Community Notebook

Lake Norman

The Mooresville Downtown Commission has canceled this year's Race City Pit Stop because of a lack of participating race teams, sponsors and appearances, commission Chairman David Miller said.

Miller cited the economy, which he said continues to affect motorsports teams and potential sponsors of the event.

The commission has hosted the event in downtown Mooresville before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

Miller said the commission hopes to return the Race City Pit Stop next May.

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center recently added a texting option for people to check its Emergency Room wait times.

Those not requiring immediate emergency care can now text their zip code to ERTIME (378463) to receive the ER wait time at the hospital. Those with medical emergencies should call their doctors or 911.


Several fundraisers are scheduled in June to help defray medical expenses for Jacob Cook, 5, of Statesville, who was critically injured in a March 3 accident.

Jacob is being treated at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

Jacob Cook 5K and Walk, 8:30 a.m. June 11, Iredell Eye Center, 646 Hartness Road, Statesville. Registration fee is $20 for ages 13 and up and free for ages 12 and younger.

Register at and search for "Jacob Cook 5K" under "Statesville, NC." Details: Sean Heath at 704-872-3575.

June 24 barbecue at Cornerstone Christian Academy, 650 Glover Ave., off Eastside Drive in Statesville. To order meals in advance or to volunteer to deliver meals, email

Yard sale and car wash June 25 at Cornerstone Christian Academy. To donate a tax-deductible item, call Cornerstone at 704-873-0032.

Classic car show, motorcycle show and auction June 26 on Free Nancy Avenue in the old Carmike cinema parking lot near Wal-Mart.

Entry forms: or nightangel

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a free Lunch & Learn educational program June 15 on "TIF," a new incisionless surgical procedure for chronic heartburn and acid reflux.

Two sessions will be offered, at 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., both in the hospital's community rooms.

Dr. Peyton Davis of Mooresville Surgical Associates will be the guest speaker. He is the first surgeon in North Carolina to perform TIF.

Reservations: Mitzie McCurdy, director of community outreach, 704-660-4859.


The Old Courthouse Theatre's Living Room Reading series will give a free readers-theater performance of the drama "Rabbit Hole" at 4 p.m. today.

The performance will be on the theater's main stage, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord.

David Lindsay-Abaire's play won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and is now an Oscar-nominated movie.

In the play, Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. "Rabbit Hole" charts their bittersweet search for comfort.

The play contains language not appropriate for those under 17. Details: 704-788-2405;

Community singers are invited to begin rehearsing Monday with the Piedmont Choral Society in preparation for its eighth annual Patriotic Benefit Concert, scheduled for 3 p.m. June 26.

The concert, consisting entirely of patriotic music, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Cabarrus Vocational Opportunities.

Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Mondays at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord, where the concert also will be performed.

No audition or previous musical training is needed to participate, and there is no cost.

For information email or call 704-699-6053.

Tickets are on sale for the Old Courthouse Theatre's summer youth production of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors."

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. June 16-18 and 24-25 and at 2:30 p.m. June 19 and 26 at the theater, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord.

The production is directed by Andy Rassler, theater teacher at Northwest Cabarrus High School.

One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, "The Comedy of Errors" concerns two sets of long-lost identical twins who show up unexpectedly in the same place at the same time, causing much confusion. In the end, the brothers finally discover each other.

For reservations or details, call 704-788-2405 or visit

The city of Concord has begun delivery of 28,000 new black 96-gallon roll-out recycling carts to all Concord residents.

The carts are being provided free to residents for use in the every-other-week roll-out recycling program, which begins July 5. Crews will deliver carts over the next four weeks.

Residents should not begin using their new black cart until their scheduled collection date on or after July 5.

After July 5, the city will no longer collect the 18-gallon green bins now in use. Residents can keep them for other use or place them next to the new black cart in July, when they will be recycled into new 96-gallon carts.

For more information visit

Noted community leader Grace Mynatt gave the keynote address during Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's 48th commencement ceremony May 14.

More than 900 students graduated at the ceremony at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord. The college also presented GED certificates to more than 400 students.

A native of Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, she taught in public schools for 14 years. She moved to Concord in 1976, when her late husband, Ben Mynatt, purchased a Chevrolet dealership.

Mynatt was elected to the Cabarrus County Board of Education 1993-2006, serving as vice chairwoman and chairwoman, and to the county Board of Commissioners 2006-10, serving as vice chairwoman in 2007.

Her volunteer work has been recognized with many awards, including the N.C. Governor's Award for Volunteer Service, the NAACP Humanitarian Award and the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mynatt has held leadership positions with many organizations.She is a member of Central United Methodist Church in Concord.

The first summer concert at Rocky River Vineyards will be 7-10 p.m. Friday, featuring the Salisbury Swing Band.

Refreshments will include nonalcoholic beverages and the vineyard's own wine.

The cost is $20, which includes a glass of wine or a wine slushy.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Wednesday at or 704-781-5035.