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.
The schedule includes:
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▪ Gold Rush Day: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Search for minerals and crystals and learn to classify your findings. Participants will take home an assortment of real gems such as tiger’s eye and emeralds.
▪ Get Buggy Day: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 16. Examine live and dead insects, learn about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and taste honey produced by different bees using different sources of nectar.
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. Details: 980-314-1127.
Hough High School
The Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics classes will conduct a mock caucus, or Moccus, for the Democrat and Republican parties at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29. Republicans will meet in the Hough gym and Democrats will be in the cafeteria. Students will research the candidates from both parties and will be prepared to answer questions on the issues. The event will be presented as a question-and-answer session, not a debate. At the end of each session, participates will vote to determine which candidate will represent each party. The Moccus is free and open to the public, with the goal of helping voters make an informed decision before the North Carolina primary on March 15.
Downtown Davidson plan
Citizens are invited to attend a roundtable discussion on Davidson’s Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 25 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 218 Concord Road.
The roundtable discussions will be facilitated by town staff, members of the Davidson Board of Commissioners and the Development Finance Initiative team. Citizens will discuss development of the site and needs including downtown parking, retail and office space in downtown, a permanent home for the Davidson Farmers Market, improved public spaces, downtown housing and increased space for public services.
Fort Dobbs program
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site at 438 Fort Dobbs Road in Statesville will present a free program on musket and cannon firing and 18th century military camp life 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28.
Fort Dobbs and local settlers were attacked by dozens of warriors during the Anglo-Cherokee War on Feb. 27, 1760. The 256th anniversary program will feature living history interpreters portraying provincial solders and settlers. A special evening musket firing demonstration also will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Details: 704-873-5882 or visit www.fortdobbs.org.
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. Admission includes a wine and cheese reception during intermission. Details: www.welcomestpat.org/solas-leighis-concerts or call 704-663-5659.
Black History Month celebration
Celebrate African-American history
“Preserve the Family,” a program featuring the Stinson, Grier and Nelson families, will be presented 2:30-5 p.m. Feb. 27 at Cornelius town hall.
As part of the Cornelius Black History Month celebration, the program will feature memorabilia, live performances, children’s activities and refreshments. Admission is free, and the program is open to the public in collaboration with the Smithville Community Coaltion.
The Cornelius Arts Center also will host a Black History Month Art Party. Students of all ages can enjoy free arts and crafts projects inspired by famous African-Americans. Details: 704-892-6031, ext. 160 or visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Gypsy jazz concert
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.
As 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.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation
Summer camp registration
Registration for summer camp with Huntersville Parks & Recreation opens March 1 for Huntersville residents. Participants will register online by setting up a password-protected account. To register, visit www.huntersville.org. Details: Tracy Houk at 704-866-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Rural Hill will host the third annual Sip & Seek Bridal Show 1-4 p.m. March 6 at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville.
Brides-to-be can meet caterers, bar services, bakeries, photographers wedding planners, deejays and musicians, florists, hair and makeup artists, rental companies, bridal boutiques and venue directors.
Mooresville Arts Depot
Mac and cheese cook off
The Fourth Annual Mac & Cheese Cook Off will be held 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.
Sons of American Legion Post 321
Sons of the American Legion Post 321 and Huntersville Parks & Recreation will sponsor a Top Deck Car Show 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19 on the top deck of the Town Center parking garage.
All makes, models and years are welcome. Award categories include Best in Show, Best in Show Car, Top 3 Car, Best in Show Truck and Top 3 Truck. Registration is $10 per vehicle, and preregistration is required at www.huntersville.org/parks or in person at 105 Gilead Road on the third floor. Registration closes at 5 p.m. March 11. Details: Alison Ahrens at email@example.com or 704-766-2220.
World of Wonder
Winter scavenger hunt
World of Wonder (WOW), a nature discovery program for children and families, will present a Winter Scavenger Hunt 10-11:30 a.m. March 19 in the Davidson/North Mecklenburg area. Meeting location will be emailed to those who pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-sponsored by Davidson Lands Conservancy and Woodland Discovery, the program will look in the winter woods for signs of animals that live around us, plants ready to bloom in spring and interesting things that can always be found in the forest.
To register, email email@example.com with names of participants, ages of children, any allergies and a phone number. Registration ends at 5 p.m. March 18.
Groups to perform concert
Music at St. Alban’s
The Lake Norman Choral Artists and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra will perform in the next Music at St. Alban’s Concert at 3 p.m. March 20 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane in Davidson.
The performance will highlight the beautiful and moving music of J.S. Bach’s Cantata 106 “Actus Tragicus,” Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto 6 and several chamber works by Biber, Tunder and Telemann. Period instruments will be featured. Patrons can meet members of the eight-person Baroque Orchestra and 20-person choral group at a reception after the concert.
Flautist Lily Klett will perform in the young artist preconcert performance beginning at 2:25 p.m.
Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, free for children under 12 and are available at the door or at www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.
Pictures with the Easter Bunny
Huntersville Parks & Recreation will offer Pictures with the Easter Bunny 1-3 p.m. March 20 at Holbrook Park. A free bounce house, balloon twisting and face painting are included. Sweet treats will be available for sale.
In case of rain, the Easter Bunny will greet visitors at the Robert B. Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road in Huntersville. Details: www.huntersville.org.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library
The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library will sponsor the sixth annual Community Read featuring poet and Davidson College professor emeritus Tony Abbott at 7 p.m. March 21.
Abbott, who won the 2015 North Carolina Award for Literature, will provide background an comments, then lead a discussion.
This year’s Community Read book is the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doer. A book that helps readers understand the effects of war on children. Copies of the book are available at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library for citizens to check out and enjoy. Details:
Iredell 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. Program advertising and sponsorships also are available. Proceeds benefit the Iredell Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association.
Tickets on sale
N.C. Brewers and Music Festival
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.
More than 30 brewers will provide free tastings at the festival. Entertainers include the Travelin’ McCourys, Della Mae, the Hip Abduction, Sol Driven Train, the Trongone Band and the Honeycutters. Mipso and Taylor Winchester will headline the Friday Night Campground Jam.
Youth girls’ volleyball league
Time to register
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. Details: 704-766-2220.
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. Details: www.huntersville.org.
Time to register
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. Details: www.cornelius.org/parc.
Cornelius Arts Center
The Cornelius Arts Center is holding registration for its spring session of classes, which begin the week of March 7.
The center offers six-week courses for ages 3 and older in Art Exploration, Drawing & Painting, LEGOs, Ceramics, Crafts, Digital Photography, and Flowers, Bees & ABCs.
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. Details: www.townofdavidson.org/April or contact Kim Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-940-9622.
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
Economic development luncheon
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.
Register for Business Expo
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host its signature event, the 2016 Business Expo, 11 a.m. to 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 to visit with 180 Lake Norman Chamber business exhibitors. The event also showcases more than 20 of the region’s non-profit agencies and civic clubs. The public is welcome. Details: www.LakeNormanchamber.org.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: email@example.com.