Community Notebook

The Old Courthouse Theatre will give the world premiere reading of Wysteria Edwards' play "Mrs. Murphy's Porch" at 4 p.m. today in the Black Box Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord.

Admission is free. The presentation is part of the theater's Living Room Reading Series.

The memory play is set in 1986 and the present. Penny, in her late 20s, recalls the year her "eyes were opened" by personal tragedy and remembers those who participated in her imaginary adventures.

The play opens as President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation after the explosion of NASA's space shuttle Challenger. Through imaginative play, neighborhood matriarch Mrs. Murphy guides Penny to a place where she can finally face the tragedy behind the door.

The production coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

Details: 704-788-2405.

Beginning Thursday, the Cabarrus County office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will offer a 14-week class on healthy eating and staying physically active.

The class will meet from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursdays through April 28 at the Cabarrus Governmental Center, 65 Church St. S.E., Concord.

The 14-week series teaches lifelong habits of eating healthily and being physically active. It includes ideas for keeping track of eating and physical activity patterns and ways to be mindful about eating healthily and being physically active.

Cost is $25. Register by 5 p.m. Monday at or call 704-920-3310. For more information e-mail

The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will accept new members until Feb. 3 for the spring season.

Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the family life center of Blackwelder Park Baptist Church, 2299 N. Main St., Kannapolis.

Musicians who play the following instruments are invited to join: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba and percussion.

Other requirements are the ability to read music and attend rehearsals.

If you would like to join the band or need more information, call director Jon Hutchinson at 704-425-3508 or president Krickit Shoemaker at 704-932-9438.

The Salisbury Symphony's Family Concert next Sunday will honor "American Heroes." The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in Varick Auditorium at Livingstone College.

Tickets are $17 for adults; $4 for students ages 9-18 and $2 for ages 8 and younger.

For tickets call the symphony office, 704-637-4314. Details:

Joe Marusak and Scott Verner