Festival vendors: The Concord Spring into Arts Festival committee is seeking applications for food vendors for the May 15 festival. Held by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation, the free festival on Union Street in downtown Concord showcases local artists' work, including paintings, pottery, basketry, wood crafting and more. The event will also feature music and children's activities. Nonprofits are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online. Details: 704-784-4208 or www.springintoarts.com.
Unemployment rises: Cabarrus County's unemployment rate increased to 13 percent in January, up from 12.1 percent in December, according to statistics released recently by the N.C. Employment Security Commission. The statewide unemployment rate was 11.1 percent in January and increased to 11.2 percent in February. For unemployment assistance, visit the Employment Security Commission's Cabarrus County office at 2275 Kannapolis Highway in Concord or call 704-786-3183.
School renaming: The Cabarrus County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the renaming of the old A.T. Allen Elementary School at the April 12 work session. The board held a public hearing on the issue March 8. Names submitted for consideration include the Allen Center, L. Don Hoyle Elementary/Preschool, L. D. Hoyle Elementary School and Mary Frances Wall Child Development Center.
Seeking applications: The Cabarrus County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council expects to receive $326,959 in funds for intervention and crime prevention services to delinquent or at-risk youth. Services needed include psychological evaluations, community service programs, mentoring, emergency shelter care and substance abuse treatment programs. Applications are available online and are due to the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office by 4 p.m. April 16. Details: 704-920-3157 or www.ncdjjdp.org/jcpc/policy.html.