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Jan. 22

Mike Minter speaks:

Metrolina Church presents Mike Minter, former Carolina Panther, as guest speaker. After retiring in 2007, he wrote, "Driven by Purpose: the Power of a Dream," He'll speak and sign books. 11 a.m. Free. 704-995-0823. www.MetrolinaChurch.org. Harris Road Middle School, 1251 Patriot Plantation Blvd., Concord.

NASCAR:

"NASCAR Acceleration Weekend" gives race fans an experience with activities featuring the legends of the sport and stars of today. The NASCAR Preview 2012 presented by Sprint is a fan-focused, all-day event featuring driver and show car appearances, simulators, prizes and other activities. 10 a.m. Starts at $10. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 800-745-3000. www.nascaracceleration2012.com.

Owl Pellets:

Dissect owl pellets and discover the bones of mice, rats, and other prey. Register: 704-432-6460. All ages free. 2-3 p.m. 2 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/

Jan. 23

On-Location Portraiture class:

6 p.m. The Light Factory, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

Jan. 24

Tai Chi with Rob Bruce at the Lawrence House:

Two discounted 5-week sessions, or drop in for $15/session. Please pre-register. 10 a.m. $60 for 5-week session. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com

The Basics on Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: A Free Workshop:

How can you tell if a loved one has Alzheimer's disease or something else? Get answers at a free workshop from the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter and The Ivey, the adult day care center in SouthPark. Pre-registration is requested; call 704-909-2070. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free. The Ivey Adult Day Services, 6030 Park S Dr. 704-909-2070. www.theivey.com

Jan. 25

Assistance League of Charlotte Membership Meeting:

General membership meeting open to people interested in making a difference. Assistance League of Charlotte is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that supports community-based philanthropic programs. 9:30 a.m. Free. Contact: Pat Runnels. Assistance League of Charlotte, 3600 S. Tryon St. 704-525-5228. www.charlotte.assistanceleague.org

Sierra Club Meeting with John Autry:

John Autry, City Council District 5 representative and new city environment committee chair, will speak at the meeting of the Central Piedmont Group of Sierra Club. Representative Autry will review the state of the environment in Charlotte. 7 p.m. Free. www.charlottesierraclub.org. Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte.

Literary Reading:

Davidson College invites the public to a reading by author Thomas Mallon, who is on campus this semester as the college's McGee visiting professor of writing. Mallon's eight works of fiction include the forthcoming "Watergate: A Novel." He has also written six books of nonfiction including "A Book of One's Own." Alvarez College Union, Smith 900 Room. 7:30 p.m. Davidson College's Alvarez College Union, Faculty Dr, Davidson. 704-894-2254.

Jan. 26

Charlotte Christian School Open House:

Charlotte Christian School will host an admissions open house at 7 p.m. for parents. The event will be held in the Flenniken Dining Hall on campus at Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Rd. 704-366-5657. www.charlottechristian.com

School Choice Week - North Carolina:

School Choice takes center stage during a week celebrating all educational options. 7:30 p.m. www.schoolchoiceweek.com. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd. Speaker Dick Morris.

Jan. 27

Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show:

Roger Hazard, TV's original home stager and host of "Sell This House" on A&E, will conduct seminars along with other experts. 2 p.m. Jan. 27; 10 a.m. Jan. 28; 11 a.m. Jan. 29. $7 (16 and under free). $1 off admission for military and seniors. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 999 N.C. 49, Concord. 704-920-3976. www.charlottehomeandlandscapeshow.com/

Jan. 28

231st Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford in Huntersville:

Celebrate the 231st anniversary of the Battle of Cowan's Ford with a service at 10 a.m. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville. Outdoor wreath presentations follow, with dignitaries with the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville. www.mecklenburgsar.org

Groundhogs, Whistle Pigs, & Woodchucks

Are they called groundhogs or woodchucks; land beavers or whistle pigs? Registration required by Jan. 26 at www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. 10 a.m. $2. North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Rd., Concord. 704-782-5603.

Wonderful and Wild Winter: An Open Classroom Experience:

Drop by and explore winter. Discover how wildlife survive the cold, learn about snowflakes, participate in a scavenger hunt and more. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages free. 3-4 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 704-598-8857. www.charmeck.org/

Charlotte Copperheads vs. Hershey Haymakers:

7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. $13 - $48. Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.bojanglescoliseum.com

Climate Change and North Carolina:

Join a naturalist discussing what climate change is and how it affects wildlife in North Carolina. Optional hike follows. Call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 12 and up. Free. 10 a.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. www.parkandrec.com.

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