Cabarrus

Basketball, snake charmer and more!

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Jan. 12

Creature Feature: Feelin' Froggy:

Come out and learn about your frog and toad friends and why they are so important. Class includes a craft. Ages 3-8. Please call to register. 10 a.m. $2. 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.

Owl Moon:

Join us at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve to read the story "Owl Moon" and go owling too. Ages 5-7. Please call to register. 2 p.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.

Professional Engineer (PE) Exam Review for Mechanical Engineering:

The purpose of the UNC Charlotte PE Review series is to help prepare engineers for the Engineering Principles and Practice Examination. Lectures are designed to supplement and guide home study. Each session emphasizes step-by-step solutions to problems similar to those on the exam. Therefore, terms, formulas and concepts are explained relative to solving exam problems. Classes begin 6 p.m. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Free GRE Strategy Workshop:

Learn strategies from an experienced GRE preparation instructor. Learn the structure of the GRE item types, including quantitative comparison questions, key time-management strategies for the computer, adaptive GRE test study techniques for those studying at home or in class, how to break complex problems into smaller pieces. 6:30 p.m. Free. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Charlotte 49ERS Women's Basketball vs. Fordham:

7 p.m. Adult Tickets $5; youth tickets $2. www.Charlotte49ers.com. UNC Charlotte's Dale F. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. sac.uncc.edu.

Trivia Night at The Wine Room:

Test your knowledge of trivia while sipping your favorite drink in a casual and fun atmosphere. The winning team gets a free appetizer. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive N.W., Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Jan. 13

Free GMAT Strategy Workshop:

Learn strategies from an experienced GMAT preparation instructor. Learn the structure of the GMAT item types, including data sufficiency questions, plus key time-management strategies, adaptive GMAT study techniques for those studying at home or in with the help of a preparation class and how to break complex problems into easier-to-handle pieces. 6:30 p.m. Free. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. www.uncc.edu.

Jan.14

Kart Show and Race

Largest all-karting trade show in North America will be at the Cabarrus Arena. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. $10 adults, free for children under 7 and those with valid military I.D. Visit the Cabarrus Arena box office for tickets or email onsite1@mindspring.com.

UNCC Performing Arts

The UNC Charlotte Theatre Department presents "The Moon Prince: A Rap Opera" 8 p.m. through Jan. 16. Robinson Hall, Belk Theater. Tickets available online. Belk Theatre, UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.performances.uncc.edu. 704-687-1849. www.unccboxoffice.com.

Jan. 15

Charlotte 49ers vs. Fordham Rams -Men's

7 p.m. Halton Arena. Students free, adults $20-25, youth $15-20. www.Charlotte49ers.com. UNC Charlotte's Dale F. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. sac.uncc.edu.

Field Studies Series: Pee Dee Winter Water Fowl Watch:

Join us as we watch wintering waterfowl birds at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will be provided binoculars and field guides as well as transportation to the site. Please wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Bring a bag lunch, snack and a water bottle. (This activity fulfills the field studies requirement for Environmental Education Certification.) Ages 18 and older. Please call to register. 9:30 a.m. $10. 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.

Saturday Afternoon Movie Matinee at the Concord Library:

The Concord Book Club will be presenting a Saturday movie matinee in the auditorium of the Concord Library. It will be a film of the December 2010 selection - the story of a resilient young Southern girl. 2 p.m. Free. Cabarrus County Public Library-Concord Branch, 27 Union St. North, Concord. 704-920-2050. www.cabarruscounty.us/library.

Prom Envy 2011 (benefiting C.D. Moore Foundation):

C.D. Moore Foundation presents a prom party with runway models showing off the hottest trends for prom season. The Battle of the DJs starts the night. Cannon Village in Kannapolis. Dress to impress. 15-20 year olds with student I.D. Proceeds will go to the C.D. Moore Foundation. 7 p.m. $10. 704-782-9883. www.cdmoorefoundation.org. Old Cannon Towel Store, 20 West Ave., Kannapolis.

Snake Charmer

Come to the Frank Liske Park to enjoy an educational class about snakes of the piedmont. 11 a.m. Ages 5 and up. $5. Pre-registration required by Jan. 12. www.cabaruscounty.us/reservepartner. Frank Liske Park, Concord.

Jan. 16

The Wedding Show (benefiting C.D. Moore Foundation):

C.D. Moore Foundation presents The Wedding Show, with elite vendors showing off their expertise. $10. Proceeds benefit the C.D. Moore Foundation. 12 p.m. 704-782-9883. www.cdmoorefoundation.org. Old Cannon Towel Store, 20 West Ave., Kannapolis.

Jan. 18

Tuesday Wine Tastings:

Every Tuesday, The Wine Room hosts a fun, casual wine tasting. Five different wines are selected each week. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive N.W., Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Hike for Your Health:

Fresh air, sunshine, beautiful surroundings and wonderful people. A medium- to fast-paced walk. Please call to register. 5 p.m.; 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Free. 704-598-8857. 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.

Free UNC Charlotte School of Nursing Graduate Programs Interest Session:

Attend a free interest session to learn more about UNC Charlotte's School of Nursing Graduate Programs. UNC Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services, Room 128. 5 p.m. Free. 704-687-3889. distanceed.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.uncc.edu.

Exhibit opening

The Cabarrus Arts Council presents "Word Processing" through March 10. Artists use texts, letters and words as texture, design and avehicle to deliver their point of view. Ceramics, paintings and installations are featured in this exhibit.

Concord Library Book Club

The Great Book Discussion Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Concord Library. We will discuss Shakespeare's Hamlet. Registration is requested, call 704-920-2054 to register or for information.

Jan. 19

Trivia Night at The Wine Room:

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. The winning team gets a free appetizer. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive N.W., Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Charlotte Basketball vs. UMass:

7:30 p.m. Jan. 19. UNC Charlotte's Dale F. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. sac.uncc.edu.

Jan. 20

Gantz:

Film version of a Japanese manga, followed by an interview with two of its stars. 8 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.

Jan 21

Chamber Music Festival

UNC Charlotte Department of Music presents the Chamber Music Festival: The Brahms Sextets. The event runs through Jan. 27. Tickets can be purchased online. $9 public; $7 seniors; $7 faculty/staff; $6 students. 8 p.m.; Jan. 23 Brahms & Faure, 2 p.m.; Jan. 25 The Harlem Quartet, 8 p.m.; Jan. 27 Barber, Bizet & Shubert, 8 p.m. Robinson Hall Belk Theater. UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.performances.uncc.edu.

Jan. 22

Biodiversity Hike: Broad River Greenway:

This month's adventure brings us to the 1,500-acre greenway along the Broad River in Cleveland County. Participants must be able to hike 6-7 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 16 and older. Please call to register. 8 a.m. $10. 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.

GRE General Exam Prep:

UNC Charlotte's GRE General Prep Course provides 24 instructional hours, Students take practice tests by using actual GRE questions from former tests. All course materials are included in the registration fee. 8 a.m. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.uncc.edu.

Goldmine Toastmasters Club Open House January 22, 2011:

Make 2011 the year you resolve to improve your communication skills, become a more polished and confident speaker. Goldmine Toastmasters, conducts a weekly communication learning and laughter lab every Saturday. 8:30 a.m. Free. www.goldminetoastmasters.com. Fairfield Inn Kannapolis, 3033 Cloverleaf Pkwy., Kannapolis. 704-795-4888.

GMAT Exam Prep:

UNC Charlotte's GMAT Prep Course provides 24 instructional hours. Students get the chance to take practice tests using actual GMAT questions from former tests. All course materials are included in the registration fee. 1 p.m. 704-687-8900. continuinged.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. www.uncc.edu.

Charlotte 49ERS Women's Basketball vs. XAVIER:

7 p.m. Adults r $5; Youth $2. www.Charlotte49ers.com. UNC Charlotte's Dale F. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. sac.uncc.edu.

Jan. 23

Living Room Reading series

The Old Courthouse Theatre presents Living Room reading Series: "Mrs. Murphy's Porch" by Wysteria Edwards. The story is a memory play set in 1986 at the time of the NASA Challenger disaster and the present. The play coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Free. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Jan. 25

LEED Seminar Series (Data Centers):

Accu-Tech will host LEED Seminar Series courses in Charlotte. The course consists of four one-hour segments. Breakfast and lunch provided. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The course is also worth four continuing education credits for a number of professional industry designations. Accu-Tech was approved by the American Institute of Architects as a provider. Each participant completing one-hour segment of this seminar will receive one sustainable design learning unit towards the AIA professional designation. 8 a.m. Hilton University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte. 704-547-7444.

LEED Seminar Series (DAS)- Charlotte:

We are offering an Andrew/Commscope DAS presentation from 1-4 p.m. Andrew/Commscope DAS is a cost-effective alternative to installing base stations and fiber-based distributed antenna systems. Andrew/CommScope designs and implements multi-carrier wireless communication systems for wireless service providers.1 p.m. Hilton University Place, 8629 J M Keynes Drive, Charlotte. 704-547-7444.

Home School: Salamanders:

Discover what makes this amazing critter unique and what you can do to help protect its habitat. Ages 8-12. Please call to register. 1:30 p.m. $5. 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.

Home School Special: Cloud Watching:

Join us to kick back and cloud watch. Fee includes art project and materials. Dress for the weather. Ages 5 -7. Please call to register. 1:30 p.m. $5. 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.

Tuesday Wine Tastings:

Every Tuesday The Wine Room hosts a fun, casual wine tasting. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Dr. NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Jan. 26

The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West Encore:

The encore performance of Puccini's wild-west opera. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.

Feb. 3

Divorce Southern Style

The Old Courthouse Theatre presents "Divorce Southern Style" a play by Jennifer Jarrett. The play also runs Feb. 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are also available Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets prices are $10-15. For tickets and reservations, call the box office 704-788-2405. The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

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