Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11

A rummage sale for Rescue Ranch

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Rescue Ranch of Statesville will host its annual Rummage The Ranch Garage Sale, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 a.m. to noon. The indoor garage sale, located at Rescue Ranch at 1424 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, will feature new and gently used children’s toys, clothing for the entire family, electronics, furniture, home décor, kitchen items, sports equipment and more. The “Last Call Bag Sale” will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon, when for $5, Rescue Ranch will provide a bag to shoppers with an “if it fits you get it” policy.

All proceeds from the sale benefit Rescue Ranch, a non-profit animal welfare organization that promotes respect for animals through education; is committed to agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership. Founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, the 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11

MCCT to perform winter production

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre will perform its upcoming winter drama production The Magic Tree House – The Knight at Dawn, Feb. 3-5 and 10-12, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., in Mooresville.

This production is based on the popular fantasy adventure book series, The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne. In this drama, 8-year-old Jack and his younger sister, Annie, find a magic tree house that whisks them back to the Middle Ages for a wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way, but Jack and Annie aren’t exactly welcome guests. They embark on a mysterious quest, experiencing a grand Medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:10

DCP presents musical revue

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson Community Players will hold open auditions for its bonus show production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., in Davidson. The musical revue celebrates the agonies and triumphs of the mating game from dating and finding love to marriage and in-laws. The production will run March 30-April 9.

Attendance at only one session is required. Prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off vocal range. Actors should be prepared for cold readings from the script. Audition songs should be memorized. Bring music in the proper key, as an accompanist will be provided. A capella singing is not recommended. Actors should also bring a recent photo, a list of theatrical experience and a list of conflicts for the late February-March time frame.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:59

Some good cookies

Staff members of Chick-fil-A Lake Norman present volunteers from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with a check in the amount of $2,000, proceeds from the restaurant’s December fund-raiser. The Huntersville restaurant donated all of its proceeds from cookie sales throughout the month for the local chapter of the national organizaiton that raises money through cookie sales to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Area residents will have the chance to watch the top two high school play productions in the state, and help support a local troupe’s participation in national theatrical competition, at a one-time performance next week in Cornelius.

The Theatre Department at Lake Norman Charter School, partnering with colleagues from the Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) in Monroe, will present the plays previously judged the state’s best at a special fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Elevation LKN facility on Copley Drive in Cornelius. Doors open at 6 p.m. with performances set to begin at 7.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:40

Scouts awarded Eagle rank at Court of Honor

Boy Scouts Troop 171 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor in late December to recognize three new Eagle Scouts. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank attainable in Scouting and requires years of preparation. The ceremony was held at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Scouts honored were (from left) Gabriel Warner, Nikhil Gavini and Calvin Warner. To become an Eagle Scout, each had to perform a service project benefiting a segment of the community. Warner constructed a nature trail with a bridge for students at Park View Elementary School. Gavini built an outdoor lunch seating area with picnic tables for students at South Iredell High School. Warner built a community garden along with two benches at Faith United Methodist Church. Gabriel and Calvin Warner are sophomores at Mooresville High School. Gavini is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham. Troop 171 is sponsored by Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:39

Rotary’s Swimarathon hits the pool Feb. 25

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville will participate in the annual Rotary Global Swimarathon, the world’s largest one-day swimming event, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center.

Funds raised for the event will benefit Rotary’s signature project, End Polio Now. Polio has been reduced by 99 percent worldwide, and every dollar Rotary commits to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in direct support for polio immunization will be matched 2-to-1 up to $35 million per year by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:39

Valentine’s 5K for ELHS runners

STANLEY, N.C. -- The ninth annual Valentine’s 5K and Couples Run to support a local family and help the East Lincoln High School cross country team attend camps is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, at Cowans Ford Country Club. Organized by East Lincoln track and cross country coach Melvin Morrison, the event encourages training with a partner to become and stay motivated.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:38

CBC schedules Feb. blood drives

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold several blood drives in the Lake Norman area in January and February. Donors should be in good health and weigh no fewer than 120 pounds. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate at any of the scheduled drives, call 704-972-4700 or visit

The schedule includes:

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:38

Entries accepted for ‘Beyond Walls’

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Cornelius PARC Department is accepting submissions for the third annual Beyond Walls public art exhibit. Selected works will be installed at Robbins Park on West Catawba Avenue and will be on display May 2017 through January 2018.

Beyond Walls exhibits feature artists from across the United States who create artwork for public spaces. Robbins Park offers a park setting with significant park visitor traffic and high visibility from a major town road generating 22,000 trips per day to view art. The opening reception will include a walking tour with exhibiting artists. Artists may submit up to three pieces of art for consideration. Submissions are due by Friday, Feb. 3.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:39

Tickets available for Heart of Hope

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Tickets are on sale for The Hope House Foundation’s 2017 Heart of Hope Fundraiser set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at Northstone Country Club. The Foundation operates Hope House, a transitional shelter for women and children in Huntersville that assists women escaping desperate situations. Proceeds from the event will be applied to The Leon Levine Foundation’s challenge grant, which will match dollar-for-dollar as much as $10,000 in qualifying donations.