Lake Norman & Mooresville


Compiled by Leigh Pressley

Charity event: A lively Beach Bash with food and drinks, a deejay and an auction, will be held 5:30-10 p.m. March 6 at Harvey’s, 19707 Liverpool Parkway in Cornelius. Patrons are encouraged to wear beach garb.

The Beach Bash kicks off the 11th year of Big Day at the Lake, an outing for at-risk youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters to enjoy a day of boating and water fun on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake. This year’s Big Day at the Lake will be held July 18. Big Day at the Lake provides fun for kids who would not otherwise experience local lakes, recruits adults to the mentoring program and raises money for a worthy non-profit organization.

This year’s fundraising goal is $80,000. Admission to the Beach Bash is $5 per person. To donate items for the live and silent auction, call 704-560-7534 or visit

Singing contest: Nashville in the Carolinas, a vocal contest for ages 12 and older, will hold auditions 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at Big Hat Larry’s Music shop, 128 S. Main St. in downtown Mooresville.

Auditions will be held in five cities in the Carolinas, with the final contest on April 18 at the Salt Block in Hickory. The grand prize winner will receive a recording contract with independent label Pretty World Records, plus a $1,000 cash prize from Randy Marion. Top five place winners also will receive prizes.

To schedule an audition, call 828-327-3349 or visit

Exhibit by local artist opens: “Native Tongues” featuring the unique and expressive paintings of local artist John Hairston Jr. will run through March 13 at the Cornelius Arts Center.

A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Hairston is known for vibrant strokes and brilliant use of color that bring his portraits to life and seamlessly shift into powerful characters. His work has been commissioned for Project LIFT, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, the Metrolina AIDS Project and TEDxCharlotte.

A closing reception for the exhibit will be held 6-9 p.m. March 13 with music, food, wine and live paintings done by Hairston.

For information, call 704-896-8823 or email

Young musicians perform: Talented young musicians from the greater Lake Norman area will perform in the next Music @ St. Alban’s concert at 3 p.m. March 15 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ave. in Davidson. Pre-concert music will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The newly added concert is inspired by the life of Grace Krumdieck, the daughter of Music @ St. Alban’s artistic director Barbara Krumdieck and Richard Krumdieck. Grace, who died at age 15 last year, loved music and often accompanied her mother to concerts in the Music @ St. Alban’s series.

Performers include Florence Lui, Hannah Duke and David Carter on piano; Clara Gerdes on organ and piano, Georgia Gerdes on violin, Martha Gerdes, Hannah Elizabeth Dinsmore and Lily Dinsmore on flute, Lily Klett with voice and Tamar Rowe on harp. A meet-the-artists reception will follow the concert.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 for ages 12-18 and free for children under 12. To reserve tickets, call 704-941-0650 or visit

Casino Night fundraiser: The North Mecklenburg woman’s Club will host its third annual Casino Night fundraiser 6:30-10:30 p.m. March 20 at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius.

Open to the public, Casino Night will feature a Saddles and Spurs theme with old West flair. A Texas-style dinner buffet, casino gambling including a $75 start-up, prizes, entertainment, cash bar and a “Gold Rush” wine purchase are planned.

Proceeds benefit the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club service projects and support of local non-profit organizations. This year’s primary recipient is Purple Heart Homes in Statesville, which helps disabled veterans build or modify homes. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple before March 6. To order, visit or contact Barbara Kasprzak at

Lions hold golf tournament: The Lions Regional Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. April 20 at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville.

Cost for the four-person captain’s choice event is $100, including lunch and dinner, green fees and range balls. Hole-in-one prizes include a Mercedes Benz courtesy of Brightway Insurance, $10,000 and a Lajitas Golf Resort vacation.

Proceeds help the Lions provide services for the vision impaired.

Additional sponsorships ranging from $200 to $1,000 are needed. For more information, visit or contact Neal Howes at 704-875-3489.

Iredell Garden Fair: The Iredell Garden Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at the Iredell Cooperative Extension Center in Statesville.

The fair will include vendors, speaker workshops, a plant sale, hands-on activities and a demo garden designed, planted and maintained by the Extension Master Gardeners. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge of gardening.

Vendors are invited to participate at $50 per space before March 30 or $75 between March 31 and April 10. Vendors must provide their own tables for a 12-foot by 12-foot space. Approximately 50 vendors from the metro Charlotte area will be featured at the event, which typically draws 400 to 500 patrons.

Proceeds benefit the Iredell Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about horticulture. For information, contact Martha Hazelton at 704-450-1333 or


Disc golf tournament: The first Live Awesome Toss’Em Disc Golf Tournament will be held March 7 at Bradford Park. Participants can register as a recreational or advanced player and competed in the day round at 2:30 p.m. or the glow round at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $25 a round or $35 for both and includes dinner from Smokey J’s BBQ. Registration will be held through March 4 at

Spring break camp: Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department will offer Spring Break Camp in April.

The Kids Out Fun Days run 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Waymer Center and are open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Cost is $25 residents, $30 others.

Dates and themes are: April 6, Putt-Putt golf; April 7, pottery; April 8, 80s’ style roller skating; April 9, park hop; April 10, sports and fitness fun.

Children ages 5-12 also can enroll in radKIDS Spring Break at Huntersville Elementary School, which teaches youngsters about fire and home safety, gun safety, bullies and dangers of the Internet. The program runs 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 6-10 for ages 5-7 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6-10 for ages 8-12. Cost is $85.

For information, visit

10K added to Run Wild: Registration is now open for the fourth annual Run Wild 5K and Wild Child Fun Run on May 9 in Huntersville. This year’s event also includes a new 10K race beginning and ending at the Birkdale Residents Club.

The 10K race will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:15 a.m. and the fun run at 9:30 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the African Children’s Project, a local non-profit organization that provides family-style homes in Kenya for children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. Cash awards will be presented to top athletes in various categories, and awards will be given in unique categories including Wildest Wardrobe, Middle of the Pack and Largest Pride.

Pre-race day registration is $35 for the 10K, $25 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile Wild Child Fun Run. To register, visit or Feet Fleet, 16620 Cranlyn Road in Huntersville.

Sponsorships are available starting at $300. For information, call 704-598-7884.

Bass fishing fundraiser: The Lake Norman Shrine Club will sponsor the 36th annual Dogwood Bass Tournament 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4 at Midway Marina, 8693 NC 150 in Terrell.

Pre-registration will be held noon to 7 p.m. April 3 at the marina.

Cash payouts based on 100 boats are $2,500 for first place down to $100 for 10th place. For information, contact William Cork at 704-516-0506 or


CPR training: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR training course 6-10 p.m. March 24 in Community Room B.

Participants will learn basic skills in recognizing and treating life-threatening emergencies including cardiac arrest and choking for adults, children and infants. Cost is $50, including a training book.

For information, call 888-995-6762.

Special care reunion: The 10th annual Special Care Nursery Reunion was held recently at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Families of infants who were cared for in the hospital’s Special Care Nursery over the last 10 years attended.

Neonatologists and special care nursing staff enjoyed seeing how the graduates have grown and changed since being in the hospital. More than 250 people attended the costume party, which included games, face painting, arts and crafts and treats.


Professional women’s network: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Network will meet 8-9:30 a.m. March 5 at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd. in Mooresville. Breakfast will be provided by Springhill Suites and Subway.

Cindy Hickman Ray, a professional counselor at CareNet Counseling in Mooresville, will discuss “Stress Busters: How to Be a Crock Pot Woman in a Microwave World.” All women are welcome.

Cost is $5 cash at the door. Participants can bring business cards and literature to distribute to prospective clients.

To RSVP, call 704-664-3898 or email

Golf outing: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual golf outing, “Swinging for Small Business,” at noon April 17 at Larkin Golf Club, 175 Clubhouse Drive in Statesville.

The captain’s choice event with four-person teams is limited to 150 players. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m., and an awards dinner start at 5 p.m.

Sponsorships are available for lunch or dinner, silent auction items, door prizes, golf holes, contests and favor bags.

For information, contact the chamber at 704-664-3898 or

Probus Club meets: Jerome Bolick, CEO of Southern Furniture Co. of Conover, will be the keynote speaker at the next Probus Club of Lake Norman meeting at 10:30 a.m. March 17 at the Berea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1015 N.C. 150 in Mooresville. Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10 a.m.

Bolick will discuss “From Wheels to Wingbacks,” the evolution and success of the company founded by his grandfather that has made buggies, buses, furniture and case goods. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a U.S. Navy veteran, Bolick has served in many leadership roles in industry and the community.

The Probus Club, an international club of retired professional and business people, meets monthly at the Berea Baptist Church fellowship hall. All retired or semi-retired people are invited to attend.

Sports programs open: Huntersville Parks and Recreation is offering several youth and adult sports programs this spring. The schedule includes:

Youth Girls Volleyball: Open to ages 9-18. A parents’ information meeting will be held March 5, with a Skills Day on March 7. Registration runs through March 6. Cost is $75 residents, $90 others.

Pickleball: Open to ages 50 and older. Play is held 9-11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, March 16-May 27 at Waymer. Free.

Senior Softball: Open to ages 65 and older. Open play is held 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 17-May 19 at North Mecklenburg Park. Free.

Camp registration: Huntersville Parks and Recreation will hold registration for several summer camps in the coming weeks. The schedule includes:

Adventure Camps: Registration opens 8 a.m. March 2, March 5, March 12

Summer Sports Camp: Registration opens 6 a.m. March 1.

Forinformation, visit