Art show, Beach Bash, outdoor movie planned

From July 11 to Aug. 19, check out the art exhibit at the Cornelius Arts Center.

This summer, the Arts Center is hosting a showing of the paintings, mixed-media and ceramics works by adult students. Also on display will be artwork from the youth summer camps, also held at the center.

To see both the art and meet the artists, attend the artists' reception from 6 to 8 p.m. July 21. It's free and open to the public.

Outdoor Movie at the Lake

Make sure to attend the Boat-In Movie at Ramsey Creek Park on July 20. This yearly event, hosted by the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, gives spectators the opportunity to view the movie from land or from the lake.

The movie this year is the latest version of "The Karate Kid."

Boaters will be able to watch the movie from their boats and receive the audio portion on a boat radio or handheld radio.

The movie will be shown on an inflatable "blimp" screen. The movie is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available for purchase. The movie will begin at dusk, about 8:30 p.m.

Beach Bash in the Park

On July 23, head to the beach at Bailey Road Park.

No, the ocean hasn't moved, but the park will be the summertime place to be for beach music.

Come to Beach Bash in the Park and listen to the sounds of oldies, beach music, top 40 tunes and funk played by The North Tower Band. The band has been recognized for its sizzling brass and super vocals.

Coolers are permitted. Not permitted are alcohol, pets, glass bottles or open flames.

The gates will open at 7 p.m. Parking is free at Bailey Road Park and Bailey Middle School.

Upcoming Fitness Programs

The Couch-to-5K Running Plan for ages 18 and up meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Aug. 1 through Sept. 12 at the Bailey Middle School track. The goal of this six-week program is to get you from a couch potato to a runner.

Boot Camp for ages 18 and up meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturdays from July 30 to Sept. 3, also at the Bailey Middle School track. This outdoor fitness program offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training to help you reach your fitness goals.

For more information on either program, call 704-765-1450 or go to

Thank you

Thanks go out to Melissa S. of Energy United. Despite the high volume of calls after the July Fourth weekend, Melissa was able to give exceptional personal service. Thanks, Melissa, for being another example of hometown help.