Share your ideas and opinions about the direction of Historic Downtown Concord at "A Community Conversation Like No Other 7-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Hotel Concord.

Drop in to enjoy jazz and refreshments and to share your thoughts on key questions for consideration. Comfortable attire is recommended.

Input gathered will be considered as the Concord Downtown Development Corp. develops updated goals for its fiscal year, which will start in July.

RSVP to 704-784-4208 or Everyone in the community is invited.

The Concord main library, 27 Union St. N., will host these events:

"Let's Talk About It," a reading and discussion series sponsored by the N.C. Humanities Council, beginning Feb. 23. This season's theme, "Picturing America: Places in the Heart," will look at the ways human experience is shaped and defined by place. Books to be discussed are "Empire Falls," "A River Runs Through It," "Brothers and Keepers," "Plainsong" and "Gilead." Books will be provided.

Registration and details: 704-920-2053.

The Concord Teen Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the library's Teen Area. They will discuss "Scorpio Races," by Maggie Stiefvater. Registration is requested; to register and for information call Kris at 704-920-2053.

The Great Books Discussion Group, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Excerpts from Sigmund Freud's "Civilization & Its Discontents" will be discussed. Registration: 704-920-2054.

"Ancestry 102," 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Class details and registration: 704-920-2061.

"Social Networking and Security," 5 p.m. Thursday Class details: 704-920-2054.

Registration is open for "Become a Certified Cabarrus County Master Gardener Volunteer," a course adults interested in volunteering to help teach others about plants.

Classes will meet 1-4 p.m. Mondays, March 12, 19 and 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and May 7, 14 and 21 at the Cabarrus County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W.

Cost is $55. Register online at Create a county log-in profile; click on Cooperative Extension 2012, Horticultural Classes, then Master Gardener Volunteer Certification #5102; then participant choice.

For registration questions call 704-920-3315.

A fundraiser for the Cabarrus Spay-Neuter Clinic will be 5-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg.

The fifth annual Spayghetti Dinner is sponsored by the Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County and other area animal rescues and businesses.

The menu includes homemade spaghetti, tossed salad, bread, dessert and a beverage.

Celebrity Chef Lou Petrozza from "Hell's Kitchen" Season 4 will be there. Melon Belly will provide entertainment. There also will be door prizes, raffles and an auction, including a dinner for six prepared by Petrozza.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the spay-neuter clinic.

For tickets call 704-763-8550, email or go to Ruth's Memorial Shelter, 2010 Wilshire Court, Concord, or Princeton's Meow, 29 Brookwood Ave. N.E., Concord.

A free children's concert will be presented by the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band at 10:30 a.m. March 10 at the Gem Theatre, 111 W. First St., Kannapolis.

Everyone is invited. Those attending also are invited to wear costumes portraying characters featured in the songs.

Costumes are not required, but if you would like to dress up, choose a character from "The Carnival of the Animals" (lion, elephant, swan, or donkey), "Sesame Street," any Disney character, any "Looney Tunes" character, an Olympic athlete, a pirate, a character from "Veggie Tales," an orchestra conductor, a trapeze artist and anyone who wants to be Taio Cruz while the band performs "Dynamite."

The band will also play songs featuring the various instruments.

Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The theater concession stand will be open.

For information call Jon Hutchinson at 704-425-3508 or visit

Kids can celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' first published children's book 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 25 in the food court of Concord Mills mall.

The event is open to members of the Simon Kidgits Club, which is for children ages 3-8. Membership is $5 per year per child.

The first children's book published by Theodor Seuss Geisel was "And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street." As part of the celebration, nearly 100 Simon malls across the country are hosting special events for families to explore the fun of Dr. Seuss.

Activities will include a book reading; photos in front of a Mulberry Street-themed backdrop; a chance to take a photo with The Cat In the Hat; watching a TV episode of PBS Kids' "The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That!"; decorating Mulberry Street bookmarks and Dr. Seuss-inspired crowns and tiaras; and creating "Mulberry Street" booklets.

A parade will end at Books-A-Million, where goodie bags will be given out.

For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Dr. Seuss' "75 Years of Imagination" events, visit

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The Davidson Community Players will have open auditions at 2 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Monday for its June performances of the musical "Crazy for You."

Roles are available for actors, singers, dancers and tap-dancers ages 14 through adult. .

Auditions will be at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St. All auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off their vocal range. Audition pieces should be memorized.

Details: Artistic director Melissa Ohlman-Roberge, 704-892-7953;