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Holiday activities along with other fun events coming in November

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at Cornelius Town Hall

Trying to figure out what to do this month? This calendar points you to some of the best options in Lake Norman. 

Nov. 1

Brooke M. Bauer, Ph.D.: Becoming Catawba: Catawba Indian Women and Nation-building, 1540-1840 

7:30 pm | Nov. 1. Brooke M. Bauer, a citizen of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina and assistant professor of history at the University of Tennessee, weaves ethnohistorical methodologies, family history, cultural context and the Catawba language to generate an internal perspective on the Catawbas’ history and heritage. Davidson College, Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall.

Nov. 4

Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

5 – 6:30 pm | Nov. 4. The Davidson Chorale and Chamber Singers present music from Baltic nations where the cultural heritage of singing is millenia old. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.  Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center DFPH-Duke Family.

Jazz Ensemble – Wildcat Weekend

8 – 9:30 pm | Nov. 4. The jazz ensemble will be featuring music faculty members in collaborations. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Davidson College, Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall.

Sandbar Drag Show 

Music and cover 7 pm; show 8 pm | Nov. 4. Onya Nerves and a cast of drag entertainers. Tickets: $5 in advance; $10 at door. Eleven Lakes Brewing, 10228 Bailey Rd. Suite 201, Cornelius

Fall Art Crawl 

5:30-9 pm | Nov. 4. Downtown Lincolnton.

Nov. 4-13

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

See website for times  | Nov. 4-13. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Recommended for all ages; patrons younger than 2 are discouraged. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Nov. 5

The annual barbecue  on Nov. 5 at Mt. Zion UMC is open until the food runs out.

Mt. Zion BBQ

11 am until food runs out | Nov. 5. Dine-in or pick up order at drive-through. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave, Cornelius.

Foundation Moto’s Annual Old Town Revival

2-7 pm | Nov. 5. Custom built and vintage motorcycles, trucks, hot rods, cigarette boats and Army cargo trucks music and food trucks. Shelley Ruffin from 4-7 pm. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Huntersville.

Backyard composting workshops

10-11 am program; 11am noon questions | Nov. 5. Davidson Farmers Market, downtown Davidson.

46th annual Working Fingers Craft Show

10 am – 4 pm | Nov. 5. Jewelry, home decor, clothing, baked goods, paintings, candles, more. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresvile.

Voice Studio Recital – Wildcat Weekend

3 – 4:30 pm | Nov. 5. Davidson College voice students of Jacquelyn Culpepper, Ilana Lubitsch, Harrison Bumgardner, Melinda Whittington and Amanda Sesler take the stage in an eclectic program of vocal music accompanied by Tomasz Robak. Davidson College, Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Piano Studio Recital – Wildcat Weekend 

7:30 – 9 pm | Nov. 5.  Davidson College, Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall. Students from the studios of Cynthia Lawing and Will Fried look to captivate the audience during Wildcat Weekend for a program of solo and collaborative works. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The Beat Goes on: Cher Tribute Show 

Doors open 6 pm; show starts 7 pm | Nov. 5. Features American singer/actress Lisa McClowry’s portrayal of Cher. Tickets  $29-$39. Joe V. Knox Auditorium at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

Backyard BBQ Fundraiser 

11 am-2 pm | Nov. 5. Pulled pork tray with coleslaw, roll, baked beans, beverage. $12. Benefits Hope House. The Pinnacle Building, 15905 Brookway Drive, Huntersville.

Sam Burchfield will perform in Cornelius. Photo samburchfield.com

Music at the Mill 

Doors open 6:30 pm; show at 8 pm | Nov. 5. Sam Burchfield. Tickets $45. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.

Davidson Wildcats football at home 

1pm | Nov. 5. Vs. Stetson. Buy tickets here.  Richardson Stadium, Davidson College.

Statesville Pumpkin Fest 

Noon | Nov. 5.  Music, arts, crafts, great food, shopping, vendors and more. Southbound 77 will be on the main stage at noon.

Fall Nature Fest

10 am-noon | Nov. 5. Family-focused celebration of the fall season and autumn’s wonders of nature. This event will take place along the paved 1-mile stretch of greenway. Participants can enter the greenway from the parking area at 18232 Shearer Road, Davidson, or along River Ford Drive at the entrance to the West Branch Greenway. Rain date is Sunday, Nov. 6 from 1-3 pm.

The Nov. 5 phottography workshop will start in the classroom where you will fit your own macro lens on your smartphone, then to the greenhouse.

Botanical Macro Photography with your Smartphone

10am – noon | Nov. 5. The workshop will start in the classroom where you will fit your own macro lens on your smartphone, then to the greenhouse. $35. UNCC, McMillan Greenhouse Classroom.

Nov. 6

Charity Pickleball Tournament 

Noon | Nov. 6. Proceeds to Inflated Joy to go toward purchasing inflatables to be placed in kids’ hospital rooms at Levine Children hospital. Register here.  Huntersville Recreation Center.

10th Annual Cornelius Food Truck Invitational

Noon-5 pm | Nov. 6. Food trucks battle for your vote. Music, vendors, kids activities. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Nov. 7

Connecting Cornelius: Coffee Chat

8:30 – 9:30 am | Nov. 7. Mayor Woody Washam will lead the discussion, along with  Police Chief Kevin Black, Maj. David Baucom and Fire Chief Guerry Barbee on Public Safety: 2022 & Beyond, and Deputy Town Manager Wayne Herron on transportation.  Stream live to Facebook and Zoom, with replays available to watch on YouTube. H2 Public House, 19906 North Cove Road Unit A. Meeting ID: 854 7683 2245; no password required. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP

Nov. 8

Goat Yoga

6-7 pm | Nov. 8. Must register. $27. Lost Worlds Brewery, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

The Price of Peace: Can We Buy National Security? 

4 – 5 pm | Nov. 8. Lecture by Danica R. Starks is the Senior U.S. Commercial Liaison and Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank and Head of the Commerce Department’s Multilateral Development Bank Group. Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room.

Nov. 10

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: Concerto Competition Winners 

7:30 – 9 pm | Nov. 10. Concert features the winners of our 2022 Concerto competition. Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center DFPH-Duke Family Performance Hall. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Nov. 11

The Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza

The celebration in Cornelius is at the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza.

Veterans Day Program

11 am – noon. The Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 hold a program at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn to honor military veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces.


8:30 pm | Nov. 11. Unknown Artist. Tickets are $10. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Highlighters Dance

7 – 10:30 pm | Nov. 11. Dance lesson will be at 7:10 pm. Gene Hensley, DJ. You may bring drinks and snacks. Belmont Moose Lodge, 100 Robert Russell Rd., Belmont.

Bill and the Belles perform at Davidson College on Nov 11. Photo Davidson College

Traditional Series: Bill and the Belles 

7:30 – 9 pm | Nov. 11. From Johnson City, TN, comes this trio that is part country, part string band and pure deadpan humor. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office https://www.davidson.edu/arts/arts-and-academics-ticket-office or at 704-894-2135. Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center DFPH-Duke Family Performance Hall.

Davidson Veterans Day

11 am | Nov. 11. The Town of Davidson hosts a ceremony to honor military veterans. Town green, downtown Davidson.

Nov. 12

Veterans Day Breakfast

7:30-9:30 am | Nov. 12.  Veterans and a guest are invited to a breakfast hosted by the  Exchange Club of North Mecklenburg. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. near Veterans Monument. RSVP by calling Beth Packard  704-562-4075.

Your pup can visit with Santa on Nove. 12. Photo Town of Cornelius

Santa Paws in the Park 

Noon-2 pm | Nov. 12. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave. Your pup can visit with Santa, you can shop for dog gifts and more.


8:30 pm | Nov. 12. ZOSO, the ultimate Led Zeppelin experience. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Shred-It event

9 am-noon | Nov. 12. Cornelius and Davidson police departments host this event in the Davidson K-8 bus parking lot, 635 South St.. Davidson. Remove paperclips, hanging file folders and binder clips.

Tree Planting at Fisher Farm

9 am to noon | Nov. 12. Join TreesDavidson & Davidson Lands Conservancy for a tree planting at Fisher Farm, 21215 Shearer Rd., Davidson. Advance registration required.

Veterans Day 

10 am | Nov. 12. The Town of Huntersville, American Legion Post 321 & Sons of the American Legion Post 321 will host the  7th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony. Cheer parade participants and then meet at Veterans Park, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., Huntersville,  for the 11 am ceremony to honor and remember those who serve and have served.

Nov. 12-13

Rural Hill Sheep Dog Trials on Nov. 12-13 will feature the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association and Carolina Dock Dogs.

Rural Hill Sheep Dog Trials

10 am Nov. 12 – 4 pm Nov. 13 | Festival featuring the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs and more. Tickets $9-$18. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville.




Nov. 13

Tomasz Robak performs Nov. 13 at Davidson College. Photo Davidson College

Tomasz Robak, piano: Love, Death, and Revolution 

3 – 4:30 pm | Nov. 13. Join Davidson College Artist Associate Tomasz Robak for evocative Romantic solo music by Chopin, Liszt and Brahms, connected through themes of death, love and revolution. Davidson College, Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Nov. 14

An Ideology that Refuses to Die: Cuba, Six Decades Later, A Cultural Approach 

7-8 pm | Nov. 14. Lecture by Damaris Puñales–Alpízar is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve. Davidson College, Visual Arts Center VAC-117 Semans Lecture Hall.

Nov. 16

Comedy Show

8 pm | Nov. 16. Beerly Funny presents a night of comedy with headliner Jenn Snyder and hosted by Lauren Ansley . This is a 21+ show.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D, One Norman Blvd, Cornelius.

Real Costs of Green Energy

4:30 – 5:30 pm | Nov. 16.  Vince Beiser  is an award-winning journalist and author of the book “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.” Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room.

Wednesday With Woody 

10 – 11 am | Nov. 16.  Drop in and chat with Mayor Woody Washam about whatever is on your mind. Willow Wood Coffee, downtown Cornelius.

Nov. 17 

Navigating Geopolitical Risk & Supply Chains

7 – 8 pm | Nov. 17. Sarah Kemp joined Intel as Vice President of International Government Affairs on February 14, 2021, with decades of global policy expertise and a proven track record of developing new policy platforms and executing global strategy. Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez-David & Pam Sprinkle Room.

Nov. 18

Artists reception

6:30-8:30 pm | Nov. 18. Through Our Lens opening reception. Cornelius Art Gallery, 19725 Oak St.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway 

6-10 pm | Nov. 18 – Jan. 8. Experience 4 million lights along a 4-mile course synchronized to Christmas-themed music, plus a vendor village. Tickets start at $30 per car on Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday-Sunday, it’s $40 per car. 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.


9 pm | Nov. 18. Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Nov. 18-20

Opera Workshop: Carousel, a Concert 

7:30 pm | Nov.18 and Nov. 19; 3 pm | Nov. 20. Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker falls in love with and marries the sweet but naïve Julie Jordan. A tale of hope, redemption and the power of love. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Davidson College, Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall.

Nov. 19

From Santa’s arrival to the tree lighting, there’s something fun for everyone at the Lighting of Birkdale Village on Nov. 19. Photo Birkdale Village

The Lighting of Birkdale Village 

2-7 pm | Nov. 19. Music, holiday performances and activities for the family. See schedule online. Birkdale Village, Huntersville. The ice skating rink will be open; purchase tickets here.

Starving Artist’s Market 

2-6 pm | Nov. 19. At D9 Brewing Co., 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius.

Music at the Mill 

Doors open 6:30 pm; show at 8 pm | Nov. 19. Charlie Mars. Tickets  $45. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.


9 pm | Nov. 19. Cowboy Mouth. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Fundraiser

4-6 pm | Nov. 19. music, conversation, wine, appetizers and more. Tickets $50 each. Hurt Hub@ Davidson, 210 Delburg St., Davidson.

Davidson Wildcats football at home 

1 pm | Nov. 19. Vs. Dayton. Buy tickets here. Richardson Stadium, Davidson College.

Nov. 20

Communitywide Thanksgiving Service

6 pm | Nov. 20. The annual service will be held at Grace Covenant, 17301 Statesville Rd., Cornelius. Everyone is welcome.

The premiere brass ensemble of the Southeast on Nov. 20 honors trumpet player Bill Lawing’s retirement from Davidson College.

Carolina Brass Quintet

3-4 pm | Nov. 20. Tickets $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; youth / student free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ln., Davidson.

Country Christmas

7:30 – 10:30 pm Nov. 20 | Wagon Load A Trouble opens Christmas season at Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Nov. 21

2022 Lake Norman Big Band

Tickets are $25 per person. New Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville.

Nov. 22

Annual Community-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving service

6:45 pm prelude; 7-9 pm service | Nov. 22. The service  also features Indigenous leaders. Native nonprofits and artisans will have tables in the narthex. Small groups, poetry, prayer, music, story-telling and more to help attendees explore history and current realities. Register here to attend – in-person or virtually. Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church  401 N. McDowell St., Charlotte.

Mooresville Christmas Parade

3-6 pm Nov. 22 | Family fun with floats, the Grinch and Santa. Main Street, downtown Mooresville.

Thanksgiving Parade

5:30 pm | Nov. 23. The 76th annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade in uptown Charlotte. General admission is free. VIP tickets, which guarantee seating between Third Street and Levine Avenue, are $35.

Nov. 21-Jan. 1

Carowinds’ Winterfest

Winterfest hours vary by day | Select nights Nov. 21 – Jan. 1. Cost: $32.99. Carowinds, 300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23

Charlotte Christmas Village and ice skate and snow tube at Light the Knights 

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23. Cost: $10 for admission, $25 for admission and ice skating, $25 for admission and snow tubing, $39 for an admission season pass, $99 for an all-access season pass. Truist Field, 324 South Mint St., Charlotte.

Nov. 24

Join the 11th Annual Thanksgiving Family 5k to Angels & Sparrows of Huntersville. Photo Angels & Sparrrows

Angels & Sparrows Thanksgiving 5k

8 -11am | Nov. 24. Join the 11th Annual Thanksgiving Family 5k to Angels & Sparrows of Huntersville. The trot starts at 8 am from Fleet Feet Sports in Birkdale Village.This is a family fun 5k. Each registration is a $20 donation. Children under 6 are free. 

Davidson Turkey Trot 5k

8 am | Nov. 24. Davidson Village Green, 119 South Main St., Davdison. Registration link.https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Davidson/DavidsonTurkeyTrot

Nov. 25

Chickadee Hill Farms 3rd Annual Tree Festival

4 pm | Nov. 25. Christmas lights, music, Santa, train, food, drinks and a chance to win a decorated Christmas tree. A portion of the proceeds go to Children’s Hope Alliance and Piedmont Animal Rescue. Chickadeel Hill Farms, 181 E Monbo Rd., Statesville.

Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Check website for hours | Nov.  25-27, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 8-11, Dec. 13-23. Experience the magic of the popular holiday book/movie during this Polar Express-inspired train ride with a stop at the North Pole. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to enjoy the experience. Tickets $34 and up. NC Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

“Holidays at the Garden”

5-9 pm Wednesdays – Sunday |Nov. 25 -Dec. 31. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 60+, $10 for children 2-12, free for children under 2. Daniel Stowe Gardens, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont.

Nov. 26

Light Up Cornelius includes flipping th4 switch for the town tree.

11th Annual Light Up Cornelius 

4-7 pm | Nov. 26. Attendees can enjoy community group performances, children’s activities, horse-drawn carriages rides, a model train display, food and drink, s’mores, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The tree lighting is around 6 pm. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show

9 am – 3 pm Nov. 26. Hosted by Ray Evernham, NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and car owner, star of “Glory Road” and “AmeriCarna” television shows, and founder of IGNITE. Spectator tickets are $5; kids 10 and under are free. The event benefits IGNITE, the Autism Society’s community centers for young adults. Trane Technologies, 800 Beaty St., Davidson.

Christmas Market

11 am – 4 pm | Nov. 26. Shop more than 45 local businesses. Lost Worlds Brewery, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.


8 pm | Nov. 26. Blue Monday. Tickets are $15. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Photo fundraiser with the Grinch 

2 – 5 pm | Nov. 26. Holiday Market. Come and have a photo opportunity with the Grinch to feed the elderly in Huntersville and Cornelius a Christmas dinner. Donations accepted with a raffle and goodies to purchase to benefit the fundraiser.  Primal Brewery, 16432 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville.

This Christmas experience features all the beloved Christmas hits you know and love – Beach music style on Nov. 26 in Mooresville.

Our Town Stage Indoor Concert Series 

Doors open 6 pm; show 7 pm| Nov. 26. The Embers Christmas Show. Tickets $24-$34. Joe V. Knox Auditorium in the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N Main St., Mooresville.

Nov. 26-27

Holiday Market 

2-6 pm | Nov. 26-27. The Huntersville Holiday Market will run in conjunction with Shop Small Weekend with  a variety of artisan vendors, food and beverages. Santa will be onsite. Downtown Huntersville.

Nov. 27

HIV/STI testing

10 am – noon | Nov. 27. the Mecklenburg County Health Department is offering free, private and confidential HIV/STI testing. Condoms and education will be available. No insurance, no photo ID and no appointments needed. Ada Jenkins, 212 Gamble St., Davidson.

Nov. 28- Dec. 23

Christmas at the Library

Monday through Thursday, 5-9pm, Friday and Saturday, 5-10pm | Nov. 28 – Dec. 23.  Admission and parking are free. Reservations are required.  Horse-drawn carriage rides are $11 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. Billy Graham, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte.

Nov. 28 – Jan. 1

Festival of Trees in Belmont 

Nov. 28 – Jan. 1.  Downtown Belmont will twinkle with the lights and ornaments of community-decorated Christmas trees. Free. Downtown Belmont, 24 South Main St.

Nov 30

Midweek Advent Worship

Nov. 30 | 6 pm free-will offering Soup Supper in the Fellowship Hall. 7pm – Holden Evening Prayer Worship. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

EXPLORE: Songwriting Workshop

5:30 pm | Nov. 30 –  Dec. 21. A four-week course hosted by Dear Soul Music Co sponsored by ASC Culture Blocks, a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County. In this free course, adults ages 18 and older explore and deepen their songwriting skills with instruction by Charlotte recording artist ARSENA and singer-songwriter Nathan Storey. Huntersville Recreation Center, 11836 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. Must register

Mid-November through mid-February


6-10 pm | Daily. Explore a half-mile, self-guided walking trail showcasing illuminated installations representing the Whitewater story and mission. The elements populate the entire Ridge and Canyon of the Whitewater Center and culminate with a compelling view above the forest floor on an all new suspension bridge complex. Whitewater Center,  5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte 28214.

Nov. 14 – Jan. 13

Through Our Lens: Digital Art and Photography

A small group of digital artists and photographers from North Carolina  display their love for their art. Cornelius Art Gallery, 19725 Oak St.

Through Nov. 20

29th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 

9:30 am – 5:30 pm. | Saturdays and Sundays. Rain or shine; no pets. Free parking. Go online for details and tickets pricing. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville.



Through Jan. 4

Frederick Graff, AWS, D.F., Salem, SC, “Heritage Hill” winner of AWS Gold Medal of Honor  will be part of the watercolor exhibit in Mooresville through Jan. 4.

International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

Noon-4pm | Tuesday-Friday; 10am-2pm | Saturday. Forty watercolor paintings from today’s nationally known and internationally known masters will be on display in Mooresville Arts’ Center Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Many of the paintings will be for sale.











Through March 12

Alfred Conteh, [Ryan Coogler] Home Team, 2018 | Courtesy of the artist and Amath Gomis via Museum of the New South

Men of Change art exhibit

Check websites for gallery schedules. | B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture  and Levine Museum of the New South to bring  Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. The Gantt will display Storytellers, Fathering, and Imagining; Levine Museum will display Catalysts, Myth-Breakers, and Community; both museums in Charlotte will display Loving. Admission is free.

• Send your event information to corneliustoday@gmail.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the print calendar; one week in advance for online/newsletter calendars.