With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, are you feeling in a charitable mood? There are plenty of events going on this weekend in Davidson and surrounding communities to fill that need – and your entertainment needs as well.
Friday brings the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber’s annual RibFest fundraiser for the Holy Smokes Mission and Ministry and other community programs. And on Friday and Saturday, the Oak Street Mill will hold the Lake Norman Artisan Marketplace, with proceeds going toward the Kilgoris Project’s support of a Kenyan village through education, feeding programs, economic development and clean water. And Summit Coffee in downtown Davidson will hold two musical fundraisers as part of its “Movember” men’s health program.
Saturday, Davidson College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will hold its annual Davidson Turkey Trot 5K run for charity, with this year’s event supporting the Free Clinics of Our Towns at the Ada Jenkins Center; and the Black and White Masquerade Gala at Mooresville’s Charles Mack Citizen Center will benefit Serenity House in Mooresville.
On the arts scene, Davidson College’s theater department will perform The Little Foxes on Thursday through Sunday at the college’s Barber Theatre, and the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius will hold showings of Stupid Human Tricks on Friday through Sunday.
And in other items of interest, the Davidson Winter Farmer’s Market will open on Saturday, with local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items; Davidson College’s football team will wrap up its season at Richardson Stadium on Saturday against Valparaiso; and the Carolina Renaissance Festival will wrap up its 18th season Saturday and Sunday.
These events — and more below — are in our day-by-day calendar at right. Also, at right on this page, see our movie show times listings for Our Town Cinemas.
Art Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College, Davidson. Exhibition of paintings and other works by Davidson College assistant profesor Hagit Barkai. The exhibition, titled “It Looks Something Like This,” reflects Barkai’s experience growing up in Israel. There is no charge to attend. Information: Call 704-894-2519.
Charlotte Auto Show, 12-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., Charlotte. Come check out over 400 vehicles and new 2012 models. Kids under 12 are free. For more info and tickets, visit www.charlotteautoshow.com or call 704-364-1078.
The Little Foxes, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Building, Davidson College, Davidson. The Davidson College theatre department will have five performances of Lillian Hellman’s classic melodrama The Little Foxes. Set in the south at the turn of the 20th century, the play depicts siblings squabbling in a quest for wealth, power and independence. The show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Admission is $8, $5 for seniors and $4 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 704-894-2135 weekdays between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or online at www.davidson.edu.
Stupid Human Tricks, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Four one-act performances written by Christopher Durang and directed by Rachel Jeffreys and Anne Lambert. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors/groups of eight or more. Reservations: Call 704-619-0429 or email email@example.com.
Carolina Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Carolina Renaissance Festival grounds, on Poplar Tent Road just south of N.C. 73. 18th-annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, with food; crafts; music, juggling and other circus entertainments; jousting demonstrations; fun rides and games of skill. Continues Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 20. Info: RenFestInfo.com, or call 704-896-5544 or 877-896-5544.
THURSDAY, NOV. 17
Woodland Discovery Fall Explorers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearers Road, Davidson. Observe and explore nature during the fall, including water, sun, earth, air, plant life, bugs and more. Each session covers brand new material. Open to ages 4 to 10 years. To register, go the the Parks and Recreation department website at www.ci.davidson.nc.us.
Public Library Board of Trustees, 12 p.m., third floor, Dickson Board Room, Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Meeting of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s board of trustees.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee, 4:30 p.m., Auditorium I and II, Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Monthly meeting of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee.
Twilight Night Out, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Cornelius Arts Center, 19275 Oak St., Unit 1, Cornelius. Join Community Arts Project’s own Twilight Series expert and fan Miss Ana to create art, jewelry and crafts inspired by the characters and themes from the popular Twilight books and movies. Pre-registration required. Register online at secure.rec1.com/NC/cornelius-arts-center/reg.php, or call 704-896-8823.
Summit Songwriters Showcase, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Nashville singer songwriters Haley Dreis and Shantell OgdenRob McHale. Opening act: Mike Davis
FRIDAY, NOV. 18
Mecklenburg County Information Services and Technology Advisory Committee, 7:30 a.m., Valerie C. Woodard Building, 3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 107, Charlotte. Monthly meeting of the Mecklenburg County Information Services and Technology Advisory Committee.
Global Cafe, 10 a.m., Cornelius Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Meets every Friday. Learn about America’s history and culture while improving your English conversational skills. No registration necessary. Information: Call 704-416-3800.
Pre-School Storytime, 10:15 a.m., Davidson Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. Meets every Friday. Preschoolers engage with books and activities that encourage language and pre-reading skills. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Information: Call 704-416-4000.
RibFest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, 149 E. Iredell Ave., Mooresville. Fundraiser for the Holy Smokes Mission and Ministry and other community programs through the MSI Chamber. 1/4 hickory-smoked chicken plate $8, 1/2-rack baby back ribs $12, full rack of ribs $16. Plates include baked beans, slaw and roll. Meals can be pre-ordered through Nov. 11, but a limited number of walk-up orders will be accepted. Information-orders: Call 704-664-3898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toddler Storytime, 11 a.m., Davidson Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. Meets every Friday. Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and discover the fun of books. Explore letters, sounds, and new words through stories and activities. Information: Call 704-416-4000.
DCPC Memorial Luncheon, 12 p.m., Congregation House, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Pre-holiday memorial luncheon is intended for men and women as an opportunity for anyone who has lost a spouse or child to come together and share a meal and comforting fellowship. Cost of the luncheon is $15 per person. Transportation is available if needed. Information-reservations: Call 704-892-5641 or emailing email@example.com.
LKN Artisan Marketplace, 4-9 p.m., Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Suite 12, Cornelius. Browse handcrafted gifts and collectibles from local and African artists at the Lake Norman Artisan Marketplace. All funds raised will go toward the Kilgoris Project’s support of a Kenyan village through education, feeding programs, economic development and clean water. Information: Visit www.kilgoris.org.
DavidsonNews.net 5th Anniversary Party, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, Delburg St., Davidson – DavidsonNews.net 5th anniversary party and silent auction. Appetizers, cash bar, and a silent auction, with a portion of the proceeds going to Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center. Also, we’re encouraging friends to bring a voluntary subscription payment in honor of our anniversary. Info: 704-896-0569
Kidtropolis Fall Chill, 5:30-8 p.m., Lake Forest Church, 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. The night begins on the lawn with dinner (bring a picnic or purchase on-site from Brian’s Dog House Grill or CiCi’s Pizza), relay races, face painting and balloon artists. At 6:30 p.m., we’ll head inside to enjoy an interactive performance of silly songs from The Mudpuddles. After the concert, stick around for s’mores and hot chocolate. More information at www.lakeforest.org.
DCPC Film Festival, 7 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Two movies — one for children, the other for teens and adults — will be shown each Friday during the church’s Film Festival. This week: Soul Surfer (teens-adults), Up (children). Films will be followed by discussion groups. Information: Call 704-892-5641.
Wine for Wellness fundraiser, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson, Live music by Davidson Express in “Wine for Wellness,” part of the shop’s “Movember” men’s health fundraiser. Info: 704-895-9090.
Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson – Live music with Wally and Dave. Info: 704-987-2022 or brickhousetavern.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 19
Davidson Winter Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., downtown Davidson next to Town Hall. The first week of the Winter Farmer’s Market, which will be open the first and third Saturdays in November and December and the second and fourth Saturdays January through March. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items available. Information: Visit www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. DavidsonNews.net is pleased to be a media sponsor of the Davidson Farmer’s Market.
Davidson Turkey Trot 5K, 10 a.m., Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Sigma Phi Epsilon at Davidson College hosts the annual Davidson Turkey Trot, a 5K run for charity. This year’s race will support the Free Clinics of Our Towns at the Ada Jenkins Center. T-shirts for all registrations. Register online at Active.com.
LKN Artisan Marketplace, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Suite 12, Cornelius. Browse handcrafted gifts and collectibles from local and African artists at the Lake Norman Artisan Marketplace. All funds raised will go toward the Kilgoris Project’s support of a Kenyan village through education, feeding programs, economic development and clean water. Information: Visit www.kilgoris.org.
Davidson football vs. Valparaiso, 1 p.m., Richardson Stadium, Davidson College. The Wildcats close out their 2011 season with a Pioneer League game against Valparaiso.
Gobble Gobble Glitter, 2-3:15 p.m., Cornelius Arts Center, 19275 Oak St., Unit 1, Cornelius. A workshop by the Community Arts Project that will help you create Thanksgiving-inspired art. Pre-registration required. Register online at secure.rec1.com/NC/cornelius-arts-center/reg.php, or call 704-896-8823.
Black and White Masquerade Gala, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Annual banquet and fundraiser for Serenity House in Mooresville. Dress is black, white or black and white; masks optional. Guest speaker is Jeff Mendenhall, author of Your Economic Destiny. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Information-reservations: www.serenityhousegala.eventbrite.com.
The Light Factory Art Auction, 7 p.m., Extravaganza Depot, The Light Factory, 1610 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. The 30th-annual The Light Factory Art Auction will feature works by area and regional photographers and artists. A silent auction will begin at 7 p.m., with the live auction starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com. To see the works available at the auction, visit www,lightfactory.org.
Hops for Health fundraiser, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music by Billy Jones and The Pocket performing at “Hops for Health,” part of the shop’s “Movember” series of men’s health fundraisers. Info: 704-895-9090.
Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson – Live music with Spin. Info: 704-987-2022 or brickhousetavern.com.
SUNDAY, NOV. 20
Photos with Santa, 1-6 p.m., Cornelius Fire Department, Main Street Station, Cornelius. Santa Clause will be making an early visit to the area at the CFD’s Main Street Station. Bring the kids to get photos taken with Santa. Information: Call 704-728-9587.
Piano Recital, 3 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. Recital by students of artist associates in piano Ruskin Cooper and Cynthia Lawing. There is no charge to attend. Information: Call 704-894-2848.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 5 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton St., Davidson. Annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, honoring police, firefighters and public servants. With representatives from local religious congregations, music, and a collection for Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center. Sponsored by Davidson Ministerial Association. Also, bring a canned food item for Loaves & Fishes pantry.
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