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Cabarrus County 4-H is sponsoring a food drive, "Plenty for the Table," Monday through Oct. 22, to help client families of the Cooperative Christian Ministry with Thanksgiving meals. Items sought are instant potatoes, canned vegetables and stuffing. Drop them off at the Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Office, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord.
Enter your best chili recipe in the hot or mild divisions of the second annual Chili Cook-Off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Afton Ridge shopping center, off Interstate 85 Exit 54. The entry fee is $20. Tickets are $5. All proceeds support the Cabarrus County Burned Children Fund. Details: Shane Pethel, 704-920-4261; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children can learn safety through fun activities and demonstrations at a free Child Safety Day 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Kannapolis Middle School, 1445 Oakwood Ave. It will have fingerprinting, a police talk about "stranger danger," a fire safety talk by firefightersr, a self-defense demonstration and more. It's an Eagle project by Boy Scout Matthew Price of Troop 16.
Ceramic works by Roy and Barbara Strassberg is on exhibit through Oct. 29 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.
More than 55 potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, wood turners and mixed-media artists will exhibit and sell their wares at the Ahlara Art Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Ahlara International, 155 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville.
Leaf collection will begin Oct. 18 and 19. Place unbagged leaves on the curb.
Dress in your favorite costume for Trunk or Treat at Rehobeth United Methodist Church's free fall festival 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Connor Recreation Center, 4054 McGee Point Road, Terrell. It also will have games, prizes, hot dogs and inflatables. 828-478- 2518; www.rehobethumc.org.