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Event for school is all fun and games

The new Stallings Elementary has not opened its doors yet, but the PTO is preparing for move-in day and the first day of classes Aug. 25.

The group is holding a celebration and fundraiser Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – the “Stallion Fun Fest.”

It's open to the public and will be held across the street from the school at Next Level Church, 4317 Stevens Mill Road. Since the school is still under construction, it cannot be held on the campus.

The Stallion Fun Fest gets its name from the school's mascot, the stallion. PTO President Veronica Hiley said parents, along with school Principal Bill Breckenridge, thought the name was appropriate. She said, “We have a good number of horses and stables in the area.”

The day's activities include fun and games.

There is a $5 admission charge for kids 3 and older. Adults are free. Entertainment includes a moon bounce, obstacle course and radar speed pitch among other activities. Some activities require an additional charge, such as spin art Frisbee. T-shirts printed with the new mascot just arrived and will be on sale, as well as magnets and hand-painted tiles.

The tiles can be purchased for $25 apiece. The permanent 4-x-4-inch tiles will be grouted into an inaugural class wall with the child's name on the tile. There are three Stallion designs from which to choose.

A dunk tank will feature Breckenridge and Todd Humphrey (a teacher at the new school).

In case participants get hungry, a meal deal ($3) provides a slice of pizza, drink and a cookie. Also on sale: cotton candy, ice cream and Italian ice.

“Money raised from the event will help stock our school with needed books, instructional supplies and technology equipment,” says Veronica.

For more information on the event or the school, including a construction tour with Mr. Breckenridge, visit the Web site: http://stallings.ucps.k12

Pizzeria follows the buzz

There's a new pizza parlor in town. Dalli's Pizzeria just opened after Memorial Day. Located in the Idlewild Market Shopping Center, owners Julie and Joe Dalli serve pizza, as well as salads, strombolis, subs and calzones for customers.

Originally from Brooklyn, Julie and Joe moved to Lake Mary, Fla., where they opened their first Dalli's restaurant 10 years ago. Customers seemed to be migrating to North Carolina, so they decided to look into moving themselves. Joe said, “There was a big buzz about North Carolina.”

He said that for two months he and Julie spent every weekend driving to North Carolina, looking around, and finally decided to move here. They sold their restaurant in Lake Mary and moved to Waxhaw. They opened their restaurant in Stallings because they liked the shopping center's location. One of their regular Florida customers lives at Lake Norman now and drives in to eat at Dalli's in Stallings.

The casual restaurant is kid friendly, complete with a kid's menu offering chicken strips, ravioli, spaghetti and a sub with ham and cheese. Kids can color a coloring sheet with crayons that are provided. Many colored pictures hang on the wall.

Pizza specialties include a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple. Dalli's Special pizza has pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and onions for toppings. The Bianco pizza is complete with mozzarella, ricotta and fresh garlic.

Joe said they are known for their calzones and strombolis. Some of the topping options include ricotta cheese, banana peppers, spinach, feta cheese and eggplant.

The menu also offers vegetarian options, including a garden salad, veggie pizza, cheese calzone, veggie stromboli and Eggplant Parmigiana.

Catering, take-out and dine-in are all available. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 11a.m. – 8 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays noon-9 p.m.

Dalli's is at 15080 Idlewild Road. Phone 704-882-8888 or