Cabarrus

Spring break, fundraisers and more!

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April 27

The Metropolitan Opera: Le Comte Ory Encore:

A nobleman's plan to woo a countess goes awry. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

Nature's Play:

Read stories, dance to the music, go for a hike and play outdoors. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the preserve after the class. 10 a.m. Ages 0-5. Please register by calling 704-598-8857. $2 per child. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-598-8857. bit.ly/reedycreekpark.

Spring Break Activities at Concord Mills:

Concord Mills invites local children to enjoy free family-friendly events during its Kidgits Spring Break through April 28. Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each morning and will include indoor activities like bowling, miniature golf and live music. For a complete schedule, visit the mall online. Free. 704-979-3000. www.concordmills.com. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

Charlotte Artery Presents "8!":

Several artists will be exhibiting pieces inspired by the City of Concord. Open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 p.m. and Sat 12-4 p.m. Free admission. 704-596-1286. www.charlotteartery.com. Adam Ramsey Miller Gallery, 21 Union Street South, Concord. 704-788-2326. www.thearmgallery.com.

At Your Service:

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day and treat your administrative assistant to a unique lunch at the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Annual event hosted by Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County. Net proceeds benefit HPCCC. Valet Parking available. 12 p.m. $35. 704-935-9459. www.hpccc.org. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Spring break camp

Spring break camp at Spencer Park 9 a.m.-12 p.m. through April 29. For ages 6-9. $45. Enjoy hands on discoveries, hikes, crafts, stories and games. Snacks will be provided each day. Camp days depend on snow make-up days. www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. Camp TN Spencher Park, 3155 Foxford Road, Concord. www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

UNCC's Department of Music presents Symphonic Wind Ensemble. $6 general admission, $4 students and seniors. 8 p.m. Robinson Hall Belk Theater. performances.uncc.edu. UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

April 28

Cabarrus County Democratic Women's Club:

6:30 p.m. at the River Rock Grille, Copperfield Blvd, Concord. All Democrats welcome. 704-932-7561.

Memphis Broadway Musical:

7:30 p.m. April 28 and April 30; 12:30 p.m. May 1; 7:30 p.m. May 3. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

Charlotte Artery Presents "8!":

Several artists will be exhibiting pieces inspired by the City of Concord. Open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 p.m. and Sat 12-4 p.m. Free admission. 704-596-1286. www.charlotteartery.com. Adam Ramsey Miller Gallery, 21 Union Street South, Concord. 704-788-2326. www.thearmgallery.com.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

UNCC's Department of Theatre presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream." 6 p.m. $14 general public, $9 faculty/staff, $9 seniors, $6 students. performances.uncc.edu. Robinson Hall, outdoors. UNCC 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

Concert Band

UNCC's Department of Music presents concert band. 8 p.m. Robinson Hall, Belk Theater. $6 general admission, $4 students and seniors. UNCC, University City Blvd., Charlotte. performances.uncc.edu.

April 29

NASCAR Night:

Humpy Wheeler, former president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway and one of the foremost promoters of NASCAR, will speak about "Racing, Bootlegging, Civil Rights, Hollywood and Wall Street." The event at Davidson will include a traditional southern dinner and book signing of his 2010 memoir, "Growing Up NASCAR." 5 p.m. $11.20 for dinner will be collected at the door, but the talk and book signing are free. 704-894-2270. Davidson College's Vail Commons, 102 Nelson Lane, Davidson.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

UNCC's Department of Theatre presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream." 6 p.m. $14 general public, $9 faculty/staff, $9 seniors, $6 students. performances.uncc.edu. Robinson Hall, outdoors. UNCC 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

April 30

Dinner and Dancing in the Dirt:

Wings of Eagles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center for special needs children and adults will hold the first annual Dinner and Dancing in the Dirt fundraiser at the ranch. Enjoy Blue Grass Music and a Southern buffet of barbecue chicken with fixings. The fundraiser will benefit the special needs community. For ticket information, contact the ranch at wingsofeaglesranch@ctc.net or call 704-784-3147. 6 p.m. $50. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org. Wings of Eagles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, 4800 Faith Trails Road, Concord. 704-784-3147. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org.

The Metropolitan Opera: II Trovatore:

A warrior named Manrico has conflicts with Count di Luna. 1 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

Dinner and Dancing in the Dirt:

Wings of Eagles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center for special needs children and adults will hold the first annual Dinner and Dancing in the Dirt fundraiser at the ranch. Enjoy Bluegrass music and a Southern buffet of barbecue chicken with fixings. The fundraiser will benefit the special needs community. For ticket information, contact the ranch at wingsofeaglesranch@ctc.net or call 704-784-3147. 6 p.m. $50. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org. Wings of Eagles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, 4800 Faith Trails Road, Concord. 704-784-3147. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org.

Food Chain Program

Learn about the animals inside Frank Liske Park and how they thrive in the eco-system. Meet at the park office. Pre-registration required by April 27. For all ages. $2. 10 a.m. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner.

Guitar Ensemble

UNCC's Department of Music Presents a guitar ensemble. 2 p.m. Free. Robinson Hall, Belk Theater. 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

May 1

A Midsummer Night's Dream

UNCC's Department of Theatre presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream." 2 p.m. $14 general public, $9 faculty/staff, $9 seniors, $6 students. performances.uncc.edu. Robinson Hall, outdoors. UNCC 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

May 2

Imprints, Impressions and Improvisations:

Group invitational exhibition featuring impressed designs, traditional impressionistic approaches and the marvel of improvisation. Through May 19. Free. The Galleries, 65 Union St. South, Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

Graphic Design Exhibit

The Bachelor of Fine Arts group 5 will present their graphic design work at 12 p.m. in Rowe Arts Gallery and Upper Rowe Gallery. Presented by the Department of Art and Art History. UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. performances.uncc.edu.

May 3

Embroiderers' Guild of America Meeting:

Golden Needles Chapter programs teach the art of hand embroidery, offering group correspondence courses from the national organization, programs on various forms of embroidery, expertise and support. 10 a.m. First two meetings are free. 704-650-9223. www.egausa.org. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road NE, Concord. 704-782-2024. www.allsaintsconcord.org.

Concord Book Club

5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Concord Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord. Discussion of Jeannette Wall's "The Glass Castle." Reservations are requested; please contact Kris Benshoff at 704-920-2053.

May 4

FHUMC Spaghetti Supper:

Forest Hill United Methodist Church offers all-you-can-eat spaghetti with homemade meat sauce, salad, bread and drink. Takeout available. The first Wednesday of the month 5:00-7:00 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.

Pinkalicious party

Wear pink and join in "Pinkalicious" stories, balloons and surprises. For children ages 4-9. 4 p.m. Kannapolis Library, Fiction Room, 850 Mountain st. 704-920-1180.

May 5

Documentary

Healthy Cabarrus will host a free screening of "Fresh," a documentary about food architects around the country who are reinventing the food system with sustainable agriculture initiatives. See the screening at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis followed by a panel discussion. Free food sampling will begin before the screening. The event beings at 6 p.m. Details: www.cabarrushealth.org. Gem Theatre is at 111 West 1st St., Kannapolis. 704-932-5111.

May 6

"Blood Done Sign My Name":

Theatrical adaptation of the book about the murder of a young black man in Oxford, Miss. in 1970. Performed by acclaimed playwright and actor Mike Wiley, accompanied by powerful gospel singer Mary D. Williams. 8 p.m. $30. Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. South, Concord. 704-920-2787. www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

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