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Auditions will be 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for the Old Courthouse Theatre's production of the comedy, "Divorce Southern Style." Roles are available for four women and three men. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Feb. 3-5, 11-12 and 18-19 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at the theater, 49 Spring St. N.W.; 704-788-2405.


Children are invited to the "Arctic Express" mini-train ride Tuesday and Wednesday at Village Park. Steve Somers, billed as "The Amazing Teacher," will guide a magical tour around the world to learn about winter holidays, explaining Christmas as well as Diwali, Kwanzaa, winter solstice, lunar new year, New Year, Ramadan and Hanukkah. Shows are at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Tickets are $3 and include a ticket to ride on the Express. 704-920-4343.


The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg will host a Bowling for Food tournament 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Northcross Lanes, 16317 Statesville Road. Entry is $50 per six-person team. Individual bowlers are also welcome. Each bowler is asked also to bring $20 of nonperishable food or a $20 Food Lion gift card to benefit families in need. Register at Details: 704-896-8461 or 704-892-2132.


Free "Cocoa with Santa" will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. Bring your preschool-aged child (4 and younger) for cocoa with Santa and various other holiday activities. Free photos with Santa will be available. 704-892-6031, extension 160,


To celebrate its first birthday, Our Town Cinemas, 227 Giffith St. in the Sadler Square retail center, will show the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" Friday through Dec. 16. For each $7 ticket, the cinema will donate $1 to Toys for Tots and the Ada Jenkins Center. 704-237-3238.


Vote by Dec. 14 on your favorite piece in the Mooresville Artist Guild's annual members holiday show at the Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave. 704-663-6661.


The 27th annual "Walk-In Messiah" will be performed at 3 p.m. today at Mitchell Community College. The performance is open to anyone who enjoys singing, offering a chance to join other talented musical artists in presenting of Handel's "Messiah." 704-878-4321.

West Shore

The United Way of Lincoln County is in the middle of its 2011 annual workplace campaign. If your business has not received pledge cards and would like to participate, call 704-732-8055. The campaign's goal is $355,000.