Three artists will talk about their work and demonstrate how they create it at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cabarrus Arts Council's Galleries in the historic courthouse, 65 Union St. S. Works by artists Michael Klauke, Mary Lou Sussman and Barbara Yale-Read, are on display through March 10 in the galleries' exhibition "Word Processing." It's free. 704-920-2787; www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
The Pottstown Learning Center After-School Program opened this month in the Torrence-Lytle Center, 310 Dellwood Drive. It's a joint effort by the Huntersville Parks & Recreation Department, Huntersville Community Development Association, Community Service Center and Huntersville AME Zion Church. 704-875-0367.
Lake Norman Big Band's musical home in 2011 is Amos' at the Lake, 19501 W. Catawba Ave. It will play 7-9 p.m. Monday and the fourth Monday of each month. Reservations: 704-895-6875; www.amosatthelake.com.
The Davidson Lands Conservancy, Charlotte Astronomy Club and Davidson College Society of Physics will have telescopes for all ages to gaze at the winter sky 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Fisher Farm Park. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town will pay $28,000 for two patrol/narcotics-detection dogs for the police department, as approved in the fiscal 2001 budget.
The town board will consider a preliminary plan for the 202-acre Oak Creek residential development at a meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 11.
The city is seeking volunteers to serve on the Historic Properties and Community Appearance Commission. Applicants must live in Statesville, preferably in one of the four historic districts. 704-878-3586.
The East Lincoln High School cross country team and Cowan's Ford Golf Club at Lake Norman will host a Valentine's Weekend 5k & Couples Division race Feb. 12 at the club, 761 Club Drive, off N.C. 73 in eastern Lincoln County. Proceeds will benefit families in need and families of deployed military service members. Registration and other details: www.denvernc.com/valentine5k.