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Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 173 placed American flags on the graves of veterans at Centre Presbyterian and Fair View United Methodist churches in Mount Mourne on Nov. 8. Nearly 100 graves were marked to honor veterans.
Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 173 placed American flags on the graves of veterans at Centre Presbyterian and Fair View United Methodist churches in Mount Mourne on Nov. 8. Nearly 100 graves were marked to honor veterans. Courtesy of Bill Hicks

Scouts honor Veterans: Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 173 placed American flags on the graves of veterans at Centre Presbyterian and Fair View United Methodist churches in Mount Mourne on Nov. 8.

Nearly 100 graves were marked to honor veterans who have served our country.

Cub Scout Pack 173 is co-sponsored by Centre Presbyterian and Fair View United Methodist. Tina Dolack, the Bear Den Leader, organized the flag placement project.

Mental health for veterans: Davidson LifeLine will hold “A Community Conversation for Veterans, Their Families and Friends” 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 208 Concord Road.

Light refreshments will be served. The program will feature a panel discussion about mental health issues affecting veterans and resources available.

Panelists include: Dr. Marc Castellani, Health Behavior Coordinator for the Salisbury VA; Shawn Caldwell, a combat veteran, recovered alcoholic and current peer support specialist at Davidson Behavioral Health; Kris Batchelor, the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and owner/operator of nature-based therapy program Triple Play Farm; and Detective Vernon Siders Jr., a retired Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq, was a member of the New York City Police Department and was part of the public safety response team to 9 /11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival: The 19th Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

The fun-filled event features the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club and more. Leashed pets are welcome.

North Carolina beer and wine will be available, along with heritage breed livestock displays, open trails, antique tractor exhibits, historic craft and cooking demos, food vendors, shopping, living history demonstrations, pumpkin toss, corn launches and kids’ activities.

Admission is $11 for ages 13 and older, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. For advance tickets, visit

Financial crimes program: The Huntersville Police Department will host a Financial Crimes Workshop for the public 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Police Department, 9630 Julian Clark Ave., Huntersville.

Topics will include identity theft, Internet crimes and ways to prevent becoming a victim. For information, call Detective John Randazzo or Detective Rick Rojas at 704-464-5400.

Light Up Cornelius: The Fourth Annual Light Up Cornelius will be held 4-6 p.m. Nov. 28 on the Town Hall lawn.

Festivities include the town tree-lighting, a visit from Santa, carriage rides, entertainment, arts and crafts and the ACSG Carolinas Division Super 8 train display. The tree lighting ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m.

For m information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 ext. 160, or visit For inclement weather hotline, call 704-896-2460, ext. 290.


Comic tragedy takes the stage: The Warehouse Performing Arts Center will present “An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf” at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 15. The Performing Arts Center is located at 9216-A Westmoreland Road in Cornelius.

Directed by Jim Esposito, the play features Pam Coffman, Stephanie DiPaolo, Jim Esposito, Phil Robertson, Dominic Weaver and Brian Willard.

Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students through the Box Office at 704-619-6429.

Watercolor workshop: The Cornelius Arts Center will offer a Watercolor Workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at 19725 Oak St.

Participants will learn watercolor techniques for frozen landscapes and explore approaches to hand-painted greeting cards. Cost is $45 residents, $55 others. For details, visit or call 704-892-6031.

ACT presents “The Jungle Book”: Activate Community Through Theatre will present “The Jungle Book” at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at ArtSpace at Davidson Community High School, 404 Armour St., Davidson.

Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, this hourlong adaptation of “The Jungle Book” features music, dance and call-and-response chants inspired by the West African culture of Ghana. Audiences will join Mowgli in his quest to defeat the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan with help from his friends Baloo the Bear, Baduwa the Zebra, Bagheera the Panther, Kaa the snake and his wolf family. The audience participation play is geared to children ages 3-12.

Audiences are invited to participate in free pre-show activities 30 minutes before the play begins. Activities include dance and song routines and creating a jungle character.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 children and seniors. For information, visit or call 704-707-6757.

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ hits stage: The Connie Company, a youth division of Davidson Community Players, will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” through Nov. 15 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” follows a young woman who moves from a small town to New York City during the roaring ’20s.

Shows are at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 14-15. The 70-minute show is appropriate for children.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and are available through the Box Office at 704-892-7953 or

Watercolor exhibit: Mooresville Arts will present the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 70th annual exhibit through Nov. 25 at The Depot in downtown Mooresville.

Exhibit hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and groups are welcome.


Pumpkin decorating contest: Women’s Services took top honors in Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Annual Hospital Department Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Dr. Khawaja Rehman, a hospitalist, judged the fun and competitive event enjoyed by all hospital departments each year.

Women’s Services created a “Pump Kin” promoting the benefits of breast feeding for mothers and babies.

Elbow pain seminar: Dr. Rodney Stanley, an orthopedic surgeon, will present “Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Elbow Pain” at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in Community Rooms A and B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

Orthopedic Nurse Navigator Jaycee Dedmon will answer questions about pre-op and post-op procedures. A question-and-answer session will follow.

For information or reservations, call 888-995-6762.


PROBUS Club meets: Ashley Oliphant will be the guest speaker at the next PROBUS Club of Lake Norman meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at Berea Baptist Church on N.C. 150 west of Mooresville.

Oliphant is associate professor of English and the Faculty Fellow for the Francis Center for Servant Leadership at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer. She is the author of “Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast” and will discuss her experiences with shark teeth, shark identification and other things “shark.”

Oliphant also is an animal welfare advocate in Lincoln County and is working to make the local shelter the first no-kill municipal facility in the state.

PROBUS is an organization of retired professional and business people who meet monthly for a speaker and fellowship. Meetings are held 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Berea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Mind Makeover workshop: Edie Raether, a motivation, behavior and performance expert, will present a Mind Makeover workshop called “Getting Unstuck – Getting What You Want” 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville.

Raether is a brain trainer and change strategist, an international speaker, corporate trainer, coach and author. She will help participants develop a plan to reduce stress and stop self-sabotage, overcome fears, anxieties, worries and negative thinking; gain confidence, manage time and energy, create joy and attract abundance, prosperity and rewarding relationships.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and include lunch. To register, contact Christine at 704-658-3076.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley