Achievement Day: Iredell County Extension and Community Association recently held its annual Achievement Day Program and Cultural Arts Contest.
ECA Clubs from Bells Cross Roads, Clarksbury, Mount Mourne, Olin, Ostwalt, Scotts and Union Grove were recognized for volunteer and community service over the past year. Club members put in more than 4,000 volunteer hours and donated approximately $5,000 in funds and goods to local organizations.
Myrtle Westmoreland of Bunch Johnson Funeral Home presented awards to members who excelled in reading for personal development and learning. Winners were: Shirley Tuttle, Ostwalt Club, first place; Genie Setser, Scotts Club, second place; and Theressa Banks, Bells Cross Roads Club, third place. Clubs earning reading awards were Clarksbury, first place; Ostwalt, second place; and Olin, third place.
Blue-ribbon winners in the cultural arts contest were Barbara Blackwelder, Robin Crawford, Charlene Overcash, Charline Sims, Rebekah Stroud, Brenda Campbell, Joy Scyphers and Hazel Weisner. Local blue ribbons winners advanced to district competition in Sanford.
Jazz concert: Jazz quartet Timeline will perform 3 p.m. April 19 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ave. in Davidson as part of the Music @ St. Alban’s series.
The Virginia-based jazz quartet has entertained audiences since 2009 with a variety of standards, Latin tunes, bebop and funk. With vocals, trumpet, guitar, drums and double bass, Timeline is known for its high-energy performances.
Emerging artists from the greater Lake Norman area will perform a pre-concert. A meet-the-artists reception will follow the show.
Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and free for children younger than 12. For information or to reserve tickets, call 704-941-0650 or visit www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.
Help a Horse Day: Bit O’ Luck Horse Rescue will celebrate the ASPCA’s national Help a Horse Day April 25-26, competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to help their cause of protecting horses.
The Huntersville organization will host a work day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25. Volunteers can meet and spend time with the rescued horses by grooming, cleaning stalls and conducting general barn chores. Volunteers will receive a lunch of hot dogs, chips and soda.
From 1-4 p.m. April 26, Bit O’ Luck will host a relaxed, fun day to stroll the grounds and hang out with the rescued horses. Horseback riding will be offered 1-3 p.m. for a small donation.
The ASPCA hosts this national competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the year-round care of at-risk horses that have been abused or neglected.
Bit O’ Luck is located at 12007 McCord Road in Huntersville. For information, visit www.bitoluck.org.
Music and arts festival: Hello Huntersville, the town’s annual music and arts festival, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 along the streets of downtown Huntersville.
The festival will feature regional art vendors, local bands and musicians, giant games, balloon twisting, face painting by Creative Faces, free art activities by Donna Downey Studios, a recycled art station by Trashed Art Studio, Bounce Boot Camp and caricatures by artist Eric Melton. Local schools also will display student artwork.
Chalk it Up Charlotte will create a chalk drawing performance, and artist Lee Baumgarten will lead kids in making fun expressive drawings on the sidewalk. New this year, Caroline Calouche & Co. will perform aerial and contemporary dance.
The Huntersville Growers’ Market will open its season 10 a.m. in the fire station with local produce and crafts. Kids can decorate the Monster Mural as they visit the Growers’ Market.
Parking is available in the Town Center Parking Garage, 105 Gilead Road; Huntersville Elementary, 200 Gilead Road; Huntersville Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Old Statesville Road; and First Baptist Church of Huntersville, 121 N. Old Statesville Road.
For information, contact Alison Kozlowski at 704-766-2253 or email@example.com.
5K fundraiser: Mooresville’s Central United Methodist Church Youth Group will sponsor a 5K and Fun Run on May 9 in Bellingham Park.
Proceeds will help send nine youth group members to Honduras to work with orphanages through the Carolina Cross Connection. Church members plan to travel in July, and each student needs to raise $1,600 to attend.
Cost is $20 for the 5K, which begins at 8:30 a.m. or $12 for the Fun Run, which starts at 9 a.m. Participants should register by April 25 to be guaranteed a shirt.
To register, visit www.cumcmooresville.com. To make a donation, send a check to CUMC, Attention: Edward Ramsey, 214 N. Academy St., Mooresville, NC 28115. For information, email runforhonduras5K@gmail.com or call the church at 704-664-5429.
Lunch cruise: Huntersville Parks & Recreation will sponsor a Queens Landing Lunch Cruise for ages 21 and older 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 aboard the Catawba Queen.
Participants should meet at Town Center. Cost is $35 per person.
Grants available: EnergyUnited and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will provide nearly $600,000 to state teachers in the Bright Ideas Education Grant program.
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded directly to local educators in EnergyUnited’s service territory for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded by traditional school budgets.
To apply, visit www.ncbrightideas.com.
Columnist speaks at Probus Club: Scott Fowler, a national award winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer, will speak at the next Probus Club of Lake Norman meeting at 10:30 a.m. April 21 at Berea Baptist Church on N.C. 150 in Mooresville. Coffee and social time will begin at 10 a.m.
An Observer writer since 1994, Fowler has written or co-written seven books. His most recent book focuses on Dean Smith. Fowler also will discuss the more controversial aspects of the sports industry, including soaring salaries, high ticket costs, cheating and allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
The Probus Club includes retired professional and business people. All retirees are invited to attend meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Berea Baptist Church.
Women’s networking event: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual “It’s About You” women’s networking event 5-8 p.m. May 7 at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville.
The evening will include food, wine, pampering, vendors, door prizes and fellowship. The first 150 ladies will receive a gift bag of items donated by chamber members.
Cost is $10 per person at the door. All women are welcome and should bring business cards or literature to hand out during networking.
For information or to make a donation to the gift bags, call 704-664-3898 or email chamber@mooresvilleNC.org.
Volleyball clinics: Chaniel Nelson, a 2014 All-American and professional volleyball player, will lead Inspired Volleyball Clinics 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sundays, April 19-May 31 at Waymer Center in Huntersville.
Clinics are open to middle school players who want to improve and develop their skills. Training will focus on proper techniques and mastering volleyball basics such as serving, passing, setting, attacking and blocking.
Cost is $120 for a six-week session. To register, visit www.inspiredvolleyball.com. For information, contact Ben Benshoof at firstname.lastname@example.org or Josh Brock at email@example.com or 704-766-2220.
Pilates class: A Pilates Physique class will be offered to ages 16 and older 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 29-June 17 through Huntersville Parks & Recreation.
Denise Maffia will lead the class, which focuses on toning, flexibility and improving posture and movement.
Cost is $80 residents, $100 others. For information, contact Lindsay Small at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-766-2220.
Track and field for kids: The Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson recreation departments will sponsor USA Track and Field’s Run, Jump, Throw program at 9:30 a.m. May 9 at the Bailey Road Park Track in Huntersville.
The free, noncompetitive event introduces kids ages 7-12 to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. An introduction to track and field events, the Run, Jump, Throw program is appropriate for all skill levels.
Registration is not required. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Events include a group warm-up 9:30-10 a.m., Run, Jump, Throw stations from 10-11:30 a.m. and group cool down 11:30 a.m. to noon.
For information, contact Ben Benshoof at email@example.com.
Color run: Huntersville Parks & Recreation will host the Color My Run 5K at 9 a.m. May 23 at Hambright Road Park, 12202 Hambright Road in Huntersville.
Participants in the popular 5K fun run are bombarded with vibrant colored powder at every kilometer along the way and enjoy fun, music and the celebratory Splash Bash Party at the finish line.
Cost is $30. Color My Run will donate a portion of proceeds to Huntersville’s Live Awesome Foundation.
Registration closes May 17. For information, visit www.colormyrun.com or contact Ben Benshoof at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf fundraiser: The Hope at the Lake Foundation will sponsor the Scramble for Hope Golf Tournament at 10 a.m. June 1 at Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville.
The four-person Captain’s Choice scramble format will include 32 teams, awards and prizes, breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres. Entry fees vary depending on the team sponsorship level. Information is available at www.hope-lake.org.
Open to the public, the tournament offers an opportunity to play the highly rated Trump Charlotte course designed by Greg Norman and upgraded in the past two years.
For more information about Scramble for Hope, visit www.hope-lake.org, email email@example.com or contact Bryan Gibson at 704-658-0828.
Stout joins physician network: Iredell Health System has announced that Dr. Elmer “Sam” Stout recently joined the Iredell Physician Network. His practice, Iredell Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness, is located at 444 Williamson Road in Mooresville.
Stout has served as an attending physician at Iredell Health System for more than 30 years. He is a board-certified internal medicine physician with over 35 years of experience and has been involved in advanced medical research with Crossroads Clinical Research Inc. for 12 years.
Stout is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Miami. He completed his internship at the Orlando Regional Medical School.