HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Area residents will have the chance to watch the top two high school play productions in the state — while helping support a local troupe’s planned participation in national theatrical competition — at a one-time performance this week in Cornelius.

The Theatre Department at Lake Norman Charter School, partnering with colleagues from the Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) in Monroe, will present the two plays previously judged the state’s best at a special fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9, at Elevation LKN on Copley Drive in Cornelius. Doors open at 6 p.m., with performances set to begin at 7.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:13

Trinity UMC holds 58th BBQ

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 58th Annual Trinity United Methodist Church Barbecue is set for Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m. until the food runs out at the church at 6230 Beatties Ford Road. Eat in, take or drive-through available. Cost is $10 per plate, three sandwiches or per pound. For more information, call the church at 704-399-1684 or visit

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:13

Williamson’s Chapel holds 56th BBQ

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its 56th annual barbecue Saturday, Feb. 18, at the church, 575 Brawley School Road in Mooresville. Hours are 11 a.m. until the food runs out. Cost is $9 per plate, available for dine-in or carry-out. Proceeds will support Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit or call 704-664-3680.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:12

‘Home Grown’ opens Feb. 3

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Cornelius Arts Center’s annual Home Grown exhibit will open Friday, Feb. 3, with a reception and artist talk from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of work from more than 100 local artists with mediums including oils, watercolors, ceramics, print, mixed media, photography and more. The Cornelius Arts Center is at 19725 Oak St. in Cornelius.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:12

LNRMC seeks junior volunteers

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary is accepting student applications to participate in the summer Junior Volunteer Program at the hospital. The program is an opportunity for students to receive first-hand exposure to the operations of many hospital departments including imaging services, surgery, endoscopy, physical rehabilitation and women’s services.

Applications are available online at under the volunteer opportunities tab, through local school guidance departments and at the Visitor’s Desk at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 171 Fairview Road in Mooresville. The program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:12

ReadDavidson names 2017 book selection

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson reading enthusiasts have nearly three months to bone up on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel as ReadDavidson’s 2017 selection. ReadDavidson, an annual town-wide reading initiative that started in 2007, is a partnership between the Town of Davidson, the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books and several 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.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ReadDavidson is joining the “April is for Arts” initiative. ReadDavidson events will be scheduled in April, and also in May when a new arts opportunity begins — Shakespeare on the Green — May 12-14.

For more information about ReadDavidson, visit, sign up for the ReadDavidson eCrier at, and follow ReadDavidson on Facebook.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11

Charlotte, Davidson symphonies team up

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV and the Davidson College Music Department will host the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in concert Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College campus. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform alongside students of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major and Tchaikovsky’s March Solennelle. The Charlotte Symphony’s music director, Christopher Warren-Green, will conduct the performance.

Admission ranges from $5 to $15. Tickets are available at the Davidson College Ticket Office by calling 704-894-2135 or online at

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11

A rummage sale for Rescue Ranch

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Rescue Ranch of Statesville will host its annual Rummage The Ranch Garage Sale, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 a.m. to noon. The indoor garage sale, located at Rescue Ranch at 1424 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, will feature new and gently used children’s toys, clothing for the entire family, electronics, furniture, home décor, kitchen items, sports equipment and more. The “Last Call Bag Sale” will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon, when for $5, Rescue Ranch will provide a bag to shoppers with an “if it fits you get it” policy.

All proceeds from the sale benefit Rescue Ranch, a non-profit animal welfare organization that promotes respect for animals through education; is committed to agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership. Founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, the 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:11

MCCT to perform winter production

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre will perform its upcoming winter drama production The Magic Tree House – The Knight at Dawn, Feb. 3-5 and 10-12, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., in Mooresville.

This production is based on the popular fantasy adventure book series, The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne. In this drama, 8-year-old Jack and his younger sister, Annie, find a magic tree house that whisks them back to the Middle Ages for a wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way, but Jack and Annie aren’t exactly welcome guests. They embark on a mysterious quest, experiencing a grand Medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:10

DCP presents musical revue

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson Community Players will hold open auditions for its bonus show production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., in Davidson. The musical revue celebrates the agonies and triumphs of the mating game from dating and finding love to marriage and in-laws. The production will run March 30-April 9.

Attendance at only one session is required. Prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off vocal range. Actors should be prepared for cold readings from the script. Audition songs should be memorized. Bring music in the proper key, as an accompanist will be provided. A capella singing is not recommended. Actors should also bring a recent photo, a list of theatrical experience and a list of conflicts for the late February-March time frame.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:59

Some good cookies

Staff members of Chick-fil-A Lake Norman present volunteers from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with a check in the amount of $2,000, proceeds from the restaurant’s December fund-raiser. The Huntersville restaurant donated all of its proceeds from cookie sales throughout the month for the local chapter of the national organizaiton that raises money through cookie sales to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer.