TV, film actress offers drama classes

CORNELIUS – Children will have the opportunity to learn drama from an actress their parents might remember from TV shows such as “Ally McBeal,” “Strong Medicine,” “Saved by The Bell” and “Judging Amy.”

Karen Abercrombie will offer children’s drama classes January 2014 through May 2014 with performances every seven weeks.

The classes take place Tuesdays at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmorland Road. Ages 9-12 meet 4-5:15 p.m. Ages 13-16 meet 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Abercrombie’s movie career includes lead character Maxine Goodheart in the GMC hit film, “Trinity Goodheart,” and upcoming films “Mountaintop” by director Gary Wheeler.

She’ll also star in a Hallmark original film “A Friend for Maddie.”

Additionally, Abercrombie’s Off Broadway credits have received rave reviews.

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Bella Love plans block party

CORNELIUS – Bella Love has organized a Halloween Block Party.

The party features shopping, children’s activities and prizes from Catawba Avenue and Oak Street Mill  businesses 2 p.m. to sundown Oct. 31.

Visit participating businesses to receive a treasure map that will lead you on a quest to discover treats, tricks and maybe some buried treasure.

The Calm & Response will perform music at an after-party from 8 p.m. to midnight at Kadi Fit, 19275 Oak St. Admission costs $10 or $5 for those wearing costumes.

The after-party will feature Halloween games, a costume contest, craft beer and wine.



Residents to get a taste of Cornelius

CORNELIUS – Kar Kare and Lube of Lake Norman will kick off its grand opening with a Taste of Cornelius on Nov. 2.

The event sponsors The Ada Jenkins Center and will feature food from local restaurants and vendors, a costume contest, pumpkin face painting, a pumpkin toss and pumpkin putt-putt.

Best costume awards will be awarded for ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-12 and adult.

The event, produced by Deborah Bell and Company, take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kar Kare and Lube of Lake Norman, 18724 Statesville Road. The event is free, but attendees have the option to donate to the Ada Jenkins Center or buy raffle tickets. 


‘Biggest Cheese’ to be crowned at Tastes of Habitat

MOORESVILLE – Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will silence the hammers for the evening at the Taste of Habitat on Nov. 7.

The annual fundraiser supports Our Towns Habitat’s Women Build program whose goal is to fully sponsor and build Habitat homes. The event will mark the end of The Biggest Cheese in Town campaign, with the person who raised the most money crowned the Biggest Cheese.

The event will also include tastings from top local chefs, a silent auction and live music from Muse Fellows.

Tickets cost $35 for individuals or $250 for groups of eight. Each includes two drink tickets for beer or wine.

The event will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St.

To buy tickets, go to


North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade applications now available

DAVIDSON – Those interested in being part of the 31st annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade can now find an application on the town’s Web site.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the intersection of Main and Griffith streets and ends in Cornelius. Details:


Dancers to get down at Fall Cyclone Shag Dance Party

MOORESVILLE – Beach music lovers and shag dance enthusiasts will have the time of their lives at the 23rd annual Fall Cyclone Shag Dance Party, where the ticket price includes dance workshops, beach music, food and drinks.

The Fall Cyclone, hosted by the Twisters Shag Club, runs Nov. 1-3 at the Mooresville Skating Rink, 2714 Charlotte Hwy.

Disc jockeys will spin beach music 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 3.

On Nov. 2, professional shaggers will lead dance workshops at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.

Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson, both of whom have songs on beach music charts, will perform that afternoon. Sunday will feature gospel music and a shrimp and grits breakfast by the Milford Powell and the Pirate’s Cove staff, followed by performances from junior shaggers.

The Fall Cyclone has won “Event of the Year” four out of the five times the Carolina Beach Music Association has presented the award.

Tickets cost $75 and advanced purchase is highly recommended.

Details:, or 704-892-9044.