Char-Meck Library expands hours starting April 1

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg public libraries began their extended hours beginning April 1.

Davidson and Cornelius expanded service to include a full fifth day.

They will now be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. q


Duke Energy to test McGuire sirens April 10

HUNTERSVILLE – Sirens located around McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested at approximately 11:50 a.m. April 10.

No public action is required during this three-minute test.

By testing the sirens, state and county officials and Duke Energy ensure the sirens are operating properly.

This full-cycle siren test is performed once each quarter.

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate.


Our Towns Habitat holds yard sale

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will host a yard sale from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 at the Smithville Community Center parking lot, 11912 S. Hill St., Cornelius.

The yard sale will support Rev. Etheleen Jetton for “The Biggest Cheese in Town - 2013,” the title given to the most successful fund raiser for the Habitat for Humanity during The Biggest Cheese competition.

Contact Jetton at 980-307-4377 for more information.


Bakeries host free ADHD workshop for families  

CORNELIUS – Dr. Jessie Mullen and Lora Lyons will lead a free informative workshop for families affected by ADHD on April 10 and 11.

Topics will include what foods to eat and avoid for minimizing ADHD symptoms, environmental factors that exacerbate ADHD symptoms and a practice that releases stress.

The first session will run from 10-11 a.m. April 10 at Maddy’s Fatty’s Bakery, 19905 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

The second session will run from 10-11 a.m. April 11 at Just Baked Cupcakes, 19901 S. Main St.,  Cornelius.

RSVP to 980-833-3616.


Bark in the Park returns to Rural Hill

HUNTERSVILLE – The 2013 Purina Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival presented by Harris Teeter will be held at Historic Rural Hill from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27.

The free event will feature booths and information regarding rescues, vendors, freebies and giveaways, demonstrations, and contests.

There is also a Pooch Parade.

This year’s Top Dog Festival will feature several contests for humans and dogs including Long Shot, Toss and Catch, Best Trick (adult leading the dog), Best Trick (child leading the dog), Best Costume, Best Bark, Best Human Bark, Smallest Dog, Largest Dog, Cutest Puppy, Best Decorated Booth (Profit), Best Decorated Booth (Nonprofit), Most Interactive Booth (Profit), and Most Interactive Booth (Nonprofit).

Visit for full event information.

Library program connecting children to nature

MOORESVILLE – Parents, teachers and other caring adults are invited to attend “The Great Outdoors University-Connecting Kids with Nature,” the next free nature program sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists at 6 p.m. April 11, in the Youth Services Room of Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St.

Mary Bures, manager of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s new conservation-based program, the Great Outdoors University, teaches how to bring life-changing outdoor experiences to kids 6-18 years who have limited opportunity to explore the natural world.

Bures is seeking volunteers “to help empower children with the many joys, wonders and benefits of nature.”

Visit or call 704-877-4788 for more information.


Ada Jenkins LEARN Works hosts cheerleading clinic

DAVIDSON – The Ada Jenkins Center LEARN Works Tutoring and Enrichment Program is hosting their second annual Cheer4Kids Cheerleading Clinic from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 13 at the Community School of Davidson High School Auxiliary Gym. 

This year’s clinic theme is Cheer for a Cause: Bully Free Zone.

Forty-five students from elementary and middle schools of Iredell County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg County have registered to participate in the free event. 

Participants will learn cheerleading skills, chants, cheers and dances supporting the Bully Free Zone theme taught by LEARN Works cheerleaders, Community School of Davidson High School cheerleaders and  Davidson College Wildcats cheerleaders. 

Parents and those 18 years and older will also have the opportunity to sign the 975 Bully Free Zone Saves Lives Petition at this event.


Senior Fun and Fitness Day comes to Jetton Park

CORNELIUS – The seventh annual Lake Norman Senior Fun and Fitness Day will be held at 9 a.m. April 16 at Jetton Park in Cornelius.

Adults 55 and older will have the opportunity to take a fitness walk around the park, as well as enjoy other health and fitness activities, followed by lunch.

The day will begin with an organized fitness walk at 9:30 a.m. and incentive gifts will be provided to all who finish the walk.

From 9-11:45 a.m. more than 20 pre-arranged stations and vendor booths will be available at designated picnic sites around the loop near the tennis courts.

Blood pressure checks and other health screenings will also be available.
Registration costs $3 in advance, is $5 on the day of the event.

Call the North Mecklenburg Senior Center at 704-875-1270 for more information.

Church plans job workshops 

CORNELIUS – Job assistance workshops and resources are provided for those who are underemployed, unemployed or in a career transition. 

The group meets from 7-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. 

Group leaders include human resources professionals and guest speakers who specialize in hiring, recruitment and training.  Call the church office at 704-892-0120 with any questions.


Program aims at reinventing your career

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a six-week program, from April 9-March 14 for people looking to reinvent their career.

Monica White, a psychologist with more than 15 years of experience in career development, will teach different self-assessment instruments to clearly define skills, interests, personality and values.

The program costs $90 for residents and $100 for others.

The cost includes all assessments and supplementary materials.

Call Huntersville Parks and Recreation at 704-766-2220 to register.

Contact Michelle Amendolare at or 704-766-2253 for more information on this program.


Safe Alliance hosts sexual assault awareness walk

CHARLOTTE – Safe Alliance’s first Sexual Assault Awareness Walk for Mecklenburg County takes place on April 6 in uptown Charlotte. 

Registration for the walk starts at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Walkers will gather at the Children and Family Services Center lobby, 601 E. 5th St. 

The goal is to raise awareness about the reality of sexual assaults in the community. It is organized by sexual assault survivors.

Call Gloria Miller at 704-367-2735 or email Johanna Covault at jcovault@safe for more information or to register.

Park & Rec hosts life balance workshop for moms 

DAVIDSON – Join Lora Lyons of Lyons Leadership Coaching, your Calm Inside the Chaos Coach, to learn how to regain your composure, prevent overwhelm, set boundaries and take care of you so you can take care of your family.

The class runs from 10-11:30 a.m. April 15 at Davidson Park & Rec, 416 Armour Street, Davidson.

Call 704-892-3349 or visit to register.