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April 27, 2024

Hello, Saturday. It's Ashley and Independent Bookstore Day. Of course we have an independent bookstore guide.

πŸŒ₯ Weather: High 77

🎨 Situational awareness: BOOM, an immersive arts festival runs through Sunday, April 28, at Camp North End. Expect music, poetry, dance, comedy and theater. It's a mix of free and ticketed performances. Find the lineup here.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 521 words β€” a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 🌳 A festival about trees

Photo: Courtesy of TreesCharlotte

TreeFest, a TreesCharlotte celebration of sustainability and community, is happening today at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

State of play: TreesCharlotte is expected to kick off "Charlotte Without Trees" at the festival, a citywide campaign responding to the latest Tree Canopy Assessment, which shows continued canopy loss between 2018-2022.

  • The initiative asks Charlotteans to consider what the city would look like without its urban forest. The campaign will run throughout the year.

If you go: The festival is free to attend and includes arts and crafts, live music and raffles. TreesCharlotte is offering free tree seedlings and providing a seedling potting station. Festivities run from 2-5pm at 4150 Yancey Rd.

2. πŸ—£ A message for the owner

"Please let the coach & GM pick this year" sign outside Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.
Photo: WBTV

"Please let the coach & GM pick this year," a sign outside Dilworth Neighborhood Grille read ahead of the NFL draft Thursday night.

State of play: Restaurant owner Matt Wohlfarth put the sign up earlier this week, the Observer reported. It caught the attention of Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, who stopped by Thursday before the draft got underway.

Context: Tepper has been described as a "meddling owner," someone who needs to step aside and let the coach and general manager he hired do their jobs.

Read more about Tepper's visit from our news partners at WBTV.

3. πŸ“ What we learned

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

🍸 Palace on 4th, a new cocktail lounge, will open in the former Green's Lunch spot.

🎀 Swifties have taken to social media with a new theory about the pop singer: She's planning a surprise performance at next weekend's Lovin' Life Music Fest.

πŸšƒ An effort to more than double the Gold Line route β€” a fare-free streetcar that sometimes runs nearly empty β€” is moving forward despite declining ridership.

🎀 Rap star and Charlotte native, DaBaby, shocked students at Garinger High School in east Charlotte Monday with a surprise performance.

🍷 Flight, a new restaurant and bar, will open in Elizabeth this summer.

🍺 OMB will open its new biergarten and restaurant in Ballantyne on Memorial Day weekend.

✈️ A new hiring plan could increase air traffic controllers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

4. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ 1 run to go: Elizabeth 8K

Photo: Brian Mister/courtesy of the Elizabeth 8K

It's time for the 38th Annual Elizabeth 8K, a favorite among Elizabeth neighborhood residents.

State of play: It's sold out β€” it's the first time organizers have had to cap registration (1,300 participants), they tell Axios.

Why it matters: Charlotte's vibrant running community is growing from longtime events like the Elizabeth 8K to new races like the Meck Mile. Plus Charlotteans are showing up in races all over the world, including the Boston and London marathons.

If you go to cheer: The start/finish lines are at 1515 Bartow Ct. The 8K starts at 8am, and there will be a post-race party until 11am.

Between the lines: Proceeds from the race benefit the Elizabeth neighborhood and TreesCharlotte, a nonprofit protecting Charlotte's tree canopy.

πŸ“š Currently reading: "The Rise of the Ultra Runners" by Adharanand Finn, which I bought at Park Road Books. It's inspired me to look at races abroad. Maybe a 50K in Wales or Scotland is in my future.

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