Lowe's grant will fund new playground

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $9,500 grant to the Cornelius PARC Department to build a playground at the future Westmoreland Athletic Complex.

The grant was recommended by the company's 10-member Hometown Grants Advisory Committee, which has representatives from education, recreation and business in Lake Norman-area communities.

The plan is to use the money to install a safety surface and kinetic playground equipment. That kind of equipment promotes physical fitness by requiring children to exert mental and physical energy.

Summer Art

The PARC Department and the Community Arts Project invite you to view the work of talented summer camp students at the "Student Creates Exhibit." These works in various media will be on display at the Cornelius Arts Center until Aug. 27. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays.

At a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, you can meet the student artists and learn about techniques or future workshops.


Registration has started for a Pilates class. Participants should experience improvement in posture and overall toning.

Classes will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays Aug. 2-Sept. 27 at the Bailey Road Recreation Center. Certified instructor Danielle Wasser will teach. Cornelius residents pay $80; others pay $90. Also bring $8 cash on the first night for an exercise ball, and bring your own towel and mat.

For more information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 160, or go to

Town information

The Cornelius Library is now open four days a week. It's closed Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. Details:

Westmoreland Athletic Complex, Phase I, is about 50percent complete.

Clearing and grading has started at Robbins Park for future field development and for Homearama 2010, scheduled for Sept. 24-Oct. 10.

Data collection continues for the town's Comprehensive Master Plan. For more information, visit

New Planning Board members appointed: William Lackey to Seat 1, Brian Simmons to Seat 2, Michael Case to Seat 3 and Cheryl Crawford to Seat 9 (alternate).

Fundraising has begun for the Veterans' Memorial. Details:

"Big Day at the Lake" July 24 will give economically disadvantaged kids a chance to have fun at Lake Norman. For more information, visit