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Car show: The Kannapolis Police Department will sponsor a Classic Car Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at 2830 S. Main St. in Kannapolis.

Proceeds will benefit the police department’s Cops Target Kids for Christmas Program in which officers take local children in need to shop for Christmas gifts at Target stores.

An Officer Pick and Best of Show trophy will be awarded in categories for pre-1950s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Rat Rod, Late Model Camaro and Late Model Mustang. One Top Pick of Show will be awarded.

Richard and Vicki Jordan will provide food and the trophies for the show. A 50/50 drawing also will be held.

Registration is $20 and includes a meal ticket for two people. For more information, call Richard Jordan at 704-807-3276.

‘Wizard of Oz’ takes the stage: “The Wizard of Oz” will kick off the upcoming Old Courthouse Theatre season through Sept. 13.

Shows will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Sept. 4-5, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5-6, 8 p.m. Sept. 11-12 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12-13 at the theater, 49 Spring St. NW in Concord.

Tickets are available through the Old Courthouse Theatre box office at 704-788-2405 or by visiting

Speaker series: Jurgen Buchenau, a professor and chairman of the History Department at UNC Charlotte, will begin the sixth annual Personally Speaking Series at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at UNC Charlotte Center City.

He will discuss “Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century.” Buchenau’s concise historical analysis of the Mexican Revolution explores its causes, dynamics, consequences and legacies.

For more information, visit

Community band: The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will hold its first rehearsal of the fall season at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St. across from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis.

The band is open to adults with previous high school band experience. For more information, visit or call Nancy Sloop at 980-621-2010.

Discount fair tickets on sale: Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the Cabarrus County Fair, which runs Sept. 11-19 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord.

Advance tickets are $3.25 for ages 6-11, $5.35 for ages 12 and older. Ride wristbands are $15 in advance, a savings of $5.

Discounted advance tickets will be available through Sept. 10 at the arena box office and online at

Mosaic artwork unveiled: “Clearwater Pond,” a new glass mosaic artwork installed in the floor of ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, will be unveiled during the studio’s next ClearWater Second Saturday open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12. Located at 223 Crowell Drive in Concord, the studio recently commissioned the artwork for the gallery floor.

Master-level painter and mosaic artist Robert Crum, an artist at the studio, installed a 16-square-foot byzantine glass design into an open space that once contained a mechanical lift.

For more information, visit

Upcoming library events: The Concord Public Library at 27 Union St. North will hold several free events in the coming weeks.

▪ The Sixth annual Buzz World Spelling Bee for the Cabarrus Literacy Council will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Davis Theater in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union St. South. A reception will be held prior to the competition at 5:30 p.m. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Teams of three adults will compete, with proceeds benefiting the Literacy Council. Team entry is $500. Spectator tickets are $10. Details: Cabarrus Literacy Council, 704-920-2223 or

▪ Creators of Cool: Pirate Ships will be offered for children ages 7-12 at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids will hear pirate stories, play cool games and make a miniature pirate ship. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ How to Write Your Family History will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in the auditorium. Genealogist and retired computer programmer Winborne Springs will show participants how to turn their family history into a readable narrative. Admission is free. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ Preschool Story Time: Children are invited to hear “Fire Safety Dalmatians” at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids will learn about safety with a fun puppy dog craft and will add Dalmatian’s spots to their own fingerprints. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Kids ages 8-12 are invited to “I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011!” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Children’s Program Room. This new series is based on the “I Survived!” books. Participants will talk about the books and experiment with weather. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Financial Aid and Preparing for College will be offered at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the auditorium. A representative of the College Foundation will discuss financial aid and getting ready for college. Details: 704-920-2053.

▪ An interest meeting about creating a Teen Advisory Board will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Meeting Room. Participants will develop leaderships, have fun, make new friends and make their voice heard in the community. Details: 704-920-2055.

▪ Drop-in Tech Time will be held 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 11, 18 and 25 in the meeting room. Participants can drop in to ask specific questions about navigating smartphones, tablets or laptops. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ Music & Movement, a new children’s program, will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver can enjoy a fun and energetic program of dance, rhythm and music. Details: 704-920-2058.

Sign up for flag football: Registration for the Concord Parks and Recreation Adult Flag Football League will be held through Sept. 4.

Men’s and co-ed leagues are available, with games played once or twice a week from October through December. Cost is $375 for five players.

For more information, call 704-920-5600 or visit

Compiled by Leigh Pressley