Lake Norman & Mooresville

New Year's Day, Zumba and more!

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Dec. 29

Storytime at Discovery Place KIDS:

Join Discovery Place KIDS for Storytime with a special "Animals in Winter" theme through Jan. 14. We will read "Time to Sleep" by Denise Fleming and "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Daily at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Free with museum admission. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplacekids.org. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org.

Discovery Place KIDS Puppet Show: Sammy Squirrel's Adventure:

Burrow down with the creatures of the forest for the winter and discover how animals survive during this cold season. The star of the show is the squirrel, with other featured characters including a rabbit, frog, chipmunk, possum and cardinal. 10:45 a.m. daily through Jan. 12 Free with museum admission. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org.

Trivia Night at The Wine Room:

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. Test your knowledge of trivia while sipping your favorite wine or cold beer in a casual and fun atmosphere. The winning team gets a free appetizer. Relax while giving your noggin a workout. 7:30 p.m. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Davidson vs. Princeton:

7 p.m. www.davidsonwildcats.com. at Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2000. www.davidson.edu.

Dec. 31

Celebrate 2011 on the Lake:

The Catawba Queen and the Lady of the Lake will both set sail on a New Year's dinner cruise, both complete with a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast. The Catawba Queen cruise is $75 a person and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The cruise departs at 9 p.m. and returns at 12:30 a.m. The Lady of the Lake is $175 a person and includes an upscale dinner buffet, cash bar, hotel room and transportation. The cruise departs at 9:30 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m. For reservations call 704-663-2628 or visit www.queenslanding.com.

Jan. 1

Rural Hill's First Footin':

Join the Scottish tradition of walking the property for luck in the New Year. The 2- to 3-mile stroll around the farm features history and folklore. A presentation of the story "Stone Soup" will begin at 12:30 p.m. For lunch, guests should bring a can or fresh vegetables for the soup, a dessert or bread and your own beverages. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Dress for the weather. 11 a.m. Free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

Jan. 2

Carolina Christmas Tour:

6 p.m. Jan. 2. $20. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. 704-455-3205. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Jan. 4

Zumba with Tonya:

Join Tonya for an hour of calorie-burning, easy-to-follow dance moves. No prior dance skills are required. Registration is required. Monthly sessions. 9:30 a.m. $40 for four-week session; $30 for three-week session; $50 for five-week session. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

Line Dancing with Mary:

Join Mary for this low-impact aerobic dance class for everyone. Dances are choreographed to funk, country and Broadway hits. Sessions run monthly. Registration is required. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays $40 for January or February; $50 for March. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

Oil Painting for Beginners to Advanced with Mary Crow:

Come learn the basics and learn how to paint like the pros. Material list supplied upon registration. 1 p.m. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

Intro To Acrylics For Kids with Cindy Cooper:

From butterflies and bugs to serious landscapes, this workshop is a great introduction to acrylic painting. Your budding artist will get a self esteem boost after transforming a blank canvas into a work of art. All supplies included. 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays $65. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.

Tai Chi:

Requiring only one meter of space, Tai Chi for the Living Room is designed to provide students with all of the benefits of other forms of Tai Chi If you've ever quit studying Tai Chi because you couldn't wait years to reap the fruits of your labor, then Tai Chi for the Living Room is for you. Monthly sessions. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays $75. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.

Adult/Family Kung Fu:

Think of the advantages of learning dutiful respect, proper discipline and appropriate self-confidence where size is not a limiting factor in performance or achievement. Kung Fu has been praised for centuries for its ability to develop people of all ages to gain a better understanding of their potential as their true abilities surface through the time-tested methods of self-awareness and self-defense. Sessions are run by the month. Registration is required. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays $75. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.

Tuesday Wine Tastings:

Every Tuesday The Wine Room hosts a fun, casual wine tasting. Five different wines are selected each week, predominantly red wines with a few white or sparkling curveballs thrown in now and then. Appetizer menu available for noshes. 7:30 p.m. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Jan. 5

Thai Yoga for Wellness:

This class begins with a series of flowing, invigorating yoga poses, moves into long and slow holds and is followed by a short meditation. Throughout the class, the instructor will physically assist students with gentle rocking movements, acupressure and other techniques to help students deepen their stretch and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Please bring a yoga mat and oversized blanket to class. Monthly sessions. 9:30 a.m. $40 January or February, $50 March. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

New Year, New You Coaching Group with Kim Bridi:

Join this action-oriented life coaching group and gain the accountability, support and structure needed. You will select a project or goal to work on throughout the six weeks. It's perfect for those who want to get organized, shift to a healthier lifestyle, go back to school or return to the workforce. Learn how to change limiting beliefs, establish positive habits and more. 10:30 a.m. $78. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo Encore:

Don Carlo falls in love with Elisabeth. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.

Italian Wine Tasting:

Try some truly excellent, but relatively inexpensive wines. The price for the event is $15, payable when you arrive, and in addition to the five wines served, a small individual appetizer tray with assorted goodies will be served for each participant.

The event is hosted by Mr. Ciro Marino. Ciro brings extensive knowledge & understanding of Italian wine making to the event, but not to the point where a wine novice feels overwhelmed. 7 p.m. monthly. $15. 704-987-5111. www.meetup.com/lake-norman-wine-group/venue/?eventId=12562441&popup=true&venueId=853989. Campania Cafe & Trattoria, 416 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-987-5111. www.campaniacafe.com.

Jan. 6

Watercolor with Jim Kerr:

The goal of this course will include: landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. Learn various techniques and applications. Sessions run monthly. 9 a.m. Thursdays through March 31. $80; $100 March. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

Adult Beginning Piano:

Have fun learning how to play the piano at Lessons On The Lake. The adult beginner will learn how to play familiar songs and learn basic music theory in this program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 24. $195. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org. Lessons on the Lake, 412 Armour St., Davidson.

Martial Arts Afternoons:

Tai Chi meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is required. "Tai Chi for the Living Room" requires one meter of space and is designed to provide all the benefits of other forms of Tai Chi, but in one-tenth the time and with one-tenth the frustration. If you've ever quit studying Tai Chi because you couldn't wait years to reap the fruits of your labor, then Tai Chi for the Living Room is for you. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Feb. 24. $75. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

Cornelius PARC Commission:

The Cornelius PARC Commission would like to invite people to attend and share views on parks, arts, recreation and culture in Cornelius. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. 5:30 p.m.today, Feb. 3 and March 3. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031 ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org.

Painting Outside the Box with Sanctuary of Davidson owner, Kristen Feighery:

Kristen offers this mixed media, decoupage and painting class in response to the many questions she receives about her work. In this class, Kristen will take one of her most popular pieces, Folk Art Decoupage Birds on Wood, and break it down step by step, teaching her own folk art technique. All materials included. 6 p.m.; 6 p.m. Jan. 13. $85. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.

Jan. 7

Blooming Artists Mommy and Me Class with Lori Burton:

Get ready to get messy with your toddler. During this four week class, former kindergarten teacher, Lori Burton will lead students in exploration of different art mediums and activities. Students will paint, stamp, color, and glue themselves silly. 9:30 a.m. today, Jan. 14, 21 and 28. $40. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

Acrylic Painting with Lino Azevedo:

Learn to use acrylics, one of the most versatile, easy to use painting mediums. Students of all levels will work on individual projects, learning techniques to get the results they want. 12 p.m. today, Jan. 14, 21 and 28. $75. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.

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