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Community calendar

Please submit your event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on "add to our listings." Email photos to stories@newsofcabarrus.com. The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.

Dec. 21

Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Carolina Christmas is one of the largest holiday light shows in the United States, featuring more than 600 LED light displays boasting 3 million lights. 6 p.m. throughDec. 31. Single car passes are just $20 and group rates are also available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or at the gate. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

The Magic Flute: Met Opera Holiday Encore:

Julie Taymor directs Mozart's masterpiece, "The Magic Flute." Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine conducts. From 2006. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.

Dec. 22

"Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith":

"Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith," a special exhibit exploring the history of Concord's celebrated African-American college, will be on display through Dec. 22. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit "The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College" by Alexandra Porter. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. South Suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688. www.historiccabarrus.org.

Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Carolina Christmas is one of the largest holiday light shows in the United States, featuring more than 600 LED light displays boasting 3 million lights. Carolina Christmas also offers a Christmas Village with a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa and areas with food and music. 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or at the gate. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Dec. 23

Heavenly Hot Dog Sales, Concord:

Enjoy fine hot dogs, desserts, drinks and takeout, eat-in or delivery available for orders larger than $10. 10 a.m. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846. www.mtolivetumc-concordnc.org.

Carolina Christmas Light Show:

The speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 colorful displays. Attractions also include a skating rink, festival of trees, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. 6 p.m. Admission is just $20 per car, minivan or SUV. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Dec. 25

Carolina Christmas Light Show:

The speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 colorful displays. Attractions also include a skating rink, festival of trees, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. 6 p.m. Dec. 25; 6 p.m. Jan. 1; 6 p.m. Jan. 2. Admission is just $20 per car, minivan or SUV. Group discounts are available. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Dec. 26

Beginning Archery Days:

BOSS Archery is running Beginning Archery days at our 20 lane/20 yard indoor archery range for everyone. Bring your bows, old and new, and experience the fun and fellowship of indoor archery. Church groups are welcome. 6 p.m. $10. BOSS Archery, 4501 Raceway Drive SW, Concord. 704-784-4365. www.bossproshops.com.

Dec. 29

Teen Entertaining 101

Join Gina Guthrie from Bocca Felice to build the skills to throw the perfect party for you and your friends. This class is a fun, cool and social way for teens to learn the basics about planning a menu and creating a healthy buffet for friends. Samples will be provided. Spaces are limited, call 704-920-2054 to register. 4 p.m. Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St. N., Concord.

Cooking healthy

Gina Guthrie reveals new recipes, tips, and fun at her 2012 preview class Cooking for a Healthy New Year. Learn ways to celebrate the New Year in a healthy style, along with recipes and tips to get you and your family motivated to make healthy choices a priority in 2012. Samples will be provided. Spaces are limited, call 704-920-2054 to register. 5:15 p.m. Concord Library auditorium, 27 Union St. N., Concord.

Dec. 31

2011 Carolina Christmas Tour:

12 p.m. $20 - $175. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Old Courthouse Theatre Announces 21st Annual New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre & Silent Auction:

"Eat, Drink & Be Murdered" will be featured at this year's New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre & Silent Auction. The evening includes appetizers, salad, main course, dessert, served with wine, tea, soft drink, coffee, champagne & party favors. Tables can seat eight to 10. Held in the fifth Floor Ballroom at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it always provides a wonderful way to welcome the New Year. 8 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pky S, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Jan. 2

Nature Walk:

A guided nature walk through the nature trails. Discover all the beauty Mother Nature provides. Walk begins at 10 am. Meet at Helms Hall. Registration is not required. 10 a.m. Free. Camp T. N. Spencer Park, 3155 Foxford Drive, Concord. 704-795-4492. www.cabarruscounty.us/Parks/CampSpencer/campspencerpark.html.

Beginning Archery Days:

Church groups are welcome. 6 p.m. $10. BOSS Archery, 4501 Raceway Drive S.W., Concord. 704-784-4365. www.bossproshops.com.

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