Your possibilities this weekend include running races, beer and live music, comedy, and a power lunch with Rep. Sue Myrick. Saturday’s athletic events include the Jetton Park Triathlon in Cornelius and the Run Wild 5K at Birkdale. Meanwhile, the N.C. Brewers and Music Festival offers a day of craft beers and live music outdoors at historic Rural Hill. In Davidson, the Davidson Farmer’s Market is Saturday morning, while the Helping Paws Dog Show is on the Village Green Sunday. Boaters can have vessels and safety equipment checked free on the lake Saturday. And Chinese bass baritone singer Sun Yu gives a lecture performance Sunday at Davidson College.
Check out the Our Town Cinemas showtimes at right on this page, where “Dark Shadows” opens with a midnight show Thursday night and “The Avengers” continues its run.
Oh, and don’t forget this: It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. We have a partial list of Mother’s Day dining ideas in our latest Dining News column, on our Food & Dining page.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
I-77 HOT lanes workshop, 4-7 p.m., NCDOT Traffic Management Center, 2327 Tipton Drive, off Statesville Road, Charlotte – Public information workshop and open house seeking feedback on the proposed conversion of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. Drop-in format. Come give your feedback on the plan. Info: cornelius.org See also our May 7 preview article
James Funeral Home ribbon cutting, 5:30 p.m., James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive, Huntersville – Ribbon cutting and Lake Norman Chamber mixer to celebrate the grand opening of the new James Funeral Home. Beside Comfort Suites and across from Cookout Restaurant on U.S. 21. Info: http://jamesfuneralhomelkn.com/
Obama campaign organizing meeting, 7-9 p.m., residence 11127 Aprilla Lane, Cornelius – The Davidson-Cornelius Organizing for America team, a group of volunteers working for President Obama’s re-election, will have a meeting to organize and meet Obama campaign workers. Info and RSVP on the web at https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gps3wv
Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music Mike Strauss Trio. Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit www.summitcoffee.com.
Live music at Paddy’s Pour House, 8 p.m., Paddy’s Pour House, Shops on the Green, 20930 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. – Live music: Nojo Slim Acoustic. www.paddyspourhouselkn.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
Davidson Library book sale, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Davidson public library branch, on the Village Green, Davidson – The annual Town Day book sale continues. All types of books and media for all ages are available, most at 25 or 50 cents each. Continues during regular library hours through Saturday, May 12. Cash and checks with ID accepted only.
Rep. Myrick Power Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Northstone Country Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville – U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (R-9th District) will speak with business leaders from the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce about business-related legislation and job creation. The Chamber also will honor Rep. Myrick for her 18 years of service. RSVP 704-892-1922. Tickets $16 for members, $20 non-members.
Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music TBA. Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit www.summitcoffee.com.
Comedy Improv at Warehouse, 8 p.m., Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, off U.S. 21, Cornelius – Charlotte improvisational theater group the Chuckleheads will present its Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza. Tickets $15 at the door. Info: 704-301-1564 or www.planetimprov.com. More about WarehousePAC, www.warehousepac.com
Live music at Kilted Buffalo, 9:45 p.m. to 1 a.m., Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road (in Birkdale Village), Huntersville – Live music: Kevin Brawley. www.thekiltedbuffalo.com/.
Live music at Galway Hooker, 10 p.m., Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius – Live music: Steven Waddell. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
Yard sale for missions, 8 a.m. to noon, Prosperity Presbyterian Church, 5533 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte – The church will have a Missions Yard Sale, with toys, books, furniture and more for sale. All proceeds will be used for church missions. Open to the public. www.prosperitychurch.org
Davidson Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., downtown Davidson, next to Town Hall. The weekly Davidson Farmer’s Market market. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. Runs every Saturday through November. This week’s musical entertainment: Rob McHale. Information: Visit www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.
Jetton Park Triathlon, 8 a.m., Jetton Park, off Jetton Road, Cornelius – Jetton Park Triathlon 2012, with 750-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. Proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation and Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Register at setupevents.com. More information on the Jetton Park Triathlon website. ROAD CLOSURES: Roads or lanes in the area will be closed from approximately 8 to 11 a.m. Officers will be directing traffic at all major intersections along the route and volunteers will be stationed at other intersections to alert drivers of the lane closures.
Run Wild 5K/Fun Run, 8 a.m. May 12, Birkdale Residence Club, 8915 Devonshire Drive, Huntersville. The Run Wild 5K and Fun Run will benefit the African Children’s Project. The five-kilometer, ChampionChip-timed run will begin at 8 a.m., with the children’s (open to children age 11-under) one-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run. Register online at www.irunwild.org. Information: Call 704-598-7884.
Davidson Library Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Davidson public library branch, on the Village Green, Davidson – Last day for the annual Town Day book sale. All types of books and media for all ages are available, most at 25 or 50 cents each. Cash and checks with ID accepted only.
McKinney Academy Spring Fling, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Davidson Village Green, downtown Davidson – McKinney Academy’s 3rd annual Spring Fling includes face painting, inflatable slide and bounce house, music with DJ Lamb, ice cream and hotdogs from Bruster’s and Raffle baskets themed for the whole family. Raffle sponsors include Riverbanks Zoo, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Summer Camps, and many more. www.mckinneyacademy.com/
Free boat safety checks, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Morningside Marina office, Skipper’s Landing, 1152 Perth Road, Troutman – The Lake Norman Flotilla 26-01 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Morningside Marina will offer free vessel safety checks. The safety check looks at everything from life jackets to navigation lights to registration and numbering. More info: 704-508-4730. Map here. For more information about Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Norman, call 704-663-3333 or visit www.cgauxlkn.com
N.C. Brewers and Music Festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 12, Historic Rural Hill Farm, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. The second-annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival will feature free tasting of products from North Carolina brewers, food, children’s activities and performances by Steep Canyon Rangers, Ryan Montbleau Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Black Lillies, Sol Driven Train, Old Man Markley and BIG Something. Tickets are available online at www.showclix.com/event/210406.
Lecture: food as medicine, 1 p.m., Davidson Montessori School, 605 South St., Davidson – Davidson Montessori presents Dr. Sheila Kilbane, board certified integrative medicine pediatrician, speaking about “How Food Is Used as Medicine to Prevent Many Childhood Illnesses.” Free, but seating limited. RSVP at www.davidsonmontessori.org.
Sip and Shop at Wooden Stone Gallery, 4-6 p.m. May 12, Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 S. Main St., Davidson. This month’s wine tasting will feature a variety of wines from six different North Carolina vineyards. The cost is $8 per person, and includes a complimentary wine glass. Register online at the Wooden Stone Gallery website.
Poet Bonita Knott, 6 p.m., Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Rd., Cornelius – “Barefoot Poet” Bonita Jones Knott hosts “From the Heart of a Woman,” an evening of performance poetry. Refreshments and chat to follow. Admission is “pay what you can.” Info: WarehousePAC.com.
Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music Rusty Knox Band. Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit www.summitcoffee.com.
Live music at Miciah’s, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Miciah’s Speakeasy, 229 Medical Park Road, Mooresville – Live music: Sonny Skyzz and the Rainmakers. No cover. 704-799-0095 o rwww.miciahsspeakeasy.com.
Live music at Galway Hooker, 10 p.m., Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius – Live music: Matt Minchew. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
Mother’s Day – Taking mom out for a meal? Check out a few ideas in our latest Dining News column, on our FOOD & DINING page.
Mother’s Day on Main Street, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Davidson – Businesses will be open for Mother’s Day shopping and dining, including Village Store, Monkee’s on Main, Pretty, Ben & Jerry’s, The Soda Shop, Our Town Cinemas, Toast, Wooden Stone Gallery, Summit Coffee & Flatiron Restaurant.
Helping Paws Dog Show, Noon to 2 p.m., Davidson Village Green – Helping Paws Dog Show, organized by local high school student Brooke Phillips, will include competitions for best trick, best groomed, best personality, best in show. The event encourages adoptions from Project Halo, a no-kill shelter. Dogs and their humans are invited to register to participate – $10 per dog, $2 per human. All proceeds go directly to Project Halo. Info: https://www.facebook.com/HelpingPawsDogShow
Lecture/performance by Sun Yu, 7:30 p.m., Davidson College Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Hall – Novelist and bass baritone singer Sun Yu from China will give a lecture and performance. Sun will be featured in Opera Carolina’s production “The Magic Flute” next season. Free. More information on Davidson.edu
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