Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2019

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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K-8 School Coming to South Charlotte The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board has approved a construction contract for a K-8 school in the Rea Farms development near Ardrey Kell Road and I-485. The new 54-room school will have a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) focus. Scheduled to open in August 2020, it will be an additional public school serving the growing Ballantyne area, which already includes Ballantyne, Elon Park, Hawk Ridge and Polo Ridge elementary schools and Community House and J.M. Robinson middle schools. Youth Orchestras Give Spring Concerts Led by Dr. Ernest Pereira, Youth Orchestras of Charlotte (YOC) will hold spring concerts on Monday, April 29, and Sunday, May 12, at Halton Theater on the Central Piedmont Community College main campus. With more than 200 members, YOC has a full symphony orchestra of high school musicians, a preparatory orchestra of advanced younger players, a flute choir and a string orchestra called Sinfonia Strings. In January, YOC gave its first benefit recital at Ballantyne Presbyterian Church. Details/audition info: youthorchestrasofcharlotte .org. Photo by Andy Majors Younger Set Spotlighting our kids and schools Esha Thorat Openings New things to check out Restaurant Joins Ballantyne Quad Fit Fresh Kitchen has announced it will open this spring at Ballantyne Quad. The healthy restaurant, meal prep and catering-service menu features vegetables and all-natural meats prepared fresh daily for dine in or takeout. Choices include vegan, gluten free, vegetarian and pescatarian options, with breakfast served anytime. Details: fitfreshkitchen.com. Doctors Open Wellness Center Elev8 Wellness MD Center has opened at 8000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 212, near Carmel Commons Shopping Center. The wellness practice aimed at busy mothers was founded by Drs. LaKesha Legree and Diana Newby-Boyd, both anesthesiologists and mothers. Wellness services include individual and group counseling, acupuncture, Reiki energy healing, massage therapy, intravenous hydration therapy and treatments for depression and chronic pain. Info: charlotte-ketamine.com. Student Starts Birdlet Foundation Esha Thorat, a sophomore at Ardrey Kell High School, has established the Birdlet Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal of inspiring young students to consider the medical field. Thorat is particularly interested in neuroscience, and the foundation addresses it through its Genius Brain program. Last summer Thorat taught 500 students at summer camps, including at Polo Ridge Elementary and Charlotte Latin School. She also brings her message to fifth graders during the school year at Polo Ridge. Info/donate: birdlet.org. BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 24 Wire

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