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Photography contest: Rick Beldegreen of University City recently earned second place in The Weather Channel’s 2015 It’s Amazing photo contest. More than 40,000 images from amateur and professional photographers were entered in categories such as weather, nature and adventure.
The retired veterinarian captured a stunning photo of rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands entitled “Rockhopper Penguins Storm the Beach.” Beldegreen won a $5,000 prize.
Volunteers needed: Wings of Eagles Ranch in Concord will offer therapeutic horseback riding classes for the special needs community in eight-week sessions starting in September.
Volunteers age 14 and older are needed for side walking, horse leading and barn help. A minimum of one hour per week is required.
Volunteer training will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10 at Wings of Eagles Ranch, 4800 Faith Trails in Concord. Fall riding sessions start 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, beginning Sept. 14.
For information, visit www.wingsofeaglesranch.org or call 704-784-3147.
‘Wizard of Oz:’ “The Wizard of Oz” will run through Sept. 13 in the first production of the Old Courthouse Theatre season.
Shows will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 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 www.showtx4u.com.
Discount fair tickets: 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 at www.showclix.com/event/CabarrusCountyFair2015.
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 www.clearwaterartists.com.
Authors discuss books: Authors Joyce and Jim Lavene will discuss their books and writing experience at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Kannapolis Public Library, 850 Mountain St.
The best-selling mystery and urban fantasy fiction authors write under their own names, as well as J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. Together, they have published more than 70 novels and hundreds of nonfiction articles for national and regional publications.
The Lavenes, who live in rural North Carolina, will discuss their work, answer questions and sign books. Admission is free and the program is open to the public.
For information, call 704-920-1180.
Safety Palooza: Safe Kids Cabarrus will hold the fourth annual Safety Palooza 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at K-Mart on Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.
The event will feature local public safety agencies, a shredding truck and activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks, severe weather simulator and fire safety house. There will be raffle prizes, carnival games, police K-9 demos, live bands, entertainment and food. In addition, runners, walkers, and rollers can participate in the Candy Corn 5K. Drop off expired and unused medications in exchange for a free raffle ticket.
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.
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 information, call Richard Jordan at 704-807-3276.
Corn hole tournament: The Harrisburg Business Network and Harrisburg Parks & Recreation will sponsor the fourth annual Bags in the Burg corn hole tournament and Market on Main on Sept. 26 at Veterans Park behind Harrisburg Town Hall, 4100 Main St.
Cabarrus County Schools will hold the Battle of the Bags at 9 a.m. Competition open to the public will begin at 11 a.m. Vendors will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to register for the corn hole tournament. Local businesses and craft vendors are invited to participate in the fundraiser.
Proceeds will go to Joyful Hearts, a nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through social events and activities. Visit www.joyfulheartsnc.org for details.
To register for the corn hole tournament or submit a vendor application, visit www.bagsintheburg.com.
Upcoming library events: The Concord Public Library at 27 Union St. North will hold several free events in the coming weeks.
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 compute 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 of book talks and games 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, Sept. 18 and Sept. 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 be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 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.
Laughter Yoga, which includes laughing games while standing, sitting and laying down, will be offered at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the auditorium. No mats are required. Details: 704-920-2054.
The What Happened? Historical Book Discussion will examine “Spectacular Rogue: Gaston B. Means” by Edwin Hoyt at 6 p.m. Sept.14 in the meeting room. Participants will learn about the infamous Concord native, con man and swindler. Registration is required by calling 704-920-2054.
A Mammoth of a Story Time will be offered for ages 5-12 at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Children’s Program Room. Children will enjoy fun mammoth stories, activities and a craft. Details: 704-920-2058.
‘Dr. Who’ fans can enjoy trivia games, crafts and fun at “Dr. Who” Day at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in the auditorium. Details: 704-920-2055.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley