Lake Norman & Mooresville

Soap box derby, Antique car show and more!

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June 23

Aspiring Artists Exhibit:

Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department and Community Arts Project exhibit student works in various mediums. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday through June 30. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823.

Mooresville Executive Men's Organization:

Network in professional, informal atmosphere; Discussion of business solutions, personal growth. 7:30-9 a.m. fourth Wednesday of each month. Breakfast $5 for Mooresville-Statesville-Iredell Chamber of Commerce members, $15 for others. Hilton Garden Inn-Mooresville, 159 Gateway Blvd. (off I-77 Exit 33), Mooresville. 704-664-3898. www.mooresvillenc.org.

Adult Tennis Lessons:

Dr. James Brown, instructor. Ages 16 and older. 6-7 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. June 23-July 28; Aug. 11-Sept. 22; or Oct. 6-Nov. 10. Holbrook Park. $75 for Huntersville residents, $85 for others. 704-766-2220. dwhite@huntersville.org

American Watercolor Society Travel Exhibition:

Forty original paintings, including 20 medal winners, on exhibit through June 27; Mooresville is the only stop in the South for the exhibition, which opened in New York City. Twenty of the paintings are the medal winners. Mooresville Artist Guild Depot Visual Arts Center. 704-677-4284.

Art Exhibit by Joyce Wynes:

"New Works by Joyce Wynes," solo exhibition of her paintings at Artworks on Main, 165 N. Main St., Mooresville, through July 7. www.joycewynes.com or blog.joycewynes.com.

"Charcoal Cities: Drawings of People and Places":

Exhibition of Isaac Payne's drawings and mixed-media works on paper that explore our relationship to the modern land/cityscape and the metaphorical language of images. 11 a.m. June 23-25; noon June 26-27. Free. Green Rice Gallery, 451 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-344-0300. www.green-rice.com.

June 24

"Oklahoma!":

Last weekend of Davidson Community Players' production of classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Ages 8 and up. 8 p.m. June 24-26; 2 p.m. June 26. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. Tickets $15-$22. Reservations: 704-892-7918 or www.carolinatix.org.

Charlotte Charity Horse Show:

Competition among more than 200 horses and riders representing five Southeastern states. More than 100 classes for American Saddlebreds, Standardbreds, Hackney ponies; prize money offered. Also, Equitation and Academy rider division; fun classes such as Stick Horse, Ride-A-Buck, Costume and Lead Line. Spectators welcome. Free admission. Sessions last about three hours. Concessions available for purchase include barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, desserts. Sponsored by Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church. Proceeds go toward church building fund. 6 p.m. June 24-26 and 9 a.m. June 26, Latta Plantation Park Equestrian Center, 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville. Dale Luckey, 704-309-0798, or Nancy Boone, 704-933-7416.

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series:

"Planet 51" (PG). 8:30 p.m. Gazebo, Jetton Village, off Jetton Road at West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. 704-892-6031.

"Bass Church" with Mindelixir And More:

Free celebration of bass culture from the past to the present and beyond. Dub, reggae, hip hop, UK funky, dubstep, grime, garage and future bass music. 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

June 25

Charlotte Symphony in Huntersville:

Free concert by Charlotte Symphony on EnergyExplorium lawn, McGuire Nuclear Station. Take picnic and blankets or lawn chairs. Boaters can anchor in EnergyExplorium's cove at southern tip of Lake Norman. Snacks and drinks sold by East Lincoln High School's Band Booster Club. 8:15 p.m. McGuire Nuclear Station, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, off N.C. 73. 980-875-5600.

"Resilience" - Presenting Artists of Urban Ministry Center's ArtWorks945 Program:

Lake Norman Art League Gallery hosting exhibit of artists' work from ArtWorks945, a program of the Urban Ministry Center made up of Charlotte artists who struggle with homelessness and urban poverty. Artists available to discuss their work during opening reception 6-9 p.m. June 25. Live music and readings from several ArtWorks945 poets. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays through July 9. Free. Lake Norman Art League Gallery, 442 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-926-0618. www.urbanministrycenter.org/blogs/artworks-blog.

