CORNELIUS, N.C. — Living in a blended family can be a challenge to a marriage, children and step-children, resulting in a divorce rate of higher than 65 percent among the re-married couples. Blended & Blessed, Lake Norman’s first community-wide step-family conference will be held Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Grace Covenant Church, 17301 Statesville Road in Cornelius.

“Our mission is to provide support and education to adults in blended families, and to stop the generational repeat of divorce,” says local conference coordinator and step-family coach Susan Parks. “I feel great concern for the millennial generation. I call them our ‘divorce kids’ because so many grew up watching their parents marry, divorce, remarry, and re-divorce.”

The live streamed event will feature respected step-family experts including keynote speaker Ron Deal, author of the bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily. Cost of the event is $15, and includes lunch. Doors open at 9 a.m. Register at

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:52

Beyond Walls opens new exhibit May 6

CORNELIUS, N.C. — The Cornelius PARC Department will hold an opening reception for its next Beyond Walls outdoor exhibit Saturday, May 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Robbins Park. Meet the artists and enjoy arts and crafts, local group performances and more at this expanded event.

Beyond Walls is the town’s annual public art exhibit featuring a variety of sculptures and installations. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 31, 2018. Of the 23 submissions representing five different states, the town’s Public Art Committee selected seven pieces for the 2017-18 show by the artists Paris Alexander, Jonathan Bowling, Bob Doster, Jim Gallucci, Adam Walls and Jim Weitzel.

In the event of inclement weather, call the weather hotline at 704-896-2460, ext. 290. For more information about Beyond Walls, call 704-892-6031, ext. 166, or visit

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:52

Ben Hur series at Point of Grace

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Point of Grace Church will screen and hold a discussion series of the film Ben Hur, the story of a Jewish nobleman who lives at the time of Jesus. Discussion time includes Biblical references and faith and life application. The public is invited to join in Monday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning May 8. Point of Grace is at 20700 N. Main St. in Cornelius.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:52

Lowesville concerts host The Farm Hands

STANLEY, N.C. — On Saturday April 22, Lowesville Gospel Concerts/Living Word Ministries at 1062 N.C. 16 in Stanley presents one of the top bluegrass bands in the U.S., The Farm Hands from Nashville, beginning at 6 p.m. Named Entertainer of the Year and gospel bluegrass band of the year, The Farm Hands feature Tim Graves, who has been chosen 12 times as dobro player of the year. Graves has also been inducted in the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame.  The concert is free of charge and the public is welcome.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:51

Suicide prevention seminar this Saturday

DAVIDSON, N,C. — A Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training session for suicide prevention will be held Saturday, April 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at The Cove Church, 137 Langtree Road in Mooresville. The QPR training session was created by the QPR Institute for Suicide Prevention to assist with suicide prevention education. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, those trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

Davidson LifeLine, in partnership with the Mental Health Association of the Central Carolinas, offers QPR quarterly through the Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation Department at no cost. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The program is sponsored by NAMI Lake Norman Iredell and Davidson LifeLine. For more information about NAMI, visit

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:51

DCP presents Willy Wonka, Jr.

DAVIDSON, N,C. — Follow enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars as Davidson Community Players’ The Connie Company presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,  April 28-May 7 at DCP’s Armour Street Theatre; 307 Armour St. in Davidson.

The show is approximately 70 minutes in length and is ideal for children as their first live theater experience. Tickets cost $12 each and are available at or by calling the box office at 704-892-7953. Showtimes and other details are available at the DCP website.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In its continuing support of growing military families, the Susan M. Tillis Foundation will sponsor a Bunco for Babies fundraiser Tuesday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Myers Park Baptist Church Charlotte. Proceeds will support the Foundation’s Red, White and Bundled program, which assists military families by providing essential items for expectant mothers.

Players will participate in a dice game and enjoy an evening of games and treats. Items for the Red, White and Bundled program will be collected and a local wounded warrior family will be honored.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:45

Celebrate Serenity at free luncheon

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Serenity House of Huntersville will celebrate its third year of service to the Lake Norman community at the Wind Beneath Our Wings Anniversary Luncheon Thursday, April 27, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius. The event will highlight the growing relationship between the organization, the hospice community and its neighbors. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the event and learn about the comfort care model.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:44

DUMC offers camp for children of divorce

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Davidson United Methodist Church will host a half-day summer camp for children whose parents are going through or have gone through separation or divorce Monday-Friday, June 12-16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Rising first to sixth graders are invited to participate in a week of fun while also learning age-appropriate skills to help them heal.

Cost is $35 and registration is due by April 21. For more information, visit

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:44

’Tawba Walk XIII set for April 29

CORNELIUS, N.C. — The 13th annual ’Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival is set for Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 8 p.m., at the Oak Street Mill in downtown Cornelius. ’Tawba Walk XIII will feature some of the region’s top bands, artists and performers. Take a stroll through Old Town and take part in an abundance of activities with special sales and incentives from local businesses, sidewalk musicians, live art demonstrations, a kids’ zone and even something for pets.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:43

Marine Corps League Davidson fundraiser

DAVIDSON, N.C. — The PFC Bruce Larson Detachment 1242 of the Marine Corps League will hold a fundraiser in downtown Davidson Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Marine Corps charities and its scholarship fund. Charities include Toys for Tots, Semper Fi Fund, homeless shelters in north Mecklenburg County, families of deployed veterans and soup kitchens.