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Events and happenings in Charlotte NC and anything local not related to Charlotte NC Real Estate or Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

July 24, 2013

Excited for the Electric Run!

I’m so excited that it’s finally here. Gearing up for the big day, I’m picking up my t-shirt and packet this afternoon at Charlotte Running Company.

If you haven’t heard about this, The Electric Run is this Friday and, if you watched the video above, you can see that it looks awesome. This 5K is held in many metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and the U.K. The website says it features,

  Immersive “Lands” of light and sound that transport the participant into an electric wonderland, Electric Run promises to transport the mind, body and soul to a new world in a healthy and drug-free way. Participants are encouraged to join in on the art by lighting up with glow sticks, LEDs and anything else their imagination can conjure up.

Our Electric Run is at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. This will be my first night run, and certainly the first one with music, dance and best of all glow sticks!

I got my tickets months ago when were they first released, but if you put it off — Good news! Tickets are still available. The site says it’s 98% sold out though. So if you are looking for something to do this Friday night, I wouldn’t drag my feet on this one. Registration was pretty simple. You can register or find out more here.

But if you’re not able to attend, why not browse some inspiring photos from previous runs?

From the event sponsors  or from the participants here

These were my favorites:

July 3, 2013

4th of July in Charlotte

From Fireworks to Festivals the Queen City is Bursting with Patriotic Festivities

Festival Calendar

Today, June 3

 

WBT Skyshow

Charlotte Knights Stadium

2280 Deerfield Drive

Fort Mill, SC 29715

Phone: 704-357-8071

 

 

News Talk 1110 WBT and 107.9 The Link presents Skyshow 2013, the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the Southeast on Wednesday, July 3rd 2013 at Knights Stadium. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Baseball, fireworks and fun come together for Skyshow 2013! Come early for the pre-game festivities including live music, food, drinks, an interactive kids area, prizes and more! After the game, we will honor our Veterans and Military Personnel in a patriotic ceremony and don’t forget the most amazing choreographed fireworks display presented by Lake Norman & Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! Get your tickets now and we’ll see you at the game! Play ball! – See more at: http://www.skyshowcharlotte.com/skyshowcharlotte/index.aspx#sthash.pGEvT7UC.dpuf

 

Coca Cola 4th of July Festival

 

4th of July Festival

Wed., July 3, 4 p.m. and Thu., July 4, 4 p.m.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

Phone: 704.391.3900

Price: Free

 

Rock your red, white and blue at the USNWC with the Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival, a two-day celebration taking place on July 3rd and July 4th. Both days will feature live music, as well as fireworks over our man-made whitewater river. Every seat is a good seat to view the stunning fireworks display, but we recommend guests arrive early to pick a spot. For more info http://usnwc.org/coca-cola-4th-of-july-festival-2/

Thursday. July 4

Novant Health July 4th Spectacular

Memorial Stadium

310 N Kings Drive

Charlotte, NC 28202

704-332-2227

 

Novant Health July 4th Spectacular will bring wholesome, alcohol-free family fun to Center City Charlotte in celebrating Independence Day, Charlotte’s largest fireworks display! Gates open at 5:30pm with family-fun activities taking place at Memorial Stadium from 6-9pm with a 9:30pm fireworks show. Due to construction, there will be LIMITED stadium seating available in the first section of the stands only. The lawn will accommodate a maximum capacity of 5,000 people in the in-field. You are encouraged to bring blankets and claim a spot on the field grass for the spectacular fireworks show. Once the stadium reaches maximum capacity, attendees will be asked to watch the fireworks at Independence Park located adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Fore more info: http://www.charlottecentercity.org/events/july-4th-spectacular/

 

Fountain_Pictures_062209_0069th Annual 4th of July Celebration

Birkdale Village

16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway

Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-766-2220

10am – 1pm     Bike decorating, kids art, face painting, bounce house and more!

 

11am – 1pm     Fun and Games with Radio Disney

11:30am          Parade lineup next to Banana Republic

11:45am          Parade begins

Noon                Awards ceremony presented by Mayor Jill Swain at the fountain for Best Decorated Bike and Presentation to Fire and Police Departments

12:15pm         Fire Department Water Fight next to Banana Republic

NOTE: Birkdale Commons Parkway will be closed during the event, 9:00am – 2:00pm.

For more info http://www.birkdalevillage.net/events

 

(sources: Creative Loafing, Charlotte’s Got a Lot)

 

March 14, 2013

The Top 4 Things To Do On St. Patrick’s Day In Charlotte 2013.

St.Patricks Day.fwWith St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate the only holiday when it is socially acceptable to pinch a stranger. Charlotte, known for its Scots-Irish heritage, celebrates just like any other city- food, music, and bagpipes galore.

