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Short Stuff Springtime Basket Camps on the Lake
May Finds Her Way BY BETTY SELAKOVICH CASEY
The story of a little Iditarod sled dog lost in the wilds of
Burn Baby Burn editor of TulsaKids magazine.
Consignment Sales Storytimes Spring Calendar
Bean is Born BY PEG ROBARCHEK
PUBLISHER Eve White
Bean is different. He isnâ€™t like his siblings, but he has a special purpose. Project 2 Heal trains therapy dogs for children with special needs. Proceeds
EDITOR Michele Huggins
to heal the world, one puppy at a time. Find out more at project2heal.org.
ART DIRECTOR Susannah Carpenter AD DESIGNER Wade Baker CALENDAR EDITOR Mikala Young SALES Jen Byrum Dawn Field Leslie Hatheway
Photo Doodles: 200 pictures for you to complete
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This one-of-a-kind interactive photo sketchbook combines kid-friendly imagery with challenges to kick-start your childâ€™s creativity. Ages 8+.
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Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo BY JUDY YOUNG
Digger tries to imitate various animals in the zoo while his sister tries to tell him what he can and cannot do. This early reader series explores the dynamics of sibling relationships through the playful adventures of two dogs. Grades K-1.
This heart-warming movie explores the values of teamwork, friendship and challenges. A familyfriendly story about a spoiled city girl, Madison, adjusting to life on a farm where she meets Scout, a rescue dog who teaches her the true meaning of family, the courage of outcasts and the promise of new beginnings. On DVD exclusively at WalMart. Rated G.
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NC Superintendent of the Year
HELPING HANDS AT HINDS’ FEET FARM
Brady Johnson, superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools, was named the 2014 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. The award, given jointly by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and the North Carolina School Boards Association, recognizes recent successes including an all-time best in graduation rates at 88.1 percent. Johnson, who spent most of his life in Iredell County, has been an outspoken advocate for public education, and credits Iredell County for his achievements.
In 1993 Carolyn “Puddin” Foil began plans for Hinds’ Feet Farm, to help survivors of traumatic brain injury, like her son Philip, attain the highest quality of life. Even after she passed away in 2010, her dream continues through the dedication of her husband Martin and oldest son, Marty, with locations in Huntersville and Asheville. the farm looks uncertain, due to the March closing of MeckLINK and changes in county mental health services funding. “We received funding from MeckLINK and with the move to Cardinal have no answers on any upcoming funding from the county,” says Marty Foil, executive director. “We’re operating on a razor’s edge.” location where currently a six-bedroom home called “Puddin’s Place,” serves those needing around-the-clock care. “We want to build a threethe 41-acre property,” says Foil.
Hopewell High Wins STEM Grant Congratulations to Hopewell High teachers and students for winning a three-year, $35,000 grant from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. The grant is part of the foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education program.
Open House Join Us! ◀ Confident Independent Thinking Speaking Spanish
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Age 2 to 6th Grade 7th to 12th Grade
9 a.m. 9 a.m.
springtime craft //
Perfect for little ones gathering colorful Easter eggs or for a special springtime party
BY LAURA KELLY
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES:
• Cut the lid and side piece from the egg carton and spray paint it. Two coats will make it brighter and shinier.
• Cut a 24-inch piece of wire. Add buttons to the wire every 2 inches or so by threading the wire through the holes and twisting it around.
Recycled cardboard egg cartons
Wire (electrical works great)
• Punch a hole in each end of the carton and thread your wire ends through, twisting them to secure a handle. • Tie 6-inch pieces of ribbon onto the handle into double knots. You can double a few sections to create a thicker and fuller look. • Eggcellent! Add paper grass in each hole. If you want it to stay secure, put a little for a few hours before using the basket.
Laura Kelly is a North Carolina artist and creator of Laura Kelly Designs. Find more of her crafts at laurakellydesigns.com.
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CAMPS S PHOTOS COURTESY OF PENINSULA YACHT CLUB
on the LAKE B Y A M Y S A L VA T O R E R E I S S
ummer camps are special for every kid, but on Lake Norman it means fun in the sun and on the water. One of the best ways of taking advantage of our geography is having your kids attend one of the very special camps that take place on our lovely shores. Read on to learn about two longtime Lake Norman favorites.
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SAIL, SKI OR FLOAT THE DAY AWAY
Looking for an all-around fun and exciting water experience for your tween or teen? The Davidson College Day Camp at the Lake provides a unique opportunity to soak up the sun while participating in activities such as swimming, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, tubing and games. The camps for ages 10-14 (grades 5-9), which run Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. most weeks in the summer, aim to enrich campers’ lives with fun waterbased activities, as well as increase confidence and self-esteem. The camps take place at Davidson College’s lake campus, also home to Davidson College club sailing and crew teams. Instructors and counselors are handpicked from colleges and universities across the country, and provide a safe place to learn and practice new skills. Perhaps the most rousing endorsements, though, come from campers who hope to return this summer. “I loved the lake and the sailing races. The counselors were cool and made the whole week fun, and the slushies were great,” says Nikolaus Heiser, 11, who participated in the camp in 2013. His brother, Jake, 12, agrees. “My counselor Will was hilarious and made the week so much fun. I loved the kayaks and sailing, and playing dock-ball was the best game in the world!” Their mother, Heather, also had praise for the camp; she said that both boys were in bed and asleep by 7:30 p.m. because they were so worn out. DAVIDSON COLLEGE DAY CAMP AT THE LAKE
52 Lake Campus Drive, Davidson (Davidson College Lake Campus) davidsonwildcats.com
BETWEEN PORT AND STARBOARD
If your child knows the diﬀerence between port and starboard (or wants to learn), The Peninsula Yacht Club is the camp to try this summer, oﬀering age appropriate programs for children 3 and older. The club oﬀers campers a chance to learn responsible boating and sailing in a safe environment. It’s a great spot if you have kids who want to focus on sailing, allowing them to get comfortable with the water. Even toddlers can join the fun. Children ages 3-5, will enjoy arts and crafts, games, story time and a daily supervised water activity in the toddler pool, big pool or down at the lake at toddler camps. “Kids [in the toddler program] get the chance to explore the water and Lake Norman while also playing games on the lawn, crafting, snacking and lunch,” says Clair Knox, membership and social director. Day camp sessions are oﬀered for children ages 6
and older. Part of each day is filled with water sports and activities on the lake, including lessons in sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding or canoeing. In addition, campers have time for a variety of arts and crafts, land games and a supervised free swim at the club pool. Campers ages 6 and older, who are serious about sailing, can try the Strictly Sailing camp. Open to all levels, even novice sailors, this five-day program focuses on personal sailing skills like tacking, wind direction and maneuverability, as well as learning sailing terms and parts of the boat. The week culminates on Friday with a Regatta Day. “Our Strictly Sailing camps are exceptional because the kids can go from zero boating experience to handling a small sailboat with a partner by the end of the week,” says Knox. “Each sailing week ends with a regatta on Friday which the parents can come to and cheer on their new sailor.” The Peninsula Yacht Club also teams with local Cornelius shop Icy Wakes to provide wakeboarding camps. PENINSULA YACHT CLUB CAMP
18501 Harbor Light Blvd, Cornelius peninsulayacht.com Amy Salvatore Reiss is a freelance writer and mother of two who lives in Davidson.
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Educating Mind, Body, and Soul With an accelerated curriculum and nurturing environment, SouthLake Christian Academy prepares students to excel in academics, athletics, and the arts while inspiring them to live their lives with wisdom and moral integrity.
