Lake Norman & Mooresville


Mud run and fall festival: Hope for the Warriors and Rescue Ranch will host the first “Run the Ranch” Mud Run 8-11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Rescue Ranch in Statesville.

The two nonprofit organizations will sponsor the 5K mud run for runners looking for a fun experience in a less intense environment.

The event also kicks off the Rescue Ranch Fall Festival, a family friendly day filled with animal presentations, bounce houses, crafts, fall portraits, hay rides and more. Participants and their families can enjoy the fun following the run.

Online registration is $30; race day registration is $40.

Hope for the Warriors is a national nonprofit organization assisting post- 9/11 service members and their families. Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours that promote humane education through hands-on learning.;

Habitat homes: Our Towns Habitat for Humanity and the town of Mooresville recently partnered to complete four new homes in Burke Crossings.

A dedication ceremony was held Sept. 7 for new Habitat homeowners to accept keys to their new homes. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will build a total of 21 single family, sustainable, energy efficient 2- to 4-bedroom homes arranged around green spaces and gardens.

Mooresville native and artist Selma Burke inspired the name Burke Crossings. Her art will be reflected in the neighborhood with a memorial wall, gardens and open spaces.

Concert series returns: Grammy and Indie award-winning Al Petteway and Amy White will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as part of the Saint Patrick’s Solas Leighis Concert Series.

The Asheville-based duo play an original blend of Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion and vocals.

Tickets at the door are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. A wine and cheese reception will be held during intermission.

St. Patrick’s is located at 201 Fairview Road in Mooresville. 704-663-5659;

Fall art classes: The Cornelius Arts Center will begin fall classes for adults and youth Sept. 15-Nov. 8.

Available classes for adults are watercolor painting, figural drawing, drawing techniques, arts and crafts for seniors, guitar, photography, oil painting, ceramics and first time jewelry making.

For youth, classes include pre-K art, MineCraft Legos, guitar, fun with clay, create like the masters, mixed media art, Frozen art, Despicable art, parent and child arts and crafts, creativity for homeschoolers, art basics for teens and more.

The Cornelius Arts Center is at 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823.

Tea and silent auction: The Iredell County Extension and Community Association will hold a Membership Tea and Silent Auction at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Agricultural Resources Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville.

The public is invited to learn more about the work of ECA, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening families and the community through education and service. Refreshments will be served.

Visitors can browse and bid on crafts, household goods and other items. Proceeds go to the Iredell County ECA scholarship fund.


Fill the Boot campaign: The Davidson Fire Department raised $2,975 during its Fill the Boot campaign Aug. 23. Proceeds support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The MDA will use the Davidson Fire Department’s donation to fund research, send two children to summer camp and pay for one therapy session, one support group session and five flu shots for local children dealing with muscular dystrophy.

All American Dog Show: Furry friend registration for the 14th Annual All American Dog Show 5-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Bailey Road Park Track and Field is now ongoing.

Pet owners are encouraged to avoid lines on the day of the event and pre-register.

Pet-related businesses and organizations also are invited to participate in dog show. Last year’s event drew more than 600 participants and 100 dogs competing in fun categories. Pet-related businesses and organizations can display and sell their products and services. Space is limited to the first 30 registered vendors.

For an application, visit or call Mindi Stoner at 704-892-6031, ext. 192.

Digital magazine access: The Mooresville Public Library recently announced unlimited access to digital magazines through Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand.

Patrons can read more than 50 magazines, including National Geographic, Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan through

Zinio’s technology recreates magazine page-for-page and offers key word article searches and interactive elements such as audio and video.

For information, visit the reference desk or go to

Book bag drive a success: The North Mecklenberg Women’s Club and NorthStone Country Club members recently collected more than 150 book bags filled with school supplies for Caterpillar Ministry students who mainly live in the Huntington Green mobile home park. Many of these families do not have food or running water.

The North Mecklenberg Women’s Club holds monthly meetings at NorthStone Club. Club officials offered to serve as a collection point and asked members to donate as well.

Exhibit focuses on tea: The Cornelius Arts Center will present “Alchemy of Tea” featuring a group of national artists inspired by tea through Nov. 1. The unique collection of work focuses on tea as a medium and a muse.

Featured artists are Barbara Bartlett, Bridget Conn, Elizabeth Alexander, Jennifer Coyne-Qudeen, Mari Omori and Rodney Thompson.

The Cornelius Arts Center is located at 19725 Oat St. in Cornelius. For more information, call 704-896-8823.

Tennis championships return: The North Carolina Tennis Association recently awarded the 18+ State Championships for 2015 and 2016 to Lake Norman.

More than 1,500 of the top 18 and over competitors from across the state will compete in a four-day tournament June 11-14, 2015 and June 9-12, 2016.

The Lake Norman Tennis Association and Visit Lake Norman have hosted the 18 and over and 40 and over state championships the past two years, respectively.

The 2013 event generated an estimated $911,200 in economic impact.

Business and Careers

Board members nominated: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recently announced nominations for its Board of Directors for the Class of 2017.

Nominees are Tanya Blackmon, president of Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center; Tim Gause, region director, government and community relations for Duke Energy; Mike Murphy, co-director, OnLine Marketing and Consulting; Sharon Simpson, publisher, Lake Norman Currents; Laura Temple, general counsel, Champion Tire and Wheel; and Tamara Williams, dean, Central Piedmont Community College, Merancas Campus.

Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the Board of Directors meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 704-892-1922 or visit

Diversity awards breakfast: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual Champions of Diversity Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Birkdale Pavilion.

Awards will be presented for Lifetime Achievement and to small and large businesses that have demonstrated commitment to a diverse workplace.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award are John Foster, Patsy Wilson, Claudia Hiller, Dave Yochum, Harry Blue, Lynne Hinton and Babette Stewart.

In the small business category, the finalists include Lake Norman Woman Magazine and Sam James Funeral Home. The large business finalists are Champion Tire & Wheel and Curtis Screw Company.

For information or to register to attend, visit or call 704-892-1922.

Shop Charlotte bus tour: Fifi’s of Lake Norman will present the Second Annual Shop Charlotte Bus Tour 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27.

For $30, guests will be chauffeured to 13 area boutiques to shop and enjoy lunch, a swag bag and discounts.

Participating retailers are Fifi’s of Lake Norman, Avalilly’s, Emleigh’s and Mama B’s, The Boulevard at Southend, Shu, Cheeky Bean of SouthPark and J.T. Posh. Several popup boutiques also are included, such as Fancy Friday, Teal House Collection, Stella & Dot, Mag Soul Shop, SM Collections and Erin McDermott Jewelry. Lunch will be provided.

Tickets are available at For more information, contact Jennifer Malone at or call 704-892-7070.

Apple orchard open: The Carrigan Farms Apple Orchard is now open for apple picking, hay rides and fresh apple cider.

On weekdays, guests can walk to the grove to fill their apple bags. Weekend guests can enjoy apple picking hayrides to visit animals, fill a half-peck bag of apples and drink complimentary apple cider.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Weekend hayrides leave every 45 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Pick-your-own prices are $7 for a half-peck bag and $20 for a half-bushel bag. Hayride tours are $10 and include a half-peck bag of apples from the orchard.

The orchard is at 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway in Mooresville. For more information, visit


Dr. Oz visits Mooresville: Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the “Dr. Oz Show,” will visit HealthReach Community Clinic in Mooresville on Oct. 9 as part of the Harmony in Health event. Oz will discuss healthy living and the importance of accessing healthcare and will lead a Community Walk in downtown Mooresville.

Other events include a middle and high school student celebration, an educational Health Fair and a Black Tie Event at Trump National Golf Club to benefit HealthReach Community Clinic.

The free clinic provides healthcare coverage to residents of Iredell County who have no other healthcare options.

For information, visit

Nurses honored: Three nurses at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center recently won the prestigious DAISY Award from the DAISY Foundation.

Winners were Myrtha Hyppolite and Hannah Trapp of the Orthopedics, Neurology and Spine department and Cindy Pickett of Women’s Services.

Each quarter, nurses are nominated by hospital associates, visitors and patients and selected for outstanding performance by Lake Norman Regional’s Nursing Leadership Council and Nursing Administration.

Wellness Fair: The North Mecklenburg Senior Center will sponsor the seventh annual Wellness Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at 16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

Sponsored by Novant Health, the fair will feature many senior oriented healthcare vendors, free screenings, flu and pneumonia shots, healthy snacks and door prizes. Activities are geared to those 55 and older, but all residents are invited.

Participants are encouraged to bring food items to donate to Angels and Sparrows Food Kitchen.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley