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'City Walks' Connects Neighborhoods Across Charlotte

More groups of people will be out walking through Charlotte neighborhoods during May, telling stories and sharing experiences about the places they live, as part of the "City Walks" initiative.

City Walks are an effort led by PlanCharlotte.org, an online publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. They are funded in part with a grant from the Knight Foundation. PlanCharlotte has partnered with several community groups to help organize and lead the walks. They include the Charlotte Museum of History, the Levine Museum of the New South and various neighborhood organizations. Click here for the full schedule of walks.

City Walks organizer Mary Newsom of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute said the walks are enriching: "It’s a great way for newcomers to the city and some of the folks who have been here a long time to connect. Those connections are not always easy to make in Charlotte or in a lot of cities."

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and on April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates "Light It Up Blue" in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day.

The UNC Charlotte campus will have blue lights on Dickson Gate as part of this event as a global community raises awareness of autism and celebrates individuals with autism for their unique talents and gifts. Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe will unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals around the world with autism.

More information on the event is available online.