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Art and Ale: 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Event organized by Art on Tap, the Arts Council’s new group for people in their 20s and 30s. The evening will include a beer tasting, snacks and The Galleries’ exhibition “Interactive Lines.” It’s free for Art on Tap members; other people may pay a fee or join that night. For information about the event and Art on Tap, call 704-920-2787.

‘On the Iditarod Trail’: Mount Pleasant resident Martha Dobson will give a presentation for all ages about the Iditarod, a 1,100-mile dogsled race in Alaska, at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 in the auditorium of the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N. Dobson has participated several times in the world’s most grueling dogsled race. Experience Alaska, hear the stories, touch the equipment and catch the excitement as she shares her memories of this annual journey from Anchorage to Nome. Details: 704-920-2058.


MS study starts to fill: A Raleigh medical practice has enrolled its 100th patient in a Duke University health research project working to end multiple sclerosis. The MURDOCK Multiple Sclerosis Study is a long-term health research project based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. Raleigh Neurology partnered with Duke in July to help recruit 1,000 people with multiple sclerosis and 100 people with Primary Progressive MS.

Dr. Simon Gregory, principal investigator for the study, and his team are working to identify the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases like MS and to understand disease development and progression at the molecular level.

The MS study is one of several sub-studies of MURDOCK, which aims to enroll 50,000 people in a community registry to identify links across major diseases and disorders and find ways to treat and even defeat some of today’s leading causes of illness and death.


Take the train to D.C.: Get tickets now for the N.C. Transportation Museum’s four-day, three-night excursion to Washington, D.C., March 12-15 on the Capital City Special. Passengers will board at Amtrak stations in Charlotte, Salisbury, Greensboro and Cary. Lodging is in Alexandria, Va. The trip includes dinner in Old Town Alexandria, a moonlight tour of the national monuments in Washington, tours of Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington’s Mount Vernon residence, an evening cruise along the Potomac River, a daytime monument tour, a visit to Ford’s Theatre, exploration of the National Mall and time for the 10 Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art or the National Archives, a walking tour of Georgetown and a stroll through Old Town Alexandria. Tickets are $760 to $1050 per person. For tickets call 704-636-2889 ext. 224 or visit