Lake Norman & Mooresville

Boat owners, volunteers needed for July 22 Big Day at the Lake

Boat owners are needed to host Big Brothers Big Sisters matches for Big Day at Lake on July 22. The deadline to register is approaching; to register as a boat host or to volunteer, go to:
Boat owners are needed to host Big Brothers Big Sisters matches for Big Day at Lake on July 22. The deadline to register is approaching; to register as a boat host or to volunteer, go to: Charlotte Observer file photo

Big Day at the Lake needs boat hosts

You can be part of Big Day at the Lake 13 by signing up to be a boat host, or a volunteer.

Big Day at the Lake, which has a 13-year record of helping Big Brother and Big Sisters of the Central Carolinas, needs boat owners to take at-risk kids out on Lake Norman or Mountain Island Laje for a morning of fun. Each “Little” comes with a “Big” — a built-in chaperone — and a signed waiver.

The Big Day at the Lake organizers — all of them volunteers — expect as many as 200 kids, which means at least 120 boat-owner hosts are needed July 22. Sorry, no jet skis for this event.

To register as a boat host or to volunteer, go to: The day starts at 9 a.m. at your dock, boat ramp, marina or a yacht club. Pair up with a friend or a group for even more fun. Big Day at the Lake has vounteers who can help with meeting up.

After a morning of sun and fun, join in the picnic lunch at the Energy Explorium, open only to participants.

Details or questions: Dave Yochum at 704-895-1335.

Lake Norman Special Needs Group honored

The Aktion Club of Lake Norman, a group of special needs adults sponsored by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, received two awards from The Arc of Mecklenburg County. The Arc of Mecklenburg County is a nonprofit organization that seeks to make positive differences in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Lake Norman Aktion Club was one of six clubs cited.

Allison “Allie” Serdinsky received the Newcomer of the Year Award. Serdinsky, who joined the Aktion Club this past fall, will be installed next month as vice president and serve as president in 2018. Serdinsky has participated in several projects and activities as well as serving as a catalyst for new ideas and fundraisers.

The group was also presented the Service Project of the Year Award that recognized a two-month collection of athletic equipment and supplies, which were donated to Special Olympics. Much of the equipment was new and solicited by club members from friends and family.

The Aktion Club of Lake Norman, with approximately 20 members from Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius and Mooresville, is composed of special needs adults 18 years of age or older. Information on the Aktion Club: Bill Russell, Aktion Club advisor at 704-892-1922 or email


Special Event

Stroke Support Group:

Free program open to everyone and provides education and support to stroke victims and their families. Registration is not required. For information, email Free. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 131 Medical Park Road, Mooresville. 1:30-3 p.m. July 6.

Hot dog lunch:

Bethel Presbyterian Church Fellowship Committee invites the community to a weekly hot dog lunch. There is no cost to attend but donations will be accepted. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-896-3103. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 6.

Mooresville Police Department Question and Answer Session:

Please RSVP by July 5 if you plan to attend. A representative from the Mooresville Police Department will be available for open dialog with senior adults and to answer any questions you may have. This is your chance to ask those burning questions, voice your safety concerns, and learn what’s going on with officers in your neighborhood. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. July 7.

Karaoke Dance Party:

Join us for a rocking good time. Drink specials and singer giveaways. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. July 7.

Outdoor Cinema Series: “The LEGO Batman Movie”:

All movies will be shown on our state-of-the-art inflatable screen and are free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Weather permitting, movies will begin at dusk about 8:30 p.m. Weather hotline 704-896-2460 x290. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031. 8:30-10 p.m. July 8.

Leisure McCorkle:

A nomadic alt-rocker. Mac’s Speed Shop, 19601 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius. 5-8 p.m. July 9.

Open Mic Tuesdays:

Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. Come out and play or just listen to Lake Norman’s local artists. No cover. Guitar, bass and cajon available. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9-12:30 a.m. July 11.

Zumba for Seniors:

Starts July 11. The class will meet 11 a.m. Tuesdays for six weeks. $30 payment is due prior to July 10. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. July 11.


Wednesday Woodland Wellness Walk:

Join us as we enjoy some fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with like-minded people. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. West Branch Nature Preserve, 18229 Shearer Road, Davidson. 9-11 a.m. July 5.

Cocktails & Gardens Happy Hour at The Duke Mansion:

Summer cocktail hours are back at The Duke Mansion. Enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and have a great time. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. 5-8 p.m. July 5, 6, 10 and 11.

Watermelon Day:

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. July 7.

Open Classroom:

What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to explore a variety of minigames and natural specimens that answer these questions and many more. A naturalist will be on hand. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1-3 p.m. July 8.

Huntersville Growers’ Market:

Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities for free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. July 8.

Talons Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest:

Owls, vultures, hawks and falcons are the stars in this show. Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won’t miss the show. Sign up online until 2 hours before the show and in the Visitor Center up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheater open 30 minutes before show time. Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. July 8. 1:30-2 p.m. July 9.

Budding Adventures:

Crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more. Learn about animals and plants that surround us in the preserve. Parent participation is encouraged. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. July 10.

Advice for heart patients

High temperatures mean that those at risk for heart disease need to take extraordinary precautions.

“Our bodies are built to self-regulate temperature – to keep us from getting too hot or too cold,” said Dr. Gabriel Fitton, who practices family medicine in Mooresville. “The body has two paths to shed extra heat, radiation and evaporation, both of which put stress on the heart and increase the risk of a cardiac event.”

Radiation requires rerouting blood flow so more of it goes to the skin. This makes the heart beat faster and pump harder. On a hot day, it may circulate two to four times more blood per minute than it does on a cool day.

Every drop of sweat that evaporates from your skin whisks away heat. But evaporation also strains the cardiovascular system. Sweat pulls more than heat from the body – it also pulls out sodium, potassium and other critical minerals. To counter those losses, the body begins secreting hormones that help the body hold onto water and minimize mineral loss.

Most healthy people can tolerate these occurrences with little difficulty and minor discomfort. But people with damaged or weakened hearts, the elderly, and those who are overweight can have a much harder time coping physically, and need to take precautions against heat stroke or even cardiac arrest.

High-risk categories include:

▪  Prior heart attack. Damage from a heart attack can keep the heart from pumping enough blood to get rid of heat.

▪ High cholesterol/arterial disease. Cholesterol-narrowed arteries can limit blood flow to the skin.

▪  Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes. These and other conditions can dull the brain’s response to dehydration, so it may fail to send thirst signals. Drink water!

▪  Atrial Fibrillation. The main concern for AFIB in high heat is dehydration, which can trigger an arrhythmia. It can also raise the risk of stroke and heart failure.

▪ Medications. Certain medications, like beta blockers, ACE receptor blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics, can exaggerate the body’s response to heat.

It’s important, though, to stay active throughout the warm-weather months. It’s also important to continue taking your medications. The key is taking the proper precautions to stay both active and safe in the heat.

Here are five must-do tips for those in the higher risk categories:

▪  If you have any question about your health, or your tolerance for the heat, always travel, walk, and exercise with a companion. They could be the one to save your life, if anything unexpected occurs.

▪  Stay consistently hydrated with a few cups of water before, during and after your exercise and/or sun and heat exposure. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

▪  Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton, or a synthetic fabric that repels sweat. Add a hat in a light color.

▪  Most people sweat most in their shoes, so opt for ventilated shoes and/or socks that repel perspiration. Foot powders and antiperspirants also help manage sweat.

▪  High heat is not the time to push your body. Get out of the sun and into shade every 20-30 minutes, hydrate and evaluate how you feel before starting again.

Changes in your body or mental state like headaches, nausea, weakness, confusion, or cool or clammy skin are all signs that your body is not coping well with the heat. Cool down with wet cloths, compresses or ideally, in a cooler, air-conditioned space. If in doubt, call 911, especially if you are alone.