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Lake Norman Magazine

Coming this weekend: A romantic February issue. Develop a passion for dance at Havana Banquet and Ballroom, go out for date night at 131 Main, get tips from a pro on exercising with your significant other and learn about a new trend for engaged couples. In home-delivered copies of the Observer, on racks and at


Carolina Gator Gumbo will play Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S. It's part of the Cabarrus Arts Council's "Footlights" concert series. Tickets are $10, available at and at box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 704-920-2753.


McGuire Nuclear Station will host home-schooled middle and high school students 9 a.m.-noon Friday at its EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, in honor of National Nuclear Science Week.


Hope House Foundation will present a "Heart of Hope" benefit 5:30-11 p.m. Feb. 5 at The Palace at Kenton Place, 17220 W. Catawba Ave. It will benefit the Huntersville-based foundation, which serves homeless women and children in the Lake Norman area. Tickets, details:


A concert at 1 p.m. today will feature Sid Krupkin, director of education for the Foundation for Respect Ability, an anti-bullying organization in Cornelius. It's at St Alban's Episcopal Church, 300 Caldwell Lane. The foundation is modeled on Operation Respect, led by humanitarian Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. The local group plans anti-bullying events and services for parents, educators and students. Seating is limited; call 704-438-9798 for reservations.


The City Council recently honored Don Lambert, crew supervisor inspector technician with the street division, who retired Dec. 31 after 44 years with the city.

West Shore

Vicki Taylor, executive coordinator of the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition, will offer an update on issues regarding Duke Energy's Catawba River hydropower license renewal at 7 p.m. Thursday at East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Denver. Details: Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249.