Cabarrus/University City news

Shana Tucker will appear Nov. 7 at the Davis Theatre, in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse at 65 Union St. S. in Concord.
Shana Tucker will appear Nov. 7 at the Davis Theatre, in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse at 65 Union St. S. in Concord. COURTESY OF CABARRUS ARTS COUNCIL

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Speedway Children’s Charities: The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities recently raised more than $70,000 through the second annual NRA Foundation “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament presented by Sonic Automotive.

Thirty-one teams participated in the golf tournament at Ballantyne Resort. Lowe’s Home Improvement provided gift card prizes, and G-Force supplied racing helmet trophies.

A portion of proceeds will also support the children of wounded or fallen military members as a part of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

The local chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities also generated more than $400,000 in May through its annual black tie Sonic Automotive Speedway Motorsports Inc. Speedway Children’s Charities Gala.

City plants trees: Cannon Boulevard, the busiest commercial street in Kannapolis, is getting a fresh new look with the planting of 76 crape myrtle trees. The planting is the latest phase of the Corridor Appearance Improvement Program for Cannon Boulevard.

The trees will be planted in six grass medians along Cannon Boulevard, from Utah Street to Willow Drive. Now in its second year, the Corridor Appearance Improvement Program began with crape myrtles planted in the median near Carolina Memorial Park Cemetery on Cannon Boulevard.

The city of Kannapolis also provided matching grants to three businesses along Cannon Boulevard, including Habitat for Humanity, Ben Mynatt PreOwned and BYB Auto. All three businesses recently completed beautification projects on their properties.

Business owners along Cannon Boulevard who are interested in participating in the next phase of the Corridor Appearance Improvement Program should contact Irene Sacks, director of economic and community development, at or call 704-920-4300.

Painting camp for kids: Kannapolis Parks and Recreation will offer youth summer painting camps at Village Park in July and August. Each day camp is $25.

Children ages 6-15 can explore their artistic abilities, try different art techniques and make new friends. Materials are included.

To register, visit or in person at Village Park.

Book discussion: DIBS – Concord Book Discussion will meet at 6 p.m. July 7 in the meeting room of the Concord Library. They will be discussing “Read My Pins” by Madeline Albright. Registration requested. Call Derrick at 704-920-2053 to register.

Special events at library: The Concord Public Library, 27 Union St., will hold several special programs in July.

▪ The Red Herring Puppets will present “Little One-Inch” at 3 p.m. July 8 in the Auditorium. The Japanese fairy tale centers on a tiny boy who embarks on a huge adventure. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Children ages 5-12 can enjoy “Every Hero Has a Story: Superhero Training Camp” at 3 p.m. July 9 in the Children’s Program Room. Participants will complete superhero training activities, read superhero books and make a superhero light signal. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Learn the basics of babysitting at “Unmask: Babysitting Basics” at 3 p.m. July 9 in the Auditorium. Potential babysitters will learn to handle emergencies, care-giving skills and how to make healthy snacks. Participants will earn a certificate of completion and assemble a “Sitter’s Sack” full of goodies to use on their first job. Registration is required. Details: 704-920-2053.

Recreational programs: Kannapolis Parks and Recreation will offer several fitness programs this summer.

▪ The Couch to 5K (C25K) program will train participants for a 5K over eight weeks. Classes will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 17-Oct. 7 at Village Park. Nutrition, fitness lessons and tips on how to buy running shoes also will be covered by Certified Running Coach Tabelech Shipp. Cost is $35. Details: Laura Evans, 704-920-4346 or

▪ Older adults and those looking for a modified Zumba class can try Zumba Gold, a lower-intensity version of the choreography class that incorporates cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance. Jamie Banks and Pat Jose will teach the class 10-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Village Park program room at 700 West C St. in Kannapolis. Cost is $3 per class.

▪ Zumba in the Park will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Village Park program room at 700 West C St. in Kannapolis. No registration is required.

Davis Theatre announces season: Tickets for the Davis Theatre’s music-filled 2015-16 season will go on sale July 1. Operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council, the Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse at 65 Union St. S in Concord.

The theater’s On Stage at the Davis series will open with Grammy-winner Paula Cole on Oct. 2, followed by Shana Tucker with chambersoul and cello on Nov. 7, blues musician Eric Bibb on Jan. 16, Americana performers Mountain Heart on Feb. 19, Della Mae with roots music on March 12, and Barrage 8 with sonic strings on April 10.

Also included in the lineup are a holiday bluegrass show by the Claire Lynch Band on Dec. 5, three evenings of the Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show and a performance by Concord singer-songwriter Jim Avett.

Tickets range from $16 to $48 per show and are available at, by phone at 704-920-2753 or in person at the Davis Theatre Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call the Arts Council at 704-920-2753.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley