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Outdoor films, concerts, library programs, meetings

this week bugThis second week of July offers events that will get you outside — though not necessarily in the heat of the day. Cornelius offers “Dolphin Tale” on Wednesday night as part of its outdoor movies series, while on Friday night the bands “Heartbeat” and “Rare Form” perform in Mooresville in the latest free open-air rock shows. On Saturday, Latta Plantation is hosting a living history day, where you can take tour sand see back-country life skills demonstrations. End up your weekend outdoors with a concert on the Davidson green featuring “The Backbeat” Beatles tribute.   If you prefer to stay indoors, however, there’s still plenty to do. Library summer programs are in full swing, blood drives will be held at area Ben & Jerry’s and at Birkdale Village, and various public boards and commissions will be meeting  — including the Cornelius Planning Board, the Lake Norman Marine Commission  and the Cornelius PARC Commission. And don’t forget a siren test by the Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday.


“Paws to Read” program , 4 p.m. Davidson Branch Library 119 S. Main St., Davidson. – Children boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog. Call 704-416-4000 or visit

Cornelius Planning Board , 6:30-8:30 p.m. Assembly Room, Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. – Cornelius Planning Board meets. Info:

Heartburn seminar , 6:30 p.m. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville – Free seminar on incisionless surgery for chronic heartburn and acid reflux led by surgeon Peyton Davis. For reservations, call the hospital’s Community Outreach department at 704-660-4859.

Lake Norman Marine Commission , 7-8 p.m. Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville – Monthly meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission. Agenda on the website.


Summer reading – elementary , 10:30 a.m. Davidson Branch Library 119 S. Main St., Davidson. – Literacy based activities that promote summer reading and learning, designed to increase student’s performance when they return to school. Call 704-416-4000 or visit

Writing a mystery , 10:30 a.m. Cornelius Branch Library 21105 Catawba Ave, Cornelius. – Best-selling author Mark de Castrique will discuss the writing process for his two mystery series, both set in the Appalachian region. He will also preview the summer release of his ‘stand-alone’ thriller The 13th Target. Call 704-416-3800 or visit

“Afternoon Adventures” , 2 p.m. Cornelius Branch Library, 21105 Catawba Ave, Cornelius. – Children develop literacy & critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities. Registration is required and begins one week before each event. Call 704-416-3800 or visit


Baby storytime at Cornelius library , 10:30 a.m. Cornelius Public Library, 21105 Catawba Ave. Baby Storytime (0-18 months): Books, songs and rhymes for babies and their parents or caregivers. Registration is required. For more information, call 704-416-3800 or go to the library web page.

Toddler storytime at Cornelius library , 11 a.m. Cornelius Public Library, 21105 Catawba Ave. Toddler Storytime (19-35 months): 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. Registration is required. For more information, call 704-416-3800 or go to the Cornelius library web page.

Preschool storytime at Cornelius library , 11:30 a.m. Cornelius Public Library, 21105 Catawba Ave. Preschool story time. 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. Registration is required. For more information, call 704-416-3800 or go to the library web page.

McGuire plant siren test , 11:50 a.m. – Sirens located around Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested at approximately 11:50 a.m. No public action required during the three-minute test. More information Duke Energy’s website. Also today: 12 noon – siren test at Mountain Island Lake hydro station.

“From Page to Screen” film series , Noon. Davidson Branch Library, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. – Showing of the movie “Meet the Robinsons.” Call 704-416-4000 or visit

Weight loss seminar , 7-8:30 p.m. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman, 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 303, Mooresville. – Free weight loss seminar on surgical weight loss led by the center’s director Ryan Heider. For more information, call 704-660-4584 or visit the center’s website.

Anime studio , 2 p.m. Cornelius Branch Library 21105 Catawba Ave, Cornelius. – Teens can learn how to create digital 2D movies, cartoons, anime and cut-out animations. Call 704-416-3800 or visit

Learn, Quest, Play: Fly to Learn ,4 p.m. Davidson Branch Library, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. – Teens can learn the science of flight and airplane design through navigating Fly to Learn software. Call 704-416-4000 or visit

Scotland trip information meeting , 7-7:45 p.m. Davidson College Presbyterian Church student center, Main and Griffith streets, Davidson – Information session on church trip to Scotland in May-June of 2013.

Cornelius outdoor movies , 8:30 p.m., Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive, Cornelius – Summer outdoor cinema series continues with the movie “Dolphin Tale.” Free and open to the public. Movies are shown on an inflatable “blimp screen,” and weather permitting, begin at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase, and viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Movie dates and times are subject to change. If the weather seems questionable the night of a movie, call PARC’s weather hotline at 704-896-2460, ext. 290.


Blood drive at Ben & Jerry’s , 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, 202 S. Main St., Davidson (and other locations) – Ben & Jerry’s / WBTV / Red Cross Give a Pint, Get a Pint blood drive. All presenting donors get free ice cream, a Red Cross T-shirt and a coupon for a free pint. Also, a chance to win a $3,000 gift card. Also at Ben & Jerry’s Gastonia and Providence locations, Red Cross Charlotte and Huntersville Blood Donation Centers, Bank of America Founders Hall and Hilton University Place. Schedule an appointment: 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Word basics , 2 p.m. North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. – Learn to create, edit and save a document in Microsoft Word 07. Designed for adults with some computer experience but little or no previous word processing experience. Call 704-416-6000 or visit

Toddler storytime , 11 a.m. Cornelius Public Library, 21105 Catawba Ave. Toddler Storytime (19-35 months): 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. Registration is required. For more information, call 704-416-3800 or go to the library web page.

Cornelius PARC Commission Meeting , 5:30-7 p.m. Room 217, Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius – Meeting of the Cornelius PARC Commission. For more information, visit the town website.

Behavioral Health Hospital meeting , 6:30-8pm, Davidson United Methodist Church chapel, 304 S. Main St., Davidson (park in main church lot, 233 S. Main St.) – Community meeting on Carolinas HealthCare System’s proposed $36 million Behavioral Health Hospital off NC 73. Carolinas HealthCare System staff will present plans and respond to questions. Other presentations expected from the town of Davidson; Due Process Davidson, a group of citizens opposed to the hospital; and from mental health advocates. (Read more, July 9, 2012, “Community meeting Thurs. on mental health hospital plan.”

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – Live music with TBA Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit


“From Page to Screen” film showing , 2 p.m. Cornelius Branch Library 21105 Catawba Ave, Cornelius. – Showing of the movie “Tangled” (PG) inspired by the folktale of Rapunzel. Call 704-416-3800 or visit

“Live in the 115″ summer concert , 5-9:30 p.m. John Franklin Moore Park, Main Street and Center Ave., Mooresville – “Live in the 115,” a series of free open-air rock shows at the corner of Main and Center. Featured bands today: Heartbeat (5-7) and Rare Form (7:30-9:30). Info:

Mooresville Artist Guild, 6-8 p.m., Mooresville Artist Guild, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville – Reception for 2012 Photography Exhibit. Info:

Live music at Campania , 6:30-9 p.m., Campania Cafe, 416 S. Main St., Davidson – Live music on the front porch (weather permitting) every Friday. This week: Scotti Benge. Info: 704-987-5111 or

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – Live music with TBA Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit

Live music at Galway Hooker Pub, 10 p.m., Galway Hooker Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius – Live music with Below the Belt. 704-895-1782.


Lake Norman Excursion logo 2012Lake Norman Excursion bike ride, 7 a.m., Lowe’s Corp. headquarters, 1000 Lowe’s Blvd., Mooresville – Lake Norman Excursion bike rides and running races. Schedule: 7am, 5K run; 8am, 40-, 60- and 100-mile rides around the Lake Norman area; 9am – family fun ride. The event organized by Cool Breeze Cyclery, Trek and Lowe’s is a benefit for American Red Cross. Info and registration:

Davidson Farmer’s Market , 8 a.m.-12 p.m., downtown Davidson, off Main Street next to Town Hall – The weekly Davidson Farmer’s Market. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. Runs every Saturday through November. Information: Visit and are pleased to be media partners of the Davidson Farmer’s Market.

Boater safety class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius – Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron presents a safe boating course, required for boat operators in NC under age 26. Includes info on state laws, water safety, radio operation, navigation, and emergencies. Registration $40 for first family member, $20 for additional. Register online

Living History Saturday , 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville – Living History Saturday. Tour the circa 1800 Latta home, grounds, outbuildings, and animal pens, and see backcountry life skills demonstrations.

