April is for Arts celebration: The Town of Davidson will celebrate April is for Arts April 17-19 and April 24-25.
Gallery Crawl: 6-9 p.m. April 17, downtown, South Main Square and Circles @ 30. Trolleys will transport patrons to view various exhibits. To see a map of participating locations, visit www.townofdavidson.org/April.
Artist Talk by sculptor Douwe Blumberg: 6 p.m. April 17, Davidson Town hall board room.
Public Art Master Plan Workshop: 6:30 p.m. April 17, Davidson Town hall board room.
DavidsonLearns Sculpture Tour: 7 p.m. April 17, Town Hall. The tour will be led by Davidson College art professor C. Shaw Smith.
‘Dance of Life’ sculpture dedication: 10 a.m. April 18
Art on the Green Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and noon to 4 p.m. April 19. The largest annual arts festival in Davidson, Art on the Green brings thousands of visitors to Davidson’s Main Street and Town Green. More than 50 fine artists will be featured in the juried show with sculpture, watercolor, photography, wood, glass and ceramics. Live music and local cuisine also will be featured.
Concert on the Green: 6 p.m. April 19, Town Green. The Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble will kick off the concert season. Bring a picnic or purchase food from local restaurants nearby.
Swing in to Spring: 6-9 p.m. April 24 and 4-8 p.m. April 25, South Main Square parking lot. Live music by 7 String Theory of Davidson Violins will be featured April 24, followed by live music and swing dance demonstrations and lessons by Planet Ballroom on April 25.
After Party: 8:30 p.m. April 25, Carrburritos with food, drinks and live music by the Mike Strauss Band.
For information, visit www.townofdavidson.org/April or contact Kim Fleming at 704-940-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring art classes: The Cornelius Arts Center has a new lineup of adult and youth art classes beginning the week of April 13.
Youth Classes include: Pokeman Adventures with Legos, Progressive Preschool Art, Pre-K Explorations, Afterschool Drawing and Painting for Teens, Afterschool Arts, Homeschool Arts and Ceramics, and Pottery.
Adult classes include: Watercolor Painting, Ceramics, Intermediate Drawing, Clay for Beginners, Animal and Fantasy Sculptures, Painting and more.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org or call 704-896-8823.
Kruger Brothers perform: National award winning artists The Kruger Brothers will perform 8 p.m. April 14 in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.
The Kruger Brothers combine traditional American acoustic instruments and folk styles to create a highly original and entertaining musical experience.
Tickets are $20 for faculty and staff, $25 for seniors and military and $30 for the general public, and are available at the Union Ticket Office. Tickets also are available by phone at 704-894-2135 or online at www.davidson.edu/tickets.
Art exhibit on display: The Cornelius Arts Center will display a new exhibit, “Transcendence” through April 20 at its gallery, 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.
Featured artists include Sydney Sogol, Anatoly Tsiris, Michael Hamlin, Jessica Singerman, Jim Miles and Allison Luce. “Transcendence” encourages viewers to contemplate our inherent connection with the natural world.
For information, call 704-896-8823 or visit www.cornelius.org.
Columnist speaks at Probus Club: Scott Fowler, an award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer, will speak at the next Probus Club of Lake Norman meeting 10:30 a.m. April 21 at Berea Baptist Church on N.C. 150 in Mooresville. Coffee and social time will begin 10 a.m.
An Observer writer since 1994, Fowler has written or co-written seven books. His most recent book focuses on Dean Smith. Fowler also will discuss the more controversial aspects of the sports industry, including soaring salaries, high ticket costs, cheating and allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
The Probus Club includes retired professional and business people. All retirees are invited to attend meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Berea Baptist Church.
Leadership lecture: Ric Elias, co-founder and CEO of Red Ventures, will discuss “Failure Redefined” at 7 p.m. April 29 in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.
Elias is a survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” Flight 1549, an event that drastically changed his life. His lecture is free and open to the public.
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Arts and music festival: The ‘Tawba Walk Art and Music Festival will be held 2-8 p.m. May 16 at Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius and along Catawba Avenue in historic Old Town Cornelius.
The Arts and Music Festival will showcase the region’s top bands, artists, performers, businesses, craft breweries, food trucks and more. A newly expanded kids’ zone is planned, along with an interactive scavenger hunt and features for furry friends.
For information, call 704-765-1794, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tawbawalk.com.
Davidson library events: The Davidson Public Library at 119 S. Main St. will host several events in April. All events are free and open to the public.
Special events include:
Science Saturday: 2-3 p.m. April 4 for students in grades 1-5. This month’s topic will focus on dinosaurs. To register, call 704-416-4000.
Downloading eBooks: 2-3 p.m. April 8 for adults. Bring an iPad, Kindle, Nook or tablet and account information to learn how to find, checkout and download books from the library’s digital collection. To register, visit www.cmlibrary.org/programs.
Davidson Kids’ Book Club: 4-5 p.m. April 15 for students in grades 2-4. This month’s book is “The 13-Story Treehouse” by Andy Griffith. Copies are available at the front desk. No registration required.
Davidson Teen Advisory Board: 6-7:15 p.m. April 16. Share your ideas, work with peers and earn community service hours by working on projects and services for teens. Open to ages 12-18. Registration required at www.cmlibrary.org/programs.
Technology Tutoring: 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 16 for adults. Get one-on-one help with a technology tutor in a free 30-minute session. Topics include computers, Internet basics, Microsoft office, email and more. Registration required at www.cmlibrary.org/programs.
Weekly events include:
Paws to Read: 4-5 p.m. April 6, April 13, April 20 and April 27. Children ages 3-11 can boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog. No registration required.
Teen Tutoring: 4-6 p.m. April 2, April 14, April 16, April 21, April 23 and April 28. Students ages 5-11 can get help with elementary-level reading, math and homework from a teen tutor in free 45-minute sessions. No registration required.
Preschool Storytime: 10:15-10:45 a.m. Fridays for ages 3-5.
Toddler Storytime: 11-11:30 a.m. Fridays for ages 18 months to 35 months.
Cornelius library events: The Cornelius Public Library at 21105 Catawba Ave. will hold several regular programs and special events in April.
Weekly events include:
Baby Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Mondays for ages up to 17 months. Free. Registration required by calling 704-416-3800.
Toddler Time Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 18-35 months. Free. Registration required by calling 704-416-3800.
Preschool Storytime: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 3-5. Free. Registration required by calling 704-416-3800.
Conexiones que cuentan/Connections that count: 10 a.m. Thursdays. This Spanish storytime prepares children for school with music, games, dancing and crafts. No registration required. For children of all ages and families.
English Conversation Group for Spanish Speakers: 6:30 p.m. April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29. Practice English speaking skills in a casual group environment. No registration required.
Spanish Conversation Group for English Speakers: 10 a.m. April 17 and April 24. Improve Spanish reading, speaking and listening skills, including basic grammar and vocabulary, in a relaxed group setting. No registration required.
Special events include:
Learn, Connect, Play on Wii: 5 p.m. April 6, April 13 and April 27 for ages 12-18. Play on the Wii and have fun while developing literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills. No registration necessary.
Meet the Author/Tony Abbott: 10:30 a.m. April 7. Join Tony Abbott for readings from “The Angel Dialogues,” a narrative in poems. A question-and-answer session will follow. Registration recommended at www.cmlibrary.org/programs.
Downloading eBooks: 10:30 a.m. April 14. Bring your iPad, Kindle, Nook or tablet with email or Amazon account information to learn how to find, checkout and download books from the library’s digital collection. Registration is required at cmlibrary.org/programs.
Girls Read Book Club: 4:30 p.m. April 16 for ages 7-11. This month focuses on “Ivy and Bean: No News is Good News” by Annie Barrows. Group meets the third Thursday of each month. No registration required.
STEM 101/MakeyMakey: 5 p.m. April 20. Turn fruit, Play Doh, pencil drawings and other things into a keyboard of game controller with this circuit board kit. Open to ages 12-18. No registration required.
Technology Tutoring: 10 a.m. to noon April 23 for adults. Get one-on-one help with a technology tutor in a free 30-minute session. Topics include computers, Internet basics, Microsoft office, email and more. Registration required at www.cmlibrary.org/programs.
Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m. April 25. Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and foster a love of books and reading. No registration required. Open to all ages.
Community Service Saturday: 2 p.m. April 25. Youngsters ages 10-18 are invited to join the library for various community service projects. No registration required.
Daylily Book Club: 10 a.m. April 28 for adults. This month’s selection is “The Silent Sister” by Diane Chamberlain. No registration required.
Sleepy Storytime: 6 p.m. April 30. Wear your jammies to this family storytime that encourages early literacy and a love of reading. No registration required.
For more information, call 704-416-3800.
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 others. Registration is required by visiting www.cornelius.parc.
Special needs programming: The Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks & Recreation departments will offer several special needs events this spring.
A Painting Party will be held 7-8:30 p.m. April 17 at the Robert B. Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road in Huntersville. Participants will learn to paint an abstract scene and enjoy time with friends. Cost is $5 residents, $10 others.
An AngelCare Parents’ Night Out will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 17. Parents can bring their special needs child and siblings for up to three hours of childcare. Cost is $7 residents, $12 others.
A Luau Bash will kick off summer 7-8:30 p.m. May 15 at the Robert B. Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road. The party is free for residents, $5 for others. Participants should bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner, which will include games, karaoke and a Hawaiian Shirt Contest.
To register, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Campbell honored: Dr. F. Michael Campbell, a local surgeon with Campbell Surgical in Mooresville, was recently recognized by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center for his service to the hospital, greater community and medical profession.
He received a plaque from hospital CEO Stephen Midkiff.
Woods marks first year: Hiddenite Center Executive Director Pete Woods recently marked a year on the job as leader of the nonprofit arts and heritage organization. Woods, who lives in Mooresville,
has led a campaign of community support, including financial contributions from Duke Energy and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.
The Hiddenite Center in Alexander County is home to the county’s Visitor Center and features monthly art gallery exhibits, a 20th century history museum and collections of gems and minerals. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For information, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley