Sample and judge soups, see friends at Souper Bowl

Souper Bowl VII is a wonderful way to see friends from Davidson, sample delicious soups from local restaurants and donate to HAMMERS (Hands Around Mecklenburg/Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely).

Join other residents from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Lilly Family Gallery in the Chambers Building of Davidson College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students (age 12 and older) and $5 for children if purchased before Feb. 3. For advance tickets call 704-892-4486.

Come and enjoy soups from your favorite Lake Norman restaurants. Help judge the best chunky, creamy, vegetarian and farm-to-spoon soups. Dessert will be provided by Bird & Bear Cookie Co. You also can enjoy live local music and a silent art auction.

The natural world for kids

World of Wonder is a program by the Davidson Lands Conservancy that teaches children about the natural world and about our land.

The next program in the series will be "Winter Stargazing - Where is the Great Dog?" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Fisher Farm Park. WOW, along with the Charlotte Astronomy Club, will have telescopes and astronomers available for learning about the stars.

To register, contact Erin Burke at Davidson Lands Conservancy or World of Wonder at 704-892-5190 or

New canoe launch ready

Davidson Land Conservancy volunteers used a $14,000 grant from the REI Foundation to build a canoe launch, a 900-foot access trail and signs at the new 8-acre town-managed Lake Davidson Nature Preserve.

The public-access canoe launch is north of Griffith Street behind Davidson Day School, behind a gate between the woods and the football field. The new park is the result of an agreement between the town of Davidson and the private school.

Roy Alexander, executive director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy, said he is excited about the project.

"I would like all paddlers in the area to know about this access point to Lake Davidson, since there are no other legal access points, and because Lake Davidson is protected from large power boats on the majority of the lake, so it's a nice, calm sheltered place to paddle," Alexander said. A canoe or kayak trolley may be needed.

The conservancy board includes many local members: Pam Dykstra, president; Rodney Graham, vice president; Brenda Pressley, treasurer; Rob Van Epps, secretary; Irvin Brawley; Hayden Boyd; Lacy Dick; Rosemary Klein; Danielle Knox; Bill Latham; Dave Martin; Ross Meentemeyer; Autumn Michael; Mike Minett; Pat Peroni; Kathryn Spatz; Mary Perrin Stark and Cakey Worthington.

Founding members include longtime Davidson residents and newcomers. If you share a common commitment to the land, you can join at various levels from students at $10 to corporate sponsorships beginning at $2,000.

Those wishing to volunteer can contribute items from this wish list: GPS unit, digital camera or two-way radios. These tax-deductible gifts will be greatly appreciated.

Call Roy Alexander, 704-896-3654, for more information.