Community Notebook


The Piedmont Choral Society will present its annual Patriotic Concerts at 3 p.m. next Sunday at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N, Concord, and at 7 p.m. July 1 at Central United Methodist Church, 30 Union St. N, Concord.

Proceeds from next Sunday's concert will go to Cabarrus Vocational Opportunities, which offers job training for residents with disabilities. Service personnel will be honored at both concerts.

Details: 704-699-6053;

The Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County ReStore hosted about 30 Wells Fargo volunteers on June 4 who built four picnic tables and an 8-foot-by-8-foot storage shed with materials provided by Home Depot.

The items will be sold at the Habitat Cabarrus ReStore, 2902 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis, and all proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County.

Government Fleet Magazine recently recognized the City of Concord's fleet services department as the 48th best public sector fleet operation in North America.

Concord was the highest-ranked fleet in North Carolina and the only Tar Heel fleet to make the top 50.

Lake Norman

Thirty goats from Wells Goat Farm near Asheville will spend up to six weeks munching through a 3.5-acre stand of kudzu in Davidson College's ecological preserve.

The goat herd arrived last Monday accompanied by a dog that will protect them from wild dogs.

Rebecca McKee, 14, suggested the college adopt "goatscaping" to control its kudzu after seeing how effective it was at the Asheville School, which she attended.

Kudzu is nutritious for goats, as the leaves are more than 20-percent protein, Wells Goat Farm owner Ron Searcy said. Goats will eat the leaves and vines without destroying other plants, he said.

The Davidson Farmer's Market recently kicked off the 2011 Friends of the Market Pea Pod Fundraising Campaign with a goal of raising $2,500 for the market.

"The Davidson Farmer's Market is a wholly community-supported farmer's market," market manager Courtney Spear said. "We are not funded by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture or local municipalities, so we rely heavily on the generous support of our corporate and individual donors."

The money will help replace damaged tents, buy new cooking demonstration equipment and cover daily expenses of operating a year-round market.

Donors are encouraged to write their name on a pea and add it to the whimsical, hand-painted pickup truck on display at the market this month.

The market is offering donors such incentives as T-shirts, aprons and bumper magnets. To donate, visit the Friends of the Market Pea Pod table each Saturday, or email

The Mooresville Artist Guild is sponsoring a reverse raffle and silent auction to help support renovating the historic Mooresville Depot-Visual Arts Center.

The grand prize is $10,000; only 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing and silent auction will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Depot, 103 W. Center Ave. in downtown Mooresville. Tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres and two beverages. Ticket buyers don't need to be present to win.

To purchase or help sell tickets, call Leo Gordon at 704-799-6409.

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center's volunteer auxiliary recently donated a stained glass window that has been installed in the hospital's chapel.

Laws Stained Glass of Statesville produced the piece, a pastoral tapestry of colored glass.

When the hospital opened in 1999, the auxiliary finished the chapel as a gift. The auxiliary board plans to renovate the chapel this year as a gift to the hospital.

Carolina Family Comprehensive Services Inc., a behavioral health-care agency, is partnering with numerous other Statesville agencies to host Iredell County's 1st Summer Learning Day Celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at Harris Park in Statesville.

The Statesville Housing Authority will bus more than 400 children ages 6 through 15 who are enrolled in its summer programs. Other summer camp programs have also been invited.

The celebration will include information tables, staffed by volunteers from various agencies, that will address summer safety, school attendance, mental health screenings and, blood pressure checks, and provide fun activities such as face painting, basketball and ring toss,.

Details: Joe Marusak and Scott Verner