The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary entitled Honoring Our Heroes- The American POW Experience. WWII 1939-1949 honoring ex-prisoners of war at two venues: Friday, June 1 at 7:30 pm at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 7000 Park Road, Charlotte and Wednesday, June 6 at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. The time has not been determined. Light refreshments will be served. The video is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
Long-time Independence High School chemistry teacher, Melissa Bliss, did something crazy before Mother’s Day—she went sky diving. She made a trip down to Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina, where she met up with her tandem partner, the man who would be latched onto her when she made her big leap towards the ground.
There are a couple of procedures, including picking a flight suit, watching an informational video and doing a series of exercises before jumping.
“It was a very quick process before we went up in the air, the instructors made it out to be no big deal, so I wasn’t quite nervous.” Bliss said.
She paid extra for a videographer to go skydiving with her so he could take pictures and even make a video, so she could show her friends and family.
“It made a great, and shocking, Mother’s Day present for my mother,” she said. Continue reading
Rising kindergarteners are invited to participate in stories and activities that build pre-reading skills and prepare children for school at the library. It is open to children three to five years old. Registration begins June 1 for the June 15 session, and June 15 for the June 29 session. Both sessions start at 2 pm.
The Mint Hill Public Library is hosting Paws to Read Saturday, May 26, starting at 10:30 am. Children between the ages five and 11 can read aloud to a volunteer therapy dog. Reading times are 10:30 am, 10:55 am, and 11:15 am. For more information contact Donna Reynolds or Jackie Hooker at 704-416-5200.
Independence High School’s musical performance of Grease earned them nominations for the Blumey Award, sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts and Wells Fargo. Musicals participating in the competition were evaluated by a panel of three judges from members of the theatre community in Charlotte. Independence was nominated for Best Featured Performer, Marissa Plondke as Patty, and Best Choreography Execution.
June Tunes will be every Saturday in June this summer on the Mint Hill Town Hall lawn. Concerts will begin at 7:30 pm, and visitors should bring chairs and blankets for comfortable seating.
Concerts are as follows: June 2, Sterling Bridge, a Mint Hill-based band that blends the sounds of bagpipes with rock and roll; June 9, Horsefly, a new Mint Hill band with a blues and classic rock sound; Charlotte Flute Choir, a group of professional and high-level amateur flutists that’s been around since 1964; Queen Charlotte Chorus, chartered in 1965; Lindsay Nicole and Highway 74, a Mint Hill native singer/songwriter; and July 3, Queen City Brass Band, a crowd favorite returns for a patriotic performance.