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Restaurant news: Father’s Day brunches will dot Charlotte scene

Posted at 11:36am on Jun. 6, 2014

Uptown’s Aria Tuscan Grill hosts a wine dinner on June 11. The six-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with host and winemaker Alessandro Cellai. Included on the menu are salt-crusted whole striped bass, house-made pappardelle with lamb Bolognese and sheep’s milk ricotta, as well as roasted pheasant. Dessert selection is an olive oil cake with honey rosemary drizzle. Cost for the evening is $100 per person. Email briana@sonomarestaurants.net for reservations.

Fishing with Gus: Appeal to what fish want in prey

Posted at 2:19pm on Jun. 4, 2014

To catch a fish, think like a fish; that means catch each species by luring it with bait according to how they catch their food.

BB&T division uses grant to help YWCA

Posted at 12:23pm on Jun. 5, 2014

The BB&T life insurance division is using a Lighthouse Project grant, which is funded by the bank’s corporate office, as well as its sizable volunteer force to help the YWCA Central Carolinas.

Nonprofit founder pursues peace after seeing war’s destructiveness

Posted at 1:29pm on May. 30, 2014

Chris Saâde has experienced the destructive nature of war and dedicated his life to peace. After enduring the Lebanese Civil War, Saâde founded the Institute for Life-Leadership and Coaching, a nonprofit organization.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Bass anglers use ‘run and gun’ strategy

Posted at 10:52am on May. 27, 2014

Ever wonder why bass fishermen move around so much? The answer is simple: They’re attempting to catch as many fish as they can in a very short period of time. To do so, they target aggressive bass, the ones that hit as soon as the bait touches the water, and then they move on.

Restaurant news: Tupelo Honey Café releases new cookbook

Posted at 10:55am on May. 20, 2014

Restaurant news from south Charlotte communities.

Matthews rec department offers summer activities

Posted at 2:44pm on May. 23, 2014

Matthews Department of Parks and Recreation is offering an ample variety of summer camps that focus on sports and fitness.

All about people: She brought her art from Russia, with love

Posted at 11:01am on May. 14, 2014

Charlotte’s Alla Ostrovsky has a passion for painting.

Waxhaw Lions Club honors firefighters, EMTs

Posted at 3:38pm on May. 15, 2014

The inaugural award for Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year went to Chris Cangemi and Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician of the Year to Scott Carpentier.

South Charlotte Restaurant news: Spring heating up with cooking classes

Posted at 2:35pm on May. 9, 2014

Chef Alyssa Gorelick has announced a May cooking class lineup featuring healthy, sustainable cooking.

Kristan Seaford still sees the bright side despite a medical ordeal

Posted at 4:29pm on May. 6, 2014

Matthews’ Kristan Seaford

South Charlotte neighborhoods are seeing houses sell quickly

Posted at 1:57pm on May. 2, 2014

Julie Sharpe, a Redfin real estate agent, said houses in the Ardrey Kell and Providence High School districts stayed on the market an average of 77 days in the first quarter of 2014.

All about people: Matthews resident Shirley Nelson Kersey is a dynamo, even after polio

Posted at 2:16pm on Apr. 29, 2014

Some people are able to do more with the 24 hours in a day than others. Shirley Nelson Kersey is one of those people.

Restaurant news: New eatery for south Charlotte: Bravo!

Posted at 12:18pm on Apr. 25, 2014

The 6,000-square-foot sister restaurant to Brio in SouthPark boasts plenty of seating inside and on the patio, as well as a private dining room and full bar.

Globe-trotting scientist Dr. Nini RB Bautista retires in Charlotte

Posted at 1:01pm on Apr. 22, 2014

Mention ‘nuclear power plant’ in polite conversation and there probably will be more questions than answers. Charlotte resident Dr. Eumelia R. Bautista de Garcia has a doctorate in nuclear chemistry and would be the one with the answers.

Restaurant news: Block & Grinder now serving brunch

Posted at 10:27am on Apr. 16, 2014

Restaurant news from south Charlotte.

South Charlotte’s Providence Produce Market has its own special flare

Posted at 3:54pm on Apr. 22, 2014

Providence Produce Market at the corner of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Providence Road in south Charlotte, adjacent to the Shell station, is a must-see for produce lovers.

Siskey YMCA instructor keeps step aerobics alive

Posted at 12:52pm on Apr. 16, 2014

The Siskey YMCA, where Stephanie McCall has cultivated a dedicated group of instructors and class members, is the only YMCA in Charlotte where one can take a step class every day of the week.

Charlotte’s WatersEdge Church reaching out to Steele Creek, Southwest Middle School

Posted at 1:08pm on Apr. 8, 2014

Charlotte’s WatersEdge Church in Steele Creek will host a spring festival to benefit Southwest Middle School.

