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"It Takes Two: An Evening with Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell" will open the 2010-11 season of "On Stage at the Davis" at 8 p.m. Saturday. The two Broadway and TV stars will perform Broadway hits, songs from the Great American Songbook, swing numbers, country classics and rock 'n' roll. 65 Union St. S., Concord. Tickets are $42. 704-920-2753; www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
The Carolina Renaissance Festival will be open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 9 through Nov. 21 off N.C. 73 at Poplar Tent Road. The medieval amusement park features a theater, 22-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and more. Tickets and other details: www.RenFestInfo.com; 704-896-5544; 877-896-5544.
Join the town's Couch-to-5K Running Plan 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting Monday through Oct. 27 at Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road. 704-765-1450; www.corneliuspr.org.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will give a Reynolds Lecture reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall. It's free, but tickets are required. Call 704-894-2135 weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Catalinas will play beach music at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the Mooresville Town Hall lawn, 413 N. Main St. It's the last in the town's 2010 free outdoor summer concert series. www.mooresvillerecreation.org.
"Hello Statesville," a weekly phone message from the city, provides information about city events, programs and schedules. The call goes out at 7 p.m. each Sunday. Details: 704-878-3586.
Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman will discuss the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation at Thursday's monthly meeting of the Lake Norman Covekeepers, 7 p.m. at East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road in Denver. Details: Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249.
To be included in the Observer's annual Giving Guide, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/giving and click on the link at the top. The once-a-year guide gives readers information about nonprofits that need donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 8.