Fourth of July Fun in East Charlotte

East Charlotte neighbors enjoyed lots of smiles and laughs as they celebrated the 4th of July 2014 with the 46th Annual Hickory Grove Parade!  Check out more photos and video at the parade website: Http://

Neighbors and Families Gather for Hickory Grove 4th of July Parade
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I Love Charlotte Limpa

On the first Saturday of April, the Queen City recieved a very special community service from youth members of TheJesus Ministry, Inc….. a city wide cleanup/beautifucation day.  Members from this youth cleanup brigade could be seen walking along Albermarle road in East Charlotte picking up debris along the street. ‘ I Love Charlotte Limpa’ is the name of the annual community servie event sponsored by Jesus Ministries.  We send a heartfelt THANK YOU to these young people for their BIG contribution to our city.  Keeping Charlotte beautiful is truly an important responsibility for all Charlotteans.  These young people are a shining example of what can be done to make a positive change in local community.  
Jesus Ministries Community Service in Charlotte NC
Positve Youth  of Jesus Ministries!!

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.    

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 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

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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)  We would love to share all that is  positive in the East!

Memorial United Methodist Church Blankets Soldiers with Love

This past spring members of the Memorial United Methodist Church worked to hand craft 70 beautiful blankets for wounded warriors at Fort Bragg.  These Blankets for Recovery are a wonderful example of positive community service that truly makes a difference.  
If you would like to establish a Blankets for Recovery Project for soldiers please visit
Flags Across the Nation where you can find instructions about how to start such a project. 

We would love to cover your East Charlotte Community Service Project here at East Charlotte 
Tweets.  Please send an email or send a tweet to have your project featured right here!!

Creative Expression of Dance and Drums in East Charlotte

East Charlotte North Carolina Dance Class
The Albemarle Recreation Center (Idlewild Rd North) is now hosting a unique and exciting creative dance platform entitled Mufuka Works. The East Charlotte Community now can join the creative classes offered by Mufuka works on Thursday and Friday evenings at the Rec Center.

Under the direction of instructor Elsie Mufuka, students are encouraged to develop basic dance techniques and also learn to fuse Modern, African and Ballet movements. This amazing combination of traditional movements combined with contemporary dance is entitled AfroRusse and is the creative brainchild of Elsie. Her vision is provide dance classes and dance company performances which will educate  the Charlotte community about human life stories on all levels from youth to adult.

Mufuka Works offers students a variety of ways to experience dance and gain a broader understanding of the art form. Traditional Ballet techniques are explored by students weekly. They can also join drum classes offered by Mr. Chad. Ms Mufuka has explored dance history with her students and enjoys leading them  to reach their highest creative expressions.


If you would like to learn more about classes schedule or upcoming company performances showcasing  these  great East Charlotte creative classes visit the Mufuka Works website.