Cabarrus

Art show, hot dog-eating contest and more!

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June 16

Art Exhibition "Through the Rabbit Hole":

Group exhibition runs through July 29, sponsored by Cabarrus Arts Council. Artwork features whimsy, fantasy, creative imagery. Paintings, bronze and clay sculptures and photo illustrations by 15 artists. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and on June 12. Group tours by appointment. The Galleries at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord, in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse. 704-920-2787 (704-920-ARTS). www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Summer Movies at the Library:

11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through July 28. Free. June 16: "Finding Nemo." Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

"Make A Splash - Read!" Summer Reading Program:

Register for program that rewards reading with prizes and entertainment. Those who register get free ticket to a Kannapolis Intimidators baseball game. Puppets, magicians, nature programs, movies, more throughout the summer. Library opens 9 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: "Aida":

Egyptian commander struggles between his love for enslaved princess and loyalty to Pharaoh. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.

Concord Downtown Farmers Market:

Local produce. 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 8. Concord Farmers Market, 24 Market St., Concord. 704-920-3310. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

"Healthy Cooking on a Budget":

Free series of nine food preparation classes for income-eligible parents. How to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for families while stretching food dollars. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 16-Aug. 25. Concord Housing Center, 285 Salem St., Concord. Registration isn't required. Adults only. Hands-on instruction in food safety and preparation; recipe taste-testing. Sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension's Cabarrus County Center. Se habla Español. 704-920-3310.

MOMS Club of Concord Open House:

Open house for prospective members. Nondenominational, nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms. Meet other moms and their kids; stay for face painting, games, door prizes, fun. Kids welcome. 10 a.m. Free. North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. 704-782-5603. concordmomsclub.weebly.com.

June 17

Union Street Live! Concert:

Mark Roberts and Breeze Band. Free. 6-9 p.m. Means Avenue and Union Street South, Concord. 704-784-4208. www.concorddowntown.com.

Flow Circus presents Paul Miller:

Variety artist promotes lifelong learning and play through juggling, magic and improv. 6 p.m. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

North Carolina Research Campus Farmers Market:

Weekly educational opportunities along with shopping for fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and other items. 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 30. June 17, "I Bought It, Now How Do I Cook It?": Explore new fruits and vegetables with an extension family and consumer sciences agent. Complete events listing at www.ncmarketready.org. Main and West B streets, across from Dale Earnhardt Plaza, Kannapolis.

June 18

USA vs. Egypt in Men's Volleyball :

FIVB World League consists of 16 teams competing for seven weeks. Total prize purse more than $20 million; overall winner receives $1million. 7 p.m. June 18-19. $10-$25. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. usavolleyball.org.

Free Live Music by Kevin Brawley:

Soulful approach to musicianship and voice. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

June 19

Hot Dog-Eating Contest:

State qualifying round for Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Winner becomes N.C. Hot Dog Eating Champion, will compete in Coney Island at nationally televised annual international contest. 1 p.m. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. www.concordmills.com.

Harrisburg Summer Festival on Main Street:

Live music, food, games, children's activities, prizes and giveaways. Hosted by local Harrisburg businesses and the Harrisburg Business Advocacy Group. 5 p.m. Free. Harrisburg Town Center, Main Street, Harrisburg.

Saturday Piedmont Farmers Market:

Local produce, beef, chicken, pork, free-range eggs; homemade cakes, breads, pastries; artisans and crafters. Activities for kids of all ages. Free educational events, culinary demonstrations, horticultural speakers and demonstrations, more than 80 vendors. 8 a.m. Saturdays through the growing season. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Rd., Concord. 704-920-3310. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

Free Live Music by Vince Koob:

Acoustic music initially influenced by Jim Croce and James Taylor and expanded into many other genres. 8 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels and .38 Special:

Gods & Guns Tour. 7 p.m. $31-$65.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

June 21

Cabarrus CARES Summer Camps:

Animal rescue and education organization will host summer camps for ages 6-18. Instructed by volunteers from education, arts, animal rescue, veterinary medicine, nutrition and computer skills. Campers learn about pet care and training, then write stories and work on laptop computers to produce newsletters and presentations. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. $125 per week includes T-shirt, lunch, snacks. Schedules and registration forms at www.cabarruscares.org, at area veterinary clinics or at Kitty City. June 21-24: rising third- through sixth-graders. June 28-30: ages 10-14. July 12-15:rising first- through second-graders. July 19-22: rising third- through sixth-graders. July 26-28: ages14-18. Kitty City, 30 Union St. S., Concord. 704-795-5219. www.cabarruscares.org; www.kittycityconcord.org.

Harrisburg Farmers Market:

Local produce, beef, chicken, pork, free-range eggs; homemade cakes, breads, pastries; artisans and crafters. Ride mini-rail train free. 4 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 13. Harrisburg Farmers Market, 6960 Robinson Church Road, Harrisburg. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

June 22

Crafty Tuesdays:

Summer crafts for children ages 3 and up. Parents welcome to come and help. 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 3. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Tuesday Wine Tasting:

Casual wine tasting; five different wines each week, mostly reds. All wines are priced by the bottle; 10 percent off if purchased that night, 15 percent for mixed or solid case purchase. Appetizer menu available. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $10 June 15. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Tuesday Piedmont Farmers Market:

Local produce, beef, chicken, pork, free-range eggs; homemade cakes, breads, pastries; artisans and crafters. Activities for kids of all ages. Free educational events, culinary demonstrations, horticultural speakers and demonstrations, more than 80 vendors. 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 21. Free. The Winecoff Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

June 23

Burns and Company:

Their ventriloquist character, Leroy Snodgrass, learns interesting facts about underwater creatures. Volunteers help Leroy with a new illusion and meet Ralph the Shark, along with other surprises. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: "Romeo et Juliette":

A young man falls in love with a girl from a rival family with tragic results. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. www.amctheatres.com.

Old Courthouse Theater's "Snow White and Friends":

Summer Youth Show offer modern version of beloved fairy tale. In spite of a huntsman and a wicked queen dressed as a hag, her friends (seven dwarfs, woodland creatures and rowdy gargoyles), calls to 911 and a Prince who uses breath freshener, the beautiful princess is awakened. Hour-long comedy adapted by Craig Sodaro. 7:30 p.m. June 23-26, 2:30 p.m. June 27. $10 for adults; $5 for children. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

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