Mail a letter to Santa, keep the kids busy
Saturday, Dec. 07, 2013

Mail a letter to Santa, keep the kids busy

Santa has left a mailbox in Cornelius through Dec. 16. If you still have a letter to mail to Santa, drop it off at Santa’s mailbox at the Cornelius Arts Center, and the letter will be forwarded to the North Pole.

If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in with your letter, Santa will write back to you.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 2 and 3, children of any age are invited to come to the New Year’s art party at the Cornelius Arts Center. A variety of New Year’s-themed art projects and activities will be available. A parent or caregiver must accompany children under age 8. The fee is $5 per child per hour.

Things for kids to do winter break

• Dec. 26, 27, 28 and Jan. 2, 3, 4, Santa’s Speed & Agility Workshops, for ages 8-13, Champions Sports Performance & Training Center, 18831 Statesville Road.

• Dec. 27 and 28, Christmas Week Basketball Clinic for ages 7-11, Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road.

• Dec. 27, Christmas Week Open Gym Volleyball, for ages 10-14, Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road.

• Jan. 2 and 3, Holiday Fun & Fitness Mini-Camps for ages 4-6 and 7-10, J.V. Washam Recreation Center, 9611 Westmoreland Road.

For information or to register: or 704-892-6031 x160.

Help protect the trees of Cornelius

Cornelius is facing a growing population of cankerworms, the small green caterpillars-like insects. Usually, cankerworms don’t kill the trees, but since they eat the leaves, the tree becomes more susceptible to drought, other insects and disease.

According to the town, the easiest and cheapest way of controlling cankerworms is to band the trunks of susceptible trees taller than 20 feet. Then apply a sticky adhesive to trap females as they crawl up the trunk to lay eggs. Banding supplies can be purchased at most local hardware stores.

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at

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