Celebrity bartenders get tips for Big Day at the Lake

CORNELIUS – Celebrities, politicians and business professionals will vie for drink sales and tips at a fundraiser for Big Day at the Lake.

The event takes place 5:30-9:30 p.m. June 19 at Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails, 19918 North Cove Road.

Guest bartenders include WCNC Meteorologist John Wendel, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis and Cornelius Mayor Pro-Tem Woody Washam.

Former pro athletes Rod Smith, Dean Biasucci, Adrian Murell and Eric “Sleepy” Floyd are expected to attend.

Big Day at the Lake, scheduled for July 19, takes children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte program out for a day of lake activities. Organizers hope to raise $100,000 this year.

Details: www.bigdayatthelake-lkn.com.


Haynes pens second teen fiction novel

HUNTERSVILLE – Marilee Haynes, of Huntersville, has published her second book, “Genius Under Construction,” through Pauline Books & Media. 

The book follows Gabe Carpenter as he wraps up eighth grade at St. Jude Academy. On the cusp of graduation, he must decide if he will go to an advanced school for science and math or move onto high school with his friends.

The book is a follow-up to her first novel, “Genius,” in which 13-year-old Gabe isn’t able to open his locker or talk to his crush. 

Both books promote the theme of self-acceptance.

Details: www.pauline.org.


Campanella book receives recognition

HUNTERSVILLE – Ann Campanella, of Huntersville, was recently named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Campanella was honored for her book “Motherhood: Lost and Found” which was recognized in the memoirs (overcoming adversity/tragedy/challenges) category. 

The book looks at motherhood from two sides – the emotional landscape of yearning to have a child and the grief associated with the gradual loss of her mother due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bridge, an independent press, published the book.

Details: www.AnnCampanella.com.


Mall hosts splash party

CHARLOTTE – Northlake Mall will kick off summer with a splash party.

The event, dubbed MallStars Summer Fun Saturday, includes crafts and games 1-3 p.m. June 21 at Entry 1 fountain next to H&M.

The first 200 MallStars to attend will get free prizes and coupons from stores. MallStars offers quarterly club meetings for children ages 10 and younger.

Details: www.shopnorthlake.com.


Magazine looks for cover dog

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman Currents will host the 2014 Commodore Cover Dog Contest to benefit Friends of the Animals.

The competition starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Historic Langtree Plantation, 554 Langtree Road. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Details: www.pageantpup.org.


Sanctuary offers art classes

DAVIDSON – Sanctuary of Davidson will offer a series of art classes this month.

• Di Partridge instructs “Crafty Saturday: Just Beachy” 10 a.m.-noon June 21. Children, ages 5-12, create a beach-inspired painting. The class costs $25.

• Kristen Feighery instructs “Cocktails and Paintbrushes: Decoupage Birdies” 6-9 p.m. June 23. Learn how to paint and decoupage. Bring a bottle of wine. The class costs $40.

Sanctuary of Davidson is located at 108 S. Main St., Davidson.

Details: www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com or 704-892-0044.


Libraries observe summer hours

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has begun summer hours, closing branches on Sundays, June 1-Sept. 7.

The change affects libraries normally open on Sundays, such as North County Regional.

While the summer hours began as a cost-saving measure, the change also aligns with the needs of library users during the summer. With public schools out of session, the need for homework services on Sundays are much lighter during the summer.

Details: www.cmlibrary.org.


Improv group tackles belated sisters birthday

CORNELIUS – The Charlotte improvisational theater group, the Chuckleheads, will present a sibling-themed show with unscripted improvisational comedy games and heavy audience participation.

The event, dubbed “The Happy Belated Birthday to My Sister Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza,” starts at 6 and 8 p.m. July 26 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road. The 8 p.m. show could contain adult language and situations.

Tickets cost $10 at www.planetimprov.com or $15 at the door.

Details: scott@planetimprov.com or 704-301-1564.


Restaurant hosts party, fireworks

MOORESVILLE – The Hickory Tavern will ring in the Fourth of July with the Independence Fireworks Parking Lot Party.

The party takes place 4-11 p.m. July 3 at the restaurant, 115 Morrison Plantation Pkwy.

Burning Bright will perform music 8-11 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

The event includes bounce house, face painters, balloon artist, cornhole, dunk tank, beer tub, outside grill with burgers and hot dogs, and drink specials.

Details: 704-660-9793.