Community Notebook

05/01/2011 12:00 AM

04/28/2011 10:49 PM

The Seicento String Band will perform "Vivaldi: The Storm" at 3 p.m. today at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson.

The ensemble will play period instruments in performing concerti by Antonio Vivaldi. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and senior adults and free for children under 12.

Tickets are available at the door. For advance tickets call 704-941-0650.

Dove House Children's Advocacy Center, 2407 Simonton Road, Statesville, will host a nondenominational Mother's Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. next Sunday, led by the Rev. Scott Ireland.

A magnolia tree in the Dove House meditation garden will be dedicated in memory of Jessica Marie Lunsford. Jessica, 9, was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in Florida in 2005. Mark Lunsford, Jessica's father, will attend the dedication.

There will be short prayer service and tree dedication, followed by light refreshments and tours of the new Dove House facility.

Bring lawn chairs, since the service will be outside in the meditation garden. Dove House also welcomes donations that day of juice boxes, nonperishable snacks, paper towels, copy paper, hand soap, kitchen trash bags and fast-food gift cards for the children it serves.

Details: Jack Grossman, 704-662-3620.

Stand Up North Carolina will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

Guest speakers will be Allen Page and Joyce Krawiec from FreedomWorks NC, a grassroots group advocating lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

Details: Rick Short at

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville will offer these programs in May. For appointments, call 704-660-4859 unless noted.

Senior Extra meeting featuring Dr. John Clements, gastroenterologist with Carolina Digestive Health Associates, 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

American Red Cross blood drive, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 20.

American Cancer Society FreshStart Smoking Cessation program, 6-8 p.m. May 26.

Skin cancer screening, 6-8 p.m. May 31, Lake Norman Medical Pavilion, 130 Medical Park Road, Suite 101, beside the hospital.

Stroke Lunch & Learn, two sessions, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. May 25, with Dr. Craig DuBois of Lake Norman Neurology.

American Cancer Society's Look Good ... Feel Better program, 6:15-8:15 p.m May 16. 704-662-0770.

Matthew Merrell is the new executive director of the Davidson Community Players, the board of directors announced last week.

Merrell is a graduate of Davidson College and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. He has more than 23 years of professional experience through his legal career and his positions as alumni relations director and director of major gifts for Davidson College. Most recently he worked as a settlement consultant for Lawyers Insurance Agency.

He will begin his new job Monday.

Merrell previously was both a board member and board chair of the Davidson Community Players. Over the past 14 years, he has acted in 13 productions.

The group's largest production of the year, "Ragtime, The Musical," will be performed June 16-25 in the Duke Family Performance Hall on the campus of Davidson College. Details:; 704-892-7953.

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