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Free Gift Certificate for Toy Donations:
Now thru Dec. 31, if you donate a toy for Lincoln County Marine Corps "Toys 4 Tots" Foundation at Cason Chiropractic Center, we'll give you a $500 CCC gift certificate good for a free consultation, examination, x-rays if needed, a report of findings, a diet and nutritional assessment and a gait analysis. If you decide to purchase additional tickets, you've the legal right to change your mind within three days and receive a refund. 7 a.m. daily. Cason Chiropractic Center, 7476 Waterside Loop Road Suite 300, Denver. 704-820-0147. www.CasonChiropracticCenter.com.
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Storytime at Discovery Place KIDS:
Join Discovery Place KIDS for Storytime with a special "Animals in Winter" theme. Dec. 17-Jan. 14. We will read "Time to Sleep" by Denise Fleming and "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Daily at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Free with Museum admission. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org.
Christmas Tours In December:
See the plantation decorated for a 19th century North Carolina Christmas. House tours will talk about period Christmas traditions and Christmas on the plantation. Visitors can warm up in the Visitor Center and make a Christmas craft. There will be several areas set up around the plantation for family Christmas photos. 2 p.m. Dec. 22. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, ages 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Teaching Talents Exhibit
The Teaching Talents Exhibit features fascinating multimedia works from instructors at the Cornelius Art Center. The exhibit concludes Dec. 23. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon.
North Meck Soccer Club Winter Camps:
Winter Break Camp at North Meck Soccer Club offers a session for ages 4-14. 6-7:30 p.m. at Richard Barry Park. Dec. 20-23. Details and registration online. 6 p.m. Dec. 22; 6 p.m. Dec. 23. $60-$65, depending on the session. 704-894-9995. www.northmecksc.org. Richard Barry Memorial Park, 13707 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville.
Trivia Night at The Wine Room:
Every Wednesday is Trivia Night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. Test your knowledge of trivia while sipping your favorite wine or cold beer in a casual and fun atmosphere. The winning team gets a free appetizer. Relax while giving your noggin a workout. 7:30 p.m. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Dr. NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Storytime at Discovery Place KIDS:
Join Discovery Place KIDS for Storytime with a special "Animals in Winter" theme Dec. 17-Jan. 14. We will read "Time to Sleep" by Denise Fleming and "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.Daily at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704.372.6261. Free with Museum admission. Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplaceKIDS.org.
Healing Through Movement Fitness Class:
Therapeutic based movement class for those with cancer or chronic illness. 2 p.m. $40 per month. Healing Through Movement, 400-E North Harbor Place, Davidson. 704-765-5043. www.healingthroughmovement.net.
Tuesday Wine Tasting Featuring Napa Cellars!:
Every Tuesday The Wine Room hosts a fun, casual wine tasting. This week we have a special presentation of the wines of Napa Cellars, a fantastic quality producer from Napa Valley. All the wines are 10 percent off if purchased that night, 15 percent off for a mixed or solid case purchase. Appetizer menu available for noshes. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Dr. NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Davidson vs. Princeton:
Celebrate 2011 on the Lake
The Catawba Queen and the Lady of the Lake will both set sail on a New Year's dinner cruise, both complete with a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast. The Catawba Queen cruise is $75 a person and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The cruise departs at 9 p.m. and returns at 12:30 a.m. The Lady of the Lake is $175 a person and includes an upscale dinner buffet, cash bar, hotel room and transportation. The cruise departs at 9:30 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m. For reservations call 704-663-2628 or visit www.queenslanding.com.
Rural Hill's First Footin':
Join the Scottish tradition of walking the property for luck in the New Year. The 2- to 3-mile stroll around the farm features history and folklore. A presentation of the story "Stone Soup" will begin at 12:30 p.m. For lunch, guests should bring a can or fresh vegetables for the soup, a dessert or bread and your own beverages. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Dress for the weather. 11 a.m. Free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.
Zumba with Tonya:
Join Tonya for an hour of calorie-burning, easy-to-follow dance moves. No prior dance skills are required. Registration is required. Monthly sessions. 9:30 a.m. $40 for four-week session; $30 for three-week session; $50 for five-week session. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
Line Dancing with Mary:
Join Mary for this low-impact aerobic dance class for everyone. Dances are choreographed to funk, country and Broadway hits. Sessions run monthly. Registration is required. 10:30 a.m. $40 for January or February; $50 for March. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
New! Oil Painting for Beginners to Advanced with Mary Crow:
Come learn the basics and learn how to paint like the pros. Material list supplied upon registration. 1 p.m. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
Intro To Acrylics For Kids with Cindy Cooper:
From butterflies and bugs to serious landscapes, this workshop is a great introduction to acrylic painting. You budding artist will get a self esteem boost after transforming a blank canvas into a work of art. All supplies included. 4:15 p.m. $65. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main Street, Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
Requiring only one meter of space, Tai Chi for the Living Room is designed to provide students with all of the benefits of other forms of Tai Chi If you've ever quit studying Tai Chi because you couldn't wait years to reap the fruits of your labor, then Tai Chi for the Living Room is for you. Monthly sessions. 6:30 p.m. $75. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.
Adult/Family Kung Fu:
Think of the advantages of learning dutiful respect, proper discipline and appropriate self-confidence where size is not a limiting factor in performance or achievement. Kung Fu has been praised for centuries for its ability to develop people of all ages to gain a better understanding of their potential as their true abilities surface through the time-tested methods of self-awareness and self-defense. Sessions are run by the month. Registration is required. 7:30 p.m. $75. Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St., Davidson.
Tuesday Wine Tastings:
Every Tuesday The Wine Room hosts a fun, casual wine tasting. Five different wines are selected each week, predominantly red wines with a few white or sparkling curveballs thrown in now and then. Appetizer menu available for noshes. 7:30 p.m. The Wine Room At Afton Village, 5401 Village Dr. NW, Concord. 704-782-9463. www.wine-room.net.
Thai Yoga for Wellness:
This class begins with a series of flowing, invigorating yoga poses, moves into long and slow holds and is followed by a short meditation. Throughout the class, the instructor, who is trained in Thai Yoga Therapy, will physically assist students with gentle rocking movements, acupressure and other techniques to help students deepen their stretch and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Please bring a yoga mat and oversized blanket to class. Monthly sessions. $40 January or February, $50 March. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
New Year, New You Coaching Group with Kim Bridi:
Join this action-oriented life coaching group and gain the accountability, support and structure needed. You will select a project or goal to work on throughout the six weeks. It's perfect for those who want to get organized, shift to a healthier lifestyle, go back to school or return to the workforce. Learn how to change limiting beliefs, establish positive habits and more. 10:30 a.m. $78. Davidson Parks and Recreation, 416 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org/d-recs/Start/Start.asp?SCheck=747813057&SDT=39645.5905058218.
The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo Encore:
Don Carlo falls in love with Elisabeth. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-643-4262. www.amctheatres.com.
Italian Wine Tasting:
Try some truly excellent, but relatively inexpensive wines. The price for the event is $15, payable when you arrive, and in addition to the 5 wines served, a small individual appetizer tray with assorted goodies will be served for each participant.
The event is hosted by Mr. Ciro Marino. Ciro brings extensive knowledge & understanding of Italian wine making to the event, but not to the point where a wine novice feels overwhelmed. 7 p.m. $15. 704-987-5111. Campania Cafe & Trattoria, 416 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-987-5111. www.campaniacafe.com.