Thursdays in Jan. (Jan. 15, 22, & 29)
Fleet Feet Sports Fun Run/Walk: Get in step - and in shape - with friends, family, coworkers, and the Lake Norman community for a two-mile or a four-mile group run or walk. All paces and ages are welcome. Bring your little ones in a stroller or your canine friends on a leash. Let's get moving together, Huntersville! Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Free. Fleet Feet Sports, Birkdale Village,16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville. 704-896-2202. www.fleetfeethuntersville.com
Fridays in Jan. (Jan. 16, 23, & 30)
Open Gym for Kids: Bring your little ones out to have some fun (supervised play) in the gym. Parents can learn about tumbling and dance clinics, private lessons, and birthday parties. Upscale Athletics motivates and encourages athletes to have a balanced life and strives to give every athlete an equal opportunity to learn quality sports. Fridays, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Upscale Athletics, 124 Talbert Pointe, Suite #B, Mooresville. 704-658-0800. www.upscaleathleticsllc.com
Saturdays in Jan. (Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31)
Free Youth Fitness Class: Health and fitness is vital for adults and children alike, and kids ages 7-13 of the Lake Norman community are invited to participate in this fun, educational, and challenging class. For every class, each athlete should come prepared to participate in a 60-minute session that includes a warm up, skill activities, a workout, and even some competitive games. Various nutritional topics will also be discussed, to provide information needed to make healthy choices. Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. CrossFit 77, Benchwarmers Sports Complex, 302 Rolling Hills Road, Mooresville. 704-918-5438. www.crossfit77.com
Through Jan. 16
Art Exhibit: View the North Carolina Watercolor Society’s annual juried traveling exhibit, which will also include three paintings from the permanent collection. Mooresville Depot Gallery,103 W. Center Ave., Downtown Mooresville. 12-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Admission is free and the public is welcome. www.magart.org
Through Jan. 31
"Imagine, Design, Play" Exhibit at Catawba Science Center: Bring the whole family out to participate in hands-on activities with exhibits which offer a unique and exciting visitor experience. The "Imagination Playground" component is made up of nearly 200 big blue blocks, encouraging social interaction and free form building. While the "Hickory Stix" element promotes independent, creative thought and plenty of entertainment as guests build their own structures out of durable, wooden blocks. Visitors can test their skills to see how tall or wide a structure they can build. Both areas provide building blocks that allow adults and children to construct almost anything their imaginations can think of. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. $8 adults, $6 seniors (age 62 and older), children ages 3-18, students (with ID), active military (with ID), free for children 3 and under and CSC members. Catawba Science Center, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. 828-322-8169. www.catawbascience.org
The Bridal Showcase: The Carolinas' largest bridal event includes more than 100 wedding professionals showcasing their products and services. Check out vendors featuring fashion, photography, flowers, catering, rentals and more. Register to win great prizes and enjoy lots of giveaways and samples. Brought to you by Carolina Weddings & Events, Special Event Productions. 12-5 p.m. $12 at the door, $10 in advance. The Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College Street, Charlotte. 704-347-2900. www.thebridalshowcasenc.com
17th Annual RRRC Polar Bear Metric Century: Join hundreds of cyclists at the Rocky River Road Club's annual fundraising event to help support the Ada Jenkins Community Center, Trips for Kids, The Spokes Group, and other local organizations. There will be 50K and 100K race options and free water bottles for the first 300 registrants. 8:30 a.m. registration opens, 10 a.m. race begins at Ingersoll Rand, 800 Beaty Street, Davidson. $25 pre-registration, $30, race day registration, minors ride free with parent or adult chaperone. For registration information, visit www.rockyriverroadclub.org.
Cultural Engagement Day: Visit historic Latta Plantation, the last remaining cotton plantation along the Catawba River and enjoy a day of touring the plantation grounds and the exhibit hall, learn about Revolutionary War history, see reenactments, and demonstrations of 18th century skills. Free to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. only. Sponsored by the local Mecklenburg County Arts & Science Council. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org
Kick-Off Rally Relay For Life Cornelius/Huntersville: The Lake Norman community will unite to fight cancer at this educational kick-off event. Participants will ring in the new season learning how their involvement in relay benefits the American Cancer Society’s goal to save lives and create more birthdays. Free Admission, food, and door prizes. 6:30-8 p.m. Hendrick Luxury Auto Mall (Northlake), 10831 Northlake Auto Plaza Blvd., Charlotte. To register, visit www.relayforlife.org/chvnc. For more info, contact Haley Buchanan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Annual Health & Fitness Expo: Novant Health presents the Charlotte region's premier healthy living super show returns, showcasing healthy living products, services, food, and more. Family members of all ages will find something for them - from health screenings and aisles of vendors to competitions/demonstrations and a kids' zone. There will be prizes and the crowning Mr. and Ms. "Fit Charlotte." 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 18. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under. Free admission on Sunday when you bring back you Saturday ticket stub. Park Expo & Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte. www.ncfitnessexpo.com
Local Minor Pro Basketball Team "Hoopforlyfe for Huntersville": Come see minor league basketball at its best! "HoopForLyfe for Huntersville will take on the "All American Ballers." Announcer "Spaceo Biga , Live entertainment, Kids and Family friendly and Funnel Cakes,"Great Food" and Prize Give Aways. 2:30 p.m. doors open, 3 p.m. game tip off. $5, free for children 12 and under. Lake Norman Charter High School, 12435 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. For additional information, call 704-816-9377, email email@example.com, or visit their Facebook page.
"Music & Poetry" Concert: Music @ St. Alban's first concert of the year 2015 concert, "Music and Poetry", is a program to celebrate human rights through music. Featured performances include poetry by award winning and nationally renowned poet, Anthony Abbot and Free Word from Davidson College. Music will be performed by singer/songwriters "The Hicks Sisters" and Herschel Lee Brown. Call to reserve tickets. 3-5 p.m. $15 adults, $10 (seniors and students), free for children 12 and under. Saint Albans Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-941-0650. www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org
School's Out Fun Days: If your kids are getting restless over the long holiday break, sign them up for a day of fun out of the house. Children ages 5-14 (who will be in Kindergarten-8th grade for the 2014-2015 school year) will be provided with a fun, safe, productive environment on teacher workdays at one of two locations in the Lake Norman area. Activities include games, sports, arts and crafts, and more. Participants should bring lunch and a snack will be provided. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at War Memorial Center, 220 N. Maple Street, Mooresville. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Selma Burke Center, 781 Agape Drive, Mooresville. $10-$20 (depending on location and if child needs late pickup). 704-663-2670. Register at www.mooresvillerecreation.org.
Beer Dinner: Wet your whistle with a sampling of five beers from Starr Hill Brewery while you enjoy a four-course meal. Reservations available at both location. Jan. 20 at H2 (19707 Liverpool Pkwy, Cornelius) or Jan. 21 at Harvey’s - H1 (13812 Cinnabar Place, Huntersville). 7:15 p.m. $25. 704-947-5080 (Huntersville location), 704-892-1001 (Cornelius location). www.harveyslkn.com
WPAC - Tales From the Great War": Compelling stories, period songs, film clips, historic photos, and the recorded voice of Tom Jeffreys, a sailor from the First World War. This five-person show combines entertainment with historic commemoration to honor and remember our 100-year past. 2 p.m. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Jan. 22-23. $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students, $10 veterans. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. www.warehousepac.com
Mooresville Arts 2015 Winter Exhibition and Reception: Lake Country Gallery will sponsor this show which runs Jan. 20-Feb. 26. Artists ages 18 and older may submit up to a total of three entries in the following categories/mediums: oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, pastel, drawing, photography, graphic arts, and sculpture. This is a juried show and intake will be Jan. 16-17 from 1-5 p.m. $25 entry fee for members, $40 for nonmembers. Opening reception on Jan. 23. from 6-8 p.m. The artists, families, friends and the public are invited to attend. The Depot Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. 704-663-6661. For additional information, visit www.magart.org.
"Good Ol’ Girls": Two of Nashville's leading singer/songwriters redefine the modern Southern woman in this story about love, loss, and laughter. Through the language of five unique southerners, this musical celebrates childhood through old age with big hair and bigger hearts. Great music and fabulous stories. Songs by Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman; from stories written by Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle. 3 p.m. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Jan. 23-24, 30-31. $16 adults, $14 seniors (60+) and students (high school age and younger), $8 for children 12 years and younger. Performed in The Black Box Theatre at The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc., 10 South Main Avenue, Newton. 828-464-6583. www.the-green-room.org
The Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night": Studio-C Cinema presents a screening in HD Blu-Ray on a 16 ft. screen with new 5.1 surround sound system of this iconic film in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially rose to fame and changed music forever. Directed by Richard Lester and featuring admired pop anthems, including the title track, "Can’t Buy Me Love," and "I Should Have Known Better." 6:15 p.m. complementary wine and cheese reception, 7 p.m. film starts. Tickets: $9 Cornelius residents $10 general admission. Advance purchase at www.studioccinema.com or at the door. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius.
Jan. 29 and 31
"Rumpelstiltskin" Presented by The Connie Company: A bragging father, a poor king, a lot of straw, and a funny little man make for a not- to-miss performance of this classic and cautionary fairy tale. A Davidson Community Players and Davidson Day School Production. Suitable for all ages. 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31; 7 p.m. Jan. 29. $10 in advance, $11 at the door. Davidson Day School Theatre, 750 Jetton Street, Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org