Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run is presented by the Lake Norman-based African Children's Project, a 501(c)(3) organization run 100 percent by volunteers to benefit children who have been orphaned as a direct result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. For more information on the African Children's Project visit, http://africanchildrensproject.org/. For more details about the event, call 704-598-7884 or visit www.irunwild.org.
Pitch, Hit and Run
The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition will be held Saturday, April 28, at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. For ages 7-14, registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and the competition begins at 4. There is no fee to participate.
Pitch, Hit & Run is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of baseball and softball competition. Boys and girls will have the opportunity to compete and be awarded separately in four age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Age is determined as of July 17, 2012. All participants must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate for age verification.
The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, as well as the all-around champion in each age group at the local competition, will be awarded and invited to advance to the Sectional competition. Winners will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
Regardless of a player's preference, PHR guidelines require that all boys participating will use a baseball and follow the baseball guidelines, and girls will use a softball and follow the softball guidelines. For more information, visit www.mlb.com/phr. In the event of inclement weather, call the Cornelius PARC hotline at 704-896-2460, ext. 290.
Duplicate Bridge Club
The Lake Norman Duplicate Bridge Club is offering classes in beginning bridge every Tuesday through June 26. The class is for beginning bridge players or those currently playing who want a better understanding of basic bridge bidding and playing.
Cost is $9 per class, held at Cornelius Town Hall (21445 Catawba Avenue) every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. In addition, supervised play sessions will be held on Monday afternoons through the summer months. Sessions begin every Monday at 1:15 p.m., and begin with a 30-minute lesson, and then progress to bridge play. Local experts will help with bidding and play in order to provide a fun learning experience. Cost is $6 per week.
Throughout the year, the Lake Norman Duplicate Bridge Club conducts classes and playing sessions. Regular duplicate bridge games are held twice weekly: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., includes two games (an open game and a newcomer game); and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. (open game).
Day of Service
In coordination with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will host "Day of Service 2012: Serving our Communities — One Family at a Time" on Saturday, April 28.
Walk from Obesity
The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman and T. Ryan Heider, bariatric medical director, will host the first Walk from Obesity Saturday, April 28. On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the new Cornelius Road Park in Mooresville.
The Walk from Obesity is the only national event in which individuals affected by obesity come together to walk and raise awareness of obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity. The event raises money for funding research, increasing education, raising awareness of obesity, conducting advocacy, eliminating stigma and supporting community initiatives. The first-year fundraising goal is $10,000.
Power Squadron boating classes
The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron has released its 2012 Boater Safety Class schedule of four class dates, along with an additional free navigation class.
Last year, the Power Squadron graduated more than 220 students for the second consecutive year, and has been recognized by the United States Power Squadrons for its service to the community. Education Officer Bob Yannacci of the LNSPS expects, as a result of a tragic injury last year involving a rental boat operated by an inexperienced boater, that all Lake Norman law enforcement will be taking a closer look at all vessel operators in 2012 to make sure that they are in compliance with current state boating laws.
Class sessions hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $45, which includes student manual and lunch, along with a free UPSP six-month trial membership for graduates. Register online at www.usps.org/lakenorman.In addition to the four boater safety classes, the Power Squadron will also hold a free navigation class on Saturday, Sept. 15, for 2012 graduates who wish to continue learning boating skills.
Remaining class schedule includes:
• Saturday, June 2, at Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department, 1577 Mecklenburg Highway in Mooresville.
• Saturday, July 14, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St. in Cornelius.
• Saturday, Aug. 18, at Duke Energy Environmental Center, McGuire Nuclear Station Road in Huntersville.
Rotary Club wine cruise
The Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville will hold its third annual Spring Wine Cruise Thursday, May 3, at the Peninsula Yacht Club. Boarding of the Yachta, Yachta, Yachta begins at 5:30 p.m. for the 6-9 p.m. sailing. Free parking is available within the designated area of the Peninsula Yacht Club.
Along with the Lake Norman cruise, attendees will be treated to a spread of hors d'oeuvres and a wine tasting. Cash bar will also be available for beer, cordials and non-alcoholic drinks. The club will also sell raffle tickets during the cruise for an opportunity to win an assortment of prizes, including restaurant gift certificates.
"This event is one of our most successful events and will be quick to sellout," says Karla Combs, club president.
Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's scholarship programs. During the last several years, the Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville has contributed more than $250,000 to local charities including the Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, the Hope House Foundation, Ada Jenkins Center, USO of North Carolina-Charlotte, Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen, the American Red Cross, and Rotary International's primary focus of End Polio Now. This year's wine cruise beneficiary is Rotary's Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders, a three-day youth leadership experience which is 100 percent funded by the Rotary Clubs of Rotary District 7680. A portion of the proceeds will also go to college scholarships for local high school students.
Tickets cost $40 per person, $70 per couple or $140 for a four-pack. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.lakenormanrotary.org/WineCruise/Event_Facts.htm.
New Beginnings Singles Club
Davidson Toastmasters is an organization that provides its members an opportunity to learn and practice public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, comfortable environment. Experienced professionals and beginning speakers alike can benefit from a practical, face-to-face learning program that includes weekly club meetings, training seminars and speech contests. Each meeting provides an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches and offering constructive evaluation. New members are welcome, and meetings are held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., in Cornelius.
Historic Latta Plantation
Historic Latta Plantation offers several themed summer day camps for children. This year, in addition to its regular camps, Latta is offering three different Farm Camps for ages 4-17. These camps provide an interactive experience for children as they get up close and personal with animals. The historic site is nestled in the 1,342-acre Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, making it an ideal location for summer camp fun. The camps include:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road off Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, free for ages 5 and younger. For information and registration, call 704-875-2312.
Cornelius Branch Library
21105 Catawba Ave., 704-416-3800, www.cmlibrary.org
• Global Café: Fridays at 10 a.m. Learn about America's history and culture while improving your English conversational skills. No registration necessary.
• Learn, Quest, Play- Wii: Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking have never been so much fun. Join your peers to develop your skills and engage with the library on a whole new level.
• Baby Story Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Babies experience brain stimulation through language and socialization. New sights and sounds are shared with a parent/caregiver through books, songs, and rhymes. Registration is required.
• Toddler Story Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and discover the fun of books. Explore letters, sounds, and new words through stories and activities. Registration is required.
• Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and pre-reading skills. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Registration is required.
119 S. Main St., 704-416-4000, www.cmlibrary.org
• Paws to Read: Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Children boost confidence and reading skills by reading to a certified therapy dog.
• Spanish for Kids: Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. Children will learn the basics of the Spanish language through songs, stories and hands-on activities. Special emphasis is placed on language development and repetition.
• Preschool Story Time: Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and pre-reading skills. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.
• Toddler Story Time: Fridays at 11 a.m. Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and discover the fun of books. Explore letters, sounds and new words through stories and activities.
North County Regional
16500 Holly Crest Lane In Huntersville, 704-416-6000, www.cmlibrary.org
• Writing Workshop for Teens — Your Life in Print: Mondays at 6 p.m. A writing workshop series that is designed to teach teens the fundamentals of how to write memoir through fun and inspiring exercises.
• Challenge Tuesday: Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Every Tuesday afternoon in the Teen Lounge. There will be a new challenge to complete: an activity, game or puzzle.
• Baby Story Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Babies experience brain stimulation through language and socialization. New sights and sounds are shared with a parent/caregiver through books, songs, and rhyme. Call 704-416-6031 for registration.
• Drop in Family Story Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children and adults will engage with books and activities that encourage language and pre-reading skills. Hear stories, sing songs and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. All ages welcome.
• Warm Up Your Muscles — Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Stay fit with active songs and exercise. Bring workout clothes. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and pre-reading skills. Hear stories, sing songs and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.
• Toddler Story Time: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and discover the fun of books. Explore letters, sounds, and new words through stories and activities. Registration required by calling 704-416-6031.
• Just For Me — Preschool Story Time: Thursdays at 11 a.m. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and pre-reading skills. Hear stories, sing songs and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This story time is kids only, parents may leave their child as long as they remain on the children's floor.
• eReader Training Workshop for Your Kindle: Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Learn how to borrow eBooks from your Kindle. Bring your device or questions and learn how to find, check out and download books from our digital collection. Registration required.
• eReader Training Workshop for Your Nook: Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Learn how to borrow eBooks from your Nook. Bring your device or questions and learn how to find, check out and download books from our digital collection. Registration required.
Galleries and Exhibits
• Art Exhibitions: Art exhibitions by senior class studio art majors Taylor Thomas, Sara Claire Chambless, Rachel Means, Lauren Kamperman, Brendan Schamu and Cristina Casal. The artists will exhibit their work for a week at a time in the Smith Gallery of the Belk Visual Arts Center through May 4. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. For information call 704-894-2575.
Bay-area ensemble at St. Alban's
The Sitka Trio, an ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay area, will be joined by cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, theorbo and guitar player William Simms, and lute and guitar player Dan Smith for the next Music at St. Alban's concert Sunday, May 6, at St. Alban's Epispocal Church in Davidson.
The trio is composed of Shira Kammen on vielle and violin, Letitia Berlin on recorders and douçaine, and Frances Blaker on recorders. The larger Sitka ensemble's mission is to explore music from many centuries, from both the traditional folk and classical repertories. Medieval works stand alongside Baroque compositions; Renaissance composers next to new voices from the 20th and 21st centuries.
A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.
Community Chorus sings Italian-style
The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus will hold its first performance of the year, Bella Notte, May 18-20 at Huntersville United Methodist Church. It is billed as "a musical celebration of Italy-American style."
Performances will be held at May 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and May 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50, and admission includes coffee and dessert. Tables of eight can be reserved. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://NMCchorus.org/home/tickets.
• Jazz Combo and Sax Quartet Concert: Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2848.
Lectures and events open to the public at Davidson College
North Mecklenburg Senior Center
16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville
Annual discount card reduces cost of programs that carry fees. Discount card costs $52 per person, $90 per couple.
• SPICE Lectures Free and open to the community. Snacks and beverages available for a time of socialization after the lecture, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Register by calling 704-875-1270. Walk-ins always welcome.
Friday, April 27 — Lester Pool of Lowe's Home Improvement. Learn the latest in plants, what flowers are new for this year, and how to keep those aphids off your roses.
• Gentle Yoga: Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Appropriate for ages 55 and older, experienced or beginners. Those who prefer to use a chair are welcome. Work on stress relief, balance, ROM and breath. Bring a yoga mat and a large bath or beach towel or small blanket to each class, and an eye bag if you have one. Fee is $32 per month, $16 with discount card.
• Greeting Cards and Paper Folding Techniques: Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Make your own greeting cards using a variety of paper folding techniques under the expert instruction of Beverly Terry. Fee is $10.00 per person and that includes all materials to make four projects. Pre-pay and pre-register by calling 704-875-1270.
• Tai Chi Class with Mike Gentile: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration requested. The first six weeks are free of charge.
• Knit/Crochet Club: Mondays at 1 p.m. The club is making prayer shawls, lap robes and baby hats to be donated to local charities. All levels of experience welcome. Instruction available. Bring your own needles and materials if you have them. No fee.
• Happy Feet Walking Club: Meets at Jetton Park Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Waterfront Hall. All levels of walkers are welcome. The paved walking trail is 1.4 miles long. Walk once, twice, or as many times as you want. Call 704-875-1270 for more information. No fee.
• Easy Does It Strength Training Class: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. Keep bones and your muscles strong using hand weights and exercise tubes. Improve flexibility, blood pressure, range of motion, bone density and posture. This class is on-going. Newcomers welcome. Fee is $32 per month, $16 with discount card.
