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.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:02

HPRD hosts movies in parks

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Huntersville Park and Recreation Department will host Movies in the Park on select dates this summer at different parks throughout the town. Attendance is free and open to the public. Music and prizes will be provided for pre-movie entertainment. All movies start five to 15 minutes after sunset. Popcorn, candy, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. The schedule includes:

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:01

Support Carter at Port City Club

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Champions for Carter, a group of Lake Norman-area residents who have joined together to support a youngster who recently lost his 26-year-old single mother and is now being raised by his grandparents, is holding a fund-raising event Friday, March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Port City Club in Cornelius.

The event will include live music and a silent auction. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook at

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:01

Raptors visit next LNWC program

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — The Carolina Raptor Center will bring a few feathered friends to Mooresville Public Library’s Youth Room when Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists hosts its next free nature program Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to see the birds of prey and learn their role in nature. There is no charge and reservations are not required.

LNWC is a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, whose mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife habitat of the Lake Norman area. For more information, visit or call 704-877-4788.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:00

Celebrate Easter with Cornelius PARC

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Cornelius PARC and the Cornelius Arts Center have scheduled special Easter events for kids. A Morning with the Easter Bunny is Friday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., in downtown Cornelius. There will be Easter-themed crafts, snacks and a chance to take a photo with Peter Cottontail with your own camera. The free event is open to toddlers and preschoolers. For more information, call 704-896-8823 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cornelius PARC Department will hold Hop Into Spring Saturday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Robbins Park, 17738 W.Catawba Ave. The free event will include family fun with arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, balloon artist, face painting, DJ and a visit from Peter Cottontail. Bring a basket to collect candy and toy-filled eggs at the different activity stations. For more information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 192 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Davidson LifeLine’s Mental Health Fair, “Spring Into Wellness,” will be held Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Triple Play Farm, 19516 Kistler Farm Road in Davidson. Try your hand at art therapy, a drum circle or animal-assisted therapy along with a walk in the woods or “Gardening with Growth” horticulture therapy. Participants may sign up for some of the sessions and drop in for others. Light refreshments will be served and the

Register for art therapy, animal-assisted therapy, yoga, tai chi and music therapy at and search for “Spring Into Wellness” or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with RSVP by March 17.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Legion Post 321 and the Town of Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department will hold the second annual Top Deck Car and Truck Show Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the top deck of the Huntersville Town Center parking garage at 105 Gilead Road. This event will be held rain or shine.

Judging will begin at noon and awards given at 12:45 in the categories of Best in Show, Best in Show Car, Top 3 Car, Best in Show Truck, Top 3 Truck. The Sons of the American Legion will have food available for purchase at the bottom level of the parking deck. Family-friendly activities include a DJ and 50/50 raffle. Door prizes will be given to registered participants. Parking will be on levels 1 and 2 of the parking garage.

Registration for show cars is available on or in person at the Park and Recreation Department offices on the third floor of Huntersville Town Center. Dash plaques will be given to registered participants. Early bird registration fee of $10 closes March 17. Event day registration of $15 will be accepted either in exact cash or check.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:59

Lions golf tourney set for April 24

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Registration is open for the annual Lions Regional Golf Tournament set for Monday, April 24, at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. Cost for the four-player, captain’s choice tournament is $125 per player and includes lunch, dinner, a $5,000 hole-in-one contest and other prizes. The tournament will include senior and women’s divisions.

All proceeds will benefit the vision impaired. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit

CORNELIUS, N.C. — The newly renovated youth sports facility behind Cornelius Elementary School will be officially dedicated as James Hoyt Wilhelm Park Saturday, March 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. The park is named after the local legend and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher who grew up playing baseball on the same ground as the new ballfields.

The event also marks the official opening day for the Lake Norman Little League season. The neighborhood park features four lighted tee-ball fields, two multi-purpose fields, basketball court, walking trail, restroom building and parking improvements.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:59

Golf tourney for cystic fibrosis patients

DENVER, N.C.— The Spiritus Project will hold its second annual fund-raising golf tournament, The Lake Realty Spiritus Masters, presented by Novant Health Monday, April 10, at the Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club in Denver. Spiritus Project is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve life quality for North Carolina-based adult cystic fibrosis patients.

The organization was created by Jessica Link, who died in early 2015 from complications related to adult cystic fibrosis. While fighting her own battle to survive, she empathized with other adult cystic fibrosis patients facing similar struggles. She became aware of the financial burden and stress these patients carry while combating the disease, and she decided to do something about it.

Funds raised from last year’s event, which included a silent auction, contests and awards as well as food and beverages, have benefited more than 150 adult cystic fibrosis patients. For information, to register or for sponsorship details, visit