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Improve Your Public Speaking:
Improve your communication skills and get your point across more concisely. Gold Mine Toastmasters Club. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Fairfield Inn, 3033 Cloverleaf Parkway, Kannapolis. 704-649-9633. www.goldminetoastmasters.com.
Fall Planting with David Goforth:
Goforth, Cabarrus County Extension agent, discusses what types of plants and vegetables work best in this region; how to get your garden ready for autumn. Free. 5:30 p.m. Auditorium, Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Grief Counseling with Food, Fellowship, Information:
Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County meeting open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Join grief counselors for food, fellowship and information. Noon Aug. 17. Only charge is cost of restaurant meal. Bob Evans Farms Restaurant, 1170 Copperfield Blvd. N.E., Concord. www.hpccc.org.
QuickBooks 101 Workshop:
Basic understanding of QuickBooks. Email list of any QuickBooks questions. $20 per person. Includes coffee, muffins and handouts. RSVP required. 10 a.m. Diversity Den, 160 Concord Commons, Concord. 704-792-2233. www.diversityden.com.
Music by Levi Schmidt:
Touring musician and songwriter Levi Schmidt to play folk/soul music from his album "Like Water." Information on Levi Schmidt: www.levischmidtmusic.com. 7 p.m. $5. Diversity Den Cafe, 160 Concord Commons D1, Concord. 704-792-2233. www.diversityden.com.
Free Blood Pressure Screenings:
Administered by Gentiva Home Health. 1 p.m. Free. Horizon Bay Assisted Living of Concord, 1501 Zion Church Road East, Concord. 704-782-1100. www.horizonbay.com.
Art exhibition features six artists who create in more than one medium: Robert Crum, George Handy, Paul Keysar, Julie Olson, Whitney Peckman, a Anthony Ulinski. Cabarrus Art Guild Juried Exhibition also on display. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays Aug. 16-Sept. 3. Free. Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
"Union Street Live" Outdoor Concert:
The band Big Sam to play 6-9 p.m., Historic Cabarrus Courthouse lawn, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Beer and wine garden. 704-784-4208. www.concorddowntown.com.
Live Music by Ricky Vacca:
6:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
17th Annual Frank Liske Park Powwow:
Traditional Native American powwow for all ages. Native American music, singing, dancing. Go inside a teepee; Native American-type arts and crafts on display and for sale; a variety of food available, including fry bread and Indian tacos. Traders row opens 3 p.m. Aug. 20, rain or shine. Dancing starts 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Bleacher seating limited; bring blankets and chairs. 3 p.m. Aug. 20; 10 a.m. Aug. 21. Free. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-786-5705. www.frankliskepowwow.webs.com.
Old Courthouse Theatre's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels":
Comedy-musical based on popular 1988 film. Two fraudsters living on the French Riviera agree that the first person to successfully steal $50,000 from the young Chistine Colgate will get to stay in town, while the loser gets to leave. 8 p.m. Aug. 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $15 adults; $12 senior adults and students with ID; $10 age 12 and younger. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Free Live Music by Darin Burns:
Diverse rock-n-roll show with classic rock covers. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Concord Fire Department members fan out across the city 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays in August with boots in hand, raising money for MDA Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for local children and adults with neuromuscular diseases. Each week, firefighters are stationed at Carolina Mall, Food Lion on Cabarrus Avenue, Food Lion at South Gate, entrance to HHgregg on Concord Mills Boulevard and Harris Teeter at Poplar Tent Road. 9 a.m. Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28. Carolina Mall, Medical Park Drive, Concord. 704-525-6476. www.mda.org.
"Stories Under the Stars" Presents Scott Links:
Part of the free "Stories Under the Stars" summer events series on patio of Kannapolis branch library. 7 p.m. Free. Kannapolis branch library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. 704-920-1180. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.
Live Music by Dallas Reese:
Singer-songwriter grew up in Concord and plays both keyboards and guitar. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Italian Marinara Pasta Sauce Cook-off and Cruise Night:
$10 to enter the contest; free admission for spectators. Part of Pizza and Beyond's monthly Cruise Night: Classic cars, water slides, live music, bounce house, food, arcade, ice cream, door prizes, more. Third Saturday of every month. 5 p.m. Free admission. Pizza and Beyond, 251 N .C. 24/27, Midland. 704-888-1992. www.pizzaandbeyond.blogspot.com; www.facebook.com/pizzaBeyond; www.twitter.com.
Zac Brown Band:
7 p.m. Aug. 21. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.
Improve Your Public Speaking:
Improve your communication skills. Gold Mine Toastmasters Club. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Fairfield Inn, 3033 Cloverleaf Parkway, Kannapolis. 704-649-9633. www.goldminetoastmasters.com.
7 p.m. Aug. 22. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.
Food Lion AutoFair:
8 a.m. Aug. 26-29. $10 for adults; free for children under 12 with paying adult. Parking $5. Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 800-455-3267 (800-455-FANS). www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.