Northwest Block

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

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

3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Every Saturday | 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 mrhue@jcsu.edu.

West End Community Cinema Series by Charlotte Black Film Festival
West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

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. More information here.

White Beach/Black Beach | 7 p.m – 9:30 p.m | Saturday, June 2 | Mosaic Village (1601 W Trade St Charlotte, NC 28208)

The Art of the Journey | 6 p.m – 8 p.m | Thursday, July 19 | Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (2921 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Short Film Showcase | 7 p.m – 9 p.m | Saturday, September 14 | Mosaic Village (1601 W Trade St Charlotte, NC 28208)

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

Steppin’ Into Health by Purple Charlotte Steppers
West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

‘Steppin’ Into Health’ is a 12 week workshop series which introduces participants to ballroom dance as a form of exercise and encourages participants to integrate ballroom into their lifestyles, in efforts to yield long-term results and most importantly to have fun! This class does not require a partner to participate. Water will be provided at each class.

Ages 15 and Up Classes
Every Tuesday through June 19 | 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All Age Classes
Every Thursday through June 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Moving Our Spirits: Celebrating Black Dance presented by Moving Spirits
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | June 12, 13, 14,19, 20, 21 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Dance forms of the African Diaspora were generated out of the mixture of traditional African dances with New World culture, and were created through resistance to racial oppression and political unrest in these regions. These workshops will offer intense studies in traditional and contemporary African Diaspora dance forms and will utilize live music to accompany the movement sessions.The series is aimed for children and teens, ages 10-18.

 

Visual Art Workshop with Live Music presented by Community School of the Arts
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | June 2 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Visual art workshop series at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, with a different project activity each workshop. Accompanying the art-making experience will be live music. These workshops are free, intended for families, and appropriate for all ages.

 

Motown & More presented by DNAMuzic
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | June 7 and September 6 | West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Come out to this musical journey of one of America’s cherished genres—the music of Motown and the journey of the Great Migration. We’ll also share the connections of musical forms that influenced the Motown sound with some interesting cross-cultural connections! This is 50-60 minute program is for all ages.

 

Family Friendly Creative Clay Workshops presented by Clayworks
10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | June 21, July 19 | Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (440 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Ever wanted to learn to throw on the potter’s wheel or wondered how to manipulate clay to create a masterpiece? If so, come an join on for one of our Saturday workshops! Teaching artists from Clayworks will teach participants how to pinch, roll, flatten and attach clay to create their own clay project. Participants will also have the option to take a turn on the potter’s wheel. All projects will be taken back to Clayworks to dry and go through the 2 step firing process. They will be returned fired and glazed to the recreation center for pickup within 3 weeks of the program.

Open to all ages, families or individuals. Space is limited, so please sign up by calling 980-314-1121. *Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center is connected to Bruns Academy*

 

What Happened Here? An Urban Bike Tour and History Talk presented by QC Family Tree
Five Points Plaza (1601 W. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28216)

“What Happened Here?” will explore neighborhood planning and identity in Charlotte. On a 5.5 mile route through Historic West End neighborhoods, and through Uptown Charlotte, participants will see and imagine how Charlotte was developed, and what policies and programs contributed to the racial and economic segregation of the city. The highlight of the tour will be a stop at the site of former Second Ward High School. There, alumni from Second Ward HS will meet the group for a talk about the history of Second Ward, also called “Brooklyn,” and a discussion of how Urban Renewal destroyed that community, and how the legacy of Urban Renewal continues to impact neighborhoods today.

This event begins and ends at Five Points Plaza, adjacent to Mosaic Village (which is part of JCSU). The ride is appropriate for most levels, though parents may want to consider whether children under 10 will be physically able to handle the length. Riders should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the ride.

Bikes are available through Charlotte B-Cycle if needed. Helmets are required for all participants. Questions? Call 704-654-6546

Friday, June 29 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Register here

Sunday, July 22 | 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Beatties Ford Library Culture Blocks Tour
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | June 11, July 9, August 13 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Explore genetic experiments and activities, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Brighter Days Arts Education. For all ages.

 

Visual Tale to Tell Follow Up Art Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Saturday, June 9 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

The follow-up workshops for our Visual Tale to Tell program will further engage community members in the fairy tale pieces created and installed by Jonathan Grauel and Emily Andress. Using the permanent pieces as inspiration, we will provide a visual art workshop based on the fairy tale chosen by each library. Each participant will get to take home their individual pieces created. These workshops are intended for families and appropriate for all ages.

 

Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | October 4, 2018 and April 4, 2019 | 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.

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