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Lake Norman Art League 2010 Spring All Media Exhibit:
Public invited to opening reception and awards ceremony. Awards presented 6:45 p.m. Food, drinks, works by local artists on display and for sale. Open to the public. Exhibit open 8 a.m. May 12-14. Free. Lake Norman Art League Gallery, 442 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-620-4450. www.lknart.org.
Thursdays on Main:
Live acoustic music on lawn. Lunch available for purchase from vendors; or bring picnic. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays in May and June. May 13: Big Sam. Veterans Park, Main and 1st streets, Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. www.cityofkannapolis.com/summerevents.asp.
Music on Main in Mooresville:
Craig Woolard Band, Grammy Award-winning beach/variety band featuring former lead singer of the Embers. Bring blanket for seating. No coolers. 6:30 p.m. Town Hall lawn, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville. www.mooresvillerecreation.org.
"The Road To Mecca":
Play based on life of South African artist Helen Martins. Centers on her efforts to defend her freedom and her work. $15. Performances 7:30 p.m. May 14, 15 and 2:30 p.m. May 16. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marla Brown, 704-619-0429. www.warehousepac.com.
Hearts for Missions Fun Days and 5K weekend:
Barbecue dinner and live auction May 14; yard sale and 5K run May 15. Also: show cars, children's carnival games, live music, raffle, food. Proceeds benefit local and international missions. 4 p.m. May 14; 2 p.m. May 15. Free. Independence Hill Baptist Church, 10220 Eastfield Road, Huntersville. 704-596-2124. www.independencehill.org
Beach Bash in the Park:
Come out and enjoy the sounds of the summer, featuring The North Tower Band, providing oldies, Beach, Top 40 and funk. 6-9 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Wear your favorite tropical shirt for a chance to win a prize. Fireworks will follow the band at approximately 9 p.m. No alcohol, pets, glass bottles or open flames. Free parking is available at the park or Bailey Middle School. 704-892-6031, ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org. In the event of inclement weather, please call our weather hotline at 704.896.2460 x290 for updated information the day of the event.
Race City Arts & Culture Festival:
Race City Festival hosted by Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce and town of Mooresville. Street fair with arts, crafts, entertainment, food court, children's section, more. Sidewalk sales by local merchants. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Along Main and Broad streets, downtown Mooresville. 704-664-3898. email@example.com.
Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival:
Includes wide variety of traditional Asian offerings in food, performances, cultural exhibits, merchandise. Dragon Boat races involve decorated 600-pound, 40-foot canoe-shaped craft with wooden dragon head at bow and tail at stern, 22-person crews. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park, I-77 Exit 28, Cornelius. www.charlottedragonboat.com, www.caacc.com, 866-937-2742.
Carolina Folk Art Festival:
Works on exhibit and for sale by more than 40 artists from across the South: fiber, painting, wood carving and wood sculpture, jewelry, pottery, metal work, basketry and gourd art. Presented by Maddi's Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 15; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16. The Green, Birkdale Village, I-77 Exit 25, Huntersville. 704-332-0007 or 704-987-7777. www.maddisgallery.com.
Hershey's Track and Field Competition:
Free program introduces children ages 9-14 to physical fitness through basic track and field events. Winners move on to sectionals; opportunity to advance to national event. Birth certificate required for registration. No track shoes allowed (with or without spikes). Free. 9 a.m. Sponsored by Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius parks and recreation departments. Bailey Road Park, Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius. 704-892-6031. www.corneliuspr.org.
Amateur Bass Fishing Tournament:
Inaugural Carolina Big Bass Classic open to first 300 amateur anglers to register. Compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. Largest big bass wins 2010 Nitro Z8 bass boat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15-16. Public welcome at hourly weighins 8 a.m.-3 p.m. both days, Oakley Main Stage, Midtown Sundries on Lake Norman. Entry fees $100 one day; $150 two days. Get registration form at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, Foothills Marine in Morganton. Register online at www.oakleybigbass.com or 877-958-8687.
Energy Explorium Birthday Bash:
Live entertainment, contests, inflatables, performances by local youth groups, plant sale by East Lincoln High School, games for all ages, more. Hot dogs, ice cream, refreshments available for purchase. Free. Celebration of 25 years of energy education. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. McGuire Nuclear Station's Energy Explorium, off N.C. 73, Huntersville. 800-777-0003, Option 1.
Hearts for Missions Fun Days and 5K Run/Walk:
Benefit May 14-15 for local and international missions organizations, including Charlotte Rescue Mission, Hope House Foundation, Loaves and Fishes, Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen and Sante Matilde, Nicaragua. Begins May 14: Barbecue dinner 4-7 p.m., $8 (child's plate $3); live auction 7 p.m. May 15: Bake sale/yard sale 7 a.m.; 5K run/walk 8 a.m.; also bloodmobile, silent auction, show cars, carnival games, food and drinks for sale. 5K registration $20 on race day, plus $50 fundraising minimum per runner. Independence Hill Baptist Church, 10220 Eastfield Road, Huntersville. 704-596-2124. www.independencehill.org.
World War II Reenactment:
Celebration of Armed Forces Day. See Allied and Axis forces battle across plantation grounds. Visit Allied and Axis camps; hear uniform and gear talks; watch weapons, combat, hospital, patrol and ration demonstrations; tour the house; visit the animals; more. 10 a.m. May 15-16. $6 per person; ages 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.lattaplantation.org.
Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic:
Low-cost vaccines and testing: Rabies, distemper/parvo, bordetella and feline distemper vaccines; heartworm testing, feline leukemia testing. Noon-3 p.m. Call 704-799-7647 for appointment. SNIP Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic, 131 Crosslake Park Drive, Building 200, Suite 206, Mooresville. firstname.lastname@example.org; 704-799-7647; www.snipclinicnc.com.
Davidson Farmer's Market:
Producer-only, year-round market features more than 30 local producers, wide variety of locally grown vegetables and fruits, meats, eggs, honey, dairy, fresh flowers, baked goods, soaps, crafts. Themed market days, guest chef cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, educational activities planned throughout season. 8 a.m. Saturdays. Davidson Farmer's Market, downtown Davidson. www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.
Fresh produce, baked goods, jewelry, fresh-baked breads and cakes, crafts, cut flowers, potted plants. 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 23. 103 Maxwell St., Huntersville. Sponsored by Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department.
Parade of Homes:
Includes Lake Norman area. May 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. Parade guidebook distributed. 704-664-5622.
Cornelius Concert Series: Mick and the Ultras:
Classic rock and blues. Bring blanket and picnic. 1 p.m. Free. Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
Street Rodder Magazine "Road Tour":
National hot rod cruising event starts at Steele Rubber Products, Denver. Tour begins in Denver; travels 250-400 miles per day; ends in California in October. More than 20 one-of-a-kind hot rods tour Steele Rubber Products facilities, attend kickoff breakfast. Details: Eric Saltrick, email@example.com; 704-483-9343. www.steelerubber.com.
Eight-week group exercise class sponsored by Cornelius PARC Department. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, May 17-July 12 (no class May 31). Bailey Road Recreation Center (Bailey Middle School), 11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius. One makeup class July 19. $80 Cornelius residents, $90 others. Registration: https://secure.rec1.com/NC/cornelius-parks-arts-recreation-culture/depreg.php.