Mint Hill Madness vendor applications ready Space available for arts and craft, businesses and nonprofits

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness is fast approaching and individuals, businesses, and nonprofits who would like to participate are invited to apply for booth space for the Memorial Day weekend outdoor festival.Mint Hill Madness Logo

This year’s festival will take place at Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy. 218.

Mint Hill Madness will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm; Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm; and Sunday 12-5 pm.

Arts and craft vendor booths will close at dark due to limited lighting. Continue reading

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Coffee With a Cop March 4 at Showmars

The Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together March 4, in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event is from 8-9am at Showmars Restaurant located at 6850 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Mint Hill. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighbor- hoods. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Bloodhound is crowd favorite at Westminster

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 2.43.20 PMNathan the Bloodhound from Mint Hill won the hearts of all the spectators at Madison Square Garden in New York City earlier this month making every- one smile at his antics in and out of the ring. Three year old Grand Champion CH Flessner’s Internation- al S’Cess, better known at home as “Baby Nathan,” won the breed and went on to be the first Bloodhound to win the Hound Group at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show and ad- vance to Best in Show.

Nathan was clearly the fans’ favorite and they let it be known as soon as the 135 pound gentle gi- ant put his big paw on the green carpet at the Garden. Their screaming and clap- ping every time Nathan’s droopy face appeared on the jumbo screen just made him that much more animated. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness logo 2014This year’s Mint Hill Madness will be the first for Mint Hill Events, Inc., the newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) that has taken over planning the annual event which will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, May 25 Noon-6 pm at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading

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Bain recipient of field to fork garden

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Fuel Pizza Garden

Students at Rama Road worked with their teacher to grow vegetables and herbs used to make a healthy pizza last spring. Bain Elementary School has been awarded a Field to Fork pizza garden for the spring of 2014. Basil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are some of the vegetables that will be grown at the school located on Bain School Road.

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. Continue reading

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Queen’s Grant students win national theater awards

By Michele Dotson, Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
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Students from Queen’s Grant Community School won a Freddie G Excellence in Acting group award at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival, held January 17, 18 and 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

The students also collected the Playbill VIP award.  The playbills for their next show will be printed and shipped to them free of charge by Playbill magazine.

Students Garrett Costin and Hannah Snyder were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival.  The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 4,500 festival attendees.

The Junior Theater Festival offers an opportunity for students and teachers to interact with thousands of others who share their passion for musical theater.   Continue reading

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