Barium Springs fundraiser: Arthur Rutenburg Homes, River Run at Davidson and GBC Mortgage will sponsor a fundraiser for the Barium Springs Children’s Home 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at 18130 Shearer Road in Davidson.
Following dinner and a silent auction, patrons will learn about foster care, adoption and volunteer and parenting opportunities. Live music will be provided by DJ Scott.
Organizers hope to collect 500 unwrapped gifts and toys. Monetary donations also will be accepted.
For information, contact Dawn Wilkinson with Arthur Rutenburg Homes at 704-260-0763.
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Special needs programs: The Cornelius Arts Center at 19725 Oak St. will offer several programs for special needs citizens in December.
A Holiday Celebration and Gift Exchange for ages 16 and older will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
AngelCare Parents’ Night Out will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 for ages 2-16.
A Youth Holiday Celebration with crafts, photos with Santa and family fun will be held 1-3 p.m. Dec. 20.
Registration also is available for Youth Basketball for special needs players ages 5-16. Games will be held Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 1. Cost is $35 residents, $40 others.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Breakfast with Santa: Children can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at 8:30 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. Dec. 13 at Red Rocks Café in Birkdale Village. The event includes a hot buffet breakfast and an opportunity to mingle and take photos with Santa.
Cost is $10 children, $15 adults. Proceeds benefit Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. To order tickets online, visit www.ourtownshabitat.org.
Neighborhood park meeting: The town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department will hold a community meeting to discuss proposed neighborhood park facilities at Cornelius Elementary School 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Cornelius Elementary media center.
The town is considering improvements to the existing field, court, playground and other facilities at the school. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-892-6031, ext. 160.
Send Santa a letter: The Cornelius Arts Center will sponsor Santa’s Mailbox through Dec. 20. The Arts Center is at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.
Children can bring a letter to Santa to be sent to the North Pole. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and Santa will write children back.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Holiday art program: The Cornelius Arts Center will offer a Holiday Drop-In Art program for children 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 29-31. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. The Cornelius Arts Center is at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.
Cost is $5 per child per hour. For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Fitness classes: Cornelius PARC will offer several fitness classes beginning in January.
• PiYo will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 13.
• Boot Camp, which will feature new instructors, will meet at 10:30 a.m. or 7:40 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Jan. 5.
• A Couch to 5K running program will meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Jan. 5.
• Senior Fit Club will meet 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 6.
• Tai Chi will be held at 9 a.m. for beginners and at 10:15 a.m. for intermediate levels on Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes begin Jan. 8.
• Cardio Funk with Lem Houston will be offered at 6:45 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Bailey Road Recreation Center. Cost is $5 per class or $40 for a 10-class pass.
For information on locations and registration, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Garden club: The East Lincoln Community Garden Club will meet 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Webbs Chapel Church in Denver.
Derek Smith of the N.C. Department of Transportation in Raleigh will speak about median plantings and wildflowers. Seeds will be for sale.
Social time and snacks begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
For information, contact Paula Mitchell at 704-483-5405.
Cornelius library events: The Cornelius Public Library at 21105 Catawba Ave. will hold several events in December. Weekly story times will not be held in December and will resume in January.
• The Girls Read Book Club for ages 7-11 will meet 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 for a discussion of “Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter” by Annie Barrows. Copies will be available at the front desk. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is free.
• The Boys Will Be Boys Book Club for ages 7-11 will meet 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30 to discuss “Me, All Alone, at the End of the World” by M.T. Anderson. Copies will be available at the front desk. The group meets on the last Tuesday of each month. Admission is free.
• Several movie screenings will be held in December. The schedule includes: “The LEGO Movie” 2 p.m. Dec. 23, “Maleficent” 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and “Sleeping Beauty”2 p.m. Dec. 30.
• Teens ages 12-18 can participate in “Learn, Connect, Play: Wii” at 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Snacks will be provided. No registration is required.
• A Spanish Conversation Group for English Speakers will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 15. No registration is required for this intermediate-level group.
• The Daylily Book Club for adults will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 16. Participants should bring a poem or short prose piece to share and a $5 gift to exchange. The group will go out to lunch after the meeting. No registration is required.
For information, call 704-416-3800.
Davidson library events: The Davidson Public Library at 119 S. Main St. will hold several events in December. Weekly story times will not be held in December and will resume in January.
• Kids ages 3-11 can read to a certified therapy dog to boost their skills and confidence in the Paws to Read program 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.
• The Davidson Kids Book Club for ages 7-10 will meet 4 p.m. Dec. 17 to discuss “Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday” by Megan McDonald. Copies are available at the library.
• Movie screenings include “Planes: Fire and Rescue” at noon Dec. 22 and “Frozen Sing-a-Long” noon Dec. 23. Bring a lunch and watch the movie.
• Adults can participate in Technology Tutoring in 30-minute sessions 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 18. To register, visit www.cmlibrary.org/programs or call 704-416-4000.
Santa to read letters: Children who write to Santa could have their letters read by the big guy himself on MI-Connection Channel 4.
The television station will send letters to the North Pole, where Santa will read the letters in two half-hour programs to be shown on MI-Connection’s Channel 4. Letters may be dropped off at the MI-Connection office at 435 S. Broad St. in Mooresville, emailed to email@example.com or handed to Santa personally during Downtown Mooresville’s Holiday Events 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.
The Letters to Santa show will air at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11-17 and at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18-24.
Northshore Orthopedics joins OrthoCarolina: Northshore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine recently joined OrthoCarolina, adding a second Mooresville location for the orthopedic group.
The two Mooresville locations are at 150 Fairview Road off Exit 33 and 124 Welton Way off Exit 35.
Northshore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center has four physicians, one physician assistant and two physical therapists that will transition to OrthoCarolina’s existing Mooresville practice, treating general orthopedics needs as well as subspecialties.
For information, visit orthocarolina.com.
Larreur joins practice: Amy Larreur, RN, BSN, MSN, nurse practitioner has joined Dr. Robert Ward at Iredell Internal Medicine at 757 Bryant St. across from Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.
Larreur comes to the practice from Health Med in Charlotte, where she worked since 2011. She previously worked at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Larreur earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and a magna cum laude master’s degree in nursing/adult nurse practitioner from UNC Charlotte.
Quate named to staff: Iredell Health System recently named Rebecca “Becky” Quate as Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
Quate has more than 20 years of hospital experience, most recently as Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services for Cone Health at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington. She began her career as a staff nurse in the Neuro/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.
Quate has a master’s degree in nursing from UNC Greensboro and is currently pursuing a doctoral nursing practice degree in executive leadership. She expects to graduate in 2015.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley