Gold lights raise cancer awareness: Thanks to a Davidson mom’s passionate plea, the Wells Fargo Duke Energy Center illuminated its building in gold lights on Sept. 12 for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.
Eileen O’Flaherty, whose son was diagnosed with a brain tumor four years ago, got the idea to ask for the center to “Go Gold” after she read about a similar project in New York City.
O’Flaherty learned about the need to spread awareness about pediatric cancer after her son, Griffin Lynch, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September 2010 at age 17.
Lynch showed classic signs of pediatric cancer, including fatigue, unexplained weight loss, headaches and early morning vomiting, but was misdiagnosed several times. An earlier diagnosis may have meant less complex surgery, fewer side effects and a reduced chance for vision loss.
According to the American Cancer Society, one child in every 285 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before age 20. Yet only 1 percent of American Cancer Society funding and 4 percent of National Cancer Institute funding goes to pediatric cancer projects.
Much of the scientific funding comes from private fundraising organizations, often led by parents of cancer patients.
Hope House fundraiser: The Hope House Foundation will present a Cowboy Hoedown 6:30-11 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius.
The event features live music by national recording artist Tony Bailey, dancing, food, and live and silent auctions.
Cost is $85 per person or $150 per couple. All proceeds benefit Lake Norman’s Hope House Foundation.
For more information, visit www.HopeHouseFoundation.org.
Local farms tour: Know Your Farms and the N.C. Cooperative Extension will host the seventh Know Your Farms Tour noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 27-28.
The self-guided event features 13 local farms in five counties. Participants can visit to make farm-to-fork connections and discover sources for fresh, healthy food in the greater Charlotte area.
Fruit and vegetable growers, livestock producers, an ostrich farm and an alpaca farms are included. More than half of the tour stops are first-time farms on the tour. Other activities include hayrides, learning about animals and bees, picking pumpkins and participating in chores. Food and other farm products will be sold.
Tickets are $25 per vehicle in advance, $30 per vehicle on the day of the tour. Current and retired military with ID get in free. To purchase advance tickets and plan your route, visit www.knowyourfarmstour.com/farms.
Rotary golf tournament: The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg will hold its annual charity golf tournament Oct. 1 at Larkin Golf Club, formerly known as Fox Den, in Statesville. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. A dinner for registered golfers will follow the tournament.
Entry cost is $100 per golfer or $400 for a foursome. Register by Sept. 26 at www.northmeckrotary.org.
Proceeds will benefit Barium Springs Home for Children, a safe place for abused and neglected children that provides group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs.
For more information, contact Don Carney at 704-576-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg meets at noon Wednesdays at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius. For information, visit www.northmeckrotary.org.
“Dixie Swim Club” takes stage: Davidson Community Players will present “Dixie Swim Club” at 8 p.m. Oct. 2-4, Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., in Davidson.
Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and $12 students.
The show follows five Southern women who met on their college swim team and who gather for a long weekend every summer to recharge those relationships. As their lives unfold and the years pass, the women increasingly rely on each other to get through life’s challenges.
“Dixie Swim Club” was written by Jessie Jones, Nicolas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Sylvia Schnople will direct the play full of Southern sass and charm.
Tickets are available through the box office at 704-892-7953 or at www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
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 www.cornelius.org/parc or call Mindi Stoner at 704-892-6031, ext. 192.
Meet author Paul Leonard: Davidson resident and author Paul Leonard will read from his work at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Davidson Public Library, 119 S. Main St. in Davidson.
“When the Spirit Moves” is a lyrical collection of poems, essays, litanies and stories about family, friends and even pets that explores how faith, trust, love and commitment can lead us to live more meaningful lives. A graduate of Davidson College, Leonard also is the author of “Music of 1000 Hammers,” “Inside Habitat for Humanity” and “Where is Church?”
A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the program. Free appetizers and beverages will be served.
Registration is recommended but not required. For information, call 704-416-4000 or visit www.cmlibrary.org/programs.
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 health care and will lead a Community Walk in downtown Mooresville.
More than 80 health-related vendors will be set up, and free health screenings, including blood pressure, BMI and glucose and lipid profiles, will be offered.
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 health care coverage to residents of Iredell County who have no other health care options.
For more information, visit www.harmonyinhealth.org.
Christian college fair: Trinity Baptist Church in Mooresville will host a Christian College Fair 3-5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church, 221 Ervin Road in Mooresville.
Colleges from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee will showcase their schools for interested students and parents. Sessions will be held to meet with representatives from various schools.
Participating colleges are Anderson University, Campbell University, Carson-Newman University, Charleston Southern University, Emmanuel College, Gardner-Webb University, Montreat College and Southern Wesleyan University.
A reception will follow the college fair. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/TBCCollegeFair.
Taste for the Land: Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Corps will present Taste for the Land 6-10 p.m. Oct. 23 at Dressler’s Restaurant, 1100 Metropolitan Ave. in Charlotte.
The festive fall evening will celebrate local farms, food and bluegrass music. The Helms Family Bluegrass Band will perform, along with The Moonshine Racers and River Rats on the patio overlooking the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.
Tickets are $75 per person, $130 per couple. Admission is free for Catawba Corps and Catawba Society members. Advance registration is required by Oct. 21. Proceeds benefit the Catawba Lands Conservancy.
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.
For more information, visit www.rescueranch.com/special-events or www.hopeforthewarriors.org/runtheranch2014.
Business and Careers
Assisted living job fair: Emeritus at Churchill will host an Assisted Living/Memory Care Job Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at 140 Carriage Club Drive in Mooresville.
Certified nurse assistant and medical technicians are needed. For more information, call 704-658-1200 or email email@example.com.
Realty company celebrates: Lake Norman Realty’s Denver office will host its fourth annual Community Appreciation Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at 1818 N.C. 16 North in Denver.
The free event features a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, hotdogs, popcorn, a clown, face painting, colored hair spray, prize giveaways and free parking.
For more information, visit www.LakeNormanRealty.com.
The Maids opens franchise: Lloyd and Katie Somers of Denver recently opened a franchise of The Maids, a home cleaning service that specializes in cleaning for health. The new office is at 278 N.C. 16 North in Denver and serves Denver, Mooresville, Davidson, Troutman, Stanley, Sherrills Ford, Terrell, Mountain Island Lake and northern Lake Wylie.
Features of the cleaning service include a 22-step deep cleaning system with environmentally preferable products and equipment such as backpack vacuums with HEPA filters. Four-member cleaning teams perform the service.
For more information about The Maids of Three Lakes, call 704-996-1705 or visit www.maids.com.
“Keenagers” tour historic home:
The “Keenagers,” a group of age 50+ parishioners from Huntersville United Methodist Church, recently visited the Historic Hugh Torrance House and Store in Huntersville.
The group meets for fun and fellowship at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Field trips to nearby places of interest are scheduled, along with potluck lunches and Dutch-treat meals at various restaurants.
Overcome fear of falling: The North Mecklenburg Senior Center will offer A Matter of Balance, a free workshop for seniors who want to overcome the fear of falling, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Sept. 24-Oct. 17 at 16601 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville.
Participants will learn to control falls, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce the risks of falls at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.
To register, call 704-875-1270.
Wellness fair: The North Mecklenburg Senior Center will host its Seventh Annual Wellness Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at 16601 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville.
The event will feature senior-oriented health care vendors, free screenings, flu and pneumonia shots, healthy snacks and door prizes. Participants are encouraged to bring food items to donate to the Angels and Sparrows Food Kitchen.
For more information, call 704-875-1270.
Senior fit club: The town of Cornelius will offer a Senior Fit Club for adults ages 55 and older this fall. The fitness classes meet 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 30 at Dogwood CrossFit Studio, 20121 N. Main St. beside Food Lion in downtown Cornelius.
Over six weeks, seniors learn low-impact movements and functional exercises designed to increase muscular strength and enhance mobility, flexibility and balance.
Cost is $65 residents, $75 non-residents. For more information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031, ext. 160 or www.cornelius.org/parc.
Baseball: The Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department and Cornelius PARC Department will offer a baseball program for special needs children this fall. Participants will socialize with teammates while learning and improving skills such as catching, throwing, fielding and hitting.
Special Needs Baseball is open to children ages 5-17. Sessions are held 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 4-25 at Legion Park, 21214 Legion St. Cost is $25 residents, $30 non-residents.
For more information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
New PiYo class offered: PiYo, a new class combining cardio exercise, yoga, Pilates, strength training, core work and stretching, will be offered through the Cornelius PARC Department.
Certified PiYo instructor Heather Watkins will lead the class 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 21-Dec. 2 at Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road. Cost is $70 residents, $80 non-residents.
A free trial class will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at JV Washam Recreation Center, 9611 Westmoreland Road. No pre-registration is necessary.
For information, visit www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.
Organ donations: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for increasing the number of eye, organ and tissue donors in the United States.
Lake Norman Regional and LifeShare of the Carolinas worked together on outreach efforts and communication to highlight the critical need for more organ donors. The hospital received a silver medal for its annual Donate Life flag raising ceremony, which is held each April.
The hospital also conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients and visitors on the need for more organ donors.
Lake Norman Regional is one of 10 hospitals in southwest North Carolina to receive the honor.
Surgical weight loss seminar: The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman will host a free educational seminar “Understanding Surgical Weight Loss” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in its office in the Medical Pavilion at Lake Norman, 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 303, in Mooresville.
Additional sessions will be offered 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 27 in the same office.
Dr. Ryan Heider, medical director of The Center for Surgical Weight Loss, will explain the procedures and processes from initial consultation to post-op nutritional counseling.
To register or for more information, call 888-995-6762 or visit www.lnrmcsurgicalweightloss.com.
Dementia program: Dr. Andrew Gross, a neurologist with First in Flight Neurology, will speak on “Dementia: Diagnosis, Stages and Treatments” 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in Community Rooms A and B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
Part of the hospital’s Senior Circle program, the session will also include an opportunity to ask questions. Senior Circle programs are held 3-4:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the same location.
To register or reserve a space, call 888-995-6762 or contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or Mitzie.McCurdy@hma.com.
Cancer support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a Cancer Support Group at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 14 in Community Rooms A and B. The free group meets the second Tuesday of each month to provide education and support to cancer survivors and their families.
Lunch is included. For more information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or Mitzie.McCurdy@hma.com.
Knee pain and injuries: The Orthopedic & Spine Center of Lake Norman will host a free seminar, “Treatment of Knee Pain & Injuries,” 6-7 p.m. Oct. 14 in Community Room B at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
Dr. David Hillsgrove, an orthopedic surgeon with Northshore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center, will present the program and answer questions.
For more information, call 888-995-6762 or visit www.lnrmcorthopedic.com.
Diabetes support group: The Diabetes Support Group will meet noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Burlington Room at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Mooresville.
Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month and provide education and support to those living with Type 2 diabetes and their families. Registration is not required.
For more information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or Mitzie.McCurdy@hma.com. Compiled by Leigh Pressley