Holly Bend Plantation Tour:
Location: Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge. Holly Bend Plantation, built in 1800 by Robert Davidson, will open during the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials. No registration required. 9 a.m. Nov. 13. Free. Latta Plantation Nature Center, Sample Rd, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Southern Christmas Show:
Ideas for holiday decorating, gift giving and entertaining, with more than 600 vendors. $7.50-$9, $3 for ages 6-12, free for children younger than 6. 800-849-0248, www.southernchristmasshow.com. Through Nov. 20. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.
Woodland Storytime & Exploration:
Children ages four to eight are invited to join Miss Susan for a woodland story, nature exploration, and nature craft at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. This children's event if free, but registration is required. Please call or email Paula (email@example.com) to register. 2:30 p.m. Free. 704-687-0719. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu
Meet the Keeper Tour:
Learn about some of the resident birds at the Carolina Raptor Center from the experienced volunteers who care for them and know them best. 1 p.m. Nov. 13. Included in admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org
A talk by Ronald M. Green, director of the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics at Dartmouth College. Green will discuss "Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice," in the Alvarez College Union, Smith 900 Room. Free. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 704-894-2095. 7 p.m. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2000. www.davidson.edu
Breaking the Barrier with a Steam Coffin:
Historian and author John Laurence Busch will attempt to re-calibrate your mind before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a "steamship" was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. His book, "Steam Coffin," is the definitive account of this high technology saga. Details: www.steamcoffin.com, 1:30 p.m. Free. www.steamcoffin.com. Wilora Lake Lodge, 6053 Wilora Lake Road. 704-537-8848. www.brookdaleliving.com/wilora-lake-lodge.aspx
Week to Fight Hunger-United Way Young Leaders:
Join the United Way Young Leaders of Central Carolinas to fight hunger. Free appetizers, but bring cash for drink tickets ($5 each). Entrance fee is $5 or 5 cans of food. 9 p.m. The King's Kitchen, 129 W. Trade St. 704-375-1990. www.uwcentralcarolinas.org. 704-371-6255.
Table Manners: Functional Pottery For The Table, A Visual Feast For Your Eyes:
Table Manners showcases a collection of functional pottery and food themed artwork. Co-curators Jennifer Mecca and Amy Sanders invited other "Mud Mamas" to participate - Linda Christianson, Victoria Christen, Amy Evans, Ursula Hargens, Allison McGowan, Connie Norman, Gillian Parke, Kari Radasch, Paula Smith and Liz Zlot Summerfield. Artwork by Duy Huynh, Wanda Steppe and Diane Hoeptner. 11 a.m. Fee. Lark and Gallery and Boutique (Southend), 128 E. Park Ave. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com
Media Studies Lecture:
A talk by Ekaterina Skorodinskaya, a journalist for the Russian Newspaper "Argumenty i fakty," will speak about Media Freedom in Putin's Russia in the Alvarez College Union Sprinkle Room. For information, email email@example.com or call 704-894-2397. 7 p.m. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2000. www.davidson.edu
Paid in Exposure: Should journalists work for free?
Three independent journalists share advice on whether to work for free. Panel discussion, audience questions and conversation. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 112, Cone Center, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Free, organized by the Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. Details and register: bit.ly/spj1115
A lecture by Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Hilary Becker and Professor of Chemistry Ruth Beeston. The two presenters will discuss "Roman Rainbow: A Chemical and Archaeological Investigation of an Ancient Pigment Shop." in the Semens Lecture Hall of the Belk Visual Art Center. Free. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-894-2318. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2000. www.davidson.edu
Learn about the characteristics and the habitat of these unique birds. Learn how to walk like a turkey and make a turkey craft as well. All programs require pre-registration. To register, call Latta Plantation Nature Center at 704.875.1391. 9:30 a.m. $3. Latta Plantation Nature Center, Sample Rd, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Geographic Technology Expo 2011:
National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map Exhibit, Internet applications workshop, geocaching and more. 8:30 a.m. Free. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-336-4442. gisday.charmeck.org.
Lecture by NPR Correspondent Eleanor Beardsley:
A talk by National Public Radio correspondent Eleanor Beardsley. Beardsley will discuss "How Media Affects Individuals' Interaction with Their Governments" as the college's second Bank of America Lecture of the year. The lecture will be in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. Free. 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Davidson College, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2440. www.davidson.edu
Read, Play Shop! Story Hour Comes to Concord Mills:
Story Hour, sponsored by Kidsville News, will take place at the Play Area in Neighborhood 2 and give children the chance to enjoy captivating stories, participate in fun activities and win exciting prizes. 10:30 a.m. Free. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-3000. www.concordmills.com.
Annual Deana Irvin Author's Symposium:
North Carolina author Lynne Hinton will be the featured speaker at the Deana Irvin Symposium sponsored by the Concord Friends of the Library, Inc. Hinton is the author of 14 books, including the NY Times Bestseller, "Friendship Cake." In 2010, she was the recipient of a Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Grant for her latest novel, "Pie Town." She is also a regular guest columnist in the Faith and Values Section for the Charlotte Observer. Reservations: 704-7822-1698. 11:30 a.m. $15 includes luncheon buffet. 704-782-1698. Union Street Bistro, 48 Union St. South, Concord. 704-788-1507.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Sequel Event:
9:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.
All Saints Arts & Crafts and Bake Sale:
Homemade crafts and baked goods in addition to local vendors selling pottery, baskets, crochet, jewelry, mosaics, embossed boxes, talking tiles, soap, candles, home sewn goods, gourmet food, and plants. Local miniaturist will also display dollhouses and room boxes with some items for sell. All Saints Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road N.E., Concord. 8 a.m. Free. 704-948-1838. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road NE, Concord. 704-782-2024. www.allsaintsconcord.org.
Read the book "NUTS to You" and learn a little about those fuzzy creatures that are always living in our trees. We'll make our own squirrel puppets and meet some furry friends along the way. Registration is required by Nov. 17 at www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. 10 a.m. Free. North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. 704-782-5603. www.cabarruscounty.us.
Guided nature walk through the trails. Meet in front of the office/restrooms at North Cabarrus Park. Registration is not required. 10 a.m. Free. North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord. 704-782-5603. www.cabarruscounty.us.
The Metropolitan Opera: Satyagraha Live:
Richard Croft returns as Gandhi in Philip Glass's opera. 12:55 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.
Learn about and make fun crafts from everyday recyclable materials. Meet the Ranger at the Park Office. Registration is required Nov. 17 at www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. 1 p.m. $2. Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. 704-920-2701. bit.ly/frankliskepark.
NCHS Class of 2001 Ten Year Reunion:
It's been ten years since we graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School. Purchase your tickets here for the Class of 2001 reunion at the Vintage Motor Club. Visit facebook.com/NCHS2001 for updates. Classmate only $35. 8 p.m. Vintage Motor Club, 325 McGill Ave. NW, Concord. www.vintagemotorclubnc.com.
Carolina Christmas Light Show:
The speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with nearly 500 colorful displays. Attractions include a skating rink, festival of trees, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. 6 p.m. through Jan. 2. $20 per vehicle. Group discounts available. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour:
Lady Gaga performs in a concert taped at New York's Madison Square Garden in February, 2011. Includes behind-the-scenes footage. 7 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200. www.amctheatres.com.