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Weekly calendar Feb. 5-11: Boat show, Black History Month events, music

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Let’s Talk About It: Social Justice, Davidson College, and the Town of Davidson

7-8 pm | Feb. 8. | InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and Lamda Theta Phi are co-hosting a roundtable with guests Marvin Brandon, UiC Supporter Ruby Houston, and Lib Wilson (native West Davidson residents) to discuss the history of the relationship between Davidson College and the African American community in the town of Davidson. For more info, contact Tracy Mattison Brandon, Campus Staff Minister, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA at 704-765-5258. Free. Davidson College, Alvarez College Union 900 room, 225 Baker Dr., Knobloch Campus Center, parking at Baker Sports Complex.

Candidate Forum for NC Superintendent Public Instruction

7-8 pm Republican candidates; 8-9 pm Democratic candidates. Event will be live-streamed here

Thursday, Feb. 8

Diversity Council Luncheon-Black History Month

Noon -1:30 pm | Feb. 8. The Lake Norman Chamber’s Diversity Council’s Lunch and Learn. The topic will be Trilogy of African American Housing: History, Challenges, and Solutions. Must register.  Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St., Davidson.

New Music Davidson

6:30 – 8 pm | Feb. 8. Come listen and learn about original works from Davidson College’s amazing ‘Cat Composers. There will be free food, drinks, and the showcase is free and open to the public. Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room, Davidson College.

Democratic Candidates Forum, House Districts 98 and 14

7 pm | Feb. 8.  Hear what candidates have to say. Candidates for NC House District 98: Beth Helfrich and Lisa Jewel. Candidates for U.S. House of Representative – District 14: Pam Genant and Brendan K. Maginnis. Davidson Town Hall Auditorium, 251 South St., Davidson.

Thursday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 11

Mid-Atlantic Boat Show

Schedule varies; see website. The Largest Boating Event in North & South Carolina celebrates 51 years of boating in the Carolina’s. Marine dealers from across the region will bring product, goods and services. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College St., Charlotte 28202.

Little Women Presented by The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre

7 pm Feb. 8-10; 2 pm Feb. 10-11. Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. $15 adult, $12 senior, $10 student. Joe V. Knox Auditorium,  215 N. Main St.  #2527, Mooresville 28115.

Friday, Feb. 9

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

7 pm doors; 8 pm show | Feb. 9. Darin and Brooke Aldridge, the highly acclaimed Bluegrass and Americana duo, are back with This Life We’re Livin,’ their ninth recorded project together.  Cain Center For The Arts, Catawba Avenue.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Learn Music Bi-Monthly Live Event

Doors open 2:30 pm | Feb. 10. Sixty students will take the stage to showcase what they’ve been working on in their lessons. Students participating in the Community Lesson Program will be performing from 3-4:30 pm; Learn Music Live Group 1 from 4:50- 6:10 pm; and Learn Music Live Group 2 from 6:30 – 8 pm. Tickets are $7. Cain Center for the Arts, Cornelius.

Cornelius Youth Orchestra concert

6:30 pm | Feb. 10. The Cornelius Youth Orchestra brings local youth musicians of all backgrounds together and connects them with some of the area’s best music educators. There is no price for admission to this event, but there will be a box for donations. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church sanctuary, Cornelius.

The Great Magician – Murder Mystery Dinner theater

6 pm door; 6:30 pm dinner; 7 pm | Feb. 10.  A tragic crime takes center stage as your detective skills become the star of the show. Sigmon Theatrical specialize in immersive theatrical experiences. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville.

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble: Alexa Tarantino

7:30 pm | Feb. 10. An award-winning musician, composer and educator, Alexa Tarantino’s high-octane energy and original compositions establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Duke Family Performance Hall – Davidson College.

2024 N.C. Black Heritage Festival

1-5 pm | Feb. 10. The 7th annual 2024 North Carolina Black Heritage Festival themed “Remember the past, Celebrate the present, & Shape the future” will feature 100 black owned companies. Crafts, culture, art, games, performances, kids activities, information and more is some of what attendees can expect. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC 49, Concord.

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop

10 am – noon | Feb. 10.  Sweetgrass baskets are one of America’s oldest crafts of African origin. This workshop will include all the materials to make a small sweetgrass basket: starter basket (round) to be used to create a small fruit basket with a handle, sweetgrass, palmetto fronds; tools are provided. $80. Class size is limited. Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Local Black History Makers

Noon – 3 pm | Feb.10. Historic Rosedale will be hosting four African American community members who will discuss their journeys and accomplishments.

12 pm: Kim Butler, Gospel and classically trained singer will perform.

12:30 pm: Harvey Boyd, a native of Matthews North Carolina, designed the Mecklenburg County Seal in 1963 when he was 19 years old. Boyd will be available after his lecture for a book signing of his memoir “Evolution: Honoring The True First In Freedom Seal.” There will be a limited number of copies of this book available for sale, and guests should feel free to bring their own copies of the memoir for signing as well.              

1:30 pm: Martha Rucker is a celebrated local artist and author. Her works range from a three-part Children’s series entitled “The Adventures of Peanut,” to more somber titles that deal with heavier adult topics. Guests should feel free to bring their own copies of any of Rucker’s books for signing as well.              

2:30 pm: Kyle Smith, is a descendent of Nat (Caldwell), an enslaved blacksmith who worked at Historic Rosedale  and trained many others in the Charlotte area in blacksmithing. Smith Kyle will be talking about the importance of genealogical research and knowing one’s personal history. Free. Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Through Thursday, Feb. 29

The Great Escape

10 am – 3 pm | Feb. 1-29. The Great Escape: The Underground Railway is an overwhelming visual depiction of the journey to freedom during the Antebellum era. This exhibit is free to the public along with grounds admission to Historic Rosedale (does not include entrance to the 1815 house or guided house tour.) Historic Rosedale, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

• 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.

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