HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Marine Corps League Detachment 1242 will hold a fundraiser in Huntersville Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the intersection of Gilead Road and Reese Boulevard. All funds raised will benefit the U.S Marines’ Toys for Tots program, homeless veterans, families of deployed veterans and more.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Mooresville Arts will hold its annual Winter Juried Art Exhibition from Jan. 10 to Feb. 23, 2017 at the historic Mooresville Depot at 103 W. Center Ave. in downtown Mooresville.
The works on display will be selected and awards chosen by juror Jean Cauthen, who teaches art and art history at UNC Charlotte in addition to her studio and plein-air work. When not painting plein-air either locally or abroad, she creates large scale paintings in her studio near Charlotte. Her work has been seen recently at the Hickory Museum of Art; Telfair Museum in Savannah, Ga.; Carolinas Got Art exhibition at Elder Gallery in Charlotte; The Passions of Italy in New York City; and Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. She is represented at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a reception that is open to the public Friday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., with food and refreshments provided.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Stars of the racing industry, and even a little racing royalty, will be on hand at the NASCAR Technical Institute of Mooresville when it hosts the 28th annual Stocks For Tots holiday event and fundraiser Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event, which began in 1989, has raised more than $1 million and collected more than 60,000 toys to help raise awareness of child abuse in North Carolina.
NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard “The King” Petty, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Rex White and Dale Inman will be on hand along with road racer Elliott Forbes Robinson, Verizon Indy Car star Will Power, and rising stars Justin Alligaier and Austin Cindric. Current NASCAR drivers Joe and John Nemechek, Kerry Earnhardt, Brandon McReynolds, Mike Bliss and Jared Irvan will also be in attendance.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Long-time Davidson resident Garfield Carr received the Jack Burney Community Service Award on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The award committee noted Garfield’s contribution to the town having served as a commissioner for 20 years and how he brought together the white and African-American communities in Davidson.
“Because you approached your town work with love for people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, because of your uncommon common sense and integrity, and because you are a quiet leader, a trusted friend, and an exemplary role model, we are proud and happy for you to be the 2016 recipient of the G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award,” said Jack Burney Committee Co-Chairperson Margo Williams.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 cornelius.org/parc 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.