February events calendar


Visitors to Historic Latta Plantation can watch a re-enactment of the Battle of the Bulge from World War II from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 17. See ongoing demonstrations throughout the day and talk with the re-enactors. Watch for free with regular site admission, which costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 students, and free for children 5 and younger.

Feb. 6

• MARINE COMMISSION: The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission holds public meetings monthly to discuss issues related to the lake, usually on the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the East Lincoln Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Stanley. Call Diane Dil at 704-348-2731 for more details.

Feb. 8

• RESUME HELP: Adults get one-on-one help with their resumes and learn to navigate online job searches beginning at 10 a.m. at the Mountain Island Branch Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way. Details: 704-416-5600.

Feb. 9

• FAIRY HOUSE FESTIVAL: Latta Plantation Nature Center hosts the fifth annual Fairy House Festival at 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Attractions include a costume parade, face painting, storytelling, crafts, activities, pony rides and a special appearance by Fairy Houses author Tracy Kane, who will sign copies of her books. The event is free, but pony rides cost $2 each. Food trucks will also be at the event. Call 704-875-1391 for more information.

Feb. 9-10

LATTA SWEETHEARTS: Bring your loved one out to the Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, and learn about 19th century Valentine traditions. Tours will be offered Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., as well as Feb. 10 at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Tours are free with regular site admission, which costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children 5 and younger.

Feb. 11

• COVEKEEPERS MEETING: The Mountain Island Lake Covekeepers meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3413 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte. Meetings give volunteers and lake advocates a chance to talk about important lake issues. Call 704-679-9494 or visit www.catawbariverkeeper.org for more information.

Feb. 12

• BEEKEEPING: Home-schooled students lean about the world of honeybees and what made them so important on 19th century farms as well as in agriculture today. Students will make beeswax candles and participate in other activities from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. The class, designed for children ages 7-12, costs $15 per student. Register online at www.latta

Feb. 14

• VICTORIAN VALENTINE: Experience a 19th century Valentine’s Day celebration at Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Home-schooled students and their families can learn about courtship practices, English country dancing, fan language and open-hearth baking during the event, which runs noon-4 p.m. Visitors can also see antique Valentines and make an old-fashioned Valentine using a quill pen. Admission costs $6 per person, but children 4 and younger get in free. Registration is not required.

Feb. 15

• E-READER CLASS: Adults learn how to use electronic reading devices to borrow books from the Mountain Island Branch Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way. Bring your device and any questions to the class, which runs 10:30 a.m.-noon. Details: 704-416-5600.

Feb. 16

• ORCHID PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens holds a new series for photographers to advance their skills with a digital SLR camera. Photography instruction will be provided by wildlife photographer Dave Kelly from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Participants will photograph some of the garden orchids displayed in the Orchid Spectacular exhibit. The class costs $40 for garden members, or $46 for others. Register online at www.dsbg.org or by calling 704-825-4490. The garden is located at 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.

Feb. 23

• ORCHID WORKSHOP: Learn how to grow orchids at home with the conservatory staff at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Get tips for growing and repotting orchids from 2-4 p.m. Participants will leave with two orchids to pot and have one already in bloom. The class costs $20 for members or $25 for others, plus $25 for materials. Register online at www.dsbg.org.

Feb. 26

• COLLEGE FINANCE: A seminar led by a representative from the College Foundation of North Carolina will introduce teens and parents to the types of loans, grants and scholarships available. Also hear about the process for submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This workshop, which begins at 5:30 p.m. is designed for teenagers 12-18 and their parents. q

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