The Week Ahead: December 8-14


Football in prime time: The Carolina Panthers host "Monday Night Football" in a huge game against NFC rival Tampa Bay. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.


New on DVD: Among the new titles hitting stores today are "The Dark Knight," "Lost: The Complete Fourth Season" and "Horton Hears a Who!"

Strike up the band(s): The Northwestern High School Bands will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Northwestern auditorium. The tradition has been to accept donations to the Rock Hill Empty Stocking Fund in lieu of admission. Both of the concert bands and various small ensembles will present traditional and Christmas music. In addition, the 4A State Champion Purple Regiment will present a curtain call performance of "Reflections on the Thames." Representatives from Western Carolina University will be on hand to present the Chancellors Cup to Northwestern for being crowned the Grand Champion at the Tournament of Champions in October.


Music for those in need: Musicians for Friends In Need will hold a benefit concert, "Christmas in Dixie II," at 7 p.m. at the Sylvia Theatre in downtown York. Admission is $10. The concert will feature local musicians. Tickets may be purchased at Old Master Golf Shop, The Garden Cafe, Green Dragon, The Coal Yard, Bryan's Bistro and Hummingbird Forest Flower Shop. All proceeds will go to provide a Christmas for foster children who are being served through the York County Department of Social Services. Details, contact Jimmy Gladden, 803-517-1673, or e-mail jimgladden@bellsouth.net.


Let the lights shine: Need some Christmas cheer? The price of gas makes a road trip manageable, so head to McAdenville, N.C., and take a drive-through tour of the 52-year-old Christmas lights tradition featuring 500,000 green, red, and white lights on the houses and businesses of all the town's residents. The annual event runs nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 26.


At the movies: Among the new movies opening today is "The Day the Earth Stood Still" starring Keanu Reeves.


Light up the lake: The 20th annual "Lights on the Lake" boat parade will begin on Lake Wylie at 6:30 p.m. Boats should meet at the T-Bones on the Lake dock on S.C. 49 at 6 p.m. for lineup. The best place to view the parade is from the deck at T-Bones and the Buster Boyd Public Boat Landing and access area.

Early registration is $20, with a deadline of Thursday. Late and same-day registration is $25. For information, visit www.lakewyliesc.com.


Back on the field: The Carolina Panthers host the Denver Broncos at 4:15 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.