YMCA opens in Ballantyne
Sara’s YMCA holds grand opening
Sara’s YMCA will hold its grand opening at 10 a.m. Feb. 27. The new YMCA of Greater Charlotte branch is on the corner of Ballantyne Corporate Place and Brixham Hill Avene in Ballantyne Corporate Park. Facilities will be open to patrons at noon, following the grand opening.
Named for longtime community leader Sara Harris Bissell, the late wife of Ballantyne developer Smoky Bissell, Sara’s YMCA will feature a dedicated hot yoga studio, indoor/outdoor athletic training space, an expanded group exercise room, personal training space, nutrition and wellness offerings and a cafe.
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The Ballantyne Village YMCA will relocate to the new Sara’s YMCA. Details: www.ymcacharlotte.org.
“Junie B. Jones” takes the stage
Matthews Playhouse will present “Junie B. Jones The Musical” Feb. 26-March 6 in Fullwood Theater in the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East in Matthews.
Based on Barbara Park’s best selling books, the show follows Junie B. on her first day of first grade as everything that can go wrong does go wrong. See how Junie B. turns it around and how she learns to love reading.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 2 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. March 4, and 2 p.m. March 5 and March 6. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors.
Downtown Abbey Tea
Culinary team presents
The Ballantyne Hotel will feature a Downton Abbey Tea inspired by the critically acclaimed PBS series 1-5 p.m. March 2-5.
The hotel’s culinary team will present Countess of Grantham’s favorite team savories and sweets. Patrons are encouraged to dress in 1920-1930s period clothing.
Ballantyne Country Club
Gala benefits Dancers Against Cancer
Miller Street Dance Academy in south Charlotte and Fort Mill will sponsor the first “Baubles and Bowties” Gala to benefit Dancers Against Cancer, 6:30-11:30 p.m. March 12 at Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave.
The adults-only, black-tie event will include a formal dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and dancing. Tickets are $125 per person and are available at http://bandbgala.gesture.com. Monetary donations for those who cannot attend also are welcome. To become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, contact Katie Knowles at 980-422-1219.
Game helps foundation
The March Forth With Hope Foundation will partner with the Charlotte Checkers on March 4 to raise money for the Matthews-based nonprofit.
For every ticket purchased using the promo code MARCH4, the Checkers will donate $5 to the March Forth With Hope Foundation. Proceeds will provide financial assistance to families battling cancer and other life threatening diseases.
The organization honors Hope Stout, who was diagnosed with a severe form of bone cancer at age 12. Instead of receiving her wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hope asked to grant wishes to the other 155 children on the list. Her generosity sparked a communitywide campaign that raised more than $1 million and granted all 155 wishes. Hope, who passed away in January 2004, would have turned 25 this year.
Food Truck Friday
Food Truck Friday returns 5-9 p.m. March 4 at Stumptown Park in Matthews.
Twelve food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, sandwiches, specialty dishes, international cuisine, Southern comfort food and more. Entertainers perform acoustic music, and area artists are scheduled to appear.
Participants can bring chairs and blankets. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Food Truck Friday is held each Friday night through Sept. 30.
Solar development program
To help citizens learn about solar development, the town of Matthews and the American Planning Association will offer an interactive game 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5 at Matthews town hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
The free game lets participants take on the role of residents, business owners, public officials and local planners in the fictional town of Sunnyside. Participants will discuss solar development opportunities and challenges, benefits and barriers of solar development, getting “solar ready,” financing options and understanding regulations.
To register online or get more information, visit http://bit.ly/sunnysidematthews. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to participants.
Summer camp registration
The Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource is now accepting registration for summer camp. A variety of camps are available for children ages 4-17.
Sign up for BeachFest
The “BeachFest Matthews” street festival will be in downtown Matthews May 13-14 with live beach music, street food vendors, shagging on the main stage dance floor, a car show, a carnival, and activities for kids.
Exhibitors and participants are needed for display spaces and arts and crafts. Car enthusiasts can register for the Cruisin' Car Show for $5 per vehicle in advance, $10 on the day of the event.
Runners also are encouraged to register for the BeachFest Matthews Sandy Feet 5K race on May 14. Advance registration is $25; race day registration is $30. Details:
Volunteer work day
Wesley Chapel will sponsor a Volunteer Work Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27 at Dogwood Park, 121 Lester Davis Road in Waxhaw.
Jobs for all ages are available and qualify for volunteer hours. All volunteers must sign a waiver, and parents must sign for children under age 18.
Crooked Creek Park
New amenities open at park
Crooked Creek Park in Indian Trail recently unveiled its new bocce ball and cornhole courts beside the playground near the parking lot.
Players should bring their own bocce balls and cornhole bags.
Zoning issue discussed
The Weddington Board of Adjustment will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Weddington town hall, 1924 Weddington Road.
The Board of Adjustment will hear a zoning variance request for property located at Lot 23 in the subdivision Lake Forest Preserve (Tax Parcel 06099406).
Union County Public Library
Black History Month
The Union County Public Library will hold several Black History Month programs in February.
The schedule includes:
▪ Discover the Underground Railroad: 4 p.m. Feb. 25, Monroe Branch. Free for families of all ages, this program celebrates diversity by working together to build a felt freedom quilt. Details: 704-283-8184, extension 231.
▪ Decorate Your Past: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Union West Branch, Indian Trail. Decorate a keepsake photo frame with African-themed fabric and woven straw embellishments. Details and registration: 704-821-7475, extension 3.
New subdivision discussed
The Village of Marvin will hold two public involvement meetings to discuss a proposed subdivision on Feb. 25.
The first session will be 2-4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the proposed subdivision site at 1614 Waxhaw Marvin Road. Parking is available along Stacy Howie Road on the side of the property. A second session will be held 5-7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Banks Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 10012 New Town Road in Marvin.
Participants can learn about an application from Carolina Development Services for a “by-right” subdivision to be named Broadmoor. The parcel identification number is 06-228-003 and 06-228-003C. Proposed plans for Broadmoor call for approximately 65 homes on about 86 acres.
Citizens can view the general design and layout and ask the developer questions. Details: www.marvinnc.org.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: email@example.com.