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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Community news

Quillen speaks on entrepreneurship: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will welcome Davidson College President Carol Quillen to speak about “The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Liberal Arts” 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 25 at River Run Golf and Country Club.

Quillen will discuss the topic in light of an evolving economy and a changing higher education landscape. This is the first time the president has addressed the regional business association.

Guests who are not members of the chamber should make reservations by calling 704-892-1922 by April 22. Cost is $17 for chamber members, $20 for nonmembers.

Coffee with a cop: The Huntersville Police Department invites the community to meet neighborhood officers during its Coffee with a Cop session 6-7:30 p.m. April 23 at Chick-fil-a, 16915 Statesville Road.

Citizens can ask questions, voice concerns and learn more about police work in neighborhoods.

For information, contact Sgt. Kevin Tatur at 704-464-5400 or

Fish and chicken fundraiser: The Rehobeth United Methodist Church Youth Group will hold a Fish and Chicken Fundraiser 5-8 p.m. April 28 at Butcher Boys Restaurant, 6347 N.C. 150 E., Sherills Ford. Proceeds will fund the youth group’s summer mission trip to South Dakota.

Plates are $8 and include catfish, flounder, shrimp, chicken tenders, fries, slaw and hush puppies. Youth will be waiting tables and will receive $4 per plate, plus tips.

Dove House fundraiser: A silent auction, live bands and the culinary creations of more than a dozen top local restaurants and caterers will be featured at the 13th Annual “An Evening for Dove House” fundraiser 5-11 p.m. May 3 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.

WCNC meteorologist Larry Sprinkle will serve as celebrity auctioneer of hundreds of items, including exotic travel, vacation homes, memorabilia, art, yacht cruises, personal services and more.

Participating restaurants include Epic Chophouse, Brickhouse Tavern, Carusos Fine Italian Restaurant, Chopstix Thai Restaurant, Taps Pourhouse, Salty Caper, eeZ Fusion, Pomodoros, Joe Byrd’s Food Junkee Backyard BBQ, Debbie’s Heavenly Touch Catering and Hickory Tavern.

The Buff’ugees and The Mike Hager Band will perform.

Proceeds benefit Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves victims of child sexual abuse and their families.

Tickets are $100 each; reserved tables are $1,000 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at For information, call Ken Wooten at 704-883-9814.

Run Wild 5K: The Run Wild 5K will be held at 8 a.m. May 10 at the Birkdale Residents’ Club in Huntersville. The 1-mile Wild Child Fun Run for ages 11 and under will follow at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the African Children’s Project and its home in Kenya for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Last year’s race drew more than 700 runners and walkers. Awards will be given to the top two overall male and female finishers, as well as speed awards in each age division. Additional awards are given for the Wildest Wardrobe, Largest Pride and Middle of the Pack.

Pre-race day registration is $25 for the 5K, $10 for the 1-mile Wild Child Fun Run. Online registration is available at Registration forms also are at Omega Sports, 9749 Sam Furr Road in Huntersville.

For information on sponsorships, contact Melanie Freshour at or 704-598-7884.

Charity run/walk: The Shirley’s Angels “Love Your Headlights” 5K and 5.5-Mile Charity Run/Walk to support those battling breast cancer will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 10 at Huntersville Business Park, 13801 E. Reese Blvd. in Huntersville.

Participants will receive a T-shirt and swag bag. Awards will be given for top finishers and the best pink ensemble.

Registration for the 5K is $20 before April 24, $25 after April 24, and $30 on race day. Registration for the 5.5-mile walk is $30 early registration, $35 after April 24, and $40 on race day. To register, visit

Tax-deductible sponsorships are available for $200 to $500 for businesses or $100 in honor or memory of a loved one. For information, visit

Theater fundraiser: Theater lovers from Lake Norman recently joined the Davidson Community Players at NorthStone Country Club for ENCORE, a musical revue benefit featuring popular performances from years past.

Proceeds from the first-time fundraising gala will help underwrite extensive programs for youth and adults.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by 131 Main and Nothing Bundt Cakes while bidding on auction items and buying raffle tickets. Actors from past shows performed, including Lori Tate, Kristian Andrewson, Lisa Smith and Kevin Roberge.

Now in its 49th season, Davidson Community Players was the 2011 winner of the North Carolina Theatre Conference Community Theatre of the Year Award.


NGK Ceramics expansion: NGK Ceramics USA, Inc. recently held a ribbon cutting for its $92 million expansion in Mooresville.

The Japanese-owned manufacturer of ceramic substrates used for automotive and diesel vehicles also added 86 new jobs. It was the 13th expansion at the Mooresville site.

Maximize value of business: Business coach Wayne Bidelman of Advicoach will host an educational seminar, “Maximize the Value of Your Business: Create Freedom for Yourself” 6:30-8 p.m. April 22 at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.

Bidelman will teach eight keys to maximizing the value of your business, creating the freedom to enjoy life and getting the cash to do it. Guest presenter Joe Vagnone author of “So You Want to Buy a Small Business?” will discuss how buyers evaluate businesses.

Bidelman and Vagnone are co-founders of the Carolina Business Academy and co-hosts of the weekly business radio show, “Local Biz Now,” at 8 a.m. Fridays on WSIC 1400 AM in Statesville.

Registration is $20 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar after the seminar. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, visit or call 704-997-5002.

Sharpen interview skills: Lake Norman Toastmasters will host a “How to Ace an Interview” workshop 6:30-8 p.m. April 28 at Sandler Sales Institute above the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Suite 206, Cornelius.

Experienced managers will lead mock interviews and evaluate responses. Participants should bring a resume.

For more information, contact Charlotte Miller at 704-892-3337 or 704-287-5346.


Diabetes support: The Diabetes Support Group will meet noon to 1 p.m. April 28 in the Burlington Room at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Mooresville.

Sponsored by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, the free group provides education and support to those living with Type 2 diabetes and their families.

Registration is not required. For information, call Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or email

Medicare seminar: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will offer “Are You Turning 65? Let’s Talk Medicare” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 29 at The Insurance Center, 116 S. Main St. in Mooresville.

The seminar is free. For information, call 704-663-5557.

Treatment for acid reflux: A free educational program, “No Heartburn. No Pills. No Scars. Treatment for Acid Reflux Disease” will be offered at 6 p.m. April 29 in Community Room B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Peyton Davis, the first surgeon in the state certified to conduct the incisionless surgery procedure TIF, will speak about its effectiveness and benefits.

For information, call 888-995-6762.

Life support course: Health care providers are invited to attend an American Heart Association Basic Life Support course 6-10 p.m. April 30 in Community Room B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

Topics include CPR and lifesaving skills in a variety of hospital and health care settings. Cost is $50, including the course book.

For information, call 888-995-6762.


Donated artwork needed: Pioneer Springs Community School will hold “ArtSpring” 2-6 p.m. May 17 at 9200 Bob Beatty Road in Charlotte. Artists are needed to donate their creations to be auctioned at this fundraiser for the nonprofit school. Beginning in July, Pioneer Springs Community School will be a free, public charter school serving grades K-3 and adding a consecutive grade each year.

Tax-deductible receipts will be provided for all donations. Deadline to submit pieces is April 30.

A free community event, ArtSpring will feature visual art, performing art and music, as well as child-friendly activities. For more information, contact Anne Fell at or 857-225-2146.


PARC Department offerings: The Cornelius PARC Department will offer these classes and events in coming weeks:

Tai chi classes: Tai chi with certified instructor Joe Higgins this spring. The “moving meditation” class focuses on stretching and strengthening muscles, joints and tendons while placing the least amount of stress and tension on the body. The eight-week class is open to beginners and beyond.

An indoor class will be offered 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays, May 1-June 19 in the Cornelius Town Hall Community Room, 21443 Catawba Ave.

A new outdoor session will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 3-June 21 in Jetton Park.

Cost of each session is $40 residents, $46 others.

To register, visit or in person at Cornelius Town Hall. For information, call 704-892-6031 ext. 188.

Stand-up paddleboarding: My Aloha Paddle Sports & Fitness offers one-day Introduction to Paddleboarding classes. You have to be able to swim, must weigh between 60 and 275 pounds, must be in good health and must be able to stand up from a kneeling position with only the ground as assistance. A parent or guardian must accompany participants 8 to 11 years old.

Classes will be offered 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ramsey Creek Park on Sundays, May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 19, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24, and Sept. 7 and 21. The fee is $35 for Cornelius residents, $40 for others. Register online at

Beginner youth cheerleading: Ages 5-12 can learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, work on the proper execution of motions and jump techniques, and incorporate them into cheers, sideline chants and a dance.

Classes will meet 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting April 23 at Bailey Road Recreation Center. The fee is $70 for Cornelius residents, $80 for others.

For information or to register, call 704-892-6031 ext. 188 or visit

School of Rock Charlotte: Gates open at 4:30 p.m. May 3 at Bailey Road Park for this family-friendly event. There will be inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, interactive games, concessions and more.

The evening entertainment, emceed by WNKS-FM (Kiss 95.1), will begin at 5 p.m. with a performance by the winner of “Lake Norman Has Talent,” Ricky Calud-Ellis. Then, from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., the talented young musicians of School of Rock Charlotte will perform songs from current Top 40 hits.

Golf tournament: The Park & Recreation Committee of Troutman will host a golf tournament at 1 p.m. April 26 at Lakewood Golf Course in Statesville.

The four-man, captain’s choice format is open to men and women and includes a barbecue dinner after the tournament. Check-in begins at noon. Prizes will be awarded for first place, hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin. Proceeds will help fund Troutman’s first public park.

For information, contact Sally Williams at 704 528-6601.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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