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Fishing, running, college events, farmer’s market

weekend calendar bugWhat a weekend of fun we have coming up in the Lake Norman area. Here’s hoping the weather delivers. Friday is PARC day at Smithville Park in Cornelius. Saturday is opening day for the regular season of Davidson Farmer’s Market, this year with new features including food trucks. A block away, Davidson College’s Herpetology Lab hosts its annual Reptile Day, a great way to learn about some of our cold-blooded fellow residents. The Lake Norman Shrine Club needs boats for a bass tournament on Lake Norman this weekend. And Davidson-based Reckless Running, run by local Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, will host the American Two-Mile Championship Saturday morning at Jetton Park. On Sunday, Davidson College hosts a Holocaust remembrance event. And there’s plenty of local music – from open mic night at Kadi Fit Thursday to classical concerts to jazz. Read on for the details.

Our Town Cinemas has “The Croods,” “Olympus Has Fallen,” “GI Joe: Retaliation,” and “The Host.” See the showtimes at right on this page.

(See more about this weekend’s musical happenings in our “Music News” column.)


Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission, 4pm, Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius – Special Meeting of the Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission, to discuss the commission’s strategic plan. Open to the public.

Philosophy Lecture, 7:30pm, Philanthropic Hall, off North Main Street, Davidson College – Brie Gertler, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, will speak on “Does the Mind Extend into the World?” Free. Info: Call 704-894-2218 or email

Spanish Poetry, 7:30pm, Sprinkle Room, Davidson College Alvarez College Union – Fernando Operé, poet and Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Virginia, will present “La Vuelta Mundo en 80 Poems,” an illustrated presentation in Spanish of his newest poetry collection. Free. For more information call 704-894-7050 or email

Open Mic Night at Kadi Fit, 9pm, Kadi Fit studio, Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius – Bella Love presents open mic night for artists and performers every 1st and 3rd Thursday. Music, visual, poetry, comedy, all ages and genres welcome. $5 cover charge. 21+ drink specials. Information on Facebook.


PARC day at Smithville Park, Noon to 2pm, Smithville Park, Catawba Ave., Cornelius – Bring the whole family to this free event, co-sponsored by the Cornelius Police Department. Participants will enjoy arts & crafts, a bicycle rodeo, kite flying contests, food and more. Info:

Chemistry Lecture, Davidson College invites the public on Friday, April 5, to a chemistry lecture by Professor Michael Best from the University of Tennessee. Best will present “Synthetic Analogs of Cell Surface Ligands for studying Protein-Membrane Binding Interactions that Regulate Disease-Related Biological Processes” beginning at 2:30 p.m. in room B25 of Martin Chemistry Building. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby at 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend the event. For information call 704-894-2307.

Davidson Women’s Lacrosse vs. Campbell, 6pm, Davidson College Richardson Stadium – Davidson women’s lacrosse vs. Campbell. Information:

Davidson Baseball vs. UNC-Wilmington, 6pm, Davidson College Wilson Field – Davidson Baseball vs. UNC-Wilmington. Information:

David Childers at Summit, 8-11pm, Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – First Friday concert series at Summit presents David Childers. $8. Info: 704-895-9090 or visit


Dogwood Bass Tournament, 7am to 4pm, Midway Marina, Highway 150, Terrell – 34th Annual Dogwood Bass Tournament, a fundraiser for the Lake Norman Shrine Club. Tournament starts at 7am, weigh-in at 4pm. Cash prizes for the top 10 teams, and biggest fish. All proceeds go to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Boasts and teams needed. Call 704-516-0506 to register.

American Two-Mile Championship, 8am, Jetton Park, Cornelius – American Two Mile Championship, hosted by Reckless Running and Alot Sports. Includes an elite 2-mile race with $500 top prize plus bonuses and an open race with $200 top prize plus bonuses. Registration $30 until March 31, $35 until April 5th. T-shirts to first 100 entrants. More info: and

Davidson Farmer’s Market – Opening Day, 8am-noon, downtown Davidson, off Main Street next to Town Hall – Opening day for the spring/summer season of Davidson Farmer’s Market. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. This week: local food cooking demonstrations at 9:30 and 10:30 by chef Vera Samuels and music by Americana/bluegrass musician Rusty Knox. Also, Kids Club kids will prepare and plant the spring market garden. The market continues every Saturday through November. Information: Visit and are pleased to be media partners of the Davidson Farmer’s Market. See our preview on Food & Dining: “Market’s new season here, with food trucks, new faces.”

Reptile Day at Davidson, 10am to 1pm, Davidson College, Blanche Knox Parker Garden, between Watson and Dana Science buildings, off Concord Road – Davidson College Herpetology Lab presents its annual Reptile Day, a day to see, touch and learn about reptiles and amphibians. Free. Info: See also our coverage of previous Reptile Days, under the Reptile Day tag.

Exxon/On the Run Customer Appreciation Day, Noon to 3pm, Exxon/On the Run shop, 601 Griffith St., Davidson – Customer Appreciation Day, free windshield washing, giveaways, live jazz in the parking lot. 50 cent coffees and hot dogs all day.

