Spring brings beauty at favorite stop sign
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Friday, Mar. 28, 2014

Spring brings beauty at favorite stop sign

I have lived in Cornelius for almost 23 years, and spring is always my favorite time of year here.

Yes, the grass turns green again, Magnolia trees flower, tulips and irises you forgot you planted re-bloom, and the daffodils pop up. But to me, the blooming of the Bradford pear trees pales all that.

There are some hills that I drive down or up and marvel at the beauty of the trees. My favorite hill has lost a couple of trees to sidewalk construction and recent ice storms, but the trees that are still there make me stop.

There is one strategically placed stop sign, and if no one’s behind me, I stop in my car, sit in my car in the middle of the road and survey the trees.

I usually open the car windows, and if the wind is blowing, it carries the white blooms of the trees through the air and into my car. The whiteness reminds me of the New England snows I loved as a child.

But as an adult, I love even more the warmth that comes with these small white flowers. I look forward to this time every year.

So I encourage you to find your own favorite view, stop and stare at our trees. It always makes me feel better and glad I still live here.

Then email me (address below) to let readers know about your favorite spot. I’ll print them in a future column.

Senior Fun & Fitness

The eighth annual Lake Norman Senior Fun & Fitness Day will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15 at Jetton Park. Events include health screenings and health vendors, a group fitness walk, chair exercise class, tai chi class and line dance lessons. There will also be food, entertainment and giveaways.

Call 704-875-1270 by April 8 to register for $3. Onsite registration is $5.

Upcoming films at Studio-C Cinema

All films start at 7 p.m. and are shown in the Cornelius Arts Center.

• April 5, “Wadjda,” Arabic drama.

• April 25, “Play Again,” documentary from the United States.

• May 3, “Kikujiro,” Japanese comedy.

• June 7, “Whitewash,” Independent Canadian drama/comedy.

• July 5, “Tim’s Vermeer,” another documentary from the U.S.

• Aug. 2, “The Lunch Box,” drama/romance from India.

Studio-C Cinema is looking for people to help in production, assist on screening nights and/or help to lead after-movie discussions. For information or tickets visit info@studioccinema.com or call 704-996-7724.

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at ldaidone@hotmail.com.

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