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Patriotic choral concert: The Piedmont Choral Society featuring community singers will kick off its 12th annual series of patriotic concerts at 7 p.m. June 25 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union Street North in Concord. Offerings at the free concert will benefit Cooperative Christian Ministry Crisis Center.

Repeat performances will be held at 7 p.m. June 26 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St. in Kannapolis and at 3 p.m. June 28 at First Baptist Church, 200 Branchview Drive in Concord.

The patriotic concerts feature familiar songs and audience participation. All military personnel, both active and veteran, and their families are recognized at the shows. Since the series began in 2004, the society has raised nearly $25,000 for local organizations.

Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. For information, call 704-699-6053 or email

Upcoming library program: The children’s, teen and adult Summer Reading Programs at the Concord Library begin June 15.

This year’s children’s program theme is Every Hero Has a Story, while the teen program theme is Unmask! Escape the Ordinary is the adult Summer Reading Program theme.

Upcoming programs include:

“Unmask!: Myths Busted” at 4 p.m. June 15 in the Meeting Room. Teens will explore questions such as “Could a penny dropped from the Empire State Building kill someone below?” Hands-on experiments and an exploration of freaky facts will be coupled with individual work to make a speaker from everyday recyclables. Teens with a smart phone or MP3 player can bring it to test the homemade speakers. Details: 704-920-2054.

Escape the Ordinary: Yoga at 6:30 p.m. June 16 in the Auditorium. Joanna Dudley will present an introductory yoga session. Mats will be provided. Registration is required by calling 704-920-2054.

Big Bang Boom: 3 p.m. June 17 in the Auditorium. Join the library for live music by this rockin’ trio of dads dedicated to creating music for both kids and parents. Details: 704-920-2058.

Local History/Lore: 6 p.m. June 17 and 11 a.m. June 20 in the Local History Room. Learn what resources are available in the Local History Room, including books, vertical files, microfilm and more. Details: 704-920-2061 or

Every Hero Has a Story: Spectacular Sidekicks: 3 p.m. June 18, Children’s Program Room. Kids ages 5-12 will celebrate sidekicks, the often-overlooked heroes, with books and activities. Participants will think about sidekicks in new ways and experience themselves as part of a superhero/sidekick duo. Details: 704-920-2058.

Minecraft: 5 p.m. June 18, Meeting Room. Join in the fun and create wonders in Minecraft’s exciting creative mode. Open to experienced players of all ages. Details: 704-920-2053.

Escape the Ordinary: Bellydancing: 6 p.m. June 22, Auditorium. Join dancers from Queens of D’Nile Studio for a free bellydancing session. Free and open to the public. Details: 704-920-2054.

‘Jack Tales:’ 3 p.m. June 24, Auditorium. Rags to Riches theater group will present this interactive play for children. Details: 704-920-2058.

Film screening: 5 p.m. June 24, Auditorium. Enjoy “Divergent,” a science fiction film rated PG-13 from 2014 starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James based on a novel by Veronica Roth. Free admission, refreshments and activities. Details: 704-920-2050.

Tricks, Trolls and Tiaras: 3 p.m. June 25, Children’s Program Room. Children ages 5-12 will explore fairy tales, play a guessing game, make a paper hat and write a silly and heroic tale of their own. Details: 704-920-2058.

BeTWEEN the Lines: 4:30 p.m. June 25, Children’s Program Room. Students ages 10-12 who have read any book in the Joshua Dread series by Lee Bacon can join the group for a super activity and book discussion. Details: 704-920-2058.

Teen advisory board meeting: 5:30 p.m. June 25, Meeting Room. Teens who want to have their voice hear in the community, develop leadership skills and make new friends can attend an interest meeting about creating a Teen Advisory Board. Details: 704-920-2050.

Comic Collective: 4 p.m. June 27, Meeting Room. This teen book club focused on comic books, manga and graphic novels will discuss “Mouse Guard: Winter 1152” and “Maximum Ride Vol. 1.” Details: 704-920-2052.

For information, call the library at 704-920-2050. Compiled by Leigh Pressley