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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. Dec. 30-Jan. 22. Free. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688. www.historiccabarrus.org.
Nature's Noon Year's Eve:
Nature Center to host countdown to noon with games, movies and crafts. Participants invited to dress as their favorite animal. Donations requested. Procceds will fund environmental education programs for Charlotte-area inner-city school children. Registration required. 10 a.m. Dec. 31. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
New Years Eve Jazz Gala Celebration:
New Year's Eve Jazz Gala Celebration with music, dinner, dancing. Pianist Alex Bugnon, a national recording artist, and saxophonist Shilts (former leader of the band Down To The Bone). Dinner and dessert 8:30 p.m. Midnight toast with free party favors, New Year's Eve fanfare. After-party with Columbia, S.C. band Finesse, featuring guitarist Terence Young. Add a deluxe hotel suite for $99 more; includes manager's reception with free drinks 5:30-7:30 p.m., full breakfast on New Year's Day. Tax and gratuities included in price. Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort & Spa, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive N.W., Concord. 877-993-8499. www.ez-tixx.com.
Hikin' in the New Year:
Two-mile free hike with naturalist. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Quit Bugging Me:
Create imaginary pesky insects. You can create a scary bug or a huge spider; the possibilities are endless. You will also learn about how different insects' bodies are and how they affect the environment. Materials provided. Meet in the lower level of the Barn. 11 a.m. Jan. 2. $5. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-2700. www.cabarruscounty.us/Parks/FrankLiske/frankliskepark.html.
Calling All Friends of Frogs!:
Free presentation about frogs for all ages. Advance registration required. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Free opportunity for children to play together while parents meet and discuss the latest news on organic and natural parenting. Adults must remain with children at all times. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. Jan. 5. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857
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. Class size limited. Registration required. 3 p.m. Jan. 5 and 12. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. North, Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Junior Master Wildlife Gardener Series:
Join us to become a Certified Wildlife Gardener! The National Wildlife Federation and the Junior Master Gardener program have created a program to help children learn about wildlife habitats through community service. First Tuesday of month. 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and Feb. 2. $42 includes all six courses. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
The Metropolitan Opera: "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" Encore:
6:30 p.m. Jan. 6. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Winter at Robinson Rockhouse:
Free three-mile hike to visit ruins of Robinson Rockhouse. Bring a lunch. Ages 7 and older. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. Jan. 8. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show:
Reptile show featuring exotic animals. Vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise. Participate in free raffles, animal seminars and kids' activities. $8 for adults; $5 for ages 5-12, free for age 4 and younger. 9 a.m. Jan. 9; 10 a.m. Jan. 10. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.repticon.com; www.cabarrusarena.com.
Spirit Sports Cheerleading and Dance Competition:
Cheerleading and Dance competition. For more information on tickets and registration visit www.spiritsports.com. 10 a.m. Jan. 9 and 10. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.
The Metropolitan Opera: "Der Rosenkavalier":
1 p.m. Jan. 9. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.