Solar Habitat home: Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s first home featuring solar panels was completed Aug. 29 when the final panels were installed by Energy Conservation Solutions Solar of Mooresville.
ECS provided the solar panels for the home and designed solar thermal water heating and a solar electric system for energy production. Lowe’s Home Improvement helped fund and provide volunteers for the build of the LEED certified, Energy Star home.
Volunteers from Lowe’s Heroes and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity also planted shrubs and completed other landscaping on Aug. 29.
The Touby family, recipients of the solar panel house, also worked at the home in Burke Crossings in Mooresville. The neighborhood features a group of single family, energy-efficient homes arranged around communal green spaces. Burke Crossings is inspired by Mooresville native Selma Burke, who was dedicated to leaving the world a better place through her sculpture and teaching.
DavidsonLearns sessions: DavidsonLearns, an adult lifelong learning organization, will hold classes this fall.
Nine classes will be offered, ranging in topics from genealogy to the history of baseball and the Civil War to an introduction to Classical Mythology.
The group is open to age 18 and older. No exams or grades are given toward a degree.
For more information and a complete list of classes, visit www.davidsonlearns.org.
Shag dance lessons: Twister’s Shag Club, a nonprofit social group for singles and couples age 21 and older, will offer two seven-week sets of shag dance lessons beginning Sept. 8 in the large room addition to Fat Boys Restaurant, 114 Days Inn Drive in Mooresville.
Beginner I lessons will start at 7:30 p.m. for those who do not know how to shag or want to learn the proper technique. Beginner II lessons begin at 8:30 p.m. for those who have taken the first class or are comfortable with basic steps.
Each seven-week session is $35 per person. Partners and advance registration are not required. Students should arrive 30 minutes early the first week to check in and receive instructional material.
For more information, visit www.goshagging.com or call 704-534-4151.
‘Wonder of the World’ takes stage: The Warehouse Performing Arts Center will present “Wonder of the World” at 8 p.m. Sept. 11-12, Sept. 17-19 and Sept. 24-26 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at its theater, 9216-A Westmoreland Road in Cornelius.
Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students, seniors and groups. A complimentary beverage bar is included.
This fast-paced journey follows Cass, who flees to Niagara Falls after discovering a dirty little secret in her husband’s sweater drawer. On her funny journey of self-discovery, she crosses paths with a suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter. The play includes adult themes and content.
To purchase tickets, call 704-619-0429 or visit www.warehousepac.com.
Free nature outing: World of Wonder will offer a free nature discovery outing for children ages 6 and older and their families 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 in the Davidson area.
Participants will learn about spiders and other critters that live in the woodlands from a professor emeritus of biology at Davidson College, a Discovery Place consultant and adjunct curator at the Schiele Museum. The program is co-sponsored by the Davidson Lands Conservancy and Woodland Discovery.
Location details will be sent to those who register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the names of all participants, ages of children, any allergies and a contact number. For more information, visit www.woodlandsdiscovery.org or www.davidsonlands.org.
Garden club meets: The East Lincoln Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Webbs Chapel Church. Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a presentation at 10 a.m.
John Viccellio, garden writer and Master Gardner, will talk about plants that grow well in North Carolina. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call Denita Sample at 704-483-2916.
Fall art classes: The Cornelius Arts Center at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius will run its next series of classes Sept. 14-Oct. 23.
Adult classes will be offered in Acrylic and Water-Based Paints, Handbuilding Pottery, Wheel Thrown Pottery, Mixed Media Ceramics, Ceramics with Leon Nichols, Ceramic Dinnerware for the Season, Clay for Beginners, Intermediate Watercolor Painting, Loose and Lively/Plein Air Painting and Monday Night Ceramics.
Youth classes will be offered in Pre-K Art, Arts and Crafts, Open Studio, Ceramics, iPad Art Exploration, Drawing and Painting.
For more information, call 704-896-8823 or visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Organ at Davidson: Joby Bell, associate professor of organ and coordinator of Sacred Music Studies at Appalachian State University, will kick off the 10th Organ at Davidson series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St. in Davidson.
The six concert series features outstanding organists performing on the church’s refurbished Wicks organ. All programs are free and are followed by a Friends of the Organ meet-the-artist reception. Donations are encouraged.
Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in organ and piano from Appalachian and a master’s of music and doctorate in organ from Rice University. He has served with the American Guild of Organists as faculty for Pipe Organ Encounters for young people and twice served as organ soloist at the Montreat Music Conference. Bell won the Audience Prize at the Guild’s 2000 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance and second prize overall. A graduate of the NC School of the Arts, he is featured on three recordings.
For more information, visit www.dcpc.org.
Landing, complex closed: The Stumpy Creek Boat Landing and Stumpy Creek Soccer Complex will be closed Sept. 19 for Wake the Lake 2015.
The special event is free to spectators and open to the public, but normal use of the boat landing will be restricted. No launches will be allowed and no soccer matches will be played Sept. 19.
Both areas will reopen Sept. 20. For more information, call 704-895-7873.
Davidson coffee chat: Davidson residents are invited to attend the town’s new Davidson Coffee Chat series 9-10 a.m. Sept. 21 at The Egg at Davidson, 231 Griffith St. in Sadler Square.
The informal meetings will update residents on issues and projects in the town of Davidson. Sen. Jeff Tarte and Rep. John Bradford will provide an update on state and regional issues, followed by updates from several Davidson commissioners.
Coffee chats will be held at the same time on the third Monday of the month at The Egg at Davidson. Coffee and tea will be provided.
For more information, contact Town Clerk Heather James at email@example.com or 704-940-9610.
Join teen advisory board: Local teens are invited to the first meeting of the Lake Norman Teen Council at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road. Participants will meet in the gym of Bailey Middle School.
Participants will meet the new Teen Council executive board members, make friends and learn about ways to volunteer in the community. Outings such as bowling, skiing and rafting also are planned. Parents are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.
The Lake Norman Teen Council is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Departments of Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson. Teens in sixth to 12th grades create programs and volunteer for their peers, as well as plan trips, dances, fundraisers, workshops and other activities.
For information, contact the Parks and Recreation Departments of Cornelius at 704-892-6031 ext. 188 or www.cornelius.org/parc, Huntersville at 704-766-2220 or www.huntersville.org, and Davidson at 704-892-3349 or www.townofdavidson.org.
Hiddenite celebration of the arts: A day of innovative, hands-on arts and heritage activities is planned for the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s 34th annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.
The unique arts and cultural heritage street festival offers free, family friendly activities for all ages. Patrons can shop for fine arts, handmade crafts and jewelry, fiber arts and regional pottery or browse information booths set up by local business and organizations. Hands-on demonstrations will highlight butter churning, blacksmithing, weaving and more.
Four live performance stages will feature country and bluegrass music, clogging and Irish step dance, folk and gospel music, jazz and modern dance. Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Drum Band will return to the festival, performing at noon on the Baptist Church stage.
At the Art in Action area, patrons can write on a poetry wall, make crafts and create large-scale chalk board canvases. New features include a Living Masterpiece Gallery from the Alexander Central High School Art Department and Art Club and site-specific art installations by Rogelio Calvo and Nicholas Sorlien of the Iredell Arts Council and Mitchell Community College Department of Art.
Andrew Atkin of Granite Falls will work in a new open-air artist studio with demonstrations in painting and pastel drawing. Beginning with a blank canvas at the beginning of the day, Atkin will complete the painting throughout the day. Jan Jackson of Uni4Artists will demonstrate a unique style of pastel drawing.
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion museum, art gallery, permanent collections, and the Alexander County Visitor Center also will be open for visitors throughout the day. Tours are $1 per person.
For more information, call 828-632-6966, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hiddenitearts.org.
Wine Spectacular tickets: The Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville will host its 2015 Wine Spectacular on Oct. 10 at NorthStone Country Club.
“The Great Gatsby”-themed event will feature live and silent auctions, wine tastings, a wine pull and great food. Auction items include designer handbags and jewelry, restaurant gift cards, spa experiences, a flight in an antique plane, autographed collectibles, vacations, rare wines and more.
A limited number of advance tickets are available for $75 at www.lakenormanrotary.org. Proceeds benefit the Lake Norman Free Clinic and Little Smiles.
Expo vendors, sponsors needed: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 2015 Community & Business Expo 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. in Mooresville.
The show features 200 vendor booths, a mid-day mingle lunch at noon sponsored by the Young Professionals Leads Group, and an after-hours event from 5-7 p.m. Awards will be given for the Best Decorated Booth and Best Costume.
Space is available for 100 vendor booths on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a space, contact the office at 704-664-3898 or visit www.mooresvillenc.org.
New fitness classes: Cornelius PARC will offer new sessions of fitness classes beginning in September. For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031, ext. 160. All classes offer online registration except for drop-in, pay-as-you-go classes.
The schedule includes:
Couch-to-5K Running Plan: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 15-Oct. 22, Bailey Middle School Track, 11900 Bailey Road. Open to ages 14 and older. $45 residents, $52 nonresidents.
Senior Fit Club: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 15-Oct. 22, Dogwood Crossfit Studio, 20121 N. Main St. Open to ages 55 and older. $65 residents, $75 nonresidents.
Boot Camp: 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 7:40-8:40 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 14-Oct. 21, Dogwood Crossfit Studio, 20121 N. Main St. Friday sessions also available at the same time. Open to ages 16 and older. $65 residents, $75 nonresidents for Monday-Wednesday; $95 residents, $110 nonresidents for Monday, Wednesday, Friday session.
Tai Chi: Beginner class 9-10 a.m. Thursdays and Intermediate class 10:15-11:15 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 29 or Saturdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 31. Thursday sessions will be held at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. Saturday sessions will be held at Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road. Open to ages 18 and older. $40 residents, $46 nonresidents.
New classes for seniors: The North Meck Senior Center at 102 Gilead Road in Huntersville will offer two new classes for seniors age 55 and older beginning in September.
▪ Beginning Tai Chi will be offered at 1 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 2. Cost is $18 per month and is due at the first of each month.
▪ Low-Impact Senior Aerobics will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 4. Cost is $20 per month and is due the first of each month.
For more information, call Joanne Ahern at 704-948-2486.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley