Parades, Tree Lightings & Other Holiday Events – 2015

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It’s time for the holiday parades and tree lightings. If you love parades or just looking for something to get you into the holiday spirit, then take a look at all the holiday events happening around the Lake Norman area.

Birkdale Tree Ligthing – (Click on event for more details)
November 14th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Charlotte-South End Tree Lighting – November 21st at Atherton Mill

Concord Tree Lighting – November 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Concord Christmas Parade – November 21st from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Mooresville Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 24th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting – November 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 26th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Light Up Cornelius – (Click on event for more details)
November 28th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Denver Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
November 29th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Belmont Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

McAdenville – Christmas Town Festival & Tree Ligthting – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:30 pm -9:00 pm (town lights up every evening 12/1 – 12/26)

Mount Holly Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 2nd from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Fort Mill Tree Lighting – December 3rd from 6:00 pm 

Fort Mill Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 4th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Waxhaw Festival of Lights – December 4th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Denver Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration – (Click on event for more details)
December 5th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Gastonia Christmas Parade – December 6th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Stanley Christmas Parade – December 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Huntersville Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
December 12th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Waxhaw Christmas Parade – December 13th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Charlotte Hornets Basketball Schedule – 2015

Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 Season

Date:                              Opponent:                                        Time:
October 28th               @Miami (Heat)                                     7:30 pm

October 30th               @Atlanta (Hawks)                                8:00 pm

November 1st           Atlanta (Hawks)                                   2:00 pm

November 3rd          Chicago (Bulls)                                   7:00 pm

November 5th             @Dallas (Mavericks)                            8:30 pm      

November 7th             @San Antonio (Spurs)                         8:30 pm 

November 10th           @Minnesota (Timberwolves)               8:00 pm

November 11th         New York (Knicks)                             7:00 pm

November 13th           @Chicago (Bulls)                                 8:00 pm

November 15th         Portland (Trail Blazers)                    5:00 pm

November 17th          @New York (Knicks)                            7:30 pm

November 18th        Brooklyn (Nets)                                  7:00 pm 

November 20th        Philadelphia (76ers)                           7:00 pm

November 23rd        Sacramento (Kings)                           7:00 pm 

November 25th        Washington  (Wizards)                       7:00 pm

November 27th        Cleveland (Cavaliers)                        7:00 pm

November 29th         Milwaukee (Bucks)                             2:00 pm

December 2nd          Golden State (Warriors)                     7:00 pm

December 5th            @Chicago (Bulls)                                  8:00 pm

December 7th           Detroit (Pistons)                                  7:00 pm

December 9th           Miami (Heat)                                         7:00 pm

December 11th          @Memphis (Grizzlies)                           8:00 pm

December 12th         Boston (Celtics)                                  7:00 pm

December 16th          @Orlando (Magic)                                 7:00 pm

December 17th         Toronto (Raptors)                               7:00 pm

December 19th          @Washington (Wizards)                      7:00 pm

December 21st          @Houston (Rockets)                             8:00 pm

December 23rd         Boston (Celtics)                                  7:00 pm

December 26th         Memphis (Grizzlies)                            7:00 pm

December 28th         Los Angeles (Lakers)                          7:00 pm

December 30th         Los Angeles (Clippers)                       7:00 pm

January 1st                 @Toronto (Raptors)                              7:30 pm

January 2nd               Oklahoma City (Thunder)                  7:00 pm

January 4th                 @Golden State (Warriors)                  10:30 pm

January 6th                 @Phoenix (Suns)                                 9:00 pm

January 9th                 @Los Angeles (Clippers)                    3:30 pm

January 10th               @Denver (Nuggets)                             8:00 pm

January 13th                Atlanta (Hawks)                                    7:00 pm

January 15th               @New Orleans (Pelicans)                   8:00 pm

January 16th              Milwaukee (Bucks)                            7:00 pm

January 18th              Utah (Jazz)                                          2:00 pm

January 20th               @Oklahoma City (Thunder)                 8:00 pm

January 22nd              @Orlando (Magic)                                7:00 pm

January 23rd             New York (Knicks)                              7:00 pm

January 25th              @Sacramento (Kings)                         10:00 pm

January 27th              @Utah (Jazz)                                         9:00 pm

January 29th              @Portland (Trail Blazers)                    10:00 pm 

January 31st              @Los Angeles (Lakers)                         9:30 pm

February 3rd            Cleveland (Cavaliers)                         7:00 pm

February 5th             Miami (Heat)                                        7:00 pm

February 6th             Washington (Wizards)                        7:00 pm

February 8th             Chicago (Bulls)                                   7:00 pm

February 10th            @Indiana (Pacers)                                7:00 pm

February 19th            @Milwaukee (Bucks)                            8:00 pm

February 21st            @Brooklyn (Nets)                                 6:00 pm

February 24th            @Cleveland (Cavaliers)                       7:00 pm

February 26th            @Indiana (Pacers)                               7:00 pm

February 28th            @Atlanta (Hawks)                                3:30 pm

March 1st                  Phoenix (Suns)                                  7:00 pm

March 2nd                 @Philadelphia (76ers)                          7:00 pm

March 4th                 Indiana (Pacers)                                 7:00 pm

March 7th                 Minnesota (Timberwolves)               7:00 pm

March 9th                 New Orleans (Pelicans)                    7:00 pm

March 11th               Detroit (Pistons)                                 7:00 pm

March 12th               Houston (Rockets)                             7:00 pm

March 14th               Dallas (Mavericks)                             7:00 pm

March 16th               Orlando (Magic)                                 7:00 pm

March 17th                @Miami (Heat)                                     7:30 pm

March 19th               Denver (Nuggets)                             6:00 pm

March 21st               San Antonio (Spurs)                          7:00 pm

March 22nd               @Brooklyn (Nets)                                 7:30 pm

March 25th                @Detroit (Pistons)                               7:30 pm 

March 26th                @Milwaukee (Bucks)                           8:30 pm  

March 29th                @Philadelphia (76ers)                         7:00 pm

April 1st                     Philadelphia (76ers)                           7:00 pm

April 3rd                    @Cleveland (Cavaliers)                       3:30 pm

April 5th                    @Toronto (Raptors)                            7:30 pm   

April 6th                    @New York (Knicks)                           7:30 pm

April 8th                  Brooklyn (Nets)                                  7:00 pm

April 10th                 @Washington (Wizards)                     1:00 pm

April 11th                 @Boston (Celtics)                                7:30 pm

April 13th                Orlando (Magic)                                 8:00 pm    

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Carolina Panthers Football Schedule – 2015

                               Are you ready for some football?
                                   2015-2016 Carolina Panthers Schedule 

Date:                                        Opponent:                                    Time: 
Sunday Sept. 13th                 @Jacksonville Jaguars                   1:00 pm

Sunday Sept. 20th               Houston Texans                           1:00 pm

Sunday Sept. 27th               New Orleans Saints                     1:00 pm 

Sunday Oct. 4th                    @Tampa Bay Buccaneers             1:00 pm 

Sunday Oct. 11th                  BYE Weekend

Sunday Oct. 18th                  @Seattle Seahawks                        4:05 pm 

Sunday Oct. 25th                Philadelphia Eagles                       8:30 pm 

Monday Nov. 2nd                Indianapolis Colts                          8:30 pm

Sunday Nov. 8th                 Green Bay Packers                        1:00 pm

Sunday Nov. 15th                  @Tennessee Titans                        1:00 pm  

Sunday Nov. 22nd               Washington Redskins                   1:00 pm

Thursday Nov. 26th               @Dallas Cowboys                           4:30 pm

Sunday Dec. 6th                   @New Orleans Saints                     1:00 pm

Sunday Dec. 13th                Atlanta Falcons                              1:00 pm   

Sunday Dec. 20th                 @New York Giants                           1:00 pm

Sunday Dec. 27th                 @Atlanta Falcons                             1:00 pm

Sunday Jan. 3rd                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers                1:00 pm

** Times are subject to change. 

Real Estate News: Special Gift for Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College (Central Campus) plans to build a clock tower located along Elizabeth Avenue between the Terrell building & Elizabeth classroom building. The clock tower will stand 48′ tall and will be constructed of brick and cast stone. The tower is a gift from H. Allen Tate, Jr a local business man, founder & CEO of Allen Tate Companies. Mr. Tate felt something was missing from this campus and hopes the tower will serve as a “great symbol of achievement and a reminder of all the hard work and commitment students have made to achieve their goals.” A wonderful gift from a special man.

The clock tower is expected to be complete by early 2015.

Events: Charlotte Hornets Basketball Schedule – 2014/2015

New look! New name! New season! New team for 2014? 

