Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Great weather, wonderful volunteers, generous sponsors, inspired activities, perfect location and 6,500 guests – many of them under age 10 – made for a super Second Annual Charlotte Kids Fest in University City on Sept. 22. UNC Charlotte, University City Partners, TIAA and numerous other businesses and groups teamed up to present this vast learning event designed especially for children 10 and under. Kids Fest took place in the heart of the university’s Charlotte Research Institute campus, just a short walk from the LYNX light-rail station at JW Clay Boulevard. For people arriving by car, Parks Chevrolet sponsored free parking in the CRI parking deck. Dozens of activities ranging from dance to chemistry experiments challenged the bodies and minds of the young visitors. One of our food vendors, City Barbecue, used the day to raise $1,000 for Operation North State, providing aide to Hurricane Florence victims.   49ers gave 100% Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, said that Kids Fest was conceived in part as a way to introduce potential UNC Charlotte 49ers and their parents to the many opportunities available at the rapidly growing urban research university right in their own backyards. The university certainly rolled out the welcome mat, providing both the venue and numerous activities staged by 17 departments. More than 100 UNC Charlotte students volunteered for the event, as well. Visit charlottekidsfest.org to learn more about the event.   Thanks to the great Kids Fest sponsors and friends An event this big also takes strong corporate and non-profit support. We are fortunate to be so blessed. Title Sponsor: TIAA Presenting sponsors: University City Partners...
Wanted: Artists to help capture CLT history

Wanted: Artists to help capture CLT history

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is planning to build a new police station on North Tryon Street for our University City Division – and the Charlotte Arts and Science Council is seeking artists to help bring the station to life. Specifically, it is seeking artists to create pieces that celebrate the history of Charlotte. Interested? Deadline is Sept. 28 to apply. Here are the details. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department – University City Division Deadline: September 28, 2018 Project Background The City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department are building a new station for University City Division officers, to be located at 8446 North Tryon Street. The two-story facility will sit on a 1.82-acre site at the corner of North Tryon Street and Ken Hoffman Drive, adjacent to the existing Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire Station #27. Although independent of each other, the two facilities will share access to parking areas and some other features of the site. CMPD University Division serves a diverse population of approximately 150,000 residents in addition, to those who commute to the area daily, and the travelers who use the North Tryon corridor as a route to popular destinations in North and East Mecklenburg County. With the aid of University City Partners (a not-for-profit planning organization), a holistic approach to design has been employed for the site, streetscape improvements coupled with landscape design, and exterior material choices is intended to create a unified block that is responsive to the surrounding infrastructure and future plans for the locale. The selected artist will work with the ASC, staff from the City of Charlotte’s Engineering and Property Management...
Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

Help us Re-Envision University City on July 26

University City is changing by the day. This Thursday, July 26, University City Partners invites you to share the changes you’d like to see – as well as the things you want to keep the same. From 6 to 8 pm at the Camino Community Center, urban planner, community activist and artist James Rojas will lead us through a planning process entitled “Place It!” that uses art to help us envision the future. Rojas has used this method to engage thousands of people at over 400 workshops. At our event on July 26, participants will learn about the role of planning and design in shaping how we live, and then translate their dreams and ideas into physical forms. From these results and their accompanying stories, University City Partners hopes to generate plans, drawings and policy recommendations to build a better University City. The workshop will take place 6-8 pm Thursday at the Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Drive near the University City Boulevard LYNX Station and Parking Deck. Turn onto the side street next to the Waffle House. The center is nearby on the left. Directions   RSVP and more information To RSVP or to get more information, contact University City Partners planning director Tobe Holmes at tholmes@universitycitypartners.org. To learn more about the Place It! planning process, visit...
Sunshine, fine wine, great time – Saturday’s Wine Fest!

Sunshine, fine wine, great time – Saturday’s Wine Fest!

The weather looks fantastic for our second annual University City Wine Fest on Saturday, April 14. We invite you to spend the afternoon with us sampling from 100 great wines, sipping cider and brews, nibbling on tasty samples from local restaurants and strolling the lake at University Place. Get your tickets or VIP table now at universitycitywinefest.org. Check out Charlottefive.com’s great article: 10 reasons to get tickets to the University City Wine Fest. The Wine Fest runs 2-6 pm April 14 along the lake near the main bridge at University Place. More than 100 wines from over 25 wineries will be available to sample while guests stroll the boardwalk and enjoy live music and interactive entertainment. A variety of old and new as well as exciting wines for 2017 from across the US and globe will be featured for tasting. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, wineries and winery representatives will welcome you as they share their knowledge along with samples of their art. Meet these experts, learn the story of their wines, and experience the harmony of delectable wines.   Three ways to enjoy the Wine Fest General-admission tickets, $35 each, provide 4 hours of unlimited wine tastings and a souvenir sampling glass. Buy online Come early! Why wait until 2 when you can start sipping an hour earlier for just $5 more. Buy an early-admission ticket online to start enjoying the fun at 1 pm! Cost is $40. Buy online Treat your friends to a VIP table! Your friends and business associates will love spending the afternoon as the VIPs they are – sitting...
Many bus routes, connections changing for LYNX

Many bus routes, connections changing for LYNX

Provided by Charlotte Area Transit System The following service adjustments will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018, following the opening of the LYNX Blue Line to UNCC on Friday, March 16, 2018. To learn more about these new schedules, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE. 12, 24, 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, & 60 – Trips adjusted for new train schedule at existing LYNX Blue Line stations. 97, 98, & 99 – Village Riders will be restructured to serve new bus-rail connection at Bryton Town Center. See also the Village Riders Guide for more information. 85X – Gastonia Express – New midday roundtrip added weekdays inbound from Gastonia at 11:09 am and outbound from CTC at Noon. 221 – E Harris / Idlewild – Will now operate 35 minutes weekdays, 30 minutes Saturdays, and hourly Sundays with trip times adjusted.   Bus-connection changes For more details on the below bus connections to the new LYNX Blue Line, pick up a booklet from area schedule racks. 3 – The Plaza – New crosstown replaces the 204 west of N Tryon and the 23 east of Tipperary to Albemarle Park & Ride. 4 – Belmont – Renamed route extended out Plaza to new Sugar Creek Station. Plaza Midwood loop discontinued. 9 – Central Ave – Times adjusted. Turnaround shortened at Albemarle Park and Ride. Service on Idlewild Rd N replaced with new 3. 11 – N Tryon – Follows 11K to Walmart with earlier, later, and weekend trips. 11U discontinued. Mallard Creek Church replaced with new 29. 13 – Nevin – New crosstown replaces the 201 out Capps Hill Mine Rd to...
Amazon’s lesson for Charlotte: We must grow our higher-ed horsepower

Amazon’s lesson for Charlotte: We must grow our higher-ed horsepower

The race to become Amazon’s second headquarters city has passed us by. Our region must learn from that loss and respond – or risk missing out on future game-changing opportunities, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois wrote recently. His advice: We must aggressively grow our region’s “higher-education horsepower.” Chancellor Dubois’s essay ran recently in The Charlotte Observer as well as on the university’s website. Read the full article....