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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. UNC C - Rowe Arts Galleries, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-0208. mappingcharlotteuncc.blogspot.com.
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Jackson Training School: A Centennial Celebration:
Special exhibit to examine the local juvenile rehabilitation center. Items on display include crafts made by JTS schoolboys, print-making materials from the school's former print shop, founder portraits and photos. Group tours available by appointment. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Jan. 30. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688. www.historiccabarrus.org.
Glenn Beck's "The Christmas Sweater'": A Return to Redemption Encore:
8 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Osiris Rain, whose paintings are being displayed in the "Figuratively Speaking" exhibit, will discuss his work. 7 p.m. The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Members of The Junior Charity League of Concord will wrap gifts for the holidays at Concord Mills Mall through Dec. 24. Proceeds will the League's efforts to clothe economically disadvantaged children in Cabarrus County. 704-652-0669.
"A Tuna Christmas" presented by Old Courthouse Theatre:
The Old Courthouse Theatre will present play about Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and 2:30 p.m. 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.
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. Dec. 12; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. $20 includes lunch. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-2700. www.cabarruscounty.us/Parks/FrankLiske/frankliskepark.html.
Photographer Jason Marshall will discuss and sign copies of his new book, "3 Seasons of Stonewall: Images of Jackson Training School." 1-3 p.m. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688.
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.
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.
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.
PLC PTSO FUNDRAISER:
The Cabarrus Performance Learning Center's Parent-Teacher-Student Organization to host event to benefit the PTSO. 4-10 p.m. On the Border, 8001 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-9029. cabarrusplcptso.webs.com.
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.
Inside Doctor's Without Borders: Live With Elizabeth Vargas:
7:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Vietnam Veterans of America Meeting:
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 909 to hold a meeting followed by the group's annual Christmas party. Members should bring two cans of food to donate to the Cabarrus Christian Ministries. Non-members are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Cabarrus Senior Center, 131 Coban Ave. S.E., Concord. 704-932-5544 or 980-621-8735.
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.
Queen City Ringers Hand Bell Concert:
Queen City Ringers, a community hand bell group from Charlotte, will perform sacred and secular musical selections. 6:30 p.m. Free. Westford United Methodist Church, 273 Highway 49 S., Concord.
RiffTrax LIVE: Christmas Shorts - Stravaganza!:
8 p.m. Dec. 16-17. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Jeff Whittington will perform bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. $10. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2753. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
"It's a Wonderful Life":
Theater students to present classic Christmas story in the style of a 1940s radio play. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19. $5. Central Cabarrus High School, 505 N.C. 49 S., Concord. 704-786-0125, ext. 1403. www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/central/.
The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d'Hoffmann:
1 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Local journalist Helen Arthur-Cornett will sign copies of the books "Remembering Concord" and "A Light and Lively Look Back at Cabarrus County." 13 p.m. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688.
Muder Mystery Dinner Theater:
The Lakeside Players to present dinner show. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $75. Reservations required by Dec. 29. Lowe's Motor Speedway Smith Tower Fifth Floor Ballroom, Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.com.