OPEN HOUSE Thursday, March 13 â€˘ 7 p.m. w w w. s o u t h l a k e c h r i s t i a n . o r g 704-949-2200
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baby burn Burn Bootcamp fitness class designed for moms BY MEGAN FINKE
new fit community of moms is growing in Lake Norman. Formed in the Lake Norman area in spring 2012, Burn Bootcamp is a fitness program created just for moms and currently has over 600 members at six locations, including three in Lake Norman: Huntersville, Cornelius and Mooresville. “Burn Bootcamp is for busy moms and women alike,” says Devan Kline, Burn Bootcamp owner and head trainer. “Our experienced trainers take pride in holding all our moms accountable for reaching their fitness goals.” Kline, a former minor league baseball player, has always had a passion for fitness, and created Burn Bootcamp after one year in the minor leagues. During that year, he stayed with a host family and trained his host mom in the minor league weight room. He saw how her physical changes in the weight room positively aﬀected her family relationships at home. This started his passion for training mothers, and paved the way for Huntersville’s Burn Bootcamp. Burn Bootcamp creates a community that is inviting for moms at all fitness levels. “The workouts are in group settings, but each participant will develop a personal relationship with their trainer,” says Kline. The moms find motivation from each other just as much as they do from their trainers. “I have developed some wonderful friendships through Bootcamp,” says Ozlem Cankurtaran, a bootcamper at the Huntersville location, and mother of two daughters: Alara, 5, and Tuana, 4. “We are all like-minded people, very supportive of each other and a little bit competitive at the same time.” Cankurtaran usually goes to early morning classes. “It is not easy to get up and be to Bootcamp by 5:30 a.m., but it is a great
feeling to know that I do something for myself each morning. I feel very good about myself, even when exhausted.” New members complete a head-to-toe body diagnostics test which is used to set goals and create an accountability schedule. Members perform this same body assessment every three weeks in the program to mark their progress. Each Burn Bootcamp location oﬀers multiple session times during the day to fit any mom’s schedule, with free child care at specified times. Every session is a 45-minute combination of strength, cardio and athletic conditioning. “Members never have the same two workouts,” says Kline “that’s what really makes it fun.” The exercises follow a progressive system, so members advance to more diﬃcult sets at their own pace, and each drill has five to eight modifications. Trainers work with moms one-on-one to make any exercise easier or harder. “Burn Bootcamp is physically challenging and pushes me to do more than I would if I were on my own,” says Cankurtaran. To complement the workouts, members are also encouraged to follow nutrition guidelines set by their trainers. “All members receive emails with nutrition tips and information,” says Kline. “They also have focus meetings with their trainer to discuss nutrition in one-on-one or small group settings.” The success of Burn Bootcamp is expected to expand to five more locations in the Carolinas by summer 2014. Information on memberships, specific locations and times is online at burnbootcamp.com. Megan Finke is a freelance writer who lives in Charlotte. spring 2014 // LKNparents.com
ut this handy list of Lake Norman consignment sales on your refrigerator so you wont miss a single deal. From Mooresville to Denver, you’ll find bargains on gently used children’s clothing, toys and furniture — everything a thrifty LKN Mom needs!
FEB. 25-MARCH 1 SAIL AGAIN CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Newest children’s consignment sale for items such as clothing, shoes, baby equipment and furniture, toys, DVDs, CDs, video games and more. Connected to Merinos Furniture, 500 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-765-2117. sailagainlkn.com.
MARCH 14-15 ASSURANCE UMC CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Children’s clothing from newborn to size 16, nursery decor, strollers, toys, books, videos, baby accessories and maternity clothes. United Methodist Church, 9700 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville. 704-3919567. assuranceumc.org.
MARCH 26-29 GREEN JEANS WOMEN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE A wide variety of new and gently worn brand name, boutique and designer clothing, shoes and accessories from petite to plus sizes, including maternity. Merinos Home Furnishings, 500 S. Main St, Mooresville. 704-351-5082. greenjeanssale.com.
MARCH 7-8 CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Bargain priced maternity and newborn-teen clothing, baby equipment, and tons of electronics. Highland Drive Church, 2810 Highland Drive, Lincolnton. 704-735-0074. highlanddrivechurch.com.
MARCH 16-20 TERI KIDZ CONSIGNMENT Children’s clothing infant to 16, toys, baby furniture, car seats, strollers and more from 300 consignors. See website for Location, Mooresville. 704-677-6714. terikidzconsign.com.
MARCH 27-29 CAROLINA KIDS SALE Gently used children’s clothing, baby gear, cribs, and other infant accessories. The Old Skating Rink, 2714 CLT Hwy., Mooresville.
MARCH 12-15 KAT’S KID SALE A semi-annual children’s sale where shoppers can buy gently used clothing, toys and gear at a fraction of the retail prices. 9615 Sherrill Estates Road, Unit A, Huntersville. katskidsale.com.
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MARCH 22 CHILDREN’S SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALE Items for sale include children’s clothes size newborn to plus sizes, baby equipment, toys, books, DVDs and furniture. United Methodist Church, 3910 US Hwy 16 N. Business, Denver. 704-483-1601. denvermethodist.org.
MARCH 29 LAKE NORMAN MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALE A cash-only sale including gently-used children’s and maternity clothing, toys and baby equipment. Half price sale starts at 11:30am. Brawley Middle School, 132 Swift Arrow Drive, Mooresville. lknmom.org.
APRIL 3-APRIL 6 CHARLOTTE STYLE EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SALE Shop for clothing and accessories for women, juniors, and teen boys, as well as furniture and home décor. Across from Northcross Lanes, 9615 Sherrill Estates Road, Huntersville. charlottestyleexchange.com.
$hopping Tips BY STEPHANIE HOFFMAN
Ask friends and neighbors what sale they like.
tip No. 3) 2.
Volunteer for a shift.
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A Private Christian School
Now enrolling for the
2014-2015 school year TK-9th grade
*We add a grade each year until 12th grade
Find a friend who consigns at the sale and see if they have a buddy pass.
Tuesday, March 11 | 5:30 â€“ 7:30 pm
CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE TOUR! 704-391-5516 WWW.MIDSCHOOL.ORG
Find out the rules for shopping the sale.
Bring a large shopping tote or preferably something that rolls.
CHRISTIAN MONTESSORI CLASSROOMS FOR INFANTS THROUGH SIXTH GRADE.
Infant 6 weeks-12 months Primary 3-6 years old
Toddler 18 months-3 years Elementary Grades 1-6
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at the Lake
ith tablets as the latest trend, the art of reading a book is slowing changing and so is how we are reading to our kids. Local libraries are preserving the traditional approach through storytimes for kids. Engage your child with any of these weekly interactive storytimes at a library near you. And while youâ€™re there, check out a book for yourself. All sessions listed are free. Some require registration.
AFTERNOON ADVENTURES. Children develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and handson activities. Ages 5-11. 4pm. North County Regional Library. BABY STORYTIME. Babies experience brain stimulation through language and socialization. New sights and sounds are shared with a parent/caregiver through books, songs, and rhymes. Registration required. Ages 0-17 mos. 10:30am, Cornelius Library; 10am, North County Regional Library. TINY TOTS STORYTIME. Stories, music and movement for tiny tots. This storytime is designed to develop language, listening and coordination skills. Registration required. Ages 18-35 mos. 11:30am, Cornelius Library; 11am, North County Regional Library.
BABY AND ME STORYTIME. An interactive early literacy program featuring board books, simple songs,
movement activities, nursery For parents/caregivers. Ages birth- 23 mos. 10am, Mooresville Library. READ WITH BARON THE DOG. Read a book to Baron, the lovable longhaired German Shepherd, a 3:30pm. Mooresville Public Library.
TWO TIME STORYTIME. Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and explore letters, sounds, and words through stories and activities. Registration required. Ages 18-35 mos. 10:30am, Cornelius Library. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become successful readers. Registration required. Ages 3-5. 11:30am, Cornelius Library. LISTEN AND MOVE: WARM UP YOUR MUSCLES. Preschoolers engage with books and activities through stories and songs to encourage language and
pre-reading skills. Bring workout clothes because this class likes to move. Ages 3-5. 11am, North County Regional Library. SIDE BY SIDE STORYTIME. Have fun listening to stories and singing songs that will enhance early literacy skills. Ages 2-3. 10am, Mooresville Library.
JUST FOR ME STORYTIME. Preschoolers hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills to become successful readers. This story time is for kids only. Ages 3-5. 11am, North County Regional Library. SIDE BY SIDE STORYTIME. Have fun listening to stories and singing songs that will enhance early literacy skills. Ages 2-3. 10am, Mooresville Library.
Check out pages 11 and 12 for additional story times that occur in March.
HOMEWORK STUDY ZONE. All kids need a little help. This weekly study time makes homework a breeze. Spread out and get some school work done, study for tests, get homework help or online tutoring. Ages 8-18. Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Cornelius Library.
