Lake Norman & Mooresville

Happening nearby Lake Norman: Sept. 13-19, 2017

South Iredell Senior Center needs volunteers to create, decorate and design items for this year’s Santa’s gift shop that opens in November. Volunteers will 1-4 p.m. Sept. 15.
South Iredell Senior Center needs volunteers to create, decorate and design items for this year’s Santa’s gift shop that opens in November. Volunteers will 1-4 p.m. Sept. 15. jmiller@mcclatchy.com

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Special Event

Bird’s the Word:

Davidson College Professor Mark Stanback, ornithologist, will discuss “Cavity Nesting Birds” when Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists hosts its next free nature program. He will discuss local cavity-nesters for which LNWC builds bird boxes, such as prothonotary warbler, brown-headed nuthatches and tree swallows. He will also talk about his six-month sabbatical work on hornbills in Namibia, Africa. www.LNWC.org. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville.7 p.m., Sept. 14.

Citizen Group Hosts Candidate Forums:

“Save Davidson” is hosting two upcoming candidate forums, one for the mayoral candidates and the other for those running for town commissioner. The forums are open to the public.

The three mayoral candidates – Mayor John Woods, Rusty Knox and Laurie Venzon – will be asked a series of questions by moderator Callan Bryan, an attorney who also serves on the board of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Andrew O’Geen, political science professor of American politics at Davidson College, will moderate a full slate of commissioner candidates. Candidates are commissioner Stacey Anderson, Michael Angell, George Berger, Jane Campbell, Shana Erber, Ryan Fay, Matthew Fort, commissioner Jim Fuller, commissioner Rodney Graham, Autumn Michaels, David Sitton, Troy Taylor and Sammy Weaver.

Find information at www.savedavidson.org. Receive updates via email; write savedavidson@gmail.com to add your name to the list.

The mayoral candidates’ forum is at St. Albans Episcopal Church sanctuary, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

The commissioner candidates’ forum is at Gethesmane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. 7 p.m. Sept. 18.

Rotary Pup Crawl:

Twilight Rotary at The Lake is sponsoring the first Rotary Pup Crawl designed to raise $3,000 for supplies and food for the homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at the Cornelius Animal Shelter.

Those joining in the fun should meet 5:15 p.m. at the Kilted Buffalo in Birkdale Village. The pup crawl will then progress on foot through Birkdale asking for shelter donations, with a stop at Fox and Hound; those who wish to drive to Cornelius, will proceed to Lake Town Tavern, followed by a visit to Jack’s Corner Tap. The evening will conclude with an announcement of funds raised for homeless animals at 7:30 p.m. at Jack’s Corner Tap.

For information or to make a donation, please contact Rotary Club Chairperson Barbara Dresser at Barbara@Dresser.CC or 704-813-0644. Ages 21 years and older. Meet at Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 15.

‘Large Animal Games’:

“Large Animal Games” takes a comically skewed and razor-sharp look at modern relationships through a mix of bullfights, shopping, big game hunting and intimate apparel. $20 general admission; $15 for seniors and students. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com. 8-10 p.m. Sept. 15, 16 and 17.

Shag Dancing:

Friday nights are shag nights at the Finish Line Lounge at George Pappas Victory Lanes. Everyone is invited. $3, $5 per couple. Finish Line Lounge at the George Pappas Victory Lanes Center, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville. 8 p.m. Sept. 15.

Karaoke Dance Party:

No cover. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. Sept. 15.

An Evening with Jesse Terry:

$15. Wynfield Forest Clubhouse, 15722 Wynfield Creek Parkway, Huntersville. 8-10 p.m. Sept. 15.

Santa’s Elves Workshop:

Volunteers will work to create, decorate and design items for this year’s Santa’s gift shop. The grand opening will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Nov. 4. This is a fundraiser for the Senior Center and proceeds go to support South Iredell Senior Center services. Please donate and remember the Senior Center as you downsize, or if you or your neighbors get rid of items no longer wanted. Donations are taken year round. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 15.

’Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival:

Art crawl through downtown Cornelius with local vendors, live street performances, shopping, food and more. Downtown Cornelius, Catawba Avenue and Main Street, Cornelius. 2-8 p.m. Sept. 16.

Davidson Lands Conservancy’s 12th Annual Run for Green:

5K, 10K and Half-Marathon. Details: https://runsignup.com. For questions about the event or interest in sponsorship, please contact whitney@queencitytiming.com. To learn more about the Davidson Lands Conservancy, please see our page, www.davidsonlands.org. Pre race prices 5K $35; 10K $50; half marathon $70. Davidson Village Green, South Main St., Davidson. 7:30-11 a.m. Sept. 16.

Concert on the Green:

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble. Get a sneak peek of what you’ll hear from our instrumental ensembles this semester and join the orchestra and jazz ensemble. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 17.

The Lake Norman Big Band:

$20; reservations required. Cost includes music, a buffet dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations are a must. Call to reserve your spot. Finish Line Lounge at the George Pappas Victory Lanes Center, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville. 7 p.m. Sept. 18.

Community Singers of Lake Norman:

The group is currently signing up members. No auditions required, just a love of singing or a desire to be part of the critical team behind the curtain. For information go to www.lakenormansings.com. $75 per person per season. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-896-3103. www.bethel-pc.org. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 18.

Open Mic Tuesdays :

Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. No cover. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9-12:30 a.m. Sept. 19.

Talks & Readings

Probus Club of Lake Norman:

“Modern Beef & Dairy Production - Should we be Concerned about our Food?” by Dr. Bradley Mills, large animal veterinarian, industry consultant and owner of Mills Family Farm, will be the topic. All are welcome to attend. Free. www.probus.org. Berea Baptist Church, 1015 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-0986. www.bereabaptist.net. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 19.

Sports

NHRA Carolina Nationals:

Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car machines to their limits. Adult tickets start at $21 on Friday and $43 on Saturday or Sunday plus tax, but kids 13 and younger get in for free with a paying adult. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com to buy your tickets or call 1-800-455-3267. zMAX Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15.

NHRA Carolina Nationals:

The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel & Nitro Funny Car machines to their limits. $42.80-$58.85. Speedway Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3240. www.gospeedwayclub.com. 8 a.m. Sept. 15, 16 and 17.

Nature

Chinese Lantern Festival:

Large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the Garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk art and crafts.$24.95/adult. $21.95/senior 60-plus. $15.95/child 2-12. Free/child younger than 2. 30 percent off for garden members. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 29.

Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:

Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about one and a half hours. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $15 single /$20 tandem. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club: Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve:

Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you. We will come together to explore various Nature Preserves throughout the county and beyond as we take a closer look at our surroundings. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve, 5542 Hucks Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 16.

Science Saturday: Forest Floor and More:

A healthy forest floor is a solid foundation to a thriving forest ecosystem. Get hands on with scientific tools and demonstrations to explore the building blocks of a healthy forest and why the health of our local forests is not only important to us, but important to our local wildlife as well. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Huntersville Growers’ Market:

Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 16.

The History of the Catawba River:

Join the Davidson Historical Society as Emilee Syrewicze, Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, examines the historical significance of the Catawba River and how its development has shaped its current status as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. This program is free and open to the public. Parking is available in front of the Meetinghouse on South Street, or next door in the Davidson Elementary school parking lot. Friends Meeting House of Davidson, 625 South St, Davidson. 4 p.m. Sept. 17.

Specimen of the Day:

Come check out some wild and wonderful specimen on display for a closer look at things like bird nests, reptile eggs, turtle shells and more, while a Reedy Creek educator walks you through a hands on natural history experience. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Budding Adventures:

Calling all kids and parents. Discover the Fall happenings at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more we will learn about plant-life, animals, and their homes, weather and more. Come and explore with us. Parent participation encouraged. To register, call 980-314-1119. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Sept. 18.

Volunteer Work Day:

Help the Carolina Waterflowl Rescue spruce up the rescue and meet your favorite animals. Registration is open for our monthly work day, Free lunch for all volunteers (vegetarian options available). Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, 5403 Poplin Road, Indian Trail. 704-668-9486. www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19.

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