Car dealership offers scholarship

Huntersville Ford will accept fourth-quarter student grades through July 1 for its "Drive For Excellence" scholarship program.

The incentive-based program is open to all Hopewell or North Mecklenburg high school juniors and seniors (age 16 and older) who earn only A's and B's.

The grand prize is a 2010 Ford Focus. Second prize will be a new $850 laptop.

Details: Huntersville Ford, 704-875-6547, or www.hunters .

Wine and food festival

The Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 5 and noon to 6 p.m. June 6 at Kenton Place in Cornelius. Local vintners, restaurateurs and vendors will be on hand.

It will have a number of distinct areas, including the Main Tent, where wine lectures and cooking demonstrations will be conducted; the Wine Reservoir, for those who enjoy tasting local wines; the Restaurant Galley, where guests can enjoy sampling small dishes; and a Merchants' area, with regional vendors and boutique offerings.

"We look forward to working closely with the Lake Norman community to provide an upscale event with a relaxed atmosphere ... that can be both enjoyable and beneficial to local nonprofits, business and residents," said acting Executive Director V. Tom Gardner.

General admission is $9. Wine Tent admission is $19, which includes general admission. Bring a canned food item for a $2 discount. Limit one discount per person.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit local charities including Hope House in Huntersville. For more information, visit www.lakenormanwine .

Hope House needs help

Hope House needs volunteers to help maintain the 4-acre yard of the property. Volunteer tile installers are also needed for the "Wall of Hope" project. To volunteer for Hope House and to find out about other volunteer opportunities, visit www.hopehouse .

My best friend's birthday

I wish my best friend a deliriously happy birthday on June 1. I have known him since we were in our early 20s. We met dancing in front of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World with Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh as kids of the kingdom.

When I told him I would never marry an actor, he went back to school and earned his MBA, abandoning his dream of being a rock star. He followed me to Chicago as I finished school, then to New York when I pursued a career as an actor.

He has traveled halfway around the world to meet my family and eaten Filipino dishes that I would never try. Now, 25 years later, I hope he knows that to our son and me, he is a rock star. Happy Birthday to my husband, Craig.