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Cabarrus County

The “Jeff Whittington Presents” acoustic music series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord.

Vocal Point, featuring Mike and René Russell, will perform its brand of smooth jazz in the inaugural concert.

Monthly performances, which run through March, will feature bluegrass, pop and old-time music. Jeff Whittington's Christmas show will be Dec. 17. Details: 704-920-2787 or www.cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Cabarrus County and Kannapolis residents are needed to participate in The Murdock Study, which will take place at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The study was created in 2007 after Duke University received a $35million gift from David Murdock, owner of Dole Food and Castle & Cooke. It will use genomic technologies to identify links within major chronic diseases and disorders.

About 1,200 Cabarrus County and Kannapolis residents are already enrolled. Organizers want to enroll 50,000. Details: 877-673-2508 or www.murdock-study.com.

Community Impact Productions' commemorative musical and dramatic presentation “A Nation Under God: Tribute to 9/11” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Concord Christian Church, 3101 N.C. 73, Concord.

Seating is limited. Guests are asked to bring nonperishable food items. Details: www.cip-inc.org.

Mecklenburg County

The Lake Norman Yacht Club will reopen its newly renovated clubhouse next weekend as part of its annual Labor Day Celebration and Regatta.

A ribbon-cutting will be at 4 p.m. Friday. Boat races will start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Nearly 100 boats are registered to race. There also will be activities for children, an oyster roast, live music and dancing. Details: Peter Marriott, 704-562-6720 or www.lnyc.org.

Two free Domestic Violence 101 events will take place in September at United Family Services, 9624 Bailey Road, suite 290, Cornelius.

A Lunch and Learn event will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. A Dine and Discuss event will be 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 15.

The educational series will be led by UFS regional director Kathryn Firmin-Sellers. It is designed to promote awareness and public understanding of domestic violence issues that affect women and children. To RSVP or for details, call 704-808-4750.

A free informational session, “The Facts About Reverse Mortgage,” will be 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 10 at United Family Services, 9624 Bailey Road, Suite 290, Cornelius.

Barbara Shear, who specializes in reverse mortgages, will discuss how they work, common misconceptions and more. To register or for details, call 704-655-8745.

The Dash For Don 6K Heart Race will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Huntersville Business Park, 13801 Reese Blvd. W.

Participants can run, walk or relay with a partner. There also will be a kids' run as well as food, awards, prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. Details: 704-948-1959 or www.dashfordon.com.

The second annual Pedal the Park cycling event will be Sept. 7 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville.

It will involve 30- and 60-mile rides through Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Cyclists of all skill levels can participate. There also will be a three-mile fun ride.

Proceeds will benefit the Levine & Dickson Hospice House of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Details: 704-335-4312 or www.pedalthepark.org.

Rowan County

Open auditions for the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will be Sept. 20 at Catawba College.

Positions needed include third clarinet, bass clarinet, principal and second bassoon and assistant principal viola. Others can audition to be substitutes.

Those who audition must be prepared to play a prepared piece of their choice and excerpts of the music director's choice, as well as to do some sight-reading. Details: 704-637-4314.

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