October 2014

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October

WEEKLY AND WEEKEND SPECIALS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

The Wine Cellar LKN: Come unwind in a relaxing lounge atmosphere, sip delicious wine, enjoy live music, and maybe even learn a new language! Weekly events include: Tuesdays - $1 off all craft beers and ciders (for those who aren’t wine lovers), Wednesdays - Ladies Night Out with selected bottles of wine starting at just $15, Thursdays - Wine tastings featuring some of the best wines on the market (try some different varietals and receive a discount when you purchase any of the featured wines of the evening), last Friday of each month - LKN French Connection - sample French wines, share stories about French culture, food, and trips abroad, and converse in English or French if you “parlez français.” Hours of operation: 2-10 p.m. Mon-Wed, 2-11 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturdays, reserved for private parties on Sundays. The Wine Cellar - French Bistro, 19172 One Norman Blvd., Suite 110, Cornelius. 704-895-3292. www.winecellarlkn.com


MoJo’s Grill & Pub: Offers Lake Norman-area residents chef-inspired pub food, daily/nightly drink specials, a laid-back atmosphere to watch college football games (every Saturday at noon) and NFL games (every Sunday at 1 p.m.), live entertainment, and catering services from Creative Catering and Events Inc., if you wish to host an event off-site. Almost every night of the week, “MoJo’s Live” features a different music event, including Super Karaoke Tuesdays, Mo'Jammin' Open Mike Wednesdays, and live acoustic, classic rock, and bluegrass on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Hours of operation: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Tues.-Thurs, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Sundays, closed Mondays. MoJo’s, 19901 Holiday Lane, Cornelius. 704-438-9777. www.mojosgrillandpub.com


WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER

Harvey's in Huntersville and H2 in Cornelius: Visit the original location in Huntersville or check out the new location in Cornelius and enjoy craft beers, monthly beer dinners with four-course meals, and live music on the weekends. Weekly specials include half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays, $3 draft pints on Thursdays and kids eat free on Tuesdays (one child per paying adult). Live music line-up for October includes: Tim Cook Band (Oct. 3 at Harvey’s and Oct. 10 at H2), Karl Stoltz (Oct. 4 at Harvey’s and Oct. 11 at H2), and Dave and Bob acoustic (Oct. 18 at H2). This month's beer dinner includes four courses and five different beers from a featured brewery. 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Cornelius location (H2) and Oct. 22 at the original Harvey's in Huntersville. $25. Harvey’s, 13812 Cinnabar Place, Huntersville. 704-947-5080. Opens at 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 11 a.m. Sat.-Sun. H2, 19707 Liverpool Pkwy, Cornelius. 704-892-1001. Opens at 11 a.m. every day. www.harveyslkn.com


Burner’s Cigar Co.: Burner’s is a different type of cigar store to the Lake Norman area offering a wide selection of more than 500 boutique brand and premium cigars as well as a smoking lounge open to all customers with no charge or membership required. Come join us for one of our many cigar events or just to watch the game. Free Wi-Fi access, hi-def TVs, and large leather chairs are available for you to sit back and enjoy your cigars. Choose from a variety of cigar accessories including cutters, lighters, ashtrays, and humidors, as well as pipe tobacco. Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 12-6 p.m. Sundays. Burners Cigar Co., 16620 Cranlyn Road, Suite 130, Huntersville. 704-892-5112. www.burnerscigar.com


Oct. 2 and 16

Open Mic Night in Downtown Cornelius: Every first and third Thursday, Bella Love features some of LKN's and Charlotte's most creative artists in a unique, collaborative setting. From musicians and visual artists, to comedians and poets, this event makes it easy to get connected to the heart of the creative community, meet new people, and inspire the soul. All ages are welcome and drink specials are available for adults 21 and up. Interested in performing? Contact Case Warnemunde at cwarnemunde@bellalove.com. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $5. Kadi Fit Studios in Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius. www.bellalove.com


