Lydia’s Loft giving away prom dresses to public

HUNTERSILLVE – Lydia’s Loft is ready for prom season with more than 1,000 dresses in its Prom Closet.

Each of the past four years, the Prom Closet has given out more than 700 dresses. After prom season, they give about 250 dresses to the Levine Children’s Hospital for its prom.

“You should see the place,” Aileen Ramirez said. “It looks like we’ve not given any out!”

The Prom Closet also has some jewelry, shoes and bags, but it does not have tuxedos for the guys, just a few sports jackets.

Anyone can visit the Prom Closet, and no referrals are necessary, as it is for the other Lydia’s Loft clothing. Most of the prom shoppers come from Hopewell, which has prom on April 26, and North Mecklenburg, which has prom on May 17. The special needs kids at Hopewell have prom on May 23, and they set up a special day for those kids to shop.

The Prom Closet began four years ago with eight dresses, which Aileen kept at her house until right before the prom season. Then they moved the Prom Closet to an unused room on the third floor of First Baptist Huntersville. Many of the donations come from First Baptist Huntersville church members.

Lydia’s Loft is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays on the third floor of the education building at First Baptist Church Huntersville, 119 N. Old Statesville Road. 

Donations to the Prom Closet are welcome, especially plus-size dresses.


Lake Norman Baptist shows Priscilla Shirer’s live simulcast

HUNTERSVILLE – The women at Lake Norman Baptist will gather for a live simulcast of Priscilla Shirer.

Shirer, daughter of mega-pastor Tony Evans, is a speaker, Bible teacher and author. She has spent more than a decade addressing major corporations, organizations and Christian audiences around the world. Musician Anthony Evans, son of Tony Evans, will provide soulful, uplifting worship during the simulcast.

The event will be held 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on April 5, in the fellowship room at Lake Norman Baptist, 7921 Sam Furr Road. Admission costs $25, which includes lunch. Registration and payment is due by April 1. Details:


Ramah Presbyterian studies Keller book

HUNTERSVILLE – Pastor Andy Wing of Ramah Presbyterian will lead an eight-week Bible study titled “The Gospel in Life” by Tim Keller.

The study looks at the gospel and how to live it out every day. Subjects include community, justice and eternity.

Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of “The Reason for God” and “The Prodigal God.” 

The study will be held 6-7 p.m. April 8 at Ramah Presbyterian Church. 

Email the church to join in at


Independence Hill Preschool takes enrollments for fall

HUNTERSVILLE – Independence Hill Weekday Preschool has opened enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. The preschool is accepting applications for ages 2, 3 and 4.

Classes run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday to Thursday, September through May, at 10220 Independence Hill Road.

For a tour, more information or to register, contact or 704-596-4779.  


‘Noah’ opens at Lake Norman theaters

HUNTERSVILLE – The movie “Noah” opens at Regal Birkdale Theatres in Huntersville and Our Town Cinemas in Davidson the weekend of March 28, beginning Thursday night, March 27.

The movie, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, is about the biblical story of Noah, the flood and the ark.

Some Christians who pre-screened the movie took issue with the artistic license that professing atheist director Darren Aronofsky took with the biblical account.

After the screenings, Paramount recut the movie several times and agreed to issue this disclaimer: "The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis."

Many Muslim countries are refusing to show the film because they do not believe in depicting any of Allah’s prophets mentioned in the Koran, Noah among them.


St. Mark Catholic offers fitness class

HUNTERSVILLE – Silver Sneakers offers flex, stretch and strength classes twice a week at St. Mark Catholic.

The classes are a fun way to get fit through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living.

Chairs are available if needed for seated or standing support.

Classes are held 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the parish hall.

Details: or Teresa, 704-904-3086.