Cabarrus

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. 28

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. through Dec. 31. Single car passes are $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 Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Dec. 29

Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

6 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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 main 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 main library auditorium, 27 Union St. N., Concord.

Dec. 30

Heavenly Hot Dog Sales, Concord:

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

Dec. 31

2011 Carolina Christmas Tour:

Noon. $20 - $175. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre:

"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 and party favors. Tables can seat eight to 10. Held in the fifth Floor Ballroom at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 8 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

Jan. 1

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. Group discounts are available. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Jan. 2

Nature Walk:

Nature Walk at Camp T.N. Spencer Park Guided nature walk through the trails. Discover all the beauty Mother Nature provides. Walk begins at 10 am. Meet at Helms Hall. Registration isn't 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:

Bring your bows, old and new, and experience the fun and fellowship of indoor archery. Make new friends, get tips, advice and browse products. Church groups are welcome. 6 p.m. $10. BOSS Archery, 4501 Raceway Drive S.W., Concord. 704-784-4365. www.bossproshops.com.

Carolina Christmas Light Show:

6 p.m. Admission is just $20 per car, minivan or SUV. Group discounts are available. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Jan. 3

Embroiderers Guild of America Meeting:

Learn the art of hand embroidery with this friendly group. We offer correspondence courses from the national organization, expertise and support for all levels of ability. 10 a.m. First meeting is free. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road N.E., Concord. 704-782-2024. www.allsaintsconcord.org.

Jan. 7

Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show:

Repticon Charlotte is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Opens 10 a.m. Jan. 7-8. Adults $10, children (5-12) $5, ages 4 and under free. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 999 N.C. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com.

Cannon School Open House:

Students, teachers, and leaders show you what learning looks like in the life of a Cannon student. For grades junior kindergarten through 12th. 1 p.m.704-721-7199. Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 704-786-8171. www.cannonschool.org.

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