Charlotte native is living where his heart is

Posted at 1:44pm on Apr. 8, 2014

Scott Carlisle is a native Charlottean and proud of it.

South Charlotte woman reaches a place of peace, for herself and loved ones

Posted at 4:30pm on Apr. 9, 2014

Charlotte cancer victim Paula Takacs says her choice to stop fighting her diagnosis and call in hospice has been a ‘gift.’

Restaurant news: Not too early to think about Easter brunch

Posted at 1:54pm on Apr. 2, 2014

Several south Charlotte restaurants are now taking reservations for Easter Sunday.

South Charlotte Restaurant news: Plenty of edibles for Easter brunch

Posted at 1:56pm on Mar. 28, 2014

South Charlotte restaurants are putting out the welcome mat for the Easter bunny April 20 with special menus.

Wesley Chapel Scouts honored for work at Museum of the Waxhaws

Posted at 2:49pm on Mar. 28, 2014

Siler Presbyterian Church in Wesley Chapel was the site of a special recognition event March23 for local Scout leaders and Scouts who had completed service projects at the Museum of the Waxhaws and Pleasant Grove Campground.

UNC Charlotte fashion show to feature designs from recycled materials

Posted at 2:34pm on Mar. 27, 2014

Gail Warner and Teresa Rench of Fort Mill will be featured on the runway at the ecoFAB Trash Couture Fashion Event April 12 at UNC Charlotte Center City’s Recycled Runway.

Charlotte restaurants: 5Church, Baku named to ‘Top 100 Hot Spots’ list

Posted at 11:12am on Mar. 20, 2014

5 Church and SouthPark’s Baku have been named to the OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. OpenTable bases the award on roughly 5 million reviews in 50 states with over 19,000 restaurants participating.

FMHS brings ‘Blonde’ musical to stage

Posted at 12:16pm on Mar. 19, 2014

Fort Mill High School’s Studio E Theater Department channels its inner blonde with the spring production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Audiences will be tickled pink with the acting, dancing and hit songs from the original Broadway show.

South Charlotte Restaurant news: Eateries awaken palate for spring

Posted at 3:54pm on Mar. 14, 2014

Harper’s at Carolina Place offers a two-for-$29 deal through the end of March.

Ovarian cancer survivor speaks at national conference

Posted at 4:41pm on Mar. 13, 2014

Cancer survivor Katya Lezin writes about speaking at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s annual conference.

String of good choices brought her to Charlotte

Posted at 11:40am on Mar. 14, 2014

The best part of writing about the great people of our area is how much I learn and the new friendships that are forged through this column.

Charlotte Churches join for Million Meal March

Posted at 10:20pm on Mar. 15, 2014

Charlotte churches are banding together this month to package 1million meals to be sent overseas to needy people.

Food Network star to open restaurant in uptown

Posted at 2:17pm on Mar. 6, 2014

Food Network star Rocco Whalen has opened his second Fahrenheit restaurant on the 21st floor of the Skye Condominiums uptown. The spot is Charlotte’s first and only rooftop eatery.

Series’ focus is end-of-life issues

Posted at 6:26pm on Mar. 5, 2014

Susan Mobley still remembers a conversation she had with a man who was taking care of his father, who was in his 90s.

Ritz-Carlton names new sous chef

Posted at 11:39am on Feb. 25, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton uptown has named Nathan Volz the new executive sous chef.

A hearty cheer for this cheerleader

Posted at 4:45pm on Feb. 27, 2014

Kendall Carrick has a very special story that will warm your heart.

Some new, good finds on the Charlotte food scene

Posted at 4:26pm on Feb. 21, 2014

Take a peek at some of Charlotte’s finest food offerings.

Teaching music in the key of life

Posted at 11:16am on Feb. 20, 2014

Duncan Gray sees his role as director of bands for West Charlotte High School as going beyond music.

Goal of HousingFest is to help the homeless

Posted at 2:53pm on Feb. 19, 2014

Robert Nesbit, a musician and social worker with Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, hopes the new HousingFest concert series will inspire others to help the homeless.

Bridge continues its popularity in south Charlotte

Posted at 1:25pm on Feb. 13, 2014

Bridge is quite a popular game in south Charlotte. Hundreds of enthusiasts can be found testing their skills daily at the Charlotte Bridge Association and in churches, country clubs, restaurants, recreation centers and private homes.

RunJenRun will carry on legacy of passed founder

Posted at 11:50am on Feb. 14, 2014

Last year, Jen Pagani used her love of sports to create a race that would benefit her foundation, GoJenGo, which raises funds for people fighting breast cancer. The inaugural 5K event included over 1,000 runners and raised more than $65,000.