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Summit Solstice

The second race in the Summit Twilight Racing Series broughtover 250 runners, volunteers, and spectators to Davidson on June 8—allcompeting in the 4-mile obstacle challenge. Summit Solstice had participantsrunning roads, trudging through a tire maze, hopscotching 100 yards,taste-testing Ben & Jerry’s concoctions and much more.   For the second year in a row, Summit Coffee utilized therace to raise money for Nothing But Nets. The campaign extension of the UnitedNations Foundation was generated to raise awareness and funding to fightmalaria in Africa. Fundraising dollars go topurchasing and shipping long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets toAfrica—the goal of the grassroots campaign to cover Africawith lifesaving bed nets.   Over $3,000 will be donated to Nothing But Nets from thisyear’s Summit Solstice. 

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Old Bags Luncheon

Patriot Charities hosted the first Old Bags Luncheon on May 23 at the Peninsula Clubin Cornelius. The trademarked event has been held in New York City, Los Angelesand other cities across the country. The event exceeded its goal of $100,000.More than 300 people attended the luncheon and participated in the large silentauction. The auction featured many new and gently used designer handbags, jewelry,designer shoes and other premium items.The auction items were donated by a varietyof vendors and individuals, including Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Coach,Kate Spade and Dillard’s. The Patriot Charities is a nonprofi t thatraises money to assist local programs and nonprofi ts in the Carolinas concerningwounded military and their families. Since 2006, the Patriot Charities has aided in thefunding of more than 15 local wounded warrior programs.

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LKN Chambers 2013 Small Business of the Year

This year, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce received nominations from Sweet Dreams Mattress and Furniture, Deborah Young Studios, Innovative Pest Management, Rural Hill, The Range at Lake Norman, Ferrucci's Old Tyme Italian Market, LKN Savings and CURRENTS Magazine for the 2013 Small Business of the Year.This year's winner was CURRENTS Magazine and the runner up was Innovative Pest Management.

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Giving Them Hope - Annual Luncheon

The 5th Annual Giving Them Hope Luncheon was held on May 14 at The Cove Church in Mooresville.Barium Springs organizes this one hour program each year to educate the morethan 375 guests about their mission and successes. Barium Springs is a well-known and longstandingestablishment in North Carolina—providingsuffering children and families with a place of refuge as well as an array ofservices including: therapies, schooling, daycare, foster care services, andmore.

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Ivory Layne releases EP with party at the palace

Denver resident andSouthLake Christian Academy senior Hannah Rhyne performs as Ivory Layne at her"Volume One" EP release party May 10 at the Cornelius Theatre. Layne performed for two sold-out crowds. Shedescribes her music as "quirky" and "different" as sheblends together thoughtful lyrics of the folk-music genre with the melodies ofpop music. "Volume One" consists of five songs Laynewrote and co-produced with Franklin, Tenn.-based music producer Ed Cash. Sheplans to release "Volume Two" later this year. Her album is available on iTunes and CDbaby.com.Her website is www.ivorylaynemusic.com. More than 4,800 people are followingher on Twitter, @ivorylayne. Read more about Ivory Layne at http://www.huntersvilleherald.com/news/2013/5/4/6990/local-student-turns-artist-sings-with-quirky-style

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Duke Energy Merit Badge Encampment

About 500 Boy Scouts from24 area troops participated in the 25th annual Boy Scout Encampment on May10-11 at McGuire Nuclear Station. Scouts spent the night on the EnergyExploriumlawn and took part various merit badge classes on May 11. Scouts could choose from 20 class topics, including nuclear science, aviation, communications, railroading andmusic. On May 10, there was a short ceremony celebratingthe partnership between Duke Energy and the Boys Scouts that has allowedthousands of boys to learn from professionals from different fields and beexposed to potential career options.

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Davidson Town Day 2013

This year was marked the 42nd annual Davidson Town Day. Visitors enjoyed games, a bicycle tune-up station and obstacle course by The Spirited Cyclist, booths featuring Davidson organizations and businesses, as well as entertainment and food trucks. The Davidson Police Department will be registered dogs, cats and ferrets with proof of rabies inoculation, and will be educated citizens on pedestrian and driver safety. 

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Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party

Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman hosted their 13th annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party at The Peninsula Club on May 4. More than 200 guests enjoyed the festivities and participated in bidding for silent and live auction items. Approximately 190 tickets sold for the event, which raised more than $59,000 in conjunction with the silent auction, live auction and “raise your paddles.” The event is held each year to raise awareness and money for hospice care in the community. Care teams provide extraordinary end-of-life care to patients at the place they call home – whether in their own home, a hospital, or long-term care community. And when a greater level of care is required, Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville is available for them.

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Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race and Asian Festival

Though the chilly weather kept many recreational boaters off the lake, it didn’t stop the 38 teams in this year’s Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race from competing. The boat race was part of this year’s Asian Festival, which took place May 4 at Ramsey Creek Park.The festivals were hosted by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and included the Miss Asia Carolinas pageant with 23 contestants, cultural performances and traditional Asian food and crafts.

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2013 Kids Triathlon #1

Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics - HFFA’s kids’ triathlon series, which comprises four events – April 24, May 16, June 13 and July 18 – began in 2009, one year after HFFA’s adult sprint triathlon event first took place.  The goal is to encourage area youth to be physically active and fit, and to teach them there’s more to modern-day athletics than traditional stick-and-ball sports. The kids’ triathlons, expected to draw 1,100-1,200 participants per summer for the four events, are open for ages 4-14. They have become a regional attraction with participants from Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and the Midwest. Visit http://www.hffa.com/2013KidsTriathlonSeries.html for more information. 

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An Evening for Dove House

The 12th Annual Evening for Dove House was held Saturday, April 20 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville. Restaurant Row served cuisine from more than a dozen of the area's best restaurants. Hundreds of items were donated for both the silent and a live auctions. The live auction was run by Larry Sprinkle of NBC 6. 

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Taste Of Art Wine Gala

Community Arts Project - Community Arts Project (CAP) in partnership with Fresh Market in Cornelius held the fourth annual Taste of Art Wine Gala on April 11. Food and paired wines were provided by Fresh Market for guests as they browsed the art created by local artists and CAP instructors. All art was on display for the silent auction. Local chef from Fox News Rising, Troy Gagliardo was apart of the evening’s festivities, along with a raffle. Fresh Market has been the exclusive partner for this event and CAP since its opening several years ago. 

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Photo gallery for Hopewell High Schools Junior ROTC

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High School’s Junior ROTC has proven itself a force to be reckoned with in the classroom and on the field.Not only does the group boast a 100 percent graduation rate and impressive grade point averages, they also hope to claim the top prize this year at the CMS Superintendent’s Cup competition at Bojangles Coliseum on April 18. Pictures are from this year's competition and from a ramp build the cadets did for Mrs. Julian. Photos courtesy of Hopewell High Junior ROTC and Jeff Greenberg. Special thanks to Catherine Greenberg, Michelle Wirth and 1st Sergeant Daniel Ferriero.