BLT Featured Open House: 10534 Parlor Rd

10534 parlor rd

Open House: Saturday December 13, 2014 2-4pm

MLS 3039998

Active $649,000


10534 Parlor Rd Charlotte, NC 28277

05 – Mecklenburg County (S)

Acreage: 1.66

Total Heated SqFt: 3551

Year Built: 1981

Bedrooms: 4 Baths : 4 full, 0 half


Omni Montessori School Celebrates 30th Year Anniversary

Omni Montessori School


As you drive south down the picturesque, meandering, and fleeting (only 1 mile long) Blakeney Heath Road, you might notice a curious little school on your right, just before you reach the bustling Blakeney area.  This curious little school is Omni Montessori School, one of North Carolina’s only AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) accredited schools, a school with a rich history that started when Blakeney, like much of Ballantyne, was rural and undeveloped.

In 1984, four families came together to discuss forming a Montessori school in Charlotte, where children would develop a love of learning while developing respect, independence, and creativity, allowing them to reach their full potential. Between 1985 and 1986, these same four families, with a single vision, purchased seven rural acres on Blakeney Heath Road in South Charlotte, constructed a building, and opened Omni Montessori with a total of 27 students

Today, 30 years later, Omni serves over 200 students from age three to grade nine at the seven-acre main campus in Blakeney and a 13-acre Land Lab in nearby Waxhaw (this Land Lab is one of the nation’s few AMI recognized programs for adolescents). Though decades have passed since Omni Montessori first opened, and buildings and programs have been added to accommodate growth, the school continues to follow the vision of the four founding families and Dr. Maria Montessori, who dedicated her life’s work to the children of the world. Following the tenants of Dr. Montessori, classes are led by highly trained, compassionate, teachers in purposefully structured classrooms on campuses with an abundance of natural spaces.

Since Omni’s founding in 1984, Blakeney has experienced tremendous growth and expansion, which is why knowing there’s a school committed to children reaching their full potential, set on seven precious acres, in the middle of the densely populated Ballantyne area, is comforting and refreshing. As Omni celebrates their 30th Anniversary, we commend their endurance and fortitude and look forward to many more years of driving down Blakeney Heath Road and turning our heads to take a peek at the curious little school on the right.

Omni Montessori School


Learn more about Omni Montessori School at

Learn more about Dr. Maria Montessori and the Association Montessori Internationale at

Volunteer Opportunities for Families in Charlotte

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Teaching the spirit and importance of volunteering to children at a young age is a gift with compounding benefits to the community, family unit, and to the child. In an increasingly busy society, with commitments to work, school, home, athletics, social events and technology, connections within family and community can get murky. Volunteering is a way to rebuild these connections and bring clarity and perspective to the myopic day to day grind. The value of volunteering for children is immeasurable, but can include learning to make and honor commitments, establishing teamwork skills, learning selflessness, gaining exposure and appreciation, and developing an understanding of the importance of community.

There are many and different ways for children to volunteer here in Charlotte. The spectrum of opportunities is deep and wide enough to accommodate a variety of ages, abilities, and time constraints. In addition, not all volunteering efforts require on site presence; home based volunteering efforts can be just as effective and beneficial, some ideas include knitting hats for cancer patients, making food for Mel’s Diner, and holding a lemonade stand for donations to the animal shelter. Whether volunteering at home or on site, parents can help children by modeling a positive volunteer spirit and leading a charge to volunteer at a level that is significant to their own individual family. Here is a list of organizations in the area that offer volunteer opportunities for children. Please contact the organizations directly for more information on how to help.


Bright Blessings | 704-846-2329 |

Bright Blessings is a non-profit that provides services for homeless children through its Bless-A-Baby and Bless-A-Birthday programs. Volunteers of all ages can participate in projects at the organization’s Matthews facility.

Charlotte Area Gleaning Network | 704-553-1730 |

Harvests produce that is good but not marketable and gets it to people in need. Children of all ages are great helpers in the fields, as long as they have a responsible adult with them.

Friendship Trays | 704-333-9229 |

Children can join their parents to deliver meals and visit with recipients of the program. Daily, weekly or monthly commitments, whatever suits your schedule.

Room At The Inn | 704-347-0278 |

Children of all ages are welcome to help provide shelter to the homeless at local churches and other agencies. Children can help set up beds, set the table, serve meals, clean up and more. Sign up through the church, temple or other agency hosting Room At The Inn that night.


Mel’s Diner | 704-904-8968 |

Mel’s Diner organizes fresh food and home cooked meals for truly needy people. They also pick up food that would otherwise go un-eaten or thrown away and give it out selflessly to people who are truly hungry. Children are invited to volunteer by making meals at their own home for delivery or by serving on designated delivery days.

Hands On Charlotte | 704-333-7471 |

Children of all ages can participate in various projects, including activities at local nursing homes such as Bingo, bowling with children who have disabilities, visiting group homes and more. Programs are organized for children ages 6 and up, 8 and up, 10 and up and 12 and up.

HopeMatch | 704-271-4636 |

HopeMatch partners with Christmas Tree Santas to provide Christmas trees to the families we serve. They are looking for volunteers that can make Christmas ornaments for the trees. They are giving away 120 trees. The deadline is November 26th.

Humane Society of Charlotte | 704-494-7706 |

Only individuals 18 and older are eligible to volunteer directly at the shelter. However, the HSC does offer a “Junior Volunteer” Program, where children ages 10-17 are encouraged to support the shelter through collection of donations (items for the shelter or monetary), and then deliver the donations to the shelter for recognition.

Safe Alliance |

Safe Alliance provides shelter, court advocacy, referrals and counseling programs for victims of domestic violence. Children of all ages – including preschoolers – can help with yard maintenance and playground upkeep at the shelter. With a parent or chaperone, teenagers can help provide childcare at the shelter.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina | 704-375-9639, ext. 24

Children can help organize a food drive in their neighborhood, church, organization or school.

Crisis Assistance | 704-371-3000, ext. 114 |

Children age 6 and up can sort clothing and help out in the production area of the agency’s store. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Tuesday evenings until 9 p.m., and the first the three Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library |

Adopt an Aisle Program. Volunteers are invited to adopt an aisle of books in the children’s department and are responsible for periodically ensuring materials are in order. Children ages 12 and under require an adult while ages 12 and up are allowed to work independently. Not all branches participate, check with your local branch to see if this program is available.

Loaves & Fishes | 704-523-4333 |

Collects food for the hungry. Children age 6 and older can help sort food in pantries across the region. (Children younger than 12 need to have an adult with them.)

Charlotte Family Housing | 704-335-5488 |

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can volunteer at our monthly Youth Serve Day which takes place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Youth help lead craft-making activities and games for the children staying at the Plaza Place shelter.

The Harvest Center of Charlotte | 704-333-4280, ext. 107 |

With a chaperone, children ages 10 and older can help serve meals, wrap silverware in napkins, open coffee packages, fold clothing, put canned food on shelves and more.

Adult Care and Share Center | 704-567-2700 |

Children ages 8 and up and their parents can interact with older and disabled adults at the center. Activities include playing card games, doing arts and crafts, playing games such as ring toss or bowling and more. Volunteers also visit one-on-one with adults, reading books to them, helping them put puzzles together, play cards and more.

Charlotte Rescue Mission Rebound/Dove’s Nest | 704-334-4635, ext. 214 |

With a parent, children age 10 and up can help serve a meal. One adult from the family would be required to attend an orientation first.

Habitat For Humanity |

Young people ages 5 to 15 help families in need of a decent, affordable place to live. The Building on Youth program is designed to offer a way for youngsters to make a difference even though construction activities are limited to those 16 years and older.


Shining Hope Farms | 704-827-3788 |

Shining Hope Farm’s mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy. Volunteers usually do one or a combination of two things, barn work or participation in the arena for a therapy session or riding lesson.  Volunteers are required to be 13 years of age and must be able to volunteer during the week. They must also be able to commit to a regular schedule each week for 8 weeks.

Hands On Charlotte | 704-333-7471 |

Hands On Charlotte is an exciting and fun student oriented volunteer program offered to high school students. VolunTeens not only participate in service projects; they also develop an understanding of community issues and have the opportunity to grow as leaders in the community.

Greater Charlotte SPCA |

Volunteers are needed to help at events by holding leashes of foster dogs, reminding people to use hand sanitizer before handling puppies, updating adoption books, and more. Outside of events, there are opportunities to hold food, supplies, and monetary donation drives.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina | 704-375-9639, ext. 29 |

Children age 14 and up can help sort food, pack meals into boxes and backpacks for the hungry and do other work in the warehouse.

Trusted Parents | 980-229-7253 |

Trusted Parents focuses on the wellbeing of parents and caregivers of special need children. They welcome all those (16 years and older) interested in volunteering with our organization.

Nevins Inc. | 704-596-1392 |

Children age 17 and up can help disabled adults participate in activities such as bowling, sports activities, sorting jobs and more.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region | 704-335-3577 |

Teenagers age 15 to 18 can sign up for the charity’s TLC program, or Teens Learning and Caring. After 12 hours of training, the teens visit hospice patients at local nursing homes

Habitat For Humanity |

Children age 16 and older can help build a home for a low-income family.



Family Friendly Holiday Events in Ballantyne

holiday2014As the holiday season is upon us, it’s easy to become consumed by the endless shopping, decorating, and mailing required this time of year. However, the season is short and though these activities are tradition, it’s important to pause as often as we can to celebrate and reflect with friends and family on the magic and meaning of the season. Here in Ballantyne, we are fortunate to have plenty of opportunities throughout the month at various venues where we can have some fun with family while supporting local businesses and charities. Here are a sample of just a few of the great offerings around Ballantyne this holiday season.

Stonecrest Pancakes with Santa

Saturday, December 13. 10-1pm.
Enjoy breakfast with Santa and help support Second Harvest Food Bank. Merchants will be on hand to provide savory breakfast and lunch options including $1.00 pancakes. Fun pancake decorations will also be available for $1.00, along with other breakfast items. Fun activities are planned including a balloon artist and photos with Santa. Visit for more information.

The Ballantyne Hotel
The Ballantyne Hotel offers a plethora of holiday events, including Holiday Afternoon Tea, Hot Chocolate & Toddies, Gingerbread Lane Visits, and a Christmas Brunch and Dinner.
Visit for more information.

Blakeney’s Frozen Christmas

Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20. 5:30-8:30pm.
Special Frozen character guests, carriage rides, crafts, photos with Santa, and more. Visit for more information.

Ballantyne Village Holiday Party

Saturday, December 13. 3-5 p.m. Next to Burger 21.

Crafts, music, games, prizes, and photo opportunities with special guests. Visit for more information.

Morrison YMCA

Breakfast with Santa (Breakfast provided by Elwood’s Barbecue & Burger Bar)-  Saturday, December 6, 8:00 AM OR 10:00 AM

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will meander their way through the breakfast hall to say hello and give you a chance to snap a few photos.

Build Your Own Gingerbread House – Saturday, December 6. 9-11:30am.

Families can work together to design and build gingerbread houses after breakfast. Houses will be photographed and entered into a contest to be judged by Santa Claus and his winter wonderland friends.

Visit for more information.

BLT Eats: Lunch at Vine American Kitchen

Vine American Kitchen
13735 Conlan Circle

As the name suggests, the concept and menu for Vine American Kitchen is inspired by the food and drinks sourced directly from vines to be enjoyed in a communal open kitchen setting. Opened in December 2012 by seasoned restauranteur Bill Freeman, Vine American Kitchen is working to deliver fresh, local, in season and organic dishes to the customer. Local, sustainable fare offered in a warm, open setting in the busy Ballantyne Corporate Park area is a welcomed concept that should equal a recipe for success. As with any newly opened restaurant, Vine’s menu is evolving and being adjusted. On a recent visit, the server was kind enough to guide us away from several of the menu selections, because he felt they were not “quite there yet”. One of the highlights on the menu, as recommended by the server, is the Fried Green Tomatoes, they were perfectly crisp and not overseasoned or greasy. The other items we ordered, salads, were not particularly memorable. The salmon was thin and overcooked and the rotisserie chicken was not at all tender or juicy. However, is happy to welcome Vine American Kitchen to Ballantyne. We are rooting for the locally owned restaurants that are focused on delivering local food and supporting local farmers. We will definitely revisit Vine and look forward to growing with them.