 

17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival:

Located in Uptown, over 80,000 of your neighbors will turn up on Saturday, March 16th to watch as NC Governor Pat McCrory, Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, leads lines of bagpipers and decked out floats down Tryon street. Just a few blocks away, the Charlotte Goes Green Festival will have Celtic vendors of all kinds as well as a Kids Zone to keep the day buzzing. Enjoy live music and shows until the festival closes at 6:30, just in time for some cabbage and corned beef back at home.

Green River Revival:

The National Whitewater Center is family friendly and has events set up all day on March 16th in honor of St. Patty’s Day. Early risers can meet at 9 am for the Center’s 5K. Every year, participants don white and get splashed as they run with green paint, ending the race as spirited works of art. Other events include Cornhole tournaments, live music, and, of course, the dyeing of the River, a 1 pm tradition that leaves the whitewater river green for the rest of the day.

Shamrock Shuffle:

Philanthropic Charlotteans race out to Shamrock Gardens Elementary School at 8 am for the Shamrock Shuffle, a 5K whose registration fee goes completely to the educational needs of the elementary schoolers. For anyone under the driving age, two smaller races are held at the same place for free: the Kids 1/2 Mile Run and the Tiny Shamrock Dash which both come with a chance to win a free Monkey Joe’s birthday party. Sorry adults, all you win is lower cholesterol.

Rich and Bennett’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl:

For the 20 somethings and older, thousands flock to the largest St. Patty’s Day pub crawl in the country, conveniently seated in Uptown Charlotte. Deck out in green and your signature pub crawl t-shirt for some of the best drink specials of the weekend. Tackiness is encouraged.

Written By: Beth Castle

 

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Behind the scenes of Showcase’s new Charlotte office!

Showcase Realty, LLC has been around for over 3 years and has tripled in size, staff and sales since then! This not only allowed us to hire more experts on our staff and more agents to assist our clients, but it allowed us to open a larger, brighter, more appealing office in Charlotte at 1430 S. Mint Street Suite 106.

This office was designed by Charlotte’s very own Studio Fusion and does a great job of expressing who we are as a business – modern, classy and technologically savvy – which are all a big part in why Showcase is so successful. Scroll down to take a look at our new office and what we have to offer our staff and our clients!

CLICK HERE for more pictures and an idea of why these updates really “showcase” our brand!

Showcase heads to UNC Charlotte to speak about investing!

Nancy Braun, Owner and Broker in Charge of Showcase Realty, LLC and her investment expert, Doug Gardner, spoke to business finance students at UNC Charlotte on Monday, April 2nd. They covered many topics, including the benefits of investing in distressed properties in today’s market! Showcase decided to reach out to these students, because it is crutial that those age 21-25 know exactly what’s going on in the market and how to approach the buying process because they are the closest to the age of many first-time homebuyers! These students not only gave positive feedback, but were more interested in housing market than most would guess of college students!

 

Click here to see more photos from the lecture!

 

ATTN Buyers: Get LIVE Advice on the Homebuying Process from our Experts!

All Signs Point Toward Improving Housing Market

In 2012, the housing market is continuing to improve as the U.S. economy moves forward on its slow but steady recovery. 

Demand in many areas and price points are now greater than supply and there has been upward pressure on home prices! In fact, there is so much good news to share that we are having a FREE MEETING on March 26th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at our NEW! Showcase Realty Charlotte location to present it all!

These are just a few of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Housing market forecast for Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounding areas, and the United States 
  • How to buy a home for as little as 3% DOWN
  • Short sale update on how the process works and affects your credit score 
  • What is a HUD home and how you can go about purchasing one, along with awesome programs that benefit buyers! 
  • How to buy an investment property and simplifying the process with the right person guiding you!  
  • And MORE!!! 

All Homes 66% Off!

I’ll bet you’d stop if you saw this sign at a builder’s subdivision!  Believe it or not, the cost of a home really is 66% off! With low prices and low interest rates the same home bought in 2005 is three times as affordable today than they were in 2005!  The following example should help you understand just how good the deals are right now. 

If you borrowed $200,000 to buy a home in 2005 and got a loan with a 6% interest rate, the interest would cost $12,000 per year or $1,000 per month.

That same home today can probably be purchased for about half its 2005 value, so your loan would be $100,000. The interest rate wouldn’t be 6%, it would only be 4% so you would spend only $4,000 per year or $333 per month!  One-third the payment FOR THE SAME HOUSE!!!

Worried prices are still falling?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know which areas are still falling in value and which are increasing? I have statistical evidence of what is happening in every price range, property type, and neighborhood in and around Charlotte.

This information will empower you to make smart decisions whether you’re buying or selling. If you’ve been thinking about moving up, down, or sideways, there is no better time. Hurry before the market heats up when school lets out!

Plan to attend our Housing Market Update on Monday, March 26th from 6:00 – 7:30PM at Showcase Realty’s New Office in Southend Charlotte (1430 S. Mint Street Suite 106, Charlotte, NC 28203). Seats are limited, so register here to reserve your place. We will provide light snacks and door prizes to those who RSVP and attend!