To purchase tickets, visit www.hopehousefoundation.org. The Hope House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization created to serve the growing needs of homeless women and women with children in the Lake Norman area by providing services and support in a comfortable suburban home environment in Huntersville. To learn more about Hope House and to become a friend to its mission, visit the website or call 704-992-1902.
Cruise for critters on Lake Norman
The second annual Amazing Critter Cruise will set sale from Queens Landing in Mooresville Saturday, June 16, at noon. The three-hour event, sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, supports the goal of getting families outdoors to understand and enjoy the wildlife that calls Lake Norman home.
The tour costs $20 per person and includes a pizza/pasta buffet, a narrated tour of the lake by the Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation, and a live animal program by Zootastic. A cash bar will be available. Boarding will begin at 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited and must be paid in advance by check written to LNWC and mailed to P.O. Box 4296, Mooresville, NC 28117. Call 704-877-4788 for more information. LNWC is a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation. Queens Landing is at 1459 River Highway.
A big show for Big Band
The Lake Norman Big Band is the premier big band in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area. It is a non-profit musical arts organization formed by all-volunteer musicians. Its 20 members and perform the full spectrum of jazz music from the 1920s to present day. They play selections from Dixieland, swing, bebop, Latin, jazz-rock fusion and pop genres. The concert will take place in the church's Family Life Center. Mt. Zion UMC is at 18600 Zion St. in Cornelius.
Senior Centers Golf Classic
The 2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers (CMSC) Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 18, at Pine Island Country Club near Mount Holly. Proceeds from the event will help CMSC meet its commitment to continue to provide programs and services to more than 4,000 older adults each year at their four locations in Mecklenburg County, including the North Mecklenburg Senior Center in Huntersville.
Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9. Awards luncheon will follow play. Costs is $125 per person, which includes cart and green fees, use of locker room, practice facility and range balls, breakfast and lunch, awards and prizes, special drawing, and on-course contests. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Since its founding in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers, a United Way Agency, has operated from four locations throughout the county. For more information, contact CMSC at 704-522-6222, or visit its Web site at www.cmcharlotteseniorcenters.org.
Outdoor movies in Huntersville
Movies In The Park Huntersville returns this summer with more free entertainment featuring popular family movies displayed on a 20x25-foot outdoor screen with a concert-grade sound system. All movie nights will be held at the soccer fields at the back of North Mecklenburg Park.
Radiant Life Fellowship will provide the movie, drinks, popcorn and more. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, arrive early for pre-movie entertainment and give-a-ways, and interact with a variety of local businesses. The park opens at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Movies are subject to availability.
Scheduled movies include:
• Friday, June 1 — The Muppets.
• Friday, Sept. 7 — Kung Fu Panda 2.
North Mecklenburg Park is at 16131 Old Statesville Road. For more information, visit http://moviesintheparkhuntersville.com or call 704-464-2400.
Duplicate Bridge Club
The Lake Norman Duplicate Bridge Club offers 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 Ave.) 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).
Power Squadron boating classes
The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron is offering boating safety classes through the summer. Class are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 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.
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.
Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road in Huntersville. For more information, call 704-337-2672 or visit www.discoveryplacekids.org.
The Five Senses
The May theme will encourage children to step into the worlds of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Throughout May, explore how the five senses are important to observing the world around you. Following are events scheduled for the remainder of the month. All events are free with museum admission. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville also offers art throughout the day, as well as daily puppet shows, science shows, story time and more. Visit www.discoveryplacekids.org for the most recent schedule and daily events.
• Tantalizing Taste Buds: Thursday, May 24, 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. Investigate your taste buds and discover how we taste different foods.
• Scratch and Sniff: Tuesday, May 29, 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. Sniff out how your nose helps you recognize what you are smelling, plus make a scratch and sniff picture.
Portrait: Wednesday, May 30, 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. Express yourself by capturing your own reflection in an art masterpiece.
• Cloud Characters: Thursday, May 31, 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m. Drift away in the garden with and observe the sky and see where the clouds take you. Talk about what you see and draw your observations.
Each Friday features themed activities around the museum that last throughout the day. Fun Fridays at Discovery Place KIDS during May 2012 include:
• May 25 – Detective Day: Use all your senses and become a detective for a day. Learn how to fingerprint, and use your eyes to look for clues and solve a mystery.
16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville
Annual discount card reduces cost of programs that carry fees. Discount card costs $52 per person, $90 per couple.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 a 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 the final weekend of his one-man production. Mark Sutch is self-producing a one-man play, Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences. 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.
Following a weekend run at Carolina Actors' Studio Theatre in the NoDa district of Charlotte last weekend, remaining shows are set for 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.
• 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.
For event registration or more information, call 704-896-2460, ext. 160, or visit www.corneliuspr.org.
• The Couch-to-5K: For ages 18 and older, the six-week program will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4-July 18, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. at Bailey Middle School Track, located at 11900 Bailey Road in Cornelius. Learn the proper warm-up techniques using a dynamic warm-up. Each participant will be put through a running workout that will progress toward being able to run a 5K. Participants will also be instructed on proper stretches for quicker recovery after the workout. This program is designed for beginning runners.
Jeff Heal, owner or Fitness Together in Cornelius and Davidson, will be lead the class. Cost is $40 for Cornelius residents, $48 for all others. Register online at http://www.cornelius.org/parc/recreation/couch-to-5k-running-plan or in person at Cornelius Town Hall. For more information , call 704-892-6031, ext. 160, visit the website.
• Boot Camp: For ages 18 and older, the six-week program will be held Saturdays, June 9-July 17, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Bailey Middle School Track, located at 11900 Bailey Road in Cornelius. Instructor Jeff Heal, owner of Fitness Together in Cornelius and Davidson, will lead students reach their fitness goals.
Cost is $40 for Cornelius residents, $48 for all others. register at http://www.cornelius.org/parc/recreation/boot-camp or in person at Cornelius Town Hall. For more information , call 704-892-6031, ext. 160, visit the website.
• Swing Dance: Wednesdays, June 6-July 18, at Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road in Cornelius. Classes for beginner and intermediate dancers. Learn the fundamentals of East Coast Swing instructed by Richard Kipe, member of the Charlotte Swing Dance Society. Class for beginners is 6:15-7:30 p.m., intermediates 7:30-8:45 p.m. Cost is $50 for Cornelius residents, $58 for all others. For ages 16 and older. Register in person at Cornelius Town Hall or at http://www.cornelius.org/parc/recreation/swing-dance. For more information, call the 704-892-6031, ext. 160.
• Stand-up Paddle Boarding: For ages 12 and older, learn to paddle board on Lake Norman in a safe and controlled environment with experienced and certified paddle instructors. Participants will use top quality, new equipment. Wear a bathing suit and bring a towel. All lessons are instructed by My Aloha Paddle Sports & Fitness of Cornelius. One-day sessions are June 1, 15 or 29. Classes will meet at My Aloha Paddle Sports at 18441 Nantz Road at 1:20 p.m., then travel to Ramsey Creek Park for the class, which from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per session for Cornelius residents, $53 for all others. Register at http://www.cornelius.org/parc/recreation/stand-up-paddleboarding or in person at Cornelius Town Hall. For more information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 161.