• Marcus Hamilton, who draws the daily “Dennis the Menace” comic strip, will present a free talk about his work at the Arts Council Galleries on Thursday. Hamilton’s talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre at 65 Union St. S., Concord. It is co-sponsored by the Arts Council Galleries and the Cabarrus Art Guild.
An exhibition of Hamilton’s work, “Illustrating: A Career and Drawing Dennis,” is on display at the Arts Council Galleries through Aug. 28.
Also showing through Aug. 28 is Raw Talent III, a juried exhibition of works by advanced high school and college students; Domestications, works by Raw Talent II winner Molly Kraus of Boston University; recent works by en plein air artist Bob Brown; and photographs by News and Observer photojournalist Gene Furr.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Group tours can be arranged at other times by appointment. For more information, call 704-920-ARTS or visit www. CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
• The Astronomical Society of Rowan County will meet Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. at the home of Ralph and Alice Deal, 1920 Deal Road, Mooresville. The club will talk about the upcoming Star Party at Frank Liske Park Aug. 30 from 4-10 p.m. Weather permitting, the club will be doing some stargazing at the regular meeting, as well.
For more information, contact Ralph Deal at 704-855-1591, or Alice Deal at 704-857-2788. Visit the club’s Web site at www.astrowan.org.
• Fun science classes held on Mondays beginning Aug. 25, 12-1:30 p.m., taught by Melody Wilkes, naturalist, from “A Walk in the Woods,” Environmental Education Co., eight weeks of 90-minute, hands-on wildlife workshops for kids ages 7 and up. N.C. Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord.
Cost is $85 per student.
Each museum-based program consists of hands-on items with rare and endangered artifacts from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, interactive educational displays, a slide show presentation and live animal demonstrations with selected animals for touching.
For more information, contact Wilkes at 704-436-9048 or visit www.awalkin thewoods.us.
To register call Cynthia Brown or Heather Jones at 704-920-3310 or go to www.cabarrus county.us/ReservePartner/?c= Common/Home. Deadline to register is Aug. 20.
• The Cabarrus County Democratic Party will have a precinct meeting for Democrats who vote in precinct 12-04 (Concord High School).
It will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., at 166 Church St., Concord (Cabarrus County Democratic Headquarters).
Please call 704-788-8383 for more information.