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Applebee's on Concord Mills Boulevard will host a "Flapjack Fundraiser" Saturday with the Robinson Band Boosters. Breakfast is a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $7, available from Steve McKinney, 704-652-1318. Proceeds will benefit the marching band at Robinson High School in Concord.

You may already have experienced this, but a spokesman for Charlotte Motor Speedway noted that travelers along U.S. 29 or Bruton Smith Boulevard can continue to expect heavy traffic, as zMAX Dragway hosts the last day of the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. Heavy traffic is expected around Concord Mills mall because of the N.C. sales tax holiday weekend.


The Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Department is offering trips to several Carolinas attractions. Registration deadlines are coming up starting this week. Trips offered are to "Love Machine: the Musical" Aug. 31 at Greensboro's Barn Dinner Theater ($55; deadline is Friday); to Old Salem Sept. 23; to Autumn Jubilee at Dan Nicolas Park in Salisbury Oct. 2; to the Daniel Boon Inn & Mast General Store, Boone, Nov. 13; and to Christmas in Charleston Dec. 11. Details: 704-920-4343.


Free bicycle safety checks are available from 9 to 11 a.m. each Saturday in August at the Huntersville Farmer's Market, as part of the town's Bicycle Awareness Month activities.


The Summer Creates Exhibit! featuring the works of Community Arts Project summer camp students is on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays through Aug. 27 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.


The band Pushh will perform the town's next free Concert on the Green 6-9 p.m. Friday at Main Street and Davidson-Concord Road.


The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron will host a boating education class 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department, 1577 Mecklenburg Highway (N.C. 115). Register at

West Shore

The youth and children's ministry at Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell will host a back-to-school kickoff event, "Velocity: Youth Explosion!" at 6 p.m. Aug. 29. Admission is a $3 donation and includes food and drinks. 828-478-2518;