Community Notebook

A basic motorcycle rider course will be offered on multiple weekends this fall by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The classes are co-sponsored by the N.C. Motorcycle Safety Education Program and RideNow Powersports of Concord. The fee is $200. Motorcycles are provided for the classes.

Friday-Saturday classes will meet 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 17-18, Oct. 15-16 and Nov. 12-13.

Three-day weekend classes will meet 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The weekend basic rider class is scheduled for Sept. 10-12; Oct. 8-10; Oct. 22-24; Nov. 5-7; and Nov. 19-21.

The course is accelerated. Each exercise teaches a new skill, building on previously taught skills. Students who miss any portion of the class will not be allowed to continue on the riding range.

Classes will meet at RideNow Powersports, 254 Concord Parkway S. Students must register through RCCC's Continuing Education Despartment: call 704-216-3512 or e-mail Call also for a complete list of the required equipment.

Because of high demand, registration is first come, sfirst served.

The children's room at the Concord main library has story times for children on Wednesdays during the school year, plus a children's book club and special events.

Preschool story time, for ages 3 to 5, is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Registration is required.

Regular story time, for ages 3 to 8, is at 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Registration isn't required for the 4 p.m. group.

Story themes for October: Oct. 6, apples; Oct. 13, spiders; Oct. 20, fire safety; Oct. 27, Halloween.

The book club for fourth- and fifth-graders meets on the first Thursday of each month. Registration is required; call 704-920-2058.

In addition, there will be Candy Crawl in downtown Concord from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29. The event is sponsored by the Concord Downtown Development Corp.

The library is at 27 Union St. N., Concord.

Details: 704-920-2059

Stand Up North Carolina will host a candidates forum at its 7 p.m. meeting Sept. 7 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. in downtown Mooresville.

All candidates for local, state and national office are invited to present their platforms. Each will have five minutes. A question-and-answer session will conclude the evening.

Details: Connie Evans, 704-658-0521;

American Legion Post 86 will sponsor a Cornelius Veterans Monument Poker Run on Sept. 18 that will include a scenic country ride, five entertaining stops, prizes for best and worst hands, a 50/50 drawing and raffle prizes.

The ride will begin at 9 a.m. at the site of the planned monument at Catawba Avenue and N.C. 115 and will end at Mac's Speed Shop, 19602 Liverpool Parkway.

Cost is $20 per bike or car, $10 per additional passenger and $10 per additional hand. Antique car clubs, Mustang and Corvette clubs and mom clubs are all invited, along with everyone else.

Details: Ricky Overcash, 704-895-5212,

The Davidson Lands Conservancy will hold benefit half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs Sept. 18 beginning and ending near the Davidson Village Green at Main Street and Davidson-Concord Road.

The Lands Conservancy protects natural lands and other open space in and around Davidson.

The half-marathon and 10K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m.

Register at

Denise Moody of Hiddenite is collecting donated packs of new underwear for Barium Springs Home for Children.

Contact Moody at 828-632-7924,; or Lorie Fees of Barium Springs Home for Children at 704-872-4157, ext. 374.

A dance and dinner to benefit Exchange/SCAN Child and Parenting Center of Iredell County will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St in Mooresville.

Tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the door, include a barbecue dinner and dancing.

Details: Angela Ramey, 704-450-5774,; or Paul Summerville,

The Huntersville Elementary School PTA will have its first board meeting of the new school year at 6:30 p.m. Monday8/30 at the school.

For details email Nancy Pursley at or call 980-343-3835.