(Home Games in Purple)

DATE:           TIME:               OPPONENT:                   
10/8                7:00 pm           Philadelphia 76ers
10/10              7:00 pm          Washington Wizards (Greenville, SC)
10/13              7:00 pm          Orlando Magic
10/15              11:00 am        Detroit Pistons
10/17              7:00 pm          Washington Wizards
10/19              8:00 pm          Chicago Bulls 
10/20              7:30 pm          Atlanta Hawks
10/23              7:00 pm          Indiana Pacers 

10/29              7:00 pm          Milwaukee Bucks

11/1                7:00 pm         Memphis Grizzlies
11/2                7:30 pm          New York Knicks  (on NBA TV)
11/4                8:00 pm          New Orleans Pelicans
11/5                7:00 pm         Miami Heat
11/7                7:00 pm         Atlanta Hawks
11/9                9:30 pm          L.A. Lakers
11/11              10:00 pm        Portland Trail Blazers
11/14              9:00 pm          Phoenix Suns

11/15              10:30 pm        Golden State Warriors 
11/17              7:00 pm         Dallas Mavericks
11/19              7:00 pm          Indiana Pacers
11/21              7:00 pm         Orlando Magic 
11/23              6:00 pm          Miami Heat
11/24              7:00 pm          L.A. Clippers
11/26              7:00 pm          Portland Trail Blazers
11/28              7:00 pm          Golden State Warriors 
11/29              7:30 pm           Atlanta Hawks 

12/3                7:00 pm          Chicago Bulls
12/5                7:00 pm          New York Knicks 
12/10              7:00 pm          Boston Celtics

12/12              8:00 pm          Memphis Grizzlies
12/13              7:00 pm          Brooklyn Nets
12/15              7:00 pm          Cleveland Cavaliers  (on NBA TV)
12/17              7:00 pm          Phoenix Suns
12/19              7:00 pm           Philadelphia 76ers
12/20              7:00 pm          Utah Jazz
12/22              7:00 pm          Denver Nuggets 
12/23              8:00 pm          Milwaukee Bucks 
12/26              8:00 pm          Oklahoma City  (on NBA TV)

12/27              7:00 pm          Orlando Magic
12/29              7:00 pm          Milwaukee Bucks  (on NBA TV)
12/31              7:00 pm           Houston Rockets

1/2                  7:00 pm          Cleveland Cavaliers
1/3                  7:00 pm           Orlando Magic 
1/5                  7:30 pm           Boston Celtics

1/7                  7:00 pm          New Orleans Pelicans
1/8                  7:30 pm          Toronto Raptors
1/10                1:00 pm          New York Knicks
1/14                7:00 pm          
1/17                7:00 pm          Indiana Pacers 
1/19                2:00 pm          Minnesota Timberwolves
1/21                7:00 pm          Miami Heat 
1/23                7:30 pm          Cleveland Cavaliers 
1/24                7:00 pm          New York Knicks  (on NBA TV)
1/28                8:30 pm          San Antonio Spurs
1/31                9:00 pm          Denver Nuggets 

2/2                  7:00 pm           Washington Wizards 
2/5                  7:00 pm          Washington Wizards
2/7                  7:30 pm           Philadelphia 76ers 
2/8                  6:00 pm          Indiana Pacers
2/10                7:00 pm          Detroit Pistons

2/22                7:30 pm          Dallas Mavericks 
2/25                8:00 pm          Chicago Bulls
2/27                7:30 pm          Boston Celtics 

3/1                  6:00 pm          Orlando Magic 

3/3                  7:00 pm          L. A. Lakers
3/4                  7:30 pm          Brooklyn Nets
3/6                  7:00 pm          Toronto Raptors 
3/8                  6:00 pm          Detroit Pistons
3/9                  7:00 pm          Washington Wizards
3/11                7:30 pm          Sacramento Kings
3/13                7:00 pm          Chicago Bulls 
3/16                9:00 pm          Utah Jazz 
3/17              10:30 pm          L. A. Clippers
3/20              10:00 pm          Sacramento Kings
3/22                7:00 pm          Minnesota Timberwolves
3/23                8:00 pm          Chicago Bulls 
3/25                7:00 pm          Brooklyn Nets
3/27                7:00 pm          Washington Wizards 
3/28                7:00 pm          Atlanta Hawks
3/30                7:00 pm          Boston Celtics 

