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Mooresville Arts is currently featuring artwork by North Carolina artist Don Moore in Gallery 2 at The Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Moore is retired as art director of Mitchell Community College in Statesville.
Mooresville Arts is currently featuring artwork by North Carolina artist Don Moore in Gallery 2 at The Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Moore is retired as art director of Mitchell Community College in Statesville.

Golf classic raises nearly $40K: The Save A Life Group recently donated $38,500 to LifeShare of The Carolinas with proceeds from its second annual Golf Classic. LifeShare, an organ procurement organization for the region, will use the funds to increase awareness about donating organs.

Gary Simmons, a liver recipient and founder of Safe A Life Group, urged everyone to say “yes” to organ donation at the Division of Motor Vehicles or to register online. Simmons lives in Davidson.

Save a Life Group has raised $67,500 in two years. The next Golf Classic will be held Oct. 10 at Trump National Charlotte.

For information, visit or or contact Simmons at or 704-669-3046.

Mooresville ornament on sale: The Mooresville Museum is selling a 2015 Christmas ornament featuring the original library structure for $15. Ornaments from 2011-14 featuring the Charles Mack building, the Mooresville Depot, D.E. Turner Hardware and the 1938 Post Office are available in limited quantities for $12 each.

Ornaments are available at the Mooresville Museum, Tropical Connections, D.E. Turner Hardware, Landmark Galleries, Lake Country Gallery and the Chamber of Commerce.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month. For information, visit or call 704-663-1873.

Christmas Pageant: Activate Community Through Theatre will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road in Cornelius.

Set in the 1950s, the heartwarming and touching story follows the unruly and uproarious Herdman family as they wreak havoc during rehearsals for a local church’s Christmas pageant.

Tickets are $12 adults, $10 children and seniors. For information or to make a reservation, visit or call 704-707-6757.

Angel tree: The Davidson police and fire departments need volunteers to help deliver gifts and food from its Angel Tree program Dec. 17-18.

Presents and food were donated through the two departments and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and will be distributed to local families in need.

To help, call the Davidson Police Department at 704-892-5131 or visit

Operation Donation: The Cornelius Police Department will collect items for Operation Donation through Dec. 18. Donated items will be distributed to Ada Jenkins Center, Pat’s Place and Safe Alliance.

Recommended items include mini bottles of juice and water, individual snack packs or candy treats, books in English or Spanish, board games, playing cards, arts and crafts items, coloring books, journals, dolls, toy cars and trucks, clothes for women and children (new with tags), hats, gloves, socks and underwear, travel size toiletries and gift cards for gas and grocery stores.

Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Cornelius Police Department, 21440 Catawba Ave., or at Starbucks Coffee, 19722 One Norman Drive, Cornelius. For more information, contact Betsy Shores at 704-892-1363.

“Christmas Belles” takes the stage: Davidson Community Players will present “Christmas Belles” through Dec. 20 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St. in Davidson.

The show features three sisters, a surly Santa, family secrets, sibling squabbles, gaudy Christmas sweaters and a Christmas pageant.

Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 17-19 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students.

To purchase a ticket, call the box office at 704-892-7953 or visit

Ornaments available: This year’s Christmas in Davidson ornament made by Davidson artists Alice Garbrick and Kathy Feezor of Davidson Watercolor are now available for sale.

The white porcelain ornament features a “Christmas in Davidson” horse-drawn carriage on Main Street in front of Summit Coffee and Main Street Books. Ornaments are $12 and are available at Main Street Books, The Village Store and The Soda Shop or from Davidson Watercolor via email at

For more information, visit

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 up to age 5. This story time is in Spanish and features stories, music and activities.

Upcoming activities include:

Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 30. All ages are welcome.

Sleepy Storytime: 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Open to all ages.

School-aged programs include:

Girls Read Book Club: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17 for ages 7-10. This month’s selection is “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The Girls Read Book Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Lego Club/Blocks and Books: 6 p.m. Dec. 17 for ages 5-11. Explore engineering through stories, hands-on educational activities. Lego blocks provided.

Reading Buddies: Offered at 4, 4:30, 5 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 for ages 5-11. Increase reading confidence, fluency and comprehension by reading aloud with a library volunteer during a 30-minute individual session. Registration required.

Preteen and teen programs include:

Learn, Connect, Play/Video Gaming: 5 p.m. Dec. 22. 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.

The Cornelius Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 23, be closed Dec. 24-25 and close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. For more information, call 704-416-3800.

Civics 101: The Town of Davidson will offer a Civics 101 class for local residents to learn more about the operations of town government. Now in its 10th year, the free program will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 4 and running for 10 weeks. Classes also include a Saturday bus tour, a visit to the Huntersville recycling center and recognition at the April 12 Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting.

Participants must be 18 and live in Davidson or the town’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Classes focus on departmental functions and operations, fire and police, town history and a question-and-answer session with the mayor and board of commissioners.

Applications are available at and at Town Hall and are due by Dec. 31. Space is limited to the first 25 participants.

For more information, contact Cristina Shaul at 704-940-9602 or


Mooresville Arts exhibit: Mooresville Arts is currently featuring artwork by North Carolina artist Don Moore in Gallery 2 at The Depot, 103 W. Center Ave. in Mooresville.

Moore is retired as art director of Mitchell Community College in Statesville. He is a juried member of the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem and Plein Air Carolina, is a Lifetime Member of the Statesville Artist’s Guild and Iredell Museums and is a past board member of Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury. His paintings are in several college and corporate collections.

In Gallery 3, patrons can see work by students of Mary Setzer, who teaches art classes for beginner to advanced students. Participants in the exhibit include Rick Blair, Sylvia Torres, Kath Karol, Theresa Bradshaw, Michelle Chronister, Kelly Murdick, Cherie Gallo and Donita Glinski.

Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. In December, the gallery also will open until 8 p.m. Fridays. For information, call 704-663-6661 or visit

Beyond Walls submissions: Beyond Walls, a celebration of art in public spaces organized by the Cornelius PARC Department and the Cornelius Public Art Committee, will take submissions for its next public art exhibit through Jan. 11.

Selected works will be installed at Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave. in Cornelius from April 2016 through February 2017. Artists from across the United States will be featured in the exhibit and at an opening reception and walking tour.

For questions and information on submission rules, contact Jen Crickenberger at or 704-896-8823 or visit

Winter session registration: Registration for winter classes at the Cornelius Arts Center is now open. Programs start the week of Jan. 11.

Classes are available for children and adults in ceramics, painting, digital photography, mixed media and after-school art. To register, visit

The Center will be closed through Jan. 3 for the holidays and construction projects. For information, contact Jen Crickenberger at

Art workshops: The Cornelius Arts Center will offer two adult workshops in January and February.

“Mixed Media Jewelry” will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30. Participants will make their own necklace and a set of earrings integrating clay, paint, metals and found objects. Cost is $45 for Cornelius residents, $55 non-residents.

“Introduction to Photo Editing in the Lightroom” will be offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Learn the basics of photo editing and effective ways to catalog and organize photographs. Cost is $45 for Cornelius residents, $55 non-residents.

To register, call 704-892-6031 or visit


Medical office relocates: Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates – Huntersville recently moved to a new location at 10305 Hamptons Park Drive, Suite 201 in Huntersville.

For information, visit

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 information or to register, visit

Stroke support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host its next Stroke Support Group 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 7 at the War Memorial building, 220 N. Maple St. in Mooresville.

The free program is open to everyone and provides education and support to stroke victims and their families. Registration is not required.

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

Cancer support group: Cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend the next Cancer Support Group at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 12 in Community Rooms A&B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month.

No registration is required, and a free lunch is served. For information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

CPR training: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR training course 6-10 p.m. Jan. 14 in Community Room B of the hospital.

Cost is $50 and includes a training book. Participants will learn basic skills in recognizing and treating life threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest and choking for adults, children and infants.

To register, call 704-995-6762.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley