Win cash at Discover Mint Hill
The fifth annual Discover Mint Hill Festival Saturday, April 21 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 at the historic village, “make it and take it” pottery from Pottery 51, display art and drama presentations from Mint Hill Arts, face painting 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.
Learn about the Duke mansion
Mark your calendars for the next Matthews Historical Foundation community meeting, Tuesday, April 24.
Participants will learn about the Duke mansion and family as well as their “100 years of History and Legacy in the Carolinas.” The program at the Massey Clark House, 232 N. Trade St. in Matthews, will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the talk at 7 p.m.
The event is free to foundation members and $3 for guests.
Charlotte Symphony announces KnightSounds lineup
The Charlotte Symphony recently announced the four concerts that will make up the 2012-13 KnightSounds season.
The season opens Sept. 28 with The Power of the Song, a performance that pays tribute to the art of song and “its powerful influence on orchestral music and our everyday lives, from Gregorian chant and Mozart to Leonard Bernstein and John Lennon,” according to a news release from the symphony. This season’s other performances are: Ballroom!, Pop-Up Opera and American Music Masters and Pioneers.
KnightSounds concerts differ from the usual experience at the symphony in that the performances are shorter and use more “visually arresting” staging, lighting and decor. The programs are thematic, multi-cultural and include other artistic disciplines.
Find more information on the series by calling 704-972-2000, or at the symphony’s website, www.charlottesymphony.org.
CPCC to host ‘Dances of India’
The community-outreach initiative “Dances of India” is coming to Central Piedmont Community College next month.
Dr. Maha Gingrich, an internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer and assistant to the public information officer at the school, is one of the more than 30 dancers who will perform a series of traditional Indian temple dances. The rhythmic dance style tells the story of ancient India through lyrical movement and music.
The event has sold out each performance for the past 10 years. It includes numerous district dance styles performed to live music.
The event is April 28 at 4 p.m. at the school’s Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Find more on the event at the school’s event website, http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/dances_of_india.
Construction started on Romare Bearden Park
J.D. Goodrum Company, based in Cornelius, announced recently it had broken ground on Charlotte’s Romare Bearden Park.
The park will be located on 5 acres at 300 Church St. in uptown Charlotte. It will have two gathering lawns capable of hosting events; the Childhood Muse Plaza, featuring an interactive fountain and public art; multiple gathering spaces; and gardens.
Romare Bearden, a renowned artist, was born in Charlotte in 1912. The city recently celebrated his career with a number of events. The park in his honor should be completed in 2013.
Spring Farmers’ Market opens April 7
The Matthews Community Farmers’ Market will begin its 21st year when it regular season market opens on Saturday, April 7 from 7:15 a.m. to noon.
Opening day activities at the market, 188 N. Trade St., will feature a cooking demonstration by Marc Jacksina, executive chef of Halcyon: Flavors From The Earth, live music and a cookbook swap.
The market runs every Saturday through November from 7:15 a.m. to noon.
For more information, visit www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com.