Here's a chance to offer thoughts on Exit 28 design

Anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, you're invited to go to the town hall for a citizens informational workshop presented by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The informal workshop (no formal presentation) will be about the proposed changes to Exit 28 of Interstate 77.

DOT officials will display maps and will answer questions and listen to comments from the public about changing Exit 28 to a "diverging diamond" interchange.

The design is supposed to be simpler and more cost-effective, DOT officials say, and should relieve congestion at I-77 and Catawba Avenue.

Win NASCAR tickets

To help celebrate National Tourism Week, Visit Lake Norman is recognizing the power of visitor spending through its "Why Travel Matters" campaign.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, in 2001 domestic visitors spent $15.6 billion across the state. The visitor revenue generated by events that Visit Lake Norman recruited last year saved local households $304 in state and local taxes.

The tourism agency is raffling four NASCAR All-Star Race tickets, valued at $300, to raise money for Big Day at the Lake, an event for the Charlotte Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. Big Day at the Lake gives children in the program a chance to spend a fun day on the lake.

Entries are $10 each, on sale until the drawing Wednesday at Visit Lake Norman's Visitor Center.

Summer movies

This year's "Movies Under the Stars" series starts June 15. The movies will be shown at various locations around town on a large inflatable screen and should be fun for the whole family.

Movies will begin at dusk, about 8:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

On June 15 and 29 and July 4, Coca-Cola will sponsor pre-movie activities such as Wii games, mini-basketball and free product samplings.

At the Boat-In Movie July 20 at Ramsey Creek Park you can view the movie from land or from the lake. Boaters will be able to watch the movie from their boats and receive audio via boat radio or handheld radio.

For a list of dates and movies or for more information, call 704-896-2460 ext.188 or go to

Boot camp

The Cornelius PARC Department will conduct a six-week Boot Camp for ages 18 and up starting May 28.

The classes will meet 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Bailey Middle School track.

The outdoor program includes fitness instruction, nutrition counseling and motivational training. Instructor Jeff Heal, owner of Fitness Together in Cornelius and Davidson, has worked in the fitness industry more than 15 years.

Registration is $40 for Cornelius residents and $48 for others. For more information call 704-896-2460 ext. 188 or visit