Scotch dinner: Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville will offer a luxurious four-course meal paired with select Scottish whiskies at its next Scotch Dinner 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 9 at May Davidson Hall.
Executive Chef Steve Jordan of Bouk Catering will prepare the meal, which will be paired with Scotch whiskies selected by Michelle Fedor, the Bruichladdich Brand Ambassador of the southeastern United States.
The menu includes smoked Scottish salmon on tattie scones, traditional Scottish meat pie, Dijon-crusted baby lamb chops with braised greens and a trio of purees, and honey vanilla bean creme brulee with walnut shortbread and berry compote.
Tickets are $90 and are available through Sept. 6 at www.ruralhill.net.
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Guitarist Richard Smith performs: Guitarist Richard Smith will present a variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop in the next Solas Leighis concert 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville.
A native of England, Smith began playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. At age 11, he met his hero, Chet Atkins, the godfather of fingerstyle guitar, and was invited by Atkins to share the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of 1,000 people. Smith now lives in Nashville and has toured the world as a solo artist and as a duo with his wife, Julie Adams.
Smith has received a number of accolades, including the 2001 National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, the 2008 Thumbpicker of the Year, a recipient of the Golden Thumbpick Award by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists in California and a induction into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in Kentucky.
Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. A wine and cheese reception is included during intermission. For information, visit www.saint-patricks.org or call 704-663-5659.
Learn the business of art: Sharon Dowell, a freelance artist with a focus on painting and public art, will present a program on the business of being an artist 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Art Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville.
Dowell will discuss her background and arts entrepreneurship and will incorporate material from the art gallery course she recently taught at UNC Charlotte.
A graduate of UNC Charlotte, she is currently finishing her thesis for a master’s degree in Arts Administration at Winthrop University. Dowell has consulted for galleries such as Rowe Galleries at UNCC, Red Sky Gallery and Center of the Earth Gallery. She is underway with projects for Charlotte’s CATS Transit and Durham’s bus line.
Art festival returns: The Sanctuary of Davidson will sponsor the Downtown Davidson Art Festival 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19 with more than 25 local artists displaying and selling their handmade pieces and gifts on the sidewalks of Main Street.
Mediums will include fine art, jewelry, textiles, pottery, children’s items, metalwork and more. Billy Jones of The Birdnest will perform live music, and many shops will be open late. Flatiron, Carrburritos and Summit Coffee will offer outdoor wine, beer and food sales. An interactive art area for kids also is planned.
Artists who would like to participate should contact Kristen Feighery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog show: The town of Cornelius will hold the 15th Annual All American Dog Show 4-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Bailey Road Track and Field. Last year’s event drew more than 600 participants and 100 dogs competing in fun categories for ribbons and prizes.
Area pet-related businesses and organizations are invited to display and sell their services and products. Applications are now being accepted, and space is limited to 30 registered vendors.
For an application, visit www.cornelius.org or call Mindi Stoner at 704-892-6031, ext. 192.
Tourism officials meet with Tillis: Local and regional tourism executives recently met with Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., at a roundtable discussion held at The Mint Museum in Charlotte.
Sally Ashworth, executive director of Visit Lake Norman, was among the round-table discussion.
Networking workshop: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will present “Guaranteed Connections,” a dynamic networking workshop, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Springhill Suites Lake Norman, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville.
The informative session will help participants feel more at ease at events and offer networking tips and tricks to grow their business and stand out from the competition.
Cost is $15 and includes lunch. Participants should bring business cards. To register, call 704-664-3898 or visit www.mooresvillenc.org. Registration deadline is Sept. 10.
Chamber program: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recently accepted 18 area high school juniors in its 2015-16 Junior Leadership Lake Norman program.
Administered by the Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by the Chamber’s Adult Leadership Lake Norman, the program offers students a chance to learn about their community in an intensive and rewarding eight-month series of seminars and experiences. Students also interact with officials in local business, government agencies and civic organizations.
Selection was based on previous and potential leadership ability and community involvement. This year’s class includes students from Hough High School, Davidson Day School, The Community School of Davidson, Lake Norman Charter and Pine Lake Preparatory.
Program participants are: Aidan Riley, Alex Sabates, Ben McAfee, Caroline Robinson, Casey Scholl, Chris Coulson, Christian Goduti, Dottie Sloan, Ibrahim Housissa, Jack Welborne, Kelsey Lambert, Maggie O’Brien, Marisa Deininger, McKenzie Bell, Meghan O’Brien, Raven Selden, Sarah Hoffman, and Sierra McLeod.
Junior Leadership Lake Norman began with a “Rockstar Leadership” session at Rural Hill. Team-building exercises were led y Colleen Lloyd-Roberts with Brandgarden Co. and Eileen Stephens with Culture Index. The students also took a tour of Rural Hill and learned about its history with Executive Director Jeff Fissel.
Angela Standish with Allen Tate Realtors and Gail Williams of Business Today/Cornelius Today are chairwomen of the Junior Leadership Lake Norman program.
Food Lion makes donation: Lake Norman Christian Mission recently received a $3,000 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic program of Salisbury-based grocery store chain Food Lion.
The Mission serves local families, including 1,100 veterans, 5,000 children and more than 1,000 seniors, through its food pantry. Donations of non-perishable items are made through food drives and daily pick-ups at grocery stores, but this grant will allow the mission to purchase food items such as grains and fruit that are difficult to keep in stock.
To make a donation of food, funds or volunteer time, contact the Lake Norman Christian Mission at 704-664-2357 or visit www.ourchristianmission.org.
Stroller Strides: Fit4Mom Lake Norman will offer a cardio aerobic class called Stroller Strides at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Birkdale Village. The class begins in the grass area across from the movie theater and travels around the village.
Stroller Strides offers mothers a chance to exercise with their children and keep them entertained through songs and play while the kids sit in their strollers. New mothers also get the opportunity to meet people and build a support system.
For information, visit http://lakenorman.fit4mom.com.
Free lacrosse clinic: Boys and girls in grades 2-8 are invited to a Free Labor Day Lacrosse Clinic 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Smithville Park.
Registration for the fall season with Xtreme Lacrosse will be held through Sept. 11. Girls in grades 2-8 play on Sundays only, while boys in grades 2-12 participate in a Saturday skill session and Sunday scrimmage.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Nurses receive Daisy Award: Three nurses at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center have received awards from The Daisy Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Glen Ellen, Calif., that recognizes nurses for the difference they make in the lives of patients and their families.
Christine McDaniel, a nurse in the Orthopedics/Neurology/Spine department, received the Fourth Quarter 2014 Daisy Award.
Kathy Varnado, a nurse with Women’s Services, received the Daisy Leadership Award for 2014.
Kristy Saunders, also a nurse with Women’s Services, was recognized with the First Quarter 2015 Daisy Award.
Nurses are nominated by hospital associates, visitors and patients and selected by Lake Norman Regional’s Leadership Council and Nursing Administration.
Weight-loss seminar: The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman will offer a free educational seminar, “Understanding Weight Loss and Surgical Weight Loss,” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in its office in the Medical Pavilion at Lake Norman, 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 303, Mooresville.
Dr. Ryan Heider, medical director of The Center for Surgical Weight Loss, will explain the procedures and processes from consultation to post-op nutritional counseling. A question-and-answer session will follow.
For information, visit www.lnrmcsurgicalweightloss.com/content/becoming-a-patient or call 888-995-6762.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley