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Open House: 8-9 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Oct. 23. School administrators and PTA members will offer school tours and answer questions for families considering sending their children to Barnette Elementary next year.
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J.V. Washam Elementary
Firefighter visit: The Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department visited kindergarten students at J.V. Washam Elementary School in Cornelius on Oct. 8. Students learned about fire safety and had the opportunity to see firefighters in their turnout gear and get an up-close look at Ladder Truck No. 4.
Torrence Creek Elementary
Mother/Son Event: Torrence Creek Elementary will host its annual Mother/Son Event starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Charlotte Checkers game. The evening will kick off 5:30-6:30 p.m. with a Rock the Rooftop event including music, basketball and poster-making. Before the 7 p.m. puck drop, the Torrence Creek Elementary Quarter Notes will sing the national anthem. Tickets are $32 for a mother/son ticket and $16 each for additional tickets. The deadline to buy tickets is Oct. 26. The event is a fundraiser for the school. For tickets, visit www.tcepta.org/store.
Spirit Night: A portion of sales will benefit Bradley Middle School during the Spirit Night fundraising event 5-10 p.m. Oct. 29 at Jason’s Deli, 16639 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite 704, Huntersville.
North Mecklenburg High
Annual barbecue: North Mecklenburg High PTSA will host its 36th annual barbecue fundraiser, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the school. Bulk barbecue and dinner plates are available for both drive-through pick-up all day in the Alexanderana Road parking lot and for indoor dine-in 5-7 p.m. before the homecoming football game against Vance High School. Tickets are $8 and are available from students or at the school. One ticket will buy either a barbecue that includes enough barbecue for two sandwiches plus two buns, coleslaw and chips, or a 12-ounce bulk container that will make about four sandwiches. A buffet for 10 or more people is available for $80 and includes barbecue, buns, chips, coleslaw, plates and utensils. The event is the sole fundraiser for the North Mecklenburg PTSA. Proceeds fund teacher grants, scholarships, school materials and PTSA projects. To porder barbecue, visit http://nmhsptsa.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/BBQ. For details, contact the North Mecklenburg High PTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz greats: On Oct. 7, ninth- through 12th-grader who play in the school’s Jazz Combo and Big Band were able to take a class led by professional jazz musicians Walter Blanding, saxophonist and clarinetist; Victor Goines, saxophonist and clarinetist; Dan Nimmer, pianist; and Greg Gisbert, trumpeter. The musicians are members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, and were visiting Charlotte as part of the 2014 Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival, where Cannon’s Jazz Combo also performed. The students spent 90 minutes with the musicians playing and discussing music. The students later watched the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rehearse and perform at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Blanding wore his Cannon School T-shirt at rehearsal.
Carnival: The Children’s Schoolhouse will host its 37th annual carnival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St., Davidson. Admission is free. Ticketed activities and games range from $1 to $5 each. Children’s activities include pony rides, bounce houses, games with guaranteed prizes, crafts, face painting, balloon art and hair chalking. The carnival will also feature food trucks, a silent auction, a cupcake walk, live entertainment and a raffle for a two-night stay at Banner Elk Winery and Villa. The Children’s Schoolhouse is a nonprofit, cooperative preschool for 3- to 5-year-olds. The carnival is the Schoolhouse’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting its scholarship and historic building preservation funds.