Fund-raiser: More than 270 people participated in the first MAC Poker Ride for charity on Aug. 1 at the Ingersoll Rand campus in Davidson.
Hosted by Mooresville Area Cyclists, the event raised $5,000 to support the Ada Jenkins Center. The full-service health, education and human services agency serves Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius and South Iredell County and offers holistic care under one roof to its clients in need.
Cyclists drew cards at each rest stop along the 32- and 64-mile routes to build their best poker hand. Participants also could donate $5 per card to exchange up to three cards. Event sponsors donated prizes, and custom playing cards and T-shirts were sold to raise additional funds.
Started in January 2013, Mooresville Area Cyclists works to bring change for the better by promoting a tight family bond, volunteer work and charity. For more information, visit www.mooresvilleareacyclists.com.
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Shakespeare Unplugged: Davidson Community Players' Shakespeare Unplugged will present "Hamlet" at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 N. Armour St. in Davidson. Admission is free.
Wrenn Goodrum will direct the teenage cast in one of Shakespeare's greatest plays that features moral corruption, revenge and mortality. In this version, the tragedy is set in the early 1990s and offers a poignant look at appearance and reality.
For tickets, call the Box Office at 704-892-7953 or visit www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org.
Blues & Burritos: The 15th Annual Blues & Burritos will return 6-10 p.m. Sept. 18 at Homesley & Wingo Law Group, 330 S. Main St. in Mooresville.
Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, originally from New Orleans, will perform, along with Rusty Barkley and the Part Time Blues Band. Food trucks will be on site; beer will be complimentary.
Proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and SCAN of Iredell.
For information, visit www.lakenormanlaw.com.
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 email@example.com.
Bridges Out of Poverty: The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission will hold a poverty awareness workshop, Bridges Out of Poverty, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19.
Participants will learn about innovative concepts and training to counter poverty based on the "Bridges Out of Poverty" book by Ruby Payne. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, contact Craig Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-664-2357. To register online, visit http://mooresvillechristianmission.org/bridge-out-of-poverty-workshops/.
Learn about Christian mission: The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission will hold a Lunch and Learn seminar noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 159 Gateway Plaza in Mooresville.
Participants will learn about the work of the mission and how they can help 5,000 local families the mission serves. The non-profit helps clients become financially independent by giving them skills, tools, education and support to rise out of poverty. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Lunch is available for $9. For more information, call 704-664-2357, email email@example.com or visit www.ourchristianmission.org.
Legal ethics program: The Vann Center for Ethics at Davidson College will sponsor a panel discussion of "Ethics in Legal Services" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union on campus.
Attorney Ron Gibson, a 1974 graduate and president of the North Carolina Bar, will moderate the panel, which will feature retired Superior Court Judge Calvin Murphy and attorneys Henderson Hill and Ted Fillette.
The program is free and open to the public. CLE credits for attorneys are available from the Mecklenburg Bar Association.
Panelists will discuss concerns about access to effective legal counsel, particularly for citizens least able to afford it. Other topics include the unjust burden of unreasonable bail and court fees for the poor, pressure to plead guilty and representation by inexperienced or overworked public defenders.
For more information, visit www.davidson.edu.
A Taste of Wine fundraiser: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church and St. Therese Catholic Church will host "A Taste of Wine" fundraiser 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 25 in downtown Mooresville. Proceeds will benefit the Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission.
Patrons will sip, stroll and explore downtown Mooresville with 10 local merchants hosting tasting stops. Sponsors include 202 North Main Wine & Music Shop, Daveste Vineyards and Cauble Creek Vineyards.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road in Mooresville; St. Therese Catholic Church, 217 Brawley School Road, in Mooresville and at downtown businesses including Alexander Zachary Jewelers, Future Fashion Designers, Enchanted Olive, Rugs n' Relics, CynTucci's Bakery, Distinctive Cabinetry, Ain't Miss Bead Haven, Big Hat Larry's Music, Four Corner's Framing & Gallery and Cotton Ketchie's Landmark Galleries.
Call 704-663-5659 or visit www.welcomestpat.org/taste-of-wine.
Fall Into Huntersville: The fifth annual Fall Into Huntersville Festival will return 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 in downtown Huntersville. NC Hwy. 115 will be closed from Gilead Road to Greenway.
The festival will showcase local businesses and offer children's activities and crafts, bounce houses, live music, a deejay, dance demonstrations and food vendors. Huntersville Connection sponsors the festival to promote local businesses and non-profits.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HuntersvilleConnection.com.
Vendors needed for 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.
Dove House announces luncheon: Dove House Children's Advocacy Center will sponsor its fifth annual Children's Voice Luncheon 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Cove Church, 197 Langtree Road in Mooresville.
This year's luncheon will honor "Ordinary Heroes," including members of the Dove House Multi-Disciplinary Team working on the front lines against child sexual abuse.
Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Reservations are required by visiting www.dovehousecac.org or calling 704-883-9814.
Free tennis clinics: The Cornelius PARC Department, in association with Lake Norman Tennis Association and Lake Norman Tennis Academy, will host free tennis clinics for youth and adults at Robbins Park and Torrence Chapel Park this fall.
Beginner players ages 6-8 will meet 9-10 a.m. Saturdays at Robbins Park. Ages 9-12 will play 10-11 a.m. Saturdays, also at Robbins Park. Adults will meet 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Torrence Chapel Park.
To register, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031, ext. 161.
Stuff the Bus: EnergyUnited recently partnered with United Way of Iredell County in the "Stuff the Bus" campaign for Iredell-Statesville Schools.
EnergyUnited employees in the Statesville office donated school supplies over a month, giving pens, pencils, paper, backpacks and other items for the United Way's seventh annual school supply drive. The donations will be distributed to students in need in Iredell-Statesville Schools.
Photo ID, left to right: Julie Nance, Payroll Specialist with EnergyUnited; Susie Wiberg, Partnership Coordinator, Iredell-Statesville Schools; Maureen Moore, Communications Manager, EnergyUnited. Compiled by Leigh Pressley