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Panthers Game Schedule So, You Think You Can Blog? Charlotte Urban Farm Project

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Table of Contents Seasonal About August & September Carolina Panthers Schedule Special Events at Panther Games Free (Or Almost) at Local Rec Centers North Carolina Festivals

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Other So, You Think You Can Blog History - Davidson Area Charlotte Urban Farm Project Organic Bug Repellant

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Home & Family Terra Cotta Pot Apple Project End of Summer Gardening Tips Kids Submitted Coloring Pages Coloring Page Kid’s Play Featured Pets Take a Bite - Reader Submitted Recipes End of Summer Barbecue Recipes What to Do With Leftover Crayons

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17 19 25 26 27 28

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FEATURED BUSINESSES Uptown Imports pg 8 Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique pg 23

Sandy Alvis Realty and Consulting pg 16 Veteran’s Art Works pg 30

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Back to School

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About the Months of August & September August

September

Happiness Happens Month International Clown Week 1st - 7th August 4 - National Chocolate Chip Day August 5 - National Friendship Day August 7 - National Night Out August 8 - Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day August 18 - Bad Poetry Day August 24 - Daffodil Day August 28 - Race Your Mouse Around Icons Day August 30 - National Toasted Marshmallow Day

National Guide Dog Month Pollution Prevention Week 15th - 22nd September 3 - Labor Day September 5 - National Pizza Day September 7 - National Hug Your Hound Day September 19 - Talk Like a Pirate Day September 22 - National White Chocolate Day September 24 - Family Day - Day to Eat Dinner With Your Kids September 27 - National Good Neighbor Day September 29 - National Coffee Day

Birthstone: Peridot

Birthstone: Sapphire

Flower: Poppy, Gladiola

Flower: Morning Glory

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CAROLINA PANTHERS SEASON SCHEDULE PRESEASON DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

NETWORK

Sat Aug 11

Houston Texans

Bank of America Stadium

7:00 PM

Panthers TV

Fri Aug 17

Miami Dolphins

Bank of America Stadium

8:00 PM

Panthers TV

Sun Aug 26

New York Jets

MetLife Stadium

8:00 PM

NBC

Thu Aug 30

Pittsburgh Steelers

Heinz Field

7:30 PM

Panthers TV

REGULAR SEASON DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

NETWORK

Sun Sept 9

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Raymond James Stadium

4:15 PM

FOX

Sun Sept 16

New Orleans Saints

Bank of America Stadium

1:00 PM

FOX

Thurs Sept 20

New York Giants

Bank of America Stadium

8:20 PM

NFLN

Sun Sept 30

Atlanta Falcons

Georgia Dome

1:00 PM

FOX

Sun Oct 7

Seattle Seahawks

Bank of America Stadium

4:05 PM

FOX

Sun Oct 14

BYE

Sun Oct 21

Dallas Cowboys

Bank of America Stadium

1:00 PM

FOX

Sun Oct 28

Chicago Bears

Soldier Field

1:00 PM

FOX

Sun Nov 4

Washington Redskins

FedEx Field

1:00 PM

FOX

Sun Nov 11

Denver Broncos

Bank of America Stadium

1:00 PM

CBS

Sun Nov 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bank of America Stadium

1:00 PM

*FOX

Mon Nov 26

Philadelphia Eagles

Lincoln Financial Field

8:30 PM

ESPN

Sun Dec 2

Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium

1:00 PM

*FOX

Sun Dec 9

Atlanta Falcons

Bank of America Stadium

1:00 PM

*FOX

Sun Dec 16

San Diego Chargers

Qualcomm Stadium

4:05 PM

*FOX

Sun Dec 23

Oakland Raiders

Bank of America Stadium

1:00 PM

*CBS

Sun Dec 30

New Orleans Saints

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1:00 PM

*FOX

* - Subject to flexible scheduling

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Special Game Day Programs

Carolina Panthers

Fuel Up To Play 60 Kids Combine Located on the Panthers practice field adjacent to Bank of America Stadium, the Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine is a free, interactive area that promotes youth fitness through a variety of football skills and drills for children and their families.

Activities include: The 40-yard dash Vertical jump Wide receiver/quarterback challenge TopCats dance studio Inflatable obstacle course and more!

Keep Pounding Auction The Keep Pounding Auction gives fans the opportunity to bid on signed Panthers memorabilia, one-of-a-kind items, and unique experiences. The auction takes place on game days at the Catwalk, located adjacent to Bank of America Stadium's North Gate. The auction opens two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff and closes 15 minutes before game time. New items are offered at each Panthers home game.

Stuff The Bus The Panthers will hold their annual Stuff The Bus school supply collection to benefit Classroom Central when they play the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Toys For Tots

The Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine opens two hours The Panthers will hold their annual holiday toy drive to prior to game time and closes 30 minutes before kickoff on benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys For Tots game days. program when they play the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 9.


Recycling with the Queen of Green STEP 1: SANDING When you think of recycling, are you Don’t be tempted to skip this step…proper automatically reminded about the sanding will ensure an even, smooth finish proper disposal of plastics, paper, and that is not prone to chipping. Wipe entire glass or aluminum? Perhaps you have surface clean with a slightly damp cloth. cut down on your water consumption or switched to low energy light bulbs in your home and reduced your STEP 2: PRIMER carbon footprint? But have you ever Apply 2 - 3 thin, even coats and allow to dry considered “going green” and recycling completely. If the primer raises the wood that bookshelf that has lost its luster? grain, lightly sand with fine grit sand paper Recently, I decided I was tired of the until smooth. hand-me-down dining room table my mother passed on to us a few years STEP 3: PAINTING back. After looking at the cost of a new The type of paint you use is very important set, we decided to recycle the old one. to achieve beautiful results. I recommend My husband and I took a weekend Painter’s Touch by Rust-Oleum in and completely repaired, refinished, semi-gloss. This is a latex paint with very low and revived it with some updated biocide and VOC levels and cleans up easily upholstery and a snazzy new paint job with soap and water. (using eco-friendly paint, of course). The final results were honestly astounding and we spent a fraction of STEP 4: FINISH the replacement cost, which is music When working on furniture such as a dining room table, I prefer to apply to any husband’s ears! a thin even coat of water-based polyurethane over the top to guard against any future water or heat damage. Make sure paint is fully dry So the next time you look at that old prior to application. coffee table or your worn-out bedroom set and decide to “go green”, Recycling your old furniture helps you go green because: read my simple tips and Have Fun!! Until next time, S. Preston

 It prevents wood, cotton, and foam waste from going to the landfill, where its decomposition produces greenhouse gases and other toxic chemicals.  It eliminates the need to harvest virgin trees from the world’s forests, protecting watersheds, as well as habitat for wildlife and understory plants.  In 2010 the U.S. generated nearly 7 million tons of wood waste that went to landfills, creating the largest source of human-related methane emissions.  Methane is almost 21 times more powerful than Carbon Dioxide at warming the atmosphere.

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Uptown Imports

Uptown Imports is family owned and operated. Uptown Imports specializes in service and repair of BMW, Mercedes Benz , JAGUAR, and VW/AUDI.

Uptown Imports has been providing the Charlotte area with a full service facility since January 1999. We feature the latest in diagnostic equipment, and have outstanding technicians who treat your automobile as if it were their own. We service your vehicle with original factory and brand name parts and, of course, the workmanship and attention to detail are unmatched. Complimentary wash comes with all service work. If you just want a wash on its own, drop it off and we can get that done for $10.00 inside and out. Additional detail services provided at additional costs by appointment. Premium Service at Not-So-Premium Prices Oil Changes Tires Brakes Air Conditioning Service and Repair Auto Detailing Air Filter/Fluid Level Check Belts/Hoses

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As a blogger myself, I have heard “I want to be a blogger.” on many occasions. So what does it take to become a blogger? I contacted some of my “bloggy” friends to give you a little insight on what it really means to be a blogger from multiple viewpoints. I asked three very different bloggers a series of questions in the hopes of finding answers as to what it takes to be a blogger. Three successful bloggers have shared their stories (and some of their secrets) with me….and now you. City Unwrapped: How did you first get into blogging?

Not So Average Mama Blogs at: www.notsoaveragemama.com

Brandy: I moved to Texas where I have zero family. I started my blog so that my family could keep up with us. Brandy K. Elizabeth: When I first started blogging, I was single mom. And I started blogging because I wanted to share my journey with other moms who might “My name is Brandy and I live in North be in my same situation. Also, I felt there was huge void in the parenting Texas. I am married to a market for mom of color. pretty awesome man that Jody: A writing friend had been running a website Atlanta on the Cheap for can build anything out of about a year and had the idea that other writers might want to start similar wood and also plays guitar in 3 bands. I have 3 beauwebsites in their cities. I gave it a shot and it took off pretty quickly in Charlotte. CityUnwrapped: What are the biggest misconceptions people have about blogging? Brandy: Ha! Well, you do not just say OH here is what I am going to do and then the money starts rolling in. Blogging is a LOT of work. It doesn't end with publishing a post. You still have to network and try to stand out. K. Elizabeth: The biggest misconception people have about blogging is that it's a piece of cake. And in terms of just writing it can be. However, there are a lot of behind scenes things that go on like taking and editing pictures, maintaining an editorial schedule Jody: That they can start a new blog, put an affiliate link on it, and start making money. Unless their shopaholic aunt is buying stuff through their links they need a lot of readers before they make any significant money. City Unwrapped: Are you a full time blogger? How many hours a day do you spend on your blog? Brandy: Yes, I had to retire from my job as a tattoo artist when my illness prevented me from performing my job. K. Elizabeth: A lot! Honestly, blogging can be an 8 to 12 hour job. You have set up your editorial calendar, write/schedule posts, and take/find pictures for your posts. Then once the posts have been published, you have to promote them…. After that you then have to interact with those readers who comment or talk about your posts. It can be very time consuming. Jody: Well, I think about it all the time. I work on Charlotte on the Cheap several hours a day. At least four hours a day. Probably more. I don’t want to think about it!

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tiful girls ages 14, 8 and 6. All of our girls are homeschooled.”

Brandy considers her blog to be “eclectic” and I totally agree. Blogging about home life, RSD, home schooling, and reviews and giveaways. I met Brandy on a blogging trip and she has designed all of my blogs and has helped me out more than I would like to admit!

Charlotte on the Cheap Blogs at: www.charlotteonthecheap.com Jody “I’m a writer who has written for national magazines for many years. Three years ago I started Charlotte on the Cheap and that has become my main focus. I also started a new website Thrift Wrecks (www.thriftwrecks.com) a couple months ago and it’s a lot of fun.” I have been following Charlotte on the Cheap for several years. While we have never met, she is absolutely one of my favorite local bloggers.


City Unwrapped: If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

YUMMommy Blogs at: YUMMommy.blogspot.com

Brandy: Not to take on too much! I need to take my own advice. K. Elizabeth: My advice would be don't start blogging solely on the hopes of becoming rich. I've heard a lot of people say they want to start a blog to get free stuff and to strike it rich because so and so is doing it. Well, readers are very smart. Most blogs that start off just to make money don't take off. Readers want to feel like you care about them and not how far they can open their wallets. Likewise brands and companies like to work with bloggers who are sincere and will be able to relate and connect with their K. Elizabeth readers on an emotional level. “I'm a wife, mother of two beautiful Jody: I’ve seen with many beginning bloggers is that they’re not really children and blogger. I love all looking at what they have to offer readers. You need to think really seriously things fashion and enjoy curling up about this. If someone comes to your blog why would they come back? with a good book when I have the What did they get of value from it? With Charlotte on the Cheap I want to time.” answer the question “What am I going to do this weekend?” I want it to be unthinkable for people to plan their week without checking my calendar.

For the full interviews of all three bloggers, head over to http://cityunwrapped.com/so-you-think-you-can-blog/

YUMMommy is another local blogger, and honestly, I have no idea how we stumbled upon each other’s blogs, but one day we did and have been comment comrades since then! While not in a specific “niche,” YUMMommy spans personal posts along with fashion posts, and everything in between.

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History Lesson...Davidson College Area The President’s House, 1837 The Davidson College President’s home was originally a two story brick building and was only 22 x 32. It was deemed unsuitable for a president so from 1897 – 1912 the presidents lived elsewhere.

Oak & Elk Rows 1836 The low one story building along Main St. is Oak Row, one of the original dormitory rows. Another, Elm Row faces it across the quad. Each had four rooms and each room had a fireplace. After the building of Chambers in 1858, the rows gave overnight shelter to Confederate soldiers returning home after the Civil War, where faculty wives nursed and fed them.

A Look Behind The Buildings Notice the two doors. One at ground level, the other higher. Is it possible that horse drawn carriages used to pull up here and the occupants could just step out of their carriage and walk into the building at the second door?

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Charlotte Urban Farm Project Ordinary People, Doing Extraordinary Things “Helping people who want to help themselves.” That’s what Lindsay LaPlante, president and program manager at the Charlotte Urban Farm Project, wants to do. With donated land, recycled materials, and volunteers, Lindsay and her group have created a farm, on the side of the road, in Uptown Charlotte. This particular farm is not a “come plant and come take” farm. This farm was created based on the needs Lindsay and others have seen through her work as a refugee advocate. Many refugees that come to the Charlotte area arrive with agricultural skills and working on this farm may help them find work as farmers.

The farm, located on the corners of Brevard and 8th streets.

The produce grown here will be sold at the 7th Street Public Market, which is in walking distance from the farm. Any revenue from those sales will go to paying workers and creating more urban farms in the area. Eventually, when the funds are available, the Charlotte Urban Farm Project wants to be able to have other urban farm locations. Sites that represent more of a true “community” farm where people may actually work, plant, and share the produce grown in the farms. On a hot, humid June morning, Lindsay and Marci Mroz busily move makeshift planters, water, and plant. They plan on working all day in that hot sun. For a cause. For What they believe in. To help people help themselves. “We are empowering our community to provide not only healthy food but also to open the door for job training, employment, education, and community building. The more we can produce for ourselves, the more self-sufficient we become.” The Charlotte Urban Farm Project is always looking for volunteers. You can find more information on their website, www.clturbanfarm.org or their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Charlotte-Urban-Farm-Project.

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Free (0r almost Free) Things to Do When Charlotte, and the surrounding areas, have so many recreation and nature centers offering free, or almost free things to do, why look any farther? Registration is required for most classes/events, so go to www.parkandrec.com for further information.

Nature Story Corner - Free Ages: 4 Yrs. to 9 Yrs. Reedy Creek Nature Center 8-30-2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature stories. Some stories will include puppets and audience interactions as we learn about the natural wonders of the world. After the story we will go on a short hike to explore the story's topic. Umbrella Tree and Big Oak Hike - Free All Ages Reedy Creek Nature Center 09-01-2012 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Hike the two popular trails and learn why they are named for the trees. See the headwaters of the creeks at the highest point in the preserve. Be prepared to walk 2 - 3 miles on uneven trails Mammals of Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve - Free All Ages Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve 09-01-2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Make Bird Feeders - Free Reedy Creek Nature Center 09-08-2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Learn how to make bird feeders out of recycled materials! The bird feeders are easy to make and birds will flock to your recycled feeder! Fantastic Fish - 3.00 Ages: 5 Yrs. to 12 Yrs. Latta Plantation Nature Center - Fishing Pier 09-09-12 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM This is a chance for you to learn more about fish and go fishing all in the same day. First we will talk about why fish are unique and then we will go fishing on Mountain Island Lake. Campfire Night Hike - 1.00 Ages: 6 Yrs. and over Reedy Creek Nature Center 09-14-2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Come and explore the woods as the nocturnal animals are waking up. We will search for night time animals, learn the stories behind the stars, and finish up by roasting marshmallows and making smores.

Join a naturalist to discover the mammals that inhabit Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve. We will hike 1 - 2 miles looking for signs of these elusive mostly nocturnal crea- Family Bug Hunt - Free tures while exploring their natural history. Participants All Ages must be able to hike up to 2 miles on uneven terrain. McDowell Nature Center 09-15-2012 Fall Fun - 3.00 per child 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 2 Yrs. to 6 Yrs. McDowell Nature Center Bring the kids and spend some quality time bug huntin'. 09-07-2012 We will grab our nets and head off to discover the fasci10:30 AM - 11:15 AM nating creepy-crawlies of our meadows and forests, Come have some fun with us to celebrate fall! Leaf rub- from butterflies to grasshoppers. The walk will cover bings, painted pinecones, wood cookie necklaces, scav- about one-half mile of easy to moderate terrain. enger hunts and more! Pg 13 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012


Facts About Panthers The Panther is not a distinct species itself but is the general name used to refer to any black colored feline of the Big Cat family, most notably Leopards and Jaguars.

The Panther has been called 'the ghost of the forest' because of how stealthy it is.

Panthers have an average life span of 12 years in the wild. However they can live up to 20 years in captivity.

Panthers are native to Asia, America, and Africa.

Panthers are extremely agile and can leap up to 20 feet.

North Carolina Fairs & Festivals Repticon 8/25/2012 Concord, NC Visit Cabarrus Arena to check out reptile and amphibian breeders and wholesalers, reptile pet products and supplies, educational seminars and exhibits, and fun filled activities for the entire family! http://www.repticon.com/charlotte.html International Collectibles and Antiques Show 8/30/2012 - 9/2/2012 Charlotte, NC Thu - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sunday: 10am - 4pm Collectibles and Antiques: home decor, fine antiques, furniture, collectibles, antique guns, art, jewelry, rugs, crafts, vintage toys & games, silver, pottery, china, salvage items, outdoor decor, vintage instruments, fresh produce and more! http://www.icashows.com/ Cabarrus County Fair 9/7/2012 - 9/15/2012 Concord, NC Exhibits, Midway Rides & Games, Live Music, Food, Animals, Arts & Crafts http://www.cabarruscounty.us/government/ departments/Fair/Pages/default.aspx Festival in the Park 9/21/2012 - 9/23/2012 Charlotte, NC Over 150 artists and crafts people who actively demonstrate and display their art. Nearly a thousand entertainers provide free ongoing performances at the main stage and many stages surrounding it. http://www.festivalinthepark.org/

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SMALL FIRM, BIG RESULTS We at Sandy Alvis Realty & Consulting concentrate on turn-key solutions for the client that minimize time, expense and hassles rather than sales and volume. By combining professional skills, a sincere passion for the service we provide and the community we represent, and a dedication to the highest standards of client care, we aim to make the realty experience a pleasant, peaceful and profitable one.

Headquartered in Mooresville with offices in Huntersville and Cornelius

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Dan Callahan - Broker 704-999-4524 dannycallahan@alvissighting.com


Sandy Alvis Realty & Consulting 425 E. Statesville Avenue, Suite 104 Mooresville, NC 28115 Phone: 704-301-5161 Fax: 704-663-1080 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com

WHEN SELLING, PROPERTY MUST BE READY TO SHOW You only have one chance to make a first impression! Start outside: Yard neat, trimmed, weeded and edged Flowers or flower boxes to add appeal Continue inside: House clean Clutter cleared, personal items removed You’re selling the house, not your personal space.

My best advice is to do routine maintenance and updates. In some cases, this may require some investments to increase the value when you are ready to sell.

Remember to stop and enjoy the sunrise and sunset, and be thankful for all things great and small.

For more ideas on staging, go to: http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/top-10-rules-ofstaging-from-the-stagers/index.html Sandy Alvis Owner - Broker Follow us on our blog at: www.alvissighting.com

704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com www.alvissighting.com


The Terra Cotta Pot Apple Project By Danielle Nicholson

Celebrate going back to school and your child’s new teacher with this fun twist on the timeless “An apple for the teacher” gift!! INSTRUCTIONS:

What You’ll Need:

1. Using newspaper or

1 Terra Cotta pot (big enough to

craft paper as a work-

hold candies or trinkets but small

space, paint the entire pot

enough to fit on a desk. I recom-

and saucer red, inside and

mend a 4” pot).

out. Let dry completely. (If

1 Terra Cotta saucer to fit on top of

using poster paints, an

pot like a lid

2 or 3 small sponge brushes

2 Green leaves, either snipped off a silk flower arrangement or made of construction paper or fun foam

extra coat or two may be necessary). 2. Paint a solid black square on the front of the pot to look like a chalkboard. Use the white paint pen to paint school messages onto the blackboard. Some suggestions are: ABC's, 123's, I Love School, stick figures, the teacher's name, the child's name or a picture of an

Brown ribbon

White paint pen, thin tip

3. Spray the saucer and pot with clear acrylic or brush with Mod

Glue gun

Podge gloss. Allow to dry completely.

Red paint- pick your favorite apple

4. Glue the leaves onto the top of the saucer lid. Tie the brown

color

ribbon into a bow or create other fun shapes and glue next to

Black paint (I chose acrylic paint for this project, but it does not come

apple.

leaves. 5. Fill with candies, treats, etc. and your apple is ready for school!

out of fabric, so you may want to choose washable poster paints to save your child’s clothes!)

Clear acrylic spray varnish or Mod Podge gloss

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END OF SUMMER GARDENING TIPS August is the cruelest month for the gardener. We are tired of watering, weeding, deadheading, sweating, and pulling up dead plants. Done with gnats, flies, mosquitoes, fire ants, yellow jackets, and ticks! However, August and September are two important months to ensure the success of your yard next year. Follow these tips to and get ready to enjoy Fall! Allow plants to finish the summer growth cycle in a normal manner by not encouraging growth with heavy applications of fertilizer or excessive pruning. September is one of the driest months in the South, so water newly planted trees and shrubs to provide sufficient moisture. Prevent winter damage by adding a three inch layer of organic mulch such as shredded bark around the base of plants. Take advantage of flowers that thrive in the Fall by planting pansies, kale, dusty miller, mums, asters, and black-eyed-susans. The growing season isn’t over yet!

MUMS THE WORD What flowers announce the arrival of Fall more than mums? Colorful sturdy flowers that last throughout the fall months and into early winter, mums are a low maintenance, easy to grow plant that can be kept in containers or grown in beds. They are drought resistant and generally free of insect and disease pests. With care, these plants will last for years.

Here are a few things to remember: Plant mums in the morning in an area that receives full sun. For ultimate growth, plant your new fall mums in fertile well- drained soil. Newly planted fall mums will not require any fertilizer this season. Water your mums every other day.

Lawn Care The extreme summer heat causes even the healthiest of grass to look tired. September is the BEST month for renovating that summer-weary lawn as soil temps are still warm allowing for ideal seed germination. Southern tall fescue requires the overseeding of established lawns to keep the grass young and promote constant growth the following year. How much seed to use? A good rule of thumb is 3 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet of lawn. Follow-up with a slow-release fertilizer and pellet lime and keep the soil moist until sprouts appear. Have those pesky weeds on your mind? Need a solution to prevent broadleaf varieties such as Chickweed and Henbit next spring, but you would still like to seed the lawn this fall? By applying a weed preventer in early August, you will be able t o seed in September (seeding can be done 45-60 days after you apply the weed preventer).

Tips on applying weed killer: · · · · · ·

Do not apply weed controls on newly seeded areas. Do not apply weed controls on windy days. Do not apply weed controls near or on the edge of waterways. Do not allow children or pets to play on lawns freshly applied with weed controls. Do not apply weed controls when temperatures are above 85 degrees F. Always follow the product’s specific directions. Written by Danielle Nicholson

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Make Your Own Garden Bug Repellent You will need: Onion Water Spray Bottle 1. Peel and dice a large onion and soak in a bowl overnight. The amount of water in the bowl should equal the amount of water you can fit in your spray bottle. 2. On the next day, strain your onion water into your spray bottle. Spray the onion water on all your plants. Use it on herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Any onion smell or taste will dissipate before you eat your garden produce! 3. Use daily once your plants are established. The onion water will last 6 - 8 weeks if refrigerated.

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User Submitted Recipes Blackened Salmon With Blue Cheese Recipe By Betty S. Ingredients: 1 T. Italian seasoning 1 t. cracked black pepper 2 T. plain or smoked paprika 1 T. Sea salt or Kosher salt 1.5 T. cayenne pepper 4 (6 oz.) pieces of skinless and boneless salmon fillets or 1 or 2 fillets weighing a total of 24 oz. 1/4 cup white wine (not too dry) 2 cups heavy cream or half and half 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese 2 T. butter, room temperature, and 2 T. olive oil, combined. Directions: 1. Rub fish with oil and butter mixture. Combine all the seasonings. Rub both sides of oiled/buttered fish with seasoning mix. Let stand on waxed paper at room temperature for 15 minutes. 2. Prepare blue cheese sauce. 3. Pour 1/4 c. white wine (not too dry) into a medium saucepan and reduce by 1/3. Add 1/2 c. heavy cream or half and half. Slowly reduce to half. Add 3/4 crumbled blue cheese. Turn off heat. Whisk . 4. Salmon can be grilled or cooked on the stovetop in a nonstick or cast iron pan. 5. Serve blue cheese sauce over cooked fish.

Have a recipe you want to share? Send it to Info@CityUnwrapped.com or mail it to: City Unwrapped - Attn: Recipe 13016 Eastfield Rd Ste 231 Huntersville, NC 28078 Please include your name, city, and email. Pictures are nice, but not required! Recipes may be featured online at CityUnwrapped.com or in the printed version.

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Fruitful Angel Food Cake Dessert By Mimi Ingredients: 1 angel food cake 2-3 bananas, sliced 1 can pineapple chunks, drained 1 carton fresh strawberries, sliced 1 carton Cool Whip 1 large Jell-o Vanilla Instant Pudding Directions: Tear up cake into bite sized pieces and place in a 9 x 13 pan. Top with fruit. Make pudding according to directions. Pour over fruit. Top with Cool Whip. Apple Salad Recipe By Vickie T. Ingredients: 1 - 20 oz can crushed pineapple, undrained 1/2 cup Splenda 1 package sugar free lemon Jell-O (dry) 1 - 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened (1/3 less fat) 1 cup diced celery 3 cups diced, unpeeled apples 1 - 1/2 cup chopped nuts (more if desired) Instructions: 1. Combine Splenda and pineapple in saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. 2. Remove from heat. Stir in Jello-O (dry) until dissolved. 3. Add cream cheese and stir until thoroughly combined. Cool. 4. Fold in apples, celery, and chopped nuts. 5. Pour into a 9-inch square dish or bowl and chill in refrigerator.


End of Summer Barbecue

Yummy Teriyaki Beef Kabobs Ingredients: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tsp garlic powder 1 3/4 - 2 lbs sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes 1 large yellow pepper, cubed 1 large green pepper, cubed 1 large red pepper, cubed 1/4 lb cut carrots 1 large red onion, cut into wedges Directions: 1. In a shallow container, combine first 5 ingredients and mix well. Reserve 1/2 cup for basting and refrigerate. 2. Add beef to remaining marinade, turn to coat. Cover container and refrigerate for at least 1 hr. Drain and discard marinade. 3. On metal or wooden soaked skewers, alternate meat, peppers, carrots, and onions. 5. Grill over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. 6. Baste with reserved marinade. Continue turning and basting for 10 - 12 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness.

Barbecued Potatoes Ingredients: 4 medium red potatoes, cut into 3/4 in wedges 1 tbs vegetable oil 2 tbs barbecue seasoning 1 large onion cut into thin wedges Directions: 1. Toss potatoes in large bowl with oil. Add seasoning, toss to coat. 2. Put onions and potatoes on a large wide sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Bring up foil sides. Fold top and ends to seal tightly. 3. Grill over medium heat 30 - 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Turn packet over half way through cooking time. Beef Flavored Broccoli Ingredients: 1 lb fresh or frozen broccoli 1 cube beef bouillon 1/4 small onion, chopped Directions: Place broccoli, beef bouillon, and onion in pot of water. Boil 15 minutes or until tender. Pg 22 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012


Doesn’t Every Little Girl Want to be Treated Like a Princess on Her Special Day? At Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique, your child could have the party of a life time. The owner, Audrey, was born and raised in Mint Hill. She grew up on a farm, but ever since she was a little girl, always had a taste for the finer, more “girlie” things in life. With two grown boys of her own, Audrey prides herself on throwing parties for children that they will remember forever.

Audrey’s Once Upon A

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Birthday Party Packages Start at

12 Union Street S.

Concord, NC 28025 (704) 723-4099

$375.00 and include:

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2 - 2.5 Hours in the Magically Decorated Party Room Up to 12 Children Invitations & Thank You Notes Large Prefilled Goodie Bags Birthday Cake, Choice of White, Chocolate, Marble, & Customized for Party Served on Tiered Trays:  Fruits or Vegetables  Cookies  Teapot Sandwiches Hot or Cold Tea and Lemonade Brief Etiquette Lesson Craft to Take Home Hair Makeup Nails Dress up in Princess Attire, Fairy Costumes, and more! And so much more! Call us to experience the Magic of Make Believe!

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Use Those Old, Broken Crayons to Make New Ones! 

Take the wrappers off the old crayons and break them into pieces. Mix them all together and put to the side.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Take a muffin tin and line it with either foil muffin cups or spray with non-stick baking spray. Put pieces of crayons in the muffin tins filling it halfway.

Put the muffin tin in the oven and leave in about 9-11 minutes, or until the crayons are melted.

Take the tin out of the oven and let cool. Once they are completely cooled, you now have fun new round crayons to color with! Don’t be shy! Mix different colors together and see what kind of color you end up with! DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT PARENT OR GUARDIAN SUPERVISION! Pg 24 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012


Coloring Super Stars! Great Job to all our Coloring Super Stars!!! Thank you for submitting your coloring pages from the June issue of City Unwrapped! We can’t wait to see your pictures from the August issue!

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Monkey CoLoring Page

Coloring page reprinted with permission from http://www.freeprintablecoloringpages.net/ Name: _________________________ Age _____ Color the picture and send it to: City Unwrapped - Attn: Color 13016 Eastfield Rd Ste 231 Huntersville, NC 28078 We will choose a few random pictures to publish in the next issue, as well as publish them on CityUnwrapped.com.

City: __________________________________ *Email Address: ________________________ * Email address is only needed if you want us to let you know if your child’s picture was published. Pg 26 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012


It’s Kid’s Play! Q. Why did the golfer have an extra pair of pants? A. Just in case he got a hole-in-one!

Q. Why are basketball players such messy eaters?

Q. Why did the soccer ball quit the team? A. It was tired of being kicked around.

Did You Know?  Table Tennis (“ping pong”) originated as a sport in Britain during the 1880s.  A row of books were used as the net, books were used as the rackets, and a golfball was used as the ball.  The sound the ball generated in play gave the game its first nicknames: "wiff-waff" and "ping-pong".  The name "ping-pong" was in wide use before manufacturer J. Jaques & Son Ltd trademarked it in 1901.  Jaques sold the rights to the "ping-pong" name to Parker Brothers.

A. Because they always dribble!

Games With Ping Pong Balls Ping Pong Basketball What you need:  2 clean, quart-size plastic containers  Paper towels  Ping-Pong ball How to Play: Put a folded paper towel in the bottom of each container to keep the ball from bouncing out. Put the "baskets" at opposite ends of a table, at least 4 feet apart. On your turn, dribble the ball, like you would in basketball, one to three times down the court. After the last dribble, you must catch the ball and try to score by bouncing it back into the opposing player's basket. If you don’t catch the ball after the dribble, the other player takes over. A basket after three dribbles is worth 1 point; two dribble, 2 points; one dribble, 3 points. The ball goes to your opponent after a score, missed shot, or missed catch after the dribble. Ping Pong Goal What you need:  Straws  Ping-pong balls How to Play: Make two goal lines at opposite ends of a carpet or floor. Place a Ping-Pong ball in the center of the floor and give each player a straw. On the count of three, players try to blow the ball past the opponent's goal line. Pg 24 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012


FEATURED PETS “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912 “If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. “ Phil Pastoret “My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.” Author Unknown

“A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” Bob Barker “Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” Dave Barry Pg 28 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012


What Your Walls Say About You When choosing art for your walls, you choose something that touches you, that when you look at it you feel something. The art on your walls tells a story about you. It tells your audience, the people that come into your home, what makes you happy, what your favorite tree is, your favorite color, who your loved ones are, and more. Patrick, owner of Veterans Art Works, knows this.

Veterans Art Works Commissioned Art Work Murals Paintings Sketches

He knows when he is commisIf you can dream it, we can create it. sioned to create a wall mural of a pink dogwood, this is not We come to you. just a tree his client likes. This is her favorite tree. When Booth located at: she sees it, she is happy. Gallery 21 When she is happy, Patrick is 21 Union St happy. It’s all about creating a Concord, NC picture that creates emotion. (954) 224-6579 As far back as he can remember, Patrick always loved art. When he got older he wanted to be an architect and all through high school took advanced drafting classes. In order to help with college expenses, Patrick signed up for the military to take advantage of the GI Bill. That was the end of his architect dreams. Once he started in the military he never looked back. However, it wasn’t the end of his artistic dreams. In order to keep his sanity while deployed, Patrick drew sketches of what he was seeing. His comrades in deep thought, his comrades at work. Patrick felt something when looking at these people. Something inside him ticked. And he wanted to share what he was feeling inside by expressing it in drawings. He wanted people to feel something when they looked at these pictures. Patrick served the Unites States people for many, many years. He was trained as a medic in the military, and even when he left the military, he stayed on as a reservist. When 9/11 happened, he had a wife, two daughters, and an infant son. Right after 9/11 on a Sunday night he received a telephone call that he was being called up for active duty. He had to leave early the next morning. He was gone two years. Again, during that deployment, he would sketch in the middle of a mine field. He would sketch his friends. He would sketch his family that he dearly missed. Patrick continues to serve the people of his country, but now as a Paramedic. He continues to create art, but he does it knowing he is home with his family. Pg 29 | www.CityUnwrapped.com | August/September 2012

Patrick with his family. Cailey, Patrick, Ryan, Heather, Brianne For every piece of art work sold, Patrick donates a portion of the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.


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August/September 2012  

The second issue of the local Charlotte magazine, City Unwrapped. I love seeing how much it has grown since then.