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Month: September 2014

Exciting things happening in October at Crosswalk Teen Center

As fall begins and teens seek to settle into their school schedule, Crosswalk Teen Center continues to provide and pursue ways to assist students in achieving their full potential. The month of October is packed with opportunities for students to stretch their horizons and try new things. Teens are encouraged to sign-up for classes as soon as possible, due to limited space. Classes include: Frugal Foods – Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Foods don’t have to be expensive to taste great.  Sign-up to create meals that can stretch the dollar while providing a delicious entrée. An Introduction to Stress Management — Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn a simple technique that has been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful effects of stress, resulting in a healthier, more productive life. You will leave this class relaxed and renewed with everything you need to start a daily practice to manage your stress. Teens and adults are welcome. Instructors are Holly Makimaa and Mike Limauro. Intro to Piano Keyboard — Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It’s never too late to learn the piano. Take the leap, learn the basics, and be on your way to becoming a musician. Whether you’ve dreamed of becoming a musician or are just curious as to whether you might like playing the...

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Empty Canvass returns to entertain crowd at inaugural Oktoberfest Art Sale

By the time Joe Pray was pulled on stage, the canvas facing the audience attending Charlotte Public Schools Education Foundations Art Sale was hardly empty. Pray added a few brush strokes while brothers, Mike and Scott McMath entertained the crowd with an acoustic rock classic. Pray was one of many in attendance who helped the duo, known as Empty Canvass, create a work of art in just an hour. Their piece netted the Education Foundation more than $400 as one of the first works of art sold at the inaugural auction. This year, Empty Canvass will create something entirely new, again with the help of the community as they participate in the Education Foundation’s second art appreciation sale — Oktoberfest. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 in SOAR at AL!VE, Oktoberfest is an opportunity to bid on some great pieces of art donated the Education Foundation by Park West Gallery. Both silent and alive auctions will be held throughout the evening, which begins at 7 p.m. with a full art preview. Silent auction items will be located along EXPLORE, the walking path within AL!VE. Live auction pieces will be on display within SOAR. Many of the pieces up for auction are currently on display at AL!VE, Charlotte City Hall and Fay’s Evelyn Bay. Tickets to the event are $10 in advance and can be purchased from Education Foundation board members...

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Charlotte Board of Education to extend permanent offer to Mark Rosekrans

Having heard everything they needed to hear from the community at a Sept. 22 special meeting, the Charlotte Board of Education has called a special meeting for Monday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to extend a permanent offer for superintendent. Mark Rosekrans, who has served as interim superintendent since July 31, will be offered the position pending a vote by the board. School board president Julie Kimmer said initial plans were to wait until the board’s Oct. 13 meeting to extend and offer to Rosekrans or decide to hire an outside search firm to conduct a broad search. However, board members were overwhelmed with positive feedback as to the job Rosekrans has done since taking over the position. “I think we left the meeting knowing Mark was the right person for the job,” Kimmer said. “Ultimately, we felt like sooner was better than later. We did not want to leave Mark wondering if the board stood behind him.” Kimmer said the board received a lot of positive feedback from community members and CPS staff at the Sept. 22 meeting in addition to a number of email messages of support for Rosekrans. She said she was surprised to not receive any feedback against extending the position to Rosekrans. “This was one of our bigger meetings and we didn’t hear a negative comment regarding Mark,” Kimmer said. “We had some people...

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Mile of quarters leads to a Senior Center full of new carpet

Images of quarters printed on paper strips were taped end-to-end in a quarter-mile display at Lansing Mall this past spring. The strips of paper represented donations made to the Eaton Area Senior Center’s new carpet fund. The goal was to collect enough quarters to stretch a full mile — 63,630 quarters to be exact. Though the Center did not reach its goal by the time of the unveiling that spring afternoon, the attention it garnered — especially the senior citizen-led flash mob — from local media helped push the fundraising effort over the top this summer. In total, EASC’s...

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Charlotte native’s artwork showcased in feature film, Boxtrolls at Eaton Theatre

Dan Curran was walking past the Eaton Theatre earlier this summer when a movie poster caught his attention. The poster was for the movie The Boxtrolls, an animated film set to hit theatres Friday, Sept. 26. The poster a little extra significance for Curran and he knew he needed to get his hands on a copy. Curran’s son, Andrew was one of the animators working on the film, his first since earning his master’s degree in stop motion animation from Rochester Institute of Technology. “He stopped in to see if he could get a copy of the poster,” recalls...

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