Puppy Up announces grand marshals

CORNELIUS – Two local residents, one human and one canine, have been selected as the grand marshals for the Puppy Up walk to raise money and awareness of the links between canine and human cancers.

Deb Lofits will represent humans, and King, an 8-year-old Rottweiler owned by Karen Keller and Tex Weston, will represent canines in the Nov. 9 festivities. Both are cancer survivors.

The event runs 9 a.m.-noon, with the walk at 10 a.m. in Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road.

The walk costs $8 for those who register by Nov. 8 or $25 the day of the walk. Children younger than 14 walk for free and must be accompanied by an adult. Walkers may bring up to two dogs each.

Dogs must be 4 months or older, up to date on vaccinations and on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Retractable leashes are not permitted. Water for dogs and waste bags will be provided.

Register at www.2milliondogs.org


Cornelius lights up for Christmas

CORNELIUS – The town will kick off the Christmas season with the annual tree-lighting Nov. 30 at the Cornelius Town Hall lawn.

Festivities include a visit from Santa, carriage rides, arts and crafts, and holiday shopping 2-6 p.m. The tree-lighting ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.

The lighting coincides with the ‘Tawba Walk, an arts and music festival occurring downtown 2-8 p.m. The festival includes dozens of local art and craft vendors.

Details: www.cornelius.org


Santa Claus is coming to Concord Mills

CONCORD – Santa’s global tour makes a stop at Concord Mills to hear from children and pose for photographs Nov. 7-Dec. 24.

Santa will be available 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, with two 45-minute milk and cookie breaks at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with breaks at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; and noon-7 p.m. on Sundays with a 15-minute break at 2:45 p.m. Santa will not be available on Thanksgiving day.

Children can find Santa in Neighborhood 2, near Books-A-Million, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Photo prices vary based on the package.

Details: 704-979-3000 or www.concordmills.com


Raptor center director discusses survival of the arts

CHARLOTTE – Jim Warren, executive director of the Carolina Raptor Center, will discuss the state of the arts at the next Public Conversations Series panel discussion hosted by WFAE.

The three-person panel will discuss ways that arts and cultural leaders can change business practices in light of cuts to costs and services and declines in workplace giving for the arts.

WFAE’s Mark Rumsey will moderate the conversation between Warren; Kathleen Jameson, president and CEO of the Mint Museum in Charlotte; and Pat Riley, co-chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Cultural Life Task Force.

The panel discussion, dubbed “Charlotte’s Arts and Culture Groups: How Can They Survive… and Thrive,” takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St.

Those interested can register for the free event at Eventbrite.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #WFAEPubCon.


District 9 Brewing plans launch party?

CORNELIUS – District 9 Brewing invites thirsty souls to partake of the newly released Barely Legal IPA and celebrate its license to sell beer at the official launch party in Nov. 8.

The celebration includes a food truck at 7-9 p.m., music by Josh, and of course, beer.

The launch party goes from 7-10:30 p.m. at 18672 Northline Drive, Unit E.

RSVP at Eventbrite or Facebook.


Residents to sample wine, art at crawl

DAVIDSON – The Historic District turns into a Friday night hotspot for the Downtown Davidson Art Crawl on Nov. 15.

Local artists will be on hand to meet shoppers, who can peruse artwork and handmade jewelry, baked goods, textiles, clothing, pottery, children’s accessories and knitted items while listening to live music.

Motherlode Wines will offer wine tastings at Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., and local restaurants will be open for hungry patrons to enjoy appetizers or sit down for a full meal.

The event, sponsored by Sanctuary of Davidson and Summit Coffee, runs 6-9 p.m. across from the town green.

Details: info@sanctuaryofdavidson.com.


Sheepdog Trials and Dog Fest commence at Rural Hill

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill invites dogs and their owners to the 19th annual Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival on Nov. 9 and 10.

Many of the world’s best and brightest border collies and their owners will demonstrate their herding skills. The ultimate goal of a trial is for the handlers to use their dogs to herd the sheep through a series of gates and into a pen, using only voice and whistle commands to communicate.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds, ages 6 months and older, can participate in Carolina Dock Dogs. The sport comprises three disciplines: Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. Iron Dog contestants compete in all three.

The dog festival, featuring the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club, will show off canine agility, flyball and police dogs. The festival also includes open trails, historic agriculture machinery, living history demonstrations in the 1760s cabin, pumpkin chunkin’, corn launchin’, kid’s jump-arounds, food vendors and shopping.

Pets must be leashed and under their owner’s control. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $7 for ages 5-12. Ages 4 and younger get in free.

Details: www.ruralhill.net


Beatles’ assistant tells all in independent film

CORNELIUS – Who wants to hear the secretary’s story? Freda Kelly explains what life was like as the Beatles’ secretary over 11 years in the new documentary, “Good Ol’ Freda.”

The Cornelius Arts Center will screen the film Nov. 16.

The film follows Kelly’s story, from shy teenager in Liverpool to becoming the first personal assistant when the Beatles’ were still unknown, to their break up 11 years later. It has received rave reviews at festivals and in the media.

Doors for the screening open at 6:15 p.m. with a free wine and beer tasting. The movie begins at 7 p.m. with an open discussion to follow. Tickets cost $8 for residents and $9 for others.

Buy them at www.indiesplusdocs.com


Cardio class pumps up the funk

CORNELIUS – The Bailey Recreation Center will begin offering a new aerobics class in December called Cardio Funk.

Taught by local instructor Lem Houston, Cardio Funk uses basic pop and hip-hop moves blended with high-energy cardio routines. Participants burn between 600 and 1,000 calories in an hour while listening to current and past pop, hip-hop and rock tunes.  

The class runs 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Dec. 2, at 11900 Bailey Road. The cost is $5 per class or $40 for 10 classes. Participants may register on the first day of class.

Details: www.cornelius.org/parc or 704-892-6031 ext. 188.


New exhibit features 60 paintings

MOORESVILLE – Andre Christine Gallery’s last exhibit of the year opens Nov. 16 with special guest and gourd sculptor Rebecca Clodfelter.

The exhibit features the work of 18 North Carolina artists with 60 paintings in a variety of mediums.

The opening runs 5-8 p.m. at 148 Ervin Road. Andre Christine Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through January.