Kannapolis to host world conference

Leading plant researchers from across the world will gather at the North Carolina Research Campus in September for an international conference on plant pigments that contribute to the red, purple and blue in blueberries, red peppers, black raspberries and flowers.

The pigments, known as anthocyanins, act as powerful antioxidants. Research has shown links to significant health benefits, said Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute.

About 160 researchers are expected to attend the 2011 International Workshop on Anthocyanins from Sept. 11-14, the conference's first meeting in North America.

Great Wolf Lodge in Concord will host the conference, which will generate about 300 room nights, said Donna Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The conference will cover all aspects of the biosynthesis and function of anthocyanins in plants and their applications in agriculture, food products and human health, Lila said. The conference will include keynote remarks from top scientists, poster sessions, exhibits and a banquet at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Transit center set to open Nov. 29

The Concord Kannapolis Area Transit System is scheduled to open its new transit center to bus passengers beginning Nov. 29.

The Rider Transit Center is at 3600 S. Ridge Ave., Kannapolis, and is the first LEED-eligible government building in Cabarrus County. LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and is a certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Local officials held a ribbon cutting at the center last Tuesday.

Fill out Davidson parking surveys

Anyone who's ever parked in Davidson is encouraged to take any of three online surveys to give town officials a better idea of how they can improve parking around town.

Consultant Rich & Associates began studying Davidson traffic and parking in late October.

Links to the surveys:

Habitat ReStore opens in Mooresville

Cornelius-based Our Towns Habitat for Humanity opened its second Lake Norman area ReStore last Wednesday in the former Staples building at 121 Norman Station Road, off N.C. 150 near Interstate 77 Exit 36.

Our Towns opened its first ReStore 10 years ago in Cornelius.


United Way to celebrate office opening

United Way of Central Carolinas will celebrate the opening of its new Mooresville-Lake Norman office with a drop-in reception noon-2 p.m. Dec. 1.

The office is at 228 N. Main St., across from the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.

Jane McIntyre, the United Way's executive director, will cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new office at noon.

To attend, contact Shelly Wright at 704-664-2284 or