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Loch Norman Highland Games

Friday April 11, 2014

The Loch Norman Highland Games are back! The festival kicks off April 12, and runs through Sunday.

2014 marks the 21st year of the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, Charlotte's largest celebration of all things Scottish and Scots-Irish. You'll find authentic music, dancing, culture, art, and of course, food. Along with professional and amateur athletics, the festival promises authentic piping and drumming, highland and Scottish country dancing, fiddle and harp competitions, and plenty more. Want to check out the festival? Here's everything you need to know.

2014 Loch Norman Highland Games Festival

 

Biggest Loser Casting in Charlotte

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Here's your chance to be a contestant on the hit NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser." The casting call will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the studios of NBC Charlotte (1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217). What exactly are the producers looking for? "Upbeat, outgoing personalities who are ready to work hard to change their lives for the better, especially individuals, families, and former athletes." You can pre-register here.

 

 

First Weekend in April Means Free Museums

Monday March 31, 2014

This weekend marks the first full weekend in April, so that means free museums for Bank of America customers. Five area museums participate in the "Museums on Us" program, including:

Check out the complete list of participating museums for more details. You must be a Bank of America cardholder to participate in this program.

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Gardening Season in Charlotte

Monday March 31, 2014

Spring is very nearly fully upon us, and for many people, that means planting and gardening. While most people recommend holding off for a few more weeks before you plant, it's never too early to start planning. If you're looking for the best plants for this region, Charlotte falls under the 8a zone in the USDA Plant Hardiness scale and and in zone 32 on the Sunset Climate Zone Scale. The plant hardiness zone is based on the absolute coldest temperatures we can expect here. The Sunset Climate Scale is based on a number of factors:  temperature extremes and averages of temperature (minimum, maximum, and mean), average rainfall, humidity, and overall length of growing season.

2014 Speed Street Musical Acts Announced

Saturday March 29, 2014

If you visit this year's Speed Street festival without taking a look at the music lineup, you might be in for a bit of a surprise when you get there. If you just happened on the scene, you'd swear you were back in time as you watch the Beatles belt out iconic tunes and Michael Jackson moonwalk across the stage. While those acts won't quite be here in Charlotte, we will have the next best thing. The 2014 music lineup will see a trio of tribute acts, including Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Ban, The Stranger: A Billy Joel Tribute, and Backbeat: A  Beatles Tribute. The Academy of Country Music's 2013 Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square will be present, as will .38 Special and a variety of local and national R&B, country, and rock acts.

The 2014 festival runs May 22 to May 24 in Uptown Charlotte.

 

Carowinds Opens Gates March 29

Monday March 24, 2014

The "Thrill Capital of the Southeast" kicks off its 2014 season as gates open this Saturday, March 29.  You'll find two new slides added to Boomerang Bay for this season: Surfer's Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop. If you're purchasing a season pass, the park does allow you to break that down into six payments of as low as $13. If you're purchasing single day tickets, the park does offer plenty of ways to save money on those as well, from coupons to special days.

Charlotte Restaurant Inspection Scores (March 10 to March 14, 2014)

Monday March 17, 2014

Wondering how the restaurants near you scored in their most recent health inspection? Each week, we'll have restaurant inspection scores from the previous week for the city of Charlotte. At the bottom of the page, you'll find links to previous week's score, as well as information on how to report dirty restaurants.

Provided is the restaurant, address, inspection score and inspection date. Scores are given on a percentile basis, with 100 being a perfect score. You can find previous week's scores at the bottom of this page.

This week's lowest scores (92 or below)

City Tavern, 7828-E Rea Rd - 3/10/14 - 90
Persis Indian Grill, 14027 Conlan Cir - 3/13/14 - 90
Malaya Kitchen, 8200-400 Providence Rd - 3/11/14 - 91.5
Morazan Restaurant, 201 Archdale Dr - 3/11/14 - 92

Scores for the week of March 10 to March 14, 2014

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar Of Ballantyne, 15105-A John J Delaney Dr - 3/13/14 - 97.5
Bamboo 7 Asian Cuisine, 15025 Lancaster Hwy - 3/13/14 - 96

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The Queen City's Best Local Brew?

Thursday March 13, 2014

It seems like the craft beer scene in Charlotte has exploded in the past few years, with new breweries and blends popping up all over town. If you're celebrating this weekend with a local brew, take a look back at the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards winner for the best local craft beer or brewery in Charlotte. The selection was made by you, the readers, in last year's awards.

 

St. Patrick's Day 2014 in Charlotte

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Whether you're looking for family fun or a more "spirited" celebration, there are plenty of options to go green in Charlotte this weekend for St. Patrick's Day. The official celebration will be Saturday morning in Uptown, but there's also the Green River Revival with live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a Celtic concert and festival at Historic Latta Plantation, and more.

Click here for a list of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Charlotte

Charlotte Restaurant Inspection Scores (March 3 to March 7, 2014)

Monday March 10, 2014

Wondering how the restaurants near you scored in their most recent health inspection? Each week, we'll have restaurant inspection scores from the previous week for the city of Charlotte. At the bottom of the page, you'll find links to previous week's score, as well as information on how to report dirty restaurants.

Provided is the restaurant, address, inspection score and inspection date. Scores are given on a percentile basis, with 100 being a perfect score. You can find previous week's scores at the bottom of this page.

This week's lowest scores (92 or below)
Persis Indian Grill, 14027 Conlan Cir - 3/7/14 - 70
Kyo Café, 9335 Center Lake Dr - 3/6/14 - 84.5

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