Lake Norman & Mooresville

Touch a truck, and feel your kids' excitement

No matter the weather today, you can take the kids to North Mecklenburg Park in Huntersville. Even if you don't have kids, you may want to join in. I plan to go.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Touch-a-Truck will have lots of vehicles for kids and their parents to climb on and in. The minimum donation is $3 per person, and kids under age 1 are free.

So far, the vehicles scheduled for the event include emergency vehicles: police cars, ambulances and fire and SWAT trucks, as well as other work vehicles including delivery, concrete, grader and garbage trucks. There will also be NASCAR cars, a Hummer, a Jeep, a battery-powered car, a Humvee, race karts, buses, boats, helicopters and even an airplane cockpit.

Besides the vehicles, there will be displays, activities and music for all ages, as well as food available for purchase.

If all that isn't enough to get you to the park, be sure to bring plenty of cash or your checkbook because there is also a silent auction. Items available in the auction include all kinds of things for the kids, from complete birthday parties to fun things to do and also great services and items for the adults.

The event benefits Addi's Cure. Not too long ago, I wrote about Cornelius resident Bo Johnson and his wife, Christi, who founded Addi's Cure, named after their young daughter. In May 2006, Bo found out he had Stage 4 lung cancer, although he had never smoked. Addi's Cure raises funds for lung cancer research and education. All the money received goes to research; the organization pays no administrative costs.

Bo recently had a lung transplant. His wife, Christi, says her husband is “doing well. He has been on the ventilator for about a week now, and if all goes well he should be out of the hospital this week. … He must participate in their rehab program and maintain clinic visits pretty regularly for the first year…”

For more information, a complete list of all there is to see and do and buy at Touch-a-Truck, or to donate, go to For more information on Addi's Cure, go to www.addis

Lots to do Saturday

Saturday is a busy day in Cornelius. From 1 to 4 p.m., children of all ages (including adults), can watch art in progress at the open house at The Creative Art Exchange. The event is free.

Demonstrations include woodcutting and pottery, and you can also meet photographer David Boraks, whose work is on display in gallery. Children can participate in hands-on activities, and adults can learn about all the fall art programs available for children and adults.

Then that evening, get your blanket and picnic supper and head to Bailey Road Park to hear the first Cornelius performance of the Andrew Thielen Big Band. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the event is free. Be sure to stay around after the performance for the fireworks show.

Recycling: Look for the blue

If you've recently been to Bailey Road, Torrence Chapel, Smithville or Legion parks, you may have noticed the blue-topped trash cans next to the gray ones. These are not traditional trash cans but are recycling bins for plastic bottles, aluminum cans and even newspapers.

So when you're done with your cold drink after your jog, or finished with reading the paper after watching the kids play, be sure to put your trash in the recycling bin and help keep Cornelius green.