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‘Rogue One’ Pre-Screening Benefit for IGNITE:
A pre-screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Each ticket includes any size soft drink and popcorn. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. $25. Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith St., Davidson. 7 p.m. Dec. 15.
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Lights-to-music drive-thru section along the 3.5-mile course. Open every Thursday-Sunday and all Christmas week, the Christmas Village includes a petting zoo, Bethlehem village, horse-drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa, and more. In addition, come see Christmas classics like “A Christmas Story” and “Frozen” on a giant 16,000-square-foot high-definition TV. $15 per car and up. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3200. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com for schedule.
Holiday Shop & Stroll in Downtown 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. Downtown Statesville, 100 W. Broad St., Statesville. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16.
Lake Norman Orchestra - Annual Holiday Gala:
Holiday Dinner and Gala Concert. This family-friendly event. Limited seating available. Tickets can be purchased online for pick up at the door at lknorchestra.org. $35. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. 704-662-3334. www.cmccmooresville.com. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 17.
Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show:
Reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. VIP entry at 9 a.m. on Saturday. $10; $5 children 5-12; free for children younger than 5. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 U.S. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 18.
Activities for seniors
Volunteer Transportation Service Training:
Volunteer Transportation Service Training held by Centralina Area Agency on Aging. If you are interested in attending this training and becoming a transportation volunteer, please call 704-662-3337 to register or for information. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 15.
Euchre Christmas Party:
In celebration of the holiday and for the love of euchre, the Senior Center’s Euchre group will hold a Christmas celebration and a fun afternoon of euchre. Please bring your favorite food dish to share, a drink and a dessert to share if you like. If you don’t know how to play euchre, we would love to teach you. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12-5 p.m. Dec. 16.
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. Classes are instructed by Mike Gentile, a certified physical trainer, AF instructor, and Reiki Master. Open Tai Chi classes meet every Monday from 11a.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. 19.
The Single Seniors will have a special Christmas meeting. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 19.
Vaccination and Preventative Care:
Join Dr. Gabe Fitton for a program on vaccinations and preventative care for older adults. RSVP with a $1 donation by Dec. 15. No registration by phone. Also, between 12:30-2:30 p.m., The Mooresville Police will pick up unwanted/not needed medication. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
‘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. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 8 p.m. Dec. 15. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’:
Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT) celebrates the holiday season with “A Charlies Brown Christmas.” $12. There is limited seating and reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call: 704-707-6757 All tickets $12. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17. 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18.
Native to North Carolina: Trees in Winter:
Just what is dormancy, anyway? Why do trees shed their leaves? Join us for a discussion on trees native to North Carolina and learn what’s going on beneath the soil. Dress for the elements as we will be outside and will get our hands dirty. Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
Full Moon Hike:
Ever been in the woods at night? Join McDowell Nature staff as we explore the park during a moon lit evening. Registration required. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be hiking approximately 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. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
Preschool Bookclub at the Carolina Raptor Center:
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 5 year 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. 15.
Off-Trail Adventure Hike:
Uncover the secrets of the preserve that are not accessible by trails. Join our Outdoor Recreation staff as we explore features that are only accessible off-trail. Come prepared to “bushwhack” with long pants, sturdy waterproof shoes and an adventurous spirit. Registration required. Please wear sturdy, waterproof closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be hiking approximately 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. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 16.
Get CRAFTY: Upcycled Winter:
Stop by between 2:30pm and 4:30pm to create a nature-inspired upcycled winter craft to take home. Dress to get messy! Free. McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
Want to have fun while learning a few birds and their calls? This twist on bingo is sure to please bird lovers of all ages. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Ages 6 and older. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
Wildcraft - Twig Stars:
Stars are often associated with winter traditions. Most likely because the nights are longer and the skies are clearer in the winter. Join us as we craft stars from sticks. These make wonderful natural decorations. Must call 980-314-1119 to register .Ages 6 and older. 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 p.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 18.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Must call 980-314-1119 to register.Ages 3 to 6Free10-11am 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. 10-11 a.m. Dec. 19.
Discover the McDowell Nature Preserve with others in search of hidden treasure a winter surprise! This guided geocache program for newbies and pros alike, will teach participants how to use a geocache and discover caches around the preserve. Registration required. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be hiking approximately 2-3 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. 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
Crafts with Jayna:
Free with paid admission to the Raptor Trail. 3 years old free. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 12 p.m. Dec. 16.
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. S., Concord. 704-795-1901. www.cabarrusartguild.org. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
Cancer Support Group:
The Cancer Share and Care group meets in room B204 at the Church. Free. Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 11 a.m. Dec. 15.