Guitar concert: Joe Pecoraro, assistant professor of guitar at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will perform in the next Trinity Artist Series concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesville.
Pecoraro will present “Noah’s Ark – Good Things Come in Pairs,” which features a diverse program of solo works ranging from the 16th century through the 21st century and includes works by Rodrigo, Weiss and other noted composers.
Pecoraro is a highly accomplished concert and recording artist, teacher and author. He performs internationally, including concerts at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and are available at the door.
Watercolor exhibit: Mooresville Arts will present the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 70th annual exhibit through Nov. 25 at The Depot in downtown Mooresville.
Exhibit hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and groups are welcome.
Harp guitar performances: The final concert in the 13th Annual Harp Guitar Gathering will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road in Mooresville.
Held for the first time in North Carolina, the Harp Guitar Gathering celebrates the harp guitar, its players, builders and history. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, visit www.harpguitars.net.
Christmas Pageant auditions: Activate Community Through Theatre will hold auditions for the holiday favorite, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Warehouse of Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road in Cornelius.
Auditions are open to youth ages 7-20. Actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a one-minute monologue.
Performances of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are Dec. 18-20 at the Artspace of Community School of Davidson.
For more information, visit www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com, call 704-707-6757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peaceful Parenting workshop: Lora Lyons of Lyons Leadership Coaching will lead a “Peaceful Parenting” workshop at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Children’s Schoolhouse, 17616 Caldwell Station Road in Huntersville.
When parents are feeling triggered and anxious, children often mirror the same state of being. Parents will learn to regain a sense of calm and stay connected to themselves and others.
Admission is free; donations will be accepted for The Children’s School house, a non-profit establishment.
To RSVP, email Lora@LyonsLeadershipCoaching.com or call 704-728-5300. For more information, visit www.LyonsLeadershipCoaching.com.
Community blood drive: A Denver Community Blood Drive sponsored by the American Red Cross will be held 2:30-7 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Peter-By-The-Lake Episcopal Church, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road in Denver.
To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “ST PETER.”
For more information, contact Jeanne Hawkins at 704-483-1684.
Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival: The 19th Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 7-8 at Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville.
The fun-filled event features the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club and more. Leashed pets are welcome.
North Carolina beer and wine will be available, along with heritage breed livestock displays, open trails, antique tractor exhibits, historic craft and cooking demos, food vendors, shopping, living history demonstrations, pumpkin toss, corn launches and kids’ activities.
Admission is $11 for ages 13 and older, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. For advance tickets, visit www.ruralhill.net.
Veterans Day program: The town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 will host a Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn. Military veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces will be honored.
American Legion Post 86 Commander Mike Puckett will lead the ceremony featuring Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, a 21-gun salute by the American Legion Post 86 and patriotic songs by the W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir.
For more information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 extension 160 or visit www.cornelius.org/parc. In the event of inclement weather, please call our weather hotline at 704-896-2460 extension 290.
Basketball registration open: The Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball League will hold registration for the 2015-2016 season through Oct. 25.
The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18. Players who are 18 must be attending high school to be eligible.
Registration is available online at www.cornelius.org/parc or in person at Cornelius Town Hall or the Davidson Parks & Recreation office. Divisions are broken down by gender and age. Financial assistance is available on a limited basis.
Skills assessment days will be held Nov. 3-7. Practices will begin Nov. 30 and games will start Dec. 12. Practices will be held on weeknights and games will be held on Saturdays. All participants will receive a reversible jersey and appropriate awards. A copy of each participant’s birth certificate is required to complete the registration.
Volunteer coaches, timers and scorekeepers are needed. Team sponsors are also needed, with sponsor’s names being printed on team jerseys.
For more information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 ext. 160, or the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department at 704-892-3349.
Kirk elected as association officer: John Kirk, co-owner of Little Otter Swim School, was recently named vice president of the United States Swim School Association.
An association member for 12 years, Kirk owns and operates two swim schools with his wife, Lory. Little Otter Swim School opened in Charlotte in 2005 and in Huntersville in 2014.
Kirk has served as chair of the association’s Public Relations committee and created the Owners Forum on Facebook to share business insights among association members. He also serves as a Board Member of the Swim School Association.
Little Otter has grown from 25 students and five instructors to more than 3,000 students and about 70 instructors.
Destination Business expert speaks: Jon Schallert, a nationally known Destination Business Expert, will present a business improvement session, “Increasing Sales & Profits as a Destination Business,” 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St. in Statesville.
Schallert’s workshops teach independent business owners how to turn their businesses into consumer “destinations” that attract customers from many miles away and past competitors. Business owners also learn how to get local consumers to spend more locally and how to stop retail leakage. The Destination Business process that Schallert teaches also helps professionals such as doctors and lawyers, service businesses such as carpet cleaners and mortgage finance firms, and non-profits trying to raise money for a good cause.
Schallert has worked with independent business owners since 1983 and has contributed his strategies to national publications such as the “Wall Street Journal,” “Washington Post” and “Entrepreneur” magazine. He speaks and consults with thousands of entrepreneurs annually.
Cost of the seminar is $100 per person or $75 per person in a group of five or more. After Oct. 27, cost is $130 per person. Statesville business owners located within the city limits may attend at a discounted rate of $40 per person.
Registration is required. For details, contact Downtown Statesville Development Corporation at 704-878-3436 or email email@example.com. To learn more about Schallert, visit www.JonSchallert.com.
Publisher speaks to women’s group: Judy Smith, a motivational speaker and owner/publisher of Sophie Woman’s Magazine, will speak at the next Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber Professional Women’s Network meeting 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd. in Mooresville.
Breakfast will be provided by Springhill Suites and Subway at 8 a.m., followed by self-introductions at 8:20 a.m. and the program at 8:40 a.m.
Smith will speak on “Black or White...Yes or No...What is the Choice?” Married with five children and nine grandchildren, Smith is a cancer survivor who believes a positive outlook and a belief in God are crucial to navigate the world with courage and hope.
The meeting is open to all women. Cost is $5 cash at the door. Participants should bring business cards or literature to distribute to prospective clients.
To RSVP, contact Sylvia at 704-664-3898 or sls@mooresvilleNC.org.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley