids Eat Free daily this summer thanks to hospital, campus

Kids Eat Free daily this summer thanks to hospital, campus

Many youngsters and teens in University City often go hungry, and the problem has gotten worse with the closing of public school lunch programs since March. To fill the gap this summer, Atrium Health University City, UNC Charlotte and their partners provide free nutritious lunches each day plus breakfast for the following day to ALL KIDS ages 18 and younger. Here are the details for receiving meals via curbside pickup 11 am-1 pm Mondays-Fridays at Atrium Health University City Go to Atrium Health University City (8800 N. Tryon St. at W.T. Harris Boulevard). MAP Look for signs and follow the signs near the hospital’s vehicle entrance for curbside meal pickup. Volunteers will load meals into your car via the passenger window or trunk. You will be given breakfast meals for the next day, too. You will then be directed to the hospital exit. 11 am-1 pm Saturdays and Sundays at UNC Charlotte’s Student Union Go to the POPP Martin Student Union, located on Craver Road on the UNC Charlotte campus. MAP Look for signs directing you to the curbside meal pickup at the student-union loading dock. Volunteers will load meals into your car via the passenger window or trunk. You will be given breakfast meals for the next day, too. NOTE: No meals will be provided on Saturday, July 4, due to the holiday For more information about the program, contact Elaine Jones at elaine.jones@atriumhealth.org or 704-863-6547. Weekend volunteers needed! Volunteers are needed on weekends at UNC Charlotte to help distribute meals to cars in the curbside service. Two volunteers will help 10:30 am-1 pm each Saturday and Sunday from...
$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

A $45,000 grant to the UCITY Family Zone organization is helping several groups provide food, job training and crucial communication skills to thousands of University City residents.  This grant is from United Way and the Foundation for the Carolinas COVID-19 Emergency Response Awards. Many needs and many volunteers Mark DeHaven, co-founding director of the UCITY Family Zone, says that the grant can have a significant impact because it leverages the extensive volunteer efforts of many groups. “We have many organizations, and we are covering a lot of needs. But we can do a lot with a little,” DeHaven says. “Everyone is volunteering, so this grant supports what everyone is doing.” Where the money goes DeHaven says that the grant allows the UCITY Family Zone to continue its work in three areas. The Community Ambassadors Program helps community leaders develop skills to be liaisons between area residents and service providers. Wendy Mateo-Pascual of Crossways Consulting is working with this group. Workforce development helps residents improve skills needed by area businesses. Gary Crump with Men of Destiny is working with this area. Food insecurity efforts help several grass-roots groups provide food to people in need. These groups include Zolingo’s Spice for Life, which is developing a network of community gardens; Leadership in the Clouds, which has created a way to deliver supplies to homebound people; Community Hub 1245, which is providing several thousand meals a week to families in north and northeast Charlotte; and three food pantries. About UCITY Family Zone The UCity Family Zone is a place-based partnership for improving the social determinants of health and quality of life in several...

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...