(Photo courtesy of Jack Moellendick)

Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run raises more than $30,000

HUNTERSVILLE – The Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run on May 11 in Huntersville included Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, who finished first with a course record of 15:09, and Claire Naisby, who took the top female spot, clocking 19:40.

With 711 registered runners and walkers, the event raised more than $30,000 for the African Children’s Project.

“As we prepare to send our first missionaries to Embu in August to supervise construction of our first community-based home for orphans, it was critical to have this support in place for that first home and its first family,” said African Children’s Project Executive Director Melanie Freshour.

The African Children’s Project, a nonprofit run by volunteers in the Lake Norman area and in Embu, Kenya, seeks to provide caring, family-style homes for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Pastors Jason and Amy Yon and their two children, will relocate from Mooresville to Embu in August to oversee the development of the nonprofit’s property and establish the ministry.

Visit www.africanchildrensproject.org or www.yonfamily.net for more information.


Kiwanis 5K to benefit MusicalMindsNC

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club will hold its 5K Trail Walk or Run on May 18 at Rural Hill.

Proceeds from the race will benefit MusicalMindsNC, the local nonprofit that inspires change in children through classical music instruction, and other local children's charities. 

Go to www.LakeNormanKiwanis.org or www.davidsontiming.com/2013/02/lake-norman-kiwanis-5k/ to register.

Email John Anerallla at janeralla@bellsouth.net with questions.


Gotta Yoga holds donation class for A Giving Spirit Foundation

CORNELIUS – Gotta Yoga in Cornelius will hold a donation-only yoga class to raise money for A Giving Spirit Foundation from 4-5 p.m. May 19. The class is for all skill levels and all are invited.

A Giving Spirit Foundation benefits Charlotte-area mothers experiencing financial adversity in the face of a disabling disease.

The foundation also supports the research divisions of several nonprofits searching for a cure for ALS.

Visit www.agivingspirit.org or like A Giving Spirit Foundation's facebook page at www.facebook.com/agivingspirit for more information.

Visit www.gottayogastudio.com or call 704-237-0526 for more information about the class.

Gotta Yoga Lake Norman is located in Jetton Village at 19911 N. Cove Road, Suite 12, Cornelius.


Leadership Lake Norman class spruces up the Solomon House

HUNTERSVILLE – Leadership Lake Norman Class XVI repaired a ceiling, painted a room, repaired and painted exterior features, and spruced up the landscaping of The Solomon House on April 20 for its end-of-the-year project.

Members of the group raised money to buy the needed supplies and provided the labor to complete the work.

Lowe’s Home Improvement, Artisan Signs and Graphics, ServePro, Soil Supply and Tree Service, Joy’s Stump Grinding and Tree Service provided supplies and assistance with the project.

Leadership Lake Norman is an annual program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

“Our leadership participants used their collective resources and talents to raise awareness of the Solomon House, an outstanding community outreach program,” said Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. “In addition, they raised funds and worked to improve the physical facility making the important work of the Solomon House possible.”  

The Solomon House, affiliated with Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, provides free health education and crisis referrals to those who might not have full access to health and human services in the Lake Norman area.

For more information about The Solomon House, call 704-316-3872.



HFFA celebrates National Senior Health and Fitness Day

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics will celebrate the 20th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day from 9-11:30 a.m. May 29.

As an official host site, HFFA will hold complimentary land and water fitness classes starting at 8 a.m., health screenings and tours. Health professionals will be on site to answer questions and hand out literature.

Members and non-members of the HFFA are welcomed to the event.

On this day, HFFA will join with an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country expected to promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care.

“Our National Senior Health & Fitness Day is a wonderful opportunity for seniors to make, renew and revitalize their commitment to live healthier lives through better health and fitness,” said Joanna Thompson, HFFA fitness director.

For more information about the National Senior Health & Fitness Day, contact Joanna Thompson at 704-766-2240 or via email at jthompson@huntersville.org.


Poker Run will provide lake education for kids

MOORESVILLE – Lighthouse Marine Service Inc., a nonprofit educational service organization, is hosting a poker run on Lake Norman to raise money to educate kids on boating safety. 

Lighthouse Marine Service teaches water and boating safety from basic courses all the way up to the licensed captain level. Its courses are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and state, as well as recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The event will start at 10 a.m. May 18 at Queens Landing in Mooresville. Other stops include The Grille Café, Morning Star Marina at Skippers, Morning Star Marina at Kings Point and Stutt’s Marina. 

There will be a party and awards ceremony at Stutt’s Marina from around 4-8 p.m. 

The best hand will win $500. The grand prize is a $2,500 poker table and chairs donated by Four Seasons of Lake Norman. Participants must be present at Stutt’s Marina to win. The event is not a race.

Each hand costs $50, and participants can buy tickets on the day of the event at Queens Landing and Stutt's Marina, as well as online at www.lmservice.org and by clicking on the poker run event May 18.

For more information, call Lighthouse Marine Service at 704-361-2991.