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THE QUEEN CITY CELEBRATES DADS May 31, 2013

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Charlotte loves her Dads! This Father’s Day, the Queen City offers families a variety of celebration destinations, one sure to suit YOUR dad!

Dads who find nothing more pleasurable than being served a delicious meal, will be excited to be pampered at one of charlotte’s premiere restaurants!

Red Rock’s Café in South Charlotte offers a delicious Prime Rib Buffet. The Father’s Day munching begins at 10:00 am at 4223 Providence Road in the lovely Southpark area.

Miro Spanish Grille in the cosmopolitan Ballantyne neighborhood is a wonderful dining experience sure to please the dad who has a more exotic palate. Miro offers a Latin/Mediterranean fare at 7804 Rea Road.

Villa Antonio is a favorite restaurant that satisfies even the most discerning Italian appetite! Located in the Ballantyne Village, families can enjoy a Sunday all-you-can-eat buffet, or a wonderful dining experience on the patio featuring a lighted water fountain. Listen to live music Tuesday-Saturday.

The adorable Ballantyne Village also offers a more casual fare to celebrate fathers Day at the fun and festive Mellow Mushroom. The calzones, sandwiches and pizza are all delicious and the family-friendly atmosphere means dad can relax with the kids.

Another causal and fun eatery for the entire family to enjoy is BT Burger Joint in the Promenade on Providence Shopping center in South Charlotte. The fried pickles and sweet potato fries score high with the Burger and Fries Dad! Top off your Father’s Day celebration with a home-style, thick and yummy milkshake!

If outdoor eating is a family tradition, The VanLandingham Estate is having a Brew’n Q Lawn Party on Sunday, June 16th. Dads and families can enjoy tasty BBQ, local brews and live music in an elegant atmosphere. The event will be held on the lawn and is a dog-friendly event! Live Music will be provided, featuring Nita B and the Swinging Soiree. Join the fun in Charlotte’s historic Plaza Midwood neighborhood!

Dad’s who want to relax with the family and enjoy Charlotte’s famous beautiful weather, will be excited to have fun in the great outdoors!

Enjoy an American past time on Father’s Day with the Charlotte Knights!  Charlotte’s baseball team will be playing the Columbus Clippers on June 16th. Kids can run the bases and play catch with Dad on the field! Enjoy the game at stadium still located at 2280 Deerfield Drive in Fort Mill, while Charlottean’s wait with bated breath for the new stadium to be completed in Uptown Charlotte.

Classical Dads can enjoy the Summer Pops in the Park at Symphony Park. Prelude starts at 7:00 pm with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and A SUMMER POPS FANTASIA begins at 8:15pm. The kids will recognize DUKAS-The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. All Dads are free on Father’s Day with purchase of one full price ticket, and kids under 18 are free.

Dads wanting to enjoy the Carolina blue skies near water can choose from several favorite fishing spots!

 Fishing action can be found at Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Mountain Island Lake and one of many Union Lakes. Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman offers a fishing pier and 43.7 acres of Waterfront Park for the kids to run around and enjoy. Ramsey Creek Park is located at 18441 Nantz Road. McDowell Nature Center and Preserve offers fishing and camping fun. McDowell is locate at 15222 York Road.

Charlotte is a great place to celebrate Dads on Father’s Day!  Show your love by eating a delicious meal at one of many fine restaurants, enjoying toe-tapping music at concerts or bask in the wonderful Carolina sunshine in the great outdoors!

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CHARLOTTE FAMILIES SALUTE THE TROOPS ON MEMORIAL DAY May 22, 2013

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Charlotte honors our military and their families with family celebrations throughout the Queen City! Spending time with families and understanding the sacrifices made by our military men and women is an annual Queen City Memorial Day tradition!

Running on sneakers or speeding on four wheels, Charlotte loves a great race! Memorial Day offers opportunities to race in the Queen City while supporting our troops!

The U.S. National Whitewater Center celebrates Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26th!  Start your day with a 5-mile and 8-mile trail races.  Food and beverages, live music with Bonerama and an evening of spectacular fireworks to honor our troops wraps up the family fun.

Tega Cay  will host a Memorial Day 5k run and mile-long Family Walk on Monday, May 27th. The activities benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Veterans of York County. A ceremony to honor and remember our fallen troops will be held at the Living Memorial Garden at 11:55 a.m.

The annual Coca-Cola 600 is a wonderfully patriotic and exciting way to spend Memorial Day. Thousands of troops and their families will be in attendance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to watch the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  A patriotic pre-race salute to the U.S. Armed Forces will include an air parade with ten vintage war planes a patriotic fly over and an American Bald Eagle soaring overhead during the National Anthem.  Families can start the weekend early on Friday, May 24th with country music star Trace Adkins and the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk.  Take a walk with Tony Stewart, Danny Hamlin and Darrell Wallace

The Charlotte Knights will have a Military Appreciation Night on Monday, May 27th. The Knights will wear special jerseys in custom digital camouflage commemorating men and women of the military. Baseball is an all American, great way to spend Memorial Day with the family!

Novant Health Memorial Day Ceremony will solemnly honor those who have provided military service to our country on Thursday, May 31 at 1:00 pm, 200 Hawthorne Road in Charlotte. Special tributes and comments from veterans and guests will take place.

A Memorial Day Ceremony presented by the Mecklenburg County Veterans and Matthews American Legion will honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have lost their lives while serving our Nation. A salute and special tribute to vereans and POW/MIAs will be a part of the ceremony at Stumptown Park.

For those Veterans seeking artistic expression, the Matthews Community Center will offer free art classes! ART for VETERANS offers a series of free painting and drawing classes as a small thank you to Veterans for their service. Art classes, supplies and membership to the Matthews Artists Guild will be gifted.

Charlotte appreciates families and freedoms in the Queen City! We thank all our troops for the many freedoms made possible through their sacrifices!

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CHARLOTTE WELCOMES ALL GOLF ENTHUSIASTS May 3, 2013

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Charlotte is now humming  spring’s symphonic sounds, sprinkled with just a whisper of pending summer breezes!  Included in the melodies of song birds, children giggling in backyards and the outdoor concerts of The Charlotte Symphony and local bands; is the unmistakable sound of a well-hit golf ball!

Golf is very popular in Charlotte and both private and public courses are sprinkled throughout the Charlotte area.

Some favorite private courses in Charlotte include:

Quail Hollow Club has hosted the PGA Tour in Charlotte each year for the past eleven years, during the first week in May. This prestigious event will be April 29-May 5 in 2013. Quail Hollow Country Club Course and the Clubhouse are located at 3700 Gleneagles Road in Charlotte. Quail Hollow Club has what is considered by many to be one of the finest courses in the southeastern United States. The Quail Hollow layout features numerous bunkers and tree-lined fairways to provide a truly challenging round.  The course features 7,114 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.9 and it has a slope rating of 139.

Piper Glen Golf Course opened in 1989 and is Arnold Palmer designed.  The course features a par 72, 6,853 yard course. Located a 4300 Piper Glenn Drive in the lovely Ballantyne area, Piper Glen is a private course.

Ballantyne Golf Course   is a member only course; located at 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave.
Tee times can be made up to 30 days in advance online or 10 days in advance by calling the golf pro shop. Driving range and putting greens are available to the public and guests. Located just down the road is the The Ballantyne Resort Golf is a public course offering year-round play. It is a championship PGA course located at 1000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. It is an 18-hole, par 71 course.The Ballantyne Spa and Resort offers beautiful rooms, delicious meals and luxurious spa treatments as a way to end your golf experience.

Charlotte Country Club was founded in 1910 and is located four miles east of bustling uptown Charlotte, in the historic Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. The yardage is 7,335 yards with a 75.9 rating and 146 slope. Charlotte Country Club permits up to six member-sponsored Golf Outings each year.

Carmel Country Club offers members two championship 18-hole courses on 384 acres of landscape. North and South 18-hole courses offer wonderfully different golfing experiences. The club is located at 4735 Carmel Road.

Public Courses are also located throughout South Charlotte, offering a great golfing experience for all!

Some favorite public courses in Charlotte are:

Carolina Lakes Golf Course is a public course located just minutes from the South Charlotte/Ballantyne area. Carolina Lakes Golf club is considered challenging, but fair par 72m 7,024 yard course.

Springfield Golf Club is located in Fort Mill. The Clyde Johnston design is surrounded by trees and is a hilly site. It is a 6,906 yard, par 72 course.

The Golf Links is located at 11500 Providence Road and is considered great for the bargain-hunting golfer.  The course has 6.700 yards of golf, par 71. It is a 18 hole, regulation length course.

Yes, the resounding “thwack!” of golf balls well hit is a true sound of another beautiful spring and summer in Charlotte!   And if YOU would like to live in a Charlotte Golf Course community, call us – there are plenty of wonderful properties currently FOR SALE!  704-541-2500.

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