Headlines Barber Shop Collecting Food Donations For Second Harvest Food Bank

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Post by Jan Pettis.

Headlines Barber Shop will be colleting food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina thru August 16th.  Their goal is to raise 1,000 pounds of food!!  Be sure to drop off donations to support this great community effort.  – 5309 E. Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28212 

Back to School 2014 Library Summer Festival

It’s here – we all knew it was eventually coming — BACK TO SCHOOL 2014!   It’s true, we must all begin the work @ wrapping our thoughts around the end of summer, school days and cooler weather.  The Charlotte Public Libraries at Hickory Grove and Sugar Creek will be host  their annual Back To School Festival  August 16th.  The festivities will kick off at 10a but to participate you must  register – which begins at 9A.

The entertaining and educational activiities will surely bring smiles and laughter to kids of all ages!! Registered attendees will also recieve FREE  school supplies.
For more information please contact :

Hickory Grove Public Library 

5935 Hickory Grove Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215

Sugar Creek Public Library
4045 N. Tryon St. suite A
Charlotte, NC 28273

This local  event was shared with us by local junior  #EastCLT reporter J. Cin.  Many thanks for helping get the word out to the East Charlotte Community.  

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Speak Tweet Tee – Celebrate Social Media Day 2014!!

Here at East Charlotte Tweets we LOVE  Social Media and really believe in the power of these new communication channels.   One of the main goals of this blog is to help local businesses to
tap into the power of Twitter!  To celebrate Social Media Day, June 30th, we are hosting our first Giveaway–  A Twitter Tee!!   We are giving away a “Tweet Speak” Tee to 5 lucky winners.

It is easy to enter,  just sign in the Rafflecopter Contest below!   Entrants must  add a comment to this  blog post and can gain extra points by tweeting about the contest, adding a post to their Facebook page or following via Twitter.

Winners will be  chosen at random and announced on Monday July 7th here on the East Charlotte Tweets Blog.  Winners will be notified via email and must reply by midnight on July10th.

Entrants must be  at least 18 years  and able to recieve  shipment to an address within a local Charlotte, NC  zipcode.

If you have questions feel free to use the Speak pipe app here on the site to contact us.

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One 7 Ministries Offers Helping Hand to Local East Charlotte Families

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East Charlotte – If you can offer any support to these families please contact One7 Ministries. We must all work to support those in need.    

Urban Gardens at Garinger Lend Support to Friendship Trays in East Charlotte

Students at Garinger High School are able to participate in this aquaponics garden where they will learn lessons in ecology, science and biology.  These students will also share the harvest from this garden to lend support for  the Charlotte Friendship Trays program which will give them a powerful lesson in building sustainable community.

Delicious Second Helping Now Served In East Charlotte

There are quite a few new restaurants and cafes popping up along the Central Avenue, East Charlotte corridor.   The Second Helping Carry Out and Catering Kitchen, located at 2903-C  Central Ave., brings a wonderful combination of delicious “eats” and  special connections to the local community.

Family style meals is the specialty being shared each week at Second Helping.  The menu is chocked full of  southern favorites like shrimp and grits, fried chicken, meat loaf and cornbread. And don’t forget they offer vegetarian entrees too!!  The homestyle, made from scratch, vegetarian sides include collard greens, southern cooked greenbeans and lots more. To round out  the amazing meals provided at this shop, Second Helping has now partnered with Neet’s Sweets to  offer incredible desserts.  Now that’s a truly yummy duo!!

Customers can come by Second Helping  Monday thru Friday 11a -2p or 4:30 – 7p  to pick up their meal. Pre-ordered  meals can  be delivered to one of three Charlotte locations. Second Helping also offers catering services to  community residents and organizations.   Their catering service include Box Lunches, Buffet spreads and Custom Event options.  And no matter how you have your “second helping” served it will be prepared by caring hands!!

Desserts by Neet Sweets

The delicious meals prepared at Second Helping are not the only special offerings of this amazing kitchen. The Second Helping mission is to offer  supportive employment opportunities to women working to create new futures after incarceration.  These ladies are working together to  provide”Food for the Soul” as they say and build a beautiful future.

To find out what’s on the menu today, order a meal or share a donation  please visit Second HelpingCharlotte.org. Be sure to join them on FaceBook for updates and news about the Second Helping Kitchen.

East Charlotte Residents Speak On Studio Charlotte at Central Avenue Location

Great to see East Charlotte Residents speaking out about their thoughts regarding this proposal for the old Eastland Mall property   What is your view?  What do you think should happen with this property.  One thing is for sure is MUST change… SOON!!


Your Destiny …Community Childcare focused on a Positive Future

Your Destiny Afterschool Program

Your Destiny AfterSchool and Summer Camp program is located at 7212 Albermarle Rd. in East Charlotte.  The program director, Ms Ivey, developed Your Destiny to provide  an educational afterschool program for school age youth in grades kindergarten thru 8th.   Your Destiny also offers a full day summer camp programs for local youth.  The goal of all the programs offered by Your Destiny is creating a positive and supportive environment where students can learn and grow, leading to a successful future. It is their DESTINY!

The Your Destiny Afterschool Program provides homework support and fun activities that are educationally based.  Computer time, exercise and interactive games round out the afternoons before parent pickup.   Students are given a  nutritious snack each afternoon to bridge their dietary needs until they reach home.

Your Destiny is also offering an All Day Campers program for children three four and five years old that have completed potty training  During the day these students will  be engaged in academic activities during the day that will prepare them for success when they start school.

During the summer break Your Destiny offers a wonderful Summer Camp program to  school children. Students who attend this program are assigned to small groups based on their grade level.  Each day the students work with a NC licensed teacher in core curriculum subjects like math and reading to prepare them for the upcoming school year.  Summer Campers also participate in computer time, community trips,  outdoor games and more.

Your Destiny Summer Camp Program

The staff at Your Destiny pride themselves in their passion for youth!!  Their dedication to providing the East Charlotte community with safe, reliable, local childcare is to be commended.

For more information about the programs at Your Destiny Afterschool and Summer Camp please visit their website  http://www.yourdestinycamp.org

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Groovy New Street Signs in the Grove Park Community

The East Charlotte Ninja was out and about recently and noted these very nice street signs added to the tops of the Harris Blvd street signs in the Grove neighborhood.  We think they are great!!  Wouldn’t it be nice if all the different areas could be “tagged” this way?  It truly adds a nice touch!!

If you have a nice addition to your East Charlotte neighborhood that you would like East Charlotte Tweets to share please drop us a line at eastclttweets(at)gmail.com.  We would love to share all that is  positive in the East!

Diners Drive-Ins and Dives – East Charlotte Style

I just came across these two videos from the Food Network show Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.  It is one of my favorites to watch and I was really thrilled to see these two East Charlotte restaurants showcased by Guy Fieri!!   Have you visited either of these two places…what is your favorite item on the menu??   Jake’s Good Eats is located on Albermarle Rd and Landmark Restaurant Diner is over on Central Ave. East Charlotte has a wonderful range of places to get a great meal… What are your favorites??   I would love to feature them here!!

Jakes Good Eats
LandMark Restaurant Diner