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Swing Dance Lessons:
Registration open for eight-week Swing Dance class offered by Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department. Come by yourself or with a partner. Wednesdays March 31-May 19. Beginners: 6:30-7:30 p.m.; intermediates, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Bailey Road Recreation Center, 1900 Bailey Road, Cornelius.$50 for Cornelius residents; $58 for others. To register or for information: 704-892-6031, ext. 160, or www.corneliuspr.org/swingdance.html.
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Lake Norman Art League Spring All-Media Exhibit:
Opening reception and awards ceremony. Awards presented 6:45 p.m. Food, drinks, local artists' works on display and for sale. Exhibit on display through April 19. Free. Lake Norman Art League Gallery, 442 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-620-4450. www.lknart.org.
Summer Camps 2010 Registration:
Masterworks School of the Arts offers camps in theater, dance, art, music. Complete listing and descriptions at www.masterworkschoolofthearts.com. Each camp $115 per student plus $15 registration fee. Registration open through April 13. Masterworks School of the Arts, 442 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-987-5000.
"Emote & Relate" Art Exhibit:
Opening of artist Katherine Blackwell's exhibit "Emote & Relate," which features her signature "melty people" paintings and a new abstract series. Artist reception 7-9 p.m. April 2. Exhibit open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays through May 2. Free. Green Rice Gallery, 451 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-344-0300. www.green-rice.com.
Winter/Spring Tailgate Market:
Farmers offer winter and early spring produce, such as lettuces, root vegetables, greens, pastured meats and cheeses, freshly baked breads, cakes, pies and more. 9 a.m. every other Saturday through April 17. Davidson Farmers Market, Main Street/N.C.115, Davidson. www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.
Go Fly a Kite!:
Kite-making class at old school house, Rural Hill Nature Preserve. Learn to design, construct and fly three simple kites. Ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by adult who can assist. 10 a.m. $6. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Easter Egg Hunt:
Ages 1-10 can hunt for toy- and candy-filled eggs. Hunts by age group: Ages 1-3, 11 a.m.; ages 4-6, 12:30 p.m.; ages 7-10, 2 p.m. Grand-prize eggs hidden for each hunt. Picnic, visit farm animals, tour plantation house, see Easter Bunny on covered wagon. Advance registration required. $5 per child (two free adults per child). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Easter Egg Extravaganza at Birkdale:
Egg hunt 11 a.m. Find golden egg, win $100 Birkdale Village gift card. Games by Radio Disney 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Photos with Easter bunny noon-6 p.m. 704-895-8744. www.birkdalevillage.net.
Kids Out Fun Days:
8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 5-9. David B. Waymer Center, Huntersville. Lunch provided. $20 for Huntersville residents; $35 for others. 704-766-2220.
School's Out Drama Camp:
Davidson Community Players' Connie Company children and youth theater to teach basic acting and production techniques. April 5-9. Ages 5-7 meet 9 a.m.-noon; ages 8-10 meet 1-4 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. $80. Bring snack and water bottle each day. 704-892-7953. Register online at www.d-recs.org.
Spring Break Recreation Camps:
April 5-9. Advance registration required. April 5: Open Gym, 10 a.m.-noon (ages 7-12); Sk8 Clinic, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (ages 7-16). April 6: Bicycle Safety Rodeo, 10 a.m.-noon (ages 5-12). April 7: Badminton Clinic, 10 a.m.-noon (ages 7-12). April 8: KaDi Fit Camp, 9-11 a.m. (ages 8-12). April 9: Spring into Art, 10 a.m.-noon. (ages 5-10). Locations vary. Costs range from free to $10 per camp for Cornelius residents, from free to $15 for others. Descriptions at www.corneliuspr.org/springbreak2009. Register at Cornelius Town Hall or online at https://secure.rec1.com/NC/cornelius-parks-arts-recreation-culture/. 704-892-6031, ext. 160.
