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The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., will perform a radio play "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted from the film, at 4 p.m. today. Free. 704-788-2405;

Almost 3 miles of lighting will adorn the rooftops of 12 hotels along Bruton Smith Boulevard this week in a "Boulevard of Lights." Light pole decorations will extend from Derita Road down Concord Mills/Bruton Smith Boulevard to U.S. 29 in front of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Roadwork break for the holiday: The N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend its work on the Interstate 85 widening project in Concord today until the evening of Nov. 29. The contractor, Lane Construction, will not close any lanes during that period, easing travel for motorists over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The $125 million project includes widening 6.8 miles of I-85 to eight lanes from south of Exit 49 to Exit 55 and building new interchanges at Exit 52 and N.C. 73.

The Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," with orchestra, will be presented Dec. 9 and 11 by the Piedmont Choral Society and the sanctuary choirs of First Presbyterian and Central United Methodist churches, Concord.

The free concerts will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive, Concord. An offering will be taken. The public is invited.

Details: 704-699-6053;

The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band's 10th annual Christmas concert will be at 7:30 Dec. 2 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, located at A. L. Brown High School, 415 E. First St.

The 50-member band will play Christmas favorites and will invite children from the audience to ring sleigh bells during the carol sing-along.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. Details: Jon Hutchinson, 704-425-3508;