April 12

• PADDLEFEST: The Davidson Land Conservancy and My Aloha Paddle Sports and Fitness host Lake Davidson’s PaddleFest 2013 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, 750 Jetton St., behind Davidson Day School. The free event includes live music, introductory kayak and paddleboarding demonstrations, dragonboats and clipper war canoes, storytelling, and tours of the preserve walking trail. Participants who have their own boats or boards are encouraged to bring them, as well as life jackets. Life jackets and waivers are a requirement for any on-the-water activities. Attendees are encouraged to donate to the Davidson Land Conservancy. Call 973-219-9076 for more details.

• FREEDOM FEST: Journey Church, 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville, hosts The Father’s House Freedom Fest from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The free event is suitable for all ages. It includes arts and crafts and a food festival, as well as live entertainment and a silent auction. Kids can enjoy cultural games and gain a greater understanding of the Ghanaian culture. Call 704-608-1902 for more information.

April 13

• CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT: Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, hosts Civil War Reenactments from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13-14 at the plantation. Visitors can also tour the 19th-century Latta home, outbuildings, and animals, visit the soldier camps, shop with period sutlers, and see demonstrations. Admission costs $7. Kids 5 and younger get in free. Call 704-875-2312 for more details.

 

 

April 16

• TAI CHI FOR LIFE: The Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department presents Tai Chi For Life, a class focusing on Yang style, one of the most popular forms of Tai Chi around the world. Joe Higgins instructs the eight-week class, which runs Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Huntersville Arts and Cultural Center, 109 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. It costs $56 for residents and $61 for others. The class ends May 28.

Tai Chi uses agile steps with gentle flowing movements to combine a fitness and health exercise regimen with relaxing moving meditation. The class is suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to renew the practice of Yang-style Tai Chi. Call Huntersville Parks and Recreation at 704-766-2220.

• SHAG DANCING: Twister’s Shag Club hosts two seven-week sets of shag dancing lessons in the large room addition to Fat Boy’s Restaurant, 114 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville. The classes are open to all lake-area residents. Beginner I classes, for participants new to shag dancing, are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Beginner II classes, for people who took the first class or know basic steps, are Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. Classes cost $30 each. Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early the first week of classes to receive instructional material. Visit www.goshagging.com or call 704-534-4151 for more details.

 

April 17

• PILATES CLASS: Dancing Moon Pilates, 15905 Brookway Drive, Huntersville, hosts Pilates mat classes orchestrated by Denise Maffia. Classes are Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The eight-week program, which includes mat work and lessons toning, flexibility, posture, movement and mind-body connection, runs until May 15. It costs $80 for Huntersville residents and $100 for non-residents. Call 704-641-0455 for more information.

 

April 18

• IRRIGATION CLASS: The Cornelius Arts Project presents a class on making a home irrigation system at 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Horticultural researcher Michael Jones from Auburn University instructs the class, which costs $15 for Cornelius residents and $19 for others. Participants will learn how to put together and buy the commercial components necessary to build their own cost-effective portable backyard irrigation systems. Call 704-896-8823 for more details.

 

April 20

• SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES: Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, hosts the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games. Opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m. with events going on all day. Rural Hill opens the final day of the Games at 8 a.m. April 21 and closes at 4:30 p.m. Adult tickets cost $20 for April 20, $10 for April 21 or $25 for a two-day ticket. Children’s tickets for ages 5-12 cost $7 per day or $12 for both days. Visit www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net or call 704-875-3113 for more information.

 

April 22

• GOLF TOURNAMENT: NorthStone Country Club, 17801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville, hosts The Lions Regional Golf Tournament, a four-man captain’s choice tournament to benefit the blind. The range opens at 10 a.m. and the tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The event costs $100 per person and includes a cart, green fees, range balls and a gift bag. The tournament winner younger than 60 wins $280 and the lowest-scoring player 60 or older also wins $280. Hole prizes include a $10,000 cash prize on Hole 5, and a trip for four to a three-day, two-night stay at Silver Legacy in Reno, Nev. on Hole 13. Call Neal Howes at 704-875-3489 for more information.