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Lake Norman Art League 2009 Exhibit and Sale:
Small works exhibit and sale to be displayed 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday through Jan. 8. Lake Norman Art League Gallery, 442 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-620-4450. www.lknart.org.
Small Works Collaborative Art Show:
More than 50 Green Rice artists will show original works through Jan. 24. Green Rice Gallery, 451 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-344-0300. www.green-rice.com.
Weight Loss Challenge:
Program from Jan. 7 to March 25 to help people develop better nutritional habits. Registration required. 7:15 p.m. $35. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.ci.davidson.nc.us.
12th Annual Polar Bear Ride:
Lake Norman's Rocky River Road Club will host12th annual ride, which will begin on Beaty Street in Davidson. The 62-mile ride will begin at 10 a.m. and the 31-mile ride will begin at 10:15 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 am. $20 in advance; $25 day of the ride. Children ride free with a parent. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. Ingersoll-Rand, Beaty St., Davidson. 704-896-3331. www.RockyRiverRoadClub.org.
Civil War Winter Quarters:
Program to show how Civil War soldiers survived winters, how families survived at home and more. 10 a.m. Jan. 9; 1 p.m. Jan. 10. Free with site admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Leon Russell to perform 8 p.m. $25. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Family music class for ages birth to four to include singing, dancing and playing instruments. 9 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. $170 per eight-week session. Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, 12600 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-766-2220. www.huntersville.org.
North Mecklenburg Republican Women Meeting:
GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer will discuss 2010 elections. The event is open to the public. Registration begins at 6 p.m.; buffet dinner at 6:45 p.m. 6 p.m. $20. Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville. 704-560-0582. www.meckgop.com.
Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa:
Dweezil Zappa to perform. 8:30 p.m. $25. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University:
Thirteen-week program that teaches participants to make money decisions to achieve their financial goals. Informational sessions will be held 12 p.m. Jan. 3 and 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in Room #204 in the Education Building. Classes are 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 15. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. 704-892-8566. www.mtzionumc.net.
Art Opening and Lecture:
Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. followed by a reception and opening of her new exhibit, which will run through Feb. 26. Free. Semans Lecture Hall, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, 300 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2519.
Asylum Street Spankers:
The Asylum Street Spankers to perform. 8 p.m. $12. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The Mantras Free Music Night:
The Mantras to perform. 9:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Open Hearth Cooking Workshop:
Program to teach the basics of 19th century hearth cooking. Participants will learn about period utensils and tools, recipes and will prepare a meal in the Latta kitchen. Registration required. 10 a.m. $30. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive:
Donors must weigh 120 pounds. Call for appointments. Donors will receive a free movie ticket. 3 p.m. Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-972-4700. www.cbcc.us.
Last Band Standing:
Spectra Records to host first round of "The Last Band Standing," a competition to find the best band in the Southeast and offer them a recording contract and a European tour. 8 p.m. $15. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The Escher Trio Amsterdam will perform works drawn from three centuries of piano literature. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for seniors; $5 ages 18 and younger. Davidson College's Tyler-Tallman Hall, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2848. www.davidson.edu.