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Concord

Renowned flutist Jill Felber, who has played at Carnegie Hall and on four continents, will give a free concert at 3 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church, 70 Union Street N, Concord.

Felber will be accompanied by pianist Dianne Frazer in classical and popular pieces ranging from Handel and Rachmaninoff to "Over the Rainbow." 704-788-2100.

The Old Courthouse Theatre will present "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" next Sunday as part of its "Living Room Reading Series." Adapted from the movie's screenplay as a live 1940s radio broadcast. 4 p.m., 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. Free. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org; 704-788-2405.

Holiday festivities in Concord start with the city's 14th annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday.

5:30 p.m.: motorized trolley rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, children's activities. 6 p.m.: opening ceremony, introduction of Santa. 6:10 p.m.: music by The Choral Academy, Gary Gilmore and three elementary schools. 7:30 p.m.: Tree lighting and fireworks.

Free Art Walk 6-9 p.m. Friday. Visual arts exhibited in downtown Concord galleries and shops. Meet artists, enjoy entertainment and refreshments. Maps at Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord.

9 p.m. Friday, Modern Film Fest at the Davis presents the film "Automorphosis," a documentary about people who have turned cars into art. www.automorphosis.com.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the ACN 83rd Concord Christmas Parade will start at Church Street at Lake Concord Road, travel south on Church, turn right on Buffalo Avenue, then left on Union Street, ending at Corban Avenue. Details: 704-932-3808.

Kannapolis

The city and the North Carolina Research Campus have received Gov. Bev Perdue's 2011 Innovative Small Business Community Award. Kannapolis is one of nine N.C. communities honored in the award's inaugural year.

Kannapolis Parks and Recreation and Sweet Pickle Bakery and Delicatessen will host a gingerbread house workshop 10 a.m. Saturday, 930 Floyd St..

The bakery will provide gingerbread, icing and all supplies required. $20 fee covers materials. Register by Tuesday: Call 704-920-4343, email btolle@cityofkannapolis.com or go to Village Park, 700 West C St. Entry forms also online.Details: kannapolischristmas.com/gingerbread-house-workshop

-nov-19; 704-920-4343.

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