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North Mecklenburg Community Chorus:
Everyone’s favorite TV program, “The Lawrence Welk Show,” comes to life in a Christmas spectacular. Free. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. 704-892-0120. 3-5 p.m. Dec.10. 7:30-9 p.m. Dec.12.
‘Holly & Tinsel’:
The Flats & Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm causes them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. Ellie, the crusty waitress, and Will, the all-too wise cook, along with a few other guests help them rediscover the meaning of Christmas. $12-$29. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 8 p.m. Dec.8. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11.
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’:
Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT) celebrates the holiday season with A Charlies Brown Christmas. $12. See website for all performance dates.To make a reservation, call: 704-707-6757. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com.7 p.m. Dec. 9. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10. 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11.
Preschool Book Club:
Come and play in our new Nature Playground and read a nature-based book with one of our staff. We’ll bring out feathers and other props to help tell the story. Your chicks will have a great time connecting with nature and learning about birds. Outdoors weather permitting otherwise inside. 3 and younger free; 4 and 5year olds free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 11-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8.
$15 per car and up. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8.
Holiday Shop & Stroll in Downtown Statesville:
Enjoy a fun evening of merchant open houses and specials, stroll the sidewalks, listen to carolers, and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights. Make memories with the little ones as you enjoy fun activities happening throughout the night including horse-drawn carriage rides and visit with Santa in the Historic City Hall’s “Santa Central,” where kids can make holiday crafts in Santa’s workshop and enjoy snacks and hot chocolate. Also, City Hall is partnering with the Historic Sharpe House on December 2 to take you back into time. Special Victorian era guides will show you around City Hall as it was in the late 1800s.Bundle up and soak in the magic of downtown during Holiday Shop & Strolls in Statesville! For a complete list of all the holiday events happening in downtown throughout the month visit www.downtownstatesvillenc.org or call Downtown Statesville at 704-878-3436. Free. Downtown Statesville, 100 W. Broad St., Statesville.. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Wine and Cheese Tasting:
Come out and enjoy some of the finest wines from local and national vendors at our Plaza Midwood and Davidson locations. We will be pairing each selection with tasty bites and tempting treats from some of your favorite local vendors too. Try old favorites and new varietals that tease the palette and leave you thirsty for more. Free. Healthy Home Market, 261 Griffith St., Davidson. 704-892-6191. healthyhomemkt.com. 1-4 p.m. Dec.10.
Walk Thru Bethlehem:
The community is invited to this lively interactive Biblical-era drama. Guests will register for the census and then be led by a guide through Bethlehem in search of a place to stay. Along the way they meet town merchants and finally discover the newly born Messiah in the manger. Enjoy free beverage & entertainment during wait time. This is an outdoor event (dress warmly). Free. www.walkthrubethlehem.org. Camp Wesley, 3090 Deal Road, Mooresville. 704-938-2128. campwesley.com. 2-9 p.m. Dec.10.
Old Fashioned Christmas Tea:
Enjoy an intimate holiday tea party inside of the nearly 250 year old Alexander log cabin. Stay warm by the fire and have fun making a Christmas craft and learning of tea party traditions. Enjoy refreshments and tea as you socialize and show off your favorite tea party hat. $30 per pair; additional $10 per extra person (adult or child of any age). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org. 2-4 p.m. Dec.11.
Journey to Bethlehem - Concord:
Everyone is welcome to visit the town of Bethlehem as it might have been the night Jesus was born. Listen to the townspeople as they tell their stories. Visit the shops for hands-on craft-making. Sample the food. Meet the Innkeeper and witness the Live Nativity in the stable. Make your Christmas more meaningful with a Journey to Bethlehem. Donations accepted. Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St. N.E., Concord. 704-782-6923. www.clconcord.org. 5-7 p.m. Dec.11.
Cabarrus Quilters Guild:
The Cabarrus Quilters Guild gathers for its monthly meeting. Free. Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord. 704-782-1109. www.foresthillumc.org. 6-9 p.m. Dec.12.
Does your little one love construction paper, crayons and glue? Come learn about native North Carolina evergreen trees while you and your preschooler handcraft one of your own using a pinecone. Registration required. Dress to get messy. Parent participation required. $3. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Dec. 7.
Adult Hiking Series: In Between Seasons:
Get up and get active while learning about nature during this 75-minute, adult- only hike through McDowell Nature Preserve. Registration required.Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be hiking approximately 1-3 miles on uneven terrain. Please bring a water bottle. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dec. 8.
Track Trails: Nature’s Relationships:
Let’s take a guided nature hike to see what we can find in the McDowell Nature Preserve. Participants will receive the “Nature’s Relationships” guide to aid in exploring our woods in search of local flora and fauna. This hike will cover our new Track Trails program, which is an easy 1.2 mile hike along our trail system. Registration required. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be hiking approximately 1.2 miles on uneven terrain. Please bring a water bottle. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
2nd Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden:
The Mount Holly Community Garden will hold its second Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden. The event is free to the public and all are welcome. There will be 52 beautifully decorated garden beds, an appearance by Santa, live music, luminarias, cookies, refreshments and much more. Free. Mount Holly Community Garden, 126 N. Main St., Mount Holly. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9.
Farm Day at Thames Farm:
Farms and Artisans. Open to the public. A great time to shop local for farm raised meats, veggies, baked items, honey, soaps, crafts, home decor, accessories, coffee, quilts, goat cheeses, cheesecakes, jewelry and more. Local Equestrian Demo team performance. See the farm animals and enjoy. Free. Thames Farm, 3510 Catawba River Road, Fort Lawn. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec.10.
Trail Work Day:
Details: ncparks.gov/crowders-mountain-state-park. Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Dec.10.
We will talk about many types of greenery for the holidays, and you will make and take home a nice bowl of greenery that should last through the season. You will leave knowing how to add your favorite flowers to impress your guests all season long. Jeff, our garden curator, will show how to make a boxwood wreath and garlands for the house. Bring a pair of hand pruners and be ready to work and learn. $25. Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-335-0325. historicrosedale.org. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec.10.
Reedy Creek Adult Naturalist Club:
Are you curious about the natural world around you? Are you interested in what you are seeing in our local nature preserves or your backyard? Have you ever taken an hour just to walk a mile because you are stopping to look at/identify what you see? If so this is the group for you. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Meet at Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve, 5542 Hucks Road, Charlotte, 28269. Ages 16 and olfrt. Free. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Servicescharmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec.10.
Native Plant Society Meeting and Annual Seed Exchange:
Join our local Native Plant Society as we discuss the native wildlife that we share our native plants with. We will also take part in the annual seed exchange and year end wrap up. Bring your native plant seeds (if you have any, not a requirement to join the meeting and take some seeds home) and learn about what we have done this year and what we are planning for next year. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Ages 14 and older . Free2-4pm Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 2-4 p.m. Dec.11.
Discover the winter happenings at Reedy Creek. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more you will learn about plant-life, animals, and their homes, weather, and more. Parent participation encouraged. Registration required. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Ages 3 to 6. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Dec.12.
Nature Coloring n’ Cocoa:
Why are animals the color that they are? You and your little ones can find out during this session of coloring while enjoying hot cocoa - a program for preschoolers and parents to relax, color and learn in the cold winter months. Please indicate any food allergy prior to the meeting. Parent participation required. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10-10:45 a.m. Dec. 12 and 14.
Artsy Adult Club: Creative Winters:
Crafting can be relaxing and therapeutic, especially when done in a nature center. If you love crafting but don’t have the space or supplies to create some of the latest nature-themed or up-cycled projects, then this is the class for you. In each class we will have samples of two to three completed projects and provide all the supplies, space and time for you to finish on your own. This is an adult-only class because of the advanced nature of the supplies that will be used. Registration required. Dress to craft. $3. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec.13.
Crafts with Jayna at the Carolina Raptor Center:
Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 1 p.m. Dec. 9.
Open Studio every Tuesday at the Gallery. Bring your project and work with other artists at the gallery on Tuesdays or just stop by to visit. You don’t have to be a member to join our group. Free. Cabarrus Art Guild — Gallery, Gift Shop & Office, 11 Union St. South, Concord. 704-795-1901. www.cabarrusartguild.org. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec.13.
Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D - Soon to Close:
The enrollment period to sign up for Medicare Part D or to make changes ends on December 7. To review what you have or to make changes to get the best coverage for you, contact the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at 704-873-8568 for an appointment with a trained counselor. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7.
Got the Holiday Blues? Join Our Support Group:
Grief is the normal natural response to the loss of someone or something important. It is unique to the individual experiencing it and there is no general timetable for completing it. We experience many types of loss in our lives everything from divorce, the loss of individual abilities, to loss of a person, and the longer we live the more likely we are to have those losses. Although grief is as individual as each of us it can be helpful to share the journey with others who are also grieving. Join a support group that offers an opportunity to learn coping skills and techniques in a supportive environment. Amy Weatherup MSW, who has worked with the senior population for 25 years, will facilitate the group on the first Wednesday of each month at 10-11:30 a.m. Please call 704-662-3337 if you plan to attend. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 7.
Need to Improve Your Balance?:
Tai Chi is designed to improve balance, increase range of motion, circulation and leg strength, as well as decrease arthritic pain. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, Tai Chi is good for the body, mind and spirit. It’s known to have helped some individuals to improve high blood pressure, muscle tone, circulation, flexibility, aching backs and joints. It has even helped some to lose weight. Classes are instructed by Mike Gentile, a certified physical trainer, AF instructor, and Reiki Master. Open Tai Chi classes meet at South Iredell Senior Center every Monday from 11 a.m.-noon for advanced students and from 12:15-1:15 p.m. for beginners. $6. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. Dec.12.