ConcordElite Eight: Concord has advanced to the next round in the N.C. League of Municipalities’ “Hometown Showdown” bracket contest.More than 60 towns have entered the Facebook contest, but the location with the most “likes” will win. A series of matchups will take place until the NCAA men’s basketball championship on April 7.Voting began Feb. 24. Concord beat Chapel Hill in the first round and Belmont in the second. For details or to get involved, visit www.facebook.com/NCLeague.
Cabarrus Helping those in need: Afton Ridge and Concord Mills Chick-fil-A stores recently ran a “Buy A Sandwich, Give a Meal” promotion.For every chicken sandwich purchased in the drive-thru, the stores donated a voucher for a chicken sandwich meal to Cooperative Christian Ministry. Nearly 640 sandwiches were purchased, and the stores rounded the total of vouchers to 650. CCM will distribute the vouchers through its shelter and housing programs, as well as its food ministry programs.
Cornelius Auditions for ‘Alice’: Activate Community Through Theatre will host auditions for “Alice in Wonderland” 10 a.m.-noon March 29 at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Audition are open to ages 8-18. Bring a picture and resume, or a snapshot and summary of experience. Performances of the audience-participation play will be 1 and 4 p.m. May 10 and 17. $100 to participate. Details: Wrenn Goodrum at 704-707-6757 or www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com.
Kannapolis Grants available: The deadline to apply for a community development block grant is 5 p.m. March 31. Kannapolis will allocate $50,000 to one or two organizations. Applications will only be accepted from nonprofit agencies that provide direct services to the homeless or aid in the prevention of homelessness, or agencies focusing on job creation or employment services. Details: Sherry Gordon at email@example.com or 704-920-4332. Lukas Johnson