Free movies, concerts coming to Matthews
Matthews will kick-off its annual Summer Concert & Movie Series May 5 with a free showing of the PG-rated film “The Smurfs” at Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.
The movie will begin at about 8:30 p.m., with children’s craft activities beginning at 7 p.m. by KidzArt. All events during the series will be held at Stumptown Park and offer free admission. Concerts beging at 7 p.m. and movies at 8:30 p.m., with pre-movie activities beginning at 7 p.m.
Vendors will sell food and drinks. No pets allowed.
Three festivals April 21
There are three festivals planned for Saturday, April 21, between the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill.
You won’t want to miss these:
Earth Day Festival
Free raffles and recycling opportunities are among the highlights of this year’s Earth Day Festival in downtown Matthews.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., area residents will enjoy children’s activities, food and raffles. Festival goers can register for free to win donated prizes. Tickets for a quilt and table runner will be sold for $1 each or 6 for $5, with all proceeds to benefit the Matthews Naturally program.
Residents also can drop off “oddball” recyclables such as used batteries, cell phones, wine corks, ink cartridges, compact fluorescent bulbs, eyeglasses, fishing line and more at a booth manned by HAWK members. The Matthews Police Department will collect expired or unneeded medications as part of the national Operation Medicine Drop and Goodwill will collect computers and clothes. American Legion Post 235 representatives will collect soda can pull tabs to recycle as a fundraiser for Charlotte’s Ronald McDonald House. Shred-It will provide free onsite document shredding, too.
For more information about the festival, call 704-841-1372.
Discover Mint Hill
The fifth annual Discover Mint Hill Festival will give participants a chance to win one of five $100 prizes, courtesy of Monarch Mortgage, during a treasure hunt.
The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event in “Discovery Square,” the intersection of Bain School and Matthews-Mint Hill roads, will include activities and giveaways presented by community organizations, Civil War re-enactors and gold panning at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, “make it and take it” pottery from Pottery 51, display art and drama presentations from Mint Hill Arts, face painting, story time with Mint Hill Library staff and more.
One-hour historical tours of the Mint Hill area on a double-decker bus will be available for $3. A rain date has been set for Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.discoverminthill.org or call 704-573-0726.
Christ Our Shepherd Spring Fest
“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to Matthews nonprofit Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, 230 W. John St., for its annual spring fest and open house featuring guest appearances by “The Wizard of Oz” crew: Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion.
Children’s games, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, bake sale, raffles and a silent auction also will be available.
Tickets for children’s activities are 50 cents each or $15 for an individual pass or $25 for two passes for the same family. A free ticket will be given to those who bring two nonperishable food items. Child development center tours will be available.
Christ Our Shepherd provides financial, spiritual and educational assistance to area single parents and their children.
For more information, visit www.cosministries.org or call 704-845-4673.