Nano Science Saturday , 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discovery Place Inc., 301 North Tryon St., Charlotte. – Demonstration of nanoscale science and engineering with UNC Charlotte’s Dr. Thomas Schmedake and his team of students. Visitors can ask questions about nanoscale technology and learn about its application in STEM research. Free. Call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or visit

Graphic novels your kids will love , 11 a.m. Davidson Branch Library 119 S. Main St., Davidson. – This program is for parents and teachers who have kids in grades PreK-8 and who want to learn more about graphic novels: what are they, what titles are available for kids, how can parents select titles their kids will love. Call 704-416-4000 or visit

Shark dissection , 11 a.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. – Observe a shark dissection led by a Discovery Place educator. Call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or visit

Soldering workshop , Noon – 4 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. – Utilize a circuit kit to construct creations of fused metal, guided by skilled soldering instructors. $3 fee. Call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or visit

“Lit Lite” book club , 2 p.m. North County Regional Library 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville – New book club to read and discuss literary books under 300 pages. This meets second Sat. of every month. First selection Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer.” Call 704-416-6000 or visit

Adoption fundraiser , 2-5 p.m. Eez Fusion on the Patio in Birkdale Village – Silent auction of items donated by local businesses to raise money for a family’s adoption of an Ethiopian boy. Items include NASCAR tickets and autographed items, designer jewelry, spa packages, photography packages, gift baskets and gift cards. Contact Robyn Oakley at 704-224-6178 or

Batsheva in concert , 7 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane (off Concord Road), Davidson – Jewish Council of Lake Norman presents singer-songwriter Batsheva in concert. She sings in Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew and English and her concerts are described as a cross between Theodore Bikel and Tom Lehrer, with a feminine twist. Free and open to the public. Info:

Kannapolis Summer Concert Series , 7 p.m., Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis – Kannapolis Summer Concert Series with Band of Oz. Free. Info:

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – Live music with TBA Free. Information: 704-895-9090 or visit

Live music at Galway Hooker Pub, 10 p.m., Galway Hooker Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius – Live music with Amy Ehrlich. 704-895-1782.


Blood drive , 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2940 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. – Blood drive by Community Blood Center. Minimum weight requirement for blood donors is 120 pounds. More public drives can be found by logging on to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Web site at

Dash4Cache , 1 p.m. (check in 11:30-12:45), Jetton Park, off Jetton Road, Cornelius – Join the Dash4Cache, a fundraiser for Lake Norman YMCA and Ada Jenkins Center. This is a fun competition by car or bicycle or on foot that tests your smartphone skills. Using a special ap, you have to explore the area and find caches and checkpoints. Participate in teams of 2-4, ages 10+. Info:

Blood drive at Birkdale , 2-6 p.m. Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. – Blood drive by Community Blood Center. Minimum weight requirement for blood donors is 120 pounds. More public drives can be found by logging on to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Web site at

Concert on the Green , 6-8 p.m., Davidson Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson – Concert on the Green with The Backbeat Beatles tribute. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. Free.


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May 22-May 28

Poltergeist (PG-13) - Fri - Sun: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20, 9:35; Mon: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Tue: (1:30), (4:20), (7:20); Wed: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Thu: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20
Tomorrowland (PG) - Fri - Sun: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00, 9:55; Mon: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00; Tue: (1:00), (4:00), (7:00); Wed & Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 7:00
Mad Max: Fury Road (R) - Fri - Sun: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25, 10:10; Mon: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25; Tue: (1:40), (4:30); Wed & Thu: (1:40), (4:30), 7:25
Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) - Fri - Sun: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10, 10:00; Mon: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10; Tue: (1:15), (4:10), (7:10); Wed & Thu: (1:15), (4:10), 7:10

May 29-June 4

Spy (R) - Thu: (5:00), 7:45
Entourage (R) - Tue: 7:00 PM; Wed: (1:10), (4:30); Thu: (1:10), (4:30), 7:30
Aloha (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20, 9:55; Sun & Mon: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20; Tue: (1:30), (4:20), (7:20); Wed: (1:30), (4:20); Thu: (1:30), (4:20), 7:20
Poltergeist (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:25), (3:50), 7:10, 9:30; Sun & Mon: (1:25), (3:50), 7:10; Tue: (1:25), (3:50)
Tomorrowland (PG) - Fri & Sat: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55, 9:50; Sun & Mon: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55; Tue: (1:00), (4:00), (6:55); Wed: (1:00), (4:00); Thu: (1:00), (4:00), 6:55
Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) - Fri & Sat: (1:15), (4:10), 7:00, 9:40; Sun & Mon: (1:15), (4:10), 7:00; Tue: (1:15), (4:10), (7:00); Wed: (1:15), (4:10); Thu: (1:15 PM)