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Teen entertaining: Teenagers can learn to plan a healthy buffet for friends at "Teen Entertaining 101," at 4 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N. Gina Guthrie of Bocca Felice will teach the class. At 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the library, she also will lead a class titled "Cooking for a Healthy New Year." Reservations for either class: 704-920-2054.

Holiday schedules: Concord city offices will be closed for Christmas Monday and Tuesday, and for the New Year's Day holiday Jan. 2. Garbage, recycling and bulky waste collection by Waste Pro will operate on a one-day delay for the next two weeks. For these two weeks, put extra recyclables in clear plastic bags beside your black cart for collection. Paper gift wrap, gift boxes and gift bags are all recyclable items.

Rider Transit will operate on its regular schedule Monday and Tuesday and Jan. 2, but the customer service desk will be closed. The Transit Center building will be open.

Murder Mystery on New Year's Eve: The deadline is Wednesday to order tickets for the Old Courthouse Theatre's 21st annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre and Silent Auction, set for 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 in the fifth-floor ballroom of the Smith Tower at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This year's original play, "Eat, Drink, and Be Murdered!" involves Grandma Rose's 80th birthday party, attended by two feuding Irish families trying to get their hands on the recipe for Wild Irish Rose Whiskey. tickets are $85 per person. Tax and gratuities are included in the ticket price. Tables can seat eight to 10.

Silent auction purchases and the cash bar are additional.

For reservations call 704-788-2405 or email


Intimidators manager: Former Chicago White Sox draft pick Julio Vinas, 38, has been named manager of the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class A affiliate of the White Sox, for the 2012 season. Vinas joins pitching coach Jose Bautista, hitting coach Robert Sasser, athletic trainer Scott Johnson and strength and conditioning coach Tim Rodmaker as the field staff for the 18th season of baseball in Kannapolis.

Recycle electronics: Clean up after the holidays and recycle old televisions, computers, stereos and more during Kannapolis' E-Cycling Day Jan. 14. Drop off electronic items between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the old Kannapolis post office, at Vance Street and Dale Earnhardt Boulevard. The city also will provide free paper-shredding service.