Northwest Block

Northwest Charlotte bordered by Rozzelles Ferry and Beatties Ford roads and Freedom Drive and State Street



African Diaspora Roots of Dance & Music presented by Moving Spirits

When: Various dates and times. See below.
Where: Tuckaseegee Recreation Center (4820 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban & African-American dances. Samba, samba-Afro, Samba-reggae movements inspired by the Orixas, Rumba, Palo, Ring shout & more! Youth classes from 11 a.m – 11:45 a.m. & adult classes from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

  • September 22 & 29
  • October 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • November 3 & 10


Steppin’ Into Health by Purple Charlotte Steppers

When: Every Tuesday (10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Come to this beginners dance workshop series! In this workshop series, participants will learn the fundamentals of Soul Line Dancing and America Style Ballroom. American Ballroom dancing is a smooth and graceful dance that combines Greystone, Hand Dance and Cha-Cha-Cha all in one dance. It is danced to R&B, jazz and neo-soul music. It is a partner dance (but a partner is not required for the class) American Ballroom also incorporates other dances, such as Salsa, Foxtrot, Rumba and Tango steps. For more information call 704-759-6412.


Project Harmony by Community School of the Arts

When: Every Wednesday and Thursday (5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: First Baptist Church West (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Is your rising first through second grader interested in learning to play an instrument? Do you live in the Oaklawn area? Join Project Harmony, a youth orchestra after school program! Learn rhythm, sing in a choir and play your favorite instrument! For more information email


Photo and Document Scanning Services at JCSU
When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday (6 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Where: Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

When: Every Saturday (3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Where: Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

The community is invited to bring old photographs and documents for scanning at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at the Beatties Ford Road branch. This is a partnership between Culture Blocks and JCSU Library to preserve and tell the history of the Beatties Ford Road Corridor. For more information contact Monika Rhue (Nooma), project manager at



Hands-on Clay presented by Clayworks
When: Various dates. See below.
Where: Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (440 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Join Clayworks for our monthly Hands on Clay workshop series. Our teaching artists will teach different clay techniques to create your own pottery that will last a lifetime. Lean how to roll, pinch, texturize, slip and score clay while creating different project each workshop. Each workshop is a different project, so you can come back again and again. Projects range from pitchers to mugs to wall hangings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be glazed and fired before being returned to the rec center for pickup.  Please allow one month for delivery. Free but you must pre-register by calling 980-314-1114.

  • September 29, Family Workshop, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • October 10, Senior Workshop, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • October 11, Family Workshop (All Ages), 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • October 27, Family Workshop (All Ages), 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • November 8, Family Workshop (All Ages), 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • November 14, Senior Workshop, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • December 12, Senior Workshop, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • December 13, Family Workshop (All Ages), 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


West End Community Cinema Series by Charlotte Black Film Festival
Short Film Showcase
When: Sunday, October 14 (1 p.m – 4:30 p.m)
Where: Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

Community Holiday Party & Film Screening
When: Thursday, December 6 (6 p.m – 8 p.m)
Where: Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (440 Wesley Heights Way Charlotte, NC 28208)

We will screen films that relate to the challenges happening in Charlotte –Mecklenburg and more specifically target the demographics located within the west corridor. These screenings are educational, entertaining, focused on community issues and help spark ideas on how the community can work together to increase neighborhood empowerment, community activism and cross culture engagement.


Sphinx Virtuosi

Sphinx Virtuosi Performance
When: Tuesday, October 16 (7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
Where: First Baptist Church – West (1801 Oaklawn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28216)

When: Wednesday, October 17 (7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
Where: Northwest School of the Arts (1415 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Enjoy a new take on classical music. Come experience Sphinx Virtuosi, an ensemble comprised of top alumni of the national Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players, as they host a community concert in Charlotte.


Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions
When: October 4, 2018 and April 4, 2019 (10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

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? Ages 55 and up.



Odd Tales by Cartage Theatre
When: November 1, 2018 (10:45 a.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Join Cartage Theatre for this live performance. Odd Tales is a performance of live original Audio drama’s, with live Sound Effects. Audio dramas are a dramatized, purely acoustic performance. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. Odd Tales is written by Charlotte Authors, and performed by Charlotte Actors, plus special musical guests.


Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
When: December 6, 2018 & May 2, 2019 (10:45 a.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.


Traveling Blue: Live Music from Latin America to New Orleans presented by Ana Lucia
When: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Where: Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

Live music from Latin America to New Orleans. Jazz singer Tenya Colemon and Latin American singer Ana Lucia Divins, accompanied by several musicians, will share together the songs that stir their souls. Un recorrido que incluye música tradicional Latinoamericana, así como blues y jazz de Mississippi. La cantante de jazz Tenya Colemon y la cantante Latina Ana Lucia Divins compartirán canciones tradicionales que las acercan a sus raíces.


The Beauty of Science Presented by Artisan Preparatory
When: February 7, 2019 (10:45 a.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Discover the scientific compounds in beauty products! 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, scientific conclusions and small samples for to take home. Participants will mix, measure and produce an all natural beauty product from the historical recipes and methods of the African American culture. These sessions may include one of the following themes: Lye Soap, Salve, Lotion, Bath Bombs and Lip Balm.