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Friday nights are shag nights. Everyone is invited. $3, $5 per couple. Finish Line Lounge at the George Pappas Victory Lanes Center, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville. 8 p.m. Sept. 22.
Music on Means:
Free outdoor concert. Enjoy outside dining, games, shopping and more. Free. Historic Downtown Concord, Union St., Concord. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 21.
Karaoke Dance Party:
No cover. In The Wind Bar & Grill, 15800 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 8-11:55 p.m. Sept. 22.
Mark Chesnutt is a country artist in the honky-tonk vein of Merle Haggard whose hits include “Brother Jukebox” and “I’ll Think of Something.” $30. www.markchesnutt.com. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 U.S. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com. 8 p.m. Sept. 22.
Robin Bullock, Mandolin & Guitar Virtuoso:
Program of classical and Celtic music. Arrive by 2:20pm to enjoy the pre-concert Young Artist performance. A meet-the-artist reception follows the concert. Tickets available at the door or on the website: www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org. $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students; children younger than 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-892-0173. saintalbans.dionc.org. 3-5 p.m. Sept. 24.
Open Mic Tuesdays:
Hosted by Jarrid and Allen of Pursey Kerns. No cover. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville. 9-12:30 a.m. Sept. 26.
‘Large Animal Games’:
This larger-than-life tale of sex, love, and self-delusion tracks the escapades of a group of friends old enough to know better in love and the mysterious figure who supplies them with equal parts tough love, lingerie and self-awareness. “Large Animal Games” takes a comically skewed and razor-sharp look at modern relationships through a mix of bullfights, shopping, big game hunting, and intimate apparel. $20, $15 for seniors and students. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com. 8-10 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 23 and 24.
Auditions for Rosie the ‘Red-Nosed Reindeer’:
Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT) invites youth aged 6-18 to audition for “Rosie the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” an audience participation play. Youth are asked to bring a picture and resume or a snapshot and summary of experience. Youth will be asked to read from the script. Performances are Dec. 9 and 16. $150 participation fee. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. warehousepac.com. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 23.
Business Leaders at Diversity Luncheon
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Tim Worley, CEO of communications consulting firm Worley Global Enterprises, will speak on “Diversity: The Difference Between Being Good and Being Excellent” at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Champions of Diversity Luncheon. The cost is $20 and members and guests can register at lakenormanchamber.org or by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922. River Run Country Club, 9125 River Falls Drive, Davidson. Noon Sept. 21.
Isabella Santos Foundation Lake Norman Chapter Blood Drive:
Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop, 19818-C North Cove Road, Cornelius. 704-560-7874. corneliusdrafthouse.com. 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
Simple Steps 1: Is Starting a Business Right for You?:
This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. No Fee. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — North County Regional, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704-416-6000. cmlibrary.org. 2-4 p.m. Sept. 23.
Dinner and Dancin’ in the Dirt:
Music, dancing, a silent auction, games and BBQ. Adult $35; youth $15. Wings of Eagles Ranch, 4800 Faith Trails, Concord. 704-784-3147. www.wingsofeaglesranch.org. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 23.
Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Show:
Featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars. Adults - $10; children 5-12 years - $5; younger than 5 - free. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 U.S. 49 N., Concord. 704-920-3976. www.cabarrusarena.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24.
Fall festival open to the public and free admission, rain or shine. Enjoy rides, games, international foods, live entertainment. Details: www.lukeapalooza.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit multiple Ministries and the Thomasboro Academy. Free Admission. Tickets available for rides, food and games. St. Luke Catholic Church Mint Hill, 13700 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill. 704-185-1224. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 23.
The Nature of Greenways: Four mile Creek Greenway:
This is a relaxed walk with stops along the way to discover the natural side of these active green spaces. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Charlotte. 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 20.
Chinese Lantern Festival:
Large lanterns from Zigong, China will illuminate the Garden and guests can enjoy Kung Fu shows, Asian cuisine, authentic Chinese folk art and crafts. $24.95/adult, $21.95/senior 60+, $15.95/child 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Garden member receive 30 percent discount. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org. 5:30-9:30 p.m. through Oct. 29.
Hike for Healing:
Studies are showing that there are many healing benefits to walking in the woods. Join us to connect with nature and perhaps heal some of your life stressors in this relaxed hike. Must be able to walk up to 2.5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Ages 16 and older. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 6-7 p.m. Sept. 21.
Huntersville Growers’ Market:
Shop local and shop fresh with our vendors and enjoy the weekly themes/activities. Free. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 23.
How many trees does it take to provide oxygen for just one person? Why is it so much cooler under the trees? How does a tree breathe? We will give the trees faces (made out of mud) and then interview them to find the answers to these question.! Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 23.
Whoo did the Owl Eat?:
How do we know what an owl eats if we don’t actually see her eat? By dissecting an owl pellet. Owl pellets are spit out by owls after they digest what they need. The bones of what they ate are easily identified with a little help. No worries — the pellets are sterilized before you touch them. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 24.
Wildlife & Bird Photography Class:
Wildlife and bird photography is a specialized form of photography that requires special equipment and specialized skills. But it’s not that hard to get good results if you know what to practice and have a little patience. It’s not even that expensive to get started. This two-week class, three hours a session, features wild birds in both sessions for you to practice. The class is limited to 12 participants; call or log in to register. $60, $30 members/volunteers. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 24.
Nature Story Corner:
Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature. After the story we will hike into the forest to do a themed activity. Must call 980-314-1119 to register. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 10-11 a.m. Sept. 25.
Young Hearts Back to School Blast:
Come celebrate with the Young Hearts grandkids going back to school. We’ll do some fun stuff centered on good old school days. This is a covered dish gathering so be sure to bring your favorite side dish to share, including utensils. Young Hearts is a Senior Social Club that meets monthly at South Iredell Senior Center. Come socialize, meet new people and have fun. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 25.
Senior Center Month Celebration:
September is National Senior Center Month and we at South Iredell Senior Center want to invite you to come celebrate. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP by Sept. 22. Luncheon for this celebration is being sponsored by US Med Express. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 12-2 p.m. Sept. 26.
Book Discussion Club:
Join a group of book lovers for a monthly book discussion on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. For the month of September the book of choice is any book by Catherine Coulter — 70 novels, romantic suspense thrillers and historical romances. The group will be led by Dolores Dauenheimer. All book lovers are welcome to join in the discussion. Free. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337. www.iredellcoa.com. 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 26.