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2014 marks end of this tiny village in Charlotte

Posted at 10:54am on Dec. 26, 2014

On New Year’s Day, Roger Schmidt will start taking down his Department 56 Christmas Village for the last time.

In south Charlotte, Monroe Road group takes on change

Posted at 3:17pm on Dec. 12, 2014

David Molinaro formed The Monroe Road Community, with representatives from the adjoining neighborhoods, the school, the library and places of worship.

Matthews Victorian Tea: This may be the hottest ticket in town

Posted at 12:24pm on Dec. 11, 2014

Make your calendars: Just about 10 months from now, at midnight Oct.1, the Matthews Woman’s Club Service League will begin taking reservations for its 2015 Victorian Christmas Teas.

In December, rest, read up after a few chores are done

Posted at 8:30pm on Dec. 9, 2014

December is time to band trees against cankerworms; plant bulbs, trees, shrubs and woody herbs; start early vegetables indoors; and prepare spring beds.


Posted at 1:29pm on Dec. 5, 2014

Holiday Events: The town of Matthews has planned several holiday events for residents:

Restaurant news: Taste of Southern Cooking a local tradition

Posted at 1:55pm on Dec. 5, 2014

Charlottean Dave Cook got his start in the food service industry at a very young age.

Scoutmaster retires after 15 years

Posted at 2:23pm on Nov. 26, 2014

Tim Morgan retired Nov. 3 as Scoutmaster of Troop 119 at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

Kim Becknell Williams: My niche is writing – in life and church

Posted at 2:22pm on Nov. 21, 2014

When I was asked to write a devotional for a new Advent booklet at my church, I found my niche.

Vivace executive chef brings new menu

Posted at 3:16pm on Nov. 21, 2014

Mike Suppa has joined midtown’s Vivace as its new executive chef.

South Charlotte’s Jenifer Ruff knows how to handle change

Posted at 1:36pm on Nov. 14, 2014

Adapting to change isn’t always easy; however, author Jenifer Ruff has proven very skillful at handling change.

Charlotte restaurants present meals for Thanksgiving

Posted at 5:17pm on Nov. 6, 2014

Executive chef Chris Coleman of The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel Uptown has unveiled a new Campfire Menu for fall.

‘Help’ from kids, husband drive mom batty

Posted at 2:44pm on Oct. 28, 2014

They say that nothing brings out your inner control freak better than letting a child “help” you.

Betsy Rosen finds way to give back, celebrate heritage

Posted at 5:24pm on Oct. 29, 2014

Betsy Rosen serves on several Charlotte church and nonprofit boards and works to support groups like YWCA, Temple Beth El and other organizations.

November is good for eating, not so much for planting

Posted at 9:33am on Oct. 29, 2014

This month, stay on top of basic garden chores: Clean up summer crop remains, prepare for frost, bring houseplants indoors, hoe and mulch against cool-season weeds. Band trees against cankerworms between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Charlotte’s Reid’s Fine Foods open second location, in Fort Mill

Posted at 2:13pm on Oct. 28, 2014

Reid’s Fine Foods has opened a second location, in Fort Mill, with the original at 2823 Selwyn Ave.

Following a dream for a college education

Posted at 9:54am on Oct. 22, 2014

Charlie Espinosa’s life is different in the United States than it was when he lived in South America.

Several restaurants unveil fall menus

Posted at 9:28am on Oct. 23, 2014

Bonterra executive chef Blake Hartwick is focusing on incorporating local, seasonal ingredients procured from local farmers into his fall menu items. Hartwick is excited to showcase New Southern Cuisine with his fall menus. New starters include a fried green tomato BLT and crispy pork belly. Entrees on the fall menu: North Carolina monkfish osso bucco, shrimp and Byrd Mill grits, JD’s fried lobster tail and quick sear ahi tuna with foie gras.

Father, daughter to discuss church issues

Posted at 2:51pm on Oct. 15, 2014

Sarah Howell didn’t intend to become a minister, even though she grew up surrounded by church influences.

Grants of nearly $50K help pastors take 3-month sabbaticals

Posted at 4:15pm on Oct. 8, 2014

The Reverends Mark Upton, co-pastor of Hope Community Church, and Randy Forrester, senior pastor of King of Kings Anglican Church, recently were notified that they received the grants from the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program.

Charlotte’s Connie Strain has wisdom and goals to spare

Posted at 10:24am on Oct. 9, 2014

When you meet Connie Strain, be prepared to meet a 90-year-old who has goals and wisdom.

Community gardening strong in Charlotte area; Asheville meeting planned Oct. 25

Posted at 8:39am on Oct. 9, 2014

N.C. Community Garden Partners, a statewide nonprofit, will have its popular annual community gardening conference Oct. 25 on the campus of UNCAsheville. It will offer workshops designed to strengthen community gardening skills.

Barbecue heads uptown in Charlotte

Posted at 2:02pm on Oct. 3, 2014

The annual Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship will be in uptown Charlotte from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct.17-18.

Fall is time for the bizarre bazaars

Posted at 11:29am on Oct. 2, 2014

Something about yard sales makes us go a little nuts.

Matthews doughnut shop offers farm-to-table food

Posted at 4:02pm on Sep. 26, 2014

There are dairy and eggs in the yeast doughnuts, which are fried in leaf lard from pasture-raised hogs.

Rama Swim & Racquet Club going strong after 49 years

Posted at 2:11pm on Sep. 19, 2014

The club will host a fall festival Oct.25 that will be open to the public.

Charlotte SouthPark restaurant AZN marks 2 years of Asian cuisine

Posted at 1:45pm on Sep. 19, 2014

SouthPark’s AZN is celebrating its two-year anniversary at Piedmont Town Center throughout September.

Matthews Kids in Nature Day gives children fish tales to remember

Posted at 1:30pm on Sep. 17, 2014

Some 300 or so children and adults came to Matthews Squirrel Lake Park recently for Kids in Nature Day.

For Charlotte bird lovers, it’s time to put out food

Posted at 2:06pm on Sep. 16, 2014

According to the National Bird-Feeding Society, more than 55million Americans feed birds, making it our second-most popular hobby, behind gardening.

Waxhaw’s Storefront Theatre set to kick off season

Posted at 2:29pm on Sep. 12, 2014

The Storefront Theatre of Waxhaw will present the first production of the 2014-15 season 7:30p.m. Sept.27 and 2:30p.m. Sept.28 at Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.

Providence UMC casts ‘The Net’

Posted at 12:55pm on Sep. 12, 2014

Providence United Methodist Church’s new worship service, called “The Net,” is named after a Bible story in which Jesus instructs his disciples to throw their net on the other side of the boat.

Charlotte Actor’s Theatre producer is glad backup plan wasn’t necessary

Posted at 2:12pm on Sep. 9, 2014

Martin Wilkins still remembers what his parents told him in 2002 when he graduated from Duke University and decided to pursue a career in theater: ‘If you get down the road and it doesn’t work out, at least you’ll know you tried.’

Catholic musician Matt Maher headlines Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte fundraiser

Posted at 9:30am on Sep. 11, 2014

Internationally known singer-songwriter Matt Maher, who has performed for two popes and has had more than 20 songs on Christian radio, will headline the Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte’s annual fundraising event Sept.18.

Nan and Byron’s in Southend has new executive chef

Posted at 10:23am on Sep. 10, 2014

A graduate of Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, Kyle Rhodes moved to Charlotte, attending Johnson and Wales University and working at Barrington’s. The past two years he has worked as chef de cuisine at 5 Church under Chef Jamie Lynch, reinforcing his kitchen techniques.

Restaurant news: Moe’s brings Homewrecker burrito to Fort Mill, S.C.

Posted at 1:22pm on Sep. 3, 2014

Moe’s has opened in Fort Mill off Exit 85 on Interstate 77 at 1751 Pleasant Road.

Season’s end approaches; it’s too darn hot

Posted at 12:05pm on Sep. 3, 2014

It’s time to prepare your gardens for the new plants you’ll set out next month, to shop for bulbs you’ll be planting in October; and to plant leafy greens that can mature in around 50 days.

NC Music Factory will host this year’s Charlotte Oktoberfest

Posted at 5:47pm on Aug. 20, 2014

Guests this year will be able to sample more than 350 beers from more than 100 breweries, check out local food vendors and enjoy live music from U-Phonik and Stella Rising.

Museum celebrates, educates on U.S. wars

Posted at 10:50am on Aug. 29, 2014

This month, Museum of the Waxhaws is focusing on key American wars.

Restaurant news, Sept. 3: Gallery Restaurant celebrates bourbon month

Posted at 12:03pm on Aug. 28, 2014

Check out offerings at Lure Oyster Bar, the new Which Wich, Bar Cocoa and the Gallery Restaurant.

Charlotte Knights’ ballfield proposal was perfect pitch

Posted at 1:52pm on Aug. 26, 2014

Sarah Rappe of Mint Hill had no idea a chance to throw the first pitch at the Charlotte Knights Baseball game July30 would lead to big surprise.

Gardening: Final harvest for Organic Gardening magazine

Posted at 10:48am on Aug. 27, 2014

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’