Festival promotes water sports safety

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Boating and Water Sports Festival will include seminars and exhibits to promote safe and successful boating and watersports.

“Kids will love the activities we have planned including knot tying lessons, touring fire, police and rescue boats, climbing on our huge forklift and racing toy boats down a water filled rain gutter,” said Bill Young, general manager of Morningstar Kings Point Marina. “Plus, we will have a bunch of cool boats on display everyone will enjoy seeing and boarding.”

The event will raise money for the Levine Children’s Hospital Children’s Fund, according to Marc Graveline, president of the Carefree Boat Club.

The free event will be held March 29 at Morningstar Kings Point Marina. Lunch will be provided.

Details: www.carefreeboats.com/lakenorman/festival.


Shatner, Hogan slated for convention

CHARLOTTE – The third annual Mad Monster Party Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention will feature “Star Trek’s” Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner.

Shatner will sign autographs and participate in a special “Twilight Zone” tribute panel on Saturday with show creator Rod Serling’s daughter, Anne.

Celebrity guests will include Hulk Hogan, Henry Winkler, Corey Feldman and Adrienne Barbeau.

Vendors will sell macabre monster memorabilia. Special events include a costume contest and pageant.

The Mad Monster Party will be held March 21-23 at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. Costs range from $25 to $199, depending on the days and events included.

Details: www.madmonster.com or 704-547-7444.


Historian lauds Oscar winning film 

DAVIDSON – Michael Guasco describes “12 Years a Slave,” the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, as a hard, yet rewarding, movie to watch.

Guasco, an associate professor of history at Davidson College, authored the recently published book, “Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World.”

He said “12 Years a Slave” is a ground-breaking film in its consistent focus on the slave character Solomon Northup.

“It’s a remarkable film,” Guasco said. “Most slave films, such as ‘Glory’ and ‘Amistad,’ carry the narrative through the white characters. This film presents an unflinching look at slavery from the perspective of a slave.”


Bridge club holds weekly games

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Bridge Club holds American Contract Bridge League sanctioned duplicate bridge games twice a week.

Both games have two sections: Stratified Open, 0 to unlimited masterpoints, and Novice, 0 to 20 Masterpoints.

Games are played at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 E. Catawba Ave. 

The club also offers an 11-week bridge course for beginners 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cornelius Town Hall. The course costs $90 or $9 if paid weekly.

Details: John or Marlene Smith, crzy4brdg@yahoo.com or 704-992-1260 and www.lnbridgecenter.org.


Dinner pairs food with beer

HUNTERSVILLE – Café 100 is teaming with The Crafty Beer Guys to offer a four-course beer dinner.

Courses are as follows:

• Sweet and spicy butternut ginger soup paired with Triplee C “Babymaker” DIPA.

• Cilantro lime crab salad crostini paired with Schneider & Sohn Hefe-Weisse.

• Shrimp and grits with andouille and scallions paired with Great Lakes “Dortmunder Gold.”

• Pumpkin crème brullee with D9 Black Ice Winter Double.

The dinner starts at 4 p.m. March 16 at Crafty Beer Guys, 114 S. Old Statesville Road.

Admission costs $50.

Details: 704-274-5793.


Retired professor gives free reading

DAVIDSON – Tony Abbott, a retired Davidson College professor, will hold a free reading from his new book, “The Angel Dialogues.”

Abbott will sign copies of his books following his presentation, which starts at 4:30 p.m. March 12 at Carolina Inn, 215 N. Main St.

The retired professor is the author of two novels and seven books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat.”

Abbott joined the college’s English department in 1964 and retired in 2001.

Details: Cindy Campbell, cincam@aol.com or 919-923-8857.


Social group offers shag lessons

MOORESVILLE – Twister’s Shag Club, a nonprofit social group for singles and couples, offers two seven-week sets of shag dance lessons starting March 11.

Beginner I lessons start at 7:30 p.m. for those who don't know how to shag. Beginner II lessons start at 8:20 p.m. for those who have taken the first class or are comfortable with the basic steps.

Lessons will be held at Fat Boys Restaurant, 114 Days Inn Drive.

Each seven-week set costs $35 per person and includes a free meal.

Details: www.goshagging.com or 704-534-4151.