The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., will perform "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 2:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior adults and students with ID and $10 for children. For tickets call 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
More than 150,000 lights will illuminate at Village Park through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 24-25). See them from the Winterland Express train for $2. Visits with Santa and the Kannapolis Singing Bears will be 6-9:30 p.m. each day. And through next Sunday, the Carolinas Division of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers will display a 36-by-22-foot model train layout with interactive opportunities for children. 704-920-4343.
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Hal Weatherman, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick's chief of staff, will discuss terrorism and homeland security at a meeting of the North Mecklenburg Republican Women at 6 p.m. Tuesday at NorthStone Club,15801 NorthStone Drive. Tickets, by reservation, are $20 and can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Claus will appear at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Montalbano family's free public Trains for a Cure display at 20133 Beard St., off Interstate 77 Exit 28 and Catawba Avenue. www.trainsforacure.org.
Brandon Madden of the N.C. Department of Justice will give a free presentation on identity theft and consumer scams and fraud at the Davidson Senior Scholars meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St. Details: 704-892-3349.
Prospect Prebysterian Church, 9425 N.C. 152 West, will host a free Star of Wonder Christmas Concert Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Details: 704-664-4592 or e-mail office@prospect pres.org.
The Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23-24 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
An addition to the Statesville Greenway System is open after a $550,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation paid to pave the 2.2-mile section and construction of three bridges. Details: 704-878-3586.
Denver Fire Department and Toys for Tots are collecting toys for underprivileged children in Lincoln and southeastern Catawba counties through Dec. 21. Visit www.denverfd.com for the list of sites. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24, Denver Fire Department will open a toy distribution center at its headquarters, 3956 N. Highway 16 in Denver.