Around the Region


The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., will perform "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 2:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior adults and students with ID and $10 for children. For tickets call 704-788-2405.


More than 150,000 lights will illuminate at Village Park through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 24-25). See them from the Winterland Express train for $2. Visits with Santa and the Kannapolis Singing Bears will be 6-9:30 p.m. each day. And through next Sunday, the Carolinas Division of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers will display a 36-by-22-foot model train layout with interactive opportunities for children. 704-920-4343.


Hal Weatherman, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick's chief of staff, will discuss terrorism and homeland security at a meeting of the North Mecklenburg Republican Women at 6 p.m. Tuesday at NorthStone Club,15801 NorthStone Drive. Tickets, by reservation, are $20 and can be made by e-mailing


Santa Claus will appear at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Montalbano family's free public Trains for a Cure display at 20133 Beard St., off Interstate 77 Exit 28 and Catawba Avenue.


Brandon Madden of the N.C. Department of Justice will give a free presentation on identity theft and consumer scams and fraud at the Davidson Senior Scholars meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St. Details: 704-892-3349.


Prospect Prebysterian Church, 9425 N.C. 152 West, will host a free Star of Wonder Christmas Concert Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Details: 704-664-4592 or e-mail office@prospect


The Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23-24 in observance of the Christmas holiday.


An addition to the Statesville Greenway System is open after a $550,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation paid to pave the 2.2-mile section and construction of three bridges. Details: 704-878-3586.

West Shore

Denver Fire Department and Toys for Tots are collecting toys for underprivileged children in Lincoln and southeastern Catawba counties through Dec. 21. Visit for the list of sites. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24, Denver Fire Department will open a toy distribution center at its headquarters, 3956 N. Highway 16 in Denver.