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Sunday, July 21, 2013

See Siers Op Ed on CLT Airport & Orr from the

Kevin Siers, Published: July 19, 2013 in The Charlotte Observer

Jerry Orr told the Observer that he had been fired as long time Aviation Director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  However, various city officials including City Manager Ron Carlee state Orr resigned his position in a letter by telling them he was in a new (much-anticipated) position as Executive Director of the new Charlotte Airport Authority.  That position is on hold by court order, so Orr is currently out of a job.  Charlotte's City Council says litigation is pending to fight takeover of the airport by a regional authority established by state legislation. 

Temporary restraining orders, negotiations, much more to come.


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Family event in Charlotte this Saturday

Petapalooza at Charlotte Nature Museum

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join Charlotte Nature Museum to celebrate our favorite animal companions and learn about responsible pet ownership when the Museum hosts its July Creature Feature, Petapalooza.

Did you know both humans and cats have identical regions of the brain responsible for emotion? Nobody who loves their cat or dog would be surprised by this.

At Petapalooza, get nose-to-nose and beak-to-beak with rescued and exotic animals including:

·         Blue and gold macaw [Ara ararauna]
·         Bearded dragons [Pogona vitticeps]
·         Corn snake [Elaphe guttatus]
·         Red-tailed boa [Boa constrictor]
·         Lionhead rabbit [Oryctolagus cuniculus]

·       Did you know an estimated 5,000-18,000 Burmese pythons live in southern Florida due to people releasing them into the wild? Find out why you should never release a pet outdoors and the dangers that doing so can have on the environment and the pet itself.

  • ·       ‘Paws’ in the Naturalist Lab to make your own unique pet from a rock.
  • ·       Stop in for the Puppet Show Don’t Make a Pet of Me and furry tales such as “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” by Trina Hakes, “Pets at Stop in for the Puppet Show Don’t Make a Pet of Me and furry tales such as “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” by Trina Hakes, “Pets at the White House” by Carl Carmer and “Our New Kitten” by Harriett Hains. 

Call 704.372.6261 x300 or visit for more information. 

Creature Features, supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, are monthly special events and include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. Creature Feature activities are free with Museum admission. 

Admission: $6 ages two & older,
Free: Younger-than-two & Members
Parking is free.

Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road,
Charlotte (Adjacent to Freedom Park).
Hours are: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m.; and closed on Monday.

Charlotte Nature Museum offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley or just hang out in Our Big Backyard. Visitors can learn together during workshops, summer camps and more. Daily programming including hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for kids of all ages. Charlotte Nature Museum is operated by Discovery Place, Inc.