Concord resident publishes fifth book: Regina Sanford has published "The Warthog and The Princess." The Concord resident says sometime people forget after reaching a certain age that dreams keep our youth with us. The book is designed for those with imagination and to help those that have forgotten they have one. See divided kingdoms fall against unity and how good prevails as King Rahoe fights Lord Warthog to keep him from taking his kingdom. Sanford has published five books.
Meeting: The Cabarrus Art Guild will have their first meeting of the new year Jan. 9 at the Brick Wall Gallery in Concord's Gibson Mill Depot. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. and is free to the public. Guest speaker Kristy Keistler will show how she makes her fairies from polymer clay and what inspires her. www.cabarrusartguild.org. Gibson Mill, 325 McGill Ave., St. 250, Concord. 704-787-9351. www.depotgibsonmill.com.
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Play series: The Old Courthouse Theatre presents the Living Room reading series, "Mrs. Murphy's Porch." A memory play, "Mrs. Murphy's Porch" is set in 1986 and the present. Penny recalls the year her eyes were opened by personal tragedy. The play opens with words from Ronald Reagan speaking in the wake of the NASA Challenger disaster. While the town discusses the tragedy, Penny's parents consult a family doctor and neighborhood matriarch, Mrs. Murphy, about the impending loss overshadowing Penny. Directed by Jonathan Ewart. Opens Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. Admission is free. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Cabarrus Arts Council
The Galleries: The Cabarrus Arts Council will open their first exhibit of 2011, "Word Processing" on Jan. 18. Artists use text, letters and words as texture and design to deliver points of view. Ceramics, paintings and installations are featured in the exhibit. Free and open to the public. The Galleries are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org/the-galleries/.
Demonstration: Ray Overman will demonstrate how he turns tea pots. The public is invited Jan. 18, 7-9:30 p.m. Davis Theater, Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org/the-galleries/.