Downtown sidewalks were crowded May 14. The Friday night art crawl kicked off the Mooresville Recreation Department's outdoor concerts.
Last summer's performances ended with the Craig Woolard Band, and the group returned to ignite the crowd on opening night this year. Woolard arrived before other members, who had an automotive breakdown.
Undaunted, the former lead singer of the Embers performed solo until the band arrived. He invited children onstage to sing backup, dubbing them "the Greater Mooresville Children's Choir and Chorus."
The family atmosphere continued as youngsters danced with hula hoops, played ring toss and won "It's Happening in Downtown Mooresville" T-shirts donated by the Mooresville Downtown Commission.
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Terri Bumpers, activities coordinator, is excited about the free "Music on Main" series. She said she hopes changing the venue to one location and to Friday nights will improve on last year's attendance. All performances are on the Town Hall lawn, 413 N. Main St.
Bumpers said keeping the series downtown will encourage people to visit restaurants and businesses there. "Once people get out, they'll love it and want to come to every one," she said.
The series will continue with the Tim Clark Band on Friday. The Stranger plays July 30, and the season ends Sept. 24 with the Catalinas.
Food is available on site from The Daily Grind Café and Deluxe Ice Cream. Interested food and beverage vendors can call 704-799-4231.
Weather information will be available on the recreation department's weather line, 704-663-8516.
Medical Center Auxiliary scholarships
Five area students were recognized at Awards Day assemblies by the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
Mooresville High School graduates Jenna Rose Sackenheim, Robert Jordan Hall and Julie Michelle Crone, along with Todd M. Calnan, a graduate of North Iredell School, received scholarships.
Jaycee Marie Mark, a Lake Norman High School graduate, was awarded the auxiliary's Junior Volunteer scholarship. As a student, she volunteered at the medical center.
All winners plan careers in health-related professions.
Previous recipients who continue their studies in a field associated with health care may apply for a one-year renewal. N.C. State University student Alexia Kathryne Martin and UNCChapel Hill students Anna Thang Dang and Quyntt Vinh Ly were granted renewals.
The auxiliary awarded eight $2,000 scholarships.
Lake Norman wildlife cruise
Learn about turtle-basking platforms, island habitats and other projects of Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Lady of the Lake yacht will depart from Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway, for an educational, narrated tour.
Tickets must be bought in advance. They are $40 per person or $75 for two. Proceeds will help support the work of the wildlife chapter.
Visit www.lakenormanwildlife.org for more information.