Oct. 31

• POLITICAL SCIENCE: Professors Susan Roberts and Bruce Oppenheimer discuss American politics at 5 p.m. in Hance Auditorium of Davidson College’s Chambers Building, 200 D Road, Davidson. Details: 704-894-2542.    

SCAVENGER HUNT: Birkdale Village in Huntersville holds a scavenger hunt 5-7 p.m. Participants can pick up a clue sheet at the fountain. Those who complete the sheet can enter to win a $100 Birkdale Village gift card. 

BLOCK PARTY: Bella Love hosts a Halloween Block Party at 2 p.m. to sundown with shopping, children’s activities and prizes from Catawba Avenue and Oak Street Mill businesses. Children will receive treasure maps from businesses to discover treats, tricks and buried treasure. The Calm & Response will perform music at an after-party 8 p.m.-midnight at Kadi Fit, 19275 Oak St., Cornelius. Admission costs $10 or $5 for those wearing costumes.

 

Nov. 1

AUCTION: New Covenant United Methodist Church holds an auction at 7:15 p.m. in the church’s family life center, 14514 Lucia Riverbend Hwy., Mt. Holly. The auction includes gently used fashion and designer handbags, tote bags and new sunglasses. A silent auction will feature fashion jewelry pieces. Details: 704-827-4468.

• PIANO CONCERT: Concert pianist Katie Reimer performs 7-8:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. The event is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

 

Nov. 2

BOATING SEMINAR, “Partners in Command” takes place 9 a.m.-noon at the Denver Volunteer Fire Department, 3956 N.C. 16, Denver. The cost is $10. Topics covered include safety, anchoring, docking and knot tying. To register, call Monroe Cowan at 704-895-4994.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Davidson College plays Mercer in college football action at 1 p.m. at Richardson Stadium, 201 Faculty Drive, Davidson. Tickets range $6-$12. Details: www.davidsonwildcats.com.

CRAFT SHOW: The 37th annual Working Fingers Craft Show takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Admission is free. The show features more than 80 vendors, including food and a kid’s area. Details: www.mooresvillerecreation.org.

TASTE OF CORNELIUS: The Taste of Cornelius takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kar Kare and Lube of Lake Norman, 18724 Statesville Road, Cornelius. The free event features food from local restaurants and vendors, a costume contest, pumpkin face painting, a pumpkin toss and pumpkin putt-putt.

HUMANE SOCIETY SALE: The Humane Society of Lincoln County holds a sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at its building, 2422 Country Club Road, Lincolnton. The sale includes coats, sweaters, bowls, collars, toys, hot dogs and drinks. The sale benefits the spay/neuter clinic.

 

Nov. 5

CONCERT:  Mark Wood,  an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, performs with 150 area middle and high school students in a rock orchestra concert at 7 p.m. at the Hough High School auditorium, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Tickets cost $20 for general admission. Buy them at Davidson Violins, 416-C S. Main St., Davidson or from Bailey Orchestra Patrons or Hough Orchestra Patrons by emailing orchestrapatrons@gmail.com 

• BUSINESS NETWORKING: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce holds a Business Before Hours networking event 8-9:30 a.m. at Maddy’s Fatty’s Cupcake Emporium, 19905 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.

SCIENCE LECTURE: Astrophysicist Naomi McClure-Griffiths discusses her recent discovery of a new “arm” of the Milky Way at 6:30 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. The event is free. Details: 704-892-0173.

 

Nov. 6

• RIBBON CUTTING: Brightway Insurance holds a ribbon-cutting celebration 8-9 a.m. at 9832 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

 

Nov. 7

FUNDRAISER: The Over the Tabletop holiday fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Road, Cornelius, features extravagant holiday-themed tabletop and Christmas tree decorating displays, as well as the Hough High string ensemble and student pianist. Proceeds benefit Build Betty A House. Buy tickets through Gina Story at 704-661-0219 or jgatjstory@roadrunner.com.

COUNSELING SESSION: Christian Counselors hold their first session to help teenagers develop healthy coping skills 6-7:30 p.m. at their office, 222 Southside Ave., Mooresville. Details: 704-658-0238 or www.ccofmooresville.com.

TASTES OF HABITAT: The Tastes of Habitat fundraiser takes place 6:30-9 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Tickets cost $35 for individuals or $250 for groups of eight. Each includes two drink tickets for beer or wine. The fundraiser supports Our Towns Habitat’s Women Build program whose goal is to fully sponsor and build Habitat homes. To buy tickets, visit http://tastesofhabitat.eventbrite.com/.

WINE TASTING: Albertine’s Floral Shop holds a wine-tasting 6-8 p.m. at 751-J N.C. 16 N., Denver. Details: www.albertineflorals.com.

• OPEN MIC: Bella Love feature some of the region’s most creative artists in open mic night 8-11:30 p.m. at Kadi Fit in Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Admission costs $5 for general admission and $3 for performers. Details: www.facebook.com/blovecharlotte/events

 

Nov. 8

FUNDRAISER: The Over the Tabletop holiday fundraiser takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Road, Cornelius. The event features extravagant holiday-themed tabletop and Christmas tree decorating displays, as well as a fashion show from Dillard’s of Northlake Mall. Proceeds benefit Build Betty A House. Buy tickets through Gina Story at 704-661-0219 or jgatjstory@roadrunner.com

 

Nov. 9

• DOG WALK: The Lake Norman Puppy Up! walk raises money and awareness for canine cancers 9 a.m.-noon at Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius. Advance registration costs $20 by Nov. 8. Registration on the day of the walk costs $25. Ages 14 and younger, get in free with an adult. Bring up to two dogs. Dogs must be 4 months or older, up to date on vaccinations and on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times (no retractable leashes). Water for dogs and waste bags will be provided. Details: www.2milliondogs.org

• DOG FESTIVAL:  Border collies will show off their sheep-herding skills at the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $10 for ages 13 and older and $7 for ages 5-12. Details: 704-875-3113 or www.ruralhill.net

 

Nov. 10

• DOG FESTIVAL:  Border collies will show off their sheep-herding skills at the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $10 for ages 13 and older and $7 for ages 5-12. Details: 704-875-3113 or www.ruralhill.net.

FRENCH CAFÉ MUSIC: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church presents French café music with the group Musique Accordeon at 3 p.m. at the church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children under 12 get in free. Admission includes complimentary reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres following the concert. Call 704-941-0650 to reserve tickets. Details: www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.

THE NUTCRACKER TEA: The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts holds Nutcracker Tea at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at the Johnson Carriage House, 1360 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Tickets cost $15 per person. Proceeds benefit Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids. Participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday best for treats, dances from the Nutcracker and to have a picture taken with a cast member. For tickets, call 704-663-3169 or visit www.adfastudio.com

 

Ongoing:

• CORN MAZE: The 2013 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze offers a cornucopia of ways to flex your problem-solving skills 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1-3 at the historic site, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. The flashlight maze begins at 6 p.m. (tickets stop at 9 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays. Day maze tickets cost $10 for ages 13 and older and $7 per person for ages 5-12. Flashlight maze tickets cost $15 for ages 13 and older and $10 per person for ages 5-12. Ages 4 and younger get in free. Details: www.ruralhill.net

• RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: The Carolina Renaissance Festival returns for its 20th anniversary 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24 on a 325-acre site at N.C. 73 and Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville. The festival features 16th-century entertainment, marketplace, food and jousting. Details: www.renfestinfo.com.

• CHILDREN’S THEATER: Davidson Community Players’ The Connie Company presents “Narnia,” based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” The play is shown at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 9-10, 7 p.m. Nov. 14-15, 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 16, and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Tickets cost $10. Details: www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

• THEATER PRODUCTION: Davidson College’s theater department presents the Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” at 8 p.m. Nov. 1-2 in the Duke Family Performance Hall. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for faculty/staff and $6 for students. Buy tickets at 704-894-2135 or www.davidson.edu/tickets. Details: 704-894-2930.

• ART SHOW: Andre Christine Gallery showcases artwork from Gina Strumpf, Sue Zylak, L.C. Neill, Alla Ostrovski and Angela Van Every Johnston 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until Nov. 9 at Andre Christine Gallery, 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville. Details: 704-664-1164 or www.andrechristinegallery.com.

DANCE PARTY: The 23rd annual Fall Cyclone Shag Dance Party runs Nov. 1-3 at the Mooresville Skating Rink, 2714 Charlotte Hwy. Disc jokeys spin beach music 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 3. Professional shaggers lead dance workshops at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon on Nov. 2. Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson perform Nov. 2. The club serves a shrimp and grits breakfast followed by performances from junior shaggers Nov. 3. Tickets costs $75 and advanced purchase is recommended. Details: www.GoShagging.com, Cyclone23@GoShagging.com or 704-892-9044.

THEATER: “The Amish Project” gives performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Tickets cost $20 and $15 for groups, seniors and students. Details: 704-619-0429 or www.warehousepac.com.