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Weekly calendar: Jan. 22-28: Holocaust remembrance, Man in Black, lectures, music, more

Tuesday, Jan. 23

‘My Friend Abe, A Holocaust Survivor’

7 pm | Jan. 23. Steve Goldberg tells the story of his friend Abe Piasek, a survivor of the Holocaust. Abe was taken from his family in Poland at age 13. He never saw his mother, father, or younger sister again. Piasek worked in three slave labor camps from 1942-45. When he was liberated in 1945 at age 16, he weighed under 80 pounds. He came to the US in 1947 as a refugee. This event was planned intentionally around International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, and is open to all. Davidson College, 900 Room of the Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson.

Archaeology Lecture Series

7:30- 8:30 pm | Jan. 23. Kelly Goldberg on “Connecting the Diaspora: Archaeology, Memory, and Transnationalism in the 19th Century Transatlantic World.” Visual Arts Center VAC-117 Semans Lecture Hall, Davidson College.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Elvis Night Wine Dinner

5:30 pm doors open | Jan. 25.  Elvis Night Wine Dinner pays homage to the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with a four-course menu and hors d’oeuvres crafted for this music-themed event along with paired wines for each course. $165 plus tax and gratuity. Advance purchase required. On The Nines, 205 Golf Course Dr., Mooresville.

Jan. 25- Saturday, Jan. 27

Frozen Jr.

See website for schedule of 6 performances. “Frozen Jr.” brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage, presented by the Davidson Community Players. Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, the show features all of the memorable songs from the beloved animated film. $20-$30. Cain Center for the Arts.

Jan. 25 – Jan. 28

Blowing Rock Winterfest

See website for schedule, details. Opportunities include Whether taking the Polar Bear Plunge, admiring the ice sculptures, indulging in local delicacies and enjoying family entertainment.

Saturday, Jan. 27

UiC Large Group Meeting

10 am – noon | Jan. 27. Review the impact Unity in Community has made this past year in our North Mecklenburg communities and celebrate the accomplishments that you made happen. Suggest ideas about the opportunities that UiC can play a role in this coming year. DUMC Chapel, 302 S. Main St., Davidson.

The Man in Black

7:30 pm | Jan 27. A Tribute to Johnny Cash. With his strikingly similar looks, baritone voice and spot-on mannerisms, Shawn Barker’s uncanny resemblance to the original “Man in Black” revitalizes the true character and spirit of Johnny Cash himself. Buy tickets in advance: $25. Tickets at the door: $35. Tables do not include tickets. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Second annual ‘Milling Around’

1-4 pm | Jan. 27. An outing to the ruins of the historic Torrance Mill featuring renowned mill historian Chuck Ketchie, traditional music and dance and more. Now nearly forgotten, the Torrance Mill built in 1824 by Hugh Torance was a centerpiece of the community for decades. Today only the massive stone ruins remain in the woods on private property in Huntersville. Must register.  Meet at the Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd., Huntersville.

NC Baroque Orchestra

7 pm | Jan. 27. Enjoy music from the time of King George III and Queen Charlotte by the NC Baroque Orchestra on baroque sings, oboe, flute, bassoon, harpsichord and theorbo. Showcasing work of Chevalier, Handel, Mozart, Avison and others. Suggested donation $20 general or $15 seniors; children are free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N Main. St., Davidson.

Get Outside

9 am – 10:30 am | Jan. 27. Explore nature with likeminded individuals. Meet some new friends and enjoy time in the outdoors. Guided hike 3-4 miles up around hill trail, relaxing and enjoying nature. Moderate hiking terrain. Must register. 18 years and older. Meet at Quest Nature Center in Latta Nature Preserve, 6345 Sample Rd., Huntersville.

Burns Night Dinner

6-9 pm | Jan. 27. A celebration of Scottish heritage will feature a three-course dinner and one free pour of Scotch whisky for the toast to the immortal memory of Robert Burns. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best tartan and kilts. Tickets $75-$150.  Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville.

2024 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Lake Norman

1-4 pm | Jan. 27. Plungers must raise a fundraising minimum to jump to frozen glory and can raise additional funds, earning them extra incentives along the way. Lake Norman Yacht Club, 297 Yacht Rd., Mooresville.

Jan. 27 – Feb. 25

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Celebrate a selection of 17 films produced by and for Jewish audiences. All-festival pass $172 through Jan. 27.

Sunday, Jan. 28

Cornelius Walking Tour

1 pm | Jan. 28. Dig into the history of Cornelius with Gerard Thomas, community organizer, activist and advocate for education. Thomas has been passionate about the layers of history that today’s Cornelius was built upon. From the bricks of Davidson College to the old Mill of Cornelius to the cemetery of Mt Zion, Thomas has been there digging into the stories that have been buried, forgotten or lost. Gather at the Hut, Cornelius Presbyterian Church, 21209 Catawba Ave., Cornelius, to begin the local pilgrimage. Bring a lunch with you to the Gathering and hang around or go grab some lunch and come back.

Citizen Science  

1-3 pm | Jan. 28.  Are you passionate about the environment and eager to contribute to research and conservation efforts? In partnership with Davidson College, Davison Lands Conservancy is looking for dedicated citizen scientists interested in collecting environmental data and conducting surveys in the West Branch of Rocky River. DLC recently launched this pilot initiative with a brief Zoom training. If you are interested in participating, email carly@davidsonlands.org and DLC can share the recording of that Zoom and then you can join DLC  at Fisher Farm Park in Davidson for the in stream training. Register for the onsite training here.  

Turtle Encounters

1 pm – 1:30 pm or 2 pm-2:30 pm | Jan. 28. Meet some of the nature center’s resident turtles up close during one of these live animal shows. Drop-in program. All ages free. Meet at Quest Nature Center in Latta Nature Preserve, 6345 Sample Rd., Huntersville.

Animal Adventures

2-3 pm out 3-4 pm  | Jan. 28. Get an up close and personal look at the diversity of the animal kingdom during this interactive program for the whole family. Explore the wild world of adaptations with the help of our furry, scaly, and slimy animal ambassadors. $3 plus museum admission. Purchase tickets at the admissions desk when you arrive. The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

Through Jan. 28

Birkdale on Ice

Guests will need to book ice skating reservations in advance to ensure a skating time slot. Walk-ups are also welcome, but we cannot guarantee you will be able to skate at that time. Get your tickets here.

Now – Mid-Feburary

Ice Skating – Whitewater Center

See website for schedule and cost | Ice rink has 24,000 square feet of space split into four distinct skating areas, including two ice trails and two free skate zones. Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte 28214.

• 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.