Cabarrus

Community Notebook

A dance and dinner to benefit Exchange/SCAN Child and Parenting Center of Iredell County will be 6:30-11 p.m. Friday at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) include a barbecue dinner and dancing. Details: Angela Ramey, 704-450-5774, aramey86@gmail.com; or Paul Summerville, paul@spgicharlotte.com.

The Liberty Mutual Invitational and Jason Kendall Ray Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be Sept. 20 at River Run Country Club in Davidson.

Jason Ray, 21, of Concord died in March 2007 after an SUV hit him outside his hotel while he was in New Jersey for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. He was there to cheer on the North Carolina Tar Heels as the school's mascot, Rameses.

Last year's inaugural event raised about $40,000 for the Comprehensive Transplant Center at UNCHospital in Chapel Hill.

Details: www.libertymutualinvitational.com; www.jasonray.org; 704-728-1655.

The Splash of Color Quilt Show by the Cabarrus Quilters Guild will be Sept. 24-25 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord.

The show will feature more than 30 local and regional vendors. For the first time, many of the quilts will be judged and ribbons hung before the show opens. Ribbons will also be awarded for viewers' choice.

Admission is $4.

Part of the proceeds from a silent auction, white-elephant sale and quilt raffle will go to CVAN, a Cabarrus County-based shelter and support program for battered women and their children.

Details: www.cabarrusquiltersguild.org.

Delve into the history of stock car racing and examine the connection between of illegal whiskey-making and the birth NASCAR at a free Catawba College Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Ralph W. Ketner Hall on the campus in Salisbury.

The keynote speaker will be Dan Pierce, professor of history and chair of the history department at UNCAsheville. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee in 1995. He is the author of two books, including "Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France" (UNC Press, 2010).

The Old Courthouse Theatre in Concord has received a $5,000 grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the state Department of Cultural Resources.

The money will support a multimedia theater work, "Paying Tribute," which will tell the stories of local military veterans and dramatize how war affects a community.

The theater group is collaborating on the project with the Cabarrus County Public Library's community read project, which will focus on Tim O'Brien's book, "The Things They Carried," and working with the Historic Cabarrus Association.

The project will culminate with the "One Book, One Community" program, set for February through April.

Details: 704-788-2405.

A cruise on Lake Norman to benefit the Lake Norman office of United Family Services is scheduled for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25 at Queen's Landing on N.C. 150 West in Mooresville.

"Cruise for Change" will include music, a silent auction, drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $50 at www.unitedfamilyservices.org.

The Lake Norman office provides long-term counseling, shelter and advocacy to battered women.

Cruise details: 704-655-8745.

Nic Norment of Mount Mourne Fairview Boy Scout Troop 173 has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Nic, the son of Tom and Cindy Norment of Mooresville, began as a Tiger Cub in St. Mark's Troop 162. He moved to First Presbyterian Troop 166 and then to Troop 173.

Wildlife photographer Bill Mugg will release his limited-edition 2011 Lake Norman Wildlife Calendar at the Wildlife Surf & Turf Festival, 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Stutts Marina, 571 Stutts Road, Mooresville.

You can obtain the calendar at the festival for a $10 donation to the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, a chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation.

Wednesday is the deadline to buy festival tickets. They are $30 for adults, $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and younger with a paying adult, available at www.lakenormanwildlife.org or at Stutts Marina.

The dinner features all-you-can-eat steak, shrimp, chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by area chef Tim Schafer. There will be a DJ and an educational display on animals of the Lake Norman area. www.lakenormanwildlife.org; 704-877-4788.

The Mooresville Fire Department recently was presented display flags and certificates of recognition by N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry for completing the Department of Labor's Carolina Star program.

The program recognizes work sites that are self-sufficient in controlling hazards.

The public is invited to the second public input meeting on the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Master Plan update Sept. 15.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Torrence Creek Elementary School. Officials will hear ideas from Huntersville residents on what they view as important as the town plans and develops its parks and recreation system over the next 10 years.

The master plan is scheduled to be completed in May 2011.

To view the 2004 master plan, visit www.huntersville.org. Details: Michael Jaycocks, mjaycocks@huntersville.org, 704-766-2228.

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