Lake Norman & Mooresville

Big Day at the Lake fundraising cruise set for June 14

Bigs and littles enjoy a day on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake during the annual Big Day at the Lake last year.
Bigs and littles enjoy a day on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake during the annual Big Day at the Lake last year. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

One of the biggest fundraising events for the annual Big Day at the Lake and theBig Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte will be held in mid-June on Lake Norman.

The seventh-annual Big Day at the Lake Cruise will be held June 14 aboard the charter boat Yachta Yachta Yachta, which will sail out of the Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius for a three-hour dinner and dance party beginning 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person for the cruise, which will feature food provided by five Lake Norman-area restaurants, an open bar and music. All proceeds will go toward Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, which serves nearly 250 children in the northern Mecklenburg County area.

“This cruise has been a complete sellout for many years, and it’s always so satisfying to see the community come together on the lake and support all our activities,” Dave Yochum, founder of Big Day at the Lake, said in a prepared release.

“I’d especially like to thank Nancy and Randy Cameron for once again organizing and hosting this event. Their dedication and hard work are very much appreciated.”

The annual Big Day at the Lake, which will be held for the 11th straight year on July 18, has brought hundreds of the children and volunteers served by Big Brothers and Big Sisters to Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake for a day of boating, swimming and tubing, followed by a picnic dinner and games at Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium in Huntersville.

The event has been a major fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, with more than $500,000 raised for the organization over the past 10 years.

Last year’s Big Day at the Lake raised more than $75,000, and Yochum has set the fundraising goal for this year’s event at $80,000.

For information or to reserve tickets for the Big Day at the Lake Cruise, call 704-232-5536 or visit www.bigdayatthelake.com.

LNWC plans Spring Fling

The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will hold a special Earth Day event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville.

The theme of the Earth Day program is “All Things Nature.” Featured will be exhibits from local nurseries, landscapers, outdoor specialty stores and other outdoor-themed organizations.

In addition, participants can learn how to construct a wildlife-friendly yard, experts will hold seminars on subjects like “Bird-Brained Gardening” and “Aliens Among Us,” and music, food and beverages, and hand-on crafts will also be available.

For information, call 704-231-3317 or email don.west@lnwc.org, or visit www.lnwc.org.

NCCSR class schedule

N.C. Community Sailing and Rowing, based at Blythe Landing Park in Cornelius, has several sailing and rowing classes coming up over the next three months.

Classes available to the public are:

▪ Adult Flying Scot “learn to sail” classes, April 11-12, April 18-19.

▪ Youth advanced Opti/Introduction to racing, April 14-May 21.

▪ Youth skills development, April 15-May 20.

For information, contact NCCSR at 704-947-7245 or by email at info@nccsailrow.org, or visit the group’s website at www.nccsailrow.org.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

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