Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:09

HPD, Marine League seek holiday help

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. == The Huntersville Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps League PFC Bruce Larson Detachment 1242, for this year’s “Helping Hands for the Holidays” project and are asking individuals, neighborhood groups or organizations to help a family or elderly person in need for the holidays. Groups and individuals can be combined to serve one recipient, or they may adopt one individually.

A list of specific items, such as clothing sizes, toys, etc., will be provided once the HPD and Marine Corps League identify those who will receive the donations. The project will also accept donations of non-expired boxed or canned foods and gift carts for local grocery stores. Toys may also be dropped off at any Toys for Tots collection sites throughout the north Mecklenburg area. For more information about the program, contact Sgt. Brad Habenicht of the HPD at 704-464-5359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:08

Peninsula group makes seven grants

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- At its most recent grant-making board meeting, the Peninsula Community Foundation reviewed nine applications from local organizations for grants and approved grants to seven of them.

Founded in 2002 by residents of The Peninsula neighborhood in Cornelius, the PCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings together people, capital and ideas to help charities that serve the residents of northern Mecklenburg county. Since its founding, the PCF has donated more than $1.15 million to 31 local charities including the Lake Norman Community Health Care Clinic, Eliminate the Digital Divide, Hope House, Safe Alliance, Musical Minds, Special Olympics and others.

The PCF also provides need-based scholarships for as many as 16 local college students each year through the Gip and Sally Bonar Scholarships. Receiving grants this year are:

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:59

Musical shines light on the power of love

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Community School of Davidson High School will present the award-winning musical Once on This Island Oct. 19-23 at CSD’s ArtSpace.

This timely musical with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid, and revolves around two young people from different backgrounds. They use the power of love to overcome the odds and bring together people of different social classes.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:58

‘Fall for Peru’ at weekend event

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Recovering Hope will hold its second annual “Fall for Peru” event Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m., at The Pearl in Cornelius. There will be a Peruvian-inspired dinner, live music featuring The Fry’s, hand-made Peruvian items for sale and a silent auction.

Recovering Hope raises funds to provide for full-time legal representation and psychological care for young victims of sexual abuse at The Hovde House Shelter located in Huanuco, Peru. This shelter houses as many as 50 adolescents and children who have been victims of sexual abuse and trafficking, as well as women who have been victims of domestic violence. The shelter provides holistic care including legal services, psychological therapy, emotional support, health care, social work services, pastoral care, education and life skills training. After their homes and communities are safe again, they return home.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:57

Applications available for major arts show

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Hot Works will sponsor the Asheville Fine Art Show May 20-21, 2017, indoors at the U.S. Cellular Center (formerly the Asheville Civic Center), and has put out the call for artists interested in exhibiting their work.

This will be a juried fine art and fine craft show produced by Hot Works, the same company that produced the Charlotte Fine Art Show from 2008 to 2013. The company’s philosophy is to invest in advertising and marketing of the show to benefit all of the participating artists showcasing their work. No more than 180 artists will be accepted.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:56

It’s never too early for holiday shopping

CONCORD, N.C. -- The 36th annual Christmas Made in the South show will be held this weekend at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. More than 300 artists and master craftsmen will showcase their talents with ornaments, pottery, toys, jewelry, fine art, furniture, metal sculptures, woven designs, art from glass, photography and more.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:56

Celebrate Hope House renovations this weekend

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Hope House Foundation will host a “Hops for Hope” event Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the house’s recent extensive makeover provided by the Lowe’s Hero’s Corp. The facility is at 15604 Northcross Drive in Huntersville.

Since August, the house has been the beneficiary of many Lowe’s employees volunteering to help make hope happen with paint, new flooring, new lighting fixtures, landscaping, windows, concrete and many accessories. The Hops for Hope event will be an opportunity to tour the house while sharing food and beverages from D9 Brewery, Tenders and Rita’s Italian Ice. The H.C. Oaks band and magician Bob Bailey will provide the entertainment. Parking is available at nearby Grand Oaks Elementary School.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:48

Luncheon benefits Safe Alliance

CHARLOTTE, N,C. -- The fourth annual Partners Luncheon to benefit Safe Alliance is set for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Charlotte Convention Center. Registration opens at 11:15 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:45. The one-hour program designed to raise awareness of Safe Alliance and its role in the community as well as its work with victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

Safe Alliance, formerly known as United Family Services, operates an office in Cornelius that serves northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell residents. The office also houses a victims’ advocate whose position is funded by Mecklenburg County and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville and who is responsible for helping guide victims through the legal process.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:48

Halloween tradition in OTC continues

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Businesses in Old Town Cornelius are preparing for the annual family-friendly Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29. Families can pick up OTC maps at any participating downtown business and enjoy a quest to discover treats, tricks and maybe even some treasures.

Trick-or-treat festivities will begin at 2 p.m. when local businesses will provide candy for the kids and special sales for the adults. Revelers who collect enough stickers from OTC businesses to fill up their maps will be entered into a raffle to win prize packs from local businesses.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:47

Pancakes, pies and candy at HUMC fest

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A fall festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road. The day-long event will greet revelers with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., a car and truck show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., children’s activities beginning at 9 a.m., and a petting zoo and pony rides from 10 a.m. to noon.

The festival will also include touch-a-truck, a bounce house, hay rides, live music, barbecue lunch, silent auction, bake sale, hot dog lunch concessions and a free trick or treat event (costumes welcome). There will also be a pie-throwing auction featuring HUMC staff. Events conclude at 2 p.m.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit local HUMC missions. For more information, visit or call 704-281-3583.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:47

AdvantaClean holds Braylon Beam Classic

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- As part of its pledge to raise $100,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Huntersville-based AdvantaClean will host its first Braylon Beam Celebrity Golf Classic Monday, Oct. 24, at Trump National Country Club in Mooresville.

The tournament is named for Braylon Beam, a young Denver-area cancer patient who has gained national prominence as an unofficial “coach” of the Carolina Panthers and appearances on the Ellen show. AdvantaClean has been selected by St. Jude as one of only 67 national corporate sponsors. In addition to proceeds from the tournament, AdvantaClean has implemented its “Give Five, Changes Lives” initiative in which it encourages customers to donate $5 for every job any of its 225 franchises across the country performs. The mold removal and water damage remediation company is also organizing other fund-raisers nationwide

Registration costs $1,000 per team, which includes golf, refreshments, four tickets to an awards ceremony, on-course lunch and drinks, a gift package and more. Format is a four-player scramble. Sponsorship opportunities also remain available. For complete details and registration, visit here.