Around the Region


zMAX Dragway will host the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Sept. 16-19. It's round two of the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, a six-race postseason for the NHRA's top four professional classes. Tickets: 800-455-3267 (800-455-FANS);


A Labor Day sale Monday at the nonprofit Habitat Cabarrus ReStore, 2902 S. Cannon Blvd., will offer discounts on lighting, single chairs and selected red-tagged items. Proceeds go to build local Habitat for Humanity homes. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.


With Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools out for the day, Rural Hill will host a Special Maze Day in the Amazing Maize Maze from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets, details:


American Legion Post 86 will sponsor a Cornelius Veterans Monument Poker Run 9 a.m. Sept. 18. $20 per bike/car, $10 per additional passenger and $10 per extra hand. 704-895-5212,


The Extraordinaires will give the last free summer Concert on the Green 6-9 p.m. Friday on the Village Green, Main Street and Davidson-Concord Road.


Mike Dorcas, associate professor of biology at Davidson College, will display venomous snakes and other live animals during a free nature program, "Snakes Alive! Reptiles & Amphibians of the Lake Norman Area," 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St. 704-877-4788;


The Iredell County Agricultural Fair will be Monday through Saturday at the Iredell County Fairgrounds in Troutman. General admission $5. Gates open at 5p.m. daily. 704-528-6176.


Statesville residents can now pay utility bills or check on billing information online at the city website, Click on the green tab, "Online Utility Payments & Information." Details: 704-878-3564.

West Shore

The annual Denver Days, which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 2, will feature its first "Denver's Got Talent" competition, plus midway rides, exhibitors, talent and a featured band Friday and Saturday nights. Proceeds benefit a future East Lincoln Rescue Park.