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Those not at today's races at Charlotte Motor Speedway may be able to look up and see part of the pre-race show, depending on their location: Around 3:30 p.m., Army "Little Bird" helicopters will take Special Forces troops to simulate a military invasion. Around 5:45 p.m. the Army's Black Daggers parachute team will perform a jump over the speedway. Then sometime before 6:05 p.m., a military flyover will include a B-2 Stealth Bomber.


Country singer Jason Michael Carroll will open Kannapolis' free outdoor concert series with a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, with fireworks afterward. It's at the Village Park Amphitheater, between West A and C streets off Dale Earnhardt Boulevard. For the complete schedule, visit


Marine Capt. (Ret.) Lee Sargent of Davidson, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, will be the guest speaker at the 2011 Huntersville Memorial Day Ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday at Birkdale Village.


Cornelius Presbyterian Church, 21209 Catawba Ave., will host its free annual community cookout from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the church lawn. Details: 704-892-5577.


An exhibit of watercolors by artist Jim Kerr and his students will be displayed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays June 24 through July 15 in the Davidson Town Hall rotunda, 216 S. Main St. Details: Colleen Whalen, 704-892-3349;


The town's public pool was scheduled to open for the season on Saturday at the War Memorial Building, 220 N. Maple St. $3 public swims are 1-5 p.m. daily; $2 family swims are 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Limb collection will be June 6-7 for town residents. Residents are urged to place limbs, unbagged, in front of their homes the day before collection day. Only limbs under 4 inches in diameter will be collected. Details: 704-528-7600.


The city's pool at 1877 Simonton Road will open this weekend. It will be open weekends only through June 12. Daily hours begin June 13. For information on hours and summer pool passes, call 704-878-3944 or visit

West Shore

Calico Coatings, 6400 Denver Industrial Park Road, Denver, sustained $40,000 in damages in a May 21 fire. Investigators attributed the blaze to a mechanical failure in an industrial oven used for powder coating metals. Firefighters saved about $760,000 in property and assets.