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10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28. Everyone is invited to enjoy the talent of our seniors in an Art Showcase. Come see the talent and amazing work by your senior adult peers. The showcase is open to the publice. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Ingrid Erickson: Talons:
6:30-8:30 p.m. April 30. “Talons,” a new exhibit featuring the intricate paper-cut work of local artist Ingrid Erickson, will be unveiled at the Cornelius Arts Center. Erickson spent a year studying birds at the Carolina Raptor Center and created each paper piece by making several thousands individual cuts with an X-acto blade and scissors Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.cornelius.org.
North Mecklenburg Community Chorus: Let It Be — Songs From The Beatles:
7:30-9 p.m. April 22; 2-3:30 p.m., 7:30-9 p.m. April 23. This production brings together singers, musicians and dancers as well as multi-media elements to create a powerful and enjoyable program of audience favorites. $10, $5 children 12 and younger in advance; $12, $6 children 12 and younger day of show. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. 704-892-0120.
7:30 p.m. April 29. Brian Dunne is a Brooklyn-based folk/Americana musician with a degree from the Berklee College of Music. Marty DeJarnette will open. $12. Wynfield Forest Clubhouse, 15722 Wynfield Creek Parkway, Huntersville.
Spaghetti Tower STEM Challenge:
6:30-7:30 p.m. April 21. Can you build a town out of spaghetti? Find out at the Annual Spaghetti Tower STEM Challenge. Teams will compete in a timed challenge for a grand prize. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers:
11 a.m. April 21 and 28. Are you one of more than 44 million Americans who are providing unpaid and informal care to family members or friends? If you provide help to a loved one, then powerful tools for caregivers classes are for you. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Preschool Story Time:
10-10:30 a.m. April 21 and May 5. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and prereading skills. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
4-6 p.m. April 21 and 28, May 5. Come and get help with elementary-level reading, math or homework from a Teen Tutor. First come, first served basis for up to 45 minute sessions. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
American Red Cross Blood Drive:
11 a.m. April 22. Appointments are not required, but are recommended. Photo identification is needed to donate blood. www.redcrossblood.org. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 131 Medical Park Rd, Mooresville.
Senior Spring Dance:
5:30-8 p.m. April 22. Bring a friend or come find one. Enjoy food, fun, fellowship and friends as we dance to the beat. Everyone is invited to the festivities whether you dance or not. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Birkdale Village Community Yard Sale:
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. April 23. More than 18 families and residents of the Greens at Birkdale Village will participate in Birkdale Village and in The Greens Park on Bridgeton Lane and Lindholm Lane. Participating homes will be marked with a balloon on the mailbox. Free. Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-895-8744.
Iredell Garden Fair:
9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23. Sponsored by the Iredell Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, the fourth annual Iredell Garden Fair will feature activities and speakers focused on environmentally responsible gardening techniques and earth friendly choices in home landscaping. Local experts will conduct workshops, and approximately 50 vendors will sell plants, yard art, garden accessories, supplies and services. Children can enjoy garden projects in the demonstration garden. A Master Gardener’s Attic Sale will feature new and gently used garden items and decor. Food vendors will be on hand. Free. Iredell County Cooperative Extension, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 704-873-0507. iredell.ces.ncsu.edu.
NorthCross Family Fun Puzzle Run 5K:
8-11 a.m. April 23. The Family Fun Puzzle Run is a family-friendly 5K that starts and finishes at the Northcross Shopping Center in Huntersville. After the race, enjoy children’s activities. To register for the 5K: Adults: $30 until April 22, $35 on April 23. Kids: 5 and younger are free. Kids: 6-11, $15 until April 22, $20 on April 23. Kids: 12-18, $20 until April 22, $25 on April 23.NorthCross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. 704-295-4008. www.shopnorthcross.com.
7:30 a.m. April 23. The Barley Trot is a 5K and 10K route through Jetton Road in Cornelius. It will start and finish at Bayne Brewing Company where brunch, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Runners and walkers of all ages and speeds are welcome to this family-friendly event. This event is benefiting ASA service dogs out of Mooresville. Bayne Brewing Company, 19507 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-897-6426. www.baynebrewingcompany.com.
Community Blood Drive:
2:30-6 p.m. April 23. Free ticket voucher for donors. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. none. Regal Cinemas Birkdale Stadium 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-895-7997.
Young Veterinarian’s Day:
10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23. Is your child an aspiring veterinarian? Spend the day at Carolina Raptor Center exploring this exciting science career. With behind the scenes tours of the Raptor Hospital, meet the raptors presentations, owl pellet dissection, biofacts tables and raptor medicine activities, your kids will learn what it takes to care for animals. Included in admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.
Annual All That Glitters Gala:
7-11 p.m. April 23. This annual signature fundraising event features food, drinks, an auction and musical entertainment. $125. Langtree Plantation, 554 Langtree Road, Mooresville. 704-897-7232. www.langtreeplantation.com.
Sheep to Shawl Event:
10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23. See fiber working in all of it’s forms. See a live sheep shearing demonstration, wool cleaning, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Interact with talented artisans as they display and teach their craft. Enjoy a self-guided house and grounds tour as well as a visit to the Latta exhibit hall. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors/students, children 5 and younger are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Teens Against Trafficking Trunk Show:
2-4 p.m. April 24. Teens from Lake Norman Charter, along with the organization Fashion and Compassion, will be hosting a trunk show where jewelry made by trafficking victims will be sold. The profit collected from these trunk shows are essential because they act as the income for all the artisans under this organization. By providing these women with a steady income, it allows them to refrain from searching for work in dangerous or odd places, which is usually where trafficking begins. Their jobs for Fashion and Compassion not only keep them out of trafficking, but gives them a source of dignity and purpose, rather than just accepting hand outs. Join others at the trunk show, browse a stunning array of jewelry, and support these women who have been unfairly abused by the trafficking industry. Tea and snacks will be served, and a presentation will be given by trafficking victims themselves. $10; $5 youth younger than 18. Journey Church, 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville.
Paws to Read:
4-5 p.m. April 25 and May 2. Children boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog. Free. cmlibrary.org. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
Listen & Move:
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. April 26 and May 3. Children and parents will participate in stories, songs, and activities that build both the gross and fine motor skills which children need to develop in order to read and write. Free. www.cmlibrary.org. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
Fundraiser Relay for Life:
7 a.m.-3 p.m. April 26. The Famous Toastery of Mooresville will have a Day of Hope by donating 10 percent of their sales to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.Famous Toastery, 134 Mooresville Commons Way, Mooresville.
Celebrate Flowers Bingo Party:
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. April 26. It’s a party and loads of fun. There will be treats served and fun bingo with lots of prizes to win. This event is sponsored by Summit Place of Mooresville. No fee or registration required. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Allergies, Nothing to Sneeze About:
12-1 p.m. April 28. Is it allergies or a cold? Spring is here and that means a time when allergies attack our wellbeing. Topics will include: Causes and symptoms of allergies, common allergies and tests for them, as well as, treatment, prevention, and management of allergies. Open discussion and questions are encouraged. A light lunch will be provided. To attend, please RSVP by April 22 with a $1 donation to SISC in support of their health promotion programs. No registration by phone. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Performing Arts Talent Show:
4 p.m. April 28. Come enjoy the talent and dramatics in the performing arts as you laugh, cry and enjoy this talent show production as we celebrates the fun and fellowship of older adults. Admission is free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Preschool Story Time:
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. April 28. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and prereading skills. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
Stargazing For Families:
8:30 p.m. April 29. WOW -- World of Wonder will sponsor Stargazing at Fisher Farm Park for children and their families. Members of the Davidson College Physics Department and the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club will provide equipment and expertise. Participants also can bring their own telescope. Free. Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.ci.davidson.nc.us/839/Fisher-Farm.
ICOA 2016 Caregiver’s Summit:
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 29. Topics covered will include: Continuum of Care, Mental Health, Piedmont Medication. Community Resources, etc. Enjoy breakfast and vendors between 8:30-9 a.m. To register contact caregiver specialist, Jackie Negley at 704-873-5171. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Safe Boating Class:
8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30. The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron will offer a safe boating class for boaters and those interested in boating. Topics include boat handling and docking, water sports safety, navigation rules, boating regulations and handling emergencies. North Carolina law requires that vessel operators born after Jan. 1, 1988, must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate motorized watercraft over 10 horsepower. $45; $25 each additional student. Lake Norman Fire Department, 1518 Brawley School Road, Mooresville..
Flash Fiction Workshop:
1-3 p.m. April 30. Flash Fiction is also called sudden, micro or short-short fiction. The seminar hosted by Charlotte Writers’ Club North is designed for writers age 18 and older with all levels of writing experience. Email Lisa Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org to pay by check, or register online at www.charlottewritersclub.org/ to use a credit card via PayPal. $35; $25 for CWC members. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com.
Talks & Readings
Toddler Story Time:
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. April 21 and 28, May 5. Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and discover the fun of books. Explore letters, sounds, and new words through stories and activities. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org.
Three Moons Show:
8 p.m. April 23; 3 p.m. April 24. A troupe of women writers under the direction of Barbara Kidd Lawing will present new poems and prose in “Three Moons Show.” $5. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com.
Book Discussion Club:
1-4 p.m. April 26. Join a group of book lovers for a monthly discussion of their favorite books. For the month of April the book of choice is any novel by Louise Penn. All book lovers are welcome to join in the discussion. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
Learn How to Self-Publish Your Own Book:
11 a.m. April 28. Join Rodney Nall for publishing on a string budget. Learn how to publish your own book at little to no cost. Whether you wish to preserve family history and memories, write a book of poems, preserve your picture memories, or just publish for fun, this will show you how. In other words, you can publish anything form manuscript, short stories, recipes, photos, and more. The class is free but registration is required. Call the Senior Center at 704-662-3337 by April 25 if you plan to attend. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com.
‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’:
7 p.m. April 22; 1 p.m., 4 p.m. April 23; 1 p.m. April 24. Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes. She likes her pointy pencils, her glittery movie-star glasses and her three shiny quarters. But most of all, Lilly likes her brand new purple plastic purse! Along with her friends Chester, Wilson and her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger, Lilly finds endless adventures fueled by her delightfully oversized imagination. $10. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
8 p.m. April 29 and Ma y5. Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London. $20; $15 seniors and students. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com.