4/1                  7:00 pm          Detroit Pistons 
4/3                  7:00 pm          Indiana Pacers 
4/4                  7:00 pm          Philadelphia 76ers
4/7                  7:30 pm          Miami Heat 
4/8                  7:00 pm          Toronto Raptors   (on ESPN)
4/10                7:30 pm          Atlanta Hawks
4/12                3:30 pm          Detroit Pistons 
4/13                7:00 pm          Houston Rockets  
4/15                8:00 pm          Toronto Raptors   (on ESPN)

Playoffs Begin

Events: Carolina Panthers Football Schedule -2014

Panther Eyes*(Home Games in Bold)
DATE:           TIME:               OPPONENT:                   
8/8                7:30 pm            Buffalo Bills

8/17              8:00 pm            Kansas City Chiefs
8/22              7:30 pm            New England Patriots
9/7                4:25 pm            Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9/14              1:00 pm            Detroit Lions
9/21              8:30 pm            Pittsburgh
9/28              1:00 pm             Baltimore Ravens
10/5              1:00 pm            Chicago Bears
10/12            1:00 pm             Cincinnati Bengals
10/19            1:00 pm             Green Bay Packers
10/26            8:25 pm            Seattle Seahawks
10/30            8:30 pm            New Orleans Saints
11/10            8:30 pm             Philadelphia Eagles
11/16            1:00 pm            Atlanta Falcons
11/23            ———-             Bye Week
11/30            1:00 pm             Minnesota Vikings
12/7              1:00 pm             New Orleans Saints 
12/14            1:00 pm            Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12/21            1:00 pm            Cleveland Browns 
12/28            1:00 pm             Atlanta Falcons

Opponents, dates and times subject to change without notice 

Events: Carolina Panthers Monday Game- 2013

The Carolina Panthers will host the New England Patriots tonight at 8:30 pm. Bank of America Stadium will be rocking so get there early! You don’t want to miss this game.

However, if you can’t make it, you can view the game on WSOC Channel 9.

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Real Estate Tips: Home Repairs or Remodeling in Your Future?

If the answer is yes, then here are some great questions to ask your contractor to insure a successful project.
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  • What deposit is expected prior to the start of the project?
  • Will any materials be delivered early? If so, we you be there for the placement of the materials?
  • Will you provide me with written information about your contractor’s license, general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance?
  • Will you provide me with business references (suppliers, code officials, etc…) and current, recent and past (2+ years) customer references for projects similar to mine?
  • Do you offer a warranty on your services? If so, will you provide me written information about the warranty and for how long it’s covered?

Real Estate Tips: Want Money in Your Pocket?

Does the current real estate market have you feeling the blues? Do you owe more than you can sell your home for? Well, take a look at refinancing. You can’t afford not to refinance now and start seeing some green. There are two kinds of homeowners: those who have recently refinanced and those who have convinced themselves it won’t make a difference. If you’re in the second camp, take a look at the numbers below. Then let me connect you with my Mortgage consultant so you can start figuring out how to spend that extra money.
Year Purchased 2006 Refinanced 2010 Refinanced 2010
Sale Price of Home $300,000 $300,000 $300,000
Down Payment $60,000 $60,000 $60,000
Less Principal Paid   $11,600 $11,600
Loan Amount $240,000 $228,400 $228,400
Type of Financing Conventional30-year fixed Conventional30-year fixed Conventional15-year fixed
Interest Rate 6.625% 4.125% 3.375%
Monthly Payment $1,537 $1,103 $1,618
ANNUAL SAVINGS   $5,208 -$972
LIFE OF LOAN SAVINGS   $81,046 $188,160

Real Estate Tips: Your November Checklist…

  • Remove leaves and debris from eaves and gutters. Also a great time to test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.
  • Turn on the pilot light for gas furnaces or gas fireplaces.
  • Replace bulbs in porch and garage lights and test any exterior electrical connections so you’ll be readyfor holiday decorating.
  • Check existing holiday decorations and replace any with damaged or frayed wires.
  • Test fire alarms, smoke dectors and carbon monoxide dectors. Also replace all batteries.
  • Wrap any exposed pipes to prevent freezing and bursting during the winter months. Put away any hoses connected to outside faucets.
  • Check, clean and/or replace furnace air filters each month during heating season. Also, check vents to make sure they are not blocked by furniture or other objects.
  • When the leaves have fallen, clean out wells around foundation vents to keep them working properly and to keep surface water from entering your crawl space.