Briefly, Nov. 20
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Briefly, Nov. 20


Christmas play: Tickets are on sale for the Old Courthouse Theatre’s production of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a new, playful holiday adventure by Ken Ludwig. Performances are at the theater, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord, scheduled at 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7, 13-14 and 20-21 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21. It’s rated PG and is directed by Craig Spradley. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for age 60 and older, or students with ID; and $10 for age 12 and younger. For tickets call 704-788-2405. For more information, visit or email

Cabarrus County

Tourism board: The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau has named its board of directors for fiscal 2013-14: Ray Soporowski, Concord Mills, chairman; Jennifer Parsley, AIM Tours, secretary; William Rienks, Embassy Suites, treasurer; Ken Broom, Great Wolf Lodge; Mike Downs, Cabarrus County Manager; Joel Griffin, Griffin Stafford Management; Jessica Fickenscher, Speedway Motorsports; Concord Mayor Scott Padgett; Vinay Patel, SREE Hotels; Frank Lapsley, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center; Tammy Trexler Whaley, Duke Energy Carolinas; and Cabarrus County Commissioner Liz Poole.

Christmas gifts for needy kids: The Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Kannapolis branch of the Cannon Memorial YMCA are organizing the Empty Stocking Fund in Cabarrus County, their annual effort to provide gifts to children in need and help with their families’ heating costs. The campaign includes the Adopt-A-Family program, in which families with demonstrated needs make wish lists for the holidays (from gifts for their children to groceries and more) that are fulfilled by local residents. To adopt a family for the Christmas season, contact Lorie Williams at 704-490-4245 or You can also write a check to CCM with “Empty Stocking Fund” in the memo line and mail it to CCM, P.O. Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026-1717.

Free veterans job fair: RecruitMilitary Career Fair–Charlotte 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord, is for veterans and their spouses. Register in advance at Among companies attending will be Norfolk Southern Corp., Chesapeake Energy Drilling Division, Bank of America, MasTec Network Solutions, First Command Financial Planning and State Farm.


Locate typhoon families: Local residents with family members in the Philippines who haven’t been heard from since Typhoon Haiyan struck the island nation Nov. 8 can ask the American Red Cross-Carolina Piedmont Region to begin a tracing inquiry. If you’re concerned about a missing family member there and have made several unsuccessful attempts to reach them, go to 167 Union St. S., Concord or call 704-782-9022 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. People seeking information about loved ones who are U.S. nationals should call the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens, at 888-407-4747. To donate financially to relief efforts, visit, call 800-733-2767, or call Marisa Wilson at the Cabarrus chapter, 704-347-8229.

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