ConcordObserver speaker: The Concord Friends of the Library invites everyone to its annual meeting and volunteer recognition event at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N. It’s free and open to the public. Veteran Charlotte Observer writer Dannye Romine Powell will speak. Everyone is invited to help recognize library volunteers. “The Graduate”: The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord, will present a free reading of “The Graduate,” by Terry Johnson, at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the theater. It’s based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. This reading is rated PG-13. In the 1960s hit movie, Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home and has an affair with the wife of his father’s business partner, one Mrs. Robinson, but soon falls in love with her daughter, Elaine. Details: visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kannapolis Whither manufacturing? Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a new seminar and networking event, “Manufacturing 2014 and Beyond,” at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at the R3 Career Center, 200 West Ave., Kannapolis. The seminar will seek to clarify what manufacturing will look like in 2014, said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services. A panel of well-known area manufacturing leaders will answer questions about how their workforce is changing. Networking hour; information about training opportunities. Call 704-216-7201 to confirm attendance.