Hopewell Student Art Show:
Judged artwork by students from Hopewell High School on display April 5-25, The Great Frame Up, Birkdale Village, Cornelius. Part of national Creative Self-Expression Show contest sponsored by The Great Frame Up. One work will move on to national competition for one of two $2,000 scholarships. Local awards in six categories. Reception for artists 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 17.
Card Making and More:
Adults of all ages create hand-crafted greeting cards. Tools, embellishments and supplies provided. Instructor: Brandy Cox. 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month. Lake Norman Charter Middle School Multi-Purpose Room. $13. To register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, 704-806-7200.
Administrative Professionals Day Celebration:
Visit www.BirkdaleVillage.net and tell your funniest office story for chance to win gift package from Cold Stone Creamery, Glitz 'n' Glamour, The Great Frame Up, Julie's, La Plage Swimwear, Maddi's Gallery, Modern Salon, Sport Clips, Red Rocks Café. 704-895-8744.
Found Object Jewelry Workshop:
For adults and teens (accompanied by adult). Create personalized jewelry using beads, baubles, buttons, found objects. Participant should bring odds and ends such as beads, buttons, fabrics, old watch faces, etc. Silver, copper and steel wire, chains and clasps provided. $45. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823. Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/NC/cornelius-arts-center/depreg.php.
Sanctioned four-race series for ages 4-14 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics sponsored by Birkdale Animal Hospital. Each event consists of a swim, a run and a bike race; lengths vary depending on age group. Races scheduled April 10, May 15, June 5, July 17. 704-766-2222. www.hffa.com.
Deadline for Writing and Photography Contest:
Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists invites nature lovers of all ages to enter "Spring Into Nature!" contest. Poetry, essays and photo-essays must be submitted electronically. Include name, age, complete contact information, permission to publish and display the work on LNWC Web site. Winners get free year of LNWC membership, T-shirt, book on creating and enjoying wildlife habitats. E-mail email@example.com; visit www.lakenormanwildlife.org; call 704-877-4788.
Congresswoman to speak to Republican women:
U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., to speak to North Mecklenburg Republican Women at 6 p.m. meeting. Open to public. Registration 6 p.m.; buffet dinner 6:30 p.m. For reservations e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. $20 cash or check. NorthStone Country Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville. 704-560-0582. www.meckgop.com.
East Lincoln Primary Candidates Forum:
All candidates running for county commissioner, sheriff and N.C. Senate invited to next public meeting of East Lincoln Betterment Association. Public invited. Barbecue dinner 6 p.m., $8 per person; debate 7 p.m. Unity Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 8210 Unity Church Road, Denver. Cosponsored by Denver Area Business Association.
Lake Norman Nutrition Weight Loss Challenge:
Lose weight and win money. Gary and Pat Berch of the Daily Shake in Cornelius lead community challenge. $35. 6:30-7 p.m. Thursdays April 15-June 24, Bailey Road Recreation Center (Bailey Middle School), 11900 Bailey Road. Prizes for largest percentage of body weight lost (first through third). Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/NC/cornelius-parks-arts-recreation-culture/ or at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Cornelius PARC Department, 704-765-1450; www.corneliuspr.org/lakenormanweightlosschallenge.
U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Championships:
More than 100 elite athletes vying for national titles in solo, duet and team events. April 15-17, Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. Tickets $8 for April 15-16; $12 for April 17; $20 for three-day event pass. www.etix.com. 704-766-2222.
New Art Exhibit and Artists Reception:
Public reception 6-9:30 p.m. for artists Jhony Meneses and Gustavo Ortiz, whose works are on display through April 30 at Cornelius Arts Center gallery, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Sponsored by Cornelius PARC Department and The Community Arts Project in conjunction with annual Gallery Crawl. Center open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. 704-892-6031, ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org/home.html.
Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games:
Live Scottish and Celtic music; genealogy search; Scottish clans; highland and Scottish country dancing; heavy professional and amateur athletics; food and merchandise vendors; historical encampment with longbow shooting competition; battle axe throwing; climbing wall; children's games and activities; more. April 16-18. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. (Some events at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.) Tickets available at the gate; prices vary. www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.org.