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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:32

ReadDavidson events set for April and May

DAVIDSON, N.C. — ReadDavidson activities surrounding this year’s book selection, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel begin in April. ReadDavidson, an annual town-wide reading initiative that began in 2007, is a partnership between the Town of Davidson, the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books and local avid readers. The ReadDavidson committee encourages people to read a selected book and attend book-related events that make the book come to life.

According to St. John Mandel, Station Eleven is about a traveling Shakespearean theater company in a post-apocalyptic North America. “It’s also about friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, comic books and knife-throwing,” she adds.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:11

Viveiros earns Gold Award

MOORESVILLE, N,C. — Jenna Viveiros of Mooresville has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The daughter of Horace and Jill Viveiros and a member of Troop 10096 organized a Taekwondo class for girls to learn safety techniques. The class is being planned again for next year and in several other venues.

The Gold Award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate leadership through sustainable and measurable “Take Action” projects. After the minimum requirements are completed, the Gold Award project is the culmination of a girl’s demonstration of self-discipline, leadership ability, time management, creativity, initiative and a significant mastery of skills. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have lasting impact.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The Children’s Schoolhouse fourth annual golf outing will be held Monday, April 17, at Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with shotgun start at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Prizes will be awarded to foursomes that finish in first, second and third places, with additional prizes awarded for on-course contests. Registration includes snacks and beverages during the competition, two catered meals and goody bags from local sponsors.

Registration costs $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals are available as well. Registration is partially tax-deductible as a donation to The Children’s Schoolhouse. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship and capital building funds.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:10

ACT presents Alice in Wonderland

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT) presents Alice in Wonderland, an audience participation play for children ages 3-12 and for children of all ages at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius Saturdays, April 1 and 8.

An audience participation production, Alice in Wonderland is the classic story of a young girl who follows White Rabbit and discovers a world of zany animals and characters.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:09

Davidson frat holds Trot for Troops 5K

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Phi Delta Theta at Davidson College has worked with the Raleigh-based organization Support U.S. Armed Forces for five years, raising more than $80,000 to support military veterans. This year, the fraternity is starting its fund-raising efforts by hosting the first Trot for the Troops 5K Run/Walk. Its goal is to raise $50,000 in 2017.

The family-friendly event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The race begins at 9. There will be food, coffee, raffles and many service men and women in attendance. All runners will receive a T-shirt and three-piece chicken tenders meal from Tenders in Cornelius the day of the race. For more information or to register, visit trotforthetroops.com.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:09

Registration open for Hot Shots Challenge

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. — The Cornelius PARC, Huntersville Parks and Recreation and Davidson Parks and Recreation are bringing the Hot Shots Challenge back for its second year. The youth basketball competition will take place at Davidson College in the Belk Arena Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and pre-registration, which closes March 27, is required.

Participants will compete in multiple one-minute shooting drills in their age group. Basketballs will be available for use (participants are not permitted to use their own ball) and sneakers are required. Prizes will be awarded to the top five participants in each age group.

Space is limited and registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. To register or for more information, visit cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:08

Jetton Village holds Springfest

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Mingle with friends and neighbors on the square at Jetton Village Sunday, April 2, from 3 to 8 p.m., for the first Jetton Village SPRINGFEST hosted by Harvey’s and Cornelius Draft House. The free event will feature live music, 10 to 15 breweries on site, a wine tent, food on the square, tailgate games and bounce houses for the kids.

Purchase tickets on site for beer, wine and food from the ticket booth. The restaurants in the square will be open for regular service as well. Music will begin at 3 p.m. Participating brewers include local and regional favorites OMB, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Granite Falls Brewer, Ass Clown and more.

Local artists and tradesmen vendor booths will be available. Contact Charlie Dyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and booth availability.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:48

Gather & Give to Angels & Sparrows

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen will host its first Gather & Give farm-to-table fund-raising event Friday, April 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth of Dressler’s Restaurant Group will prepare the meal and the evening’s activities include entertainment by the Backyard Brothers, a wine pull and speakers Sandy Tilley, founder and executive director of Angels & Sparrows, and soup kitchen board chairman John Buckner.

For more information, visit angelsandsparrows.org. Those who cannot attend the dinner but would like to make a donation may click the ticket button and a donation box will be displayed.

Because this is a fund-raising event, no refunds will be available, but tickets are transferrable. Those interested in being an event sponsor may e-mail Pam Schneider at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Historic Rural Hill is at 4431 Neck Road off Beatties Ford Road in western Huntersville. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angels-and-sparrows-gather-give-fundraiser-tickets-32303022209.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:47

DCP offers comedy about love and change

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Can one show cover everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit? Off-Broadway’s longest-running musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change claims to do just that, and Davidson Community Players will prove it with performances March 30-April 9 at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson.

This comedic musical revue celebrates the agonies and triumphs of the mating game, from dating and finding love to marriage and in-laws. Advance tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Show times are March 30-31, and April 1 and 6-8 at 8 p.m., and April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 704-892-7953 or online at DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org. For more information about the play and Davidson Community Players, visit davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Four local police and emergency services organizations will engage in a friendly competition, the annual Battle of the Badges, Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. Representatives of the Huntersville Fire Department, Huntersville Police Department, North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department will vie to collect blood donations for Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

The organization that collects the most units will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of its choice, the Battle of the Badges trophy and bragging rights for the next year.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — There are things about champion fiddler and multi-style violinist Mari Black that can be easily defined. One need not look any further than her long list of professional accolades to understand just what an accomplished musician she is, and when she visits Huntersville early next month to perform during the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, that incredible talent will be on obvious — and very vivid — display.

Those who have seen her perform live can speak to not just her musical prowess, but her gift as an entertainer as well. Black has the ability to add incredible texture to her music, but not with her violin. It’s through the way she engages her audience and the energy with which she shares the stories about a song’s genealogy — the significance of the genre, what the composer intended, the history of how it came to be.