April 2017 Around Town 1

Third Annual HearThrob

Many of us struggled with math as kids, but just imagine those challenges paired with the difficulties of poverty. Heart Math Tutoring is a local nonprofit that helps students in high-poverty elementary schools around CMS develop vital math skills and academic confidence, in large part through volunteer tutoring by Charlotte’s young professionals. According to the results of EOG testing, 56 percent of economically disadvantaged children in CMS perform below grade level in math; 98% of students tutored by Heart, however, meet the growth goals set in partnership with CMS. It’s growth accomplished by 750 volunteer tutors for 660 students across 12 school sites. This spring, the organization celebrated its volunteers, and its success, with its Third Annual HearThrob event. Want to help? Visit HeartTutoring.org for more information.

Charlotte Tree Climbing Competition

Be sure to catch AAA Tree Expert’s climbers at the Charlotte Tree Climbing Competition held at Freedom Park on April 22 and 23! The Charlotte Arborist Association holds this event that’s fun for spectators of all ages. The Charlotte Tree Climbing Competition promotes safety, professional arboriculture, and bettering the industry. Professional climbers from AAA Tree Experts, Inc. and a host of other companies will be participating in this event, which includes several challenges for climbers to demonstrate their skills (some of which involve men climbing trees like monkeys!).

Moms on a Mission: Get in Shape. Meet Moms. Fight Cancer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Moms In Training (MIT) program combines exercise, parenthood and philanthropy. In its inaugural year in 2016, 150 Charlotte moms raised over $120,000 in the fight against cancer. The 10-week flexible fitness program caters to moms of all fitness levels, and the 60-minute workouts are stroller-friendly. The program officially kicks off April 1, but moms can join any time in April. They offer weekly workouts at varied times and six different locations to accommodate schedules of both working and stay-at-home moms: Freedom Park, Jewish Community Center, Huntersville, Burn Boot Camp Elizabeth (free childcare included), Lake Wylie and Ballantyne area. The program includes an opportunity to participate in an optional Mother’s Day 5K/1-mile event, as well as a 5K/1-mile event on June 10. To learn more, visit MomsInTrainingCharlotte.com.

Third Annual Civil War Symposium

Charlotte, like all Southern cities, was largely shaped by the lasting effects of the Civil War. The Charlotte History Museum is the perfect host for this academic event, which returns to our city for its third year. Historians and history buffs alike gather to discuss the War Between the States in this event hosted by the Charlotte Metrolina Civil War Roundtable and Charlotte Museum of History. This year’s symposium will feature experts who examine four key battles of the Civil War: Antietam, Vicksburg, Shiloh and Chickamauga. Preregistration is required for the Symposium, which takes place on April 22. Visit CharlotteMuseum.org to register.