Oct. 14

SmileTrain Fundraiser with Comedian Spanky Brown: Since 1997 at an Open Mic Night at the Comedy House Theatre in Savannah GA, Spanky has been leaving audiences reeling with laughing, touring comedy clubs around the country, and been featured on B.E.T’s "Comic View", Comedy Central, and The Speed Network. Check him out on XM/Sirius Satellite radio comedy stations, or you might even hear him on The Bob and Tom Show. 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show starts. $15 (A portion of ticket sales from the show will benefit SmileTrain, an international children’s charity that provides free surgery to poor children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate). Check out a new comic every Tuesday night (Don't miss celebrity comedian Carlos Mencia, of star of "Mind of Mencia" on Oct. 28!), enjoy a full menu, drinks, and lots of laughs. Lake Norman Comedy Zone, upstairs at the Galway Hooker Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com


Oct. 17

"LIVE in the 115" Outdoor Music Series: Celebrate local music, hang out with friends or meet new ones - all right in the heart of downtown Mooresville. Don’t miss the last concert of the season featuring Sojourn of Sparrows and DukTan. Chairs and blankets allowed, but no coolers or alcohol permitted. Music organized by Big Hat Larry's Guitars, Music & More. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. John Franklin Moore Park, at the corner of Main Street and Center Avenue, Downtown Mooresville. www.downtownmooresville.com


Oct. 18

Open House Broadcast See a live radio broadcast and meet Kelly McKay from 107.9 The Link during this open house at Bellington in Huntersville from M/I Homes. Enjoy free BBQ and ice cream from Something Classic catering. Tour M/I Homes’ new models and inventory homes, and register to win a $100 gift card. Free, Noon-3 p.m. Reservations requested. RSVP by October 17 to sterpak@mihomes.com or 980-322-8775.

OCTOBER HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Through Oct. 31

The Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze: Get lost in a giant seven-acre cornfield (one of the largest in the Southeast), featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. Come during the day or at night for family-friendly flashlight mazes. Rural Hill’s historic 265-acres also features hayrides, cornhole, hiking trails, and a pumpkin patch. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. (day mazes), 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (night mazes) $7-$10 (day mazes), $10-$15 (night mazes). Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net


Carrigan Farms: Come enjoy a variety of family-friendly (and adults only) events at this 130-acre farm including a pumpkin patch, fall harvest tours, night hayrides, and Scarrigan Farms, the scariest haunted trail in the region. Times and prices vary depending on event. Check website for full details. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com; www.scarriganfarms.com


Ghost Walk of Davidson: Come join us for a spooky evening filled with fun and storytelling during a walking tour of the historical town of Davidson. Call for times and reservations. $10 adults, $5 children ages 8-12, free for children seven and under. All ages welcome. Meet in front of The Soda Shop, 104 S. Main Street, Davidson. 704-928-5452. For additional information, visit our Facebook page.


Oct. 17-18, 24-25

Haunted Statesville Walking Tours: Step beyond the beauty of Statesville’s historic downtown and discover its true haunted history in this walking ghost tour full of tales of spirits, scary creatures, and mysterious deaths. Reservations required. Tours run every hour and half hour between 6:30-8:30 p.m. and last about 75-90 minutes. $10, must be paid for in advanced. Historic Downtown Statesville, City Hall (227 S. Center Street) on the corner of East Front and South Center Streets. 704-878-3436. www.downtownstatesvillenc.org


Oct. 18

All Hallow's Eve: Learn about the history of Halloween and meet some of its famous characters throughout history. Children can trick-or-treat around the plantation, participate in costume contests, make crafts, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, free ages 5 and under and members. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


Oct. 24

Town of Davidson’s Downtown Halloween March: Celebrate Halloween early with friends and family at Davidson's traditional annual Halloween March along Main Street. Come dressed up in costume and collect treats from local vendors and merchants. 5 p.m. Starts at Town Hall, 216 S Main Street, Davidson. www.ci.davidson.nc.us


Oct. 24-25

Ghost Walk Tour: Travel through the Plantation at night as you venture past an explosive Civil War battlefield, survive a soldiers cemetery, escape a ghostly prison camp, and enjoy being frightened all in the spirit of Halloween. 6-9 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, free ages 5 and under and members. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


Oct. 31

Downtown Mooresville Trick-or-Treat: Tons of kids dress up and have fun while local businesses in the heart of Mooresville hand out thousands of pieces of candy. (Children 12 and under in costumes only.) 3-5 p.m. (Event ends promptly at 5 p.m.) Downtown Mooresville. 704-662-3336. www.downtownmooresville.com


October Monthly Events

Oct. 4

Vintiques Antique Mall Fall Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pumpkins for the little ones, games for children, face paining, hayrides, vendors, food, decorating contest, sales inside the Antique Mall at 6161 Denver Industrial Park Road in Denver. DJ Steve Smith from Noon-4 p.m. 704-483-3444.


