Bridal Show connects brides, vendors

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill is hosting the “Sippin’ Bridal Show,” an intimate setting for brides and vendors to meet while enjoying complimentary wine, food and door prizes.

The show will give brides-to-be an opportunity to get to know local vendors and see their capabilities.

Vendors attending include caterers, bar service, bakeries, photographers, a wedding planner, DJ, florists and venue directors. 

The event will be held 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

The reception-style event is free, but reservations by Feb. 16 are required. 

Details: or Lauren Petervary, or 704-875-3113.


Coffeehouse kicks off racing series

DAVIDSON – The 2014 Summit Twilight Racing Series kicks off with the third annual Leprechaun Loop 8K.

The race starts at 7 p.m. March 15 behind Summit Coffee and will end with a post-run festival featuring live music, food and beer.

The event benefits Levine Children’s Hospital.

Registration costs $20 for the Leprechaun Loop or $80 for all four races in the series.



Novel follows illegal immigrant pursuit of American dream

HUNTERSVILLE – Author Cathy Ann Zalenski recently published a new novel, “Fatal Choices: A Novel” that gives readers an inside look of an illegal immigrant trying desperately to achieve the American Dream.

Zalenski is a former employee with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and has witnessed the successes and failures of the immigration process firsthand.

“Life is a series of choices,” Zalenski laments. “Sometimes people make good choices, and sometimes their choices have drastic consequences.”

 Zalenski’s protagonist, 11-year-old Jorge Murillo, reminds readers that there is good and bad in everyone.

She hopes to leave her readers with a “better understanding of immigration issues and the plight of illegal aliens.”

“Fatal Choices” can be bought at Barnes and Nobel and Amazon. 


Sculptor unveils busts of black legislators

INDIANAPOLIS – Sculptor Jon Hair, of Cornelius, attended the State of Indiana’s 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration as two of his bronze busts were unveiled.

They portray James Sidney Hinton and Julia Carson, two trailblazing black legislators who personified the life and spirit of King.

The ceremony was held Jan. 16 at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

The busts of Hinton and Carson will be on display in the statehouse as part of the permanent historic sculpture collection, authorized by the Indiana General Assembly.

Hair competed with 19 artists for the commission.

Since 2000, Hair has created more than 50 monumental sculptures.



Civil War event showcases life for solders, civilians

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill is hosting the 38th North Carolina Troops and others for the fourth annual Civil War Winter Encampment. 

The “38th Boys” will demonstrate line and skirmish drills and discuss the history of flags, uniforms, rations, mail services, pay rates and new inventions. They will also show what winter life was like for local soldiers during the Civil War.

Rural Hill's historical teachers will demonstrate what life was like at home for those not enlisted in the war.

Blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking, and spinning demonstrations will continue throughout the day. 

The free event will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

Hayrides will be offered for $2 per person.

Details: or 704-875-3113.


Community to read same book

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library is holding a community read event called “One Book.”

The library will lead the effort to have adults and teens read and discuss “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury during National Library Week.

“There are many benefits to coming together as a community to discuss the same book,” Director of Libraries David Singleton said. “Reading adds value not only to the life of an individual, but the life of a society. It creates opportunities in education, work and life.”

The point is not only to get people reading, but also to create a community dialogue around the themes of “Fahrenheit 451,” including reading, education and intellectual freedom.

The book is available through the library catalog in print, digital and audio formats.

Participants can go to readings, book discussions and other programs April 13-19 that bring the book’s themes to life.



Tea benefits Rural Hill

HUNTERSVILLE – Rural Retreat Auxiliary is hosting a sweetheart tea honoring Miss May Davidson, benefactress of the Rural Hill Cultural Center.

Light hors d'oeuvres, along with teas and lemonade will served.

Attendance is limited to 104.

The event will be held 2-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

Admission costs $15 for adults and $7 for children.

Proceeds will support auxiliary projects at Rural Hill.

Details: 704-875-3113.