Lake Norman & Mooresville


Holiday shopping: More than 250 arts and crafts vendors will be featured at the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at the Mill 1-6 p.m. Nov. 23 at Merino’s, 500 S. Main St., Mooresville.

Photos with Santa, inflatables, face painting, food trucks, hot chocolate stands, caroling and a tree lighting also are planned. The Mooresville Middle School Choir will perform at 4 p.m.

Admission is free. For information, call 706-870-2270 or visit Main Street Events at the Mill on Facebook.

Holiday gala at Davidson: Davidson College will hold its second Holiday Gala with music, dance and merriment at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 in the Duke Family Performance Hall. The event is open to the public.

The college’s Music Department will present the family friendly program with a variety of choral, theatrical and dance groups. Featured performers are the Young Voices of the Carolinas, Dance Davidson, Davidson Community Players and WDAV’s Frank Dominguez as narrator of the finale. Hand bells, theater skits and a sing-along also are planned.

The Holiday Gala also serves as the unofficial opening of the town’s “Christmas in Davidson” festivities Dec. 4-6.

Gala tickets range from $5 to $20 and may be purchased online at or by phone at 704-894-2135.

North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club: The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville.

The evening begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the annual Red, White & Green auction. Guests do not need to bring a gift to be auctioned or raffled. Visitors and potential members are welcome to attend.

For information, contact Dawn Bradford at or visit

Pancakes with Santa: The Rotary Club of Troutman will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Troutman Elementary School.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage. Music will be provided by South Iredell High and Troutman Middle School students. Boxes will be available for donations of toys and nonperishable food.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for children under 6. Proceeds benefit South Yadkin Baptist Association “Toy Store for Jesus” and other children in the community.

For information, call 828-310-3082 or visit or

Celtic instrumentalist performs: Master Celtic instrumentalist Robin Bullock will kick off the Christmas season with a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road in Mooresville.

Bullock will present carols and hymns spanning more than 600 years and will celebrate the season with selections on guitar, cittern, mandolin and piano. A wine and cheese reception will be held during intermission.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. Proceeds benefit the church’s community outreach programs.

For information, visit or call 704-663-5659.

Parks and greenway plan: Cornelius citizens are encouraged to attend a community workshop on updates to the town’s comprehensive parks and greenways master plan 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Citizen input will help create a vision for the Cornelius park system over the next decade. For more information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 160 or visit

Nutcracker Remixed: More than 200 students from the Community School of Davidson will present “The Nutcracker: Remixed” at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Lake Norman High School.

With remixes of Tchaikovsky’s original score for “The Nutcracker” ballet, students will present hip hop, piano and big band versions of the songs along with new choreography. Middle school students in the 90-minute show have rehearsed more than 100 hours outside of school in addition to 20 hours a week in school for three months.

Advance tickets are $7 and are available via Tickets at the door are $10.

Players announce new season: Davidson Community Players will celebrate its 50th year of producing high quality local theater with a 2015 season that features a mix of intimate shows and a Broadway blockbuster.

The Main Stage season lineup includes:

• “Ordinary People,” Feb. 26-March 15, Armour Street Theatre.

• “Chicago,” June 18-27, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

• “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” July 16-26, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

• “Don’t Cry For Me Margaret Mitchell,” Oct. 1-18, Armour Street Theatre.

• “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 3-20, Armour Street Theatre.

The Connie Company, the Players’ youth division, will feature:

• “Rumplestilskin,” Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Davidson Day School Theatre.

• “Alice in Wonderland,” April 17-26, Armour Street Theatre.

• “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Nov. 6-15, Armour Street Theatre.

Season tickets for the full Main Stage lineup are $95 adults. A Pick 3 season ticket for adults is $63. Connie Company season tickets are $25 for any age. Season tickets are available through the box office at 704-892-7953 or online at

Special needs holiday celebration: The Special Needs Program at the Cornelius PARC Department will show its appreciation for volunteers at its Youth Holiday Celebration noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.

Refreshments, crafts, games and a visit from Santa are planned at the open house.

For information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 162 or visit

Winter exhibition: Mooresville Arts will present the 2015 Winter Exhibition Jan. 30-Feb. 26 at the Depot Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville.

Artists age 18 and older may submit up to three entries for the juried show. Submissions will be accepted 1-5 p.m. Jan. 16-17. Entry fee is $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers.

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


Breast cancer awareness: For the second consecutive year, Fifi’s Fine Resale in Cornelius hosted a series of October events in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s beneficiary was the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which supports breast cancer patients with little or no financial means.

On Oct. 2, Fifi’s sponsored a cocktail reception and silent auction that featured Digging for a Cure and the popular Bling Your Bra events. Bra Pong was held at the store throughout the month. A portion of October sales also went to the Foundation.

Owner Julia Austin presented a $5,000 check to Beth Medlock of the Pretty in Pink Foundation on Nov. 4.

Fifi’s Fine Resale is located at 20601-A Torrence Chapel Road in the Fresh Market Center in Cornelius.,

McCanless named general counsel: Lowe’s Companies Inc. recently announced that Ross “Bill” McCanless will join the company as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, effective Jan. 12.

He replaces Gaither Keener, who will retire from the company after 30 years of service.

McCanless returns to Lowe’s top legal role, a position he held from 2003 to 2006, after serving as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for Extended Stay America and ESH Hospitality.

McCanless has served in a number of executive management positions with Delhaize/Food Lion, including SVP, general counsel, secretary and chief administrative officer. He served as Delhaize America’s president and CEO from 1999 to 2002 and as CEO of the Food Lion subsidiary during the same tenure. Prior to corporate work, McCanless spent seven years in private practice in Salisbury.

McCanless holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UNC Charlotte and a juris doctorate from Wake Forest University.

Women’s network holiday meeting: The Mooresville-South Iredell Professional Women’s Network will hold its Holiday Meeting 8-9:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville.

The annual holiday party will include networking and a Secret Santa swap. Members and guests are encouraged to bring the best $5 gift for the exchange. Gifts should be wrapped and ready to exchange. Breakfast will be provided by Subway and Springhill Suites.

Admission is $5 at the door. Visitors are welcome to attend. For information, contact Sylvia at 704-664-3898 or

Holiday bazaar: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a free Holiday Bazaar 2-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.

Displays of gifts, crafts, food, wine, art and more will be featured. The bazaar also is held in conjunction with the Downtown Mooresville Holiday Happenings with wagon rides, visits with Santa and many shops, galleries and eateries open for shopping.

For information, call 704-664-3898 or visit


Senior Circle holiday social: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host a Senior Circle Holiday Social 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the hospital’s Community Rooms A and B. Refreshments, games and prizes are planned.

Devoted to the health and wellness of seniors, Senior Circle program meetings are held 3-4:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in Community Rooms A and B unless otherwise announced. The public is welcome.

For information, visit or contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

Stroke support group: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Support Group will meet 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the War Memorial building, 220 N. Maple St. in Mooresville.

The free program is open to everyone and provides education and support to stroke victims and their families. Registration is not required.

For more information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

Diabetes support group: A Diabetes Support Group will meet noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Burlington Room at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Mooresville.

Meetings are held at the same time and in the same location on the fourth Monday of every month. The free program provides education and support to those living with Type 2 diabetes and their families. Registration is not required.

For information, contact Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859 or

Compiled by Leigh Pressley