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LNWC program features fire boat
Wildlife lovers can spring into safety on Lake Norman with a talk by Capt. Greg Shaner of Cornelius-Lemly Fire and Rescue, operator of his department's fire boat, at the next free nature program sponsored by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. The program begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St. in downtown Mooresville.
The Cornelius Arts Center, a division of the Cornelius PARC Department offers new summer art programs designed specifically for high school students. These camps will allow students to work with professional artists to learn current trends in visual arts. These are perfect opportunities for high schools students to expand their portfolios or simply learn new art forms. Registration is available at www.cornelius.org/parc or by calling 704-892-6031, ext. 160. Camp scholarships are available for students who qualify for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools free or reduced lunch. Cornelius Art Center is at 19725 Oak Street in downtown Cornelius.
• Altered Bookmaking: Aug. 12-16, 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is Kim Henderson. Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others. • Digital SLR Photography: July 22-26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is Melissa Hickok. Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others.
• Digital Filmmaking: July 15-19 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is Nicole Driscoll. Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others.
• The Art of Printmaking: July 17-21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is Stephanie Gainer, Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others.
• Yoga, Meditation & Photography: July 24-28, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is Melissa Hickok. Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others.
• Mixed Media Sculpture: July 22-26, 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is Anna Ferrin. Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others.
• Fine Art Drawing: Aug. 5-9. 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Teaching artist is All Torres. Cost is $130 for Cornelius residents, $150 for all others.
• Ceramics: Weekdays throughout the summer, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades 6-11. Instruction provided by The Community Arts Project. cost is $155 for Cornelius residents, $175 for all others.
Historic Latta Plantation is at 5225 Sample Road off Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville. For more information, call 705-875-2312 or visit www.lattaplantation.org.
• Mini Pirate For a Day Camp: A one-day camp on Saturday, July 6 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children ages 5-7 can become pirates for a day. They will learn pirate terms, pirate history, go on a treasure hunt, play pirate games and receive a bandanna to keep. The cost is $25 per camper and pre-registration is required. Registration form is at www.lattaplantation.org/latta/images/minishiplog.pdf.
Big Band concert at Mt. Zion UMC
The Lake Norman Big Band will be in concert at 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius. The concert is part of the Cornelius Concert Series. The only concert in the series that requires a $5 admission fee, it is a fund-raiser to help cover costs of the series.
• Bowling night: Friday, March 8, 7-8:30 p.m. at Northcross Lanes for ages 18 and older. Cost is $10 for Huntersville and Cornelius residents, $15 for all others. Northcross Lanes is at 16317 Statesville Road in Huntersville.
• Special Needs AngelCare: Saturdays, March 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Bailey Road Recreation Center. Parents drop off their special needs child ages infant-16 for three hours of quality childcare. Special needs children and their siblings stay in a fun, safe environment with one-to-one volunteer care. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 for Cornelius or Huntersville residents, $10 for all others. Bailey Road Recreation Center is at 11900 Bailey Road at Bailey Middle School in Cornelius.
• Special Needs TOP Soccer: Registration is under way through Wednesday April 10, for TOP Soccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities organized by youth soccer association volunteers of North Meck Soccer Club. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability. The goal is to empower the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the U.S. Youth Soccer family.
The program is open to ages 5-16 and will be held Saturdays, April 13-May 18, at Richard Barry Memorial Park at 13707 Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville. There is no fee for residents of Cornelius and Huntersville, thanks to sponsorship by North Meck Soccer Club. Non-resident fee is $40.
Artist's reception with Monica Luck
An artist's reception with Monica Luck from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cornelius Arts Center. An exhibit of her work titled In Pieces is on display through March 22 at the center. In Pieces is a collection of personal and intricate mixed media works on canvas that explore significant moments of the artist's life.
Davidson College Symphony
A performance by the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 Pastorale and Dan Locklair's Hues for Orchestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall. There is no charge. For information, call 704-894-2848.
Davidson Parks and Recreation
All programs are held at the Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation office, 416 Armour St., unless otherwise specified. Register online at www.d-Recs.org or call 704-892-3349.
Davidson Senior Scholars
Formed to provide programs that stimulate continual intellectual and cultural growth, the Davidson Senior Scholars meetings features a lecture followed by question-and-answer session. The speakers are experts in their fields and may include Davidson college professors, local physicians, and business professionals. Programs are free. Visit www.d-recs.org for an updated listing of speakers.
On Wednesday, March 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., "A Few of the World's Fascinating Places" with Margot Leydic-Boyd, whose travels to 60 countries and work in regional planning and organizational development have given her a unique perspective on diverse places and people. She will share photos and stories. Leydic-Boyd defines "fascinating places" as areas of the world which have diverse landscapes, populations and religions, as well as interesting, if not tumultuous, histories. Her program will cover South America, Europe, Africa and Asia including the geography, history, and cultures of each of the four continents. No charge to attend.
Family Fun Days at the Lake
Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-noon at the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve. A limited number of kayaks, canoes and/or paddleboards will be available for use. Life jackets also available but limited. No cost.
• Mystery Dinner Theater: The Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, About Town Tours and Armin's Catering present mystery dinner theater, Murder Most Green, at the Historic Beaver Dam Saturday, March 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Appetizers, dinner buffet and dessert will be served with entertainment provided by a mystery dinner theater performance.
The St. Patrick's Day murder mystery takes place in the City of Blarney at to a party to honor Patrick Flaherty, owner of Flaherty's True Green Plant Nursery. Flaherty died after a get-together that celebrated the nursery's centennial. Instead of having a party, dinner guests will be attending his wake and are invited to become investigators and help the detective figure out the mystery.
The menu includes hors d'oeuvres, corned beef, parsley potatoes, green beans and desert. Cash bar available. Cost is $68 per person for Davidson residents, $73 for all others, which includes dinner, theater and gratuity. Historic Beaver Dam is at 19600 Davidson-Concord Road.
• Watercolor with Jim Kerr: Thursdays, March 7-21, 9 a.m.-noon. Students will be provided with a roadmap to successful watercolor painting that includes landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. Learn various techniques and applications. Cost is $66 for Davidson residents, $71 for all others.
• Sushi 101 at Sabi Asian Bistro: Saturday, March 9, 2-4 p.m. Sabi Asian Bistro manager Ken Song will teach the basics of sushi. Learn the difference between types of sushi, how to select sushi-grade fish, where to buy ingredients, how to make rice, and how to make two different kinds of basic rolls. Cost is $22 for Davidson residents, $25 for all others. For ages 15 and older.
• Creating Products from Essential Oils: Friday, March 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for healing and preservation. Class provides recipes for effective, non-toxic insect repellant, therapeutic bath salts and reed diffuser blends. Cost is $55 for Davidson residents, $60 for all others and includes all necessary materials.
• Hands-On Cooking Series: Sunday, March 17, 2-4:30 p.m. at Wooden Stone Gallery. Beginners or accomplished cooks will prepare dishes, then sit down and enjoy their meal with a glass of wine. Theme is "French Bistro" and menu includes Pissaladière (Provencal onion tart), Frisée salad on a bed of roasted beets with lemon-walnut vinaigrette, bouillabaisse, coq au vin (chicken with red wine), steak au poivre with cognac sauce, and tarte tatin. Cost is $65 for Davidson residents, $70 for all others. For ages 18 and older. Wooden Stone Gallery is at 445 S. Main St. in Davidson.
• Planning Your Spring or Summer Vegetable Garden: Wednesday, March 20, 9:30-11 a.m. Don Rosenberg, owner of Instant Organic Garden and author of No Green Thumb Required! Organic Family Gardening Made Easy returns for this ever popular class on organic gardening. Learn to plan, build, plant and manage a fall garden that can feed two adults all year long with no digging, tilling or weeding. Cost is $10 for Davidson residents, $13 for all others. and $5 can be applied toward the purchase of Rosenberg's book. For ages 16 and older.
Health and Fitness
• Tai Chi with Joe Higgins: Mondays, March 4-April 29, 10-11 a.m. Class focuses on Yang style, the most practiced Tai Chi style around the world, using gentle, flowing movements to provide fitness and health benefits and a "moving meditation" to bring body, mind and spirit into harmony. Suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to learn or revisit Yang style Tai Chi. Cost is $56 for Davidson residents, $61 for all others.
• Youth Fencing: Wednesdays, March 13-April 17, 5-6 p.m. at Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St. Join the Charlotte Fencing Academy to learn about the sport of fencing. This program is designed for beginner level students and will teach the fundamentals of the fencing weapon known as the foil. Students will learn basic footwork, blade work and tactics. Proper athletic gear (T-shirt, sweat pants or athletic shorts, athletic shoes) should be worn. Cost is $105 for Davidson residents, $120 for all others.
Help conservationists count birds
Birding expert Taylor Piephoff will describe how to participate in the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count at the next free nature program sponsored by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Youth Services Room of Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St. in downtown Mooresville. Piephoff is active in the Mecklenburg County Audubon Society Chapter.
Davidson College Jazz Ensemble
At 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center. A program of jazz standards and improvisation by the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble in collaboration with special guest artist Adam Snow. No cost to attend. For information call 704-894-2848.