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News calendar

Dec. 18

Mummies of the World:

Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, makes its southern U.S. premiere at Discovery Place. This collection includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years. Tickets range from $18-24, with special discounts available for members and groups. 9 a.m. Dec. 11; 9 a.m. Dec. 12; 9 a.m. Dec. 13; 9 a.m. Dec. 14; 9 a.m. Dec. 15; 9 a.m. Dec. 16; 9 a.m. Dec. 17; 9 a.m. Dec. today through Dec. 23. Check website for details. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Puppies for Patients:

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds the seventh annual Puppies for Patients program through Dec. 31. Donate blood in November and December and sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals. 704-972-4700. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 South Blvd., Charlotte.

Charlotte Comicon Comic Book Convention:

Thousands of new and vintage comic books and related items for sale and trade. Guest artists and writers. Freebies at the door and door prizes given away every hour. 10 a.m. $3 at the door. 12 and under free. Crowne Plaza Charlotte Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. 803-547-3995 or 704-907-6690.

Christmas Cantata: "Mary Did You Know?"

Wesley United Methodist Church will present "Mary, Did You Know?" This Christmas musical with narration will feature well-known carols and newer songs such as "Jesus, Messiah" and "Mary, Did You Know?" and will conclude with the "Hallelujah Chorus." 10:45 a.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 3715 Rea Rd. 704-542-1122.

A Christmas Carol:

Adapted by John Jakes from Charles Dickens and performed by Theatre Charlotte. 7 p.m. and also 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. $90 - $95 season subscriptions. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd., Charlotte. 704-376-3777.

Spanish Christmas Drama & Celebration:

For the Spanish-speaking community, Calvary Church plans a Christmas celebration with drama, praise and worship, and an inspirational message at 5 p.m. in the Crown Room. Open to the entire family, and is free. Refreshments served. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-5365.

Carolina Christmas Light Show:

The Charlotte Motor Speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 displays. Attractions also include a skating rink, festival of trees, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. 6 p.m.; see website for later dates. 6 p.m. Nov. 22; 6 p.m. Nov. 23; 6 p.m. Nov. 28; 6 p.m. Dec. 1; 6 p.m. Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Dec. 9; 6 p.m. Dec. 10; 6 p.m. Dec. 23; 6 p.m. Dec. 25; 6 p.m. Jan. 1; 6 p.m. Jan. 2. Admission is $20 per car, minivan or SUV. Group discounts available. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord. 704-455-3267.

Dec. 19

Jacob's Ladder USB Flash Drive Campaign:

Jacob's Ladder Job Center, Inc. is holding a "USB-Drive" campaign for students in a month-long job-readiness program. Through Dec. 19, Jacob's Ladder is collecting donated new and unused USB flash drives (minimum of 256MB) at both locations, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Locations are The Plaza (2304 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C. 28205) and Jacob's Ladder West (at the Center for Employment Services at 2201 Caronia Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28208). 704-332-5822.

Winter Break Basketball Camps with Yes I Can:

Girls-only three-day camp, Dec. 27-29, $75; Boys-only guard skills, Dec. 19-20, $50; boys-only shooting camp, Dec. 21-23, $75; boys-only scrimmage camp, Dec. 19-23. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 703-334-7491.

Dec. 20

A Cinematic Christmas:

Gather up the family for a evening watching Christmas movie favorites on the big screen at Neighborhood Theatre. Buckwild Kettle Corn and Smelly Cat will have popcorn and hot chocolate for sale. Revolution Pizza will have pizza available and FuManChu will sell cupcakes. The Neighborhood Theatre bar will be open. 5:30 p.m., "The Muppet Christmas Carol"; 7:30 p.m. "Nightmare Before Christmas." Free. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298.

Dec. 21

Seated Yoga for Seniors:

Covenant Recreation and Fitness offers guided seated yoga from Nancy Nicholson from 12:15 to 1:15 on Wednesdays. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 703-334-7491.

Winter Solstice Hike:

Celebrate the winter solstice immersed in nature with a moderately paced hike on the shortest day of the year. Participants must be able to hike 3-4 miles on uneven terrain. A limited number of flashlights are available, please bring your own if you have one. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 5 and up. Free. 6-7 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 704-598-8857.

Movie: "The Magic Flute: Met Opera Holiday Encore"

Julie Taymor directs Mozart's masterpiece, "The Magic Flute." Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine conducts. From 2006. 6:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8241 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-0200.

Dec. 22

"Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith" special exhibit:

"Barber-Scotia College: In the Beginning, Faith," an exhibit exploring the history of Concord's African-American college, will be on display through Dec. 22. Featured are photographs, rare books, memorabilia, yearbooks, and the photo exhibit, "The Architecture of Barber-Scotia College" by Alexandra Porter. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free. Concord Museum, 11 Union St. South Suite 104, Concord. 704-782-3688.