Cabarrus

Wine tasting, magician at the library and more!

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June 23

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: Linda Luise Brown, Marilee Hall, Jayne Harris, Duy Huynh, Nan Jacobsohn, Murray Johnston, Lesley Keeble, Ruth Ava Lyons, Roger Martin, Pat Pilchard, Linda Plaisted, Peggy Rivers, Wanda Steppe, Cynthia Tollefsrud and Ginger J. Williamson. Also in conjunction with exhibition: Art Walk 6-9 p.m. June 25, featuring visual art at 20 downtown Concord locations. 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.

"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. Register anytime before July 31; program ends Aug. 4. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Burns and Company at the Library:

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.

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

Summer Youth Show offers modern version of beloved fairy tale. In spite of a huntsman and a wicked queen dressed as a hag (but with a Girl Scout candy bar), 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. 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.

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.

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. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.

June 24

Creative Writing Workshop: Ideas and Suggestions with Melinda Metz:

As part of the library's Teen Summer Reading Program, published author Melinda Metz will lead a creative writing workshop for teens in the auditorium. She will offer ideas, suggestions and tips to craft and improve your writing. 2 p.m. Free. Space is limited. Call to register. Cabarrus County Public Library-Concord Branch, 27 Union St., N, Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Second Annual Zucchini 500:

Children create race cars from zucchini, compete in prize categories, such as most nutritious, best NASCAR theme and fastest car. Coordinated by Armor Insurance Services Inc. N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market, Main and West B streets, across from Dale Earnhardt Plaza. Market open 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 30.

Craft Beer Tasting:

Tasting of beers made by smaller breweries. $6 for five beer samples. 6 p.m. to closing. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Veterans Appreciation

Home Instead Senior Care will host a veterans appreciation event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the company's office at 904 Copperfield Blvd. NE, Concord. Veterans and families are invited to the event, which will feature exhibits from the Cabarrus County Veterans Museum and presentations on veterans benefits at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Details: 704-788-3399.

June 25

Art Walk:

Downtown Concord galleries and shops to display variety of visual art. Refreshments and entertainment at many locations. Artists on hand. Map listing all stops at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org. 6 p.m. Free. Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

"Painting from Life" Workshop:

Mark Stephenson to lead three-day Cabarrus Art Guild workshop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-26 and 1-5 p.m. June 27. Workshop intended for oil colors but also can include work in different mediums. $90 for Cabarrus Art Guild members, $130 for others. Fire Station No. 8, 1485 Old Charlotte Road, Concord. To register call Please contact Margaret Troxler, 704-782-0556, or Jutta Vest, 704-788-3989. www.markstephensonpainting.com.

Outdoor movies:

The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will show free movies at James L. Dorton Park, located at 5790 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27. Upcoming movies include "Where the Wild Things Are," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "UP." Games and activities will be on the ball field at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at 8:45 p.m. or dusk. Concessions will be available.

Concert and a Movie:

7:30 p.m. Kannapolis Parks & Rec presents "A Concert and a Movie" at Village Park Amphitheatre, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will present a concert of patriotic, jazz and movie music, plus a children's feature. Movie to follow the concert: "Monsters vs. Aliens"

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. Food concessions available.

June 26

Tar Heel Cat Fancier's Cat show:

Author Michele Manderine to sign copies of her new children's book, "Tristan, The Maine Coon Cat." 9 a.m. June 26-27. Adults $5, ages 10 and under $3. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.

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.

Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler and Chris Young:

7:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

The Blues Providers:

Classic original Chicago and jump blues. 9:03 p.m. Free. Amici's Pizza Sports Bar and Grill, 929 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-793-1463. thebluesproviders.weebly.com.

June 28

Wendy's Summer Classic Baseball/Softball Camp:

Hosted by Kannapolis Police Department. Instruction by area high school and college coaches. Daily featured speakers on positive life choices, consequences of poor choices. Free. Ages 8-13. Limited to first 100 players. Register at Kannapolis Police Department. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 28-July 1. Northwest Cabarrus High School baseball field. Lt. Bret Johnson, Kannapolis Police Department, 704-920-4016.

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 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 29

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. 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 21. Free. The Winecoff Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. 704-920-3310. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

Legends and Bandoleros Racing:

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts 17th annual Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series Tuesdays June 29-Aug. 10. Full program of Legends Car and Bandoleros racing; special attractions on various dates. Racing under the lights on the quarter-mile oval on speedway's front stretch. Adults $7, ages 6-12 $3, ages 5 and under free. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

June 30

Magician at the Library:

Magician and illusionist Jeff Jones plans voyage to bottom of the ocean in search of "The Hidden City of Atlantis." 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free. Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. 704-920-2058. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

"Starting a Business" Workshop:

Hosted by Working Hands Ministry Small Business Association of St. Mark's Catholic Church, Huntersville. 6-8:30 p.m. Tips on writing an effective business plan, financing, legal issues, marketing, insurance. Moore Creative Inc., 9820 Northcross Road (across from Chick-fil-A at I-77 Exit 25.) Directions: www.9820northcross.com/directions.aspx. Space limited. Reservations: Matt Burkinshaw, 704-399-8708 or mburkinshaw@synergybusinesscoach.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.

July 2

Party on the Plaza:

Concord band Exit 54 plays classic rock covers first Friday of each month May-October outdoors. Feel free to bring a lawn chair and to dance. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room at Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

VIP Party Box: Phish:

7 p.m. July 2. $175. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

July 3

Piedmont Farmers Market:

8 a.m. Saturdays through the growing season. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Rd., Concord. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

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