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Groundhog Day, Spring garden prep and more!

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Feb. 2

Groundhog Day:

Will he see his shadow? Come celebrate Groundhog Day and find out. We will make a craft, play games, read stories and have a snack. Please call to register. 10 a.m. and Feb. 2; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

FHUMC Spaghetti Supper:

The folks who made Hot Dog Fridays a local legend now offer all-you-can-eat spaghetti with homemade meat sauce, salad, bread, and drink. Takeout available. Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship the first Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m. $6 adults, $3 kids 10 and under, $1 dessert. Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. North, Concord. 704-782-1109. foresthillumc.org.

Charlotte Basketball vs. Xavier:

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

Trivia Night at The Wine Room:

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. Test your knowledge of trivia while sipping your favorite beverage. 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.

Feb. 3

Divorce Southern Style

The Old Courthouse Theatre presents "Divorce Southern Style." 8:00 p.m. Tickets $10-15. 704-788-2405. The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Feb. 4

AIGA Charlotte presents "Waking Sleeping Beauty":

AIGA Charlotte and UNCC's AIGA Student Chapter presents, in collaboration with Charlotte Underground Film Festival, a screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty. Join us as we follow Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Ron Clements, John Musker, Michael Eisner, Roger Allers, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Roy E. Disney, and many others on their magical journey of "Waking Sleeping Beauty." 7 p.m. Free for AIGA members, $5 general admission. www.aigacharlotte.org. UNC Charlotte's Anne R. Belk Theater, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2599. www.performances.uncc.edu.

Inkfest

Tattoo expo, including, the leading tattoo artists from around the world combined with graffiti demonstrations, live musical performances, DJ battles, custom cars and custom bikes. Music performances by Baby Bash and Paul Wall. $15; $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday. Three-day access pass $40. $5 parking fee may be charged at entrance. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 N.C. 49, Concord. www.cabarrusarena.com.

Feb. 5

Spring Garden Prep:

Visit Frank Liske Park to talk and plan what to plant this spring. Meet the Ranger at the park office. Register online; pre-registration required by Feb. 2. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 5 and up. $5. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-2701 www.cabarruscounty.us/reserverpartner.

Biodiversity Hike: Sumter National Forest:

Participants must be able to hike 6-7 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 16 years and older. Please call to register. 8 a.m. $10. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

For the Love of Birds:

Get ready for the big count. Learn how to use binoculars and identify the birds at your feeders. The Great Backyard Bird Count runs Feb. 10-14th. Help scientists learn about the health of bird populations and the overall environment. Please call to register. 9 a.m. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Winter Rock House Hike:

Take a winter break. Explore the beauty of winter on a three-mile hike to the ruins of the Robinson Rock house. Bring a lunch to enjoy while imagining life in the time of King George. Please call to register. 11 a.m. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

UNCC Men's Basketball vs. George Washington:

2 p.m. Feb. 5. UNC Charlotte's Dale F. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. sac.uncc.edu.

Feb. 6

The Winter Blues:

Many bluebirds can be seen in North Carolina in winter, and their nesting season starts soon. Learn how to create winter pudding for the birds, and help them get a good start. Please call to register. 1:30 p.m. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Feb. 7

Old Courthouse Theatre Announces Auditions:

Child auditions: 6:30 p.m., cold reading from the script. Adult auditions: 7:30-9 p.m., adults should prepare a Broadway-style song that shows range. A cold reading from the script will be a part of the adults' auditions as well. Open auditions: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 8. "Honk!" is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling." Character descriptions online. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. 704-788-2405. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

UNCC Department of Arts and Architecture will host the Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the Rowe Arts gallery and Upper Rowe Gallery. UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Feb. 8

Home School Special: Great Backyard Birds:

Find out how easy it is to become an ornithologist, or bird scientist. Learn to use binoculars and to identify common backyard birds that you can count from home. This will help scientists during the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 18-21. Fee includes art project and materials. Ages 5 to 7. Please call to register. 1:30 p.m. $5. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. http://bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Performance Learning Center PTSO Fund Raiser:

Come out and support the PTSO of the Cabarrus County Schools Performance Learning Center at On the Border restaurant . The PTSO supports the PLC in providing the extras that school budgets don't allow. Tell your server you are there to support the PLC PTSO, and 10 percent of your tab will be donated to our organization. Starts at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, through May 10. cabarrusplcptso.webs.com. On the Border, 8001 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-9029. www.ontheborder.com.

Tuesday Wine Tastings:

Every Tuesday, The Wine Room hosts a fun, casual wine tasting. Different wines are selected each week, predominantly red wines. All the wines are fairly priced by the bottle and are 10 percent off if purchased that night, 15 percent for a mixed or solid case purchase. Appetizer menu available. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive N.W., Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Faculty and Friends Concert Series

UNCC Department of Music presents the Faculty and Friends Concert Series: Mira Frisch, cello. Robinson Hall, Belk Theater. $9 Public; $7 Seniors, faculty and staff; $6 students. UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Feb. 9

Nature's Play:

Bring the kids to play the natural way, meet other parents and find out the latest news on organic and natural parenting. Dress for the weather. Adults must remain with children at all times. Ages 5 yrs. and under. Please call to register. 10 a.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Family Nature Club: Birding Bonanza:

Nature provides free fun family entertainment and a stress-relieving, calorie-burning outlet. Come experience all the benefits of a nature together as a family in the family nature club. Please call to register. 11:30 a.m. Free. 704-598-8857. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Reedy Creek Garden Club:

Help the club naturalist make the garden look beautiful. Long pants and close-toed shoes recommended. Please call to register. 2:30 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Free GMAT Strategy Workshop:

Learn the structure of the GMAT item types, including data sufficiency questions, time-management strategies, study techniques and how to break complex problems into smaller pieces. See website for location. 6:30 p.m. Free. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-2000. www.continuinged.uncc.edu.

UNCC Women's Basketball vs. George Washington:

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

Trivia Night at The Wine Room:

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. Free. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Drive N.W., Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.

Feb. 10

Backpackin' Babes:

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 for the weather. Ages 3 and under. Please call to register. 9:30 a.m. ; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Feb. 11

Orchid Sale at McMillan Greenhouse:

This a peak time for the orchids in the McMillan Greenhouse at UNC Charlotte. We will be selling a variety of healthy blooming orchids and some select indoor plants suitable for bright to medium indoor light. Orchids will be priced from $15 to $40, indoor plants from $5- $20. Tour the greenhouses for inspiration and take a little tropical sunshine away for yourself or a special loved one. 10 a.m. daily through Feb. 14, free. www.gardens.uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-2364. gardens.uncc.edu.

Art Walk:

Visual art will be on display at galleries and shops all over downtown Concord. Many locations have refreshments and entertainment, and artists are on hand to talk about their work. Maps will be available one week before the event online. 6 p.m.; also 6 p.m. April 15. Free. The Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

"Lucky in Love":

"Lucky in Love" is a major fundraiser for Cabarrus CARES/Kitty City, a non-profit group rescuing cats and education the public in pet care. "Lucky in Love" features a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, wine bar and live music. 6:30 p.m. Advance Tickets $25, At the Door $30. 704-795-5219. www.kittycityconcord.com. Historic Hotel Concord, 14 Union St., N., Concord.

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