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CIAA bash gets rolling with skating party and more

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  • Full CIAA coverage: The parties, the games
  • Restrictions in effect

    Charlotte city officials say they have invoked Extraordinary Event status on this week’s CIAA Tournament.

    That regulates the items which people can carry into the Extraordinary Event zone, which during the tournament will encompass the area including the Charlotte Convention Center and Time-Warner Cable Arena.

    The Extraordinary Event ordinance was put in place more than a year ago and has been used for a number of events, including the Democratic National Convention and the annual Fourth of July and Food Lion Speed Street events in uptown.

    Items that cannot be taken into the zone include police scanners, backpacks, anything that can be used as a weapon, and body armor.

    According to the announcement from the city manager’s office, the zone this week will be bounded by Ninth Street, Church Street, Stonewall Street and Davidson Street. The restrictions will be in effect through 6 a.m. Monday.



Now the party really gets going.

Day 4 of CIAA Tournament Week in Charlotte on Thursday will include a skating party, a career expo, a health seminar, plenty of unofficial parties ... and a bit of basketball.

Activities will be scattered across two counties Thursday, when the number of out-of-town guests arriving in Charlotte for the tournament increases greatly.

The CIAA College Career Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center is open to students and alumni of CIAA schools. Dozens of prospective employers will be on hand to conduct interviews and offer information. Those employers include the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Charlotte Fire Department, several school systems and Lowe’s Home Improvement.

The CIAA Old School Skating Party is Thursday night at Kate’s Skating Rink in Indian Trail. It’s open to people 21 and older.

And the Food Lion Health and Wellness Symposium begins a three-day run at Time-Warner Cable Arena. Visitors can attend a Teen Summit, receive health and wellness information and participate in hands-on health-related activities.

The basketball schedule features four men’s quarterfinal games, including the first appearance of the Johnson C. Smith University team. The Golden Bulls play in the 1 p.m. opener against Elizabeth City State.

A transit reminder – Charlotte Area Transit System will run its free Gold Rush Red Line service from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, between the Johnson C. Smith University campus and the intersection of East Fourth and McDowell streets.

Here is the CIAA schedule for Thursday:

• CIAA Career Expo: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom.

• Food Lion Health & Wellness Symposium: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Time-Warner Cable Arena’s Practice Court.

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