Lake Norman & Mooresville

Happening nearby: Lake Norman, July 27, 2016

Learn how and what herbs to use medicinally as well as learn how to make tinctures, syrups, teas and vinegars using garden plants or dried herbs on July 31 in Statesville.
Learn how and what herbs to use medicinally as well as learn how to make tinctures, syrups, teas and vinegars using garden plants or dried herbs on July 31 in Statesville. Observer file photo

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Theater

‘Legally Blonde – The Musical’:

“Legally Blonde - The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. $10-$12. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 8 p.m. July 29. 2 p.m. July 31.

Special events

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’:

Movies @ McGuire featuring “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Free. Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Roadd, Huntersville. 704-875-5600. 8:30-11:30 p.m. July 29.

Carolina Raptor Center - Eats, Beaks and Brews!:

Join us at Carolina Raptor center for a night out with food trucks, live music, beer and wine tasting, more. $8 in advance, $10 at door, free for younger than 21. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 6-8 p.m. July 28.

Medicine Making: Medicinals From the Kitchen:

Now is the time to prepare and stock your winter apothecary. In this class you will learn how and what herbs to use medicinally as well as learn how to make tinctures, syrups, teas and vinegars using garden plants or dried herbs purchased from a reliable source. You also will learn what herbal remedies to use for many common ailments. The handout will include detailed instructions with directions and background information about common herbs. Take home samples to start your herbal apothecary. Delicious herbal tea and treats will be served. $45. Mills Garden Herb Farm, 732 Mills Garden Road, Statesville. 704-873-3361. millsgardenherbfarm.com. 2-5 p.m. July 31.

Talks & Meetings

E-Commerce Group meeting:

E-Commerce Group meetings bring together online entrepreneurs to share best practices, strategies, tips, tricks, software and platforms in the ever changing e-commerce environment. Free. Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-1922. www.lakenormanchamber.org. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. July 27.

Seeds of the Story summer workshop for writers age 9 to 14:

Charlotte Writers’ Club North will host a workshop for aspiring writers. Lisa Williams Kline, author of eight novels for young people, will lead the workshop. Special guest Kathleen Burkinshaw will share the writing process for her debut middle-grade release, “The Last Cherry Blossom.” The workshop, designed for ages 9 to 14, will address how writers use seeds from personal and family experiences for stories and will feature fun and interactive writing activities. Registration is $25. Email Lisa Kline at lisa.williams.kline@gmail.com to pay by check, or register online at www.charlottewritersclub.org/cwc_north to use a credit card via PayPal. Information about Charlotte Writers’ Club and Charlotte Writers’ Club North is available at www.charlottewritersclub.org.charlottewritersclub.org. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com. 1 p.m. July 28.

Events for seniors

WAM Walking Club:

Join a fun walking club called WAM – Walk a Mile – for socialization and improved health. Walking locations vary so you’ll never get bored. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water and a snack. A walking stick is suggested but not required. There is a restroom available on each walking route. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9:30-10:30 a.m. July 27 and Aug. 3.

Summer Salad Social With Entertainment:

Summer is a great time to make salads: fruit, pasta, tossed greens and more. Bring your favorite salad for a time of fellowship and entertainment courtesy of “Larry’s Singing Show.” Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. Noon-1 p.m. July 29.

Summer Dance:

Enjoy food, fun, fellowship. Everyone is invited to the festivities regardless of whether you dance or not. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 5:30-8 p.m. July 29.

Need to Improve Your Balance?:

Tai chi is designed to improve balance, increase range of motion, circulation and leg strength, as well as decrease arthritic pain. Mike Gentile, a certified physical trainer, AF instructor and reiki master, teaches every Monday from 11 a.m.-noon for advanced students and 12:15-1:15 p.m. for beginners. $6. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. Aug. 1.

Volunteer Advocacy Opportunities:

The Senior Center encourages all seniors to join the Senior Round Table meeting held 3 p.m. the first Monday of every month to help make Mooresville more senior friendly. A big part of what the group does is to advocate for change. Currently, they are advocating for affordable housing for seniors and improving the Mooresville on Main transportation system. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 1.

Nature

Live Animal Feeding:

Join others for this brief program as Reedy Creek’s staff members feed a few of the animals. Whether a snake, turtle, toad or lizard, it will surely be a cool experience. Staff will be on-hand to answers your questions as well. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2-2:30 p.m. July 28.

Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake:

Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of this habitat to wildlife and human life. Meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center. Time on water is about one and a half hours. $15 single; $20 tandem. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. July 28.

Nature Story Corner:

Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 1.

Survival: Shelter Building:

If you find yourself stranded in the mountains, you have 72 hours for rescue. Building a proper shelter is your first need. Learn how to build a quick and dirty debris hut that will keep you warm and help you survive. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 2.

Gardens

Cocktails & Gardens:

Celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion. Enjoy a cash bar and more than 4 acres of gardens and grounds to stroll. No reservations required. Bring your friends and enjoy. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com. 5-8 p.m. July 27.

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