Sailing, art, more for special needs

Cornelius has programs for youth and adults with special needs, including autism, Down syndrome, sensory integration disorder, cerebral palsy and cognitive impairment.

Other programs support the families of those youth and adults. Here is a small selection of what is available.

Sailing and picnic event: Ages 7 and up. Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 16, N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing Center, Blythe Landing Park. 30-minute rides on a 19-foot Flying Scot sailboat for people with intellectual disabilities and a parent/caregiver. Donations are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Sailing & Rowing Center.

Gaming: Ages 5-17. $5 for town residents, $7 for others. 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 or Jan. 15, Best Buy, Mooresville. Socialize with peers and try out the latest gaming systems.

Basketball: Ages 5-16. $35 residents, $40 others. 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 5-March 12, Torrence Creek Elementary School gym. Socialize with teammates and learn and improve basketball skills.

Multimedia Art: Ages 5-16. $40 residents, $45 others. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 15, Cornelius Arts Center. Visit center's art studios and gallery exhibit. Create multimedia art by drawing, painting, collage, sculpting.

Discovery Place Kids: Ages 5-16. Costs and dates to be determined. Outing for play experiences that value imagination, fun and learning.

In addition, coffees are at 9a.m. the third Tuesday of each month. This is a great way to gain support, build friendships, share resources and learn more about the "Exceptional Moms" program and Family Support Network. For details e-mail Cathy Henry at

To register or for details on these events, go to the Cornelius PARC office or call 704-892-6031.

5K for ALS

Aquesta Bank and Insurance Services will host a competitive 5K run/walk to support research into ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. It will start at 8 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Preserve at Robbins Park.

This year's race is in honor of Dennis Coogle, owner of PostNet in Cornelius. He was diagnosed with ALS two years ago and asks supporters to join him in raising money for research.

The adult entry fee is $15 before Oct. 2, $20 after that. To register, go to and select Aquesta 5K for ALS. Details:

Help the vet help animals

Come to the town hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 to speak in favor of North Mecklenburg Animal Hospital's expansion.

The expansion will give our animals access to the only after-hours emergency veterinary service in Cornelius and allow the hospital to offer even more regular services.