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"A Broadway Christmas Carol": The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., will present this comedy at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. today, next Sunday and Dec. 18. The parody still stays true to the core message of the Charles Dickens classic. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior adults and students and $10 for children. 704-788-2405; www.oldcourt

housetheatre.org.

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners recently named Mike Downs as county manager. Downs became interim county manager Sept. 30, after John Day announced his retirement.

The Brand New Opry will perform Christmas bluegrass shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 15 at the Cabarrus Arts Council's Davis Theatre, in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Tickets are $10. For tickets or information go to CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.

Kannapolis

The Piedmont Dance Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, on the A.L. Brown High School campus. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and younger.

Additional performances in Salisbury are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium, accompanied by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for those shows are $20-$25 for adults and $10-$12 for ages 18 and younger.

Tickets for all shows: PiedmontDanceTheatre.com or 704-932-8888.

A public hearing on proposed rail improvements between Salisbury and Kannapolis will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Kannapolis train station, 201 S. Main St. The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to add a second track along an 11-mile stretch from south of Salisbury to Kannapolis. DOT representatives will answer questions and listen to comments. Details: Eileen Fuchs, NCDOT-Human Environment Unit, 919-707-6067 or eafuchs@ncdot.gov.

The Kannapolis Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday downtown. Details: www.cabarrusevents.org/id63.html.

The Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, 850 Mountain St., will host a free, public workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday to create "Geek Gingerbread Men." Participants will decorate cookies as their favorite "Star Trek," "Harry Potter," vampire, zombie or "Lord of the Rings" character. Details: 704-920-1180.

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