Cabarrus

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The Old Courthouse Theatre will perform "To Kill a Mockingbird" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25; and at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday and Feb. 19 and 26.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior adults and students with ID and $10 for children.

The theater is at 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord. For reservations call 704-788-2405.

In honor of Black History Month, the Cabarrus County Public Library will present "A Look at African American History in Cabarrus County," a free lecture by the Rev. Harold Robinson.

The program will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Concord library, 27 Union St. N.

Robinson is author of "A History of African Americans in Cabarrus County."

Details: 704-920-2054.

Carolina Sophisticats, a Charlotte-based Cat Fanciers' Association club, will host its annual show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord.

Spectators will see six rings of judging and can talk to the breeders and exhibitors of 225 cats expected to be present, including at least 40 breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association.

Vendors will sell cat jewelry, cat-themed clothing, cat furniture and toys and cat grooming supplies.

Details: carolinasophisticats.org.

The Concord Book Club will discuss author David Benioff's "City of Thieves" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N.

Registration is requested. To register, or for more details, call Kris Benshoff at 704-920-2053.

The Piedmont Choral Society will present "Kisses and Cupcakes" - an evening of love songs and desserts - at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the fellowship hall of Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord.

Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.

Details: Kay Yates, 704-699-6053 or kayy2000@gmail.com.

The Murdock Study at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is enrolling patients in a study of severe acne.

Eligible to enroll are patients who were diagnosed with severe acne vulgaris as young as age 12 and were treated with oral isotretinoin, which is sold under brand names including Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret.

The study aims to identify and explore genetic factors that predispose patients to severe acne.

The study needs 250 past or present severe-acne patients. Each will receive a $25 gift card in exchange for giving small samples of blood and urine and about an hour of their time.

Details: Leah Bouk, 704-250-5850 or leah.bouk@duke.edu.

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for ages 8 and under.

For tickets call 704-637-4314 or visit www.salisburysymphony.org.

Registration is open for this year's walk to fight multiple sclerosis for Cabarrus and Rowan counties.

"Walk MS: Cabarrus and Rowan County" is scheduled for April 14 at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

Sixty percent of all the money raised will go to programs, services and advocacy for residents of the area served by the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the MS Society. The rest will support national research into MS.

Besides one- and three-mile walks, the event will have live entertainment, food vendors and kids' activities.

For more information or to register, visit WalkingForMS.org or call 800-344-4867 (800-FIGHT-MS).

The sixth annual Carolina Alpaca Celebration will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord. The Level IV event will feature more than 400 top-quality alpacas competing in several categories. Alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, will gather from across the country to experience educational opportunities and competition in full fleece, fiber arts, cottage fleece, showmanship, fleece spinoff and photo, as well as fiber demonstrations and alpaca fleece fashions.

Admission and parking are free, and the event is open to the public.

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