LOCATIONS MOORESVILLE LIBRARY 304 S. Main St., Mooresville 704-664-2927 ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library CORNELIUS LIBRARY 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 704-416-3800 cmlibrary.org NORTH COUNTY REGIONAL LIBRARY 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville 704-416-6000 cmlibrary.org
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COMIC CREATIONS. Grasp a full understanding of comics and graphic novels, and learn storytelling and cartooning techniques that comic book artists’ use. Ages 8-11. FREE. 2pm. North County Regional, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704-416-6000. cmlibrary.org. LAND OF THE LORAX. Join other children for an interactive reading of Dr. Seuss’ timeless classic. After the story, children will discover the different trees that grow in Mecklenburg County and plant a tree seed to take home. Ages 3-6. $2. 11-noon. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS. March is Nature Craft Month. Celebrate by making crafts from natural items found in the forest. Bring the whole family out and make creations to take home. $4. 2-3pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
LATTA HOMESCHOOLERS: GEOCACHING. Go on a hightech treasure hunt and learn about the basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units will be provided. Bring plenty of water and a snack. Ages 6-8. $6. 10am-noon. Jetton Park, Cornelius. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
LATTA HOMESCHOOLERS: MAKE YOUR OWN HIKING STICK. Create your own walking tool using imagination and a variety of supplies. Then hit the trail and put it to use. Ages 9-12. $3. 1-3:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MADNESS. Friends are welcome and
interest. Music, dancing, hoops, contests and video games are just the beginning. Ages 11-13.
Members $5, nonmembers $8. 8-11pm. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. 704-716-4400. ymcacharlotte.org.
BSA: GEOCACHING MERIT BADGE. Go on a hightech treasure hunt and earn a merit badge at the same time. Scouts will create many of the
caches placed in the nature preserve. Lunch and equipment provided. Ages 10-17. $15. 9-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
STAY AND PLAY. Drop in with the little one for some free play. Enjoy the tunnel, stepping stones, kitchen area and lots of other toys. Ages birth-3. FREE. 10:30am. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main S., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/ portal/library.
YOUNG EXPLORERS: SNAKES. Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the program’s topic. Ages 2-3. $3. 10:15-11am. Latta Plantation
Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
KIDS CREATE ST. PADDYS DAY. Create a festive craft for this holiday and take it home. Ages 3-5. FREE. 11am. Mooresville Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library.
COMIC CREATIONS. Grasp a full understanding of comics and graphic novels, and learn storytelling and cartooning techniques comic book artists’ use. Ages8-11. FREE. 2pm. North County Regional, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704-416-6000. cmlibrary.org. FULL MOON HIKE. Hike around the nature reserve by the light of the stars and the full moon. Trail and night sight will be tested. Ages 7 and up. FREE. 8:30-10pm. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve- Horse Trailer Parking Lot, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. LATTA CELTIC FESTIVAL. See Scottish dancing by Latta’s Kilts
and Petticoats, meet various Scottish clans, shop with vendors. Food will be available as well as games, storytelling and farm animal visits. Return Saturday evening for a live Celtic Music concert. $6-$8. 10am-4pm, Saturday concert 6-9pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.
CHARLOTTE YOUTH CYCLING RACE. The overarching goal of CYCL is to give kids the opportunity to have a great mountain bike race
age and ability level of a child in a fun, safe and low cost setting. Ages 6-18. Registration required. $15-$20; Kids 6 and under free. View website for race times. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. charlotteyouthcycling.org. COMMUNITY SERVICE SUNDAYS. Teens earn community service hours by getting involved with the community. Build leadership skills and make new friends by working on a new project. Registration required. Ages 12-18. FREE.
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2pm. North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704-416-6000. cmlibrary.org. CUB SCOUTS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BELT LOOP AND PIN. Complete the requirements to earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin under the instruction of an environmental educator. Ages 7-10. $5. 1:30-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. LATTA CELTIC FESTIVAL. See Scottish dancing by Latta’s Kilts and Petticoats, meet various Scottish clans, shop with vendors. Food will be available as well as games, storytelling and farm animal visits. $6-$8. 10am-4pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.
