AutoFair to feature rocket ship car, other classics
CONCORD – The Euclid Beach Park Rocket Ship Car will serve as one of the attractions for the Pennzoil AutoFair on April 4 to 7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The motorized rocket ship car will share space with a Ghostbusters tribute car, a 60th-anniversary display of Chevrolet’s El Caminos, an exhibit of Bonneville Salt Flats racers and a handful of Ridler Award-winning custom machines.
The AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and 10,000 vendor spaces with automotive parts and memorabilia.
More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale around the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Children can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, games and entertainment in the Play Zone.
The event takes place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Single-day tickets cost $11 for adults. A four-day pass costs $32. Admission is free for children 13 and younger with an adult. Buy tickets at 800-455-3267 or www.charlottemo torspeedway.com.
Ardrey Kell student earns award at art show
MINT HILL – Athul Manju Vikas won third place in Mint Hill Arts’ 11th annual student art show.
Athul, who was taught by Teresa Elshoff at Ardrey Kell High School, received the honor March 1 for an untitled piece.
The show features 130 pieces of art from area schools – 77 from students in elementary and middle schools and 53 from high school students.
Work will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays, until March 28, at the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road.
Very Hungry Caterpillar to visit Grabbagreen
CHARLOTTE – Children and their families are invited to meet and have their picture taken March 30 with The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Grabbagreen’s Ballantyne location.
Readings of Eric Carle’s children’s book start at 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. at the restaurant, 3429 Toringdon Way. Grabbagreen will offer free smoothie samples during the event, which spans 10 to 11:30 a.m., along with its “Kids Eat Free” weekend special.
“This wonderful book not only teaches how caterpillars turn into butterflies, but also the value of healthy eating and a healthy diet,” said Jeff Adams, owner of Grabbagreen in Charlotte.
The quick-service restaurant specializes in great tasting, healthy food.
Providence UMC hosts chamber music concert
CHARLOTTE – The Providence Chamber Music Series continues with the “Dedicated Compositions” concert.
The concert features Krzysztof Penderecki’s Prelude for Solo Clarinet in B-flat (clarinetist Allan Rosenfeld) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50 (violinist Tatiana Karpova, pianist Tomoko Deguchi and cellist Oksana McKarthy).
The free concert starts at 7 p.m. March 24 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.
Visit www.providenceumc.org/music for details.
Residents among America’s best party hosts
AUSTIN, Texas – The Salonniere placed Charlotte residents Chandra Johnson and Laura Vinroot Poole on the 2019 Salonniere 100, a list of America’s 100 best party hosts.
They join the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Spanx founder Sara Blakely in the annual listing of exceptional party throwers.
“Social gatherings play a vital role in our lives and communities, whether to connect people, advance ideas, support causes, or promote joyfulness, and those who host them provide a great gift to humanity,” said Carla McDonald, editor of The Salonniere.
See the list at https://thesalonniere.com/salonniere-100-2019/.
Novel delves into near-death experiences
CHARLOTTE – Gareth Frank explores consciousness after death in his new novel, “The Moment Between.”
The psychological thriller brings death to life through the story of Dr. Hackett Metzger, a neurologist still recovering from his wife’s passing. He becomes involved in a medical study of near-death experiences and falls for a woman with a dangerous past.
Hackett, a likable and brilliant doctor, is also a bit awkward. He agrees to support the study even though his heart and mind tell him that death is final.
He’ll talk about his novel at 2 p.m. March 16 at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.
Children’s book sparks interest in animals, habitats
CHARLOTTE – Warren Publishing has released “When it Rains,” a 26-page book that teaches young readers how different animals stay dry in the rain.
After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, author Jay Spencer was in the woods, reflecting on its impact. The book’s inspiration came after it started raining and he sought cover under an oak tree.
“This story is vivid, fun and educational,” said Mindy Kuhn, president of Warren Publishing. “It will hook and engage toddlers and young children with rhyming and colorful pictures, while also educating them about animals and their habitats.”