Lake Norman & Mooresville

Happening nearby Lake Norman: Nov. 4, 2016

Crafting can be relaxing and therapeutic. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve is offer an adults-only crafting session Nov. 15; registration required.
Crafting can be relaxing and therapeutic. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve is offer an adults-only crafting session Nov. 15; registration required. Observer file photo

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‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years (2016)’:

Ron Howard’s new hit documentary explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, The Beatles. This theatrical version includes 30 minutes of the Beatles’ performance at Shea Stadium. $12.50. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. 4:30-6:45 p.m., 7:30-9:45 p.m. Nov. 11. 4:30-6:45 p.m., 7:30-9:45 p.m. Nov. 12. 2:30-4:45 p.m., 5:30-7:45 p.m. Nov. 13.

‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.’:

“Shrek, Jr.” is an irreverently fun show for the whole family. $10. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. 7 p.m. Nov. 11. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Nov. 12. 1 p.m. Nov. 13.

Special Event

Veterans Day Parade:

Parade honoring veterans. Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville. 704-662-8534. 12-2 p.m. Nov. 11.

1st Veterans Day Celebration:

The celebration will take place in downtown Huntersville starting with a parade from American Legion Post 321. A ceremony will follow promptly at 11 a.m. at Town Center. Food, music and activities from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Town Center, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-919-1301. 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

Concord Mills hosts Santa Arrival Celebration:

Guests can look forward to cookie decorating, live entertainment from the Salvation Army band and more. Meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with Santa will be available until 8:30 p.m. Concord Mills Mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Charlotte. 704-979-5000. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

Veterans Day program:

The Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, invites children and their families to celebrate Veterans Day morning with them 9-10:30 a.m., making thank you cards for the troops, creating patriotic arts and crafts, and decorating cookies. Then head over to the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., and join the town and American Legion Post 86 for their annual Veterans Day Celebration, starting at 11 a.m. This family-friendly program honors military veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces. 704-896-2461. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 11.

Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan MarketPlace:

Visit for information. $23, $13 children 5-12 advance; $24, $14 children 5-12 day of event; free for children younger than 5. Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 704-896-5544. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival:

Featuring the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club and more. Also on hand will be North Carolina beer and wine, heritage breed livestock, hay rides, historic craft and cooking demos, food vendors, shopping, open trails, antique tractors, living history demonstrations in the 1760s cabin, pumpkin chunkin’, kid activities and more. $8-$17. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Highland Creek Holiday Bazaar:

Cox Mill Elementary School, 1450 Cox Mill Road, Concord. 704-795-6519. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12.

Military Timeline:

Living history displays of hundreds of years of N.C. military history, including soldiers from the Revolution, Civil War, World Wars and more. Small arms and artillery firing demonstrations will be featured. Free; donation encouraged. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12.

Humane Society of Iredell Holiday Bazaar + Cat Adoption Fair:

Proceeds go to the rescue and microchip programs. Animal caricature artist Erik Huffine is returning to create collectible drawings of your pet. If you’ve been thinking about adding a cat (or a pair) to your home, now is the time to meet all our adorable, adoptable cats and kittens. Free. Humane Society of Iredell, 110 Robinson Road, Mooresville. 704-663-3330. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12.

Cabarrus Quilters Guild:

Monthly meeting. Free. Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord. 704-782-1109. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14.

Need to Improve Your Balance?:

Open tai chi classes every Monday; 11 a.m.-noon for advanced students and from 12:15-1:15 p.m. for beginners. $6. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337.


The Nature of Greenways: McAlpine Greenway:

This is a relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 9.

Fairy Houses and Gnome Huts:

Come to McDowell Nature Preserve to build homes for fairies and gnomes. Registration required. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Parent or guardian participation required. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 1-3 p.m. Nov. 11.

Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:

Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 12.

Trail Work Day:

Springs Visitor Center. Free. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. 8-11:30 a.m. Nov. 12.

Budding Adventures:

Activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, learn about animals and plants in the preserve. To register, call 980-314-1119. Free. Reedy Creek Elementary School, 10801 Park Rd. Extension, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Nov. 14.

Artsy Adult Club: Harvest Crafts:

Crafting can be relaxing and therapeutic. If you love crafting but don’t have the space or supplies to create some of the latest nature-themed or up-cycled projects, then this is the class for you. In each class we will have samples of two or three completed projects and provide the supplies, space and time for you to finish on your own. This is an adult only class because the advanced nature of the supplies that will be used. Registration required. Dress to craft. $3. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 15.