Poet gets published in Kaleidoscope

AKRON, Ohio – The work of Huntersville poet Mark J. Havlik has been published in the latest issue of Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts.

His poem, “The Lamb,” appears in issue number 68 of the magazine along with other thematic material that confronts misperceptions of disability.

Havlik suffers from severe depression.

His work was selected from among more than 350 submissions. Havlik’s publication credits include Trajectory, Washington The Magazine and South Florida Arts Journal.

In May 2013, he won the Pamlico Literary Content 1st Place Prose Fiction Award.

Kaleidoscope expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, among others.

The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing and sentimental attitudes about disability.

Details: www.KaleidoscopeOnline.org.


Rural Hill prepares for 21st annual Scottish festival, games

HUNTERSVILLE – Rural Hill recently announced the dates and launched a website for the 21st Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games.

"The history of our Festival and Highland Games is steeped in the Loch Norman tradition,” Rural Hill Executive Director Jeff Fissel said. “So we felt it only fitting to launch a website that honors the heritage of this beloved event and the members who had the vision to begin it 21 year ago.”

The festival will feature live traditional and Celtic rock music, more than 30 Scottish clans, genealogy searches, piping, drumming, Highland dancing competitions, Scottish country dancing, band performances, heavy athletics and the Saturday night jam.

There will also be an Ultra Trail 5K, longbow competition, battle-axe competition, demonstrations, whiskey seminars and a kid’s zone.

The event will be held April 12-13 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

Details: www.lochnorman.com.


Student supports Musical Minds

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg Rotary Club recognizes Rachael Dyl, a senior at Cannon School, for working hard to make a difference in the community.

Rachael, with support of the Musical Minds board, is hosting “An Evening with the Beatles,” to benefit Musical Minds.

The evening will feature music from jazz to classical performed by local and international performers, food, drinks, a live auction and local art.

Rachael’s goal is to give kids in the area the opportunity to have music affect their lives by providing structure, focus and freedom of expression.

She credits music for defining her expression and individuality.

The event will be held 7-10 p.m. Feb. 28 at the River Run Country Club Ballroom, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson. Admission costs $54.

Details: www.musicalmindsnc.org or 704-892-8170.


Couples can zipline, dine

CHARLOTTE – The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host Valentine’s Day Zipline and Dine for individuals and couples.

Guests will travel a course of five ziplines and two roped bridges before rappelling out of the trees. They’ll hike back to camp. Chef Dave Bettendorf will prepare dinner, which will include two drinks.

A cash bar will be available as well as vegetarian and gluten-free menus.

An excursion will begin every 15 minutes from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Admission costs $75.

Details: www.usnwc.org/zipline-dine-valentines-edition or 704-391-3900.

Applications available for April is for Arts

DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson has announced that application forms for “April is for Arts” are available online or at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St.

Artists are encouraged to apply to display art during the Gallery Crawl and Art on the Green. Businesses can apply to serve as venues for the Gallery Crawl.

“Art has always been an important focus for the town,” said Kim Fleming, community and economic development manager. “It brings people to our downtown area and is a core focus of our Economic Development Strategic Plan.”

The Gallery Crawl will be held April 11. Art on the Green will be held April 26-27.

Details: www.townofdavidson.org/April or Kim Fleming, kfleming@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9622.

Brick Row Gallery hosts art opening

CORNELIUS – Brick Row Gallery will host an art opening and reception, titled “Convergence,” which will feature works by local artists.

Each of the artists, Nathanial Lancaster, Melissa D. Johnston, Scott Partridge and Brian Rumping, showed work at the latest Small Works Invitational show at Brick Row.

The free reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 7 at Brick Row, 21325 Catawba Ave.

Details: 980-333-7067.


Town offers babysitting course

DAVIDSON – Davidson Parks and Recreation will offer the American Red Cross babysitter’s training course to youth ages 11-15.

Through activities and interaction, participants will learn how to identify safety problems around the house and yard and select age-appropriate toys and games for children in their care.

The course will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Davidson Parks and Recreation, 865 South St. The course costs $85 for residents and $95 for others.

Details: 704-892-3349.