Hawk Ridge Dads Making Headlines

The Hawk Dads group is a selfless group of everyday dads that have become united in their commitment to helping make Hawk Ridge Elementary a special place for their children. Their inspiring story is profiled in The Charlotte Observer and can be read by clicking here.

BLT Featured Open House: 17126 Hedgerow Park Road

17126 Hedgerow Park Rd

Open House: Sunday February 17 2pm-4pm

MLS 2132054

17126 Hedgerow Park RD
Charlotte, NC 28277
05 – Mecklenburg County (S)

Acreage: 0.16
Total Heated SqFt: 2400 – 2900
Year Built: 2006
Bedrooms: 3
Baths : 3 full, 0 half

Community House Road Improvement Project To Be Implemented In Phases

The Community House Road improvement project will be implemented in two phases. The decision was made to split the project due to immediate concerns surrounding the intersection of Ardrey Kell Road and Community House Road. Specifically, the concern involves pedestrian safety and traffic flow in the increasingly congested intersection. The first phase will begin soon and last approximately 9 months. Plans include the extension of sidewalks south of Community House Road and a designated left turn lane from Community House onto Ardrey Kell. The second phase applies to the planned roundabout at the intersection of Community House and Bryant Farms. Continually changing traffic patterns are forcing city planners to reconsider the existing plans to adjust for more volume in the area. Read more here.

The Ballantyne Breakfast Club Invites Community To Annual Public Priorities Meeting

As reported by Jessica Milicevic in The Charlotte Observer:

Charlotte residents have a chance to speak to public officials about the issues confronting the region.

The Ballantyne Breakfast Club will bring together elected officials, and police, school and transportation representatives for its annual Priorities Meeting.

This year’s meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

The location moved to the hotel, which will provide small rooms for discussion, something Ray Eschert, president of the Ballantyne Breakfast Club, believes will help the meeting run smoothly.

Another key element to this year’s meeting is the format change.

Instead of each official and employee taking turns discussing their priorities one at a time in front of a large crowd, each will have an individual table to talk about their particular issues.

“In the past, there have been folks who have gotten a hold of the mic and not put it down,” said Eschert. “By setting it up like a trade show, the public can discuss the issues that are important to them directly with the elected official.”

Eschert says this meeting could be one of the most popular yet, due in part to many contentious issues: the addition of an Uptown streetcar, the $125 million renovation of the Panthers stadium and the future of the Eastland Mall.

Representatives from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools also will be on hand to discuss changes such as the possibility of year-round schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will address the rise in crime.

And Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Department of Transportation will discuss issues such as the extension of the light rail, bus routes, and road and bike lane improvements.

There also are several issues that affect the public at the county and state level, such as property tax valuation, voter identification, and economic growth.

Representatives will be there to speak with the public on an individual basis and answer questions.

Eschert said it’s vital for members of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to attend the meeting.

“There are going to be a lot of changes because of what the election brought us,” Eschert said. “It’s reached the point where we need to have a place where people can come and speak directly with someone who has some responsibility in these matters.”

District 7 City Council Member Warren Cooksey hopes the location of the meeting doesn’t deter people from across Charlotte.

“These are issues that affect us all, not just the people of south Charlotte,” Cooksey said. “If you pay taxes, or drive, or have kids who go to school in Mecklenburg County, then these issues affect you.”

At-Large Charlotte City Council Member Beth Pickering said she will be at the meeting and encourages the public to attend.

“The meeting is a rare opportunity for neighbors to have access to so many elected officials – city, county and state, as well as other civic leaders,” Pickering said. “As a council member, it’s a great way for me to hear what’s currently on the minds of neighbors. I guarantee that anyone who attends the meeting will walk away feeling more informed, more plugged into their community and more familiar with their elected and non-elected public officials.”

Read more here.

WSOCTV Reports On Topic Of Ballantyne Breaking From Charlotte

WSOCTV investigates the ongoing, and controversial, discussion of Ballantyne breaking from Charlotte. Read the report and watch video here.


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