Lake Norman & Mooresville

Get into swing music at the Village Green

From 6 to 8 p.m. today, bring your picnic and enjoy free swing music written by favorites Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman as well as current music with the StarDusters Big Band on Davidson's Village Green.

In honor of the 10 years that Downtown Davidson Inc. has been sponsoring the Concert on the Green series, each concert will feature a picnic contest with prizes.

Tonight's theme is “silliest” picnic.

StarDusters Big Band will fill the stage with five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums, guitar and a vocalist. The concert is sponsored by Wooden Stone, Brenda Pressley CPA, Monkees of Lake Norman and Lollipop Décor. The last three concerts for the year are Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and Sept. 21.

Aug. 24 will feature “The Bad Daddies” with “funkiest picnic” theme and is sponsored by Davidson Elementary School PTA, Roger Layman Architecture, Davidson Historical Society, Nucentric and Saussy Burbank.

Sept. 7 will have “Davidson Express,” the picnic theme is “most colorful picnic,” and it is sponsored by Davidson College Friends of the Arts, Nancy Lingle/Knox Realty, State Farm Insurance and Woodlawn School.

The Sept. 21 concert, sponsored by Cannon School, will feature the Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Ensemble with “most collegiate” picnic theme. Details: www.down

Affordable housing

Affordable housing has been a longtime goal of Davidson's town officials, and JCB Urban has sold 10 affordable houses under the town's rule requiring 12.5percent of a new development be built as affordable housing. To learn how to qualify, contact Cindy Reid at 704-892-7591 or

Certified arborist wanted

Davidson officials are looking for a certified arborist who would volunteer to help create a master street-planting plan and to assist with tree inspections. Contact Lauren Blackburn at lblack or 704-892-7592.

‘One Foot in Eden'

If you want a summer book to read, be sure to get “One Foot in Eden” by Ron Rash, an N.C. native.

This is the title of the second annual DavidsonReads, a program to encourage discussions about the same book throughout the town. This book was chosen by the Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books and several avid readers.

Sharon Williams, recreation program supervisor for the Davidson Parks and Recreation Program, is planning fall events that include readings, lectures and discussions at various times. For more information, contact swil or 704-892-3349.

Fall sports registration

Registration is beginning for fall sports in baseball, soccer and flag football. Fall baseball registration with the Davidson Youth Baseball Association began Aug. 1 for ages 7-16. Participants may register at 416 Armour St. or online at

Davidson Parks and Recreation is working with the North Mecklenburg Soccer Club to provide soccer programs in the Davidson area. For information on leagues for youths to adults, call NMSC at 704-894-9995, or www.northmecksoc

Another option for fall soccer is at the Strikers soccer center for 4 and older. This league runs Aug. 23-Nov. 8. For information, call 704-948-6697 or visit www.