Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:19

Winter Wine Passport features 10 wineries

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Wine lovers have the opportunity to sample their way through North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley wine country this winter with the seventh annual Winter Wine Passport. Beginning Nov. 25 and continuing through March 19, 2017, the Winter Wine Passport provides a tasting at each of 10 Yadkin Valley wineries, along with a hand-crafted wine charm at each of the wineries. The passport can also be used for discounts at 18 businesses in wine country, including restaurants, shops and lodging.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Join Maestro Eduardo Cedeño and the Lake Norman Orchestra for its annual Holiday Dinner and Gala concert on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville at 215 N. Main St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a buffet dinner catered by Langtree Catering & Events of Mooresville. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Complementing the concert and dinner are plans for raffle prizes.

Appearing with the orchestra will be the Mitchell Community Chorus led by Emily Shuttenberg, community music coordinator for Mitchell Community College. Shuttenberg will conduct selections from Handel’s Messiah.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:17

Syrian relief event at Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Two Davidson College students have organized an event to provide medical relief for war-torn Aleppo, Syria. In response to the devastation resulting from the Syrian civil war, students Adam Morin and Mohammed Willis, in conjunction with the United States Department of State and the Davidson College Center for Civic Engagement, are holding a live and online auction of contemporary Syrian art to benefit the medical relief efforts of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:12

Emergency room visit turns into a wedding

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The chapel at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center is normally a place for more somber occasions, but on Friday, Oct. 28, it provided the backdrop for an impromptu wedding. Michael and Marlies Frederick had planned to exchange their wedding vows before a justice of the peace, but a change of venue came about when the groom-to be began feeling ill while getting his prenuptial haircut and decided to go to the emergency room for a diagnosis. The couple learned that Michael was fine, but worried that they were running too late to get to the bridal officiant as scheduled. Seeking the next best thing, they asked the hospital’s chaplain, David Lytle, to marry them.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:56

Angels & Sparrows 5K set for Turkey Day

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Runners and walkers can hit the streets and work up that Thanksgiving dinner appetite in the fifth annual Angels & Sparrows 5K Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. The staging area is at Fleet Feet Sports where there will be registration, coffee, hot chocolate, breakfast, music spun by a DJ and raffle tickets included in the registration fee for prizes.

The event was originally staged in the Wynfield neighborhood, but its popularity prompted the move to Birkdale Village.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:56

Light Up Cornelius event next Saturday

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- It’s time to turn on the holiday lights when the Town of Cornelius PARC Department hosts the fifth annual Light Up Cornelius event Saturday, Nov. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the lawn behind Cornelius Town Hall. Festivities will include a visit from Santa, carriage rides, arts and crafts, entertainment and more.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall is at 21445 Catawba Ave. For more information, visit or contact Jody Clark at 704-892-6031, ext. 192.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A fall tradition at a church deeply rooted in north Mecklenburg’s past will be renewed this weekend when historic Hopewell Presbyterian Church hosts its 29th annual Holiday Bazaar.

The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, with breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. and the bazaar lasting from 8 a.m. until noon. All activities will be held on the grounds at the 181-year-old church at 10500 Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville across from Latta Plantation.

A vast selection of Hopewell’s famous canned goods and hand-crafted items will be available for sale throughout the event and a silent auction featuring a wide variety of specialty items will be conducted 8-11 a.m.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:55

Relay for Life seeks volunteers, teams

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- The American Cancer Society of Mecklenburg County is in need of volunteers and teams for the annual Relay For Life of Huntersville/Cornelius. Event organizers will hold a meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center’s Huntersville Physicians Plaza Community Room to discuss the importance of Relay For Life in the fight against cancer.

Relay For Life raises awareness about the progress against cancer while also raising funds to fight the disease. Volunteers are needed to organize, recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend their support in any way. Anyone interested in serving on a committee, become a team captain, join a team or to learn more, contact Charles Rogers at 704-552-6147 or visit

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:54

Eat some cookies and fight cancer

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Chick-fil-A of Lake Norman in Huntersville invites customers to “take a bit out of cancer” through Dec. 15 when the restaurant will donate all proceeds from the sale of its chocolate chunk cookies to Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to raising funds for research to develop new and improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the No. 1 disease killer of children in the U.S. Offer valid only at Chick-fil-A Lake Norman at 16915 Statesville Road in Huntersville. Call ahead for large orders at 704-892-0071. For more information about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:54

Discover Christmas with Holly & Tinsel

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Christmas Eve 1952. Sleigh bells, Bing Crosby, and ... a diner in the middle of nowhere? Join Davidson Community Players this Christmas as they present a story filled with music, humor, nostalgia and maybe a little Christmas magic, Holly & Tinsel, Dec. 1-18 at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. The production marks the premiere of the new work written exclusively for Davidson Community Players.

The musical group Flats & Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm forces them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. At the diner, the singers, a crusty waitress, and a few other guests re-discover the meaning of Christmas with the help of Holly, a 12-year-old girl.

The play is directed by Allison Turner Wilhelm. Advance tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students and can be purchased by calling the box office at 704-892-7953 or online at

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:53

Hough, Hopewell JROTCs earn competition awards

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students from Hopewell High School in Huntersville and Hough School School in Cornelius were key components in Huntersville’s first Veterans Day Parade and accompanying ceremonies last Friday, and those activities were just the latest achievements for the JROTC units representing each school.

In late October, cadets in the Hough JROTC program, supervised by Col. Joe Howard (ret.), participated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Drill Meet. Hough’s Armed Platoon, Unarmed Platoon, Color Guard, Armed Squad and Unarmed Squad units, under the competition direction of First Sgt. James Raeford, helped the Hough Drill Team grab a fourth place finish in the event that featured 20 teams from the CMS system.