3 fundraising events set, plus fitness, free lecture

The Russell B. Knox Memorial Golf Tournament will be Monday at River Run Country Club.

It's sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Davidson, Cornelius, Lake Norman, North Mecklenburg and Huntersville. The Captain's Choice competition will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start.

Registration is for individuals or teams and includes a senior division open to players 60 and older. The $75 fee per player includes golf, prizes, lunch, snacks and awards. Proceeds will benefit the Lion's charities and programs for the blind and vision-impaired. Sponsorships are available; call Ed Roberts, 704-892-0276.

Run and eat

The third annual Ada Jenkins FIRE 5K race and barbecue fundraiser will be April 30 at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.

The road race will begin at 10 a.m. A barbecue competition between "Hogmasters" and "Backyard Grillers" will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration for the race includes an eat-in or take-out barbecue plate and costs $25 in advance or $35 the day of the race. Register at

Those who want just the barbecue can purchase a plate for $10 while listening to live music and participating in children's activities and raffles. Buy barbecue tickets at or calling 704-896-047.

Ada Jenkins Center, a nonprofit human services organization, offers more than 21 programs and services for those in need.

ALS fundraiser

The seventh annual Dick Sanderson "Driving 4 Life" Golf Tournament will be at River Run Country Club April 28. Proceeds will go toward research on ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Captain's Choice competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. A buffet dinner, open bar and dancing to the tunes of the band Vinyl Tap will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom.

"Davidson Idol," a talent show based on the popular TV series, will feature Davidson residents competing in front of a select panel of judges to win the coveted title. Audience members can influence the distinguished judges with cash donations as "bribes."

In September 2004, Davidson resident Dick Sanderson was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. This neurodegenerative disease gradually paralyzes the body, robbing its victims of the ability to walk, speak and, eventually, swallow or breathe. Most ALS victims live two to five years after diagnosis.

"Driving 4 Life" is a multimillion-dollar campaign supported by golfing great Tom Watson, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Watson's longtime caddie, Bruce Edwards, was diagnosed with ALS in 2003 and succumbed to the disease in 2004.

The mission of "Driving 4 Life" is to find a cure for ALS by funding progressive research. Sponsorship and participation proceeds from the Dick Sanderson "Driving 4 Life" tournament will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, Mass. To register, donate or be a sponsor, call Greg O'Brien, 704-453-5512, or visit www.dicksandersondriving4

Senior fitness

The fifth annual Lake Norman Senior Fun and Fitness Day will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Jetton Park. It's sponsored by the North Mecklenburg Senior Center and the Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville parks and recreation departments.

For ages 55 and older there will be a 1.4-mile fitness walk around Jetton Park, 15 fitness stations along the trail, blood pressure screenings and a healthy lunch for $5. For more information call the senior center at 704-892-4041.

Distinguished lecturer

Anne O. Kreuger, professor of international economics at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will present Davidson College's distinguished lecture in economics at 8 p.m. April 20.

Kreuger was first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2006 and was vice president of economics and research at the World Bank from 1982 to 1986.

She is a senior fellow at the Center for International Development and is Ritch Emeritus Professor of Sciences and Humanities in the economics department at Stanford University. She has published extensively on economic development, international trade and finance, economic policy reform and the economies of India, South Korea and Turkey.

This free lecture will be in the Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union. For information call 704-894-2398.