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The Connie Company, a youth division of Davidson Community Players, will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.
The Connie Company, a youth division of Davidson Community Players, will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Habitat home dedicated: Annika Burton and her two children received keys to their energy efficient Energy Star home in Davidson’s Burke Crossings neighborhood Oct. 24.

The 21-home neighborhood is Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified community and is built to be affordable, accessible and green.

Habitat completed the 1,064-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two baths through an $85,000 donation from the Ingersoll Rand Charitable Foundation. Ingersoll Rand’s North American headquarters and corporate center are in Davidson.

Nearly 100 Ingersoll Rand employees and family members volunteered 540 hours of work to complete the Habitat home. The company also donated an energy efficient Trane HVAC unit and tools to make the home as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.

Covekeepers meet: The Lake Norman Covekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Denver.

Tom Dyson of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and Rick Ross of the Organic Footprint Lawn and Garden Center will discuss how to have a healthy lawn and garden with minimal negative impact on water quality and the environment.

For information, callt Ben Benoit at 704-489-6249.

Visit with Santa: The Cornelius-Lemley Fire & Rescue will host a visit with Santa 2-6 p.m. Nov. 22 at Station 1, 19729 S. Main St., Cornelius.

The event is free and open to the public. TSS Photography will sell photo packages with Santa to benefit Cornelius-Lemley Fire & Rescue.

For information, visit or call 704-892-1544.

Library programs: The Cornelius Public Library will hold several upcoming programs.

Ongoing programs include:

Baby Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Mondays for ages 0-17 months. Registration is required.

Bilingual Storytime: 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays for children ages 3-5 who speak English as a second language.

Toddler Time: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 18-35 months. Registration is required.

Preschool Storytime: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 3-5. Registration is required.

Connections that Count: 10 a.m. Thursdays for children to age 5. This story time is in Spanish and features stories, music and activities.

Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21. All ages are welcome.

Sleepy Storytime: 6 p.m. Nov. 30. All ages are welcome.

School-aged programs include:

Girls Read Book Club: 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19 for ages 7-10. This month’s book is “Sofia Martinez My Family Adventure” by Jacqueline Jules.

Lego Club/Blocks and Books: 6 p.m. Nov. 19 for ages 5-11. Lego blocks will be provided.

International Games Day: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21.

Preteen and teen programs include:

Learn, Connect, Play/Video Gaming: 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Play games on the Wii U while developing literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills.

Adult programs include:

English Conversation Group for Spanish Speakers: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Spanish Conversation Group for English Speakers: 10 a.m. Fridays. No class Nov. 27.

Technology Tutor: Individual computer help sessions with a technology tutor will be held at 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. Registration is required.

Daylily Book Club: 10 a.m. Nov. 17. This month’s selection is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. No registration is necessary.

For information, call 704-716-3800.


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

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ hits stage: The Connie Company, a youth division of Davidson Community Players, will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. 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. 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


Marks elected by peers: Marie Marks, chief nursing officer at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, was recently elected by professional colleagues to fill the District III Representative position for the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders.

She will serve a 2016-18 term, representing 18 counties in one of the state’s six districts.

The North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders promotes nursing leadership excellence, shapes public policy and strengthens nurse leaders through collaboration and education.

Security training: A team from Lake Norman Regional Medical Center recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

The Center is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation.

The realistic full scale model allows healthcare workers to experience various simulated scenarios to prepare for real homeland security events.

Lake Norman Regional’s team included Bill Greear, director of Radiology Services and chairman of the hospital’s Emergency Management Committee; Marie Burdett, chief quality officer; Railefoot Chisolm, Emergency Services director; Rebecca Moore, Emergency Services manager; Debra Holender, Infection Control Coordinator/Quality and Patient Safety; and Paul Khan, nursing supervisor.

CPR training: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR training 6-10 p.m. Nov. 19 in Community Room B.

Open to the public, the course costs $50 including a training book. Heartsaver CPR teaches basic skills in recognizing and treating life threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child and infant victims. Participants will learn to recognize warning signs of heart attacks and strokes in adults and breathing difficulties in children.

For information or to make a reservation, call 888-995-6762.

Weight loss seminar: The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman will host a free educational seminar, “Understanding Weight Loss and Surgical Weight Loss,” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at its office in the Medical Pavilion at Lake Norman, 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 303 in Mooresville.

Dr. Ryan Heider, Medical Director of The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman, will explain the procedures and processes from initial consultation to post-op nutritional counseling. A question-and-answer period will follow.

For information, call 888-995-6762 or visit

Cancer support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a Cancer Support Group at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 8 in Community Rooms A and B.

The group is open to everyone and no registration is required. A free lunch also is served.

For information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

Blood drive: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held 2-6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in Community Rooms A and B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

The public is encouraged to donate. Valid photo ID is required.

For more information or to register, visit

Lee earns DAISY Award: Registered nurse Erica Lee, a member of the Medical Surgical Unit at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, recently received the prestigious DAISY Award for the second quarter of 2015.

A nonprofit organization based in Glen Ellen, Calif., the DAISY Foundation recognizes the efforts of extraordinary nurses with the award. Nurses are nominated by hospital associates, visitors and patients and chosen by Lake Norman Regional’s Nursing Leadership Council and Nursing Administration.

Each winner also receives a hand-carved sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch” made by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

For information, visit


Walton joins Essex Richards: Mooresville resident and attorney Caitlin Walton recently joined the law firm of Essex Richards in Charlotte. Her practice centers on civil litigation, with an emphasis on ERISA and employment litigation.

Walton earned her juris doctorate degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. She served as a teaching assistant for Wake Forest Law’s LL.M. degree program, helping international lawyers and students who held law degrees in their home countries learn U.S. law and develop their legal writing and oral argument skills. Walton also served as the development editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.

Walton came to the legal profession by way of journalism. An eastern North Carolina native, she graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism. While there, she served as editor-in-chief of The East Carolinian.

Ahlara celebrates 10 years: Ahlara International of Mooresville is celebrating 10 years as a spa, boutique and center for spiritual awareness.

Owner Lynne Wiggins opened the center as a way to bring together the three elements of a balanced existence – mind, body and spirit – under one roof. The center features authentic furnishings from Wiggins’s travels to Tibet, Nepal, Egypt, Peru and other international destinations.

Ahlara International is located in Morrison Plantation, 155 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville. For information, visit or call 704-662-0946.

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. in 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.

Payroll Inc. purchased: Larry Powers of Larry Powers CPA recently purchased Payroll Inc. at 542 Williamson Road in Mooresville. The full service payroll and accounting firm was founded by Gwen Moore in 2000.

Powers has 38 years of business experience in audit and tax positions with multiple large international CPA firms. In addition, he has consulted with CPA companies and computer software firms and owned his own CPA practice specializing in small business and personal tax preparation. Powers lives in Denver.

Payroll Inc. retained its staff after the purchase and Moore stayed on as manager of firm operations.

Payroll Inc. celebrated the transition with a Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Nov. 5.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley