Acck! Snakes at the library: Davidson College’s Department of Herpetology will bring six North Carolina snakes to a free nature program hosted by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St. The public is welcome.
Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists is a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation whose mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife habitat of the Lake Norman area for all to enjoy. www.LNWC.org.
Highland Games tickets now on sale: Early-bird tickets for the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games April 16-17 at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville are now on sale at discounted prices.
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The event includes traditional Scottish games, kilted races, Highland dancing, whiskey tasting and food vendors, bagpipe bands, a historical encampment, children’s activities and a church service.
Early tickets for ages 13 and older are $20.43 for two days, $16.13 for Saturday admission and $8.60 for Sunday admission. Children ages 5-12 can purchase early tickets for $10.75 for two-day admission and $6.45 for one-day admission.
Discounted tickets are on sale through April 10 through www.lochnorman.com. Full-price tickets also will be available at the gate.
Land use plan up for discussion: The Lincoln County Planning Department will host two public meetings in March to gather community input on the update of the county’s future land use plan.
This document guides elected officials and county staff when making important decisions about land development and future growth of the county.
Sessions will be held on the following dates:
▪ 6:30 p.m. March 10, Lincoln County Shrine Club, 1470 Cat Square Road, Vale.
▪ 6:30 p.m. March 24, East Lincoln Community Center, 8160 Optimist Club Road, Denver.
For information, contact Andrew Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-736-8440.
Visit with the Easter Bunny: The Cornelius Arts Center invites all preschoolers to enjoy A Morning with the Easter Bunny 10 a.m. to noon March 11.
The event includes seasonal crafts, refreshments and a visit from Peter Cottontail. Admission is free, and no registration is required. www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.
Organ at Davidson: The 10th annual Bach Birthday Bash sponsored by Organ at Davidson will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 Main St. in Davidson.
Andrew Scanlon of the East Carolina University keyboard faculty will play an all-Bach program. Performances are free, with donations encouraged to enhance the decade-old series. A meet-the-artist reception provided by Friends of the Organ will follow the performance. www.dcpc.org.
Probus Club discusses library changes: Theresa Stroisch, principal with Brooktana Consulting, will discuss “Whatever Happened to ‘Shh’ in the Library? Libraries as Community Anchors” at the next Probus Club of Lake Norman meeting March 15 at Berea Baptist Church on NC 150 in Mooresville. Coffee and fellowship begin 10 a.m.; the program begins 10:30 a.m.
Stroisch is a former middle school math, science and language arts teacher and adjunct technology teacher in Seattle. She now travels the country teaching librarians how to use technology offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her talk will include a brief history of the role of libraries in the community and a review of the advent of technology in libraries.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Science program for seniors: The North Meck Senior Center will sponsor “Get Buggy Day” 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 16 in the Robert B. Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road in Huntersville.
Participants will examine live and dead insects, learn about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and taste honey produced by different bees using different sources of nectar. The “Science Made Fun” class offers fun, interactive activities for older adults who want to improve cognitive ability and rejuvenate memory.
Cost is $5. To register, call 980-314-1127.
Hop into Spring: Cornelius will host Hop into Spring 2-4 p.m. March 19 at Robbins Park for children ages 3-12. The free annual event includes children’s activities, inflatables, arts and crafts, concessions, a deejay, balloon artists and more.
Bring a camera to take photos with Peter Cottontail and a basket to collect candy and toy-filled eggs at activity stations. www.cornelius.org/parc.
Bosom Buddies gala: Davidson College’s Connor House will hold its 16th Bosom Buddies gala March 19 at the Lilly Family Gallery on campus. Check-in is from 6-7 p.m.; dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sherry Cadorette, a breast cancer survivor and advocate at Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, will be the keynote speaker. The Greensboro-based organization is dedicated to developing an earlier breast cancer detection test. All proceeds from the gala will go to the organization.
Bosom Buddies, Connor House’s largest annual service event, promotes breast cancer awareness, raises funds for earlier breast cancer detection and honors all individuals whose lives have been touched by the disease. Last year, Bosom Buddies raised more than $80,000.
The gala includes a cocktail hour, seated dinner with complimentary drinks, raffles, live and silent auctions and the program. Tickets are $75 each and are available through email@example.com or www.connorbosombuddies.com.
For information on Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, visit www.earlier.org.
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.
Car show: Sons of the American Legion Post 321 and Huntersville Parks & Recreation will sponsor a Top Deck Car Show 9 a.m. to 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 advance registration 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.
A live band, family friendly activities, a 50/50 charity raffle, door prizes and food vendors also will be included.
For information, contact Alison Ahrens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-766-2220.
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 email@example.com.
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. Participants will work as families, so there is no age minimum.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with names of participants, ages of children, any allergies and a phone number. Registration ends at 5 p.m. March 18.
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 8-person Baroque Orchestra and 20-person choral group at a reception after the concert.
Flautist Lily Klett will perform in the young artist pre-concert 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. www.huntersville.org.
Community Read: 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 from the State of North Carolina, 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 and the moral choices forced on people during wartime, “All the Light We Cannot See” weaves the story of a blind French girl and a German orphan during World War II.
Multiple copies of the book are available at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library for citizens to check out and enjoy. http://enewsletter.catawbacountync.gov/library/.
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. Program advertising and sponsorships also are available. Proceeds benefit the Iredell Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association.
For information, contact Ellen Nudi at 704-528-1018 or email@example.com or the Iredell Cooperative Extension Service at 704-878-3166.
NC 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.
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.
For minformation, visit www.ncbrewsmusic.com or call 704-875-3113.
Pickleball returns: Beginning March 10, pickleball games return to Cornelius 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at JV Washam Recreation Center.
One court will be open for youth ages 7-13, and two courts will be open for adults.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Adult softball league: The Town of Cornelius has extended registration for its upcoming spring season of Adult Softball. Two divisions are available – Men’s Recreation and Co-Ed. Registration closes March 11.
Cost is $499 per team, plus $10 per non-resident. All team registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the league is full. Space is limited and participants must register by team only, not as individuals.
For more information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.
Summer camp registration: Registration for summer camp with Huntersville Parks & Recreation is now open for Huntersville residents.
Participants will register online by setting up a password-protected account. To register, visit www.huntersville.org.
For information, contact Tracy Houk at 704-866-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local art exhibit: The Cornelius Arts Center is currently showing “Home Grown” at its gallery at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.
This popular 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.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-896-8823.
Women’s conference: The Lake Norman Women’s Conference will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius.
Cindi Basenspiler, managing director of Upshot Inc. will be the keynote speaker. Organized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the conference includes empowering speakers, networking, a fashion show, lunch, a wine-and-cheese reception and gift bags.
Tickets are $75 and are available at www.lakenormanchamber.org.
Security forum: Small business owners and area residents are invited to attend the third annual SightSpan Security Forum noon to 2 p.m. March 24 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. in Mooresville. Admission is free.
Topics include behavior patterns of terrorists and what to look for, crime prevention tips from local law enforcement, corporate account fraud from bank security experts, the threat of workplace violence, business safety and security, and human trafficking education.
To register for the free seminar, contact April Wills at email@example.com or 704-235-7988.
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.
For information on becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, visit www.LakeNormanchamber.org.
Hospital earns maternity care distinction: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina recently awarded Lake Norman Regional Medical Center the Blue Distinction Center + for Maternity Care designation.
The honor means that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients and are 20 percent more cost-efficient than those not designated. Selection is based on several quality measures, including the rate of early elective delivery and breastfeeding promotion programs, along with patient satisfaction.
Across the United States, more than 650 hospitals have been named Blue Distinction Centers + for Maternity Care. www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
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. March 9 and March 28 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 www.lnrmcsurgicalweightloss.com.
Health and wellness fair: “Live the Good Life,” a showcase for health, wellness, healing and balance, will be held 10 a.m. to 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.
For information on becoming a sponsor, call the MSI Chamber at 704-664-3898.
CPR and first aid: The American Heart Association’s joint Heartsaver CPR and First-Aid training class will be offered March 15 in Room B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. First-aid training will be held 2-5 p.m., followed by CPR training 6-10 p.m. The public is welcome.
Heartsaver CPR training teaches basic skills in recognizing and treating life-threatening emergencies such as choking and cardiac arrest. First-aid training teaches the fundamentals of treating medical injuries and environmental emergencies. Participants will receive a card for successful completion of the training course.
Cost is $70 for both courses together or $50 for Heartsaver CPR and $30 for Adult First-Aid.
For information or to register, call 888-995-6762.
Career fair for nurses: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a Career Fair for Registered Nurses at 9 a.m. March 17 in Meeting Room B at the hospital.
Registered Nurses can visit with nursing leadership to learn about current openings and career advancement opportunities. A tour of the hospital and medical campus will be offered, along with a $5,000 sign-on bonus for select positions.
For information, visit www.LNRMC.com or call the Human Resources department at 704-660-4024.
Joint replacement surgery: Dr. C. Van Sikes III, an orthopedic surgeon, will present “Are You a Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery” at 6 p.m. March 22 in Community Room B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Sikes is one of the first surgeons in the area to offer total hip replacement through an anterior approach that allows access to the hip between muscles and does not cut through the substance of the muscles surround the hip. The anterior method involves a smaller incision, the potential for less pain, faster recovery and no detaching of muscles or tendons for improved mobility.
For information or to register, call 888-995-6762.
Free wig bank services: The Women’s Wellness Boutique Wig Bank at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center provides free wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment who cannot afford wigs or that insurance will not cover.
New or gently used wigs, scarves, hats and turbans are available as donations are contributed. All gently used wigs are cleaned and styled.
Appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Mitzie McCurdy, director of community outreach and Senior Circle, at 704-660-4859 or mitzie.mccurdy@LNRMC.com.
Scholarships available: The Volunteer Auxiliary of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is now accepting applications for $1,000 need-based and academic scholarships for high school seniors in the hospital’s service area.
Students pursuing a degree or certification program in the medical field are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic performance.
Applications are available through local high school guidance counselors, at the hospital’s Visitor’s Entrance Desk, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.LNRMC.com. Application deadline is April 15.
Apply now for summer volunteer positions: The Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary is now accepting student applications for its summer Junior Volunteer Program at the hospital.
Students receive first-hand exposure to the operations of various hospital departments, including Imaging Services, Endoscopy, Physical Rehabilitation and Women’s Services.
Applications are available at www.LNRMC.com, at the hospital’s Visitor’s Desk at 171 Fairview Road in Mooresville and through school guidance departments. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors, the program requires applicants to complete an essay and provide two teacher recommendations and two personal references.
The competitive program selects 25 students, who receive at least 32 hours of volunteer opportunity. Orientation is held in late May, and the program runs for eight weeks in June and July.
Applications are due by March 31.
Leigh Pressley is a freelance writer: email@example.com.