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NASCAR Night at zMAX Dragway:
See NASCAR drivers, owners, crew chiefs and team members compete on concrete quarter-mile. Show ticket to upcoming NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or Coca-Cola 600 and receive free admission. Admission $5 for adults, free for children. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Speedway Children's Charities. Racing starts 5 p.m. www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.
Rape Crisis Companion Training:
Volunteers needed for nonprofit United Family Services. Training sessions 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, May 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29. Trainees must attend all six sessions. Male rape crisis companions also needed, as well as companions who speak Spanish. To apply: United Family Services Volunteer Coordinator Joey Honeycutt, 704-367-2734 or email@example.com.
Home School Hikers:
Ages 8-12 to hike all of Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and more. Advance registration, 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.
Art Gallery Talk:
Artist Walter Stanford of Kannapolis to discuss his work, including his "Century Farms" series of N.C. family-owned farms. Free. 7 p.m. Stanford's works are among those of 19 artists on display in the exhibition "A Time and Place," which runs through May 20. Exhibition also includes urban landscapes by Julyan Davis; clocks by Irene Semanchuk; birdhouses by Rolf Holmquist; works by 15 other artists. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and second Saturday of each month. The Galleries at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
Photogenic Baby Contest:
Search for America's Most Photogenic Baby presents Charlotte's Most Photogenic Baby of 2010. Annual event benefits Levine Children's Hospital. Go to Concord Mills for professional photo shoot with American Performing Arts Network. Parents can keep the photographs, which will be on display at the mall for judging and voting June 11-12. Photographs taken 10 a.m. May 13-15, noon May 16. $35 entry fee. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. www.photogenicbaby.com.
DCI 2010: The Countdown:
The best performances of marching-band music from 2009 and more. 7:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. www.amctheatres.com.
Old Courthouse Theatre's "Salute To Broadway":
Several singers with Old Courthouse Theatre perform favorites from Broadway hits. $10. 8 p.m. May 14-15; 2 p.m. May 16. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. . www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Piedmont Choral Society Spring Concerts:
Same concert offered free 7 p.m. May 14 and 3 p.m. May 16. Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Familiar selections from Mendelssohn's "Elijah," Haydn's "Little Organ Mass" with orchestra, many lighter piecesReception after each concert. Kay Yates, 704-699-6053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Zinna's Protocol Jazz Duo:
Group to perform variety from modern straight-ahead jazz to blues and R&B. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. . www.wine-room.net.
Spring Into Arts Festival:
Showcase of talent from visual and performing artists from across the Carolinas. Paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting, more arts and crafts for sale. Bands to perform: South Wing, noon; JoJo's Music Mix, 2 p.m.; Exit 54, 4 p.m. Children's activity area, roving entertainers, beer and wine garden, food vendors. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Union Street, downtown Concord. 704-784-4208. www.springintoarts.com.
Therapeutic Riding Center Horse Show and Picnic:
Wings of Eagles Ranch hosts 11th annual Blue Ribbon Horse Show and Picnic. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special riders to demonstrate skills learned in therapeutic riding lessons, will be awarded blue ribbons. Nonprofit center operates on community donations. Wings of Eagles Ranch, 4800 Faith Trails (off Miami Church Road), Concord. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org.
Charity League's Spring Garden Tour:
Third annual event hosted by Junior Charity League of Concord. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Self-guided walk through six private gardens in Concord. Food samples at each stop. Proceeds go toward league's charitable projects. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 on May 15. Buy advance tickets until May 13 at Angela's Gift's and Gardens, the Junior Charity League office or online: www.jclofconcord.com.
Relay For Life:
Relay for Life overnight event to fight cancer. 11 a.m. May 15-11 a.m. May 16. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49, Concord. . wwwrelayforlife.org.
Weekly Farmers Market:
Fresh local produce, beef, chicken, pork, free-range eggs; homemade cakes, breads and pastries; arts and crafts. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.
Special Needs Storytime:
For children with a developmental level up to third grade. Songs, puppets, stories, fingerplays, more. 11 a.m. All family members welcome. No registration required. Cabarrus County Public Library, Kannapolis branch, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. . www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Introduction to Tennis:
Boys and girls ages 5-8 learn the basics of tennis. Participants must provide own tennis racquet. Limit 12 per class. Advance registration required: www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. 9-9:45 a.m. May 15 and 22. $40. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-3351. www.cabarruscounty.us/parks.
Boys and girls ages 9-12 with no previous tennis experience learn various strokes, grips, basic knowledge of the game. Participants must provide own tennis racquet. Limit 12 per class. Advance registration required: www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. 10-11 a.m. May 15, 22. $40. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. . www.cabarruscounty.us/parks.
Relay For Life:
Ages 13 and up learn serves, lobs, volleys, net play, rules of the game. Participants must provide own tennis racquet. Limit 12 participants per class. Advance registration required: www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. 11 a.m.-noon May 15, 22. $40. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. www.cabarruscounty.us/parks.
Music by Vince Koob:
Acoustic music. Influenced by Jim Croce, James Taylor, expanding into other genres. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. . www.wine-room.net.
Old Courthouse Theatre's "Auntie Mame":
Broadway hit play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is part of "Living Room Reading Series." 5 p.m. Free. Story of a sparkling, scatterbrained, warm-hearted lady's madcap adventures and devotion to her nephew. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.