Three children and one interpreter from Afghanistan are spending four to six weeks with Lake Norman-area families through the local nonprofit, Solace for the Children.

The children, who arrived last Monday, are receiving medical, dental and optical care.

The Collier Lilly Ride 4 Life on Saturday will offer 62- and 31-mile rides for serious cyclists, a 10-mile ride for recreational cyclists and fun family activities at Davidson College.

All three routes will travel the back roads of Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan and Cabarrus counties and will begin and end at the college. Registration is at 7 a.m.; the rides will start at 8.

The event honors the life of Collier Cobb Lilly and raises awareness of the need for organ and tissue donations.

Registration is $25 in advance and $30 on Saturday. Register at

The South Iredell Healthcare Forum will meet 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Churchill Senior Living, 140 Carriage Club Drive, Mooresville, behind the SuperTarget shopping center.

A panel of social workers will represent a wide spectrum of health-care providers.

Details: Stuart Madow. 704-658-1200;

Davidson Community Players' The Connie Company will hold auditions June 6 for sixth- through 12th- graders for its production of "Macbeth - Shakespeare Unplugged."

Auditions will be 3-5 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Call 704-892-7953.

Stand Up North Carolina will host The Civitas Institute for a two-evening seminar on the free market, 6:30-9 p.m. June 7-8 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The seminar is free to Stand Up North Carolina members and $5 for others.

Advance registration is recommended but not required. Register at

The Amazing Critter Cruise will set sail at noon June 18 from Queen's Landing, 1459 River Highway (N.C. 150 West), Mooresville.

The three-hour tour includes kid-friendly food, a narrated cruise of the lake and a live animal program. It's sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. The cost is $15 per person.

Reservations: 704-877-4788;