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Month: October 2014

Students make important strides with Eaton Special Riding

The number of success stories and small victories is too many to count. However, one in particular stands out in the mind of Dorothy Childs, director of the Eaton Special Riding program. “We had an autistic child who came to our program with no speech,” Childs recalls. “He said his first word on one of our horses.” It’s those moments that have kept Childs involved with the program for the past more than 30 years, 28 of which as director, and one of the reasons she can rely on a small army of volunteers every year to help keep...

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Almost Moonlight Madness to bring hundreds to downtown

Though I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween, living in Charlotte, I’ve grown to love the unique tradition of Almost Moonlight Madness. A Charlotte Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, there is something terribly entertaining about seeing a mob of costume clad characters march down Cochran Avenue. I think I’ve grown to appreciate anything that brings families together in celebration … Almost Moonlight Madness kind of sets the standard for participation. There may not be a single event that draws as many families to downtown Charlotte. The event has grown to include more than 1,000 children (of all ages) decked out in everything from creepy to cute costumes. Festivities begin with the parade lineup at Courthouse Square, which takes off at 6 p.m., heading south down Cochran Avenue. Once the parade is complete, most families stick around for the trick or treating. It can be tough to navigate and you better come prepared with a large helping of patience. But, in the end, it’s really great community fun. Part of the fun is seeing some of the downtown businesses that really get in the Halloween spirit, dressing in costumes or creating unique experiences for the trick or treaters. There is still time to prepare your business for the onslaught of trick or treaters. Not all businesses put on a show, many business owners just hand out candy outside their...

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Charlotte Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Goods and Services Auction is Nov. 1

“There’s something for everyone” is a claim thrown around quite a bit in the business world. The Charlotte Rotary Club provides an event that can completely back it up. The club’s Annual Goods and Services Auction, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at AL!VE in Charlotte, features hundreds of items ranging from $10 gift certificates to special event packages and everything in between. Attendees can bid on goods and services either through a silent or live auction or both. “It’s a great way for individuals to have a fun evening, enjoy food and a wine tasting and support the Charlotte community’s needs,” said Larry Adams, Charlotte Rotary Club President. The annual event serves as Charlotte Rotary Club’s major fundraiser and will benefit the AL!VE area, Soar. Soar is a recreational and community gathering space at AL!VE, offering both free and fee-based programming to enhance the health and vitality of the community. Soar serves as a multi-purpose gym that not only provides a place for recreational activities, such as basketball, volleyball and classes, but also a place for community events. The gym includes a challenging rock-climbing wall (Ascend), views of a tranquil outdoor garden area (Ponder) and access to indoor/outdoor walking paths (Explore), which makes this area a focal point for all to experience. A number of local individuals, organizations and businesses have donated goods and...

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Oktoberfest and Art Sale raises money for CPS Education Foundation

Empty Canvas took the stage at the Charlotte Public Schools Education Foundation’s 2nd annual Art Sale and did not disappoint. The duo of Mike and Matt McMath added a local touch to their second appearance in the Charlotte community, painting the historic stork fountain that used to reside at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue, Lansing Street and Pleasant Street. Those in attendance added several brush strokes before the finished product came to life. The piece served to get the live auction portion of the evening underway. Several pieces of artwork followed in the auction, raising money for the foundation....

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Charlotte loses true American hero in Brigadier General Richard Rann

Though he had an incredible tale to tell, Brigadier General Richard Rann was not one to brag about his accomplishments. His life story, however, was too big not to share. One friend, in particular, Don Tirrell, had a way of drawing out the stories. The last story he heard from his friend was five days before Rann passed away, Thursday, Oct. 9. “He always picked out an experience he had that we could talk about,” Tirrell said. “This one time he was flying out of England in a P-51 plane to protect some B-24 Bombers that were going on...

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