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The Metropolitan Opera: "Simon Boccanegra" Encore:
6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
N.C. General Assembly Candidates Forum:
Cabarrus Republican Men's Club to host candidates for N.C. House and Senate. 7 p.m. Troutman's Bar-B-Q, 1388 Warren C. Coleman Blvd., Concord. Complete schedule of future forums at www.cabarrusgop.org.
Old Courthouse Theatre presents "Nunsense":
Musical depicts fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook. New jokes, lyrics, arrangements, song. 8 p.m. Feb. 27-28; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Adults $15; senior adults and students with ID $12; ages 12 and younger $10. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Winter Tailgate Market:
Local farmers and producers sell fresh seasonal produce, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range eggs. Local artisans and specialty food vendors offer homemade salsa, pimiento cheese, chicken salad, jams, jellies, fruit butters, handcrafted mustard, bracelets, rings, vases and more. 9 a.m. Feb. 27, March 13, March 27, April 10. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. 704-425-5559. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.
Special-needs Story Time:
Story time for children with a developmental level up to third grade. 11 a.m., Kannapolis branch library, 850 Mountain St. All family members welcome. Continues fourth Saturday of each month. Details: Jody Hunter or Kathy Carrico, Children's Room, 704-920-1180.
National Anthem Tryouts:
Kannapolis Intimidators audition singers for the National Anthem at games in 2010 season. Open to performers of all ages. Must sing without accompaniment. 10 a.m. Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, Moose Road, Kannapolis, rain or shine. Those who have performed at an Intimidators game in the past two years need not audition but should call to confirm interest in singing again. 704-932-3267.
2010 Best Picture Showcase:
10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 and March 6. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Spirit Cheer Cheerleading Competition:
8 a.m. Feb. 27-28. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 888-716-2287. www.spiritcheer.com.
C & E Gun show:
9 a.m. Feb. 27; 10 a.m. Feb. 28. $8 adults, free for ages 12 and younger with adult. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 540-953-0016. www.cegunshow.com.
Southern Piedmont Friends of NRA 13th Annual Fundraising Banquet:
Dinner; auction; drawings for collectible merchandise. Tickets: Call 704-786-2922 or 704-792-1554. Sponsored by NRA Foundation. 5 p.m. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.
Fashion For Haiti:
Charity benefit fashion show proceeds to be donated to American Red Cross International Relief Fund for Haiti. 6:30 p.m. $10. Diversity Den Cafe, 160 Concord Commons D1, Concord. 704-792-2233. www.diversityden.com.
"A Good Snake!":
Find out why snakes are important for the ecosystem. Learn about common North Carolina snakes. Live snakes; feeding demonstration. 3 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
"House Rules" Release Party:
For Jodi Picoult's newest book, "House Rules." 6:30 p.m. Kannapolis branch library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. Door prizes; refreshments; Jodi Picoult trivia game; suggestions on which book to read first and on similar authors to read. Free. 704-920-1180.
OWLS-Organization for Wildlife & Land Stewardship:
Join N.C. Wildlife Federation chapter for monthly program about wild things and wild places. 7 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Christian Cheerleading Nationals:
National Championships sponsored by: Christian Cheerleaders of America. Phil Stacey ("American Idol" sixth season top 24) to appear March 5. Adults $12; children $6. 8:30 a.m. March 4-6. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com; www.cheercca.com.
Reading, Discussion on American West Literature:
Examine some of the American West's stories in reading and discussion series "Exploring the West - Whose West?" Limited number of books available. All welcome for discussion. Registration required. Free. 7 p.m. first and third Thursday of each month through April 15. Schedule: March 4, "Angle of Repose," by Wallace Stegner; March 18, "Reservation Blues," by Sherman Alexie; April 1, "Last Refuge," by Jim Robbins; April 15, "On Gold Mountain," by Lisa See. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
"Half the Sky":
7:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Children's theater: "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie":
Pretenders, part of the Old Courthouse Theatre founded by Becky Porter, to perform play based on book by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Group hopes to "fire up" the imaginations of children through the magic of live theater. 7 p.m. March 5; 2:30 p.m. March 6-7, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. $5. Reservations: 704-788-2405; www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
2010 Best Picture Showcase:
10:30 a.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
"An Evening with Billy D. Washington":
Stand-up comedian also incorporates keyboard playing into his act. Opened all of Aretha Franklin's shows 2003-06 at her request and appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and BET. 8 p.m. $32. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2753. www.cabarrusartscouncil.tix.com.
Volunteer at Therapeutic Riding Center:
Wings of Eagles Therapeutic Riding Center for special-needs children and adults needs volunteers for spring session. Training session 9 a.m.-noon, Wings of Eagles Ranch, 4800 Faith Trails Road, Concord. Spring session March 23-May 13. Volunteer for any number of hours per week. Horse experience not needed. 704-784-3147. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org.
Auditions for "The Boys Next Door":
Tom Griffin play deals with four intellectually disabled men who live in a group home. Roles available for men and women ages 21-75. Role descriptions online. Performances scheduled April 29-May 9. Directed by Phil Taylor. Auditions 7 p.m. March 8- 9. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Senior Health and Wellness Day:
Health Expo for older adults, baby boomers, their families/caregivers. Health screenings, information, entertainment. Breakfast and lunch provided. Free. Sponsor/exhibitor opportunities available. Sponsored by Cabarrus County Senior Centers. 8:30 a.m. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3484. www.cabarruscounty.us/aging.