It may not be summer yet, but the Cornelius PARC Department plans to start the season with the annual Beach Bash in the Park 6-9p.m. May 15 at Bailey Road Park. Wear a tropical shirt and maybe win a prize.
It will start with children's activities at 6. At 6:30 the North Tower Band will play. Fireworks will start about 9 p.m. Concessions will be available. No alcohol, pets, glass containers or open flames are allowed.
The event is made possible, in part, by Gold Sponsor Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Silver Sponsors Aquesta Bank, ElectriCities, The McIntosh Law Firm and Lake Norman Citizen.
Details: 704-892-6031 ext. 160; www. corneliuspr.org.
The PARC Department will present DrumFest 1-3p.m. May22 at Smithville Park Picnic Shelter. The SilverTones Steel Drum Band will play and teach Caribbean-style rhythm. The Community Arts Project will have arts and crafts for kids. Light refreshments will be provided.
Details: 704-765-1450 or www.corneliuspr.org.
Oakley Big Bass Tour's Carolina Big Bass Classic May 15-16 offers amateur anglers nationwide the chance to compete for more than $100,000 in possible cash and prizes. The winner gets a 2010 Nitro Z8 bass boat valued at more than $33,000.
Entry fees are $100 for one day and $150 for two days. The tournament is open to the first 300 amateur anglers. Register at www.oakleybigbass.com or call 877-958-8687.
From the town manager
Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts released a "quick list" about town projects. Some highlights:
The Board of Commissioners tentatively committed up to $50,000 to match donations dollar-for-dollar for the Veterans Monument.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has delayed finishing the West Catawba Avenue project until January.
Installation of signals and paving at Catawba Avenue and NC. 115 should be done this month.
In coming weeks, a pedestrian crossing signal will be installed at the crosswalk near the entrance of Oakhurst.
Storm water and pipe work began at Washam Potts and N.C. 115, to be done by August.
Hough High School should open August 2010.
The fireboat should be here and ready in July.
Norfolk Southern and NCDOT have finished improvements at the Hickory Street grade crossing. Remaining repairs and improvements are planned next year.
Construction of the "diverging diamond" interchange at Exit 28 could begin as early as 2012.