Community Notebook


Dancers ages 6-18 will perform Piedmont Dance Theatre's new production of "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center on East First Street.

This year's production has a cast of 76 dancers from across the Charlotte region.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and younger.

Piedmont Dance Theatre also will join the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra for performances at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium in Salisbury. Tickets are $20-$25 for adults and $10-$12 for ages 18 and younger.

For tickets call 704-932-8888. For information visit http://Piedmont

Lake Norman

Davidson Community Players will stage 15 performances of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" over three weekends in December.

The comedy is based on the movie of the same title, about a boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 11; 8 p.m. Dec. 15-18; and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. The play is recommended for ages 8 and older.

All performances will be at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for senior adults and students.

Tickets: 704-892-7953;

Fifth- through eighth-graders in the Lake Norman area must register by Monday to participate in the Southern Cotillion.

The program introduces social graces such as going through a receiving line, making introductions, conversing with adults and peers, practicing good table and telephone manners, making RSVPs and, for boys, standing when a woman enters the room, inviting a girl to dance, and much more for boys and girls.

It also teaches ballroom dance and popular dancesClasses will meet on Tuesday evenings, February through March, at the Point Lake and Golf Club.

Parents who want their child to participate should e-mail with child's name, grade, school, each parent's full name, complete address, e-mail and phone number by Monday. Invitations will be mailed in early January.

Pam and Jack Ryan will host a holiday open house fundraiser at their home, 19133 Berkley Commons Drive, Cornelius, to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

It will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $20 per person. Details: 704-892-4481; canegator2@mi-con

The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg presented an $834 check recently to Circle de Luz, which provides scholarships and mentoring to young Latinas.

The money is part of the $7,000 the club raised for local charities in its annual fall golf tournament. Details:

William A. Hough High School DECA debuted at the District DECA Competition Nov. 17.

Among the 990 DECA competitors from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 115 came from Hough High in Cornelius. Hough won two second-place trophies, three finalist medals and 20 event medals.

The competition included an extensive test on marketing, business and economic concepts and role plays with volunteer judges.

Hough students Craig Amasya and David Snedecor earned second-place trophies and finalist and event medals. Amelia Sechrest won a finalist and an event medal.

Other Hough event medalists were Troy Armstrong, Quinn Augustine, Aria Bremner, Haley Gonzales, Colleen Grunert, Olivia Jansen, Christopher Keller, Katherine Kennedy, Logan Mariner, Marnie Marritt, Matthew Norris, David Sargent, Courtney Sheets, Blake Sivick, Jessica Weiner, Jasmine Williams and Haley Wolfe. About 80 Hough students are eligible for state competition in February.

Zootastic Park of Lake Norman's Christmas Wonderland, with a million Christmas lights, is open 6-10 p.m. daily until Jan. 1.

The display has a Western town with a petting zoo, pony rides and a candy shop. Santa visits nightly.

From Interstate 77 northbound, take Exit 42 between Mooresville and Troutman and turn left off the ramp and then right onto Ostwalt-Amity Road. The park is a mile on the left. Admission is $5. Details: 704-245-6446; 888-966-0069;