East Charlotte along the Central Avenue corridor, Independence Boulevard and Hickory Grove Road

 

Webop Jazz for Preschoolers (3-5 years old) presented by JazzArts Charlotte

When: Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
Where: Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 North Idlewild Road, Charlotte NC 28227)

Swing, stomp, and sing with your little ones in this interactive introduction to jazz program for preschoolers and caregivers. JazzArts Charlotte is thrilled to introduce WeBop®, an award-winning early-childhood jazz education program to Charlotte, NC! Developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center in conjunction with Columbia University, WeBop® is an early childhood education program designed for children ages three to five years old. In these 45- minute weekly classes, both the child and caregiver are invited to stomp, strut and swing to the joyous rhythms of jazz, as they learn about its core concepts, instruments and great performers.  Registration required. Space is limited!


Healing Hands Chamber Orchestra Concert presented by Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

When: November 12, 2019 (10:30 a.m.)
Where: Methodist Home Recreation/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Join us for a free Healing Hands performance at Methodist Home Recreation Center. Led by Christopher James Lees, conductor.


Healing Hands Trio presented by Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

When: Various, see below.
Where: Various, see below.

Join us for a free performance by a trio of Charlotte Symphony musicians.

February 26 & June 10, 2020 (11:00 a.m.) | Methodist Home Recreation/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

December 9, 2019 & February 20, 2020 (11:00 a.m.) | Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)


NC Roots Music Series by Music Maker Relief Foundation

When: Various Dates, See Below (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

This series brings free, live roots music to East Charlotte. Artists will end each performance with a discussion of their music and how our shared cultural heritage has influenced their work.

October 10 | Alexa Rose: As singer who has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that is pure and maintains the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.

November 14 | Pat “Mother Cohen” Blues: A Katrina survivor with 20 years’ experience of Bourbon Street performance, Pat Cohen is known for her incredible showmanship and infectious confidence During her performances, she unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music.

December 12 | Thomas Rhyant: Thomas Rhyant uses music to tell the stories of those who came before him, allowing people to not only understand, but emotionally connect with, history. With Sam Cooke’s style as a guide, Rhyant pursues his calling: making people happy by sharing the music he loves, and thereby keeping it alive.


Video Choreography Masterclass presented by BNS Productions

When: Tuesdays from Oct 15 – November 5, 2019 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Where: ​Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 North Idlewild Road, Charlotte NC 28227)

This funky, fun experience in modern dance and video routine is a 4 week class that takes place with Dance Instructor, Toi A.R. Johnson. Register here.


Visual Art and Music Community Experiences by Arts+

When: Various Dates, See Below (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Where: Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212)

Arts+ invites all community members to participate in a visual art workshop series with a different activity each workshop. Arts+ teaching artists will lead participants through various art projects and techniques. Live music will accompany the art-making experience throughout the workshop. These two-hour workshop experiences are intended for families and appropriate for all ages.

Classes take place on Saturdays, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

October 19, November 16, December 28, 2019

January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 6, 2020

For more information, contact Independence Regional Library at 704- 416-4800.


Teen Pottery Workshops presented by Clayworks

In this hour and a half long pottery workshop, our ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. These programs are designed to provide an opportunity to explore the material of clay and to learn different hand-building techniques. Projects created during a workshop will be brought back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to the workshop location for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Pre-registration is required for these classes.

When: October 2, 2019 & February 5 & June 3, 2020 (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)
Registration: To register call 704-416-4400.

When: October 25, November 22 & December 27, 2019 & January 24, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22 & June 26, 2020 (3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Where: Grier Heights Community Center (3100 Leroy St, Charlotte, NC 28205)
Registration: To register call 980-498-1487.

When: October 15, November 19 & December 17, 2019 & January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21 & May 19, 2020 (2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212)
Registration: To register call 704-416-4800.


Family Pottery Workshops presented by Clayworks

In this hour and a half long pottery workshop, our ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. These programs are designed to provide an opportunity to explore the material of clay and to learn different hand-building techniques. Projects created during a workshop will be brought back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to the workshop location for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Pre-registration is required for these classes. To register call 704-416-4800.

When: October 5, November 2, December 28, 2019 & January 4, March 14, April 25, May 23, June 6, 2020 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)
Registration: To register call 704-416-4400.

When: October 19, November 16, December 21, 2019 & January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, 2020 (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
Where: Grier Heights Community Center (3100 Leroy St, Charlotte, NC 28205)
Registration: To register call 980-498-1487.

When: December 30, 2019 (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212)
Registration: To register call 704-416-4800.


Senior/Adult Pottery Workshops presented by Clayworks

When: October 22, November 5 & December 3, 2019 & January 7, February 13, March 3, April 7, May 5, & June 18, 2020 (10:30 a.m – 12 p.m.)
Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

In this hour and a half long pottery workshop, our ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. These programs are designed to provide an opportunity to explore the material of clay and to learn different hand-building techniques. Registration Required, call 704-416-4400 to order.


African Drum Circle presented by Drums 4 Life

When: See below
Where: See below

Drums 4 Life presents an exciting African Drum Circle for people of all ages. Participants will learn about the rewards of African drumming and have a hands on experience drumming on different African instruments. Drums are provided for all participants.No prior experience is required.

Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 North Idlewild Road, Charlotte NC 28227) | October 26, December 28, 2019 & January 25, February 22, April 25, May 23, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Youth

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | All ages

 

Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212) | November 23, 2019 & March 28, June 27, 2020

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


¡Vamos a Leer! presented by Alexander Piñeres 

When: October 26 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Where: Latin American Coalition (4938 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205)

Join us for this bilingual story-time followed by music inspired arts and crafts. Must RSVP by calling (704) 531-3848

Fecha: 26 de octubre (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Lugar: Latin American Coalition (4938 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205)

Acompáñenos para cuentos bilingües seguido por manualidades. Gratis, pero debe llamar al (704) 531-3848


¡Vamos a Leer! presented by Alexander Piñeres 

When: November 23, 2019 & January 25, 2020  (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Join us for this bilingual story-time followed by music inspired arts and crafts. Must RSVP by calling (704) 416-4400

Fecha: 23 de noviembre, 2019 y 25 de enero, 2020 (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Lugar: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Acompáñenos para cuentos bilingües seguido por manualidades. Gratis, pero debe llamar al (704) 416-4400


Community Festival at Independence Regional Library presented by Arts+

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Where: Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212)

Arts+ welcomes East Charlotte community members to participate in a half-day community art festival this fall! We welcome all ages to engage in art activities, live music, and a cultural experience for all. Arts+ visual artists will lead a number of art activities, while a variety of musicians will perform throughout the event.


K-5 Pottery Workshops presented by Clayworks

When: November 18, 2019 & January 13, March 9 & May 11, 2020 (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212)

In this hour and a half long pottery workshop, our ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. These programs are designed to provide an opportunity to explore the material of clay and to learn different hand-building techniques. Projects created during a workshop will be brought back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to the workshop location for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. Pre-registration is required for these classes. To register call 704-416-4800.


Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ With the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions

When: Various. See Below.
Where: Various. See Below.

Jazzin’ & Bluzin is an hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a strut, if the music moves ya. You dig? More information here.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) | Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)
Thursday, March 5, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) | Grier Heights Community Center (3100 Leroy St, Charlotte, NC 28205)
Thursday, June 4, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) | Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)


Balloonacy presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 (11:30 a.m.)
Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

A single balloon lifts the spirits of a solitary man in this sweet story for preschoolers. A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a solitary old man, and suddenly his curmudgeonly life is interrupted. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can be found in the most unlikely of places. Recommended for preschoolers.

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