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Lake Norman Conservatives will welcome NC GOP State Chairman Hasan Harnett at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Galway Hooker Restaurant and Pub, 17044 Kenton Place in Cornelius. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
Lake Norman Conservatives will welcome NC GOP State Chairman Hasan Harnett at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Galway Hooker Restaurant and Pub, 17044 Kenton Place in Cornelius. Registration begins at 6 p.m. COURTESY OF LAKE NORMAN CONSERVATIVES

Scarrigan Farms Halloween: Carrigan Farms will host Scarrigan Farms 6:30-10 p.m. each Friday-Sunday through Nov. 1 at its 130-acre farm in Mooresville.

Guests will slide, crawl, run and scream through the multi-layered attraction, which includes the Maniac Maze, 40-Foot Double Barrel Drop, Vomit-Inducing Vortex, Purple Haze 3-D Experience, Fright Town, Tragic School Bus and Haunted Moonlit Corn Maze. A Butcher Shack has been added this year. Children younger than 12 are not permitted.

Carrigan Farms also offers private bonfire sites by a pond for groups to enjoy roasting hot dogs and s’mores before the haunted trail experience. Private bonfire sites are $50 per group.

Admission to Scarrigan Farms is $20 per person and includes the trail, bonfires, music and more. For more information, visit

Those looking for a traditional fall hayride can enjoy pumpkin patch rides 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Hayrides depart every 15 minutes and last 45 minutes to one hour.

The Carrigan Farms Market also is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with fresh apples and cider, corn stalks, straw bales, pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, Indian corn, turnips and greens, colorful mums, local honey and more.

Harp guitar performances: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Mooresville will host the 13th Annual Harp Guitar Gathering Oct. 23-25 at the church, 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville. This is the first time the annual event has been held in North Carolina.

The Harp Guitar Gathering celebrates the harp guitar, its players, builders and history. Everyone is welcome.

The gathering begins with registration 4-6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Mooresville, 159 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville. Dinner will be served 6 p.m. in the banquet room, followed by an open mic 7-10 p.m.

On Oct. 24, the Harp Guitar Gathering continues from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road in Mooresville. A public concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the church, featuring performances by Don Alder, Muriel Anderson, Drew Baldwin, Stephen Bennett, Phil deGruy, Musically Yours, The Powell Brothers, Andy Wahlberg and The Zinaresca Duo.

Five workshops will be held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn. A second public concert will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

Hiddenite Center hosts barbecue: The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will host a “Swine Ball” featuring a barbecue dinner and bluegrass music by the Sugarloaf Ramblers at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at its Educational Complex, 70 Hiddenite Church Road, Hiddenite.

Guests are encouraged to dress down in denim, bandanas and boots for the ball. Dinner will include barbecue pork, baked beans, slaw, dessert and a drink.

Tickets are $16 per person. Performance-only admission is $8 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 828-632-6966.

Human Trafficking discussion: The Salvation Army’s Project Fight, in partnership with World Relief, the Human Trafficking Roundtable of Mecklenburg County and End Human Trafficking Ministry, will hold a Human Trafficking Awareness Event 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at Mitchell Community College, 219 N. Academy St., Mooresville.

Law enforcement officers and medical, mental health and legal professionals are encouraged to learn more about the collaboration of the Rapid Response Team that includes more than 4,500 trained professionals and community members across North Carolina. Individuals and church and civic groups also are welcome to organize educational efforts locally.

Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit

Christmas Pageant auditions: Activate Community Through Theatre will hold auditions for the holiday favorite, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Warehouse of Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius.

Auditions are open to youth ages 7-20. Actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a one-minute monologue.

Performances of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are Dec. 18-20 at the Artspace of Community School of Davidson. For information, visit, call 704-707-6757 or email

Barbecue cook-off benefits Ada Jenkins Center: The Ada Jenkins Center will host the Seventh Annual FIRE Barbecue and Cookoff Competition 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at 212 Gamble St. in Davidson.

More than 1,000 people attended last year’s event, which features great barbecue, a cornhole tournament, live music and a huge kids’ fun zone.

Tickets are $10 and parking is free. Proceeds benefit the Ada Jenkins Center and its programs including after-school enrichment for 128 area students, a mobile dental clinic and a free medical clinic for those in need. Last year, the Ada Jenkins Center served 4,785 neighbors in need and provided 15,000 individualized services.

Living history tour: Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville will offer Living History Tours at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at 129 Centre Church Road in Mooresville. The tours celebrate the church’s 250th anniversary.

Tours include the Historic Session House, Sanctuary and Graveyard. Colonial games and crafts will be available for children on the front lawn.

For information, visit or call 704-664-3160.

Meal Mania: Citi Impact Ministries will host Meal Mania Oct. 24-25 at Community School of Davidson.

Local churches, businesses and civic groups will pack meals for neighbors in need, those devastated by disasters and those struggling to survive persecution in ISIS-affected areas. Organizers hope to pack 100,000 meals.

Ages 5 and older are welcome.

To schedule a two-hour shift or for more information, contact Jen Steward at 949-500-1908 or or visit

Artist discusses public art concepts: Artist Ivan Toth Depena will discuss his public art experience and share his concepts for art at the future Cornelius Park and Ride Station at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.

Depena holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is currently an artist in residence at McColl Center for Art + Innovation and recently moved to Charlotte from Brooklyn.

His lecture will focus on the artist’s collaboration with project architects to artistically inform functional and visible components that users will experience on a daily basis. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The future Cornelius Park and Ride Station is a Charlotte Area Transit System Art-in-Transit initiative. It will be located at Sefton Park Road and One Norman Boulevard.

For more information, contact the Cornelius Arts Center at 704-896-8823.

Peaceful Parenting workshop: Lora Lyons of Lyons Leadership Coaching will lead a “Peaceful Parenting” workshop at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Children’s Schoolhouse, 17616 Caldwell Station Road in Huntersville.

When parents are feeling triggered and anxious, children often mirror the same state of being. Parents will learn to regain a sense of calm and stay connected to themselves and others.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted for The Children’s School house, a non-profit establishment.

To RSVP, email or call 704-728-5300. For information, visit

LKN Conservatives welcome Harnett: Lake Norman Conservatives will welcome N.C. GOP State Chairman Hasan Harnett at its next meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Galway Hooker Restaurant and Pub, 17044 Kenton Place, Cornelius. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Elected in June 2015, Harnett is the first black chairman of the N.C. Republican Party since it was founded in 1867. A favorite among conservatives, he has energized a large segment of the party and will comment on preparations for the 2016 Presidential elections and other topics.

Admission is free, and all candidates and elected officials are welcome. To make a reservation, email or call Carole at 704-340-5511.

Guitar concert: Joe Pecoraro, assistant professor of guitar at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will perform in the next Trinity Artist Series concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesville.

Pecoraro will present “Noah’s Ark – Good Things Come in Pairs,” which features a diverse program of solo works ranging from the 16th century through the 21st century and includes works by Rodrigo, Weiss and other noted composers.

Pecoraro is a highly accomplished concert and recording artist, teacher and author. He performs internationally, including concerts at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and are available at the door.


Destination Business expert speaks: Jon Schallert, a nationally known Destination Business Expert, will present a business improvement session, “Increasing Sales & Profits as a Destination Business,” 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St. in Statesville.

Schallert’s workshops teach independent business owners how to turn their businesses into consumer “destinations” that attract customers from many miles away and past competitors. Cost of the seminar is $100 per person or $75 per person in a group of five or more. After Oct. 27, cost is $130 per person. Statesville business owners located within the city limits may attend at a discounted rate of $40 per person.

Registration is required. For details, contact Downtown Statesville Development Corporation at 704-878-3436 or email To learn more about Schallert, visit


Junior Master Gardener Club: The Lincoln County office of NC Cooperative Extension will host a 4-H Junior Master Gardener Club 4-6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Sally’s YMCA in Denver.

Students ages 5-12 can explore landscaping, horticulture, ecology and recycling, herbs, fruits, vegetables, cultivating and fertilizing topics. New members are welcome. Children in grades K-2 should be accompanied by an adult.

For information or to register, call the 4-H Office at 704-736-8458 or email

Basketball registration open: The Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball League will hold registration for the 2015-2016 season through Oct. 25.

The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18. Players who are 18 must be attending high school to be eligible.

Registration is available online at or in person at Cornelius Town Hall or the Davidson Parks & Recreation office. Divisions are broken down by gender and age. Financial assistance is available on a limited basis.

Skills assessment days will be held Nov. 3-7. Practices will begin Nov. 30 and games will start Dec. 12. Practices will be held on weeknights and games will be held on Saturdays. All participants will receive a reversible jersey and appropriate awards. A copy of each participant’s birth certificate is required to complete the registration.

Volunteer coaches, timers and scorekeepers are needed. Team sponsors are also needed, with sponsor’s names being printed on team jerseys.

For information, visit or contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 ext. 160, or the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department at 704-892-3349.


Newborn baby caps donated: Local crafter AnnaBella Stokes recently knitted newborn baby caps and donated them to the Stork’s Landing Maternity Services department at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

Newborn babies will be sent home in the caps made with love. Julie Mauney, Director of Women’s Services, and nurses Joanne Algeh and Donna Abbott accepted the donation.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley