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Gourmet ice cream parlor coming to MoRA

A few months ago, Charlotte Agenda covered different trendy desserts available in the Charlotte area. The first was rolled ice cream from Jolly Rolls, a family-owned gourmet ice cream shop in Waxhaw.

First off, what is rolled ice cream? It’s a little tough to explain, but it includes a frozen slab and a scraper. Fresh ingredients are mixed together and topped with some delicious ingredients. This video from Jolly Rolls should help explain it a bit better.

Fresh, gourmet ice cream? I’m in. Luckily there won’t be a need to drive down to Waxhaw for the signature ice cream. Jolly Rolls is opening a second location on Monroe Road in MoRA, right between Deep Sea Seafood Market and the coming soon City Barbeque. Here are a few of the tastiest looking creations we found on their website.

We reached out to the owners, and they said they were expecting to open by February in The Commons. Jolly Rolls has a number of premium ice cream flavors, like:

• The Best Tasting S’More (graham crackers, chocolate fudge, marshmallow cream, and a toasted marshmallow)
• Berry Fusion (fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
• Pink Snow (raspberry, white chocolate fudge, and white chocolate shavings)
• Chocolate Thunder (chocolate fudge, chocolate shavings, chocolate chip powder, brownie, and chocolate chips)

We can’t wait until they open! The area doesn’t have an ice cream shop, and to get something as creative and fun as Jolly Rolls is exciting! With all the restaurants popping up at The Commons, it may turn into a great foodie destination.

MoRA needs YOUR help! VOLUNTEER with us on important community projects. Can’t volunteer? DONATE to help make our public art dream a reality. Even a $20 tax-deductible donation will help give the neighborhood a beautiful, defining sculpture that residents can be proud of.

Volunteer for MoRA and Make an Impact in Your Community

Are you looking for a fun volunteer gig? MoRA is an all volunteer group with big plans for the Monroe Road corridor that are only limited by our manpower. We have already seen a dramatic change in our area and know that we can bring more improvements to the community with more dedicated volunteers. Our only requirement is enthusiasm to improve your neighborhood!

What would a volunteer do? There are countless ways to improve our area, from organizing events, writing about our local news, reaching out to neighbors and local businesses, looking for grants, working on social media, organizing with developers, and following area rezoning. If you are good with a video camera, we could use more video of our area. Do you want the Silver Line here ASAP? You can be a key contact with CATS and the city. Do you have more money than time? We will take your donations.

Our exciting Art@thePoint campaign is looking for key coordinators for a limited (3-month) time commitment — someone to be a liaison with artist Leslie Scott to coordinate the community workshops; someone with marketing experience to help coordinate our messaging and communication; and someone to oversee our community outreach campaign — all come with a great recommendation and could look good on a resume.

MoRA has countless ways you can contribute to make our part of town a better and closer community. Email us at info@moraclt.org with your name, phone number, and what you’d like to do or contribute. We will do our best to get you the perfect volunteer opportunity.

MoRA needs YOUR help! VOLUNTEER with us on important community projects. Can’t volunteer? DONATE to help make our public art dream a reality. Even a $20 tax-deductible donation will help give the neighborhood a beautiful, defining sculpture that residents can be proud of.

MoRA’s First Yoga Studio, Queen City Yoga

 

If you need some to unwind after a contentious election, or just need to get your mind off of the state of the Panthers, try MoRA’s first yoga studio. Yvonne Brown opened Queen City Yoga this fall, hidden in the back McAlpine Business Park.qcyoga1

For those unfamiliar, a typical yoga class combines stretches, poses, and breathing into a surprisingly effective workout. Yoga can also expand from just a physical labor to a mental and spiritual practice as well. You’ve probably seen countless people in workout gear carrying a rolled up yoga mat in Cotswold, South End, or any of the trendy Charlotte neighborhoods. However, you probably haven’t seen that around MoRA.

qcyoga2Now you will. Yvonne Brown, who has been teaching yoga for over 12 years, was determined to add a yoga studio in the underserved Monroe Road corridor. “We are definitely different. We practice integral yoga, which integrates yoga into your life. It’s not just poses you do on the pad. Yoga is much more than breathing, relaxing, and being calm. It’s about leading a better life and actively doing things to make that happen. We ask: how do we do that?”

Queen City Yoga has day and evening classes Monday through Saturday will a few of different teachers. Area residents now how the chance to stretch out and destress at an accessible and convenient yoga studio.

 

MoRA needs YOUR help! VOLUNTEER with us on important community projects. Can’t volunteer? DONATE to help make our public art dream a reality. Even a $20 tax-deductible donation will help give the neighborhood a beautiful, defining sculpture that residents can be proud of.

Join Us for a Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Oct. 10!

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Join us for MoRA Night at Buffalo Wild Wings!

Ten percent of every check will be donated back to MoRA to support our annual holiday tree lighting and party. Simply bring the ticket on the back of your town hall program (download) or just mention that you are with MoRA to participate.

When: October 10, 2016 – 10:00a-until

Where: Buffalo Wild Wings – 2530 Sardis Road N, Charlotte, NC 28227

 

Alexander Youth Network – Helping Kids and Families

“We’re here to help. If a child has a persistent behavioral or emotional problem, it’s a brain health issue, and there’s help for that just like any other health issue.”  Trish Hobson, VP of Alexander Children’s Foundation

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 Tucked away off Thermal Road is a peaceful, 60-acre campus that was once a dairy farm – and which now is a refuge for children.  Alexander Youth Network (AYN), a nonprofit institution, has been helping children and families since 1888, when it began as an orphanage in the post-Reconstruction era.  Over time, it reoriented its mission to be able to help children who needed emotional and psychological treatment and assistance.

This lovely, quiet setting is home to a residential treatment program where children ages 5-14 live in group home cottages, typically for about six months before transitioning back into the community.  AYN also has a day treatment program for children to receive intensive therapy along with their schooling.  Outcomes are impressive, with 80% to 90% rates of treatment success.  They also offer intensive in-home treatment programs as well as more traditional (weekly) therapy.

Children have plenty of opportunities for growth through play.  For instance, drumming is one of the most popular classes because, say the kids, “I can hit it as hard as I can and not get into trouble!”  But while they’re learning drum rhythms, they’re also learning that those same rhythms can help them regulate their own body’s rhythms.  While they’re swimming, they’re also learning important neural, physical, and social lessons.  Art helps them express feelings that they may not have words for.

alexander-youth-network-aynGot an hour? See how you might lend a hand. AYN is looking for lunch or dinner buddies: you’ll be paired up with a child, eating, chatting, and playing together for a little while, helping your child understand what a healthy adult relationship looks like.   Volunteers are important to AYN’s mission – to help children achieve their potential, and become positive contributors to society — and anyone interested should go to their Alexander Youth Network’s website to learn more.

 

 

Inner Peaks Charlotte

Spotlight on Inner Peaks

“I got into this because I really love climbing.  It’s a great sport.  But it’s not just about physical fitness; it’s social too. You climb, you rest. You climb, you rest. You really get to know people.” – Page Lee, co-owner, Inner Peaks Climbing Center

Page Lee and her husband, Doug Cosby were co-owners of a gym in D.C. when they became interested in opening their own indoor climbing facility. They brought their idea of a state-of-the-art climbing gym to Charlotte in 1998. Judging from their success, they had the right idea.

Inner Peaks is Charlotte’s only indoor professional climbing center.  (At UNCC, you have to be a student, faculty, or staff to use their climbing walls, or you can drive 45 minutes north to Cliff Hangers for another indoor experience, or to the Whitewater center for an outdoor wall). They’ve just celebrated 15 years at their Greylyn Business Park location in the MoRA corridor, and added their South End location in 2015.Inner Peaks Charlotte

It wasn’t easy finding a suitable location, nor is it inexpensive – it takes about a million dollars to build a wall of steel frame construction.  Page explains that the building has to have “free span space,” meaning there can’t be any weight-bearing poles taking up floor space.  “A lot of potential landlords [in 1998] didn’t understand what we were trying to do.  Climbing [gyms] just weren’t something they wanted to risk getting involved with.”  Then-Greylyn owner Daniel Levine wasn’t intimidated.  “Daniel was the only person who would rent to us.”

Their Crown Point (MoRA) location was actually a converted warehouse that Page and Doug expanded five years ago.  The expansion increased the climbing terrain by 50%, created an area for private parties, expanded the workout Inner Peaks Charlotteroom offering, plus added a climbing-specific training area and a yoga studio.  Climbers now have 60+ rope stations, as well as bouldering and lead climbing areas.  They accommodate beginners to seasoned veterans, and people of all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Doug and Page love having their children attend school in the MoRA area, too.  Lee is a middle schooler at McClintock Middle (“he’s had great, gifted teachers at the top of their game”) and Isabel is thriving at East Meck High School (“I can’t say enough how happy she is and how much we love the school”).

Inner Peaks is at 9535 Monroe Road, #170, or you can find them on Facebook.

MoRA needs YOUR help! VOLUNTEER with us on important community projects. Can’t volunteer? DONATE to help make our public art dream a reality. Even a $20 tax-deductible donation will help give the neighborhood a beautiful, defining sculpture that will make residents proud.