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Compiled by Leigh Pressley
Library participates in eBook club: The Mooresville Public Library will participate in the Big Library Read, the world’s largest global eBook reading club, through March 31.
This year’s selection is “American Sniper” a New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle.
Library members can access the eBook without a wait list or hold through March 31 by visiting http://ncdigital.lib.overdrive.com or clicking the link on the library’s website at www.mooresvillelibrary.org. Readers can log-in with their library card number and download the eBook for free.
For information, call the Mooresville Public Library at 704-664-2927.
Preventing poverty discussion: Peter Hess, a Professor of Economics at Davidson College, will discuss “Preventing and Alleviating Poverty: What Works and What Doesn’t Work” at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Sprinkle Room of Knobloch Campus Center at Davidson College. Admission is free, and the forum is open to the public.
A member of the Davidson College faculty for more than 35 years, Hess is the author of “Economic Growth and Sustainable Development,” “Population Growth and Socioeconomic Progress in Less Developed Countries” and several other books on related topics. In addition, he heads the board of directors of Nepal Orphans Home, a public charity founded in 2005 by his brother Michael Hess. Peter Hess earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in economics from Bowdoin College, and a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For information, call 704-894-2095 or Amber MacIntyre at email@example.com.
Swim beach information: An information session to learn about the new Ramsey Creek Swim Beach currently under construction at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius will be held at 6 p.m. April 6 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
For information, contact Lee Jones with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation at 980-314-1017.
Shred your documents: The Cornelius Police Department will host a Document Shredding Event 9 a.m. to noon April 9 in the parking lot of Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
Residents and businesses can shred four bags or boxes of paper such as old tax documents, financial statements, cancelled checks, insurance documents, business records or other records at the free event sponsored by Shred-It. No three-ring binders or metal binder clips are allowed. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed.
For information, contact Officer Messer or Betsy Shores at the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-1363 or visit www.cornelius.org/police.
Fundraiser supports animal center: East Lake Norman Women’s Networking Group will host “For the LOVE of the Animals” at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Pearl Wedding and Event Center in Cornelius.
The evening includes appetizers and dinner, a cash bar, silent auction, animal artist demonstrations and photo opportunities with adorable puppies. Animals also will be available for adoption.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available through March 31 at www.FriendsoftheAnimals.net.
Proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Friends of the Animals and its capital campaign to build a 11,500-square-foot pet education and adoption center to serve the Lake Norman region. The center will provide low-cost spay and neuter services, promote adoption of homeless pets and house boarding space, a medical clinic and education center.
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.
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.
Fun and fitness for seniors: The North Mecklenburg Senior Center will host the 10th annual Lake Norman Senior Fun and Fitness Day at 9 a.m. April 19 at Jetton Park in Cornelius.
Adults ages 55 and older can take a fitness walk around the park, visit with health vendors and enjoy fitness games such as badminton, corn hole, ladder golf, target sticky ball, soccer and a giant Connect 4 game. An instructor will lead canoe and kayak sessions at the park’s beach. Events include a leader-led group fitness walk at 9:30 a.m., a chair exercise class at 10:30 a.m., a gentle yoga class at 11 a.m. and a line dance class at 11:15 a.m.
Lunch and music provided by deejay Bob Lazar will follow the fitness activities.
Registration is $5 in advance, $7 on the day of the event. To register or learn more information, call the North Mecklenburg Senior Center at 980-314-1127.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Iredell Cooperative Extension Service at 704-878-3166.
Restaurants support Dove House: “An Evening for Dove House” will feature food from 16 local restaurants, two live bands, a silent auction and a live auction emceed by TV meterologist Larry Sprinkle 5-11 p.m. April 30 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. in Mooresville.
The 15th annual event supports Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization that works to minimize trauma to child victims of sexual abuse by providing a free, safe facility from which all agencies conduct investigation and intervention activities. In 2015, Dove House had 216 reported cases of child abuse and provided services to 722 primary and secondary victims of child abuse in the community.
“An Evening for Dove House” will feature live music by The Buff’ugees and The Mike Hager Band, hundreds of silent auction items, raffle items and a live auction with trips, memorabilia, catering packages and more.
The Restaurant Row area will include 16 restaurants including: Brickhouse Tavern, Chopstix Thai & Japanese, Langtree Caterine Events, Soluna Cafe & Bakery, eeZ Fusion and Sushi, El Cerro Reyes, Epic Chophouse, Finish Line Restaurant @ Victory Lanes, Food Junkee/Joe Byrd, Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar, Hickory Tavern, La Patisserie, Lone Star Steakhouse, Pomodoro’s, Pisces Sushi Bar, Salty Caper Wood-fired Pizza and Sports Page Food & Spirits.
Tickets are $125 each. Reserved tables are $1,200 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, visit www.dovehousecac.org. To become a sponsor or donate auction items, contact Ken Wooten at email@example.com or 704-883-9814.
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 information, visit www.ncbrewsmusic.com or call 704-875-3113.
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.
Learn about E-commerce: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will present a session on E-Commerce 10:30 a.m. to noon March 30 in the Cain Conference Room at The Carolina Financial Center, 19520 W. Catawba Ave. in Cornelius.
Several chamber members whose businesses are primarily Internet based will share strategies for growing online business.
For information, visit www.lakenormanchamber.org.
Golf outing: Registration is currently ongoing for the 2016 Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at 1 p.m. April22 at Larkin Golf Club. The format is captain’s choice. A sell-out of 144 player spots is expected, and early registration is encouraged.
Sponsor opportunities also are available, including silent auction items and goodie bag donations.
For information, contact the MSI Chamber at 704-664-3898.
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.
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 email@example.com or at www.LNRMC.com. Application deadline is April 15.
Safe Sitter babysitting class: Aspiring babysitters age 11 to 14 are invited to register for the Safe Sitter babysitting class 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at the Lactation and Infant Nutrition Outpatient Center, 146 Medical Park Road in Mooresville.
Sponsored by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, the Safe Sitter class covers basic childcare skills, child choking and injury management, behavior management, how to call for help, safety for the sitter and business skills. Participants who finish the one-day class will receive a Safe Sitter completion card.
Cost is $50 payable by cash or check to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and is due the day of the class. Registration is required at www.LNRMC or at 888-995-6762.
Balance issues for seniors: “A Matter of Balance,” a series of popular workshops for seniors, will be held 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning March 30 at the North Mecklenburg Senior Center, 102 Gilead Road in Huntersville.
Topics include how to manage and avoid falls, setting goals for increased activity and exercises to increase strength and balance. The eight-session program runs for four weeks, and admission is free. To register, call 980-314-1127.
Cancer screenings programs: The Senior Circle program at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will discuss “Cancer Screenings Over the Age of 50” at its next meeting 3-4:30 p.m. April 6 in the hospital’s Classrooms A and B.
Julie McClain, an oncology nurse navigator, will lead the program and answer questions following the presentation.
Senior Circle meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For information, visit www.seniorcircle.com or contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or mitzie.mccurdy@LNRMC.com. To register for an event, call 888-995-6762.
Nonsurgical weight loss: Patients looking for a less invasive solution to weight loss are invited to attend a free seminar on the non-surgical weight loss balloon at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman in the Medical Pavilion at Lake Norman, 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 303, in Mooresville.
Dr. Ryan Heider will explain the intragastric balloon procedure, which has FDA approval in the United States. He is one of the first doctors in North Carolina to perform the procedure.
Admission is free. To register, visit www.lnrmcsurgicalweightloss.com or call 888-995-6762.
Cosmetics for cancer patients: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good...Feel Better” program 6:15-8:15 p.m. April 6 in the hospital’s Private Dining Room. A free dinner is included.
Volunteer cosmetologists will show female cancer patients how to use makeup and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Topics include loss of hair, eyebrows and lashes, weight gain or loss, changes in skin pigmentation and texture, skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth rate.
Admission is free for women receiving active cancer treatment. For information or to register, contact Tina Harris at 704-777-8040.
Stroke support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Support Group will meet 1:30-3 p.m. April 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 mitzie.mccurdy@LNRMC.com.
Cancer support group: Education and support for cancer survivors and their families is available through Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s monthly Cancer Support Group. The next meeting is at 11:45 a.m. April 12 in the hospital’s Classrooms A and B.
No registration is required, and a free lunch is served. For information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or mitzie.mccurdy@LNRMC.com.
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. April 13 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.
Life support for healthcare providers: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for the Heathcare Provider course 6-10 p.m. April 19 in Community Room B of the hospital.
Topics include how to perform CPR and other life saving skills in a variety of hospital and healthcare settings. Participants who complete the course will receive a course completion card to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.
Cost is $50 and includes a course book. For information or to reserve a space, call 888-995-6762.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley, a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.