Neighborhood spawns music series

HUNTERSVILLE – Tim Sanborn’s Homefront Music Series doesn’t attract residents. The live music series brings the musicians to residents.

The Homefront Music Series has been attracting professional singers-songwriters to the Wynfield or Wynfield Forest community clubhouses for nearly two years. 

Sanborn said the 100-capacity venues “evoke a local intimate coffeehouse atmosphere.”

Musicians perform original acoustic music in solo or duets in two 45-minutes sets. During intermission, guests can buy T-shirts or autographed CDs from the artist.

Most have performed internationally and shared the stage with famous artists such as James Taylor, Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Blues Traveler, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel and Suzanne Vega.

Howie Day, who is scheduled to perform for a sold-out crowd April 30, has scored two top 10 radios hits with “Collide” and “She Says,” as well as performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

The next concert features Ellis Paul, a Boston folk musician the Boston Globe has called a “songwriter’s songwriter.” He’s produced 14 CDs, as well as a documentary-style concert DVD, “3,000 Miles.”

Paul performs at 8 p.m. May 9 at the Wynfield Forest Clubhouse, 15722 Wynfield Creek Pkwy.

Tickets cost $15 and are only available in advance.

Details: tim@homefrontmusicseries.com or www.homefrontmusicseries.com.

 

Store offers ‘high gravity’ beer tasting

HUNTERSVILLE – 201central wine, beer and specialty food stores will host a complimentary wine and beer tasting that includes a select group of ‘high gravity’ beers (8 percent alcohol or higher).

As many as 20 high gravity beers will be available for sampling, including Devils Tramping Ground, Palate Wrecker, Asylum and the gold medal-winning Hope, Drop ‘N Roll.

Already a store favorite, Hop, Drop ‘N Roll is fresh off a Gold Medal win from the World Beer Cup competition in Denver, Colo.

The beer tasting, Dubbed Flying High Friday, takes place 5-8 p.m. April 25 at 201central, 13108 Eastfield Road.

Harris Teeter created 201central, named after one of the original food stores at 201 Central Ave., Charlotte. The stores offer a broad selection of fine wines, beers, specialty foods and a humidor for cigars.  In-store assistance includes wine consultants and educational classes focused on wine, beer and food pairings.

Details: www.201central.com.

 

Cornelius offers stand-up paddleboarding classes

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius’ Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department is partnering with Aloha Paddle Sports and Fitness to offer one-day Intro to Paddleboarding classes.

Each class will be in a safe, controlled environment with experienced and certified paddle instructors.

Participants must be able to swim, weigh between 60 and 275 pounds, be in reasonably good health and able to stand up from a kneeling position with only the ground as assistance.

The classes are open to ages 8 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany children, ages 8-11.

Classes will be offered 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 7 and 21 at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road.

The fee per class is $35 for residents and $40 for others.

Details: 704-892-6031, ext. 188.

  

Families can enjoy shag dancing

HUNTERSVILLE – The Carolina Jr Shag Club has teamed up with The Dance Spot to host an evening of shag dancing.

Junior Family Shag Nite will be held 7-10:30 p.m. May 3 at The Dance Spot, 122 Commerce Centre Drive.

A Beginner Class takes place 7-7:30 p.m., followed by an advanced class 7:30-8 p.m. and music, social dancing, line dancing and games 8-10:30 p.m.

Families are asked to donate $5 to help pay for the rental.

 

Improv group plays off of Mother’s Day

CORNELIUS – The Chuckleheads present its Mom is Awesome Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza, with Mother’s Day-themed unscripted improvisational comedy games, musical games/activities, game show elements and audience participation.

The event starts at 6 and 8 p.m. May 17 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road. The 8 p.m. show could contain adult language and situations.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Details: www.planetimprov.com or Scott Pacitti, scott@planetimprov.com or 704-301-1564.

 

Classes teach adults how to sail

CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department is partnering with North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing to offer new two-day adult sailing classes.

The class is designed to assist new sailors in learning the broad span of skills needed to become confident and successful on the water.

Lessons will begin in the classroom then move to the water, where participants will be in a Sunfish dinghy by themselves alongside an instructor in a powerboat.

Classes will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24-25, June 28-29, July 19-20 and August 9-10 at Blythe Landing, 15901 N.C. 73. Each two-day class costs $150.

Details: www.cornelius.org/parc or 704-892-6031, ext. 188.