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The Odell Lions Club's fall barbecue sale will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the club hut, N.C. 73 West and Odell School Road. Plates with pork barbecue or barbecue chicken, plus barbecue beans, slaw and bread are $7. Pork sandwiches are $3 each or $10 for four. Proceeds support Lions programs for vision-impaired Cabarrus County people.
The 17th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace will host a "Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literary Weekend" Saturday and next Sunday. Tickets/details: www.RenFestInfo.com; 704-896-5544.
The town's free Boo-Bash Halloween event, 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Bailey Road Park, will have hayrides, a flashlight egg hunt, face painting, costume contest and showing of the film "How to Train Your Dragon." Details: 704-892-6031, ext. 160; www.corneliuspr.org.
Davidson Community Players' Connie Company will perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" free at 7 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St. Donations welcome.
Twenty Carolinas high school bands will compete in the 29th annual Blue Devil Classic 1:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Mooresville High School. The Mooresville High band will perform in exhibition at 8:40 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. Details: www.prideinmotion.com.
The third annual "Haunted Statesville" lantern-light walking tour of the city's creepier past will be Oct. 22-23 and 29-30, departing every half hour. Advance reservations are required; tickets $8 each or four for $30. Reservations: 704-878-3436.
Meet candidates for local office at Webb's Chapel UMC's annual fish fry from 11:30 a.m. until the fish sells out Oct. 29 at the church, 4640 Webb's Chapel Road, Denver. Delivery: 704-483-9434.
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