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COMEDIC RELIEF FROM THE SOUTHERN SUMMERTIME HEAT July 30, 2014

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Charlotte offers respite from its hot, yet beautiful, summertime with it’s cool, yet hot, comedy scene!

Beat the Southern heat with Ralphie May on July 29-30 at the Comedy Zone. Ralphie’s comedic timing resulted in a standing ovation on the Tonight Show and his performance on the first season of NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing” propelled him into success. This show is for 18t audience members.

Also at the Comedy Zone on August1-2 is Dave Attell. Attell is the popular creator and host of Comedy Central’s travelogue series Insomniac with Dave Attell. Named one of Entertainment Weekly Magazine’s 25 Funniest People in America, Attell will be sure to get you chuckling. For 18 and older.

Family friendly giggling with a Southern dinner menu can be found at the IMPROV CHARLOTTE Comedy show at Upstage in Charlotte’s popular art district of NoDa. This most touted improve comedy troupe will perform their monthly comedy show on Friday, August 1. All ticket proceeds go to charity.

The Duke Energy Theater is offering some guffaws for mature audiences through August 2 with the funny “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight”. The award winning farce is soon to be launched nationally as a television series. This entertaining bedroom comedy is best suited for mature audiences.

The Charlotte Comedy Theater offers an ensemble of comedians ready and willing to take on the hilarious unpredictability of improvised scenes and games. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night 8-9:30pm .

The always outstanding Funny or Die Oddball and Curiosity Festival has one of the best line ups of comedians offered at one venue. The PNC Music Pavilion will be hosting the comedy festival on Saturday, August 9 at 5:00pm. Scheduled to perform are: Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and more! The laughs will be nonstop!

The Levine Center: Knight Theater will host comedian Anjelah Johnson Live on Friday, August 15. This beautiful and hilarious Mexican Native American comedic actress will have you rolling in the aisle! Most famous for her characters on the MADtv sketch comedy series and making one of the most successful, viral comedy videos “Nail Salon”, Johnson’s stand-up routine is riotous!

Summertime is giggle time in Charlotte! The Queen City’s Southern summer is sizzling with sidesplitting stand up!

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BEAUTIFUL, BUSTLING BALLANTYNE IS NATIONALLY NEWSWORTHY July 11, 2014

 

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Ballantyne is a not only locally regarded as a wonderful place to live; recently, the 28277 zip code was nationally recognized as the Number 2 Most Moved-into Zip Code in the Country!

Welcomemat Services, a company that provides information to local businesses seeking to reach new residents with direct-mail packets, recently released a report revealing that the Ballantyne, specifically the 28277 area, had 594 move-ins from May 4 to May 31. Charlotte’s University Area ranked 6th in the country.

Welcomemat was originally founded in Ballantyne Corporate Park in 2003!

Ballantyne Corporate Park is one of the many reasons that this booming area of South Charlotte is so popular.

Ballantyne Corporate Park is a 535-acre office and business community. Beautifully designed by principal developer Bissell Companies, Ballantyne Corporate Park is home to multiple global, national and local headquarter operations, including Insurance giant MetLife. Surrounded by parks, restaurants, bike paths and neighborhoods, Ballantyne Corporate Park is nestled in as part of the Ballantyne community.

Ballantyne residents, both new and long immersed, are not surprised at the new ranking.

Ballantyne enjoys being known as an area to live, work and to play; often described as an Edge City. The South Charlotte Area, which includes Ballantyne, is highly respected, with 12 excellent public schools and a large selection of private school options. Being an Edge City not on a body of water, Ballantyne residents enjoy a full 360-degree choice of travel with the convenience of easy access to the 485 outer loop.

Proximity to Uptown, local hospitals, restaurants, shopping, greenways and schools creates a suburb that allows families the peace of tree-lined neighborhoods without giving up travel convenience to other bustling business and entertainment areas of the city.

There are over 30 restaurants at the main Ballantyne intersection and over 200 restaurants and retail stores within driving distance. Ballantyne is pedestrian and bike friendly, welcoming everyone out into the lovely Southern sunshine!

Ballantyne’s mid to high-range beautiful houses, townhomes and abundance of apartments are a fit for all life styles!

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CHARLOTTE SPLASHES INTO SUMMER July 2, 2014

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Charlotte is splashing into the lazy, hazy, beautiful days of a Southern summer!

A variety of water worlds and water activities are available within the Charlotte area ready to keep the entire family cool!

The U.S. Whitewater Center is the world’s largest manmade river! Rafting for all levels and flat-water activities, like kayaking and paddle boarding in the Catawba River, are great ways to involve the entire family in water activities. The Carolina summer breezes are available for landlubbers, including canopy tours, hiking, biking and zip lining.

The Great Wolf Lodge has plenty of splash room in its 80,000ft, comfortable 84-degree indoor water park! Approximately 30 minutes from Charlotte, this kid- coveted, magical destination includes thrilling slides for the adventure seekers and a zero-depth entry for the younger children and toddlers. Magiquest for battling dragons and Scoops Kid Spa for an ice cream-themed manicure are available for the water logged.

Ray’s Splash Planet is conveniently located in Charlotte’s fun Uptown! Ray’s offers a variety of water activities including the Vortex, a quick-current pool, and a three-story water slide. A lazy river, lap lanes for swimming and water sports round off the fun.

Carowind’s is a theme park destination for all thrill seekers! After all the roller coaster turbulence, riders can seek out the refreshing Boomerang Bay! This 60,000-gallon wave pool is for all ages and includes towering water slides and a lazy river.

Lake Norman is 520 miles of lake lover’s fun! Rent a boat or Jet Ski and cruise the water! Lake access is readily available, especially convenient through Lake Norman State Park, which allows fishing and a small beach for swimmers.

Lake Wylie is a manmade lake that can boast being in North AND South Carolina! Lake Wylie has 325 miles of shoreline, offering boating, fishing and swimming. Boat rentals are available. Anchor in one of the many coves and enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family!

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the summertime! Enjoy the sunshine and beauty of a Charlotte summer by beating the heat in the many water activities available in the Queen City!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES JULY 4TH, 2014! June 21, 2014

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Charlotte is celebrating 4th of July with fireworks and family fun!

News Talk 1110 and 107.9 The Link’s SkyShow 2014 with the Charlotte Knights returns to Uptown Charlotte at the BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint Street for the best fireworks display in the Southeast! SkyShow is the Southeast’s largest fireworks display! Stadium gates open 5:00 p.m. The Skyshow Street Party runs 3-7 and will have live music, balloon artist, food and games for the entire family! The game begins at 7:05. After the watching the Charlotte Knights play ball, enjoy the fireworks display and make sure to stick around to honor our Veterans and Military Personnel at the patriotic flag ceremony.

Skyshow fireworks can be seen from several locales near Uptown Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg County Courthouse parking deck at 832 E 4th Street offers great night viewing. The deck has an outdoor plaza with benches, tables and chairs.704 686-0400

Another parking deck viewing point is Crown Plaza Parking Deck at 201 S. McDowell Street.

Thompson Park at 1129 E. 3rd Street is 3.3 acres and is close to the fireworks. The entrance is off of East 3rd Street between South Kings drive and the exit ramp of I-277. Charmeck.org

Loft 1523 offers one of the best views for Queen city fireworks from its balcony. Loft is a nightclub and is a grown-up venue. Uptown chic attire is expected. Loft1523.com

 

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is offering family fun at its 4th of July Festival. Live music and fireworks will be available July 3-4, 3:30-10pm at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

The Charlotte Symphony will be performing a special July 4th musical evening! Summer Pops musical theme is Celebrating America and will be 8:15 p.m. at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.

Athletes can celebrate freedom at the July 4 Spectacular 4 Miler presented by Toast Café. The family festival and 4-mile race finish will take place in the Dilworth neighborhood at Toast Café, 2400 Park Road in Charlotte. The run begins at 7:30a.m.

Get a jump on July 4 by participating in The Charlotte Firecracker 5k and Fun Run on July 3, 2014. The run loops around the Olde Providence neighborhood in South Charlotte. The 5k will finish at the Windyrush Country Club where family can enjoy swimming, music, food and drinks.

The entire family will have an action packed day on July 4 at Carowinds! On July 4-5 free park admission for ally active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women will be given with a valid military I.D. Carowinds Thrill Zone will be the place to be for the fireworks extravaganza Nights of Fire in the skies above Carowinds!

Southern hospitality blasts in with patriotic family fun throughout the Charlotte area! Gather your family and friends and celebrate freedom in the Queen City!

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CHARLOTTE TOP TEN GOLF COURSES FOR TOP DADS June 8, 2014

 

 

 

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Charlotte men and women have long enjoyed the pleasures of a fantastic game of golf on fantastic courses!

Charlotte offers many pristine private and public courses for the devoted golfer with nothing but serious intentions and many more casual courses for fun golfing excursions.

Top ten courses in the Charlotte area can be divided into public and private courses.

South Charlotte offers The Golf Club at Ballantyne as a wonderful public course serving golf enthusiasts of all skill levels. The Golf Club is a favorite PGA, 6,740 yard, par 71, championship course offering a challenging, fair course with water features. The country club setting appeals to those wanting a higher end course.

Carolina Lakes Golf Club is a newer addition to the Charlotte public golf scene. The Carolina Lakes is just minutes from the Ballantyne area in the beautiful Sun City Community. The course is a 7,024-yard, par 72-championship course. The course maintains a G2Bent Grass greens and Bermuda fairways and was nominated for Golf Digests Best New courses.

Also just minutes from Ballantyne, in the quaint town of Fort Mill is Springfield Golf Club. The 6,906-yard, par 72 public golf course is considered a beautiful course with hills, woods, and streams.

Deer Brook Golf Course is a 6,950-yard, par 72 public course in Shelby. Deer Brook is considered well worth the 40-minute drive from Charlotte, with very accommodating staff and excellent greens.

Olde Sycamore in Southeast Charlotte is a 6,965-yard, par 72, and semi private course. Nestled among beautiful Carolina pines, this is public course is one of Charlotte’s more well maintained, challenging courses. Oldesycamoregolf.com

Private courses in Charlotte are world renown! From the famous Quail Hollow to the Myers Park Country Club, the Queen City reigns in golf.

Quail Hollow, host to the Wells Fargo Championship, is the most well known of Charlotte’s premier private golf courses. Quail Hollow is a 7,114-yard, par 72 course. It is a private equity facility with “ Accompanied By Member” guest policy.

Ballantyne Country Club Golf Course is a private, member owned club. The course is designed for all skill levels 7,034 yard, and par 72. Residency within the community is not required for membership and is open to the entire Charlotte area. Ballantyneclub.com

Piper Glen Country Club is a private, non-equity course. The beautiful course, designed by Arnold Palmer is a 6,883-yard, par 72 course located in South Charlotte.

Myers Park Country Club is a traditional, private country club owned by its members. Myers Park Golf Course features a 7,120-yard, par 71 course. Considered a tight course, there are water hazards in play on five holes. A member must accompany guests.

Charlotte Country Club is located in the historic Plaza-Midwood area, just three miles from Uptown Charlotte. The golf course is 7,355yard, par71 Donald Ross course. The course is considered the oldest and most elite of all the private clubs in Charlotte. Founded in 1910 and restored in 2009, the beautiful course remains one of the most sought after memberships in Charlotte.

Charlotte’s beautiful weather only compliments the Queen City as the Southern golfers destination! We can’t help but offer Southern Charm on and off the green. This Father’s Day, treat dad to a golfing excursion under Carolina blue skies!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES MOM! May 6, 2014

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Mother’s Day in the Queen City is a day of royal treatment for every mom! Finding a way to celebrate your special outdoorsy mom, elegant mom or musical mom is easy in Charlotte!

A touch of class for the elegant mommy can be found at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. A Mother’s Day Tea will be served on Saturday, May 10th. Tea sandwiches and sweets can be enjoyed in the main lobby. On Sunday, May 11th, families can enjoy a savory selection at a Mother’s Day Brunch, 11am-3pm. Seasonal entrées and live entertainment will be sure to please mom!

The beautiful and historic Morehead Inn offers a gracious setting with fine antiques: a perfect setting for your sophisticated mom! The brunch buffet will include soufflés, seafood, carved ham and turkey. Extraordinary fresh pastries, baked on-site, will be a yummy way to end a delicious meal!

Toscana Ristorante in the sophisticated Southpark area of Charlotte will host a Mother’s Day authentic Tuscan three-course cuisine. The menu includes appetizer platters to share, a second course including everything from classic benedict to veal saltimbocca and ending with a selection of Italian mignon. A children’s menu is available for the little ones celebrating mommy.

You can celebrate with your musical mom at several foot stomping venues throughout the Queen City! Rocker moms will enjoy a Pink Floyd tribute show by Brit Floyd. Considered the most authentic tribute to the incomparable world of music that is Pink Floyd, a Brit Floyd concert will happily take mom down memory lane. The music starts at 8 pm on May 10th at Ovens Auditorium. If Folk Rock is more your mom’s style, treat her to a folksy evening with Paul Ellis. Ellis will be performing at the Evening Muse on Sunday, May 11th at 8 pm.                                                                                                                                                                                         A very eclectic, folk inspired musical evening with Susan Vega will be at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Vega’s hushed tones and beautiful lyrics will give mom a tranquil evening of fun.                                                                                                                       A spiritually inspired musical afternoon on Mothers Day can be found at Christ Episcopal Church. Tom Burgie, trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform with Rob Ridgell, director of Music and the Arts. English High Tea will follow in the Blue Room. The concert will begin at 3pm on Sunday, May 11th.

Flowers are always a must for moms who love their gardens! Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful afternoon for families! Moms will receive a free potted plant on May 10-11! Families can stroll through the magnificent garden filled with amazing plants and fountains. Pre order a picnic basket lunch to enjoy and don’t forget to visit the Orchid Conservatory and capture the moment with Greg Briley photographers! Wing Haven 20th Annual Gardeners Tour will be held on May 10th, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, May 11th, 1:00-5:00pm. Each stop, at seven private gardens, as well as Wing Haven, promises to embrace Charlotte’s rich growing seasons.

Charlotte celebrates all moms with amazing meals, terrific music and beautiful gardens! Indoors or out, the Queen City is the place to royally treat your family’s Queen!

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CHARLOTTE CHARITY RUNS INTO SPRING April 28, 2014

Screen shot 2012-05-22 at 5.14.41 PM Charlotte’s wonderful weather is a must for active families seeking outdoor fun! Runners especially appreciate the safe and beautiful environment the Queen City offers.

Spring is beckoning all Charlotteans out of doors, filling every greenway, sidewalk and park with people happily jogging, sprinting and walking. Runners and active families have many opportunities in the wonderful days of May to enjoy their athletic pursuits and raise money for local charities.

On May 3rd, the always ridiculous and fun 5K Foam Fest will be held at Hodges Farm at 3900 Rocky River Road East. Foam Fest is a delightfully messy mud run with obstacles sure to challenge! Foam, mud and water are a part of the obstacles. The fun supports A Child’s Hope Foundation. The foundation provides housing and basic necessities to orphaned children in developing countries.

Also on May 3rd, TrySports May Day 5k will offer all ages and skill levels a 5k race, 1mile run/walk and a kid’s dash. Promoting healthy lifestyles for families and community in a great way at Morrison Place in the Southpark area of Charlotte.

 Lozilu Women’s Mud Run will be held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 10th. This muddy obstacle course is a great girlfriend adventure that will benefit young patients suffering with leukemia and lymphoma. Crafted from the natural terrain, the obstacle courses are designed to be accessible for a variety of fitness levels.

Big View 5k will begin and end at Big View Restaurant, 16637 Lancaster Highway in Ballantyne on May 10th. 100% of the net proceeds from the run will go school pantries in Charlotte. Post race, participants can enjoy a Farmer’s Market showcasing seasonal fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations and live music.

The Charlotte Lung Cancer Initiative Run, Walk and Rally will be on May 17th at Park Road Park in South Charlotte. Benefits will support the mission with research, awareness and education for those affected by lung cancer in North Carolina.

 Grey Matters 5k Trail Run/Walk benefits the Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas, a local nonprofit. On May 24th, at Reedy Creek Park, families, teams and jogging stroller are all welcome to join the fundraising fun!

The Queen City is bursting with spring sunshine calling everyone to run and walk in the great outdoors while helping out people in need. Join in on the fun and support your charity of choice!

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