U.S Figure skating has announced that the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be held from January 17-25, 2015, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C. The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is the organization’s largest event and was also held in Greensboro in 2011. The 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships featured 252 skaters. Since that event, U.S. Figure Skating has added juvenile and intermediate competition to the event, which has added another approximately 100 participants to the competition. The coliseum is located at 1921 W Lee St, Greensboro. Details are available at www.northcarolina2015.com
The Belk Bowl 5K takes place on Sun, December 28, 2014 beginning at 1pm. Bring the family and run or walk the streets of Uptown Charlotte and celebrate with a post-race party full of free beer, food, and giveaways. Bring your family, friends, and football fans and get ready to run! First 150 online registrants will receive a cooler seat complimentary of the Belk Bowl. Run for a cause. Proceeds go to benefit Levine Children's Hospital. The event is at Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. For more details call 704-333-2775 or visit www.belkbowl5k.com
Enjoy an all-ages, no alcohol New Year’s Eve bash on Wed, December 31, 2014 at the Hindu Center Vihar Hall beginning at 8pm. There will be a DJ, dancing, karaoke, games, street food, and lots more. Tickets are $5. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All proceed will benefit the temple construction project. For more details call 704-607-8412 or visit www.hcclt.org.
The lights are on in McAdenville, NC, also known as Christmas Town USA for the 59th year. Over 600,000 visitors are expected to drive through town during the event which runs until Dec. 26 and is open 5:30-9:30 p.m. weekdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Directions: I-85 North to Exit 22 to Lowell or I-85 South to Exit 27 to Belmont. Follow U.S. 29-74 West, turn right onto Wesleyan Drive. Details: www.mcadenville-christmastown.com
Charlotte Center City Partners present the annual First Night Charlotte event on Wed, December 31 in downtown Charlotte. Ring in 2015 with a family-friendly cultural celebration taking place on New Year’s Eve. Artists, dancers, comedians, musicians and magicians will take to the streets and venues. First Night Kids kicks off the day with events from 12-5pm with a kids’ countdown at the main stage from 4-5pm. First Night picks back up at 8pm for evening activities until 11pm and a fantastic midnight finale show from 10pm-12:30am on the main stage. First Night is alcohol-free but attendees are encouraged to enjoy the local dining before the Queen Charlotte crown is raised to ring in 2015. Full details available at www.firstnightcharlotte.com
In 1990 First Night Raleigh was born, joining other cities worldwide in a joyful, family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts. Admission buttons, worn by participants, make First Night Raleigh the most accessible, inexpensive and safest way to celebrate the New Year. The event has grown to be the largest New Year’s Eve event held in eastern North Carolina. First Night Raleigh has continued to thrive as an arts festival devoted to the 4 pillars of First Night: celebration, community, The New Year, and the arts. First Night Raleigh has evolved with the changing environment of a revitalized and vibrant Downtown. It continues to use the city as a stage, presenting artists and performers in plazas, churches, museums, theatres, bank lobbies and street corners throughout two dozen blocks of Downtown Raleigh. The fun is on December 31. For full details visit www.firstnightraleigh.com
Eleventh annual New Year's Eve celebration with DJ Kenz. Large dance floor, Indian cuisine, champagne toast, professional portraits, live projection of NYC ball drop and more. Wed, December 31, 2014 beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $25. The venue is at Goel's Plaza, 117 International Dr., Morrisville, NC. For more details call 919-818-6002 or visit www.NewYearParty.us
Holiday on Ice is back for the holiday season. As the air gets colder, the ice beckons. The outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of Uptown is now open through January 4, 2015. The holiday tradition brings families and friends together for and afternoon or evening of ice skating, hot chocolate and fun. The rink is located at the corner of MLK Blvd and Brevard on The NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in Charlotte. For more details call 704.390.3715or visit http://www.wbt.com/holidayonice/.
The Nrityangram Dance Ensemble presents the performance “Songs of Love & Longing” on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8 pm at the Reynolds Industries Theater on the campus of Duke University. Surupa Sen (choreographer/dancer) and Bijayini Satpathy (dancer), the duo from South India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, will perform a special program of solos and duets inspired by the epic Indian poem the Gita Govinda. They will be accompanied by a musical ensemble featuring voice, harmonium, mardala, violin, and bansuri, recounting the love between the immortal Krishna and the human Radha described in the 12th-century ballad. Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, based in an intentional community near Bangalore, is regarded as India’s foremost dance company, and the leading exemplar of the classical dance form Odissi. Calling their New York debut “one of the most luminous dance events of the year,” the New York Times marveled as the company “performed with a burnished grace, a selfless concentration, and a depth that reflected their intensive training.” Although dedicated to an ancient practice, Nrityagram is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century by making new choreography and collaborating with contemporary Indian musicians. Tickets start at $10. For more details visit www.nrityagram.org and www.dukeperformances.duke.edu/calendar