Birkdale movie theater gets upgrades

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Regal Entertainment Group recently opened an all-digital giant screen experience at Regal Birkdale Stadium 16. 

The Regal Premium Experience presents movies the way filmmakers intended, with powerful, uncompressed surround sound and bright eye-popping images in 2D and RealD 3D. 

The Regal Premium Experience at Birkdale will include a screen stretching more than 47 feet wide. Images are delivered to the screen by a 32,000 lumen digital projector with enhanced RealD 3D light doubler technology. The 37,200-watt digital audio system will surround moviegoers in a specially designed 7.1 speaker array. The sound system incorporates 30 loudspeaker components, including three 21-inch subwoofers for deep resonating bass.

“Bringing the Regal Premium Experience to Birkdale Village is an excellent way for Regal to showcase our proprietary large format brand to those who demand the very best presentation,” said Christine White, the south regional manager for Regal Entertainment Group. “By adding one more theater option to the Huntersville area, we are providing moviegoers with the best theater experience possible.”



Huntersville hosts a fall festival

HUNTERSVILLE – The Fall Into Huntersville Festival highlights area businesses and features children’s activities, live music, dance demonstrations and food vendors.

The Huntersville Fire Department will also sponsor a blood drive in honor Jeff Reid, a firefighter battling leukemia.

The third-annual event takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5 in front of Discovery Place Kids.
Huntersville Connection and the What If Everyone nonprofit sponsor the festival.

What If Everyone will use the event as a kick-off for its "seven days of service.” Several nonprofits will benefit from the service efforts, including the Great Dane Rescue, area schools and food banks.
Huntersville Connection, a networking and partnership organization for business owners, first organized the event in 2011 to showcase small businesses. Since then, Huntersville Connection has grown to more than 350 participants.
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Ben & Jerry’s organizes costume swap

DAVIDSON – Children can trade in old Halloween costumes for different ones at the second annual Ben & Jerry’s Costume Swap.

Drop off gently used costumes Oct. 10-21 at the Davidson Scoop Shop and return noon-9 p.m. Oct. 22-24 to pick out a new outfit and get free toppings with ice cream.

“By applying the 3Rs-reduce, reuse, recycle to Halloween, parents can save money while sharing their old, gently used costumes with others in Davidson," manager Karen Toney said.

Kids get new-to-them costumes, saving parents money by recycling princess gowns, witches hats and superhero capes from years past. Any leftover costumes will be donated to the Ada Jenkins Center.

“A costume swap is recycling at its best," Toney said. “It not only means fewer resources are consumed to make new costumes, but also less packaging and less waste since costumes often are trashed as soon as Halloween is over. People will really be making a difference in Davidson.”

Fine art festival returns to Birkdale Village

HUNTERSVILLE – More than 80 fine artisans from across the nation will sell original artwork at the Greater Charlotte Fine Arts Festival, scheduled for Oct. 19-20 at Birkdale Village.

The art festival allows art enthusiasts to meet the artisans who created the work. Learn how they became artists, honed their skills and created the specific pieces available for sale. 

Mediums include painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics and woodworking. 

The festival opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20 along Birkdale Commons Parkway. Admission and parking are free. 

Paragon Fine Art Festivals directs the Greater Charlotte Fine Art Festival.



Birkdale bets big on Cornelius Animal Shelter

HUNTERSVILLE – Bart Cramarossa won Birkdale’s inaugural Texas Hold-Em Poker Tournament on Sept. 13. The event raised $2,200 for the Cornelius Animal Shelter.  

Birkdale HOA board member Jack Dixon organized the tournament, which drew 50 players from the Birkdale area. 

More than 54 companies in the Lake Norman area donated $4,200 in prizes, gift cards and donations to the event.

Some of the biggest donors were:

Maestro Travel donated a five-piece luggage set valued at $150;

Garth Elder, of Helen Adams Realty, donated two $50 dinner coupons to local restaurants;

Fireside Bar and Grill, donated two $25 gift certificates and an additional $200 to the shelter;

Johnny Brusco’s Pizza, in Concord, generously donated pizzas and wings for the players; and

Baja Soul provided chips and salsa.

Organizers hope to host another event last year.


Concord Mills to screen ballet

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Ballet fans don’t have to go any farther than Concord to enjoy Great Britain’s world-renowned Royal Ballet through a series of movie theater screenings.

Led by director Kevin O’Hare, a new series of popular storybook and classic ballets brings a new production of special one-night performances to the big screen once per month.

The Royal Opera House Ballet Series kicks off with “Don Quixote” 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Concord Mills, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at

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