Cabarrus County news

Music, fall festival: The Americana-inspired music of Asheville female trio Underhill Rose will headline the Rockin’ the Burg Fall Concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 on the Harrisburg Town Hall lawn.

Local restaurants including Hawthorne’s Pizza and food trucks including Tin Kitchen, Roman’s Delicious Dogs and Icy Treats will offer food and beverages.

An interactive community art project will be led by Harrisburg Parks & Recreation. Accomplished artists, aspiring artists and everyone in between can participate in painting the first in a series of acrylic murals highlighting Harrisburg's history and landmarks. Andrew Sowle, a former Cabarrus County high school art teacher and owner of Concord’s Sundae Art Gallery, will create mural templates. Completed murals will be displayed in Town Hall's Municipal Complex and be featured on the town website.

Youth soccer challenge: The Knights of Columbus Council 7450 will hold a Youth Soccer Challenge at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. James the Greater Church, 139 Manor Ave. SW in Concord. The event was rescheduled from Sept. 26.

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.

Harrisburg Fall Festival: The Harrisburg YMCA will sponsor its annual Harrisburg Fall Festival 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Veterans Park at Town Hall.

Games, vendors, music, prizes, bounce houses and refreshments will be available. All games and bounce houses are free. There is a small fee for food and refreshments.

For more information, contact Mandie Condie at 704-454-7800, ext. 323 or

Fire Education Day: The Harrisburg Fire Department will hold Fire Education Day for non-public school students 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Providence Baptist Church, 5315 N.C. 49 South.

Firefighters will demonstrate fire truck equipment and the gear they use daily in protecting the community. The department’s smoke simulation trailer will help students recognize the sound of a smoke detector and react appropriately while exiting a smoky structure quickly and safely.

Homeschooled students can attend by emailing Capt. Jack Gonzalez at with the student’s name, age and address.

For more information, call the Harrisburg Fire Department at 704-455-3574.

Band Alumni Night: The Concord High School Spider Band Alumni Association will host Alumni Night and a Re-Dedication of the CHS Band Room to Ray Landreth at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the band room.

All Concord High band alumni, their families and alumni parents are welcome to attend. Alumni also are invited to join the band in the stands to play during the games.

To register or for more information, contact Jennifer Shatley at For additional information, visit

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

▪ Drop-in Tech Time will be held 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 in the Meeting Room. Participants can drop in to ask specific questions about navigating smartphones, tablets or laptops. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ Gather around the library campfire for Creepy Campfire Tales at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 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.

▪ The DIBS Book Discussion will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Meeting Room. This month’s selection is “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. Details: 704-920-2053.

▪ Signing Toddler Story Time will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 7 in the Children’s Program Room. Kristin Smith, a licensed American Sign Language interpreter, will teach basic signs for children and parents to use together and will sign along to stories and activities. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Motion Commotion for ages 5-12 will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Children’s Program Room. Sponsored by 4H, the program will combine a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigates the factors of motion. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Children ages 5-12 are invited to attend “I Survived!” at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Children’s Program Room. This month's selection is “I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916” by Lauren Tarshis or any other book about sharks or shark attacks. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ The Teen Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Meeting Room. Participants can develop leadership skills, express their opinions and make new friends. Details: 704-920-2055.

▪ Children can enjoy Star Wars Reads Day on Oct. 10. Drop by the Children’s Room for a Star Wars themed scavenger hunt and other fun Star Wars activities. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Learn about Volunteer Opportunities at the library at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and 2 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Meeting Room. General duties include shelving, collection management and other administrative tasks. Volunteers must be 13 or older, complete an application and attend an orientation date. Details: 704-920-2051 or

▪ Scrapbooking with Debbie will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Auditorium. Scrapbooking expert Debbie Galeano will lead the session and help participants with a small make-and-take project. Admission is free and the program is open to all ages. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ Fairy Tales for ages 5-12 will be told at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Children’s Program Room. Children will make a Craft Stick Fairy and listen to fairy tales. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ The What Happened Historical Book Discussion will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Meeting Room to discuss “The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America” by James T. Patterson. Registration is required by calling 704-920-2054.

▪ Creators of Cool: Renaissance Arts for ages 7-12 will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Children’s Program Room. Students can travel back to the Renaissance to explore famous art and the life of knights, make a Renaissance wreath of helmet, play games and create a stained glass art project. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ The Teen Writing Group will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Meeting Room. Teens can meet other creative minds to discuss writing, exchange ideas and write together. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ “Ben Franklin: Man of Science” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Meet Ben Franklin and learn about his greatest scientific achievements and other accomplishments with actor Rich Davis. Details: 704-920-2058.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley