Children’s Theatre of Charlotte helps newcomer feel right at home

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By Bernie Petit Communications Manager  Elyssa Kim was the new girl two years ago, when her family moved to Charlotte from Houston. The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte quickly gave her a place where she could meet like-minded kids her own age in a new city. “They have so many people and kids like me that …

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Nine-year-old finds his place in the world through music

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By Bernie Petit Communications Manager  If there’s a band playing, nine-year-old Sam Stephens wants to groove along. “I think he feels music,” said his mom, Jenny Stephens. “There’s something in music he identifies with.” It’s why he picked up the violin in a Community School of the Arts (CSA) summer camp when he was 5 …

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Want to know what it really means to be a life-long learner? Try ceramics

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By Bernie Petit Communications Manager  Bob Culbertson wanted to do something besides work. So he went down to Spirit Square and took a beginner pottery class. That was 20 years ago. And Culbertson, now almost 82, is still learning. “What I know is about a BB in a box car,” he said. “There’s no end …

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How the violin helped a bird curator find the music in nature

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By Bernie Petit Communications Manager  The earth has music for those who listen. Shakespeare knew it and so does Amber Rosintoski, who oversees nearly 100 birds of prey as the curator of the Carolina Raptor Center collection. Before she fell in love with birds, Rosintoski grew up playing the violin in Mount Pleasant, S.C. She …

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‘His brain is wired to put things together’

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By Bernie Petit  Communications Manager It started with LEGOs. Instead of stacking his play set bricks as high as he could, a then-three-year-old Jalen Thompson visualized and assembled elaborate castles with windows, entrances and waterways. So his mom, Tonja Thompson, bought him sets meant for older kids. “They may have taken me days or weeks …

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