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Operation Kidsafe: Operation Kidsafe, a digital fingerprint and photo safety program, will hold workshops 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4-7, 3-6 p.m. May 8 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9 at Zammitti Orthodontics, 10040 Edison Square Drive, Concord.

Parents can obtain a free child safety kit, including digital fingerprints and a photograph, along with safety tips and information on how to set up a family safety action plan.

Children 1 year old and older, as well as special needs adults, are encouraged to participate in the free event. No photographs or digital fingerprints are stored in a database.

No appointments are necessary. For information, call 866-962-5487.

Baseball salutes military: Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg hosted a military salute baseball game April 24 during its game against South Rowan. Proceeds benefited the Armed Forces Foundation.

The school raised money through T-shirts and raffles for Concord Speedpark passes, S&D Coffee baskets, an exotic car driving experience and a Richard Petty driving experience. Baseball players also asked friends and family to make pledges for hits made during the game.

Prior to the Hits for Heroes game, each Hickory Ridge High player went to their position on the field escorted by a veteran they chose to represent them. The team also wore camouflage jerseys to represent branches of the armed forces. Veterans also received free admission to the game.


Recycling award: Sharnelle Simpson with the city of Kannapolis recently received the Getting the Word Out: Sensational Outreach Award from the Carolina Recycling Association. She accepted the award during the organization’s annual conference and trade show March 25 in Myrtle Beach.

The Getting the Word Out: Sensational Outreach Award community education about waste reduction and recycling and programs that reach a diverse audience, use creative methods of communication and increase the public’s commitment to recycling.

Simpson works with schools, community groups, businesses and other city departments to increase awareness about recycling. She organizes roadside trash pickups with community groups and created the Kannapolis Stream Team to keep local streams and waterways free of trash. Simpson also publishes recycling content in the city’s monthly newsletter and works to increase recycling in low participating communities.

New stores at Concord Mills: Francesca’s Collections and an expanded Kay Jewelers Outlet will be the newest stores to open this summer at Concord Mills, the largest outlet center in the state. The store openings also coincide with the ongoing transformation of the property’s Food Court.

Francesca’s Collections will open in July next to the Food Court and across from Tommy Bahama Outlet. Featuring a rotating selection of trendy fashions for young women, Francesca’s chooses its clothing, accessories and gifts to replicate the latest styles from around the world.

The new Kay Jewelers Outlet will nearly double the size of its existing store. One of the largest and most well-known specialty jewelers in the country, Kay Jewelers is scheduled to open in July next to the Food Court and across from Carter’s.

Concord Mills is revamping its Food Court with new tenants. Dave & Buster’s, Firehouse Subs and Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza will remain open during the transition.

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Compiled by Leigh Pressley