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Independence Leo Club Visits Lions Services Helps serve holiday lunch to visually impaired workers

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

On December 20, when the rest of their classmates were cracking the books at school and waiting for the end of the day to start their long holiday break, 17 Leo Club members boarded a bus to Lions Services on Tryon Street to help set up and serve the company’s annual Christmas luncheon.

Lions Services provides vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

The organization, founded in 1935 by the Charlotte Central Lions Club, provided employment for the blind. Initially, the goal was to employ WWI veterans to re-cane chairs.

In 1975, the company was incorporated as a nonprofit textile manufacturer with the purpose of providing vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind and became known as Lions Services, Inc.  […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Ugly sweater party brings youth together

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

For the youth group at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church on Margaret Wallace Road, Christmas wasn’t over on December 25.

The youth group gathered on Saturday, January 4 for an Ugly Sweater Party. The group played games, ate pizza, listened to music, and voted on the ugliest sweater.

According to Christian tradition, the […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill resident receives promotion still finds time to clown around

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Long-time Mint Hill resident and 1988 Independence graduate Brett Ford is ringing in the New Year with a promotion at AT & T. This is Ford’s second promotion since joining the company in 2000.

“My first position for 10 years was a Service technician,” says Ford. “Then in 2010 I became a Facility Technician working on everything from the cut wire in your backyard, the jack in your bedroom that quit working, DSL, networking, high speed data lines and everything in between.”

Ford’s new position is a Specialist-Network Control in the AT&T Network Operations organization. He will oversee the circuits that handle the cellular traffic all across the country.

“It is a management position which came with a raise,” he says.

This is good timing for Ford, whose wife Madonna, a former surveyor, is beginning her student teaching in mathematics at Rocky River High School.  Additionally, Brett is finishing up a BA in Networking Administration. […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|1 Comment

Bill and Ann Litaker art show winners announced

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The winners for the Mint Hill Arts show were announced on Friday, December 13, at 8 pm. The gallery was filled to capacity for the opening of the annual Bill and Ann Litaker judged art show.

The entire show was judged by Eldred P. Hudson, Head of the Art Department at UNCC. Hudson spent over four hours at the gallery meticulously studying and documenting each piece. He then spent two days sifting through his notes before making his final recommendations. Hudson also prepared written comments on all winning pieces.

The show was open to a wide range of genre, including water media, photography, painting (oils, acrylics and pastels), three-dimensional multimedia including drawing, graphics, and alcohol inks.

Several honorable mentions were awarded in each category, as well as first, second and third place prizes. […]

By |December 17th, 2013|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Arts to expand offerings Begin kids’ birthday parties in January

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Mint Hill Arts will be offering up space and services for birthday parties beginning in January, 2014.

Puppeteer Pamela Shook will lead kids through a puppet making experience and brief performance, and artist Mila Antonyuk will be in charge of parties with more of a visual art focus.

“I will write a unique song for the child’s birthday,” says Shook. “Then the children will make their own puppets which we’ll use to tell a unique story.”

Puppet parties are appropriate for children ages 4 and up and will be $125 for 10 kids to have an hour and half on site.

Visual arts parties will be available for ages 5 and above. Parents can choose from several different theme-related titles such as princess, dinosaur, or pirates. There will be an additional $25.00 for custom parties. […]

By |December 14th, 2013|Around Town, Arts|0 Comments

Queen’s Grant Community School production– Accepted into 2014 junior theater festival

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Students from have been accepted into the 2014 Junior Theater Festival which will take place January 17-19 18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Freshman Garrett Costin is in his second year in musical theater and this will be his first time attending the festival.

“I have so much fun getting together with people I’m comfortable with,” says Costin. “This is a great activity; a way of expressing who I am.”

For Costin, who has aspirations of being involved with Broadway someday, the festival will offer opportunities to see all aspects of theater.

Created by New York’s iTheatrics and produced by the Junior Theater group, the Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest musical theater festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theater. The 2014 festival will bring together more than 4,500 students, teachers, and Broadway professionals to celebrate on-stage and backstage excellence in musical theater. […]

By |December 4th, 2013|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Queen's Grant|0 Comments