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Library open house, Davidson Town Day, Asian fest

this week bugWhat’s your fancy this week? Interior design using items found at the Habitat ReStore? Local music, a choral concert or a bit of local history? Our calendar this week has them all. Highlights include the annual Town Day Road Race and Davidson Town Day as well as a day of music to honor the memory of Davidson Professor Robert Whitton, all Saturday in downtown Davidson. Cornelius library has an open house Wednesday. And the annual Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races is Saturday on Lake Norman in Cornelius. Read on for a full list of the week’s events.

Also, see our movie listings at right for Our Town Cinemas, where it’s your last chance to see “The Lucky One” and “Hunger Games,” and “The Avengers” hits the screen.


Theater: Mr. Marmalade, Thursday to Saturday, May 3-5, Sunday, 2 p.m., Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, off U.S. 21, Cornelius – Duende Productions presents “Mr. Marmalade.” Tickets: $15, or $10 for groups of 8 or more and seniors and students. Reservations: or call 803-554-7822. House and beverage bar opens 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Davidson College student exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Arts Center, Main and Griffith streets – Davidson College invites the public to a student art exhibition through May 8. The annual juried exhibition by both art majors and non-majors showcases about 50 works produced on a range of mediums by 30 students. Juror was Lia Newman, director of programs and exhibitions at “artspace” in Raleigh. Free. For more information call 704-894-2519.


North Meck Woman’s Club, 6 p.m., Alton’s Kitchen, 19918 Northcove Rd., Cornelius – North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club monthly evening meeting. Visitors and potential members welcome. Contact Denise Carter at 704-892-1041 or

Medical Ethics Lecture, 4:30 p.m., Davidson College Chambers Building, Hance Auditorium – Lance Stell, the Thatcher Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Medical Ethics Program, will speak about “Is the Affordable Care Act Constitutional?” Free. For more information call 704-894-2095.

ReStore ReStyle Design Challenge, 6:30 p.m., Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 121 Norman Station Blvd., off I-77 Exit 36, Mooresville – Annual ReStore ReStyle Design Challenge fund-raiser. Interior designers have been shopping from the Cornelius and Mooresville ReStores for three weeks seeking items to help decorate 10×10 rooms. See the entries, meet the designers. Refreshments, auction. Tickets $15. Information:

Student research presentations, 7 p.m., Davidson College Alvarez College Union, Smith 900 Room – Twelve students from a seminar in “The Holocaust: Interpretation, Memory and Representation” will present their research projects on the politics of Holocaust memory in Germany and Poland. As part of the course, these students conducted a research trip during their spring break to Germany and Poland to visit historically significant sites, delve into original archives, and conduct interviews. Free. Info: call 704-894-2284 or email

Sen. District 41 candidate forum, 7 p.m., Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius – Election forum with Republican candidates State Senate District 41. Reception, followed by Q&A with the candidates. More information in our April 25 news item.

Organ concert, 7:30 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, North Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson – Organ at Davidson presents international concert organist Jonathan Dimmock as the final artist in its 2011-2012 Sixth series. The event is free with donations encouraged. Reception follows. See See also our April 30 preview.


Cornelius Library Open House, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 2, Cornelius Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. A special event showcasing the resources and services available at the library. The all-day event features refreshments, prizes and special programs — Story Time with Curious George (11 a.m., for children ages 2-5), Downloading to Your eReader (2 p.m., for adults), and Learn, Quest, Play Wii (5 p.m., for kids ages 12-18). The event is free and open to the public. Information: Call 704-416-3800.

North Meck Woman’s Club, 10:30 a.m., Northstone Country Club, Huntersville – North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club monthly meeting and lunch. Visitors and prospective members welcome. New board members will be installed and educational scholarship winners will be recognized. For more information about the club, contact Gigi Cohen at 704-895-3310 or

Free skin cancer screening, 6-8 p.m., Lake Norman Medical Pavilion, 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 101, off I-77 Exit 33, Mooresville – In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host its annual free skin cancer screening. Physicians will perform the screenings by appointment only. The screening is a visual exam and may include a spot check or full body scan to determine any areas of concern. Registration required: 704-660-4859 or

Davidson Toastmasters, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 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. Information: Visit

Stand Up North Carolina: Education, 7-9 p.m. May 2, Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The May meeting of Stand Up North Carolina will focus on education, with guest speakers Dr. Brady Johnson, superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools; Dr. Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District; Dr. Anne McIntosh, headmaster of Pine Lake Preperatory School; and Dr. Terry Stoops, education director of the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public. Information: Email

Davidson Chorale Concert, 7:30 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson – Davidson College invites the public to the final performance of the season by the Davidson College Chorale. The event is free. For more information call 704-894-2848.


Davidson Elementary Beginners Day, 8:45 a.m. May 3, Davidson Elementary School, 635 South St., Davidson. Open to children entering the school’s kindergarten program in the fall and their parents. Children can learn what it’s like in the classroom, and their parents can meet administrators, staff and other parents. Information: Call 980-343-3900.

Cornelius PARC Commission Meeting, 5:30 p.m. May 3, Cornelius Town Hall, Meeting Room, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Monthly meeting of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Commission.

Lake Norman Rotary Wine Cruise, 5:30-9 p.m., Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius – The Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville will hold its third-annual Spring Wine Cruise aboard “Yachta, Yachta, Yachta.” Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m., and the cruise will run from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, $70 per couple or $140 for four people. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Rotary Club’s scholarship programs. Tickets can be bought online Information: Call 704-264-4006.

Davidson history program, 7 p.m., Davidson Presbyterian Church, 116 Depot St., Davidson – The Beloved Community Book Club with members from Davidson Presbyterian and Davidson College Presbyterian churches will host a free program with Jan Blodgett and Ralph Levering, authors of the new town history “One Town, Many Voices.” Free and open to the public. Read more about the new book in our April 3 feature story, “A new wide-angle view of Davidson’s history.”

Day of Prayer in Mooresville, 8 a.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville – The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce and local churches host a National Day of Prayer Observance. Prayer will be offered for the government, military, media, business, education, church and the family. Open to the public. Breakfast pastries and coffee will be provided. For more information contact Rev. Tom McCrea at 704-664-4216 or

Flag Disposal Ceremony, 5 p.m., American Legion Post 86, 21215 Legion St., Cornelius – The Hopewell High School JROTC will assist the Legion in a proper flag disposal ceremony.

German theatre reading, 7:30 p.m., Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College – Graduating Senior Ryan Chiles, a German major, will perform scenes from his honors thesis translation of Heinar Kipphardt’s play Brother Eichmann. Free. For information call 704-894-2855 or email

Creative Collaborative night at Oak Street Mill, 9 pm to midnight, Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius – Bella Love Inc. presents Creative Collaborative night, at the Oak Street Mill. Musicians – bring your instrument and amp if necessary; artists — bring a canvas, paints, etc.; performers — bring your hoops, dancing shoes, high energy. More information on Facebook.


Musical interludes, 12:30 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center, Davidson College – Davidson’s most talented applied lessons students will perform works on a variety of instruments. Free. For more information call 704-894-2848.

Student chemistry lectures, 2 p.m., Martin Chemistry Building B25, Davidson College – Senior chemistry majors Mac Gilliland and Kevin Peters give papers. Gilliland will present “Characterization of Shisha Tobacco and the Particulate Phase of Hookah Smoke” while Peters presents “The Use of Pyridinium Ion as an Electrocatalyst for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide and Acetaldehyde.” Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m., lecture at 2:30. For more information call 704-894-2307 or email

Happy Hour history walk, 4 p.m., Davidson Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road – Davidson Historical Society will host a happy hour history walk downtown at 4pm Fri. May 4, the day before Town Day. Led by David Boraks, historical society member and editor of The 30 to 40-minute tour will start at the Village Green then wrap up at Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., where we’ll have copies of the new history “One Town Many Voices,” by Jan Blodgett and Ralph Levering. Free. Info: call David at 704-896-0569 or email

Cinco de Mayo fundraiser, 5:30-10 p.m., Pelican’s Patio, 19930 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a pre-Cinco de Mayo party as a fundraiser for the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Business Build 2012. Cost: $20 per person. Information: Visit


Town Day Spartan 5K race, 8:30 a.m., Davidson Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson – The Davidson Town Day Road Race this year will be the Spartan 5K, to benefit local charter school Community School of Davidson. Register at More information about the race at The race is part of the 2012 ROC Racing Series, which includes fund-raising road races around the area.

Davidson Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m.-noon, 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

Blue Oval Classic Car Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5, Mooresville Ford, 139-151 E. Plaza Drive, Mooresville. The Ford Owners Association of the Carolinas will hold its eighth-annual Blue Oval Classic Car Show, with proceeds benefiting the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Statesville. More than 200 cars and trucks are expected to be on display. Admission to the public is free. Those interested in entering their cars can go online at for information and registration forms.

Aloha Cup 2012 paddleboard races, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. May 5, Vinnie’s on the Lake, Williamson’s Chapel Road, Mooresville. The second-annual Aloha Cup stand-up paddleboard races will be held on Lake Norman, with proceeds from the event going to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the races, paddle board, fitness and yoga demonstrations will be held, area vendors and groups will have booths and displays, as well as live music and food. The Aloha Cup race entry fee is $20, and includes an event T-shirt. Information-registration: Visit

Davidson Town Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Davidson Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson – Davidson Town Day 2012, with activities and entertainment on the Village Green, food, booths from local nonprofits. Also includes Community School of Davidson 5K run at 8:30 a.m. Read more on the Town Website.

Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius – Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races, including food, stage performances, Miss Asian Festival scholarship competition, cultural exhibits. Organized by Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, (CAACC) Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association. Parking available at the Palace Theater, 17220 West Catawba Ave. Schedule and info: See also our preview article, “Asian fest and dragon boat races return to the lake May 5.”

Music for Robert Whitton tribute, noon to 11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., and The Birdsnest, upstairs at 102 N. Main St. – All-day musical tribute to Robert Whitton, the Davidson College professor who died last November after being hit by a car on Concord Road. A musician and local music lover, he will be remembered in a day of performances by local musicians. Donations accepted for Robert Whitton Memorial Fund. Read more and find a schedule in our preview.

Hopewell Baptist free concert, 5:30 p.m., Hopewell Baptist Church, 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson – Free “Concert at the Corner,” with fun, food, face painting and other kids’ activities. Bands include Arms of Mercy, Jeremiah Eighteen, Coca Cola Inspirational Praise Band. Free. Bring a blanket or camping chair.


Family Activity Day, 2-4 p.m. May 6, Davidson Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, downtown Davidson – Volleyball day – Davidson Parks & Recreation 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. Last of the series. Read more:

Hopewell Presbyterian Church Mother-Daughter Banquet, 5:30 p.m. May 6, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beaties Ford Road, Huntersville. Hopewell Presbyterian Church continues the year-long celebration of its 250th anniversary with a mother-daughter banquet at the church. Information: Visit

Legion baseball tryouts, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Lake Norman High School field, Mooresville – Mooresville American Legion Baseball will hold tryouts. 2 p.m. – Junior team (for those born on or after 1/1/95), coached by Clark Benfield. 3 p.m. – Senior team (eligible if born on or after 1/1/93) coached by Jeremy Johnson. Please arrive 20 mins early and bring birth certificate. Info: call Steve Knight, American Legion Post 66, 704-664-5725.


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IRON MAN 3 (PG-13) Fri & Sat: (11:00am), (1:00), (4:00), (4:30), 7:00, 7:20, 9:35, 10:00; Sun: (1:00), (4:00), (4:30), 7:00, 7:20; Mon - Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00
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