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Charlotte in Layers: A Collaborative Installation:
Exhibit by artist Sonja Hinrichsen and UNC Charlotte students to explore life and history of Charlotte with video, photo, interviews and audio. Work will be displayed through Dec. 10. Free. UNCC Rowe Arts Galleries, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-0208. mappingcharlotteuncc.blogspot.com.
"A Tuna Christmas":
The Old Courthouse Theatre will present play about Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. 8 p.m. Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students; $10 for children. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
"Glitz, Glam Glow":
The Greater Charlotte Regional Chapter of eWomenNetwork to host event with shopping, buffet lunch and fashion show. 11 a.m. $35 for members and $45 for others through Nov. 30; $55 for all after Dec. 1. Speedway Club, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-947-8476. www.ewomennetwork.com.
Healthy Holiday Cooking:
Gina Guthrie of Bocca Felice Catering and Entertaining will present a free program with tips and techniques for healthier versions of holiday classics by using products from our local farmers. There will be demonstrations and free samples. Registration required. 7 p.m. Cabarrus County Public Library at Concord, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/Library.
"Christmas Sweater'': A Return to Redemption Live:
8 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Festival of Trees - Deck the Halls Gala:
The Mariam Hayes Society will host the fifth annual event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. The event will begin with the Deck the Halls Gala, a black tie-optional event with heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, dancing and live music. 7:30 p.m. $55. Concord Hotel, 14 Union St. S., Concord. 704-721-2582. https://secureonlinegiving.com.
Judge Clarence Horton, host of Channel 22's "Historical Moments," will sign copies of the books "Piedmont Neighbors" and "A Bicentennial History of Concord," as well as the DVD "Historical Moments: The Cannon Mills Trilogy." 1-3 p.m. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688.
Winter Walk in the Park:
Hike through the park to discover plants and wildlife active in the winter. Meet at the Cabarrus Homebuilder Shelter near the lake. 11 a.m. Free. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-2700. www.cabarruscounty.us/Parks/FrankLiske/frankliskepark.html.
Holiday Open House:
Annual event featuring nature hikes, green gift ideas, crafts, a scavenger hunt and light refreshments. 11 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
"Our Gift of Music":
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band to perform holiday concert. Children can play sleigh bells with the band during the singing of carols. 7:30 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road N.E., Concord. 704-425-3507.
Carolina Classic Alpaca Show: Show to feature the BelleauWood Select Alpaca Auction, Carolina Classic Alpaca Show and The Herdsire Showcase. 9 a.m. Free. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-502-7981. www.bwalpacashow.com.
Senior Center Christmas Party:
Party for Cabarrus County seniors to feature entertainment, refreshments, goodie bags and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 10 a.m. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.
SAT Tutorials at Your Library:
Dr. Ravi Prakash to lead small study group for the analytical portions of the SAT exam. Participants must have completed Algebra and Geometry. Registration required. 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 12. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Hike for Your Health:
Hike for ages 12 and older through the nature preserve. Participants must be able to walk 2-3 miles. 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays, ongoing. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Osiris Rain, whose paintings are being displayed in the "Figuratively Speaking" exhibit, will discuss his work. 7 p.m. Free. The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
The Piedmont Choral Society will perform Christmas favorites. 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13. St. James Lutheran Church, 104 Union St. S., Concord. 704-786-1063. sjnc.net/index.php?page=Piedmont%20Choral%20Society.
The Piedmont Dance Theatre will perform "The Nutcracker" 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, 415 E. First St., Kannapolis. $17 for adults; $12 for ages 18 and younger. The show will also be performed with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Keppel Auditorium, 2300 West Innes St., Salisbury. Tickets for the latter performances are $20-$25 for adults and $10-$15 for ages 18 and younger. 704-932-8888. PiedmontDanceTheatre.com.
Santa Claus is Coming:
Three-hour program for kids to feature Christmas crafts, games and pictures with Santa. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $20 includes lunch. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-2700. www.cabarruscounty.us/Parks/FrankLiske/frankliskepark.html.
Mardi Gras National Parade of Champions Cheerleading:
Cheerleading competition. 10:30 a.m. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.mardigrasspiritevents.com.
Teen Book Club:
Free discussion of E. L. Knoigsburg's "The View From Saturday" for teens. Registration is required. 11 a.m. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Discovery Days at Reedy Creek:
Discovery Place's ScienceReach presenters will use hands-on demonstrations to teach about simple machines, magnets and levitation. 11 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. Dec. 14
Auditions for "Nunsense":
Old Courthouse Theatre will host auditions for "Nunsense." 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.