Cabarrus news

Hayrides for MS: The fourth annual Hayrides for MS charity event will be held 4-7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Poppy’s Field of Fun, 4100 Cochran Road in Concord.

Hosted by Team Sister Act Repeat, the community event benefits the 50 Mile Challenge Walk held in February to serve more than 60,000 people living with MS in the area. Last year’s Challenge Walk raised more than $600,000.

Concessions, a bake sale and face painting will be available.

Children also will enjoy the Hay Critters that feature a puppy, bear, skeleton and minions made out of hay bales and displayed along Pitts School Road SW.

For more information, visit

Library events: The Concord Library at 27 Union St. will offer several events in October.

▪ “Special Effects Make Up 101” will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Meeting Room. Makeup artist Megan Grant will share her experiences and teach participants to create cosmetic special effects. Details: 704-920-2059.

▪ “Basic Computers” will be offered at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Meeting Room. Participants will learn the parts of a computer, practice mouse skills, create documents and learn about programs. Space is limited. To register, call 704-920-2054.

▪ Children ages 8-12 are invited to join the Star Wars Reading Rebels at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Children’s Program Room. Read any “Star Wars” graphic novel and enjoy making costume crafts and navigating an obstacle course. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ “Intro to the Internet” will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Meeting Room. Learn to surf the Web and stay safe online. Basic computer skills are required. To register, call 704-920-2054.

▪ The Otaku Club will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Auditorium to watch anime and discuss Japanese culture, history and mythology. For information, call Paula at 704-920-2055.

▪ “Not-So-Spooky Preschool Story Time” will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 in the Children’s Room. Children also can make a spider hat to wear home. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Gather around the library campfire for Creepy Campfire Tales at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids ages 5-12 are invited for the spine tingling tales. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Drop-in Tech Time will be offered 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 in the Meeting Room. Learn to navigate your smartphone, tablet or laptop and get answers to specific questions. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ David Baxter from “Cabarrus County This Week” will present a special creepy story time for kids 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30 in front of the library. The story time will be held in conjunction will Downtown Concord’s annual Candy Crawl Halloween event. Costumes are encouraged. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Laughter Yoga will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Auditorium. Vinyasa yoga instructor Vanessa Helms will teach a fun introductory laughter yoga class, which includes laughing games while standing, sitting and lying down. No mats are required and physically challenged students may sit in a chair. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ The Comic Collective will present “The History of Superman” with comic book historian and local legend Michael Eury at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Meeting Room. Cosplay is welcomed and encouraged. Details: 704-920-2055.

▪ The DIBS Book Discussion will talk about “Bluebeard’s Egg: Stories by Margaret Atwood,” at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Meeting Room. Details: 704-920-2053.

▪ A Teen Writing Workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Meeting Room. Bring in your NaNoWriMo project or start one with the group’s plot generator. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ Start Your Own Virtual Family Tree will be offered at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Meeting Room. Participants will learn to create, edit and share family trees via the Internet. Details: 704-920-2061 or

▪ Children are invited to attend “So You Think You Could Be a Brave Viking?” story time at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids will read “How to Be a Viking” by Cressida Cowell, listen to other Viking stories and make their own Viking cuff. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ An “Alice in Wonderland” celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Auditorium with activities, crafts and a tea party. Details: 704-920-2058.

▪ Learn to Homebrew Day will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Auditorium. Learn to brew craft beer with the Cabarrus Homebrewers Society. Details: 704-920-2054.

▪ “Solve the Mystery with DNA” will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Auditorium. Katherine Benbow will discuss the three types of DNA tests used in genealogy and will demonstrate how DNA testing can help adopted children find their biological families. A question-and-answer session will follow. Details: 704-920-2061,

Pumpkin Prowl: Kids ages 2-5 are invited to participate in Halloween games, activities and arts and crafts at the Pumpkin Prowl 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Hartsell Recreation Center. The event is sponsored by the city of Concord.

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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 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 in how to exit a smoky structure quickly and safely.

Homeschool 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.

Concord High band host 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, email Jennifer Shatley at For additional information, visit

Black-and-white photography exhibit: The Cabarrus Art Guild will display a Black and White Photography Exhibit through November in its Street Level Gallery, 11 Union St. in 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.

Concord kicks off United Way campaign: The city of Concord’s employee-led campaign to benefit the United Way of Central Carolinas will include two events open to the community.

A Pancake Breakfast will be held 6-9:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Brown Operations Center, 850 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. in Concord. Each $5 plate includes two pancakes and a sausage patty. Dine-in and to-go options are available, as well as dine-in. For more information, call Rita Ellison at 704-920-5265.

The fourth annual United Way Kickball Tournament returns Nov. 14-15 at WW Flowe Park. Registration is $110 per team and is available through Nov. 6. All teams will be co-ed and open to ages 16 and older. To register, visit or visit the Academy Recreation Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Details: or 704-920-5618.

Last year, the city of Concord’s United Way campaign raised more than $26,000 for local agencies.

Register for 5 Alarm 5K: Registration is underway for the 5 Alarm 5K on Nov. 7 in Historic Downtown Concord. Sponsored by Concord Parks and Recreation, the race will begin and end on Means Avenue beside the Historic Courthouse with routes on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector Greenway.

Awards will be given to the fastest male and female, fire, police, EMS or military personnel.

Early registration is $15 through Oct. 30 at

Church barbecue: The Youth Ministry at St. Stephens Wesleyan Church at Georgeville, 7601 Brusharbor Road in Concord, will hold its annual Barbecue Sale 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

Dine-in and take-out is available. Plates include barbecue, slaw, baked beans, chips, bread, dessert and a drink for $8 adults, $6 children. Sandwiches only are $4 and barbecue by the pound is $9. Homemade baked goods will be for sale.

For information, call 704-782-6677 before the sale or 704-723-1143 the day of the sale.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley