Lake Norman & Mooresville

Happening nearby Lake Norman: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2017

Blessing of the Animals: All are invited to bring their pets for blessings as part of the 10:30 a.m. outdoor service. This is an annual event at St. Patrick’s in observance of the spirit of its patronage by St. Francis of Assisi. Individual animals will be blessed as each human being is blessed in God’s name by Father Phil Craig. Dogs are required to be kept on a leash while cats or other smaller animals should be contained in carriers. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for sitting. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville. 704-663-5659. www.welcomestpat.org. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1.
Blessing of the Animals: All are invited to bring their pets for blessings as part of the 10:30 a.m. outdoor service. This is an annual event at St. Patrick’s in observance of the spirit of its patronage by St. Francis of Assisi. Individual animals will be blessed as each human being is blessed in God’s name by Father Phil Craig. Dogs are required to be kept on a leash while cats or other smaller animals should be contained in carriers. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for sitting. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville. 704-663-5659. www.welcomestpat.org. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1. Charlotte Observer file photo

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Theater

‘Large Animal Games’:

This larger-than-life tale of sex, love, and self-delusion tracks the escapades of a group of friends. $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. 28, 29 and 30.

Dance

Shag Dancing:

Friday nights are shag nights. 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. 29.

Music

Karaoke Dance Party:

No cover. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-midnight Sept. 29.

Open Mic Tuesdays:

Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. No cover. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Oct. 3.

Special Event

Craft Night at the Evening Farmers Market:

Register to win a free craft basket of donations from our craft vendors. George Joye and the boyes will play our favorite bluegrass music. Cake and tea will be offered free to customers. Free. Pecan Park, 134 N. Center St., Statesville. 3:30-6 p.m. Sept. 28.

BBQ, Silent Auction, Bake goods & Handmade Quilt Sale:

Community members are invited to drive through, eat in, or carry out BBQ dishes. Patrons can also enjoy bake goods including cakes, pies, and other. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted. Bidding on silent auction items will take place from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Ticket prices: $9 - BBQ plate including beans and slaw; $9 - three sandwiches including slaw; $12 - 1 pound of BBQ. Delivery is available to the Lake Norman Area for orders of 10 plates or more. Please contact bbq@bethel-pc.org for information on placing an order. Proceeds go to Children’s Hope Alliance. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-896-3103. www.bethel-pc.org. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 28.

“Ozzie and the Island” Book Launch and Fundraiser:

Celebrate the launch of “Ozzie and the Island” by Amelia K. Wyatt. North Carolina high school student Amelia K. Wyatt celebrates the publication of her first bilingual children’s book .Enjoy entertainment, food, drinks and much. Price includes a signed copy of the book. $25. Kadi Fit, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-577-1283. 5-7 p.m. Sept. 30.

Blessing of the Animals:

All are invited to bring their pets for blessings as part of the 10:30 a.m. outdoor service. This is an annual event at St. Patrick’s in observance of the spirit of its patronage by St. Francis of Assisi. Individual animals will be blessed as each human being is blessed in God’s name by Father Phil Craig. Dogs are required to be kept on a leash while cats or other smaller animals should be contained in carriers. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for sitting. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville. 704-663-5659. www.welcomestpat.org. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1.

Charlotte Crypto Con:

$10 for adults, free for kids younger than 12. Hilton Garden Inn, 7831 Gateway Lane N.W., Concord. 704-979-2900. hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1.

Senior activities

Senior Dance:

Bring a friend or come solo and enjoy dancing or just socializing and making new friends. Enjoy food, fun, fellowship, and friends as we dance to the tunes. Everyone is invited to the celebration whether you dance or not. Please bring your favorite snack or finger food to share and be sure to bring serving containers and utensils. The dance is open to all senior adults age 60+ and their spouse or caregiver. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 29.

Bow Making:

Come learn how to make those beautiful bows for decorating and for gift boxes. This free workshop is taught through demonstration by Pauline Biggs. You must bring 3 yards of ribbon of your choice. To attend, please RSVP by Sept. 27. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Oct. 2.

Volunteer Advocacy Opportunities:

This group’s goal is to help make Mooresville more senior friendly. A big part of what we do is to advocate. Join us and have a voice for senior adults. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 2.

Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults:

A light lunch will be included to accommodate work schedules. Please RSVP to attend by Sept. 28. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Oct. 3.

Nature

Chinese Lantern Festival:

Explore Asian culture during the 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 for children ages 2-12. Free for children 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. through October.

Live Animal Meet and Greet:

If you enjoy visiting the animals at McDowell Nature Center, here is your chance to meet them up close. Learn how they came to live at McDowell and see how we care for them and give them a gentle pat. Registration not required. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Oct. 1.

Wildlife & Bird Photography Class:

This two-week class, three hours a session, features wild birds in both sessions for you to practice. The class is limited to 12 participants; call or log in to register. $60, $30 members/volunteers. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 1.

Spooky Experiments:

With Halloween right around the corner come and discover some subzero science. We will be conducting various hands-on experiments using dry ice and fire. There will be “smoke,” fizzy drinks, and even bubbles. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $4. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 3-4 p.m. Oct. 1.

Budding Adventures:

Calling all kids and parents: Discover what fall has in store at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, learn about animals and plants in the preserve. To register, call 980-314-1119. Ages 3 to 6. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 2.

Babes in the Woods:

Tuck your little one in a stroller and join one of our educators for an easy walk along our paved nature trail. Relax, chat and experience what nature has to offer this month in a casual, social setting. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the Nature Center for indoor playtime. Registration is required. Meeting place will be at the Four Seasons Trail parking lot, below the Nature Center. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the Nature Center. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 2.

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