Music on Main: The Tim Clark Band:

Variety band plays beach, dance and rock hits. Bring blanket. 6:30 p.m. Mooresville Town Hall lawn, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville. www.mooresvillerecreation.org.

Movies in the Park:

"Astro Boy" 9 p.m. North Mecklenburg Park, off N.C. 115, Huntersville. 704-464-2400.

Live Music by Cravin Melon:

5 p.m. Rock jam band from Greenville, S.C. Free. Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. 704-892-9195. therustyrudder.net/events.php?date=2010-06-16.

American Red Cross Blood Drive:

11:30 a.m. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 171 Fairview Road, Mooresville. 704-660-4000.

Michael Jackson's "This is It":

Family-friendly movie event. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks. 8:30 p.m. Free. Bellingham Park, 1600 Bellingham Drive, Mooresville. 704-662-3334. www.cmccmooresville.com.

June 26

Soap Box Derby:

All-American Soap Box Derby local race. 9 a.m. Huntersville Business Park, 3801 Reese Blvd. W. 803-366-4060.

Antique Car Show:

Benefit for community outreach mission of Cornelius Presbyterian Church. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date July 3. Registration $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Cornelius Presbyterian Church, 21209 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-956-5056, 704-951-7728 or 704-892-5577.

Davidson Farmer's Market:

Producer-only, year-round market features more than 30 local producers, wide variety of local 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. 8 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 18. Davidson Farmer's Market, downtown Davidson. www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.

The Mantras Free Music Night:

Eclectic band The Mantras play unique blend of rock, fusion, jazz, funk. Chasing Edison opens. 9:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

June 26

Lake Norman Wildlife Cruise:

Educational, narrated tour on the Lady of the Lake yacht. Sponsored by Queen's Landing, rain or shine. Participants see and hear about wildlife projects including osprey-nesting platforms, fish attractors, island habitats, turtle-basking platforms, coverboard project. $40 per person or $75 for two; includes hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, tea. Live and silent auctions. Cash bar. Proceeds support projects of Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, a chapter of N.C. Wildlife Federation. Seating limited, must be paid in advance. 3 p.m., 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. Tickets: www.lakenormanwildlife.org (credit card); or write check to LNWC and mail it to LNWC, P.O. Box 4296, Mooresville, NC 28117. Or pay by check at Homesley Goodman & Wingo, 330 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-799-1471

Pan for Gold:

Learn about Charlotte's rich gold mining history and pan for gold at miner's cabin. Tour plantation house and grounds, visit the farm animals, see honeybee exhibit, more. Free with regular site admission. 10 a.m. Site admission $6 for adults, $5 for senior adults and students, free for ages 5 and under. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.

June 27

Mammal Tales:

Ages 5-12 discover mammals that roam Mecklenburg County, including coyotes, bobcats and foxes. 3:30 p.m. June 27. $3. parkrez.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=1476. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. www.lattaplantation.org.

June 29

Live Music by Scott Munns Duo:

9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. 704-892-9195. therustyrudder.net/events.php?date=2010-06-16.

June 30

Business workshop:

6 p.m. "Starting a business," Writing a business plan, financing, legal issues, marketing and insurance. Moore Creative Inc., 9820 Northcross Road, across from Chick-Fil-A at Exit 25. www.9820northcross.com/

directions.aspx. RSVP to Matt Burkinshaw at 704-399-8708 or mburkinshaw@synergybusinesscoach.com.

July 3

Dog Agility Competitions:

Watch dogs race through obstacle courses made up of jumps, seesaws, ramps, weavepoles, tunnels, more. Free. Family friendly. 8 a.m. July 3-4. Charlotte Sports Center, 8626 Hankins Road, Charlotte (near Harris Boulevard and I-77). 828-275-8010. www.carolinapiedmontagility.com.

July 4

Cornelius Independence Day Celebration:

Festivities begin 6:30 p.m. with music by Robin Burke and guest Kary Wall featuring hits of the 1970s and '80s. Bring a blanket or chair. Children's activities include rides on trackless train, spin art, more. Food available for purchase. In case of rain some activities will move indoors. Sponsored by Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture Department. Cornelius Town Hall lawn, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031 ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org.

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series:

"Avatar" (PG-13). 8:30 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21145 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

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