Family & Pets
Check out these places around Charlotte to help you get started with pet ownership.
Who said a graduation party has to be indoors. How does roasting marshmallows and making smores over a bonfire sound? For those who have just completed four years of high school or moving on to the professional world with a college degree, it’s time for a little celebrating! Look beyond the backyard. Maybe, to the banks of Lake Wylie!
Circus entertainment grew out of trick-riding equestrian shows in England during the second half of the eighteenth century. Horses were the real stars of these shows! Then came acrobatic clowns on horseback, performing daring flips, balancing tricks and pantomime. America’s love with the old-time circus began in the 1820s. The traveling tent circus, an American innovation, was created by a New York entrepreneur. A menagerie of animals, enthralling all ages, accompanied the big-top shows. Performing arts dating back to ancient Egypt and China, such as juggling, were added to the evolution of this American institution. Two rings were expanded to ten, electrifying aerial shows and rope walkers made it the nation’s top drawing entertainment!
Glorious spring ushers in Easter celebrations. It’s a time of sunrise church services, snow-white lilies, bunnies, baskets, eggs and new dresses. Celebrated in a religious or secular fashion, family and friends gather for beloved customs and traditions. Get the kids chopping the carrots and glazing the ham, or brunch out at a Charlotte restaurant. Enjoy the fresh, new colors of a spring-time landscape while running for global causes. It’s a wonderful season to celebrate the newness of life!
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is celebrated March 25 to April 2 this year. The origins of Passover centered around ancient Israel spring celebrations of the first grain harvest and the birth of the first lambs. The multi-faith theme of this holiday is redemption. It is a remembrance of the night when God passed over the homes of the Israelites during the tenth plague and the exodus out of slavery in Egypt to freedom. The focus of Pesach is the Seder. It is a symbolic-rich meal completed in 15 steps that tells the story of God’s grace from bondage to freedom. In Charlotte, Passover will be celebrated in homes, community gatherings, temples and churches:
Most grandparents love to spend time with their grandkids and believe it’s the most fulfilling thing in life. While many grandparents live near the kids and see them weekly, others wish they could live even closer. Whether they live nearby, under the same roof or across the country, here are five places in Charlotte to help create bonding experiences between the generations.
Be prepared for these adverse conditions, whether it’s snow, ice, tornado-strength winds, flash flooding, accidental disasters or terrorism.
Homeschooling in North Carolina continues its upward trend, and South Charlotte is a hotspot for home educators. Likewise, growing resources are available to homeschooled students.
Chef Valerie Lamie promises cooking with kids is easy. Just keep it simple, and have fun, she says. Patience and time are valuable assets when letting the kids loose in the kitchen. Buy them an apron — for fun and for your sanity — and watch them learn about food and math as they follow these simple recipes, courtesy of Lamie herself.
As Halloween winds down, and the weather turns chilly, thoughts of which charity to donate come to mind. You decide whether your donation goes to a child, a senior or other adult, perhaps a family. Possibly, your preference is to donate on a weekly basis during the holiday season or for the whole year. Making the time to shop for gifts not only gives you the opportunity to make a positive contribution in someone’s life, but allows you to give back to the community in which you live, work or play in.