The city's Wastewater Resources Department recently received its first N.C. Collection System of the Year Award from the N.C. American Water Works Association and N.C. Water Environment Association for going beyond what the state requires to protect the public health and environment. Details: www.concordnc.gov.
The Kannapolis Celebration of Lights continues through Dec. 31 at Village Park, featuring 175,000 lights and $2 train rides from 6 to 9:30 nightly. kannapolischristmas.com.
Huntersville Parks and Recreation has partnered with Top Tier Lacrosse to run its lacrosse program for players of all skill levels in 2012. Register for the spring season at www.t2lax.com.
The choir, bell choir and orchestra of Mount Zion United Methodist Church will give free performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today at the church, 19600 Zion Ave. 704-892-8566; www.mtzionumc.net.
Dance Davidson will present the full-length ballet, "The Nutcracker" at 2 and 6 p.m. today at Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. Tickets are reserved-seating only and are $18. Tickets: www.dancedavidson.com; or email email@example.com.
The Mooresville Artist Guild's MAGical Gift Shop, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, featuring handcrafted gifts by local artists. 704-663-6661.
Troutman's first annual Community Christmas Celebration, featuring special holiday music, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Troutman Middle School Gym.
The Statesville Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a holiday decorating class called Create a Table Centerpiece from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson Greenhouses, 204 Salisbury Road. Registration: $50. Call 704-878-3429 for information.
Rehobeth United Methodist Church, 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell, will host a free Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning with featuring hand bells, chimes and other prelude music at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the service at 5 p.m. 828-478-2518; www.rehobethumc.org.