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Reedy Creek Nature Club:
Park naturalist to lead club for ages 10-17 to explore the nature preserve, assist with projects, animal care, more. 4-6 p.m. third Wednesday of each month. $40 for six-month membership. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.
Queen City Ringers Handbell Concert:
Queen City Ringers community hand bell group from Charlotte to perform sacred and secular music. 6:30 p.m. Free. Westford United Methodist Church, 273 N.C. 49 S., Concord. www.queencityringers.org.
Jackson Training School: A Centennial Celebration:
Special exhibit to examine local juvenile rehabilitation center. Display includes crafts made by JTS schoolboys, print-making materials from 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.
Larger Than Life in 3D: Dave Matthews Band:
7 and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 16; 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 17. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
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.
Members of The Junior Charity League of Concord wrap holiday gifts at Concord Mills mall through Dec. 24. Proceeds go toward League's efforts to clothe economically disadvantaged children in Cabarrus County. 704-652-0669.
Jeff Whittington Presents: A Bluegrass Christmas Show:
Jeff Whittington and members of the Brand New Bluegrass Boys will preform a bluegrass-flavored Christmas show. 7:30 p.m. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Tickets $10. 704-920-2753 or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Santa Claus is Coming!:
Three-hour program for kids. Christmas crafts, games, 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.
Santa's SleigHAY Ride & Photos on the Farm:
Harris Farm offers sleigh rides, photos with Santa. Visitors can see calves, goats, Santa's elves and Mrs. Claus. Pets welcome. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 19-20. $10 hayride; $5 photo. Harris Farms, 1643 Pembrook Road, Harrisburg. 704-782-4847. www.theharrisfarm.com.
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.
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 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.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater:
Old Courthouse Theatre's 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.org.