Open House: The next open house for prospective parents will be on January 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Dual Language Program: The application period for incoming HFES kindergarteners (for the 2019–20 school year) who would like to be a part of the Spanish dual language program will close on January 31. Please visit the HFES website for the application.
Donations needed: The HF PTA is planning a movie night and a STEAM Fest (see below) and needs raffle items. Do you have connections with a business that would consider donating an item or gift card? Do you have a restaurant/movie/activity gift card that you won’t use? Perhaps your kiddos received toys, games, or books that were too young/old for them or that they weren’t interested in? Please donate them to the HF PTA and help raise funds for our neighborhood school! Email Sarah Hayden for more information.
Upcoming PTA Events
- Movie Night on Friday, January 25: We’re showing Little Foot. All are welcome! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 6 p.m. The event is free; raffle tickets, pizza, and concessions will be sold to support the PTA. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, click here.
- Teacher Chili Appreciation on Thursday, January 31: The PTA is sponsoring a chili lunch for our teachers. If you’d like to cook chili or bring toppings, click here.
- HF International STEAM Fest: May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Join us to create, explore, and have fun with STEAM (Science, Art, Engineering, Art, and Math) interactive activities, exhibits, and performances at HFES! Open to students and children from the community. There will be more than 10 community organizations, museums, and businesses offering LOTS of activities throughout the school. There will be a small entry fee for children. There will be an art auction, and international food, snacks, and raffle tickets will be on sale.
Thank you to EVERYONE who decorated their home for the holiday season. Your efforts truly make the holidays more special for everyone who sees them. Overall, we seemed to have more homes decorated than in the past few years. I love rolling around the hood and enjoying your holiday spirit! Use the map to find our winners:
Clark Griswold Award: 2300 Vineyard
Norman Rockwell Award: 2431 Twilight
Section 1: 2831 Goneaway
Section 2: 2901 Burnt Mill
Section 3: 2607 Huntingtowne Farms
Section 4: 2209 Ramblewood
Section 5: 2426 Twilight
Section 6: 2600 Tattersall
Section 7: 2833 Barcan
It’s time to Deck the Halls and Rock those Jingle Bells! Please join us as we spread some Christmas cheer on Sunday, Dec 16th at 5:30 p.m. All ages and singing abilities welcome. We will make a joyful noise!
Meet at the Curriers (6516 Tall Oaks Trail). We’ll have some song books in case you’ve forgotten the words. Wear your Christmas sweater, reindeer antlers, or Santa hat and bring your bells! Golf carts and pickup trucks (or cars) are also welcome.
Since HF is so large and we’d like to reach as many houses as possible, please let us know if you can lead a group in your area. Contact Sheldon Currier for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huntingtowne Farm’s annual Halloween party will be on Saturday, October 27th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your cuties in their costumes to the NEW PLAYGROUND in Huntingtowne Farms Park (Ramblewood side) for some fun and games.
This party is geared toward children 10 and under, but older kids are welcome to join as volunteers to lead games, paint faces, etc. We also need donations of bottled water and baked goods.
To volunteer or donate please contact Brian Blackburn at email@example.com.
The Gibbs (2224 Huntingtowne Farms Lane) are having a yard sale this Saturday, September 29 from 7 a.m. to noon. The sale will include furniture, household items, books, Disney DVDs, clothes, and more. Check it out!
Thanks to everyone who came out in the heat for our first (official) block party. Nearly 200 neighbors and friends getting together for an awesome night of food, music, and fun means we need to start planning the next one!
Special thanks to Kim Riddle, Wally Dawson, John Sechrist, and Matthew Ridenhour for pulling this event together.
Our neighborhood’s annual 4th of July parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramblewood end of Huntingtowne Farms Park. We’ll walk through the neighborhood to the other end of the park near the pool. Sunset slush treats for all HFNA members after the parade!
HF residents! Join us on Tuesday, July 3, for a pre-holiday block party! There’ll be live music, a food truck (Plated Palette), King of Pops, a bouncy house and movie for the kids, and all your neighborhood friends.
Find us on Burnt Mill between Goneaway and Northampton starting at 5 p.m. BYOB and please bring a chair or two if you’d like.
This event is open to everyone. HFNA members will receive a ticket for $5 off their food purchase and $2 off a treat at King of Pops. Join or renew online, pay at the event, or mail a check for $55 to HFNA, P.O. Box 242502, Charlotte, NC 28224.
Thanks to all who came to the Huntingtowne Farms Neighborhood Association meeting on April 30. In case you couldn’t make it, here are some highlights:
Greenway update. Gwen Cook, director of Greenway Planning and Development Services, announced that the grand opening of the Tyvola–HF Park greenway section will be Saturday, June 23rd, at 10 a.m. She also said that the greenway in HF park will be widened to 12 feet, and that our playground will be rebuilt (on the same spot as before) in late summer or early fall after construction vehicles no longer need access to that area. A small pavilion will be built next to the playground. The section of the greenway from HF Park to I-485 is expected to be complete by the summer of 2019.
Drainage improvement project. Brian Sikes, a project manager with Mecklenburg County, said that the Lilly Mill Drainage Improvement Project will begin construction this September, and that the project will take up to two years to complete.
County commission. HF resident and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour spoke about some current issues, including the 2019 property revaluation and the possibility of universal pre-k for all 4-year-olds. He reminded attendees that issues the county commission deals with include schools, parks, libraries, social services, and the health department. He encouraged residents to contact him with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-880-4916.
Landscaping. Mark Thornberry has agreed to serve as vice president of HFNA and will take on planning and maintenance for our entrances. Repairs to the lighting and sprinkler system will be needed this year.
Neighborhood directory. Planned for this summer after HFNA’s main membership drive ends. Section leaders may call on new neighbors to welcome them, inform them about HFNA, and encourage them to join the association.
Finances. John Sechrist has agreed to serve as HFNA treasurer. The HFNA board voted to increase the annual dues to $55 because our expenses exceeded our income last year. The board would like to get 200 paid members (households) this year. (The neighborhood has about 400 homes.)
New president. Kim Riddle has agreed to serve as the next HFNA president! She will start in August.