1. The town is celebrating Earth Day
The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department will host Earth Jam 2019 Saturday, April 27, at Robbins Park. Participants of all ages will take part in free "green" activities including arts and crafts, tree-planting demonstrations, nature walks, bluegrass music, picnic baskets from local farm-to-table Fork! Restaurant and more. Local businesses get the opportunity to showcase their environmentally friendly products and services. The town encourages everyone to learn about areas of life where you can make changes that will be better for you and your community. Earth Jam is from 4-7 p.m.
2. Kids get to show off baseball skills
Through a partnership with the town of Davidson, “Pitch, Hit & Run” begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 for ages 7-14. The event is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun of baseball and softball competition. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age group at the local competition, will be invited to the Sectional Competition. Participants will have the chance to advance to the Team Championships at Major League Baseball parks and the National Finals at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. The age groups are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14, and are determined by age as of July 17, 2019. It’s held at Davidson’s McEver Field, 626 South St.
3. The Lake Norman Bike Expo returns
Cyclists are invited to the event Saturday, May 11, which features the Lake Norman Community Ride at 9 a.m. Cornelius Police will lead a leisurely ride through Cornelius and Davidson. The 10-mile trip will start on Bailey Road at the recreation center adjacent to Bailey Middle School, connect to the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway, wind through the streets of east Cornelius, travel down the South Prong Rocky River Greenway and loop back to Bailey Road, finishing back at the starting point at approximately 10 a.m. Anyone age 14 and older is welcome, and registration is encouraged at Cornelius.org/parc.
4. The expo starts after the ride
This annual event will feature bike demos from area bike shops, educational opportunities regarding bike safety and maintenance, and information about the best places to ride in the Lake Norman/north Mecklenburg region. Cornelius PARC will have information on new greenways that are under development, information on its recreational programming and maps from the town’s recently adopted bicycle master plan, Bike!Cornelius. Davidson Parks & Recreation will have its solar-electric Elf bike on display along with information on recreational programming. The bike expo will be open 10 a.m. to noon.
5. There's fishing too
The town is partnering with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists to present Hooked on Cornelius, to be held just before to Earth Jam. The free, family-oriented event for ages 7-12 offers an educational fishing experience. Fishing rods and all other equipment will be provided. Participants should meet at the upper pond at Robbins Park at 2 p.m. April 27.