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"A Broadway Christmas Carol": The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., presents this parody of the Dickens classic at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday and Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets $15 adults, $12 senior adults and students with ID, and $10 children. 704-788-2405;

"The Good Earth": The Concord Book Club will discuss Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth" at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N. Registration requested; call Kris Benshoff, 704-920-2053.

Holiday Happenings: Celebration has carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread candy hunt 1-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown Concord. The first 100 children can visit businesses for items to decorate a miniature gingerbread house. All activities free. Reserve a house for $1 by calling 704-784-4208.

Festival of Trees: The seventh annual event, presented by the Mariam Hayes Society to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, will be Friday through next Sunday at the Hotel Concord, 14 Union St. N. A variety of events are scheduledDetails: 704-721-2582 ext. 107 or mblackwelder2@bgclub Tickets: 704-721-2582 ext. 110.


"The Nutcracker": The Piedmont School of Music and Dance will perform Tchaikovsky's beloved Christmas ballet at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, on the A.L. Brown High School campus. $17 for adults, $12 for 18 and younger. Ticket information: or 704-932-8888.

Christmas band concert: The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band's 10th annual Christmas concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, at A.L. Brown High School, 415 E. First St. The 50-member band will invite the children in the audience to ring sleigh bells during the carol sing-along. Admission is free; donations accepted. 704-425-3508;

Your thoughts? The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will examine the Kannapolis Police Department's policies, procedures, management and operations Monday, as the department seeks accreditation. Offer your thoughts at a public information session 6 p.m. Tuesday at the train station, 201 S. Main St., or call 704-920-4060 Tuesday 1-3 p.m.