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Free Cholesterol and Diabetes Screenings:
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kmart, 545 Concord Parkway N., Concord. Free. No appointment needed. Details: Cholestcheck: 800-713-3301.
South Piedmont Conference Basketball Tournament:
Semifinals for boys and girls. 5:15 p.m. Feb. 17-18. $6. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.
Art Exhibition: "All in the Approach: Abstract, Allegorical, Analytical":
Artists Rae Al-Rawi, Susan Brenner, Alex Clark, Chris Craft, Courtney Dodd, Clark Hawgood, Chris Horney, Jennifer Kincaid, Kenn Kotara, Libby and Jim Mijanovich, Alison Overton, Mary-Ann Prack, Tom Stanley, Billie Ruth Sudduth and Tim Turner use a variety of media in one of more of these approaches. Through March 11. The Galleries at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and second Saturday of each month. 704-920-2787; www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Reading, Discussion on American West Literature:
Examine some of the American West's stories in reading and discussion series "Exploring the West - Whose West?" Books available for a limited number of participants. All welcome for discussion. Registration required. Free. 7 p.m. first and third Thursday of each month through April 15. Schedule: Feb. 18, "The Legacy of Conquest," by Patricia Limerick; 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.
Tot Trade Children's Consignment Sale:
Children's clothing, infant through juniors, toys, accessories, furniture, maternity clothing. 9 a.m. Feb. 19-21. Free. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.tottradecharlotte.com.
Spay-Neuter Clinic's SPAYghetti Dinner:
Cabarrus Spay Neuter Clinic's third annual SPAYghetti Dinner 5-8 p.m. Proceeds support the low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Mount Olivet Road, Kannapolis. Acoustic music duo MelonBelly. Drawings every hour; raffle prizes; homemade spaghetti with salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. www.cabarrushumanesociety.org.
Mallard and Clark's Creek Greenway:
Explore greenway; watch for mixed flocks of resident songbirds and woodpeckers foraging for insects, seed and fruit. Bring bag lunch and water bottle. Binoculars, field guides and transportation included. 10 a.m. $5. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. "A Good Snake!":
Find out why snakes are important for the ecosystem. Learn about common N.C. snakes. Live snakes; feeding demonstration. 3 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Hike for Your Health:
Hike through park's nature preserve. Must be able to walk 2-3 miles. Wear comfortable shoes; bring water. 5 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.