• Tai Chi: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Hut at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius. Join Tai Chi Instructor Mike Gentile as he leads Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi, recommended for all older adults. Benefits include increased balance, coordination, and strength, all of which greatly benefit older adults. Class also offered Wednesdays, at the Senior Center. Fee is $30 per month, $25 with discount card.
• Bingo: Tuesdays at 1 p.m Two cards is the limit and donation of $2 per person is requested.
• Hand and Foot Card Game: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. A card game based on Canasta that is easy to learn and very addictive. Fee is $2 per day, free with discount card.
• Pinochle: Thursdays at 11 a.m. Fee is $2 per day, free with discount card.
• Mexican Train: First and third Thursdays of each month at 10 a.m. Bring your lunch. Fee is $2 per day, free with discount card.
• Bid Whist: Thursdays and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Fee is $2 per day, free with discount card.
• Line Dance Class: Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Class is for persons of all abilities who want to enjoy a good time of dancing for exercise and fun. Fee is $20 per month, $10 with discount card.
• Lunch at Tenders Fresh Food: Every third Wednesday of each month between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Have lunch and benefit the Senior Center at the same time. A percentage of all the proceeds is donated to the Center.
Must pre-registration and payment required by calling 704-875-1270. Cost for each class is $20, $10 with discount card.
• Ask The Computer Expert: Computer instructor Bruce Terrill will address individual questions Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the center for a free 30-minute appointment.
Sutch puts on one-man show
A professional actor and director on sabbatical from his duties as a faculty member in the theatre arts department at Davidson College is preparing for a one-man production this spring. Mark Sutch will self-produce a one-man play, Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences, at two area venues in May. The play concerns an idiosyncratic Dutch librarian's mad quest for the man who returned a book 113 years overdue, venturing into deep and ultimately moving examinations of love, faith and whether we can actually make a mark on the world.
This is his first involvement in a one-man show — he is the actor, director and producer. Sutch, 38, came to Davidson in 2006 as a visiting professor and is now a full-time, tenured professor.
His play will be performed for one weekend each at Carolina Actors' Studio Theatre in the NoDa district of Charlotte, and the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius. Performances at the Carolina Actors Studio Theater, at 2424 N. Davidson St., will be held May 17-19 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m.; and at The Warehouse, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Suite A, May 24-26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at $10 each. For more information, visit www.underneathcharlotte.squarespace.com.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation
For program registration or more information, call 704-766-2220 or visit www.huntersville.org.
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.
• Line Dance with Mary: Tuesdays, May 1-29, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dances are choreographed to funk, country and Broadway hits. Cost is $40 for Davidson residents, $44 for all others.
• Zumba with Tonya Reber: Tuesdays, May 1-29, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Zumba incorporates motivating Latin-inspired music with body sculpting, fat burning and total body toning that will help burn calories while improving flexibility and muscle tone. No prior dance skills are required. Cost is $50 for Davidson residents, $55 for all others.
• Pilates with Stacey Barnet: Wednesdays, May 2-30, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Focus on core stability and flexibility while strengthening and lengthening muscles. Bring your own mat to class. Cost is $50 for Davidson residents, $55 for all others.
• Pilates with Props with Sandra McQueen: Wednesdays, May 2-30, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Improve core strength and back discomfort with a traditional Pilates mat class enhanced by Bender Balls, Therabands and Magic Circles. Individual attention provided to all participants. Modifications provided for all levels of students, beginners through advanced. Students should bring personal yoga mats, however theinstructor can provide several to beginners. Cost is $45 for Davidson residents, $49 for all others.
• Zumba Gold with Sandra McQueen: Wednesdays, May 2-30, 10-11 a.m. Zumba Gold provides all the fitness benefits of a regular Zumba class but at low impact and a slightly slower pace. Class is appropriate for beginning Zumba students, those needing low impact and older active adults 55 and older. Cost is $40 for Davidson residents, $44 for all others.
• Zumba/Zumba Toning with Karren: Wednesdays, May 2-30, 5:30-6:30 p.m. An exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning fitness dance. Instructor will provide the toning sticks, which add extra dimension to the workout. Cost is $50 for Davidson residents, $55 for all others. For ages 12 and older.
• Yoga with Stacey Barnet: Thursdays, May 3-31, 6-7 p.m. Integrate mind, body and spirit with a challenging blend of balance, strength and flexibility. Bring yoga mat to class. Blocks and straps are optional but encouraged. Cost is $50 for Davidson residents, $55 for all others.
• Cardio Dance with Tonya: Fridays, May 4-25, 8:45-9:45 a.m. An exhilarating, heart-pumping workout that combines cardio moves, dance and body sculpting for a slimmer, trimmer body. No dance experience is required. Cost is $40 for Davidson residents, $44 for all others.
• Functional Stretch and Strengthen: Wednesdays, May 2-30, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Whether you are a senior, boomer, new to exercise or recovering from injury or surgery, this class will improve balance, flexibility and functional mobility for everyday tasks and ease back pain. Add safe strength training with light weights, bands and yoga balls for confidence you need to be successful in fitness. A chair component may be included for participants who have limited mobility. Bring your own mat. Cost is $40 for Davidson residents, $44 for all others.
• Restorative Yoga with Jennifer Phelps: Thursdays, May 3-31. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Class is designed for those looking to improve their health and wellness as well as work on flexibility, stability and balance while discovering the transformative power of deep relaxation. This class centers on the use of breathing, while moving through a series of poses designed to heal both mind and body. Cost is $50 for Davidson residents, $55 for all others.
• Boot Camp with Frank Giancarli: Saturdays, May 5-26, 9-10 a.m., on the Town Green for ages 16 and older. For avid fitness enthusiasts looking for a program that will motivate and define their body from head to toe. From core work, body weight training to high intensity intervals, this program will tax every major muscle group. Cost is $40 for Davidson residents, $44 for all others.
• Movement and Story Time: Fridays, May 4-25, 10-10:45 a.m. Class is designed for girls and boys ages 3-5. Each class will incorporate movement, counting, singing, make-believe and story time. Overall emphasis is placed on having fun while developing coordination, balance, rhythm, and musical expression. Props will be incorporate into the class to add excitement, imagination and foster creativity. Cost is $40 for Davidson residents, $44 for all others.
• 50+ Coffee Club: Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Drop in to meet old and new friends. Coffee, games, newspapers and pastries provided. No registration required and there is no fee.
• Watercolor with Jim Kerr: Thursdays, May 3-31, 9 a.m.-noon. Course provides students with a road map to successful watercolor painting which will include landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. Learn various techniques and applications. Cost is $110 for Davidson residents, $115 for all others.
For event registration or more information, call 704-896-2460, ext. 160, or visit www.corneliuspr.org.
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
171 Fairview Road, Mooresville
• Joint replacement seminars: Free Orthopedic Patient Education classes hosted by The Orthopedic & Spine Center of Lake Norman will be held in Community Room B at Lake Norman Regional on the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. First Tuesdays sessions will offer information about total knee replacement; second Tuesdays total hip replacement; and third Tuesdays total shoulder replacement.
• Diabetes Support Group: Meets on the fourth Monday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Burlington Room at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in downtown Mooresville. The Diabetes Support Group is a free program open to everyone and provides education and support to diabetics and their families. Registration is not required. For more information, call Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859.
• Stroke Support Group: Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center in Mooresville. The Stroke Support Group is a free program open to everyone and provides education and support to stroke victims and their families. Registration is not required. For more information, call Mitzie McCurdy at 704-660-4859.
• Knee replacement seminars: Informational seminars about new technology for painful osteoarthritis of the knee, MAKOplasty, that is now offered at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, are held twice each month. James P. McDonald, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Northshore Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Mooresville and medical director of The Orthopedic & Spine Center of Lake Norman, and David C. Hillsgrove, MD, also an orthopedic surgeon with Northshore Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, will present the new technology in free public seminars the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The seminars will be held at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Community Rooms A and B. The hospital is at Exit 33 off I-77 in Mooresville.