Race relations: Daniel Aldridge, professor of history at Davidson College, will discuss “Race, Class and Our Criminal Justice System” at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Hance Auditorium in the Chambers Building at Davidson College.
The forum is hosted by the Vann Center for Ethics and co-sponsored by The Black Student Coalition. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
Aldridge will discuss police relations with the African-American community in light of recent incidents in Missouri, New York and Ohio. Improving police and community relations is crucial, he says, to reducing crime rates in working class African-American communities.
A former public defender in Los Angeles, Aldridge holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University, a law degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate in history from Emory University. He is the author of “Becoming American: The African American Quest for Civil Rights, 1861-1976.”
For information, visit www.davidson.edu.
Hop into spring: The Cornelius Arts Center will host “A Morning with the Easter Bunny” 10 a.m. to noon March 27 at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.
Children can celebrate the holiday with free Easter-themed crafts. Photos can be taken with the Easter Bunny. For information, visit www.cornelius.org or call 704-896-8823.
Meet the Easter Bunny: Peter Cottontail will hop down the bunny trail 2-4 p.m. March 28 at Robbins Park.
The free, family friendly event includes children’s activities, inflatables, arts and crafts, concessions, a DJ, balloon artist and photos with the Easter Bunny. Children ages 3-12 can collect toy-filled eggs at activity stations.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.
Easter crafts bazaar: The Mooresville Recreation Department will host an Easter Arts & Crafts Bazaar 1-4 p.m. March 28 at 247 Cornelius Road in Mooresville.
Held in conjunction with the Easter Extravaganza Event, the show will feature area crafters and artisans with woodworking, baked goods, handmade doll clothing, handmade soaps, painters, jewelry, sewing goods, fudge and more.
Admission is free. For more information, call the Mooresville Recreation Department at 704-663-2670.
Nobel winner speaks: Martin Chalfie, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist and professor, will present “GFP: Lighting Up Life” at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Lilly Family Gallery of the Chambers Building at Davidson College.
Chalfie teaches at Columbia University and received the award in 2008 as a member of a team that discovered revolutionary applications of green fluorescent protein (GFP).
Admission is free. For information: 704-894-2184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bass tournament fundraiser: The 36th Annual Lake Norman Shrine Club Dogwood Bass Tournament will be held April 4 at Midway Marina on N.C. 150 in Terrell.
Participants are needed to register their boats for $100. Couples, families and friends are welcome to fish for cash payouts for first through 10th place awards.
Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. To register or make a donation, contact Bill Cork at 704-516-0506 or email@example.com.
Home tour and gala: The 2015 Build for the Cure 50 Shades of Pink Gala will be held 7-10 p.m. May 8 at the show home, 18105 Shearer Road in Davidson.
Built in the River Run community by Eric Johnson of E.S. Johnson Builders, the show home also will be open to the public for tours. Tour dates are 5-9 p.m. Fridays, May 15 and May 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, May 9, May 16 and May 23; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, May 10, May 17 and May 24.
Johnson, a longtime custom home builder in Lake Norman, established Build for the Cure to raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for the Charlotte’s Susan G. Komen affiliate. This is the fifth Build for the Cure home. Johnson also is the author of “Building a Quality Custom Home: What You Need to Know” and has been featured on the television show, “For Your Home.”
For information, visit www.esjohnson.com or call 704-987-7950.
TOP Soccer: Children ages 5-16 who have a mental or physical disability are invited to join the TOP Soccer program offered through Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks and Recreation.
Sessions run 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, April 4-May 2 at Richard Barry Memorial Park in Huntersville.
The program is free for residents, $40 for non-residents. Registration is required by visiting www.cornelius.parc.
Summer camps: The Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks & Recreation departments will offer four special needs summer camps this year. Registration for Cornelius and Huntersville residents opened March 1. Residents of other towns may register beginning April 1.
The camps will offer a positive recreational experience and a chance to develop social skills, fine and gross motor skills, sensory experiences and creativity.
Available camps include:
Camp Create & Play (ages 2-6): 9-11 a.m. June 22-26, JV Washam Recreation Center. $50 residents, $65 others.
Camp Create & Play (ages 5-17): 1-3 p.m. June 22-26, JV Washam Recreation Center. $50 residents, $65 others.
Multi-Sport Camp (ages 5-17): 2-4 p.m. July 6-10, JV Washam Recreation Center, $50 residents, $65 others.
Bowling Camp (ages 5-17): 2-4 p.m. Aug. 3-7, Spare Time at Lake Norman, $50 residents, $65 others.
To register, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed for several special needs programs offered by Cornelius PARC and the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteers must be 13 years old or older.
Available volunteer opportunities are:
Abilities Tennis: 8:30-10 a.m. March 28. Be a buddy to a child with special needs, helping them play tennis-related activities and learn basic tennis skills. TOP Soccer: 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays, April 18-May 16. Help a special needs child play soccer activities and learn basic skills while interacting with peers and learning the rules of the game.
Baseball: 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays, May 30-June 27. Twenty volunteers are needed each Saturday to work one-on-one with a child with special needs in a fun, recreational baseball league.
Summer Camps: Volunteers who are 14 or older are needed for four special needs summer camps. Camp Create & Play will be offered 8:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. June 22-26. Multi-Sport Camp will be offered 1:30-4 p.m. July 6-10. Bowling Camp will be offered 1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 3-7.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or contact Nicole Groth at 704-892-6031, ext. 162.
Golf fundraiser: The One More Neighborhood Inaugural Golf Classic will be held at 11 a.m. April 27 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Cost is $600 per foursome or $150 per individual player. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishing teams, as well as for closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-in-one. Participants also receive range time with a club pro, an arrival gift, a gift bag, lunch and dinner.
Proceeds will benefit Huntington Green, a mobile home community at McCoy Road and Hambright Road in Huntersville.
Volunteers and sponsors also are needed. For information, visit www.onemoreneighborhood.com or contact Earl Runcan at 704-948-3232, ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stroke support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Support Group will meet 1:30-3 p.m. April 2 at the War Memorial Building, 220 N. Maple St., Mooresville.
The group meets on the first Thursday of each month to offer education and support to stroke victims and their families. Registration is not required.
For information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or mitzie.mccurdy@LNRMC.com.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley