Youth soccer challenge: The Knights of Columbus Council 7450 will hold a Youth Soccer Challenge at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 at St. James the Greater Church, 139 Manor Ave. S.W., Concord.
The event is open to boys and girls ages 9-14 and is free for participants. Registration will be held the day of the event. A parent or adult must bring proof of age for participating children and sign a waiver for their child to play.
For information, contact Carl Hults at 607-742-2934.
Kaleidoscope Festival returns: The Downtown Kannapolis Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and Food Truck Rally will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 along West Avenue.
Dancers, musicians, painters, authors, potters, craftsmen, poets, clowns, jugglers and other artists will participate in the family friendly street festival. Food trucks also will be set up to purchase concessions.
Admission is free. Artists also can participate for free, but must register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car show: The Friends of the Midland Library will sponsor the first Auto-Biography Car Show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Central Cabarrus High School, 505 N.C. 49 in Concord.
Registration will begin 7:30 a.m., followed by judging at 11 a.m. and awards 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place in each class, along with Best of Show and Friends of the Library pick.
Entry fee is $25 on the day of the show. The first 50 vehicles registered will receive a T-shirt and dash plaque.
In addition to cars, the show also will include DJ on a Dime, a 50 /50 raffle, a Creeper Race and Automotive Trivia.
For information, call Margaret at 704-781-7057.
Youth painting: Local children are invited to participate in Youth Painting 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Village Park.
Lori Burroughs will lead the painting class. Cost is $25 per person.
For information, contact the Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department at 704-920-4343, email email@example.com or visit www.kannapolisnc.gov.
Choral group: Capella Concord will hold a free concert 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Concord.
Donations will be accepted for Gracious Greens, a program in which church members grow nutritious greens for local nonprofits to feed the hungry. Church members plant, harvest and deliver the collards, kale, mustard greens and Swiss chard to charitable organizations that serve meals and provide groceries for people in need. Elizabeth Ann Dover of Dover Vineyards donates the land for Gracious Greens and supervises the church members’ work. The first three gardens yielded a harvest of one ton of greens.
Five nonprofits received greens from the first harvest of Gracious Greens: Cooperative Christian Ministry, Opportunity House, First Assembly Food Distribution Center, Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, and the Evangel Worship Center.
Capella Concord is a new group of 16 to 20 auditioned singers who perform sacred and secular choral music without accompaniment and without a traditional conductor.
For information, contact the church at 704-788-2100.
Upcoming library events: The Concord Public Library at 27 Union St. North will hold several free events in the coming weeks.
▪ 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 & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ 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.
▪ Drop-in Tech Time will be held 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 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. 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.
▪ 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.
▪ Basic Computers will be taught at 6 p.m. Sept.28 in the Meeting Room. Participants will learn parts of a computer, practice mouse skills, learn about programs and create documents. Registration is required by calling 704-920-2054.
▪ Introduction to Microsoft Word will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 in the Meeting Room. Learn the basics of word processing, including creating and enhancing documents. To register, call 704-920-2054.
▪ Star Wars Reading Rebels will be offered for ages 8-12 at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Children’s Program Room. A first in a series of Star Wars events, this session will include making origami characters, playing Star Wars games and discussing “The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda.” Details: 704-920-2058.
▪ Test your survival skills in the Swiss Family Robinson version of Minecraft at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Auditorium. Registration begins Sept. 22 by calling 704-920-2054.
▪ Gather around the library campfire for Creepy Campfire Tales at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids ages 5-12 are invited for the spine tingling tales every Friday in October. Details: 704-920-2058.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley