Lake Norman & Mooresville


Local retired couple Billy and Beth Harwell recently opened Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, a professional pet sitting and dog walking service.
Local retired couple Billy and Beth Harwell recently opened Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, a professional pet sitting and dog walking service. COURTESY OF SYLVIA SPURRY, MSI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Auditions: Davidson Community Players will hold open auditions for its July production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” 7-9 p.m. May 18-19 at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius.

Actors at all levels of experience are encouraged to attend one evening of auditions. Participants should bring a resume or a list of contact information and theater experience, a recent photo and a list of rehearsal conflicts. No prior acting experience is required. Roles are available for male and female characters age 20-50.

Davidson Community Players will present the comedy July 16-26 in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. For more information, contact Sylvia Schnople at 704 892-7953 or

Big Day at the Lake fundraisers: Two fundraisers in Cornelius are scheduled to benefit the annual Big Day at the Lake event this spring.

Big Day at the Lake offers at-risk youngsters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte a chance to experience a fun day on the water on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake. This year’s event will be July 18. This year’s fundraising goal is $80,000.

Local politicians, business people and other community members will duel for tips at the Sixth Annual Celebrity Bartending event 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 14 at Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails. Tips go to support Big Day at the Lake and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

The Seventh Annual Big Day at the Lake Charity Cruise will be held 6 p.m. June 14 aboard Yachta Yachta Yachta sailing out of the Peninsula Yacht Club. Tickets for the three-hour party cruise are $50.

The cruise features music, an open bar and fine food provided by five area restaurants. For tickets, callt Randy Cameron at 704-232-5536.

For more information, visit

Library events: The Davidson Public Library at 119 S. Main St. will hold several events in May that are free and open to the public.

Weekly events include:

Paws to Read: 4-5 p.m. May 4, May 11 and May 18. Children ages 3-11 can boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog. No registration is required.

Family Story Time: 11-11:30 a.m. May 16, May 23 and May 30. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs and movement activities to support early literacy skills.

Special events include:

Davidson Kids’ Book Club: 4-5 p.m. May 20. This month’s book is “Who was Amelia Earhart?” by Kate Boehm Jerome and Nancy Harrison. Copies are available at the front desk.

Teen Advisory Board: 6:30-7 p.m. May 14. Share your ideas, work with peers and earn community service hours by working on projects and services for teens.

Downloading eBooks: 10_30-11:30 a.m. May 14. Adults can learn how to borrow eBooks from the library’s digtial collection by bringing their iPad, Kindle, Nook and Tablet, along with email or Amazon account information. Registration required.

Technology Tutoring: 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 21. Register for individual 30-minute Tech Tutor sessions on topics such as Internet basics, Microsoft Office and email. To register, call 704-416-4000.

Film screening fundraiser: Cornelius residents Dee Gilroy and Pam Cooper will host free showings of the film, “The Hornet’s Nest” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 23 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street. Proceeds benefit Purple Heart Homes.

Doors will open one hour before each showing for a wine-and-cheese reception. A silent auction also is planned.

To make a reservation, contact Dee Gilroy at or 704-301-6497 or Pam Cooper at or 310-200-6804.


Luau Bash: A Summer Kick-Off Luau Bash for special needs adults will be held 7-8:30 p.m. May 15 at the Robert Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road, Cornelius.

Sponsored by Cornelius PARC, the Luau Bash is free to residents and $5 for non-residents. Participants should bring a dish to pass at the pot-luck event. Karaoke, games and a Hawaiian shirt contest are planned.

For more information, contact Nicole Groth, Special Needs Programs Coordinator, at 704-892-6031, ext. 162 or

Sailors with special needs: People of all ages who have special needs due to cognitive or neurlogical disabilities can learn to sail noon to 3 p.m. June 6 at Blythe Landing, Cornelius.

Highly qualified North Carolina Community Sailing volunteers will offer 30-60 minute navigational expeditions aboard their Flying Scot sailboats in the program sponsored by Cornelius PARC. Held twice a year, the program offers special-needs individuals and their immediate families a chance to experience the thrill of being out on the water.

Sailors with Special Needs is free to Cornelius residents, $5 for others. For information, contact Nicole Groth, special needs programs coordinator, at 704-892-6031, ext. 162 or


Pet sitting, walking service opens: Local retired couple Billy and Beth Harwell recently opened Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, a professional pet sitting and dog walking service.

The business serves residents of Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Mount Ulla, and offers in-home pet sitting, dog walking, safe pet transportation, dog waste removal and pet-focused CPR and first aid classes.

Dog Walkers & More is bonded and insured and is a member Pet Sitters International and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

For information, visit www.coddlecreekpetservices or call 704-662-0973.

Strigus joins design firm: Tom Strigus recently joined International Kitchen and Bath at its location, 201 Griffith St., Davidson.

Strigus has worked in the Kitchen and Bath industry since 1980 and as a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer since the mid 1990s. A former San Francisco resident, he moved to Charlotte in 2001. He is active in the Carolina Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

For information, visit or call 704-892-4001.

Grand opening: Pet Smart held a grand opening at Magnolia Plaza in Cornelius on April 25. The store is considered a micro-store, meaning it is not as big and doesn’t carry all the merchandise that the company’s bigger stores do. Some items not available in the micro-store can be shipped to the customer’s home for free.


Skin cancer awareness: Dr. Scott Paviol, a dermatologist with Mooresville Dermatology Center, will present “Skin Cancer Awareness” 3-4:30 p.m. May 6 in Suite 304 of the Medical Pavilion at Lake Norman next to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. The program is part of the hospital’s Senior Circle series of programs geared to older adults.

Senior Circle meetings are held 3-4:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome. To become a member or learn more about the program, visit or contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

Cancer support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a Cancer Support Group at 11:45 a.m. May 12 in Community Rooms A&B. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the same location.

No registration is required and everyone is welcome for programs that provide education and support to cancer survivors and their families. A free lunch will be served.

For more information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

Skin cancer screenings: In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host its Annual Free Community Skin Cancer Screening 6-8 p.m. May 27 at the Medical Pavilion at Lake Norman adjacent to the hospital.

Area dermatologists will perform the screenings by appointment, offering a visual exam and possible spot check or full body scan to determine any areas of concern.

To make an appointment, call 888-995-6762.

Heartsaver CPR and First Aid: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and the American Heart Association will offer Heartsaver CPR and First Aid training courses on May 12 in Room B of the hospital. First Aid will be offered 2-5 p.m., followed by CPR 6-10 p.m. Both are open to the public.

Heartsaver CPR teaches basic skills in recognizing and treating life-threatening emergencies such as choking and cardiac arrest. First Aid covers the fundamentals of treating medical injuries and environmental emergencies.

Cost is $70 for both courses or $50 for Heartsaver CPR and $30 for First Aid. For information, call 888-995-6762.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley