SouthLake celebrates fall with festival

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy will hold its annual fall festival 3-7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the school at 13820 Hager’s Ferry Road.

Festivities include games, hamburgers and hotdogs, an auction, a bake sale and a photo booth. The school will sell $5 vouchers that contain 20 “token spaces” or $20 unlimited use wristbands that will be used to participate in activities.

Proceeds will benefit the school’s Parent-Teacher Foundation.

TCE book fall fair kicks off Oct. 5

HUNTERSVILLE – Torrence Creek Elementary School’s fall book fair will run Oct. 5-12 at the school, 14550 Ranson Road.

The fair will be open 7:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m., but will close early Oct. 12. A Family Fun Night takes place 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 9. Activities include karate demonstrations, a visit from Carolina Panther’s mascot Sir Purr, a fast-pitch inflatable and crafts with Macaroni Kid. Fuel Pizza will also sell pizza, with 20 percent of proceeds going to the school’s Parent-Teacher Association.

Huntersville Elementary plans fall events

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville Elementary School launches the first book fair of the year Oct. 25 at the school, 200 Gilead Road. The fair ends Oct. 31.

This year’s fall book fair theme will be “All Star Book Fair: Every Reader is a Star.” It will remain open 7:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

For more information, go online to

The school gives a tour at 10 a.m. Oct. 9.

Chik-fil-A’s Huntersville location holds a Restaurant Night to benefit the school Oct. 23 at the restaurant, 16915 Statesville Road. The night also includes free giveaways from Chik-fil-A.

Lancaster’s BBQ hosts cornhole fundraiser for Hopewell High

HUNTERSVILLE – Lancaster’s BBQ’s Beatties Ford Road location will hold an upcoming fundraiser for Hopewell High School’s athletic programs.

An inaugural corn hole tournament will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the restaurant, 9230 Beatties Ford Road. Registration takes place 1-2 p.m.

Call the restaurant at 704-394-1464 for specific times and entry information.

Pinewood Derby takes off Oct. 6

HUNTERSVILLE – A local child development center will hold its inaugural Pinewood Derby Race.

The race takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Learning Experience, 16604 Old Statesville Road. Children 5 and younger will race cars built with their parents from a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. The winning team wins $500, second-place finishers receive $250 and the most creative car will win $250.

Other festivities include appearances by NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx showcar and The Learning Experience’s mascot Bubbles the Elephant, prizes including four tickets to the Spring Cup Series’ Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a live radio broadcast from country music radio station New 103.7, food and drinks.

Details: 704-274-9496.

Chesterbrook Academy event benefits breast cancer patients

HUNTERSVILLE – Chesterbrook Academy’s Huntersville location will hold a bake sale to benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation.

The bake sale takes place 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the school, 13740 Statesville Road.

Customers will be given a pink ribbon as show of support. All items, which include pink lemonade, pink ribbon red velvet cake and pink roses, will be sold for $1.

The Pretty in Pink Foundation serves breast cancer patients with limited health insurance.

N.C. Symphony seeking youth musicians

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Symphony has announced that it will hold auditions for its Youth Sinfonietta, an exclusive chamber orchestra comprised of 14- to 21-year-olds from across the state. The sinfonietta will be led by the symphony’s staff of conductors.

Interested students can complete an online application and upload auditions  at
programs. NCS will accept submissions until 5 p.m. Oct. 5.

Next year’s January and May concerts will be conducted resident conductor William Henry Curry and Musical Director Grant Llewellyn, respectively.

All applicants must be North Carolina residents or enrolled in a North Carolina school or university and be available for all rehearsals and performances scheduled during the winter and spring.

Details: 919-789-5461 or

The NCS Youth Sinfonietta is offered in partnership with the Triangle’s Philharmonic Association.