It's going on at the library

The North County Regional Library will host "Teen Movie Night" at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 with "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." The event is for ages 12-18.

At 3 p.m. Aug. 9, the library will host "Gaming at the Library," with various video games; that event also is for ages 12-18.

For more information about library events, call 704-416-6000 or visit

Workshops for artists

Joni Purk, an award-winning local artist, will teach two workshops on drawing and palette-knife painting.

"Drawing: The Next Level" will meet from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. It's intended for aspiring artists who want to take their drawing skills to the next level. Purk will offer instruction on figure, landscape and wildlife drawing.

The course also will cover rendering in graphite and in pen-and-ink. Proportions, perspective, textures, lights, shadows and form will be addressed, helping students learn to create realistic results. The supply list will be available at registration.

The two-day "Palette Knife Painting Workshop" will meet from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14. Students will learn how to apply, layer, create textures and effects by using a palette knife to create their own painting.

Purk will demonstrate techniques while creating a painting on canvas the first morning. After a lunch break, the class will create its own works on canvas. Palette-knife painting captures the essence of the subject, not the details, Purk said. Land-, city- and seascapes are excellent choices for the technique. Some oil painting experience is required. A supply list will be available at registration.

All workshops will meet at the Huntersville Arts and Cultural Center, 109 S. Old Statesville Road. For more information and to register, e-mail To view some of Purk's work, visit

Triathlon in September

Upgrade Lifestyle and the Birkdale Homeowner's Association will host the Birkdale Triathlon 2010 starting 7 a.m. Sept. 11 for ages 18 and older. It will consist of a 250-yard swim, a 6.5-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. The cost is $20 for an individual and $45 for a mixed relay team.

There will also be a Birkdale Aquathlon for competitors ages 17 and younger. It will begin at 8:30 a.m., also on Sept. 11. Individual entry fee is $10.

Triathlon awards will be given to top finishers in individual age groups and relay teams. The top three finishers, male and female, will win awards for the Aquathlon.

For more information and to register, visit