Community Notebook


Performers for the Kannapolis-based Piedmont Dance Theatre are preparing their latest production of "The Nutcracker."

Choreographed by artistic director Rebecca Massey Wiley, and featuring Tchaikovsky's full score, this year's production boasts an experienced cast and guest artists. Erica Wesselman and Samuel Alan Chester of Carolina Ballet Theater will star as the Sugar Plum and Cavalier in the Salisbury performances.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and under.

Piedmont Dance Theatre will join with Salisbury Symphony Orchestra for performances at Keppel Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets are $20-$25 for adults and $10-$12 for ages 18 and under.

Tickets: 704-932-8888;

"Tearing Down the Tent," a documentary about one man's experiences traveling with a circus, will be shown for free at 9 p.m. Friday11/19 at the Davis Theatre, in the Cabarrus County historic courthouse, 65 Union Street S.

The screening will cap a night of activities. Concord's Christmas tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and an art walk will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

"Tearing Down the Tent," is directed by Michael Knox, an Asheville filmmaker and former staff writer at The Independent Tribune.

Lake Norman

Davidson College Presbyterian Church will host a Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry at 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. today in Jetton Hall.

Testing for the registry is done by a simple cheek swab

Details: 704-921-3582.

The Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., will host a free public opening and reception 7-9 p.m. Friday for the exhibit "Teaching Talents," which features the multimedia works of its instructors.


The town of Cornelius and the Lake Norman Badminton Club will host a Badminton Play Day for ages 18 and older 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at J.V. Washam Recreation Center, 9611 Westmoreland Road in Cornelius.

Fee is $15, including lunch. Register at; at the Cornelius PARC Department at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.; or by calling 704-765-1450.

The Davidson Historical Society will host a free screening of the documentary "Our Vanishing Americana" at 4 p.m. next Sunday in the Davidson IB School auditorium, 251 South St.

The book is based on producer Mike Lassiter's 2006 photo book which focuses on North Carolina's old hardware stores, groceries, gas stations and other disappearing places. Details: 704-892-6022;

Gold's Gym of Lake Norman will hold the fifth annual Lake Norman Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day to raise money for research and treatment of childhood diseases.

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