Oct. 7-25

Trackside Pottery Festival Handmade, one of a kind pottery will be the focus of the third annual Trackside Pottery Festival coming to the Mooresville Arts Depot Oct. 7-25. . The Depot, home to Mooresville Arts, is a lovely historic building in the center of downtown Mooresville at 103 West Center Avenue. This year’s Trackside Pottery Festival will feature nearly a dozen regional artists showcasing a variety of styles of pottery, from hand built vessels and sculptural pieces to wheel thrown functional and art pieces. Co-chairs Stephanie Gainer and Terry Loeb, both ceramic artists themselves, have worked hard to bring in artists with a variety of styles and price points making the show a must see for both shoppers looking for unique gifts and collectors looking for purchases. As a bonus the festival will run concurrently with Mooresville Arts’ Artoberfest, a judged show of two and three dimensional works. The Depot is open Tuesday through Saturday 12pm-5pm.


Oct. 9

Harmony in Health Hosted by Dr. Oz HealthReach Community Clinic for Harmony in Health, presented by Walgreens, welcomes America’s Doctor and host of the Dr. Oz Show, Mehmet Oz, M.D. to the Carolinas on Thursday, Oct. 9. Dr. Oz will make his way to Mooresville, N.C., to participate in the Harmony in Health event and engage attendees in a discussion on healthy living and the importance of accessing health care including services provided at the more than 120 clinics in North and South Carolina that may provide free medical and dental care to people in need who have no health insurance. This special celebration kicks-off with a Dr. Oz led Community Walk in downtown Mooresville, benefitting the free clinics of North and South Carolina. Other events include a middle and high school student celebration, an educational Health Fair featuring health-related businesses and individual time between Dr. Oz and the staff and volunteers of the free clinics of North and South Carolina. The day will end with a signature Black Tie Event at Trump National Golf Course to benefit HealthReach Community Clinic.


Oct. 24-26

Main Street Events’ Fall Festival: Celebrate fall at this three-day festival with fun for the whole family. Enjoy food trucks, kids’ inflatables, an antiques market, and all kinds of arts and crafts vendors. Browse and discover holiday items, handcrafted jewelry, home accessories, art and more on an autumn weekend. Presented by Main Street Events at the Mill. 500 South Main Street in Mooresville, at Merinos at the mill. Hours are Friday from 9 am-8 pm, Saturday from 9 am–6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am–4 pm. Free admission.


November

Through Nov.

Hayrides at Carrigan Farms: Tractor-drawn hayrides follow a winding trail around the farm with a bonfire either before or after your ride, where you can roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Rides last 45 minutes and start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. $12, group rates are also available. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com


Through Nov. 23

Carolina Renaissance Festival: This 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combines outdoor theater, circus entertainment, an arts and crafts marketplace, jousting tournaments, and a feast fit for royalty all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $22 adults, $19 seniors (60+) and active military and their spouses (must show military ID), $12 children 5-12, free for children 5 and under. Check website for discounted ticket prices. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 704-896-5544. www.royalfaires.com/carolina/


Nov. 1&2

20 Feet from Stardom:Studio-C Cinema is showing "20 Feet from Stardom" at Oak Street Mill. Saturday and Sunday doors open 6:15 pm for complementary wine and cheese reception, and art gallery browsing. Screening begins at 7:00pm. Informal discussion follows. $10 Cornelius residents/$11 non-Cornelius residents. Sunday only- post film discussion led by Billboard 100 recording artist and record producer/engineer, Lafouji Alexander. Purchase tickets in advance at www.studioccinema.com, at the Cornelius Art Center, or at the door; cash, check, or credit card accepted.


Nov. 1

12th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest: Celebrate all things "pumpkin" including pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, pumpkin smashing, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a Pumpkin Fest 5K race & fun run/walk. Enjoy food, live music, more than 60 arts and crafts exhibitors, children’s activities, a cornhole tournament, rides, games, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, W. Broad Street, Statesville. 704-878-3436. www.statesvillepumpkinfest.com


38th Annual Working Fingers Craft Show: This unique artisan crafts show, features exhibitors showcasing their art, woodwork, baked goods, jewelry and more. Sponsored by Unique Creations Arts & Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-663-2670. www.ncfestivals.com


GoWILD! 2014 - An Afternoon with the Raptors: Take a walk on the Wild side with Carolina Raptor Center! This annual fundraising event features family fun entertainment, live music, food trucks, beer and wine, and a silent auctions. 5-8 p.m. $40 adults, $15 children. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org


Nov. 1, 15, 29

Tour de Food: Don't miss the last chance to experience the tastes of Davidson, as this is the last month of food tours until 2015! Sample culinary delights from several restaurants, ranging from upscale dining to a soda shop. Meet the owners and chefs for a very personal experience unlike any other. 1:30 p.m. $50. The Brick House Tavern, 209 Delburg Street Davidson. 336-406-6294. www.tourdefood.net


Nov. 2

ETSU Bluegrass Band: Directed by Daniel Boner, the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band is comprised of student performers, with a sounds described as, "a lollapalooza of blues, jazz, and country." Over the course of the program's history, this acclaimed band has performed at prestigious venues across the U.S. and onstage with bluegrass and country music legends including as Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and the late Porter Wagoner. Reception with refreshments, following the concert. 3 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors (65+) and students, free for children under 12. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249. www.saintpeterbythelake.net


Nov. 4-30

"Give the Gift of Art" Holiday Sale: This is the first show/fundraiser of its kind, featuring one-of-a-kind art items available in the Mooresville area that make great gifts for the holiday. Thirty percent of every sale will go toward renovating and restoring The Mooresville Arts Depot, a historic landmark in the community. Presented by Mooresville Arts. 12-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. 704-663-6661. www.magart.org


Nov. 5

Mooresville Craft Crawl: Event promotes local artistry and creativity with all handmade items, from jewelry, pottery, woodworking to baked goods, jams, jellies and more. Also featuring live music, from Barrie Howard the "One Man Band." 5-9 p.m. Mooresville Town Square Mall, Mooresville Commons Way, Mooresville. for additional information, call 704-450-7363, email mooresvillecraftcrawl@gmail.com, or visit the 'Mooresville Craft Crawl' Facebook page.


Nov. 6

Tastes of Habitat: Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program will be hosting this fundraising event with the goal of providing safe, decent and affording housing for females in the Lake Norman community. The evening will feature auctions and a number of Lake Norman’s finest chefs from local eateries offering specially prepared hors d’oeuvres, mini entrees, and desserts. Restaurants include Dressler's, Prickly Pear, South Main Sweet Shop, and more. 6:30-9 p.m. $40 per person, $300 for a table of eight. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville. www.ourtownshabitat.org


Nov. 6-7

"Holiday Over the Tabletop": This 6th annual charity fundraising event sponsored by the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club will feature holiday-themed tabletop and tree decorating, and a "sip ‘n shop" boutique from area designers, artisans, and vendors, while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails (cash bar), holiday entertainment at the evening gala or holiday cooking and entertaining demonstrations while you sip hot cider, coffee, and feast on holiday sweets at the afternoon gathering. Proceeds from this event will benefit ANSWER. 6-10 p.m. Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 7. $35, evening gala, $20, afternoon session. Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.nmwclub.org


Nov. 6-23

"Rapture, Blister, Burn": This Off-Broadway 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist play written by Gina Gionfriddo, follows the lives of Catherine and Gwen, two best friends who chose opposite paths. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance, and the decisions that define a life. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Ticket prices TBA. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. www.warehousepac.com


Nov. 7-16

Seussical, Jr. Presented by The Connie Company: This musical extravaganza based on the book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, excites our imagination as we follow the Cat in the Hat and Jojo on a whirlwind adventure. All of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters will come to life and delight audiences with their fun-filled adventures discovering life lessons. 1 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15; 4 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15-16; 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 14. $10. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org


Nov. 8-9

19th Annual Sheepdog Trials And Dog Show: One of the area’s best known dog events will showcase dog sports demonstrations, the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, and the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club. Other festivities include kid's activities, hayrides, living history demonstrations in the 1760’s cabin, historic craft and cooking demos, food and North Carolina beer and wine vendors, pumpkin chunkin’, and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 ages 13 and older, $7 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net


Folk Life Festival: Come out for a day of family-friendly fun at this one-of-a-kind fall festival. Festivities include a variety of arts and crafts vendors selling everything from jewelry to pottery, food and beverage vendors serving up BBQ, funnel cakes, locally-crafted beer, and more. Enjoy live entertainment by Southern Express while children experience storytelling, crafts, games, and face painting.10 a.m-4 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for children 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


Nov. 8 & 14

A Taste of Turkey and Wine: Cooking classes this month feature themes including "A New Thanksgiving Tradition" (Nov. 8), where you'll learn the basics of a preparing a classic holiday meal with a new twist, and "Turkey, Wines, & Appetizer Pairing" (Nov. 14), where you'll sample several wines and enjoy appetizers to complement each of the wines. Check website for class times and prices. Gourmet on the Run, 137 Market Place Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-0030. www.gourmetontherun.com


Nov. 8

Andre Christine Gallery Art Opening: The "Small Works" exhibit reception to meet the artists and view over sixty paintings from area artists. This will be on display throughout the holidays until January 2015. All paintings will be smaller than 18x20 framed. This very popular exhibit in the past for the cost conscious collector and decorator is a must see. 5-8 p.m. New Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10-5, Friday & Saturday 10-4, Sunday by appointment. www.andrechristinegallery.com


Nov. 9

Nutcracker Tea hosted by the Ballet Company of Academy of Dance and Fine Arts: Journey to the Land of the Sweets with the story of the Nutcracker. Guests will be dazzled by the dancer's from The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts in Mooresville, and afterward enjoy tea, lemonade, and a variety of treats. All proceeds benefit Ace & TJ's Grin Kids. 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. $15, $60 for two VIP tickets, which includes preferred seating, decoupage pointe shoe souvenir, and a cast photo. Johnson Carriage House, 1360 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-663-3169. www.adfastudio.com


Nov. 11

53rd Annual Pork BBQ at Rehobeth UMC: Come out and enjoy fellowship with the community and a delicious BBQ meal served family style with slaw, sweet potatoes, pickles, apple sauce, and homemade desserts. Take-out available (sandwiches only - $4). 11 a.m. $9 adults, $5 children 10 and younger. Rehobeth UMC 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518. www.rehobethumc.org


Nov. 13-23

Southern Christmas Show: Get in the holiday spirit at this annual holiday attraction, where there's Christmas magic at every turn! Browse hundreds of vendors, enjoy food, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. Opens at 10 a.m. daily. $11 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children under six with paying adult. Discount tickets available when purchased in advanced. $7 for parking. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. www.southernchristmasshow.com


Nov. 14

Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl: The town's restaurants and businesses open their doors for a special evening of art, food, music, and dance. Merchants will host Lincoln County's artists and craftspeople who will showcase a wide variety of fine art and craft mediums including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, metal-smith, wood turning, and more. Artists can register by calling or emailing artslincolnnc@gmail.com. 5-9 p.m. Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton. 704-732-9044. www.artslincolnnc.org


Nov. 15

Susan Egan Concert: Dubbed "The Belle of Broadway," this Tony nominee brings her critically-acclaimed concert to Statesville to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Broadway debut in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Her performance combines humor, personal anecdotes, and music by some of Broadway's best writers. Her talent in the entertainment industry, includes theatre, film, television, and music, and she sings with symphonies worldwide. Don't miss the last concert of the 2014 season before we gear up for the holidays and the 2015 lineup. 7:30 p.m. $21, general admission, $11 students. Mac Gray Auditorium, 474 N. Center Street, Statesville. 704-380-0875. www.iredellconcerts.com


An Evening of Hope & Healing: This evening formerly known as “Cruise for Change” includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Funds benefit critical services offered by Safe Alliance in Lake Norman. 7-11 p.m. $75 per person, $675 for tables of 10. There will also be a raffle to win 40 bottles of hand selected wines being donated by generous individuals and local merchants. $20 per ticket, $50 for three tickets. Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.safealliance.org/evening-of-hope-and-healing


Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting: Ring in the holidays at Birkdale Village's annual holiday tree lighting ceremony with music, food, and Santa's arrival. Organized by the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club. A percentage of the proceeds from the sponsorship packages will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. For more information on how to become an event sponsor or vendor, please email rcrespo@ddr.com or call 704-895-8744. 5-8 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. www.birkdalevillage.net


Nov. 15-16

Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show: From professional designers to beginning beaders, the exhibitors showcase a colorful array of precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, hand blown glass beads, vintage beads, crystals and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. $5, Sun. $4, free for children 12 and under. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. www.beadshows.com


Nov. 21-30

"Miracle on 34th Street - The Musical": Based on the classic film, featuring a single mother and her daughter who wonder if a department store Santa might be the real Mr. Claus. The universal theme of ‘hope in times of uncertainty’ makes Miracle on 34th Street one show not to miss! This joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect holiday treat! 8 p.m. Nov. 21-22, 28-29; 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30. $16 adults, $14 seniors (60+) and students (high school age and younger), $8 for children 12 years and younger. The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc., 10 South Main Avenue, Newton. 828-464-6583. www.the-green-room.org


Carolina Christmas Light Show: The speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 colorful displays. For additional information on other festivities, visit the website. 7 p.m. Prices vary depending on vehicle type. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com


Nov. 22

7th Annual Artisan & Crafters Expo: Artists and crafters offering beautiful works of art and unique handmade items for sale including artisan breads, candy, jams, and other homemade baked goods, such as gluten-free items. Don't forget to sample and cast your vote in the chili cook-off contest. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Kester Gymnasium, Statesville Christian School, 1210 Museum Road, Statesville. For additional information, call 650-443-6464, email sacexpo2014@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page.


Nov. 25

70th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade: Welcome the holiday season at this annual event featuring floats, marching bands, dance and tumbling troupes, vintage and modern cars, plus plenty of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and come early to beat the crowds. 3:30 p.m. Free. Main Street beginning at Statesville Avenue, Mooresville. 704-662-8210. www.mooresvillechristmasparade.com


Nov. 27

Annual Turkey Trot 5K: Bring the family for pre-Thanksgiving dinner festivities including a Kids' Turkey Dash and awards ceremony. Celebrate a healthy holiday and help those in need. All proceeds from the 5K will benefit local projects at the Mission. 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. Kids' Turkey Dash, 9 a.m. 5K run/walk. 10:30 am. awards. $10 kids' fun run, $25 pre-registration until Nov. 17, $30 registration after Nov. 17. Mooresville Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad Street, Mooresville. 704-664-2357. www.mooresvillechristianmission.org/turkey-trot-5-k/


3rd Annual Strong, Focused and Soon-to-be-Stuffed Family 5K: Get your exercise in before a big day of food, family, and football on the Greenway in Birkdale. After the run, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, hot chocolate, musical entertainment, and the chance to win some great prizes with a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville. 8 a.m. $20 per person, $40 per family. Fleet Feet Sports in Birkdale, 16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville. www.soontobestuffedfamily5k.com


Nov. 28-29

A Plantation Christmas: Begin the holiday season by experiencing an 1860s Christmas at the plantation. Visitors will see period Christmas decor and baking in the kitchen, learn about Christmas traditions in the 1800s, and meet St. Nick. 10 a.m-4 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for children 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


Nov. 29

3rd Annual Light Up Cornelius: Come experience a Cornelius holiday tradition at the inaugural tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy community choirs, dance performances, children's activities, carriages rides, holiday shopping, refreshments, and a visit from Santa! 4-6 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. www.cornelius.org