Lake Norman & Mooresville

Happening nearby calendar for Lake Norman

Children boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog during Paws to Read program at area libraries.
Children boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog during Paws to Read program at area libraries. Observer file photo

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on “Add Event.” The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Art

Photography exhibit:

Photos Bart Mauceri Jr. has taken along Lake Norman, as well as photos from his new collection called Heavenscapes. Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2027. mooresvillelibrary.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. May 18, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28 and 30.

Comedy

The Chuckleheads:

The We’re Back Davidson Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza starring the Chuckleheads will celebrate good humor and good friends with unscripted improvisational comedy games. The 6 p.m. showing is the family-friendly version of the show. The 8 p.m. show is 18 and older. $10; $15 day of show. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 6-7:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m. May 21.

The Chuckleheads:

The improvisational theater troupe will present the “We Missed You Cornelius” comedy show in both child-friendly and adult versions. The all-ages show begins at 6 p.m. The show features improvisational comedy games, musical games/activities, game show elements and the heavy-duty audience participation that are staples of the 8-year-old Chuckleheads’ shows. $10-$15. www.planetimprov.com. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com. 8-10 p.m. for adults. May 28.

Health-related events

Healthcare Summit:

Three local Health Care forums will host a free Health Care Summit to discuss changes implemented within local healthcare groups and upcoming changes resulting from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Panelists will represent Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Iredell Health System, Carolinas Healthcare System, Piedmont Healthcare, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and Ortho Carolina. Questions from the audience will be accepted, time permitting. Free. Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 2 p.m. May 19.

Novant Health skin cancer screening:

Free. Registration is required to participate in the screening. To register, call 704-384-2273. Free. Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, 10030 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-316-4000. 6:15-8:15 p.m. May 19.

Community blood drive:

Free ticket voucher for donors. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. Free. www.cbcc.uc. Regal Cinemas Birkdale Stadium 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-895-7997. 2:30 p.m. May 28.

Special events

HB2 and Its Impact on the Area Economy:

State Sens. Jeff Tarte, Republican, District 41, and Tricia Cotham, Democrat, District 100, will discuss details of HB2 and its impact on the North Carolina economy, the state’s reputation in the global community and other legislation being considered in Raleigh. Free. Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-1922. www.lakenormanchamber.org. 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. May 20.

2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis-Charlotte:

The event features a 3-mile and 1-mile course. We’ll have information about arthritis and fun activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. Davidson College, 405 N. Main St, Davidson. 704-892-2000. www.davidson.edu. 8-11 a.m. May 21.

Pinewood Derby:

This day of free family fun includes free car kits to build and race your custom car in the Pinewood Derby. Contact Pastor Judge for info 704-491-2731. Free. First Baptist Church of Cornelius, 21007 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. 704-892-4701. 2-4 p.m. May 21.

Jimmie Johnson Foundation 5K:

1-mile family fun run / walk. Newell-Rubbermaid Campus, 8926 NorthPointe Executive Dr., Huntersville. 9 a.m. May 22.

Farm-to-Table to Benefit Cornelius 9/11 Monument:

This event will feature Chef Tim Groody of Fork. Guests will enjoy craft beer by D9 Brewing Co., locally grown food and live jazz music. The Town of Cornelius is constructing a monument at Cornelius Fire Station #1 located at 19729 S. Main St. to honor first responders and residents who were affected by the events of Sept. 11. The monument will include a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Tickets required: $100 per person. cornelius.org. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-896-2461. 5-8 p.m. May 22.

Memorial Day Program:

Bring your family to this annual event hosted by American Legion Post 86. Free. Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031. 10-11 a.m. May 30.

Sports

Hot Shot Challenge:

The Cornelius PARC, Huntersville Parks and Recreation, and Davidson Parks and Recreation Departments will introduce a new outdoor basketball competition called the Hot Shot Challenge to the Lake Norman area. Boys and girls ages 7-14 will compete in multiple one-minute shooting drills, and prizes will be awarded in each age group. Participants are not permitted to use their own ball, and tennis shoes are required. Boys ages 7-8, 8-10, 11-12 and Girls 11-12 will compete 4-5:30 p.m. Girls 7-8, 9-10, 13-14 and Boys 13-14 will compete 5:30-7 p.m. Registration is required in advance. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. 704-892-6031. 4-7 p.m. May 21.

Little 600 Race:

Entertainment for the whole family. Free. GoPro Motorplex, 130 Motorplex Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-2926. www.gopromotorplex.com. 2:30-9 p.m. May 24.

Library activities

Teen Tutoring:

Come and get help with elementary-level reading, math or homework from a teen tutor. Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org. 4-6 p.m. May 19 and 26.

Toddler Story Time:

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. 11-11:30 a.m. May 19 and 26.

Preschool Story Time:

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. 10-10:30 a.m. May 19 and 26.

Paws to Read:

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. 4-5 p.m. May 23 and 30.

Listen & Move:

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. Mecklenburg Library-Davidson, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-416-4000. www.cmlibrary.org. 11-11:30 a.m. May 24 and 31.

Senior programs

WAM Walking Club:

Join a fun walking club called WAM - Walk a Mile for great socialization and improved health. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water and a snack. A walking stick is suggested but not required. There is a restroom available on each walking route. Call 704-662-3337 for location. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. www.iredellcoa.com. 10 a.m. May 18 and 25 and June 1.

Living Healthy with Diabetes:

This workshop will give you the support you need to find practical ways to deal with diabetes. Discover better nutrition and exercise choices and learn better ways to talk. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9-11:30 a.m. May 18 and 25 and June 1.

Skin cancer screenings:

The annual screening is a visual exam and may include a spot check or full body scan to determine any areas of concern. Registration is required for the screening. To make an appointment, call 1-888-99-LNRMC56762 to schedule your screening. Free. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 131 Medical Park Rd, Mooresville. 6-8 p.m. May 18.

SHIIP/Medicare Program:

Phyllis Deal, Iredell County SHIIP coordinator, will be on hand to explain the different parts of Medicare, what is new with Medicare and future changes that are going to be taking place. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 19.

Diabetes Support Group:

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of February, May, August, and November, but new attendees are encouraged to call before attending their first meeting to confirm date and details. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. 704-662-3334. www.cmccmooresville.com. 12-1 p.m. May 23.

Free Cholesterol Screening:

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will provide a free total cholesterol (only) check at South Iredell Senior Center. No appointment needed and you do not need to fast for the screening. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-2 p.m. May 24.

Book Discussion Group:

Join a group of book lovers for a monthly book discussion. For the month of May, the book of choice is any novel by Margaret Truman. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1-2 p.m. May 24.

Zumba for Seniors:

$30 for six-week session. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 24 and 31.

Advocate for Senior Housing:

The Town of Mooresville will hold its last open house as part of their comprehensive housing strategy plan in the CMCC. The purpose of this open house is for citizens to share their housing needs and preferences, state their concerns, ask questions and give their input regarding the housing that is needed for Mooresville. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5-7 p.m. May 24.

Stop Energy Thieves:

Do you have high electrical bills in the summer months? Are you aware of how much the cracks and unfitted doors and windows in your home are costing you? Ann Simmons, with the NC Cooperative Extension, will show you how to “Stop Energy Thieves” from robbing your home. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 26.

Appreciation of Our Police and Firefighters:

You are invited to donate items in thanks to our local police and firefighters. Snack donations for baskets need to be individually packaged, items such as granola, protein bars, chips, nuts, pretzels, trail mix, candy bars, etc. Donated items need to be dropped off at the Senior Center by May 25. Please be sure to check that the expiration date is good. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 8 a.m. May 25.

Senior Adult Prom:

Bring a friend or come find one at the Senior Center. Enjoy food, fun, fellowship and friends as you dance and enjoy prom night. 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. 5:30-8 p.m. 5/27

Learn How to Self-Publish Your Own Book:

Rodney Nall presenting. You will learn how to publish your own book at little to no cost. The class is free, but registration is required South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1:30-2:30 p.m. May 31.

National Health Care discussions:

A nationally recognized day was set for Healthcare Decisions Day to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12 p.m. May 31.

Garden

Witherspoon First Bloom Celebration:

All ages are welcome; 10 percent of all sales will go to The Ronald McDonald House. Call Mary Alice Pike at 919-489-4446 or gardenshop@witherspoonrose.com for details. Free. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21.

Biltmore Blooms:

Floral displays. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering wine seminars. Included with admission. Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St., Asheville. 800-624-1575. www.biltmore.com. May 18.

Nature

The Nature of Greenways: McDowell Creek Greenway:

A relaxed walk with stops along the way. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. May 19.

Bluegrass Pick Up Jam:

The jam session will be held at the theater in the Natural Play Area. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-4 p.m. May 21.

Old Town Farmers Market:

Free. Old Town Rock Hill, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 5-8 p.m. May 19.

Nature Game Night:

Join others for some nature-themed board game fun. If you have a game of your own that you want to share, bring it along. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 20.

Build Your Own BirdFeeder:

Make your own bird feeder to hang up around the house to watch the migrating birds in your area. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-3 p.m. May 22.

Nature Story Corner:

Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. May 23.

Homeschool: Exploring Ecosystems

From the prairie to the lake to the forest, you will learn about the different ecosystems and discover all the plants and animals in it. Be prepared to get dirty in these hands-on investigations. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 1:30-3 p.m. May 24.

Weekday Wanderers: Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area

Spring is in the air and we will be starting our weekday hikes to immerse ourselves in the beauty of local preserved areas. This month we will visit the Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area beautiful stroll within and around a rock quarry. We will hike about 5 miles on uneven terrain looking for spring treasures along the way. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $8. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 9 a.m. May 27.

Feeling Fishy

Have you always wanted to take your child fishing, but struggle to find the time and equipment? Join our expert angler for a fun-filled morning on the pond and be ready to get fishy. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 9:30 a.m. May 28.

Flippin’ Frogs and Polliwogs, Oh My!

The weather is warm and the frogs and other amphibians know it! Discover the lives of these slimy creatures and see if you are quick enough to catch one yourself. Come prepared to get wet on this grand adventure! See you on the flip side. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. . 2 p.m. May 29.

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