Read Charlotte warns of summer learning loss
CHARLOTTE – Read Charlotte aims to keep reading top of mind for families across Charlotte-Mecklenburg this summer with its inaugural #SummerReadingCLT campaign.
More than half of the reading gaps of ninth-graders can be explained by summer learning loss during elementary school, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
“Research shows that learning all year long is critical for student achievement,” said Read Charlotte Executive Director Munro Richardson. “Students who don’t keep reading over summer break can fall one or more months behind, while their classmates who continue reading move further ahead. It’s alarming data but together, this community can empower families with the tools they need to keep kids reading and learning throughout the summer.”
At SummerReadingCLT.org, families can find helpful hints and new ideas to keep kids interested and engaged in reading, as well as links to free community programs and access to resources.
Firm collects used cellphones
CHARLOTTE – Antonich & Associates holds its annual Memorial Day cell phone drive for Cell Phones For Soldiers.
The firm collects gently used cell phones for the national nonprofit. The nonprofit uses proceeds from recycling the phones to buy prepaid phone cards for military families.
Drop off cell phones 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through May 24, at Ameriprise Financial, 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, suite 302.
Visit www.markantonich.com for details.
Art contest finalists include Providence Day student
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-9) announced finalists in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, which included a student at a Providence Day School.
Freshman Avery Nelson was among six finalists for her graphite art, “The Lost Loggerhead.”
Artwork by Nelson and two others were selected as finalists with input from the community via a competition on Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page. Nearly 40,000 people viewed the artwork.
Visit www.Facebook.com/CongressmanPittenger to view finalists.
Moore places fourth in tourney
SALISBURY – Patty Moore, of Charlotte, finished fourth in the Carolinas Golf Association’s 15th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur Championship on May 1 at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Moore shot 171 over two rounds, five higher than winner Pat Brogden of Garner.
With this win, her fifth in the event, Brogden now holds the most North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur titles, breaking a tie at four wins with Moore.
“Anytime you’re the only of something it’s certainly special,” said Brogden. “It may only last a year, but I’m going to enjoy it.”
5K run takes bad prom theme
CHARLOTTE – Carolinas CARE Partnership will host the Carolinas CARE Bad Prom 5K Run.
Carolinas CARE Partnership is a nonprofit that provides housing, medical case management, access to care and supportive services for people living with HIV.
The event takes place 8 to 10 a.m. June 2 at McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road. Runners will receive free T-shirts and a medal. There will be water station and bad prom backdrops at every mile for selfies.
Early registration costs $25 by May 15 and $30 after. Register at www.carolinascare.org.
Nicholson earns degree
HAYS, Kan. – Jennifer Nicholson, of Charlotte, was among 840 who completed associate, bachelor’s or graduate degrees during the fall semester at Fort Hays State University.
Nicholson earned a master’s degree in business administration (marketing).
Belk College Weekend gets country kickoff
CHARLOTTE – The West Virginia University Mountaineers and University of Tennessee Volunteers are set to open their seasons at the Belk College Kickoff on Sept. 1 at Bank of America Stadium.
In celebration of the event, Brad Paisley with special guests Kane Brown and Davisson Brothers Band perform Aug. 31 at the Inaugural Belk College Kickoff Tailgate Concert.
Brad Paisley and Davisson Brothers Band are from West Virginia. Kane Brown is from Tennessee.
“The Inaugural Belk College Kickoff Tailgate Concert is a great opportunity for the people of Charlotte and out-of-town fans to come together and get ready to cheer on their teams at the Belk College Kickoff,” said Bob Durkin of Southern Entertainment Group. “It’s sure to be a good time and an awesome show.”
Tickets for the kickoff concert go on sale at 8 a.m. May 9. Buy them at https://BelkTailgateConcert.eventbrite.com.
The concert takes place Aug. 31 at the American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1218 Armory Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton celebrates moms with package
CHARLOTTE – The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will offer a Mother’s Day weekend package that’s “All About Mom” throughout May.
Pampered mothers will spend the weekend in an executive suite reveling in spa treatments, chocolate delights and champagne. They will even create their own wine blend tailored to their palate under the guidance of the hotel’s wine expert.
The special is priced from $1,099 per room, per night. The hotel is located at 201 E. Trade St.
Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte, call 800-241-3333 for details.
Duckworth’s adds new plant burger to menu
CHARLOTTE – Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse has added The Impossible Burger to its permanent menu.
The plant-based burger from Impossible Foods was a well-received test feature offered in April. Duckworth’s Kitchen sold hundreds of the item.
“When developing the new craft burger line for Duckworth’s Kitchen, we knew we wanted to test out a vegetarian patty option for our guests to see how it would be received,” owner Rob Duckworth said. “We found the Impossible Burger, and we were immediately impressed how the patty looked, cooked and tasted just like real ground beef but was made entirely from plants.”
The restaurant has introduced a fried cauliflower appetizer as its test item for May. The fresh cauliflower is flash-fried then tossed in either Sweet Thai Chili or Sweet n’ Bold Gold sauce.
Visit www.parkroad.duckworths.com for details.