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Queen City Roundup 10/19: Water advisory issued after main break, mural fest, coffee shop's sober event Friday & more!

Collin Cunningham

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Charlotte visual artist Abel Jackson is one of the creatives painting murals in this year's Talking Walls fest. More info on that below.(Abel Jackson/Talking Walls)

By Collin Cuningham

(CHARLOTTE, NC) Good morning, Queen City residents. Hopefully, you're not one of the many Charlotteans who faced low or no water pressure when a main line broke on Remount Road yesterday, but if you are a safety advisory is still in place for water usage.

Today's roundup has more info on the water incident for you, as well as a street art event set to decorate some of the city's more boring walls this week. And then we round out today's edition by previewing an alcohol-free event ata local coffee shop on Friday. Today is Tuesday, October 19, and here's what every Charlotte resident needs to know.

1. Boil water advisory in place for Charlotte residents affected by yesterday's main break

Charlotte utility officials said residents who experienced little or no water pressure yesterday are encouraged to boil the water they use in household activities for the next two days. Around 5 p.m. on Monday, a significant water line in the 1400 block of Remount Road in southwest Charlotte, causing faucets at the airport and nearby residential communities to slow to a trickle or stop entirely.

Crews were able to restore water service to all affected homes by 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, but the advisory remains in effect. Charlotte Water said in a tweet that it will continue to test water samples for the next several days. The following portions of Charlotte had the greatest water pressure issues, including ZIP codes 28105, 28202, 28203, 29205, 28206, 28207, 28208, 28209, 28211, 28212, 28213, 28214, 28215, 28216, 28217, and 28277:

Water usages where boiling is encouraged to include drinking, brushing teeth, cooking and washing dishes. Showers are unaffected because they are already hot.

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport tweeted around 8 p.m. on Monday that faucets were being used sparingly, and guests were only able to purchase pre-packaged foods following the break.

2. Talking Walls tasks 8 street artists with touching up Charlotte's gray walls

The amusingly named Talking Walls mural festival will transform many of Charlotte's less-interesting walls into big public art displays, almost like a horizontal version of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. Fortunately, the mural artists won't have to lie on their backs as they adorn the drab walls between Oct. 18 and 24.

This year's festival — its fourth edition, after taking a pandemic year off — brings together visual artists like the Australian nature embellisher Treazy Treaz and Charlotte's own Bree Stallings, whose large-scale paintings often work as collages as themes and ideas are literally layered on top of each other.

The walls themselves will be scattered about the city, at various public areas and businesses, including Camp North End, the Metropolitan shopping mall, Ink Floyd screen printing and Missiongathering.

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Stallings' past mural work shows the detail she is capable of honing in massive media.(Bree Stallings/Talking Walls)

3. Charlotte's Counterculture Club to host alcohol-free social event at local coffee shop on Friday

A Charlotte community focused on helping people stay sober is hosting an alcohol-free gathering event at Not Just Coffee on Jay Street, in the city's Wesley Heights neighborhood, at 6 p.m. on Friday. Wellbeing Bar is a $20, three-hour event that will give guests free rein on beer substitutes, food from local providers, live music and tarot card readings. Members of the organization can get in for free, and tickets are $25 at the door.

Counterculture Club's "biggest alcohol-free event yet" will feature seltzers, beers and cocktails crafted without alcohol by local companies like Blue Blaze Brewing, Wellbeing Brewing Company and Your Farm Your Table, the last of which will serve hyperlocal grub as well as a special sober cocktail. Attendees can also peer into their drink-free futures by having their tarot cards read on site.

"It can be really challenging to find friends and ways to socialize as a non-drinker in a boozy world," Counterculture founder Molly Ruggere explained the purpose of the event. “Wellbeing Bar is an opportunity for the larger Charlotte community to experience what goes on inside our membership every day — socializing with like-minded people and building authentic connections in a safe space where alcohol is irrelevant.”

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