CREATING WITH BOOKS. Listen to stories and extend learning through a variety of hands-on activities. This month’s focus is on mixing color. Ages 5-11. FREE. 4:30pm. Mountain Island Public Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte. 704-416-5600. cmlibrary.org. LATTA HOMESCHOOLERS: GEOCACHING. Go on a high-tech treasure hunt and learn about the basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units will be provided. Bring plenty of water and a snack. Ages 6-8. $6. 10am-noon. Jetton Park, Cornelius. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
4TH AND 5TH GRADE FUN NIGHT. Listen to music, dance, play games, enjoy concessions and hang with friends. Ages 9-11. Members $5, nonmembers $10. 8-11pm. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. 704-716-4400. ymcacharlotte.org. FAMILY STORYTIME. Children enjoy favorite stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skills. Help foster a love of books and reading in your child. Parents
and caregivers are encouraged to participate. Ages 18 mos.-5. FREE. 11am. Cornelius Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-416-3800. cmlibrary.org.
activities related to the program’s topic. Ages 2-3. $3. 10:15-11am. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
MIX IT UP CRAFTS. Make a variety of arts and crafts to take home. Ages 3-5. FREE. 11am. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville. nc.us/portal/library.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: FOR ME, FOR YOU, FOR LATER™. literacy skills through making choices and decisions. Learn how people, things and money have value. Ages 3-5. FREE. 11am. North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704- 416-6000. cmlibrary.org.
RECYCLED LIGHT. Bring your candle and wax scraps, including crayons, and melt them down into brand-new candles. Kids will learn about
SIGNS OF SPRING FAMILY HIKE. The leaves are starting to bud and birds are singing. Join other families for a walk on the Cattail Trail and enjoy the early signs of spring. All ages. FREE. 2-3pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
NATURE DETECTIVES: INVASIVE SPECIES. Participants will become nature detectives as they investigate and learn about fun things that are found in the woods. Featuring stories, games, and activities. Ages 4-6. $3. 1:30-3:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-432-6460. parkandrec.com. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: FOR ME, FOR YOU, FOR LATER™
SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE DAY. Kick off the weekend by enjoying an on screen FREE. 2pm. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library.
MAKE YOUR OWN MULTI-FUNCTION HIKING STICK. Create this walking tool that could be used for other purposes. Be prepared to walk two miles. Ages 10 and up. $10. 10am-12:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
1-2pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
CHARLOTTE YOUTH CYCLING RACE. CYCL gives kids the opportunity to have a great mountain bike race experience
in a fun, safe and low cost setting. Ages 6-18. Registration required. $15-$20; Kids 6 and under free. Also on April 27. View website for race times. Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson. charlotteyouthcycling.org. FANTASTIC FISH.
skills through making choices and decisions. Learn how people, things and money have value. Ages 3-5. 11:30am. Cornelius library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-416-3800. cmlibrary.org
Lake. Ages 5-12. $3. 2-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.
YOUNG EXPLORERS: TURTLES. Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and
LONG RUNNING EVENTS March 28-April 5 SEUSSICAL. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this fun and interactive play with have the entire family entertained. $7-$10. March 28-April 5. Fri.-Sat. 7pm; Sun., 3pm. 704-452-7830. lincolntheatreguild.com. Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton.
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March 29-April 6 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. The classic story brought to life of a young boy’s journey of escape from his loathsome aunt’s. $10. March 29-April 6. Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 1 and 4pm. 704-892-7953. davidsoncommunityplayers. org. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.
Women’s Transitional Healthcare Mental Health Designed for Women Unique by design, a woman is instilled with purpose and potential. At Women’s Transitional Healthcare in Charlotte we appreciate and nurture those unique characteristics, thus allowing a woman to bloom into her natural state of beauty.
We treat: Postpartum Depression Postpartum Psychosis Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Psychosis Mood Disorders Anxiety
Summer Fun at HISTORIC LATTA PLANTATION!
for ages 4 to 17. Work with the farm animals, participate in farm chores, make crafts & much more!
MISS JANE’S ACADEMY
for ages 8-12. Civil War camp for girls that takes them back in time to learn English Country Dancing, ink making, crocheting and more!
CIVIL WAR & REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER CAMPS
for ages 8-12. Experience life as a soldier as you drill, march, build forts in the woods, and battle it out across the plantation!
Visit www.lattaplantation.org for camp weeks and pricing!
704-817-8230 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wthealthcare.net Women’s Transitional Healthcare in Charlotte: A Return to Happiness 10400 Mallard Creek Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28262
HISTORIC LATTA PLANTATION IS LOCATED IN LATTA PLANTATION NATURE PRESERVE.
5225 SAMPLE ROAD, HUNTERSVILLE, NC 28078
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