ConcordRural hunger: Employees from the Kannapolis Monsanto Site were scheduled to volunteer Dec. 7 at Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte to raise awareness about rural hunger in America. More than 15 percent of rural households are food-insecure, according to Feeding America. That amounts to 3 million households in the very communities where much of the world’s food supply is raised. In Kannapolis, the site is also hosting a virtual food drive with colleagues from the North Carolina Research Campus. To donate, visit www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/giveabit/Intro.aspx, click on “Donate Now” and enter the code “MON12-EK28” Concord 101 grads: The Concord 101 class of 2012 was recognized Nov. 27 with a graduation ceremony at Fire Station No. 9. The 28 participants made this class the program’s largest to date. Concord 101 is designed to inform residents about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday nights and learned about what it takes to run city services, such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation and more. The next free 13-week class will begin in fall 2013; applications will be available in May. For information, call 704-920-5215 or visit concordnc.gov.
Kannapolis A “Geektastic” Christmas: The Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library will host a free Christmas ornament extravaganza at 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Participants will make ornaments from recycled materials such as old books and puzzle pieces. Participants will leave with many ornaments to take home and use to decorate the tree. All supplies will be provided. Ages 12 and older. 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. It’s open to the public. Details: 704-920-1180.