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SEPTEMBER 2012
The 2012 Hummingbird Festival was a big hit last month! More than 1,000 people made their way to Reedy Creek Nature Center to learn about these amazing creatures. In September, Park and Rec will continue its fall tradition of hosting the annual Festival in the Park at Freedom Park. Find out what else is going on in the September E-Newsletter.

 

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4th ANNUAL CHARLOTTE- AREA 'KNOW YOUR FARMS' TOUR: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT MECKLENBURG COUNTY FARMS

Four Mecklenburg County farms will be featured in the fourth annual Know Your Farms Tour on September 15 and 16 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to coordinate farm tourists at East of Eden in Huntersville; Old Store Produce in Huntersville; Renfrow’s Urban Farm in Matthews; and Rivendell Farm in Huntersville. Farm tour volunteers have a unique opportunity to assist Mecklenburg County farmers showcase their farms and the important work they do: feeding our families. Volunteers work a 3 ½ hour shift, and in return receive a free pass to visit other farms on the two-day tour. County residents interested in volunteering may sign up at http://knowyourfarmstour.com/volunteers/ or call Wes Shi at 980-225-1020.

2012 Know Your Farm Tour
The self-guided tour highlights more than 40 farms in 11 counties in the Charlotte metropolitan area. It’s a great opportunity for families to connect with the agricultural community and learn about fruit and vegetable farms, livestock farms, dairy farms, and even an alpaca farms! With over a dozen new stops added to this year’s event, seasoned tour-goers will still have a lot to see. In addition, many farms will be offering fun activities unique to the tour, such as hayrides, petting zoos, and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $25 per vehicle in advance. Entrance tickets may also be purchased on tour days at every tour farm for $30. Purchase tickets. Proceeds support Charlotte-area farms.


STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY AT SOUTHVIEW REC CENTER SET FOR SEPT. 19

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in partnership with To Serve with Love Ministries and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will host Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Southview Recreation Center Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. The free event serves to empower and educate people about the effective tools and necessary contact information when involved in or aware of a domestic violence situation. Residents are invited to hear testimonials from guest speakers and participate in a mini self-defense class. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Stephanie.Brace-Sanders@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov  or call 704-392-7452.

Festival in the Park
48TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL IN THE PARK SET FOR SEPTEMBER 21-23

More than 125,000 visitors are expected to visit the 48th annual Festival in the Park in Freedom Park Sept. 21-23. The festival offers wonderful music, art, food, and a great time for all. The sounds of "big band music" and the smell of great food drift across the Freedom Park's lake, which glistens with reflected lights strung from exhibit tents and pavilions. So much for adults and children to see and do! Almost a thousand entertainers give free performances. Festival in the Park, started by our late friend, Grant Whitney, is run by a private group of the same name, in partnership with Park and Recreation. Many organizations participate with the first hint to fall in the air. For more info check www.festivalinthepark.org


NCDT REACH! PROVIDES QUALITY DANCE LESSONS TO CHARLOTTE-AREA YOUTH

NCDT REACH! is North Carolina Dance Theatre's nationally recognized outreach dance scholarship program for children ages 7 to 10. The program helps to provide quality dance training to underprivileged male and female students with little if any previous dance experience, who demonstrate a natural talent for movement and the potential to be trained in dance. NCDT REACH! affords children the opportunity to access quality dance training in their neighborhoods, free of charge, promoting self-esteem, discipline, a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the arts. For more information check out the video or visit www.ncdance.org.


Dinner in the Dirt DINNER IN THE DIRT BRINGS WORLD-CLASS HORSEBACK RIDING
ENTERTAINMENT TO LATTA EQUESTRIAN CENTER

Dinner In The Dirt™ is coming to Latta Equestrian Center October 19 and 20! The event is a unique experience where showring surroundings are transformed into a festive dining environment. Elaborate Galas to DownHome BBQ's - each Dinner In The Dirt™ event is special. Guests sit at a lavish table setting situated on the arena floor as unbelievable horse & rider performances take place around their dining tables! It is fair to say that our Guests are indeed part of the show! Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.dinnerinthedirt.com. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warriors and Kids Rein Therapeutic Riding.




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