ReadDavidson: ReadDavidson continues its 2014 season with a book discussion featuring Davidson College psychology professor Cole Barton 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Davidson Public Library Community Room.
The series wraps with a lecture and book signing featuring author William Forstchen 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Lake Norman Christian School auditorium, 251 South St., Davidson. The New York Times bestselling author will discuss this year’s ReadDavidson selection, “One Second After.” Set in Black Mountain, the book tells the story of what happens in a college town after an electro-magnetic pulse debilitates the region.
The annual town-wide reading initiative that started in 2007 is a partnership between the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books and the Town of Davidson. Events are free and open to the public.
For information, visit www.town of davidson.org /ReadDavidson, sign up for the ReadDavidson eCrier at www.town of davidson.org /eCrier or follow ReadDavidson on Facebook.
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Trails and Treats: The Town of Troutman Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor Trails and Treats 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 on the paved trail within Troutman ESC Park, 338 North Ave. The safe, family friendly environment will offer trick-or-treating on the quarter-mile paved walking trail.
Thirty-five churches, businesses and organizations will participate.
Parking is available at Troutman ESC Park, Town Hall, surrounding side streets and the eastern side of North Eastway Drive.
For information, call 704-528-7600 or email emartin@ townof troutman .org.
Halloween celebration: Old Town Cornelius will host its second annual Halloween in Old Town Cornelius Oct. 31 in downtown. Local businesses will provide candy for children and sales for shoppers. Participants who collect stickers from Old Town Cornelius businesses will be entered into a raffle drawing.
A party with games, photos, live music, appetizers, craft beers and a costume contest will run 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31 at Kadi Fit, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. For information, contact Kadi Fit at 704-577-1283.
Halloween pub crawl: Velvet Productions will host the “Halloween Hangover” craft beer crawl and music festival from 2-11 p.m. Nov. 1 at The Vinyl Pi, The Cork and Cask, D9 Brewing Company and Crafty Beer Guys.
The event will feature more than a dozen regional bands, food trucks, vendors and more. A bus service will be available every 20 minutes to shuttle attendees between locations.
Music starts 2 p.m. at the Cork and Cask, the other locations will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 and include admission to each of the four locations, four craft beer tickets and a bus pass. The first 100 attendees will also get a free T shirt.
For a lineup of performers, additional details and tickets: bit.ly/1tf5rL8.
Woman’s Club meets: The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club will meet Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, both at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville.
The Nov. 3 meeting begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 4, members will meet at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch.
Cost of each meeting is $15.
The philanthropic organization supports social, educational and civic programs in the community. Visitors are welcome.
For information, contact Dawn Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nmwclub.org.
Ragtime pianist performs: Bob Milne, a renowned ragtime and boogie woogie pianist, will present a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. The performance is free and open to the public.
Milne performs approximately 250 concerts a year, including the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival and the Sacramento Ragtime Festival. He also has performed this uniquely American music around the world as a U.S. Department of State Musical Ambassador.
A reception will follow the performance. For information, visit http://bobmilne.com/new/.
Nutcracker Tea: The Academy of Dance & Fine Arts will host a Nutcracker Tea at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Johnson Carriage House and Meadows on Brawley School Road in Mooresville.
Children interested in learning more about The Nutcracker ballet story are invited to watch dancers share the story through movement, narration and costumes. Characters will greet guests and take photographs with children after the show. Lemonade and a variety of treats will be served.
Profits benefit Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids, a nonprofit organization that takes terminally ill and chronically disabled children and their families to Disney World.
Tickets are $20 for adults and children. A VIP package with reserved seating, a nutcracker, a decorated pointe show and a child’s ticket to The Nutcracker performance at Elevation Lake Norman are $60 for two people.
For information, call Jamie Woods at 704-663-2233.
Tree City USA: The town of Mooresville and the Environmental Protection Commission recently received its fourth Tree City USA Certification.
Town officials received the designation at the new green space at the corner of North Main Street and East McLelland Avenue.
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. The special program honors military veterans and those serving in the Armed Forces.
Events include a welcome by Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, a 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 86 and patriotic songs by the W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir.
For information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031, ext. 160 or www.cornelius.org/parc.
Huntersville Half-Marathon: The Huntersville Half Marathon and Huntersville Holiday 5K will be held Dec. 13 in Birkdale Village. The half marathon will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:10 a.m.
The event is expected to draw 1,500 to 2,000 participants, along with spectators, friends and family.
Businesses that would like to support the race can contact race director Bear Robinson of Hardcore Serious Fitness at 704-301-5932 or email@example.com.
Motivational speaker: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber Professional Women’s Network will welcome motivational speaker Judy Smith 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville. Breakfast will be provided by Subway and Springhill Suites.
Smith, owner and publisher of Sophie Woman’s Magazine, will offer insight through inspiration, education, motivation and a little humor. Married with five children and nine grandchildren, Smith also is a cancer survivor who believes a positive outlook and belief in God is crucial to navigate the world with courage and hope.
Cost is $5 cash for chamber members, $10 for others. The meeting is open to all women. Bring business cards and literature for prospective clients.
To RSVP, contact Sylvia at 704-664-3898 or email sls@MooresvilleNC.org.
Chamber honors officers: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recently held its ninth annual Public Safety Luncheon at River Run Country Club in Davidson.
Presented by Wells Fargo Bank and sponsored by Central Piedmont Community College – Merancas Campus and Lake Norman Publications, the sold-out event recognized outstanding Police, Fire, and EMS First Responders in North Mecklenburg selected by their respective Department Chiefs.
Cornelius Police Officer Jeff Heinz and Davidson Corporal Cindy Smith were recognized along with Huntersville Detectives Robert Moorer and Marty London.
Cornelius Capt. Robert Amadeo, Davidson Fire Fighter Will Keller and Huntersville Firefighter C.J. Auten were honored for their outstanding contributions to their various fire stations and community.
Daniel Reimer was named Crime Stopper of the Year. Luke Osborne received the North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad’s Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Chamber president Bill Russell emceed the event which was attended by business, community, and elected leaders in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville.
Save the Coconuts: Hunky Monkey Clothing Co. in Cornelius hosted a “Save the Coconuts” fundraiser to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Oct. 18 at MADabolic LKN in Huntersville.
The event included an interval training session by the MADabolic LKN crew, a limited release Save the Coconuts T-shirt and a swag bag of gifts from local businesses including Omega Sports, Jimmy Johns, The Kilted Buffalo, RED 5 Printing and Kilwins Birkdale.
Food drive: The Lake Norman office of Henderson Properties helped collect 1,215 pounds of food in September for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The donation will provide more than 800 meals to people in need in the community.
Special collection bags were provided to 1,130 homes in seven of Henderson Properties’ professionally managed communities. Neighbors were asked to fill the bag with non-perishable foods, diapers and new personal hygiene items.
Henderson Properties has hosted non-perishable food drives for five years, collecting 3,700 pounds of goods for Second Harvest Food Bank in the last three years.
Home Grown exhibit: The Cornelius Arts Center will present its annual local art showcase, “Home Grown,” beginning Nov. 14.
The show is not juried and is open to anyone of any age at any artistic level who lives in the area. Organizers hope to expand beyond the 65 artists featured last year.
All submissions are due ready to hang by noon Nov. 1. Artists may submit one piece. Submission forms are available online.
For information, contact the Cornelius Arts Center at 704-896-8823 or visit www.cornelius.org.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley