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Curious George at Southpark and Purim at the LJCC this weekend in Charlotte

Curious George visits Southpark on Saturday.
Curious George visits Southpark on Saturday.
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This weekend, take advantage of two free events in the Southpark area of Charlotte.

On Saturday, the Southpark Mall kids club is hosting a children's literacy event, featuring local news personalities, Colleen Odegaard and Natalie Pasquarella, reading Curious George and other stories to the audience.  Event organizers also announced a special appearance by Curious George, himself, and that the first 100 kids to arrive will receive Curious George fun packs, filled with Curious George activity pages, stickers, a Curious George mask and more.  (Please note, the event is scheduled in conjunction with the DVD release of Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey. ) 

The event is Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Southpark Center Court.
For more information, contact SouthPark Guest Services at 704.295.0975.

On Sunday, from 12pm-3pm, the Levine Jewish Community Center will host its annual Purim Carnival, which is free to attend and open to the entire Charlotte community. 

Purim is a festive holiday celebrating the triumph of Jew-in-hiding, Queen Esther, who rescued the Jews of the Persian Empire from certain death, as plotted for by the evil Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus.  According to the story, Haman cast lots to determine the day upon which to exterminate the Jews.  Queen Esther with the help of  Mordecai, a palace official, cousin and foster parent of Esther, foils Haman's evil plot.  Instead of being victims, the Jews stopped Haman and the King then encouraged them to defeat his other enemies.  The day after that battle was then designated as a day of feasting and rejoicing. 

The LJCC will feature games, prizes, inflatables and crafts in both of the gymnasiums.  Tickets are required for each booth and the cost is usually 75 cents - $1 to play each game.  The money supports different organizations within Shalom Park, such as the Temple Beth El Religious School and Charlotte Jewish Preschool.  There will also be traditional foods and hot dog lunches for sale. 

Expect to see children dressed up as their favorite character from the Purim story.  This is a traditional way to celebrate Purim.  Also, if you hear the name Haman mentioned, be sure to Boo loudly.

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