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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:01

National Night Out comes to Lake Norman

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, thousands of communities across the country will come together for the 33rd annual National Night Out Against Crime, an opportunity to meet local public safety officers and stand together to promote safety, awareness and neighborhood unity. Our Lake Norman area towns are in on the fun as well. Here’s what they have planned.

Cornelius

The Cornelius Police and Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) departments will host its event  from 6 to 8 p.m., at Smithville Community Park, 19710 S. Ferry St. It will include free food, children’s activities, Dunkin’ Donuts Dunk-a-Cop tank, spring-free trampoline and more. Meet local law enforcement officers and explore police vehicles, a fire truck and other emergency vehicles. There will also be a school supply drive.

Davidson

The Davidson Police Department will celebrate with the community from 5 to 7 p.m., at the field at Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St. The event is free and open to the public and parking will be available.

Covered seating will be available and activities will include a dunking booth, face painting, bounce house and more for children. Crime prevention groups in attendance will include North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers, Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, MEDIC, Mental Health Association, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Communications, Safe Alliance, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Davidson Fire Department and CharMeck Alerts.

Huntersville

The Huntersville Police Department will host its National Night Out celebration at the Northcross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road. Secondary sites include Waymer Park at 14200 Holbrooks Road, and the Huntington Green community at 12000 Tuscaloosa Road.

The event is free, and has a heavy emphasis on community and youth-based programs as well as anti-crime efforts.

Mooresville

National Night Out events in Mooresville will start at 5 p.m., in downtown along North Main Street. Also participating with the Mooresville Police Department will be the Mooresville Fire Department, the Iredell Sheriff’s Department and a number of local businesses. Admission is free, and tickets for a Ninetnedo gaming system raffle as well as drawings for bicycles will be available for purchase the night of the event. Participants must be present to win.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Solar eclipse enthusiasts are invited next month to join Davidson College astrophysics professor Kristen Thompson when World of Wonder (WOW) hosts “Great American Solar Eclipse 2017 — What to Expect When the Daytime Sky Goes Dark.”

On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., WOW (a nature discovery program for children with their families) will offer a free nature outing to learn about the total solar eclipse that will happen Monday, Aug. 21. It will include a brief indoor presentation, followed by a trip outside to observe the sun through solar telescopes.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:49

Annual photo contest awards top prizes

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Winners have been announced in the annual Mooresville Arts photography exhibit and contest held earlier this month.

Richard Evans, Richard Ippolito and Lucy Randall were first place winners, and received their awards Friday, July 14, at the Mooresville Arts Gallery on West Center Street.

Second place winners were Kevin Combs, Gina Riccaradeli and Jennifer Brown.  Placing third were Sarah Johnson, Martha-Marie Crespo and Megan Smith.  

Honorable Mentions were given to Ernie Griffith, Bill Taylor, Jackie Davis, Steve Luchey, Patrice Winsovich and Jennifer Brown.

The exhibit remains open during July at the Gallery. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:48

Run For Green in September

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- It’s almost time again for one of Lake Norman’s most popular road races. The 12th annual Run For Green will be held in downtown Davidson on Saturday, Sept. 16, with events including a half-marathon, 10K and 5K, all finishing on Davidson’s Town Green.

New this year is a partnership with the Carolina Renaissance Festival, whose characters will be on hand to cheer runners along the course and to perform at the finish line. Also new will be beer service on the Green for runners 21 and older, courtesy of Flat Iron Kitchen + Taphouse. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Southern Style Band during and after the event.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:47

Call for artists for Mooresville fest

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Arts at the Mill, a three-day indoor national fine arts festival held at the historic mill in downtown Mooresville, has issued a call for artists who will be selected to display and sell original art.

The festival is a collaborative effort between Concord Properties Inc. and Mooresville Arts, both located in Mooresville’s historic downtown, and the event is open to the public. This will be a juried event, with space for up to 120 artists/booths.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:45

Date night comedy at community theater

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Community Players will stage Boeing Boeing, a comedy written by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, at the Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College campus through July 30.

It’s the 1960s and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier, with three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and suddenly all three ladies are in town simultaneously. The housekeeper is at her wit’s end, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom and catastrophe looms.

Due to mature themes and references, the comedy is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Upcoming performances are July 27, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m.; and July 30 at 2 p.m. Advanced tickets range from $15 to $29 for adults, $15 to $27 for seniors (65 and older) and $15 to $18 for students, depending on seating choice. Add $3 to tickets purchased at the door. Online ticket purchases are available at davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:10

WOW brings back a buggy outing

Back by popular demand, World of Wonder (WOW) and the Davidson Lands Conservancy will hold a second outing of “Butterflies, Bees, Bugs and Dragonflies” Sunday, Aug. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Davidson. Local pollinator expert and naturalist Rob Van Epps will lead an expedition along local trails discovering butterflies, bees, bugs and dragonflies.

Learn about butterfly life cycles, which kinds can be seen in Davidson and why they are so important. This outing is for children ages 4 and older with their families. Location and other details will be sent to those who pre-register by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with names of all the participants, ages of the children, any allergies and a phone number. Registration is not available on the Davidson Lands Conservancy website. Be sure to receive an e-mail confirming registration.

The Davidson Police Department will host a celebration of National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the field at Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St., near downtown Davidson. The event is free and open to the public and parking will be available.

National Night Out is an annual crime prevention and community-building event to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-resident partnerships and neighborhood cohesiveness. The Brickhouse Tavern will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and Harris Teeter and other local businesses will provide water. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Covered seating will be available and activities will include a dunking booth, face painting, bounce house and more for children. The Davidson Police Department will distribute information and items from the Watch for Me NC initiative to educate citizens about pedestrian safety.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:01

Register now for Kiwanis golf

The 2017 Lake Norman Kiwanis Golf Tournament is set for Monday, Aug. 14, at Cowans Ford Country Club. Check-in for the four-player captain’s choice format tournament begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon.
Registration includes a boxed lunch, post-tournament dinner and beverages throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin and other challenges during the dinner award ceremony. To register to play, visit lakenormankiwanis.org.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $125 hole sponsors to a $2,500 tournament sponsor. For more information about sponsorships, send an e-mail to Jim Mooney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 10 July 2017 12:42

Support offered to IHS cancer patients

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Cancer treatments provide hope and healing for many people who are facing the disease, but side effects and the physical and emotional experience can take a heavy toll. In recent months, several community members have stepped up to provide a variety of donations to help patients receiving treatment at Iredell Health System. 

Sarah-Kate Rankin, a South Iredell High School graduate, collected donations for cancer patients in honor of her late grandmother. She rallied her school classmates and her fellow church youth group members at Trinity Episcopal Church to donate items including boxes of tissues, lip moisturizer, hand sanitizer, lotion, word puzzles and coloring books, colored pencils, pens, peppermints, journal notebooks and socks. She also arranged the items in decorative bags to present to patients. Rankin will attend Appalachian State University in the fall. 

Monday, 10 July 2017 12:41

Register now for Kiwanis golf

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. — The 2017 Lake Norman Kiwanis Golf Tournament is set for Monday, Aug. 14, at Cowans Ford Country Club. Check-in for the four-player captain’s choice format tournament begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon.