Local high school girls start Kicks 4 Kids program

CORNELIUS – Hundreds of athletes, volunteers and spectators will gather on April 20 at Jetton Park in Cornelius for the Kicks for Kids’ first 5k run to benefit Brookstone School in Charlotte.

Kicks for Kids is an unincorporated non-profit association started by Emily Wakeman and Ansley Rikard, who attend Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville. 

Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase athletic shoes for the Brookstone students. The school is a non-profit K-6 school founded in 2001 serving low-income children and families.

“Emily and I are excited to volunteer and work with the students at Brookstone because we have a desire to make an impact on their lives,” Ansley said.

Visit www.queencitytiming.com to register for or donate to the event.

Email kicksforkidsincharlotte@gmail.com or visit www.kicksforkidsincharlotte.com to donate to the group, volunteer or become a sponsor for Kicks for Kids.


Huntersville FD holds bone marrow, blood drive

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Fire Department is hosting a joint Bone Marrow and Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 6 at Huntersville Fire Station 1,110 S. Old Statesville Road (next to the Discovery Place Kids Museum). The event will help one of their own. 

Jeff Reid, a Huntersville firefighter working out of Station 2 on Beatties Ford Road, has served the Huntersville community for 31 years.

He was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia in 2007 and has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy and now needs a bone marrow transplant.

The fire department has arranged the event in partnership with the Carolinas Community Blood Center and Be the Match Foundation to support Reid.

Visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/JeffReid For Reid’s fundraising page.


Community sailing and rowing group dedicates rowing shells

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing is inviting the public to its dedication ceremony for four rowing shells at 11 a.m. March 16 at Blythe Landing in Huntersville.

These four new boats, two eight-man rowing shells and two four-man rowing shells, add 24 seats to both the youth and adult rowing programs at NCCSR.

The addition of four boats allows NCCSR to meet the needs of the current rowers and paves the way for future growth.


Commissioner Bradford holds coffee chat March 18

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Town Commissioner John Bradford will hold his monthly

Coffee Chat from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. March 18 at the Acropolis Restaurant.

Cornelius' Fire Chief Barbee will be attending as the special guest.

This  monthly meeting is always the third Monday of each month (same

time and location.) 

It is open to all Cornelius residents who want to visit with a Bradford and express citizen comments and opinions about town related issues. 

Meeting details and cancellation notices are posted on Commissioner Bradford's Facebook and Twitter account at @JohnRayBradford.


Davidson wants six-word stories about the town

DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson is collecting six-word stories about Davidson from citizens to post on its website. 

Here’s how to participate:

1. Create a six-word story about Davidson. 

Here are some examples:

“It’s my Norman Rockwell town.”

“Davidson Post Office. More than mail.”

“Davidson in Spring. Cherry blossom bliss.” 

2. Visit one of these locations:

• From 12 - 5 p.m. April 9 at Ben and Jerry’s, 202 South Main Street, during their “Free Cone Day” event.

• From 7 - 9 p.m. April 29 at Ben and Jerry’s. mayor John Woods, town manager Leamon Brice, and community and economic development manager Kim Fleming will be scooping for that evening.

• From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 4 at the town’s booth on the green during Town Day.

You can submit your story in writing, recite it on film or both. 

The town will use these stories on its website and social media.

Visit www.townofdavidson.org/SixWordStories to learn more about the project and www.youtube.com/user/exploredavidsonnc to view six-word story videos.


Ben & Jerry’s Davidson celebrates Free Cone Day

DAVIDSON – the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop at 202 South Main Street in Davidson and Birkdale in Huntersville will celebrate the 34th annual Free Cone Day from 12 - 8 p.m  April 9.

Proceeds from Free Cone Day will benefit Safe Alliance, a social service agency that provides hope and healing to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

 “We are so honored that Ben & Jerry’s has selected the Lake Norman Office of Safe Alliance as their charitable partner,” said Lucille Marciano Metts, Safe Alliance Region Director. “Funds raised will stay in our community where we work with and counsel victims of crime and trauma.”