Cabarrus news

Photo exhibit: The Cabarrus Art Guild will display a black-and-white photography exhibit through November in its Street Level Gallery, 11 Union St., Concord.

Photographs are black and white, with a maximum of 10 percent color, and were taken by Art Guild members.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, visit or call 704-795-1901.

Book discussion: Authors Joyce and Jim Lavene will discuss their books and writing experience at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Kannapolis Public Library, 850 Mountain St.

The best-selling mystery and urban fantasy fiction authors write under their own names as well as J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. Together, they have published more than 70 novels and hundreds of nonfiction articles for national and regional publications.

The Lavenes, who live in rural North Carolina, will discuss their work, answer questions and sign books. Admission is free and the program is open to the public.

For more information, call 704-920-1180.

Safety Palooza: Safe Kids Cabarrus will hold the fourth annual Safety Palooza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at K-Mart on Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.

The event will feature local public safety agencies and a severe weather simulator, fire safety house, a shredding truck and activities to help keep kids safe, such as car seat checks. Enjoy raffle prizes, carnival games, police K-9 demos, live bands, entertainment and food. In addition, runners, walkers, and rollers can participate in the Candy Corn 5K.

Patrons who drop off expired and unused medications will receive a free raffle ticket.

Car show: The Kannapolis Police Department will sponsor a Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at 2830 S. Main St. in Kannapolis.

Proceeds will benefit the Police Department’s Cops Target Kids for Christmas Program in which officers take local children in need to shop for Christmas gifts at Target stores.

An Officer Pick and Best of Show trophy will be awarded in categories for pre-1950s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Rat Rod, Late Model Camaro and Late Model Mustang. One Top Pick of Show will be awarded.

Richard and Vicki Jordan will provide food and the trophies for the show. A 50-50 drawing also will be held.

Registration is $20 and includes a meal ticket for two people. For more information, contact Richard Jordan at 704-807-3276.

Cornhole tournament: The Harrisburg Business Network and Harrisburg Parks & Recreation will sponsor the fourth annual Bags in the Burg Cornhole Tournament and Market on Main on Sept. 26 at Veterans Park behind Harrisburg Town Hall, 4100 Main St.

Cabarrus County Schools will hold the Battle of the Bags Cornhole Invitational at 9 a.m. Competition open to the public will begin at 11 a.m. Vendors will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to register for the cornhole tournament. Local businesses and craft vendors are invited to participate in the fundraiser.

Proceeds will go to Joyful Hearts, a nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through social events and activities. Visit for details.

To register for the cornhole tournament or submit a vendor application, visit

Youth sports night with 49ers: Harrisburg residents and businesses are invited to Youth Sports Night when the UNCC 49ers take on the Temple Owls at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

A Harrisburg Pop Warner youth football team will scrimmage on the field during halftime of the nationally televised game.

Group and individual tickets are $20 per person and include game admission, a T-shirt and post-game field access for photos. Space is limited. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 19.

For more information, call the ticket office at 704-597-4849 or send orders to

Upcoming library events: The Concord Public Library at 27 Union St. North will hold several free events in the coming weeks.

▪ Laughter Yoga, which includes laughing games while standing, sitting and laying down, will be offered at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the auditorium. No mats are required. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ A Mammoth of a Story Time will be offered for ages 5-12 at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Children’s Program Room. Children will enjoy fun mammoth stories, activities and a craft. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Drop-in Tech Time will be held 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 and 25 in the meeting room. Participants can drop in to ask specific questions about navigating smartphones, tablets or laptops. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ Music & Movement, a new children’s program, will be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 and 25 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver can enjoy a fun and energetic program of dance, rhythm and music. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ “Dr. Who” fans can enjoy trivia games, crafts and fun at Dr. Who Day at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in the auditorium. Details: 704-920-2055.

▪ Introduction to OneClickdigital eAudiobooks will be taught at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in the meeting room. Participants will learn to download eAudiobooks and other ways to use OneClickdigital on tablets, smartphones and computers. Bring your device and learn how to get started. Registration is required by calling 704-920-2054.

▪ Artist John Dunlap will discuss his photography at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in the auditorium. Dunlap’s work includes hand-manipulated Polaroids, sepia, black and white and color photographs, as well as digital and film photos on themes such as nature, architecture, the ocean, flora and fauna, sports, travel and seasons. Admission is free. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ A class on Heritage Quest & Find-A-Grave will be offered at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in the meeting room. Participants will learn to navigate these sites to research ancestors and relatives. WiFi enabled devices are welcome for participants to follow along and do real-time searches. To register, call the History Room at 704-920-2061 or email

▪ Children ages 5-12 are invited to STEAM Explorers: Ramps and Motion at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Children’s Program Room. This new program explores science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, and will discuss the physics of motion through experiments with balls and cars on a wall of ramps. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ The Comic Collective for folks who enjoy comic books, manga or graphic novels will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 in the meeting room. Details: 704-920-2055. Compiled by Leigh Pressley