Art sales to benefit Matthews HELP Center
Through the end of May, local artist Bonnie Brown Fergus will donate half of the sale price of her paintings to the nonprofit Matthews HELP Center for its upcoming expansion.
Some of her work is currently on display at Santé Restaurant, 165 N. Trade St., in downtown Matthews. Paintings range from $100 to $2,000. The donated amount is tax deductible.
For more information or to see all of the artwork for sale, visit www.bonniebrownfergus.com.
Don’t forget about Highland Games!
The eighth annual Mint Hill Highland Games runs Friday, May 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park on Fairview, 8850 Fairview Road in Mint Hill.
Organized by the Mint Hill Scottish Society, the festival boasts free admission this year and will include rugby exhibition games, border collie demonstrations, Scottish merchandise and food and, of course, athletic competitions for kids and adults. Attendees also will find the return of Steve Hughes and his falcons and goshawks birds of prey.
Pets or alcohol aren’t allowed.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.minthillhighlandgames.com.
Mint Hill announces May movies schedule
This year’s free “Movies on the Lawn” event in Mint Hill will feature four G-rated films.
The town will host free showings of a film each Friday night in front of town hall, 7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Road at dusk or about 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
The schedule of movies is:
• May 4: “Charlotte’s Web”
• May 11: “Black Beauty”
• May 18: “Babe the Gallant Pig”
• May 25: “An American Tale”
Mint Hill Farmers Market opens May 5
The Mint Hill Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, May 5 in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features locally-grown vegetables, plants, baked goods, crafts, demonstrations and live music. The village buildings will be open for touring. The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club has set up their antenna and will be communicating with radio operators in Italy during opening day.
The market runs every Saturday through September.
For more information, call 704 -573-0726 or visit www.minthillhistory.com.
Mint Hill Arts exhibit open May 11
The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts will host a free opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. May 11 for its next members show.
The non-themed exhibit at 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A, will include art in a variety of mediums. The reception is open to the public and will include free wine, soft drinks and appetizers.
For more information, call 980-226-5532.
Matthews Farmers’ Market hosts baking competition
The nonprofit Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, 188 N. Trade St., will host the “Wow Us With Your Best” baking competition Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m.
The event is open to any area resident. Baked goods will be judged on flavor, appearance and creativity. A panel of experts led by master baker and nationally-recognized author Chef Peter Reinhart of Johnson & Wales University will judge the entries. Other guest judges include Sam Stachon, executive pastry chef at the King’s Bakery, and food writer and cooking class instructor Heidi Billotto.
Market customers also will taste the judges’ favorites to determine the winner of a People’s Choice award. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers and the winner of the People’s Choice vote.
For more information including a registration form, call 704-821-6430 or visit www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com.
Queen’s Grant hosts art show
The public is invited to a free art show Thursday, May 10 at Queen’s Grant Community School, 6400 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill.
The charter school’s annual art show “Self Reflections” from 6 to 9 p.m. will showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, wire art, clay designs and more by its students.
Sycamore Commons announces summer music schedule
Matthews’ Sycamore Commons shopping center will again offer free, live music this summer.
The fifth annual Summer Concert Series will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning June 7, in the courtyard. Sycamore Commons is located off Matthews Township Parkway between U.S. 74 and Northeast Parkway.
The concert schedule includes:
• June 7, Underground Detour (classic rock)
• June 14, Jim Avett (country and gospel)
• June 21, Randy Franklin (acoustic rock)
• June 28, Pat and Steve, of the Spongetones, (British invasion pop)
• July 5, Dangerous Daze (alternative rock)
• July 12, Jim Garrett (country)
• July 19, Chuck Johnson (Americana)
• July 26, Popcorn Sippers (bluegrass)
• Aug. 2, The Cloers (acoustic pop)
• Aug. 9, Loose Lugnuts (honky tonk)
• Aug. 16, Mike Strauss Band (country blues)
• Aug. 23, Donna Duncan and Detour (blues rock)
• Aug. 30, James Deem and The Rebers (pop rock)
For more Information, call Randy at 704-724-2801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.