Cabarrus

Back Packin' Babes, cage fitness and more!

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Dec. 15

Breakfast:

The Cabarrus County Veterans Service Office invites all Cabarrus County veterans to the annual Christmas breakfast honoring veterans and their families 9-10:30 a.m. drop-in at the Veterans Service Office. 704-920-2869. Cabarrus County Government Building, 65 Church St. S.E., Concord.

Free Diabetes Screenings:

Free Diabetes Screenings offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kmart, 545 Concord Parkway North, Concord. Details: Cholestcheck, 800-713-3301 (no appointment necessary). www.cholestcheck.com. Kmart, 545 Concord Parkway North, Concord.

Intermediate Thermodynamics:

Thermodynamics focuses on energy conversion processes. The laws of thermodynamics form the foundation of all the basic sciences. This course will build on the basic principles apply them o real-world components and systems. Analysis techniques and measurements will be focal points. This is considered an application course. 8 a.m. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Individual Tax Update:

This course covers important federal and state tax developments affecting individuals, employees, investors and those who provide consultation or tax preparation services for them. Developments covered in this course include new laws passed by Congress, important tax cases and guidance from the Treasury Department and the IRS. 8:30 a.m. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Back Packin' Babes:

Moms, bring your baby carrier and come hike the trails with a naturalist. Trails are not stroller accessible. Must be able to hike with baby 1-3 miles on uneven terrain. Dress you and your baby for the weather. Ages 3 and younger. Please call to register. 9 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

Nature's Play:

Bring the kids to play the natural way. While the kids play, meet others and find out the latest news on organic and natural parenting. Dress for weather. Adults must remain with children at all times. Ages 5 and under. Please call to register. 10 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

Shop Seagrove:

Pottery from Seagrove: functional items and unique works of art, just in time for holiday giving. Potteries featured include Avery Pottery and Tileworks, Cady Clay Works, Daniel Johnston Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, Crystal King Pottery and King's Pottery. 10 a.m. Free. The Galleries, 65 Union St. South, Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Black, White and Easily Red:

Exhibition includes printmaking, sculpture, painting, scherenschnitte, ceramics and drawings in the limited palette of black, white and red. 10 a.m. The Galleries, 65 Union St. South, Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Reedy Creek Garden Club:

Come out and help our naturalist make the garden look beautiful. Activities may include watering and transplanting, weeding or deadheading. Long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended. Dress for the weather. Please call to register. 2:30 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

Family Nature Club: Your Very Own Story:

Come experience all the benefits of nature together as a family in the family nature club. Please call to register. 1 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

Cage Fitness Cardio/Endurance Workout Classes:

Offered by Harrisburg Martial Arts Family Training Center, Cage Fitness is a complete total body workout in 30 minutes. Classes are designed for men and women of all ages and all fitness levels. 8:15 p.m. Martial Arts Training International, 4553 Rt. 49, Harrisburg. 704-455-1155. www.hmati.com.

Trivia Night at The Wine Room:

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Dec. 16

Hospice Dinner Group:

The Hospice Dinner Group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Join the counselors of Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County for support, insight and encouragement. 6 p.m. www.hpccc.org. O'Charley's, 1389 Concord Parkway N., Concord.

Shop for a Cause: Junior Charity League of Concord:

The Depot at Gibson Mill will host a charity shopping event to benefit the nonprofit Junior Charity League of Concord and will donate 10 percent of pre-tax sales. 4 p.m. depotgibsonmill.com. The Depot at Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave. Northwest, Concord. 704-787-9351. www.depotgibsonmill.com.

Brand New Opry Christmas Show:

Christmas version of the popular bluegrass variety show organized and hosted by Jeff Whittington, a local bluegrass musician who has performed on "The Grand Ole Opry" and was a staff musician on "The Arthur Smith Show." Each concert features Whittington, the Brand New Bluegrass Boys house band and guest musicians. 7:30 p.m. $10. 704-920-2753. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. South, Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids:

Acting Up! Drama of Concord presents Disney's classic tale of Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita, happily raising their Dalmatian puppies in a loving home in London until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal them for her new fur coat. This stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18. $5 advance, $7 at the door. 704-699-8642. www.actingupdrama.com/Upcoming-Productions.html. The Glenn Center, 120 Marsh Avenue, Concord.

Dec. 17

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever":

In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem and fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. Adapted from the best selling book and the only story ever to run twice in McCall's Magazine. A Play by Barbara Robinson. 8 p.m.; Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org

Dec. 18

Book Signing, Doll Appraisals and Sale:

Authors Nancy B. Brewer, "A Doll Named Fannie" and Michael Eury, "Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure," will discuss and sign their toy-related books. 1-4 p.m. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. S., Suite 104, Concord. The Concord Museum is also sponsoring an antique doll and toy appraisal and sale. Michael Hansen and the Golden Doll Club will appraise dolls and toys for a $5 per-item fee, with proceeds going to the museum. The events are in conjunction with the museum's exhibit "A Christmas Wish List: Antique Dolls and Retro Toys," which runs through Dec. 23 Free. www.historiccabarrus.org or 704-782-3688.

Project Wild:

This K-12 interdisciplinary program emphasizes wildlife. The goal of Project WILD is to assist students of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. Curriculum and activity guide upon completion of this course. Please call to register. 9 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm

Winter Reedy Hike:

Hike your holiday stress out with this brisk hike through Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Participants must be able to hike 4-5 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 12 and older. Please call to register. 10 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm

"A Christmas Carol":

This family-oriented concert features a contemporary musical setting of Dickens' holiday classic. Group rates available. 11 a.m. $10 adults; $8 students and seniors. 704-374-1892. www.Charlottechildrenschoir.org. University Hills Baptist Church, 1500 Suther Rd., Charlotte

Winter Wildlife Hike for Families:

Join a naturalist on a fun filled hike exploring the trails of Reedy Creek. We will focus on the wildlife that inhabit the preserve. Participants must be able to hike two miles on uneven terrain. Please call to register. 2 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm

4th Annual Jingle Bell Jam:

The 4th Annual Jingle Bell JAM. Hosted by Geri Hampton Jackson and LaVetta Dawkins McDonald at the Hilton Charlotte University Place 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Advance tickets available online for $15. Special hotel room rate available for guests. For more information call 704-281-0846 or 704-564-0740. Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J M Keynes Dr., Charlotte.

Dec. 20

Forensic Engineering Update:

This course will provide an introduction to the science, methodology and latest engineering principles involved in the diagnosis of common types of accidents and failures. Case studies will focus on structural and construction failures. 8 a.m. Dec. 20. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Dec. 21

Microcomputer and Internet Technology:

Through this class you will take away updated knowledge about microcomputer and mobile hardware. Increase your understanding about operating systems, software and web-based services used by microcomputer and mobile systems. Improve understanding of strategies to improve security8:30 a.m. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Hike for Your Health:

A medium to fast pace walk. Please call to register. 5 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+Region/East+Park+Region/ReedyCreekPK.htm.

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