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Oyster Fest draws 400: More than 400 patrons enjoyed oysters, shrimp, barbecue and burgers at the recent Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists sixth annual Oyster & Shrimp Fest at LangTree Lake Norman.

Proceeds will help the organization build osprey nesting platforms, fish attractors, heron rookeries and to help educate residents about local wildlife.

LangTree Lake Norman, a new mixed-use development that established wildlife-friendly planning in its design, received a Certified Wildlife Habitat certificate from the conservationists group. The development features a boardwalk that will eventually reach three miles with interpretive signs on wildlife and native plants. Volunteers also have installed bird nesting boxes at the site.

Mooresville resident Julie Higgie, a LNWC charter member, was honored with the Jerry L. Barrows Osprey Award.

The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists are led by President Billy Wilson of Mooresville, Vice President Sid Smith of Cornelius, Treasurer Don West of Sherrills Ford and Secretary Julie Higgie.

Serenity House gift: Carolina Comfort Coalition’s Serenity House of Mooresville and Huntersville recently received a $10,000 Be The Miracle gift awarded by the Mooresville chapter of 100 Women Who Care.

Based on Regina Brett’s bestselling novel “Be the Miracle,” the 100 Women Who Care group meets quarterly to learn about the mission and needs of local nonprofit organizations. Three group members pitch their favorite charity and answer questions about the organization’s needs. After a group vote, each member contributes $100 to the winning nonprofit.

Serenity House serves the uninsured with compassionate end-of-life care in a homelike setting. The homes in Mooresville and Huntersville operate through private donations and do not accept insurance or Medicare. The average patient receives $18,000 in donated care.

Serenity House will host its Black and White Fundraising Gala Oct. 3 at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in downtown Mooresville. For more information about tickets, volunteering or house tours, call 704-660-2004 in Mooresville or 704-727-0555 in Huntersville.

Artoberfest: Mooresville Arts will sponsor its annual juried art show, Artoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 31 at Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Ave. in Mooresville. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

An opening reception and awards presentation will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10. Awards will be given at 6:30 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories, with separate awards given to artwork made with Speedball Art Products. Based in Statesville, Speedball Art Products sponsors Artoberfest.

For more information, visit or call 704-663-6661.

Republican Women host barbecue: The North Mecklenburg Republican Women will host its sixth annual Pig Pickin’ and Politickin’ Event at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd. in Cornelius. Registration begins at 5 p.m.

U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis and other Republican candidates from Mecklenburg County will attend the barbecue dinner.

Cost is $25 per person in cash or by check. To make a reservation, email or call 704-591-3238. For more information, visit NMRW on Facebook or go to

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 preregister by Oct. 2.

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 contact Mindi Stoner at 704-892-6031, ext. 192 or

Jam for Cam: The third annual Jam for Cam musical event will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Harvey’s, 19707 Liverpool Parkway in Cornelius.

Sarah Clanton, who blends infectious energy with a honeyed voice, a cello and her sharp wit, will headline the concert with special guest electro-indie rock singer-songwriter Justin Cross. Proceeds benefit the Lake Norman National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Jam for Cam honors the late Cameron Shelton, a UNC Charlotte student who had schizophrenia and wanted the community to know people living with mental illness need help and hope.

Admission is a $10 donation to Lake Norman National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Art fair at LangTree: Mooresville Arts and LangTree Lake Norman will sponsor a juried Fine Arts Fair 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

The Art Fair will feature quality works by artists from the greater Lake Norman and Mooresville area. Patrons can meet artists, see their creations and visit more than 20 shops and restaurants at LangTree Lake Norman.

Four-class reunion meeting: East Lincoln High School will hold a reunion meeting for its first four graduating classes – the Classes of 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 – 3-6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Webbs Chapel Methodist Church, 4640 Webbs Chapel Road in Denver.

Classmates will gather to remember the formation of the new high school and to discuss 50th anniversary plans. Participants should bring a finger food to share. Drinks including tea, water and soda will be provided.

Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit

Virtual world for teens: Davidson LifeLine invites all adults to a “Follow Us Into Our Virtual World” information session 7-8:30 Oct. 7 at the Davidson United Methodist Church Chapel, 304 S. Main St.

Davidson LifeLine’s high school leadership team will guide adults into the virtual world of middle school and high school students. Area high school teens will provide adults with personal perspective and insight into social media and how it affects them.

Topics include an overview of the most commonly used social media platforms, privacy settings and security measures and parent-teen relationships with regard to social media. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Started in September 2012 after an increase in suicide rates, Davidson LifeLine is a citizen-led group that includes mental health professionals, students, parents, veterans, older adults, educators, members of the faith community and other citizens.

