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Knickie, Danny, Sandy and the Pink Ladies rehearse a scene from the upcoming “Grease.” From left are Thaddaeus Freidline, Austin Flewell, Amelia Cary, Emma Metzger, Kara Price, Katherine Durgin, Maura Streppa.
Knickie, Danny, Sandy and the Pink Ladies rehearse a scene from the upcoming “Grease.” From left are Thaddaeus Freidline, Austin Flewell, Amelia Cary, Emma Metzger, Kara Price, Katherine Durgin, Maura Streppa. DAVIDSON COMMUNITY PLAYERS

“Barrymore” takes stage: The Warehouse Performing Arts Center will present “Barrymore” 2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 8 p.m. Aug. 13-15 at 9216-A Westmoreland Road in Cornelius.

The play features Davidson College alumnus and Catawba College faculty member Kurt Corriher as John Barrymore. Corriher, who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, is the author of two novels and a veteran actor with credits such as “Hamlet,” “A Man For All Seasons,” “Shadowlands” and “Death of a Salesman.”

Craig Kolkebeck will direct the one-character biography.

Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students and are available at or at the Box Office at 704-619-0429.

Housing coalition fundraiser: The Davidson Housing Coalition will hold its second annual summer fundraising campaign in August with the goal of raising $50,000. The coalition helps people attain affordable housing and more stable lives in Davidson and surrounding communities, but has suffered from state and federal budget cuts.

Supporters can contribute to the “Hope Lives Here” campaign with a direct donation or by dining at local restaurants on designated days. “Hope Served Here” restaurant days are Aug. 11 at Famous Toastery, Aug. 19 at Campania, Aug. 20 at Millstone Bake House and Aug. 27 at Restaurant X. A portion of proceeds will go to the campaign.

The coalition is working on completion of a new duplex apartment for armed forces veterans. Other services include financial counseling, job search advice and housing repair assistance. For information, contact Executive Director Marcia Webster at or 704-892-4486.

“Grease”: The Connie Company, Davidson Community Players’ teen theater troupe, will present the fun musical “Grease” at 7 p.m. Aug. 14-15 and 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St.,Davidson.

“Grease” revolves around Rydell High’s senior class of 1959, consisting of duck-tailed, hot-rodding T-Birds and the gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies. As Danny and Sandy try to relive their summer romance, high school peer pressure gets in the way.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call the Davidson Community Players Box Office at 704-892-7953 or visit

Outdoor film series: The free town of Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series continues Aug. 15 with “Get On Up: The James Brown Story” on the Town Hall Lawn. Movies in the series begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m.

The last show in the series in “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Aug. 19 at Kenton Place.

For information on inclement weather conditions, call PARC’s Weather Hotline at 704-896-2460, ext 290.

Bicycle master plan: A public meeting on “Bike! Cornelius,” the town of Cornelius’ bicycle master plan, will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Community Hall at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. The public is welcome.

An open house will be held 6-6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation 6:30-7 p.m. and public comment 7-7:30 p.m. A consultant from Alta Planning & Design and town staff will provide information and answer questions.

The bicycle master plan addresses issues such as bike lanes, bike paths and separated bikeways that are within the public street right-of-way. For information, visit

Personalized bricks at park: Three local Rotary clubs are selling personalized bricks honoring veterans to raise funds for a Veterans Memorial within a new park in Huntersville.

The Rotary Club of Lake Norman Huntersville, Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg County and Rotary Club Huntersville Happy Hour along with the Sons of the American Legion Post 321 are offering the personalized bricks. Sponsorship for benches inside the memorial area also are available.

The organizations hope to raise $60,000 to help purchase columns, a granite globe, furniture and lighting for the Huntersville Veterans Memorial inside the park. The memorial will include six monuments honoring each branch of military service along with a granite globe rotating on water to represent the global impact of America’s veterans. Park plans also call for a festival stage and lawn area and a caboose for children’s play.

For information, call Andrew Birch with Lake Norman Huntersville Rotary at 704-200-2026.

Mission receives grant: The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission and Community Foundations recently received a $30,000 grant from the Ingersoll Rand Charitable Foundation for the Homelessness to Homeownership (H2H) Transitional Housing Program.

Shannon Howell, Ingersoll Rand community relations and crisis communications coordinator, presented a grant check for $30,000 to Valerie Chamberlain, executive director of the Christian Mission, and Kathy Brantley, executive director of Community Foundations.

The organizations are partnering to help local homeless and at-risk families become self-sustaining homeowners. The H2H program will involve the construction or rehabilitation of homes for those who complete intense training on budgeting, financial literacy, saving and job readiness. The Christian Mission also will help with utility, rental and housing assistance, food and clothing, mentoring and case management. Seventeen families are currently enrolled.

For information, visit or contact Megan Lynch at or 704-231-9797.


Greenway development meeting: The town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department will hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the McDowell Creek Greenway at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Calvary Chapel Church, 18731 W. Catawba Ave.

The proposed greenway extension would run from Westmoreland Road to Catawba Avenue, connecting the existing McDowell Creek Greenway trail between Birkdale and Westmoreland Road. The project was funded by the 2013 voter-approved parks and recreation bond referendum.

The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn about proposed improvements and provide feedback.

For information, email or call 704-892-6031, ext. 164. A map of the proposed plan is available at

Activities for special needs: Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks & Recreation will offer several upcoming programs for special needs residents.

Adults ages 15 and older are invited to Arts & Crafts Night 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Robert B. Blythe Building in Huntersville. Cost is $5 residents, $10 others.

Abilities Tennis will run 9-10 a.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22 at JV Washam Recreation Center. Participants ages 5-17 will learn tennis skills and the rules of the game while interacting with peers in this free, volunteer-driven program.

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

Punt, pass and kick event: Boys and girls ages 8-15 are invited to participate in the free NFL Punt, Pass & Kick event at 9 a.m. Aug. 29 at Huntersville Athletic Park, 11720 Verhoeff Drive. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The free event is co-hosted by the Parks and Recreation departments of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville in cooperation with the National Football League. Local winners will advance to sectionals in October and have the opportunity to advance to a Team Championship at a Carolina Panthers game in November.

Participants may register in advance through the NFL website or on the day of the competition. A photocopy of each contestant’s birth certificate is required. Cleats are not allowed in the competition.

For information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031, extension 160 or Huntersville Parks & Recreation at 704-766-2220.

Youth flag football: The Cornelius PARC Department and Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department are offering Youth Flag Football for boys and girls ages 4-14 this fall.

Offered in partnership with the Carolina Panthers, the noncontact football program will teach the basics of the game, team play and football strategies. Games will be played in September and October and Smithville Park.

Participants may register online and at the Cornelius PARC Department on the second floor of Cornelius Town Hall or Huntersville Parks and Recreation. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Fees range from $45 to $75 and cover an NFL reversible jersey, flag belt, officials and trophies. Registration is open through Aug. 23.

For information, contact Joey Bruce with Cornelius PARC at 704-892-6031, extension 161 or or Josh Brock with Huntersville Parks & Recreation at 704-766-2231 or

Flag football for special needs: The Challenger Flag Football League for individuals ages 7-25 with disabilities will be offered this fall at Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave. in Cornelius. Participation is free.

The Senior League is open to ages 13-25 and will run noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 12-Oct. 31. The Junior League for ages 7-12 will run 11 a.m.-noon Saturday Sept. 12-Oct. 31. A Challenger Flag Football Jamboree will be held Oct. 24.

Registration runs through Aug. 21. For information, contact Danielle Dobbs-Jackson at 980-585-9560 or

Register for fall sports: The town of Cornelius will offer several fall sports for youth and adults.

Flag Football: Non-contact football open to boys and girls ages 4-14, with games in September and October at Smithville Park. Registration open through Aug. 23.

Volleyball: Open to girls ages 9-18. Registration open through Aug. 14.

Soccer: Registration for youth soccer with the Carolina Rapids is open through Aug. 23.

Lacrosse: Xtreme Lacrosse will hold registration for second graders and older through August.

Tennis: Lake Norman Tennis Academy offers tennis for youth and adults year-round. Fall tennis begins Aug. 31.

Baseball: Lake Norman Little League is open to youth ages 4-12 in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. Registration for the fall season is now open at A meeting for volunteer coaches will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Community Hall at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. in Cornelius.

For information on fall sports, visit


Animal hospital grand opening: Dr. John Houghton will held the grand opening of Hambright Animal Hospital on Aug. 10 at 11725 Hambright Road, Huntersville. The practice is a joint venture with Dr. Lori Hoe of Main Street Animal Hospital in Cornelius.

A full-service veterinary hospital, Hambright Animal Hospital will provide preventative care, surgical care, internal medicine, orthopedics, dentistry, puppy and kitten care, geriatric care, emergency medicine, dog and cat boarding, dog day care and grooming.

Houghton previously worked as an overnight ER doctor for two years, then worked in a general practice in Charlotte for four years. He grew up on a dairy farm in Maine, surrounded by cows, horses, dogs, cats and pigs. Houghton earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a veterinary degree from the University of Georgia.

For information, visit or call 704-912-5333.

New senior facility opens: Senior Care Carolinas recently announced an expansion of its senior residential communities in Breckenridge and Melbourne.

The new facility will offer a family home environment for seniors who need assistance with day-to-day needs and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Twelve beds will be available in the next month.

Residential family care homes are managed by the same state licensure standards as larger assisted living centers, but offer a less institutional environment.

Owner Melissa Lynch started Senior Care Carolinas six years ago. For information, visit, email, or call 252-512-2738.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley