Taste of the World 2016 Tickets are On Sale Now!

TOTW_LogoTaste of the World 2016 tickets are on sale now!

Taste of the World 2016, a food tour of more than 25 restaurants that are representative of countries across five continents all located within beautiful east Charlotte. The four-hour event including a two-hour restaurant tour takes guests on a culinary expedition of the locally owned food establishments throughout east Charlotte’s International District. Registration will begin at 4:30 PM, with activities continuing until 9:30 PM.

Participants in the Taste of the World festivities are welcomed at The VanLandingham Estate Opening Reception and Registration with live music, drinks and tours of the Estate and Gardens. Guests are assigned to one of a variety of coach tour buses. Each bus is staffed with knowledgeable volunteer Community Guide who points out fun and historic information and facts along the route. Guests will enjoy a special selection of food samplings at three selected locations from among the participating restaurants. Each location represents the varied cuisine, culture, history, character and personalized story unique to each restaurant. Upon return of the dining tours to The VanLandingham Estate, guests gather for a delicious dessert reception with live music, festivities and prizes.



Charlotte TREES Community Meeting 7/28 and Online Survey

TreesAnnouncing: Community meeting on Thursday, July 28th at 6:30 to get feedback on Charlotte’s trees. The meeting will be held at Amity Presbyterian Church – 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. Complete the survey that is open online until July 30th at http://charlottenc.gov/trees. Click on the image for a PDF of the flyer.


Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at Simmons YMCA in September


Simmons YMCA will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class in September.

The class will be open to anyone in the community. Space is limited to 20 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Reach out to the contact below for more information.



Charlotte EAST Hosts Forum on Eastland Site

EAST ForumOn June 30, Charlotte EAST held a community forum on Eastland and the dual-language CMS magnet school at the site. The forum was well attended and featured special guest presenters.

Pat Mumford, director of the Neighborhood & Business Services department, reviewed his recent presentation to City Council. He showed how the guiding principles Charlotte EAST developed through open community design charrettes align with recommendations of the parcel developed by the City and most recently by visiting award-winning architect Alejandro Aravena.

Ann Clark, superintendent of CMS, followed with a presentation about the plans for a dual-language K-8 Magnet school at the site. She said the school would mirror the very successful and popular Collinswood Language Academy. Collinswood is currently the magnet school with the largest waitlist. She also showed that many east Charlotte students currently travel to Collinswood. A mirror program at Eastland would be closer to home. Further, Clark showed the enrollment numbers for east Charlotte elementary schools. All of them are over capacity – many nearing 150% of designed capacity. The newest elementary school, Lawrence Orr on Shamrock Drive, is at 93% capacity after its first year of operation. Projections in the birth-4 year old population are driving the demand for a new school and the money for the school is available from a previously issued bond. Clark shared examples of how developers are asking CMS to integrate schools into residential and commercial development. The new school would open for the 2018-19 school year first with K-2 students and would increase enrollment each year as that cohort moves up.

Both Mumford and Clark underlined their cooperation in ensuring the design of the school fits with the goals of the high quality development the community expects at Eastland. They took questions from the audience during their presentations and stayed after the meeting talking to attendees. They welcomed further resident input and offered to return to speak with us as often as we ask them.

John Autry, City Council District 5 representative, and Trevor Fuller, Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners were in also in attendance.


Kilborne Drive Streetscape ​​Drop-in Meeting Thursday June 23

WEB_PotterRdSegmentKilborne Drive Streetscape Drop-In Meeting
Thursday, June 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kilborne Park, 2600 Kilborne Avenue

Projects for the Central/Albemarle/Shamrock area are starting! The Kilborne Drive streetscape is the first phase of the Old Potter Road Trail. This project will provide better pedestrian crossing, traffic calming, streetscape and landscaping. Walking tours will take place at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Visit the project page to learn more.


Eastland Site Forum with CMS and City of Charlotte June 30

EASTlogoE.A.S.T. – Eastland Area Strategy Team Invites you to an interactive forum:

Establishing a Charlotte Mecklenburg School on the Eastland Site:
Plans, Opportunities and Challenges

Featuring presentations by:
Ann Clark
Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools


Pat Mumford
Director of the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services

Thursday, June 30, 2016
7:00-8:30 pm
Amity Presbyterian Church
2831 N Sharon Amity Rd
Charlotte, NC 28205eastland-mall-plan1


Center for Health, Education and Opportunity to Open in East Charlotte

AldersgateA Center for Health, Education and Opportunity is planned for the site of what is currently the Shamrock Senior Center. The 6,000-square-foot center will open in the fall, at which point all senior programs will be moved to the nearby Methodist Home Park.

Read more!

From the article:

Aldersgate, a continuing care retirement community, is the driving force behind the initiative and is supplying the center facility, which is located on the nonprofit’s 231-acre campus on Shamrock Drive. Partners include UNC Charlotte’s College of Education and College of Health and Human Services, as well as the Johnston YMCA. Seniors who live at Aldersgate will serve as volunteers for the site’s programming.

In addition to children’s education programs, the center will provide families in the area with access to community-based health and disease-prevention services.


The Charlotte Museum of History Presents History Talks Lecture Series: Warren Bingham’s book George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour

CMH12_home_01History Talks Lecture Series:  Warren Bingham’s book George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour

4 July 2016 at 12:15 pm

3500 Shamrock Drive

Author Warren Bingham will discuss his new book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour.  The author will be available to sign copies of the book after his presentation.  This event is in conjunction with the museum’s Fourth of July Celebration.

Free for members, $5.00 public, $20.00 for families.

Please register at http://www.charlottemuseum.org/Register.asp

For more information, please call 704-568-1774, or email info@charlottemuseum.org.


The Charlotte Museum of History Hosts Belmont Neighborhood Walking Tour

CMH12_home_01Belmont Neighborhood Walking Tour
16 July 2016 at 10:30 am
Tour begins and ends at Intermezzo Pizzeria & Cafe, 1427 E. 10th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
Join us for an hour long walking tour of the Belmont neighborhood.  Belmont began as Charlotte’s first working-class textile mill village.  Today, the diverse neighborhood is in the midst of transformation as persons seek single-family homes in close proximity to Uptown.
Free and open to the public.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Please pre-register on our website at www.charlottemuseum.org.
For more information, contact 704-568-1774, or email info@charlottemuseum.org.