Event encourages exposure to outdoors, nature

HUNTERSVILLE – Prepare to be inspired and motivated to get outdoors when you attend the EnergyExplorium’s Explore the Outdoors event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7.

The free event encourages children to get out and participate in all that the outdoors has to offer, like outdoors sports and activities.

The event is also aimed at empowering children to discover and experience the many joys, wonders and benefits of nature.

Duke Energy is partnering with several organizations across Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Iredell and Catawba counties to offer interactive and educational exhibits focusing on nature, outdoors sports, health education, fitness and outdoor/summer safety.

For those looking to stay cool, the EnergyExplorium is offering movies in the auditorium that focus on nature and outdoor safety throughout the event.

The event includes a casting contest, cornhole, workout sessions and water and bug demonstrations.

Details: www.duke-energy.com/energyexplorium or 980-875-5600.


Birkdale announces musicians for summer concert series

HUNTERSVILLE – Birkdale Village has announced its summer schedule for the 2014 Mingling on the Greens Concert Series.

Concerts take place 7-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 4-6 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 1 at the shopping center, 8712 Lindholm Drive.

Concerts for June are as follows:

• June 6 – Silver Train.

• June 7 – Exit 54.

• June 8 – Alan Barrington.

• June 13 – Tim Cook Band.

• June 14 – The Low Counts.

• June 15 – Dukes & Smith.

• June 20 – The Rhythm Masters.

• June 21 – Borderlyne Band.

• June 22 – Off the Chain Band.

• June 27 – Kent Steel / Xtrabakin.

• June 28 – Next Level Band.

• June 29 – Bryan Anderson.

Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.


Summit Coffee holds beer showcase

DAVIDSON – Summit Coffee opened its Friday Summer Beer Showcase on May 16 with the launch of the Summit Coffee Porter, a blend of coffee and beer.

The coffeehouse will showcase different breweries Friday nights through August.

It is located at 128 S. Main St.

Details: 704-895-9090.


Morricals win design challenge

MOORESVILLE – Eight teams of designers demonstrated how to decorate homes using unique items found in a Habitat Restore at the ReStore ReStyle Design Challenge held May 8 at the Mooresville shop.

Winners were as follows:

• Trevor and Kerri Morrical won the Judge’s Choice Award for overall style.

• Sue Falivene won the People’s Choice Award for raising the most votes.

• Karen Adams and Laurie Hamilton won Best Use of the Mystery Item.

Judges presented additional awards:

• Style with an Eye for Design – Courtney Ronay.

• Best Use of Color – Scot Slusarick & Janie Blackstock.

• Best Item – Andrea Hartley.

• Rookie of the Year – Lynn Noble.

• Honorable Mention – Maren Werts.

Despite competing for awards, designers banded together for a greater cause, helping one another to finish their rooms during the two-week shopping and repurposing period.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, set to begin construction on a home this summer.