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The Metropolitan Opera: "Armida" Encore:
6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd.www.amctheatres.com.
"Union Street Live!":
Outdoor concert series 6-9 p.m. third Thursday of each month May-September, Historic Cabarrus Courthouse lawn (rain or shine), 65 Union St. S., Concord. Beer and wine garden available. Sponsored by Concord Downtown Development Corp. May 20: Tim Clark Band. www.concorddowntown.com.
Charity Night for Multiple Sclerosis:
Bar at The Wine Room to be manned by volunteers in support of finding the cure for multiple sclerosis. Angie Medlin volunteering to provide musical entertainment. Raffle. All tips go to benefit the MS Challenge Walk. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. www.wine-room.net.
Pony/Horse Rides for Juvenile Diabetes Research:
New date and time: 6-8 p.m. May 20, Hollow Oak Farm, Flowes Store Road and 100 Russette Ave., Midland. Rides $5. All proceeds from rides and concessions go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund to sponsor 4-H club member Lauren Buchanan. To donate, send check to JDRF, c/o Angie Buchanan, 10123 Robert Bost Road, Midland, NC 28107. Details: Angie Buchanan, 704-888-3507.
Times Talks Live: Lost:
Editor Lorne Manly of the New York Times interviews Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about TV series "Lost" and the series finale. 8 p.m. May 20. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. www.amctheatres.com.
Cabarrus Christian Women's Connection:
All women welcome. Brunch, special feature on scrapbooking presented by Judy Jones, vocal music by Bruce Stadler, inspirational message "Turtles Come Out," by Susan Ely, former chef and now freelance writer. 9:30 a.m. Reservations: Phyllis, 704-782-3287 or email email@example.com. Brunch cost is $13.25. Cabarrus Country Club, Weddington Road.
N.C. Education Lottery 200:
200-mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race held in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying. Watch Sprint Cup crews and drivers battle for top starting spot in the All-Star event, and racing action in truck race. 1 p.m. $20-$30. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Free Live Music Featuring Billy Jones!:
Jones to play songs that draw on folk and R&B. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. www.wine-room.net.
"Stories Under the Stars"
Mime/family storyteller Doug Berky. Bring blanket or lawn chair and beverage. Popcorn provided. In case of inclimate weather, performance will move inside. 7 p.m. Kannapolis Branch Library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge:
Qualifying race for the All-Star Race. 1 p.m. May 22. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:
NASCAR's annual all-star event features special format. Drivers compete for $1million. Only top drivers are eligible. Preceded by last-chance qualifying race. $25-$75. 7 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Weekly Farmers Market:
Fresh local produce, beef, chicken, pork, free-range eggs; homemade cakes, breads and pastries; arts and crafts. 8 a.m. Saturdays. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.
Yard Sale, Car Wash and Spaghetti:
Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 222 to pay for trip to Washington, D.C. Yard sale and car wash start 7 a.m. Spaghetti lunch (spaghetti, bread and tea) is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Spaghetti dinner $8 for adults, $5 for children. Harrisburg United Methodist Church, 4560 N.C. 49, Harrisburg. 704-455-2311.
Feed the Children Charity Ride:
Motorcycle ride sponsored by STAR Touring and Riding Chapter 443 motorcycle group, which hopes to raise $10,000. 9 a.m. $10 per rider, $15 with passenger. RideNow Powersports, 254 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.ncchapter443.com.
All ages learn about life cycle of a butterfly and other creatures. $2. Register online: www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. .
Smart Start Community Fair:
Fire truck and Fire Safety House on site, plus Safe Kids information table. 10 a.m. Free. First Assembly at the Village, 280 Concord Parkway, Concord. 704-403-2303, Angel Roberts.
Free Live Music by Alan Barrington:
8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. www.wine-room.net.
Taylor's Finish Line Festival:
2:30 p.m. $25. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Auditions for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels":
Auditions for first production of Old Courthouse Theatre's 2010-11 season. Auditions 7-9 p.m. May 23-24, Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. For character information visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org. Performances scheduled for Aug. 5-22. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Harrisburg Farmers Market:
Local produce, beef, pork, chicken, free-range eggs, homemade breads; arts and crafts. Ride mini-rail train free. 4 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 30. Harrisburg Farmers Market, 6960 Robinson Church Road, Harrisburg. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.
Teen Writers Workshop:
Bryan Davis, young adult fantasy and Christian author, offers creative writing tips and pointers for young writers. 4 p.m. Free. Concord Main Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Tuesday Wine Tastings:
The Wine Room hosts casual wine tastings on Tuesdays. Five different wines selected each week, mostly reds with a few white or sparkling wines occasionally. All wines are for sale by the bottle. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
"Ultimate Speed - Dare to Race Jeff Gordon":
Jeff Gordon Foundation hosts sponsored guests at Victory Lane Karting to benefit Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord. Guests race four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon at the indoor karting facility. Catered lunch, live auction. To participate email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-455-0616. www.jeffgordonfoundation.org.
2010 Country Megaticket:
7 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.
Windstream Pole Night:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers compete for starting positions in 43-car lineup for Coca-Cola 600. Adult tickets $12 in advance; $1 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger. 7:10 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3205. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Country Throwdown Tour:
Featuring Montgomery Gentry and Jamey Johnson. 1 p.m. May 27. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com
Craft Class Day for Adults:
Cabarrus County Extension and Community Association sponsoring various craft classes 10 a.m.-noon. Light refreshments served. Classes offered: Cro-Hook Knitting ($6); Garden Hats ($6); Chicken Scratch Embroidery ($6); Crocheting ($2). Register online at www.cabarruscounty.us/ReservePartner/?c=Common/Home; or call 704-920-3310. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cabarrus Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord.
Inkfest Live - Urban Tattoo Expo:
Showcase of artists who are the new face of urban tattoo culture and lifestyle. Entertainment May 29 by Three 6 Mafia. Also, graffiti demonstrations, vendors, custom cars and bikes. Tickets $20 for May 28; $25 for May 29; $20 for May 30. Three-day access pass $50. Tickets available at www.inkfestlive.com, at Cabarrus Arena box office and at the door. 3 p.m. May 28; 11 a.m. May 29-30. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.inkfestlive.com.
Free Live Music by John Woodall:
Soul rock with infusion of blues and jazz. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Tech Net Auto Service 300 Powered By Carquest:
1 p.m. $17-$61. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3205. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300:
2 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Music by Andy Vaught:
8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.