East Charlotte Block

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

 

Culture Blocks Annual Community Gathering & Dinner

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019 (6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Where: Hindu Center of Charlotte (7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212)

Every year, ASC Culture Blocks hosts community meals to provide residents a space to gather with their neighbors, enjoy multicultural performances and share feedback on what arts, culture, science and heritage opportunities they would like to see happen in their community.

RSVP Required. Seats are limited.
Call 704-486-5055 or RSVP online: bit.ly/EastBlockMeal


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!


The Beauty of Science by Artisan Preparatory

When: December 3, December 11, December 19, 2019; January 8 & 16, 2020 (10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
Where: Methodist Home Recreation/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

This program allows participants to create artistic compounds made with natural ingredients. Artisans will teach the Science of making healthy-from nature, beauty compounds. The curriculum includes hands-on common folk-art design, a basic history of these beauty products and scientific conclusions. Participants will mix, measure and produce an all natural beauty product from the historical recipes and methods of the African American culture. More information here.


The Beauty of Science by Artisan Preparatory

When: Various Dates and Times, See Below
Where: Grier Heights Community Center (3100 Leroy St, Charlotte, NC 28205)

This program allows participants to create artistic compounds made with natural ingredients. Artisans will teach the Science of making healthy-from nature, beauty compounds. The curriculum includes hands-on common folk-art design, a basic history of these beauty products and scientific conclusions. Participants will mix, measure and produce an all natural beauty product from the historical recipes and methods of the African American culture. More information here.

December 5, 2019, January 9, 2020 (11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) | Adult and Senior program

December 11, 2019, January 15, 2020 (7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) | All ages


 

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.

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.


 

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.

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.


Afrobics Classes by Charlotte Ballet

When: Every Thursday, until June 23, 2020 (6:00 p.m.)
Where: Naomi Drenan Recreation Center (750 Beal St, Charlotte, NC 28211)

Afrobics is a full body, fun experience—a dance fitness class combining Afrofusion movement
to an African beat. For more information, contact Shannon Fraser sfraser@charlotteballet.org or call 704-414-2774.


Latin Dance Classes by Charlotte Ballet

When: Every Monday, until June 29, 2020 (6:00 p.m.)
Where: Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 North Idlewild Road, Charlotte NC 28227)

Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required. For more information, contact Shannon Fraser sfraser@charlotteballet.org or call 704-414-2774.


 

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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) | 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) | March 28, June 27, 2020

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


¡Vamos a Leer! presented by Alexander Piñeres 

When: 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


K-5 Pottery Workshops presented by Clayworks

When: 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.


 

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! by Kinetic Works Dance Company

When: April 8, 2020 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.)
Where: Aldersgate Retirement Community (3800 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Join us for this Active Learning Performance that integrates dance and choreography with Science, Math, Storytelling and World Cultures. Be prepared to be amazed and amused by choreography that demonstrates how we use math to create and perform dances, how our bodies work like simple and complex machines, how we can tell stories without talking and how diversity is expressed through dance. Appropriate for all audiences.

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