Really Really Free Market, 2-4pm, Davidson College Chambers Building Lawn – Community members are invited to gather and share what they have to offer – goods and services – free of money, bartering, and regulation. Hosted by the Davidson College Eco-House. Rain location is the Alvarez Union Atrium. See our preview, “Eco House hosts ‘Really Free Market’ – come give and take”

Dinner at Davidson fundraiser, 6:30pm, Davidson College Lilly Gallery – Enjoy dinner with current Davidson students at the fourth annual Dinner at Davidson to raise funds for the Davidson Trust, which helps make Davidson College accessible for all students. Dinner will feature a culinary creation from the student cooking group, P.S., as well as remarks from a student involved in the production. Dinner will be followed by the premiere of “Trust: The Play.” The performance will debut in the Duke Family Performance Hall at 8pm. Dinner is $100 per seat. For more information and to make a reservation visit See more in our preview article, “”

Jazz at the Wine Cellar, 7-11pm, The Wine Cellar, 19712 One Norman Boulevard, off West Catawba Ave., Cornelius – Wine tasting with live music: jazz guitarist Brad Bailey.

Grievous Angels at Summit, 8-11pm, Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – Live music: Grievous Angels. Free. Info: 704-895-9090 or visit


Explore Unitarian Universalism, 9:45am, The Lodge at Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, off Presbyterian Road, Mooresville – Ever wondered what Unitarian Universalism is? Join us for coffee and conversation, and learn the basic principles of Unitarian Universalism. Weekly services follow. To RSVP email

Summit Jazz Brunch, Noon to 3pm, Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson – Sunday Jazz Brunch. $8 cover, $3 mimosas. Info: 704-895-9090 or visit

Davidson women’s lacrosse, 1pm, Davidson College Richardson Stadium – Davidson women’s lacrosse vs. Presbyterian. Information:

Music at St. Alban’s, 3pm, Bob & Tanja, Music for Guitar & Cello, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Cellist Tanja Bechtler and guitarist Bob Teixeira play works by Albeniz, Granados, de Falla, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and Gnatali and more. Tickets available at door or in advance. For tickets and more information visit or call 704-941-0650.

Concert Series – Davidson Trio, 3pm, Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College – The Davidson Trio, with violinist Rosemary Furniss, cellist Alan Black, and pianist Dana Protopopescu will present the finale of this season’s Concert Series with a program that includes Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 3, Turina’s Fantasia for piano, violin and cello (“Circulo”), Op. 91, and Brahms’s Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87, No. 2. General admission $15, $8 for seniors; $5 for youth 18 and under. Call 704-894-2135 for reservations or purchase online at

Holocaust Remembrance at Davidson College, 4pm, Davidson College, Alvarez Union 900 Room – Join Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman and Davidson College Hillel for Yom Hashoah, a commemoration of those who perished in the Holocaust. The event includes readings on the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. Free. For information call 704-252-7038 or 704-894-2284. More info also available on Facebook.


Davidson walking-biking workshop, 6-8pm, Davidson Town Hall board room, 216 S. Main St. – A public workshop is planned on the proposed pedestrian master plan. It’s a drop-in session with no formal presentation. Citizens are invited to their concerns about walking and biking in Davidson with consultants and committee members. Read more: “Put in your two cents on walking and biking in town.”

Cornelius Town Board, 7pm, Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius – Cornelius Town Board meeting. Agenda on the town website, includes budget matters, a closed session to discuss a real estate acquisition, appointment of a new ex-officio representative to the MI-Connection board, a vote on the planned Smithville Community Garden, and acceptance of streets in Antiquity Cornelius.

Lake Norman Marine Commission, 7pm, Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville – Lake Norman Marine Commission monthly meeting. The commission will hear it usual reports about lake issues, and the Rental Boat Committee chaired by member John Marino will issue its final report and recommendations for improving safety of rental boats on the lake. Info:

Teens Helping Teens, 7-8pm, Davidson United Methodist Church, The Counseling Center, 261 S. Main St., Davidson – Shannon White, LPC and Christine Wisdom, MS, LPCA of The Counseling Center at Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC) will provide a non-judgmental and confidential environment for teens ages 13-18 to discuss various topics, including: grief and loss, self-esteem, family dynamics, coping skills, peer pressure, substance use, social skills, and career/college preparation. An 8-week group will begin Monday, April 8. Cost: $400; scholarships available. Prior assessment appointment is needed to join the group. RSVP to Shannon White at 704-892-6135.

African American Studies, 7pm, Davidson College Chambers Hall, Hance Auditorium – Lecture on “Race, Resistance and Quiet” by Associate Professor of African American Studies Kevin Quashie. Free. For information call 704-894-2713 or email

Christian Ethics Lecture, 7:30pm. Nigel Biggar, Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology from the University of Oxford, England, will present on “Christian Love and Forgiveness in the Context of Human Conflict,” (Monday) and “The Role of Religious Ethics in Contemporary Liberal Society” (Tuesday). The lectures are part of an on-going series concerning Davidson’s church relatedness. The talks will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 11 a.m. on April 9 in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. Free. For more information call 704-894-2095 or email


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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
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Entourage (R) - Tue: 7:00 PM; Wed: (1:10), (4:30); Thu: (1:10), (4:30), 7:30
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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
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