For more information, contact Lynn Hennighausen at 704-906-3736 or or visit

Parks and greenways: The town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department is updating its comprehensive parks and greenways master plan. The 10-year-old plan is out of date due to unprecedented growth in the area.

Citizen input is welcome at a community workshop 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

For information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 160 or visit

ReadDavidson: ReadDavidson will kick off its 2014 season with “One Second After” by New York Times bestselling author William Forstchen. Set in Black Mountain, the book tells the story of what happens in a college town after an electro-magnetic pulse debilitates the region.

The annual townwide reading initiative that started in 2007 is a partnership between the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books and the Town of Davidson.

ReadDavidson events, which are free and open to the public, include:

Book discussion with Community School of Davidson ninth-graders: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10, 404 Armour St.

Emergency Preparedness and Survival Panel: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Davidson Behavioral Health Hospital, N.C. 73. Panelists include Chief Jeanne Miller of the Davidson Police Department; Ken Morris, vice president for corporate safety at CHS; and Zeke Haslam of Duke Energy.

Book discussion with Davidson College Psychology Professor Cole Barton: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Davidson Public Library Community Room.

Lecture and book signing with author William Forstchen: 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Lake Norman Christian School auditorium, 251 South St.

For more information, visit, sign up for the ReadDavidson eCrier at or follow ReadDavidson on Facebook.

Learn about bond referendum: The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has voted to put a proposal for a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. If approved by voters, it is expected to bring in approximately $35 million in additional revenue to the county.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools would receive 80 percent of the revenue. Other beneficiaries are Central Piedmont Community College, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Arts & Science Council.

A community meeting on the upcoming bond referendum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. in Cornelius. Representatives from CMS, the library and the Arts & Science Council will answer questions.


iPad workshop: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host an iPad Advanced Informational Workshop 3-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd. in Mooresville.

John McCann will lead the free workshop focused on apps, navigation tips and tricks. The public is welcome.

For more information, visit

Breast cancer awareness events: Fifi’s Fine Resale in Cornelius will host a series of October events in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which supports breast cancer patients with little or no financial means.

A cocktail reception will kick off the October events 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Fifi’s Fine Resale, 20601-A Torrence Chapel Road in the Fresh Market Center in Cornelius. Activities include a silent auction, bra pong, Digging for a Cure and the ever-popular Bling Your Bra. A portion of sales will go to the Foundation.

Festivities will close at 9 a.m. Nov. 4 at Fifi’s when a check and gift cards are presented to the Pretty in Pink Foundation.

Fifi’s hopes to raise $5,000 for the Pretty in Pink Foundation. Last year’s monthlong event collected $7,500 to provide 50 mammograms for women in need.

For more information, visit or

Business leaders attend D.C. conference: Leaders of the Lake Norman and Mooresville chambers of commerce, Visit Lake Norman and the Lake Norman Economic Development Corp. recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and attend the 2014 North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit.

Hosted by 11 members of Congress, the summit has been held annually since 2000.

The Lake Norman delegation met with Rep. Robert Pittenger and Rep. Virginia Foxx and attended a panel discussion with members of Congress; NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd; Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; and Christopher Lu, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Sen. Kay Hagan and Sen. Richard Burr also addressed the delegation.

Edward Jones office opens: Thomas Venzen, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, recently opened an office at 975 N. Main St. in downtown Mooresville. He was formerly located in Cornelius.

A Mooresvile-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

Prior to joining Edward Jones, Thomas served in the U.S. Army for 12 years in Washington, D.C., in one of the premier musical organizations. He performed at the White House and for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI. Venzen continues to serve in the Army Reserve.

Venzen holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Louisville, a doctorate in music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University.

Contact Venzen at 704-662-3818 or email


Youth basketball: Registration for Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball will run Oct. 1-26 at or in person at Cornelius Town Hall or the Davidson Parks & Recreation office.

The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18. Players who are 18 must be enrolled in and attending high school to be eligible.

Cost is $60 residents and $90 nonresidents for ages 5-6, $75 residents and $105 nonresidents for older divisions. Financial assistance is available on a limited basis.

Players will be divided by gender and age. Skill assessment days will be held Nov. 4-8. Practice begins Dec. 1 and Saturday games start Dec. 13. All participants will receive a jersey and participation award.

Volunteer coaches, timers and scorekeepers are needed, along with team sponsors. For more information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 160 or 704-892-3349 or visit

Compiled by Leigh Pressley