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Y family day, art crawl, ReStore reopens, ‘Alice’ on stage


this week bugA Davidson gallery crawl Friday night kicks off April Is for Arts in north Mecklenburg, the Cornelius Habitat for Humanity ReStore reopens after renovations, and the YMCA hosts a Family Fun Day and summer camp preview this weekend. Davidson Community Players’ Connie Co. youth theater offers free performances of “Alice in Wonderland” at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. Meanwhile, there’s a planning board meeting in Cornelius Monday and Davidson’s Town Board meets on Tuesday. And there’s a preview screening of the movie “Bully” Thurdsay, sponsored by the Cornelius-based Foundation for Respect Ability.

The annual April Is For Arts Gallery Crawl on Friday night in downtown Davidson features local galleries, businesses and Town Hall playing host to visiting artists and entertainers, and serves as the official start of the spring arts season.

In addition, the Connie Company — the youth performance group of the Davidson Community Players — will have free shows of “Alice In Wonderland” on Friday and Saturday, and the Davidson Lands Conservancy will have nature-themed artwork on display during its Toast The Earth fundraiser on Friday night.

The Cornelius ReStore — the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity store — will hold its grand reopening on Saturday after being shut down for a week undergoing major renovations.

And if you’re looking to get the kids out of the house, check out the Lake Norman YMCA Family Fun Day on Saturday morning in Cornelius, a day of fun, games and lake activities. Or travel to Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, where they’re holding Fun Friday all day.

Other events coming up this week:

  • Looking to get in a good run? Check out Summit Coffee’s “Run With Summit” on Thursday afternoon. The group run will begin around 5:30 p.m., and is followed by a round of drinks.
  • The Davidson Farmer’s Market is open on Saturday morning, with local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items.
  • Davidson College’s herpetology department will hold its annual Reptile Day on Saturday morning at the college’s herpetology lab.
  • And if you happen to hear sirens around noon on Wednesday, don’t panic — it’s just McGuire Nuclear Plant doing its quarterly test of its emergency alert sirens.


Art Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College. Art exhibitions from March 13-May 4 by senior class studio art majors Taylor Thomas, Sara Claire Chambless, Rachel Means, Lauren Kamperman, Brendan Schamu and Cristina Casal. For information call 704-894-2575.

Art Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Van Every Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College. Exhibition of oil paintings by Nathaniel Rogers, a 2002 graduate of Davidson, who also holds an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Works will be on display through April 18. For information call 704-894-2575.

Alice In Wonderland, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Free performances by intermediate actors from the Connie Company, the youth performance group of the Davidson Community Players. Information: Visit or call 704-892-7953.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees, 10 a.m., Dickson Board Room, Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. The Library Board of Trustees will meet in open session, then go into closed session to hear a report from its CEO Search Committee. The trustees will then go back into open session to act on the recommendations of the committee. The library will be closed to the public; attendees are asked to come to the Sixth Street entrance and notify the security officer that you are there for the meeting. Attendees are also asked to notify officials by email at or by phone at 704-416-0704 to ensure sufficient seating capacity.

Cornelius Planning Board, 6:30 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall, Meeting Room, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Monthly meeting of the Cornelius Planning Board. Information: Call 704-896-2461.

Lake Norman Marine Commission, 7 p.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The monthly meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission.


Davidson Board of Town Commissioners, 5:30 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson. Monthly meeting of the Davidson Board of Town Commissioners. This month’s meeting will begin with a 30-minute closed session on an unspecified topic. The regular meeting begins at 6 p.m., with an agenda that includes public hearings on four items: 1) changes to a master plan for the Northeast Quadrant area off I-77 Exit 30; 2) amendments to the River Run Phase V project; 3) amendments to Planning Ordinance sectin 9.7.2 on window and door sizes and design; 4) changes to the town’s Development Proposal Review Process. Full agenda on the town website.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission, 6 p.m., Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 N. Idlewild Road, Charlotte. The monthly meeting of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission.

North Mecklenburg Republican Women, 6 p.m., NorthStone Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville. N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Martin Newby will be the keynote speaker at the monthly meeting of the North Mecklenburg Republican Women. Tickets: $20 cash or check, payable at the door. Reservation: Email

Landscaping Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The workshop will cover tips and tricks for low-maintenance gardening and landscaping from Russell Reagan, owner of Old Hickory Landscaping in Mooresville. Presented by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. Information: Call 704-664-3898 or 704-657-7151.

Quiet Strength Series at DUMC, 6:30-8 p.m., Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. Class series on the book “Tony Dungy: Quiet Strength” taught by DUMC member Harry Delk, which will follow this legendary coach through his career and his spiritual development which guides him during tough decisions. Book required for the classes. Attendees will want to have the Quiet Strength book ahead of first class and read chapters 1-3 as pre-class homework. Classes will continue on Mondays through May 14. Information: Call 704-895-8976.


McGuire Nuclear Plant Siren Test, 11:50 a.m., various sites around Lake Norman. Quarterly 3-minute test of sirens around the McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville. No public action required. More information is available onDuke Energy’s website.

Biology Lecture, 4:30 p.m., Room 146, Dana Sciences Building, Davidson College. Lecture by Jun-tao Guo, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of bioinformatics, about “Dance to Express, A Story about Transcription Factor-DNA Interactions.” The lecture is free to attend. For more information call 704-894-2184 or email

Ethics Symposium, 5 p.m., Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College. The 25th-annual Frederick Womble Speas Symposium will focus on “Clinical Ethics Consultation: The Very Idea.” Guest lecturers are associate professor Stephen Wear from SUNY-Buffalo’s Department of Medicine, Bowling Green State University professor of philosophy George Agich, and Giles Scofield from McMaster University’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. The symposium is free to attend. For more information call704-894-2482 or email

Davidson Toastmasters, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. Guests are welcome to the weekly gathering of the Davidson Toastmasters, whose members practice public speaking and leadership skills in a motivating and encouraging environment. The Toastmasters are also holding a series of workshops on developing public speaking and leadership skills. The cost is $20. Information: Visit

Lake Norman Transportation Commission, 6:30 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. The Lake Norman Transportation Commission will meet at the Town Hall. Information: Call 704-604-5057 or visit Download the Agenda Packet, with detailed agenda and recent announcements (PDF)

Can We Talk About Trayvon Martin? 7-8:30 p.m., Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St., Charlotte. Mecklenburg Ministries, Community Building Initiative and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee is hosting a community event to address concerns and questions in regards to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP by phone at 704-336-2195 or email


Exploring Middle School at Cannon School, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Cannon School will hold an information session for parents of rising fifth-grade students. The students will get a chance to spend the day with current Cannon students, while their parents will meet with school officials and teachers. Register online at

CMS Superintendent Meet and Greet, 11 a.m., UNC Charlotte Center City Building, downtown Charlotte. A meet and greet luncheon with the candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ superintendent position. The three finalists were announced Monday.

Philosophy Lecture, 5 p.m., Room 2164, Chambers Building, Davidson College. A philosophy lecture by University of California professor James Van Cleve titled “Thomas Reid on Freedom of the Will and Agent Causation.” There is no charge to attend the lecture. For more information call 704-894-2218 or email

Run With Summit, 5:30 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Group run beginning at Summit Coffee, followed by beer and fun. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit

Cornelius PARC Commission Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall, Meeting Room, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Monthly meeting of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Commission.

“Bully” Pre-Screening, 7 p.m., Concord Mills Cinemas, 8421 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord. The Foundation for Respect Ability will hold a reservation-only pre-screening of the documentary “Bully,” which follows five kids and their families over the course of a school year. Tickets: $15 per person, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Foundation for Respect Ability. Reservations can be made by emailing or online at Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to pick up and pay for tickets if not purchased online. Information: Call 704-438-9798.

Preparing for College, 6 p.m., W.A. Hough High School, Bailey Road, Cornelius – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University offers a program on “Helping Your High School Student Prepare for College.” Free. Info:

Free Nature Program, 7 p.m., Youth Services Room, Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. This month’s free nature program by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will be on “Wildlife Babies — When Do They Need Rescue?” Dee Dee Macaulay and Ruby Cook from Animal Rehabilitators of the Carolinas will talk about why people should not assume young wildlife such as birds or rabbits have been abandoned, and the various challenged rescue volunteers face in the field. Information: Call 704-877-4788 or visit


Discovery Place Kids Fun Friday, all day, Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. This week’s DPK Fun Friday theme is “Spring Fever,” where kids can make a kite, decorate a garden of flowers and paint. For other daily activities at the museum, visit

Davidson Merchants meeting, 9 a.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson – Davidson merchants meeting, with updates from Town Hall downtown manager Kim Fleming.

Cyberbullying Workshop, 9:15 a.m., Bailey Middle School, Bailey Road, Cornelius – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University offers a program on “Cyberbullying.” For parents and care-givers. Free. Info:

Community Compost Class, 9:30 a.m., Davidson Montessori School, 605 South St., Davidson. Space is limited, please RSVP. Information-reservations: call 704-895-0228.

Lunch and Learn on Cyber-bullying, 12:30-2 p.m., Community Room, Aquesta Bank, 19510 Jetton Road, Cornelius. The Foundation for Respect Ability will hold a “lunch and learn” session to discuss strategies that parents and teens can use to help reduce cyter bullying, how community involvement is a crucial component in stopping it, and what schools can do when it is brought to their attention. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Information-reservations: Call 704-438-9798 or email

Literature Lecture, 4:30 p.m., Carolina Inn, Davidson College. A talk on Russian literature by James McGavran of Kenyon College, who will discuss the great Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and explain his approach to translating Mayakovsky’s fascinatingly complex poetry into English. There is no charge to attend. Refreshments will be served. For information call 704-894-2397 or email

Live music at Freckled Dog Pub, 5-11 p.m., Freckled Dog Pub, Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music by Mike Strauss Trio beginning at 8 p.m. Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit

April is for Arts at Wooden Stone Gallery, 6-9 p.m., Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 S. Main St., Davidson. Wooden Stone Gallery will be among the downtown Davidson businesses opening their doors for extended hours during the town’s Gallery Crawl. Admission is free.

April Is for Arts Gallery Crawl, 6-9 p.m., downtown Davidson. The town’s annual Gallery Crawl features local galleries, businesses and Town Hall playing host to visiting artists and entertainers. More information can be found online at

Toast the Earth Fundraiser, 7-10 p.m., Homewood Suites by Hilton Davidson, 125 Harbor Place Drive, Davidson. The Davidson Lands Conservancy will host the fundraiser, during which patrons can view nature-themed artwork and sample an array of North Carolina wine, beer and companion foods. Tickets: $20 per person or $30 for two, and can be purchased at the door or online at and clicking on the Upcoming Events link. Information: Call 704-892-1910 or email

Sacred Women’s Circle, 7:30-9 p.m., Community Yoga, 20823 N. Main St., Suite 117, Cornelius. Community Yoga hosts a free sacred women’s circle the first Friday of each month. This month’s guest coach is Lora Lyons. Information: Call 704-491-4749 or email

Live music at The Birdsnest, 8 p.m., The Birdsnest, 102-B S. Main St., Davidson. Performances by David Merck and Quinn Sommer during the Davidson Art Crawl. Information: Call 704-990-6378 or email at


Davidson Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., downtown Davidson, next to Town Hall. The weekly Davidson Farmer’s Market market. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. Runs every Saturday through November. Information: Visit

Cornelius ReStore ReStored, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Cornelius ReStore, 20414 N. Main St., Cornelius. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will hold celebrate the reopening of the Cornelius ReStore, which will be closed April 7-13 for major repair work. The store will continue to take donations April 10-13, and the pick-up service will also operate during the shutdown. Information: Call 704-896-8957 Ext. 120 or visit

Lake Norman YMCA Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. Families in the Lake Norman area can have a day of fun, games and lake activities during the YMCA’s Family Fun Day. Held on the shores of Lake Cornelius, the event will includes bounce houses, games, canoeing and kayaking, archery, face painting, exotic animals, local vendors and more. It’s also a chance to find out more about summer camps at the YMCA. Free. Information: Call 704-716-4432.

Davidson Reptile Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Herpetology Lab, Davidson College. The college lab’s annual Reptile Day provides an engaging and informative setting for families to learn about herpetology and conservation. Information: Email

Weathers Creek Writers Series, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Farm at Weathers Creek, 1170 Shinnville Road, Cleveland, N.C. Workshop on “Cooking Up Family History” by award-winning cookbook author Debbie Moose will show participants how to preserve family recipes and history through making a family cookbook. We’ll talk about options for organizing a cookbook, ways to get the recipes, and how to write recipes down in readable/usable form. Space is limited to 14 students. Lunch is included. Cost: $75 per person. Information-reservations: Call 704-662-0187.

Piano Studio Recital, 3 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College. A music recital by students of artist associates in piano Ruskin Cooper and Cynthia Lawing. There is no charge to attend the recital. For more information, call 704-894-2848.

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music by Rusty Knox Band. Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit


Spring Family Fun and Education Day, 1-5 p.m., Uptown Charlotte’s Cultural Mile (from Harvey B. Gantt Center to McColl Center). Free event by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University, the Arts and Science Council and Discovery Place promotes scientific study about visual and performing arts. Register online at (click on the “STEAM” banner).

Family Activity Days-Football, 2-4 p.m., River Run athletic fields, Davidson. The Davidson Parks and Recreation Department and Davidson College’s athletics department have teamed up to teach sports-specific skills followed by game time. Interested participants are asked to register online at Information: Call 704-940-9609.

Student Dialogue About Bullying, 4-6 p.m., Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte. The Mecklenburg Ministries Youth Leadership Council is hosting “Respecting Differences: A Citywide Interfaith Student Dialogue About Bullying,” involving high school students and leaders from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP by email at by April 10.

First Baptist Church Concert, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church-Huntersville, 119 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Performance by the J.O.Y. Choir from Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tenn. The concert is free and open to the public. Information: Call 704-875-6581.

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