Articles about Arts & Recreation

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Follow the Cross Charlotte Trail across this map
   June 7, 2017
Clayton Hanson
This interactive map takes you on a virtual visit along the proposed Cross Charlotte Trail, with photos, updates on construction, little-known facts and information on plans for the future. Read more


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The Earth works well for N.C. artist Sayre
   June 15, 2016
Jeff Michael
A North Carolina artist who works in red clay helps us ponder Charlotte’s agrarian roots, its aspirations and its complicated relationship with history and the arts. Commentary. Read more


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The addictive allure of bird-watching
   December 15, 2015
Ruth Ann Grissom
The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count gives citizen scientists a chance to assist in research, and the formal bird count at the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refute offers the opportunity to see tundra swans, among other waterfowl. Read more


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Charlotte arts districts face challenges, study finds
   June 9, 2015
Mary Newsom
Is NoDa still Charlotte's main arts district, or has South End overtaken it? UNC Charlotte graduate student Morgan Hamer decided to study the city’s arts clusters. What she found has important implications for the future of Charlotte’s arts neighborhoods. A Q/A interview. Read more


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Building an environment for better health: Event April 8
   March 30, 2015

Depending on how they're built, our communities can make us lean, strong and happy – or overweight and depressed. That's the message public health expert Richard Jackson brings to UNC Charlotte Center City in a free event April 8. A Q-and-A interview. Read more


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'City of Creeks' debuts March 27, launches KEEPING WATCH second year
   March 11, 2015
Mary Newsom
The KEEPING WATCH initiative enters year two with KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks. The project includes articles at PlanCharlotte.org and an exhibition opening Friday, March 27. Read more


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Paddling the Rocky River
   October 16, 2014
Crystal Cockman
The Rocky River is a little known paddling pleasure found in our region. Starting in Mooresville, it continues into Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties, before joining the Pee Dee River. Read more


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I-77: Expressway to prosperity
   October 7, 2014
Chuck McShane
The first decade of growth on the lake had been slow—a cluster of cabins here and a marina there. The lack of infrastructure and the distance from major population centers kept growth in check. Read more


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A paddle a day keeps the doctor away
   August 14, 2014

Kayaking and canoeing are fun and healthy ways to enjoy the outdoors. A great stream in the N.C. Piedmont that’s now easily accessible is Hitchcock Creek in Rockingham, about 70 miles east of Charlotte. (Photo Crystal Cockman) Read more


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Enthusiasts envision an arts district emerging in Cornelius
   August 12, 2014

Rachel Prude
Could downtown Cornelius one day be home to an artsy district like Charlotte’s NoDa or Asheville’s River Arts District? As a tap room prepares to open next month, some local arts supporters are enthusiastic about what they’re calling Old Town Cornelius. Read more