Compiled by Leigh Pressley
Jim Warren, Executive Director of the Carolina Raptor Center, will be the guest speaker at the next Lake Norman Covekeepers meeting 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 20 at Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road in Huntersville.
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North Meck Senior Center
Science program for seniors
The North Meck Senior Center will offer a series of “Science Made Fun” classes for seniors through March. Fun and interactive, the hands-on activities for older adults also work to improve cognitive ability and rejuvenate memory.
Each class is $5 per person, and seniors can choose any or all of the three courses. The North Meck Senior Center is in the Robert B. Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road in Huntersville. To register, call 980-314-1127.
Solas Leighis concert
Father-son duo performs
Tim Thompson and Myles Thompson, a father-and-son musical duo, will perform in the first 2016 Solas Leighis concert series at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road in Mooresville.
Tim Thompson is a Nashville-based session player, singer/songwriter and the 2008 International Fingerstyle Champion. He has recorded 11 CDs and two DVDs, and has appeared with artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Crystal Gayle and Hwy. 101. Myles Thompson picked up the violin at age 5, and now at age 21, is a prolific singer/songwriter and mandolin player.
Tickets at the door are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. Details:
Alexander Community Concert series
Jazz quartet performs
The Ziad Jazz Quartet, with two featured guests on guitar and violin, will perform a gypsy jazz concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road in Denver.
Part of the Alexander Community Concert series, the performance will feature “gypsy swing” or “hot club jazz” music that originated in 1930s Paris. A reception to meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments will follow the show.
Historic Rural Hill will host the third annual Sip & Seek bridal show 1-4 p.m. March 6 at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville.
Vendors include caterers, bar services, bakeries, photographers, wedding planners, deejays and musicians, florists, hair and makeup artists, rental companies, bridal boutiques and venue directors.
Mac and Chees cookoff
Mooresville Arts Depot
The fourth annual Mac and Cheese Cook Off will be 6-9:30 p.m. March 19 at the Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center St. in Mooresville.
The event includes voting for the best macaroni and cheese, a fashion show featuring designs from students at Future Fashion Designers and door prizes.
To participate or donate a door prize, contact Shawnelle Cherry at Future Fashion Designers at 704-799-3553.
Vendors needed for garden fair
Vendor applications for ground spaces at the fourth annual Iredell Garden Fair on April 23 at 444 Bristol Drive in Statesville are now being accepted.
The event features approximately 50 vendors from the Charlotte metro area, plant sales, yard art and garden accessories, speaker workshops, hands-on activities for children and more.
Cost is $50 per space before March 30 and $75 from March 31-April 10. Vendors must provide their own tables for a 12-foot-by-12-foot space that operates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: Ellen Nudi at 704-528-1018 or email@example.com or the Iredell Cooperative Extension Service at 704-878-3166.
Honorary flag presented
Honoring Vernie Ashworth
Sen. Thom Tillis recently presented Chris Ashworth with an authentic flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Ashworth's late father, Vernie Ashworth.
Vernie Ashworth passed away in November and had served in both World War II and Korea.
Free tax service
Services to qualified people
The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission is offering free tax preparation services to qualified people.
Individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015 are eligible to use MyFreeTaxes, a free national online tax filing platform.
The Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission serves as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. To schedule an appointment with a trained tax prep volunteer, call704-664-2357, ext. 15. For more information, visit www.mooresvillechristianmission.org.
N.C. Brewers and Music Festival
Tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the sixth annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival May 6-7 at Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville.
Advance tickets range from $16 to $36; day-of-festival tickets are $50. Tickets for children are $8. RV and tent camping passes also are available.
Registration through Feb. 26
Huntersville Parks & Recreation will offer a Youth Girls' Volleyball league March 14-June 4 for ages 9-18. The league promotes sportsmanship, skill building and fun.
Registration runs through Feb. 26 at www.huntersville.org. A Skills Day will be held Feb. 27, followed by a Coaches Clinic March 5.
Cost is $75 residents, $90 non-residents. For details, call 704-766-2220.
The North Mecklenburg Tennis Academy is holding registration for its spring season for players of all ages and skill level.
The USTA Quick Start Program is open to ages 5-10, while Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced programs are available to ages 11-18.
The Quick Start Program, which runs four weeks for ages 5-10, meets 4-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cost is $72 per four-week session or one day a week, $126 per four-week session for two days a week, $180 per four-week session for three days a week and $216 per four-week session for four days a week.
The Junior Program also runs in a four-week session for ages 11-18 and meets 5-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cost is $105 for one day a week, $180 for two days a week, $225 for three days a week and $310 for four days a week.
Details: Clay Allen at 704-258-8935.
Adult and senior softball
At Bradford Park
Adult and senior softball: Huntersville Parks & Recreation will offer Adult and Senior Softball Leagues at Bradford Park this spring.
The Adult League is open to players 18 and older. The Co-Ed Division plays 6:30-11 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 7. The Men’s Division plays 8:30-11 p.m. Fridays beginning March 11. Cost is $575 per team, with a $10 fee for each nonresident player. Registration runs through Feb. 27 at Huntersville Parks & Recreation office.
The Senior Softball League offers divisions for age 50 and older and for age 65 and older, both playing 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays March 16-June 29. Cost is $30 residents, $45 non-residents. Registration runs through Feb. 27.
Register for spring sports:
Cornelius PARC will hold registration for several spring sports in the coming weeks. The lineup includes:
▪ Senior Softball: Coed leagues for ages 50 plus and 65 plus. Register through Feb. 26.
▪ Lacrosse: Open to boys and girls, kindergarten through high school. Register with Xtreme Lacrosse through Feb. 20.
▪ Pickleball: Youth and seniors can drop in for free play 1-3 p.m. Sundays at J.V. Washam Recreation Center.
Cornelius Arts Center
Local art exhibit:
The Cornelius Arts Center is “Home Grown” at its gallery at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.
This annual exhibit features an eclectic mix of work from more than 80 local artists. Entries including paintings, pottery, photography, collage, sculpture and other media are included. Details: www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-896-8823.
Apply for April arts festival
Davidson is accepting applications for April is for the Arts, which includes a Gallery Crawl on April 15 and the Art on the Green Festival April 16-17 in downtown Davidson.
Artists are encouraged to apply to display and sell art during the Gallery Crawl and Art on the Green, and businesses are encouraged to apply to serve as venues for the Gallery Crawl. Applications are available at town hall or at www.townofdavidson.org/April and are due by Feb. 26.
The Cornelius Arts Center will host “Introduction to Photo Editing in the Lightroom” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20.
Participants will learn the basics of photo editing and effective ways to catalog and organize photographs. Cost is $45 for Cornelius residents, $55 nonresidents. To register, call 704-892-6031 or visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Mooresville Arts will display its third annual Winter Juried Exhibition through Feb. 25 at the historic train Depot at 103 W. Center Ave. in downtown Mooresville.
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
Register for Business Expo
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host its signature event, the 2016 Business Expo, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2 in the newly renovated Davidson College Baker Sports Complex in Belk Arena.
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the free event. The event also showcases more than 20 of the region’s nonprofit agencies and civic clubs. The public is welcome. Details: www.LakeNormanchamber.org.
Power Luncheon set
Three regional economic development leaders will speak at the 2016 Regional Economic Development Power Luncheon sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at NorthStone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Dr. in Huntersville.
Speakers will include Vanessa Goeschel, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Research at the Charlotte Regional Partnership; Jeff Edge, Senior Vice President for Economic Development for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; and Ryan McDaniels, Executive Director of the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation.
Seats are $20. Reservations are available by visiting www.LakeNormanchamber.org.
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
Go Red for Women
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a “Go Red for Women” Lunch and Learn 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 29 in the hospital’s Community Rooms.
Dr. Shomeet Patel, a cardiologist at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute -- Lake Norman, will discuss how women can be more aware of their heart health and take better actions to stay healthy.
Charles Mack Citizen Center
Health and wellness fair
“Live the Good Life,” a showcase for health, wellness, healing and balance, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 10 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. in Mooresville.
Presented by the Mooresville/South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, the health and wellness fair is free and open to the public.
Eighty vendors providing local information and free screenings will be included, along with several healthcare experts offering individual consulting.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.