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Bullying awareness events, art crawl, YMCA fun day


weekend calendar bugAn advance screening of the documentary “Bully” is among a series of events around the area area this weekend devoted to the growing problem of bullying — both the physical kind and the growing trend of “cyber-bullying.” Other events on tap this weekend include the April Is for Arts Gallery Crawl in Davidson, performances of “Alice in Wonderland,” and the Lake Norman YMCA’s Family Fun Day.

The documentary “Bully” follows five families over the course of a school year. It will be shown Thursday night at the Concord Mills Cinemas in Concord. Tickets are $15 per person, with a portion of proceeds going to the Foundation for Respect Ability.

On Friday, two workshops devoted to cyber-bullying will be held — at Bailey Middle School in Cornelius by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University, and at Aquesta Bank in Cornelius by the Foundation for Respect Ability.

And on Sunday, the Mecklenburg Ministries Youth Leadership Council will hold a student dialog about bullying at Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte.

Also coming up this weekend:

  • The Connie Company, the youth performance group of the Davidson Community Players, will put on free shows of the classic “Alice In Wonderland” on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson.
  • The town of Davidson’s annual April Is for Arts Gallery Crawl will be held Friday evening, with local galleries, businesses and Town Hall staying open late to play host to visiting artists and entertainers.
  • If you’re in downtown Davidson on Saturday morning visiting the Davidson Farmer’s Market, swing over to the Village Green to watch the second-annual Pawz Too Run 5K-10K and Dog Walk. Proceeds from the event will go to Friends of the Animals.
  • And if you’re looking for something to do with the kids, head over to the Lake Norman YMCA in Cornelius, where the Y is holding its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday morning.


Art Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-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. Thursday-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.


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.

Olympic Canoe Trials, 3-7 p.m., U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte – 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom. Competitors include Davidson College students Caroline Queen ’14 and Austin Kieffer ’12. Map and directions: Today’s events followed by live music with Mike Strauss Band at 7 p.m. Runs through Saturday. Free.

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.

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:

“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. Read more,, “Preview the documentary ‘Bully’ at Concord Mills Thursday”

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 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

Olympic Canoe Trials, 3-7 p.m., U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte – 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom. Competitors include Davidson College students Caroline Queen ’14 and Austin Kieffer ’12. Map and directions: (also Thursday and Saturday) Free.

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

Murder Mystery Dinner at Jeffrey’s, 7 p.m., Jeffrey’s Restaurant, 117 Trade Court, in the Mooresville Gateway Plaza, off I-77 Exit 33. About Town Tours presents the murder mystery dinner “Evil Never Dies.” Includes 3-course dinner, music, cash bar. Cocktails at 7, dinner 7:30, followed by the show. Reservations: 704-799-1110.

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 is pleased to be the 2012 Media Sponsor for the Davidson Farmer’s Market.

Pawz Too Run 5K-10K, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Davidson Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. The second-annual Pawz Too Run 5K, 10K and Dog Walk, with running and walking, 30 vendors. Money raised will go to Friends of the Animals, which is hoping to build a state-of-the art animal adoption and education center and spay/neuter clinic off I-77 Exit 31 in Mooresville. Info and registration,

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 See our preview, “Join hands-on herpetology at Reptile Day Saturday.”

Viva Verde Earth Fest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. The third-annual event — a partnership between the towns of Concord and Kannapolis, and Cabarrus County — is the region’s Earth Day Celebration, and features information booths, live music, recycling opportunities, games and more. Information: Visit

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.

Olympic Canoe Trials, 3-7 p.m., U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte – 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom. Competitors include Davidson College students Caroline Queen ’14 and Austin Kieffer ’12. Map and directions: Today’s events followed by live music by Donna the Buffalo at 7 p.m. and fireworks to close out the evening. (also Thursday and Friday) Free.

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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