Want to learn or be better at dancing the East Coast swing?
Register for swing dance lessons offered by the Cornelius PARC Department. You can attend this class by yourself or with a partner.
Instructors are Richard Kipe and Valarie Jaimes, both members of the Charlotte Swing Dance Society.
Classes are Wednesdays Jan. 6 through Feb. 24 at Bailey Road Recreation Center. Beginners will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m., and intermediates 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Fees are $50 for Cornelius residents and $58 for others.
For details or to register, call 704-892-6031, ext. 160, or go to www.corneliuspr.org.
Registration has begun for winter art programs at the Cornelius Arts Center.
Children's Holiday Workshops are for ages 2-5 and their parents. These classes include themes from popular children's books, as well as the sights, smells and sounds of the holidays. Elementary school workshops are also holiday-themed and are for ages 5-11, depending on the class.
Winter classes are for future artists from as young as 18 months through teens and adults. Classes begin the week of Jan. 11 in painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and many more.
If you go to www.corneliuspr.org and follow the link for the Arts Center, you can download a complete color brochure of all children's holiday workshops or a brochure of the winter classes offered. Or call the Arts Center at 704-896-8823.
On my way to work Monday morning, I heard the radio announcer say that during this holiday season, especially because of the economy, many people's tempers are short and they tend to take their problems out on other people.
That same morning, I experienced the opposite.
I went to the McDonald's in Cornelius at 6:30 a.m. to pick up a very large order I had placed the night before. (I was bringing breakfast to my high school freshman homeroom.) The order was not ready, but instead of complaining or making excuses, the manager and other employees all pulled together and completed my whole order in about five minutes.
While my food was being cooked, the employees were smiling and kidding the manager, who kept a running countdown of how much more food was needed. They made me laugh. I left with my order about eight minutes after I had walked in, and even in the rain, I smiled all the way to my car.
I think the wonderful attitudes I experienced have something to do with living and working in a smaller town and appreciating the lifestyle we have.