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New Art Exhibit: "A Time and Place":
Newly opened exhibition focuses on a love of the land and places held dear. Group show of 19 artists includes Walter Stanford's "Century Farms" series of N.C. family-owned farms; urban landscapes by Julyan Davis; clocks by Irene Semanchuk; birdhouses by Rolf Holmquist; and works by 15 other artists. Free gallery talks 7 p.m. April 8 by potter Gay Smith of Bakersville; 7 p.m. May 13 by painter Stanford of Kannapolis. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and second Saturday of each month through May 20. The Galleries at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Meet the Easter Bunny:
Children and families can visit the Easter Bunny. Parents can purchase photos of the Easter Bunny with their child or family. Photo packages vary in price. Noon March 31-April 1; 10 a.m. April 2-3. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. www.concordmills.com.
Reedy Creek Garden Club Returns:
Help Nature Center's naturalist make garden look beautiful. Activities may include watering, transplanting, weeding, deadheading. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended. Dress for the weather. 1-4 p.m. Ages 8-12. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. Advance registration required: 704-598-8857.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive:
3:30 p.m. Hickory Grove Baptist Church, North Campus, 2350 Odell School Road, Charlotte. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive:
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jay M. Robinson High School, 300 Pitts School Road S.E., Concord. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
Reading and Discussion Series on American West Literature:
Examine stories of the American West in "Exploring the West - Whose West?" Limited number of books available. All welcome for discussion. Free. Advance registration required. 7 p.m. first and third Thursday of each month through April 15. Schedule: 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.
Terri Bennett at eWomenNetwork:
Mother of three and former TV scientist and weathercaster to speak on "Six Tips to Saving Green While Being Green." 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Speedway Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway, U.S. 29, Concord. Public invited. Tickets $55. To register, visit www.eWomenNetwork.com, Greater Charlotte Regional Chapter; or call Lori Dvorak, 704-947-8476.
Concord Parks and Recreation Department offers free festival with face painting, amusement games and interactive activities with the DJ. Preschool can meet and play games with storybook and cartoon characters on Bunny Trail. Photos with Easter Bunny. Egg hunts divided by age group: Ages 3-4, noon; ages 5-7, 12:20 p.m.; ages 8-10, 12:20 p.m. Food and drinks sold by Concord Youth Council. Police officers, K-9 units and Fire & Life Safety officers to give safety tips. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. W.W. Flowe Park, 99 Central Heights Drive, Concord. 704-920-5600. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bunny Run 5 K & Fun Run:
8 a.m. Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Ave., Concord. Fun Run at 8 a.m.; 5K at 8:30 a.m. New stroller division. Registration and awards in Paul's Shelter. Fees: 5K, $15. T-shirts to first 125 registered participants. Fun Run (1 mile), free, but registration is required. 704-920-5619; 704-920-5600. email@example.com.
Join us on an exploration in search of spring flowers in and around Mecklenburg County. We will tour several sites by van, stopping for lunch in the wild. Ages 12 and older. Register in advance. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Pancake Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis:
Proceeds go to Adam's Arrows, part of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides Walk. Tickets $7 for short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee. 8 a.m. Applebee's restaurant, 1240 Concord Parkway N., Concord. For tickets call Susan Easley, 704-933-1211.
Pancake Fundraiser for Fire Missions Trip:
Proceeds go to Fire Missions Trip of Concord. Tickets $7 for short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee. 7 a.m. Applebee's restaurant, 8018 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. For tickets call Michele Gajkowski, 704-458-2085.
Pro Baseball FanFest:
3 p.m., Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, off I-85 Exit 63, Kannapolis. Inflatable games; 25-cent hot dogs and sodas; playground; arts and crafts table; Intimidators mascot Tim E. Gator. Egg hunt on field 3:30 p.m., organized by age; eggs contain candy and prize coupons. Sponsored by Kannapolis Intimidators, Class A affiliate of Chicago White Sox. 704-932-3267. www.IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
Easter at Verizon:
Mecklenburg Community Church and YMCA of Greater Charlotte invite everyone to Easter celebration. Live music; talk by Senior Pastor Jim White; children's activities such as egg hunts, moon bounces, more. Free. Gates open 9:30 a.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-598-9800. www.easteratverizon.org.
Make a Plant Press:
Make a plant press and see how scientists use them to understand plants. Ages 8-12. Register in advance. 2 - 3 p.m. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Colors in a Leaf:
Even green leaves have more colors than you may think. See how many colors are in a leaf. Ages 8-12. Register in advance. 2 - 3 p.m. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Find out why earthworms have been called "a gardener's best friend." Ages 8-12. Register in advance. 2-3 p.m. April 7-8. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
OWLS-Org. for Wildlife & Land Stewardship:
Join this North Carolina Wildlife Federation chapter for a monthly program about wild things and wild places. 7 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. Basic Drawing Class:
Diane Overcash offers class 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 7-28. Hobby Lobby, Kannapolis. $55. 704-933-5432.
Spring Auto Fair:
More than 100,000 car enthusiasts expected at four-day event. Car shows, car corrals, vendors, collector car auction, more. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8-10; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 11. $10 for adults; free for ages 12 and under. Parking $5. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S. (U.S. 29), Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
John Brown Quintet Jazz Concert:
8 p.m., Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S, Concord, in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse. Award-winning group specializes in music from the Bebop and Hard Bop eras, classics of the Great American Songbook and original music. . (Concert was rescheduled from Jan. 30.) Tickets $34; call or go by Davis Theatre box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; call 704-920-2753; or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Scholarship Dinner and Auction:
Fundraiser for high school seniors entering business field. Sponsored by International Association of Administrative Professionals. 5:30 p.m. Advance registration required for dinner. $10 for Italian menu, dessert, tea, coffee. 6 p.m. auction; free admission. Kerr Street United Methodist Church, 419 Kerr St. S.W., Concord. 980-621-0953 or 704-920-3310.
Winter Tailgate Market:
Local farmers and producers sell fresh produce, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range eggs. Local artisans and specialty food vendors. 9 a.m. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. 704-425-5559. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.
Sanctioned four-race series for ages 4-14 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics sponsored by Birkdale Animal Hospital. Each event consists of a swim, a run and a bike race; lengths vary depending on age group. Races scheduled April 10, May 15, June 5, July 17. 704-766-2222. www.hffa.com.
Organic Cooking Class:
Gourmet chef Silje Grayston to show how to use fresh, local, organic ingredients in everyday meals. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 12 and up. $15 fee includes instruction and food sampling. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. Advance registration required: 704-598-8857.
Green Guardian Conservation Corps:
Help protect wildlife and wild places of Mecklenburg County nature preserves. Activities include invasive plant removal, plant and animal inventory, native gardening, more. 2-4 p.m. Free. Ages 16 and up. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. Advance registration required: 704-598-8857.
Home School Hikers:
Ages 8-12 to hike all of Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and more, covering 10 miles of trails in three months. Advance registration and payment required. 3 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of each month through May 26. $3 per hike. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857.
Creature Feature and Story Time: Turtles:
Discover new and exciting creatures each month through story, activity or craft. Ages 3 and up with an adult. 10 a.m. April 14; 1:30 p.m. April 18. $2 per child. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. Advance registration required: 704-598-8857.
The Metropolitan Opera: Hamlet Encore:
6:30 p.m. April 14. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
History Masquerade and Silent Auction:
Fundraising event sponsored by Historic Cabarrus Association and The Concord Museum. Costumes are optional but encouraged; prizes awarded in five categories. Rare collectibles from "The Sound of Music" on display. Silent auction 7 p.m. Swing and pop music by Rowan Big Band All-Stars begins 8 p.m. 7-11 p.m. April 16, former Cabarrus Bank building, 57 Union St. S., Concord. $40 for members of Historic Cabarrus; $50 for others; visit www.historiccabarrus.org; call 704-782-3688; or go to the Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, Concord.
Spring Herb & Plant Festival:
More than 75 vendors with common and unusual herbs, perennials, annuals, tropicals; vegetables; baked goods; arts and crafts; much more. Horticulture Extension agent David Goforth and Cabarrus County Master Gardener Volunteers to answer gardening questions. Educational programs, events, admission and parking free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. rain or shine, Piedmont Farmers' Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. Presented by Cabarrus Master Gardener Volunteer Association. firstname.lastname@example.org. 704-920-3310.
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.