Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Arts Beat Dec. 7

Spotlight presents ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ open house

The Spotlight Performing Arts Academy of Mint Hill will present “Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” based on E.B. White’s children’s story.
Performances take place Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
Admission is free, but tickets are required as space is limited. Visit the Spotlight Performing Arts Center, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, to pick up tickets.
Then, on Dec. 15, a Saturday, the center will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features live music, refreshments, giveaways and special discounts.
For more information, visit www.spotlightacademyonline.com or call 704-545-7373.

Free Christmas musical

Idlewild Baptist Church, 12701 Idlewild Road in Mint Hill, will present “All is Well: A Christmas Musical” featuring the Living Christmas Tree Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. both nights.
The musical features 12 seasonal numbers, both traditional and original, a handbell choir and more. Admission is free.
For more information, call 704-847-6565.

Gift museum memberships benefit Thompson

The Mint Museum has partnered with the nonprofit Thompson Child & Family Focus to provide gift memberships to families who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the museum’s educational programs.
For every gift membership purchased by a member of the public before Dec. 31, the museum will give another membership to a family Thompson Child & Family Focus serves.
The nonprofit operates three campuses, one of which is located near Matthews, and provides comprehensive education, treatment and care for children and families in need.
Mint Museum memberships cost $60 for individuals, $100 for families, $45 for students and teachers and $80 for two adults. Seniors receive a $15 discount. Memberships include unlimited year-round free admission to museum locations and more.
The museum packages gift membership cards in wrapped gift boxes and mails them to the intended recipients. To ensure delivery in time for the holidays, givers are urged to purchase by Dec. 14. Memberships can be purchased online at www.mintmuseum.org/support.
For more information, call Martha Loftin at 704.337.2011 or email her at martha.loftin@mintmuseum.org.

Luise Woehrer: Volunteer of the Month

The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts has named Luise Woehrer as the December 2012 Volunteer of the Month.
Woehrer has been an active volunteer at Mint Hill Arts for about two years, serving on both the offsite and reception committees as well as the labor-intensive committee.
“Luise Woehrer is one of Mint Hill Arts’ most faithful and effective volunteers,” according to a news release from the group. “… Apart from her committee work, she is one of those indispensable volunteers who works faithfully behind the scenes to quietly address (problems) as they arise. We are fortunate to have her as a volunteer.”
Woehrer will be formally recognized at the opening reception for the Ann & Bill Litaker Annual Juried Art Exhibit. The reception, Dec. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m., takes place at the Mint Hill Arts gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill.

Two holiday concerts from the Charlotte Children’s Choir

The Charlotte Children’s Choir will present a holiday concert, “Christmas Gloria!,” Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at Meyers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte.
The advanced choirs, along with a live orchestra, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” featuring an array of well-known carols. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students or seniors, or $15 at the door.
Then, on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m., the choir will present “Christmas is a Feeling: A Children’s Holiday Celebration” at Sharon Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
The performance features the young voices of the Charlotte Children’s Choir and is designed to appeal to entire families. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, or $10 at the door. For more information, call 704-374-1892 or email nancina@charlottechildrenschoir.org
Myers Park Baptist is located at 1900 Queens Road in Charlotte, and Sharon Presbyterian is located at 5201 Sharon Road in Charlotte.

Charlotte City Ballet coming to SouthPark Mall

Charlotte City Ballet will visit SouthPark Mall on Dec. 15 to give a preview of its upcoming “Holiday Enchantment” presentation. The group will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Circle Court outside of Tiffany’s. These performances are free and open to the public.
Charlotte City Ballet is a nonprofit, pre-professional ballet company whose mission is to provide quality training and performance opportunities for aspiring dancers and to enrich the Charlotte community through public performances and outreach programs.
For more information, go to www.charlottecityballet.org.
SouthPark Mall is located at 4400 Sharon Road in Charlotte.

Turtle fun at Charlotte Nature Museum

It’s turtle time as the Charlotte Nature Museum presents a special Turtles on the Twos event, Dec. 8 at 2:22 p.m.
Turtles on the Twos gives visitors a chance to explore turtles up close, while learning what they can do to protect this backyard beauty.
For more information, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or visit www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
The Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road in Charlotte.

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