An animated film praised by noted critic Roger Ebert will be shown free at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, at the Davis Theatre in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord. "Sita Sings the Blues" is part of the new "Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre" independent film series. Written, directed and animated by Nina Paley, it retells the epic Indian tale "Ramayana" in ancient and modern settings. Read about the unrated film at www.sitasingstheblues.com to determine whether it is appropriate for your family. 704-920-2787 (704-920-ARTS); www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org; www.modernfilmfest.com.
Sirens around McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. No public action is required during the three-minute test.
Apply for the Huntersville Police Department's free Fourth Annual Citizen's Police Academy at www.huntersville.org/police_0
.asp or by calling 704-766-2281. The academy will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 25 through March 29 at the police department, 102 Gilead Road.
The town is challenging residents to a 21-day weight loss challenge beginning Thursday to find Cornelius' biggest losers and help raise money for the town's Veteran's Memorial Monument Fund. Cost is $20. Register at www.lakenormanwlc.com.
The town Parks and Recreation Department is offering a choice of two times and days for its course, Social Media 101 - An Overview: 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 26 and 6:30-8 p.m. Jan 27. Cost is $19. Register at www.ci.davidson.nc.us or call 704-892-3349.
Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will host a free program by Mooresville landscape designer Jan Enright on "Landscaping Lake Norman for Environmental Protection and State-Mandated Requirements" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Youth Services Room of the Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St. Details: 704-877-4788; www.lakenormanwildlife.org.
Carrie Harrison has been appointed to the Troutman Parks and Recreation Committee, replacing Kay Brawley, who resigned for personal reasons.
The City Council's January meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. It was delayed from last week because of the New Year's Day holiday. It will be the last meeting at City Hall before extensive interior rehabilitation begins.
The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron will hold its first 2011 boater safety class on Jan. 29 at Denver Volunteer Fire Department, 3956 N.C. 16 North in Denver. Register at www.usps.org/lakenorman.