University City


University City

Crime trend: In the last two weeks, police have seen a rash of garage burglaries in University City. Criminals are entering wide-open garages and stealing bicycles, lawn equipment and valuables from vehicles in the garage. This type of burglary is a crime of opportunity and takes less than 15 seconds per incident, happening in the middle of the day, according to police. Authorities are suggesting measures to prevent becoming the victim of a garage burglary:

When retiring for the evening, make sure the garage door is closed, and lock the interior door leading to the garage. Close your garage door while cutting the grass or doing other yard work. If you notice a neighbor’s garage door open for long periods with no outdoor activity, let them know. Make sure the garage door is completely closed before driving off, walking away or closing the interior door.

If you leave an automatic garage-door opener in the car, keep it out of sight, and always lock car doors. Use the “lock” and “unlock” safety feature on the wall-mounted switch. Place items of greater value farther from the garage door; and when leaving the garage open for a pet, make sure it is not high enough for a thief to slide under.

If you have information that could help detectives solve these cases, report tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or www.


Charlotte’s rock ’n’ roll history: Author and photographer Daniel Coston will give an illustrated presentation on Charlotte’s 1960s rock ’n’ roll history at 6 p.m. June 12 at the Charlotte Museum of History at 3500 Shamrock Drive. The program celebrates the release of the second edition of “There Was a Time: Rock & Roll in the 1960s in Charlotte and North Carolina,” the first book on the rock ’n’ roll scene in North Carolina during that decade. The new edition introduces new interviews, photos and information. Coston will lead a talk about the music and the people that were a part of the music scene in Charlotte during that time, as well as Charlotte’s importance on the music scene throughout the state. Coston will also present photos and music to demonstrate what was going on during that era. The evening will conclude with a short set by the Mannish Boys, led by book co-author and local music veteran Jake Berger. Admission is free, but those attending are asked to register online. Details: Lisa Jillani,; 704-568-1774;; or


Renaissance Festival auditions: The Carolina Renaissance Festival will hold open auditions 9 a.m.-noon June 14 June 21 at Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road in Concord. Available opportunities include roles for amateur and professional street performers, role players, musicians and variety acts. The festival is also seeking to fill openings within the following performance troupes: The Royal Dance Ensemble, presenting court dances in the tradition of Renaissance nobility; and the Alleyn Apprentice Players, a children’s performance troupe presenting theater and song throughout the festival’s village. Prepared material, head shots and résumés are appreciated but not required. Applicants should be 13 or older. Call 704-896-5555 or email to schedule an audition appointment. The festival’s 21st season will be on weekends Oct. 4-Nov. 23 at N.C. 73 and Poplar Tent Road. For more information visit www.