The cities of Concord and Kannapolis, town of Harrisburg and Cabarrus County will host a 9/11 Patriots' Day remembrance ceremony at 2 p.m. today at Concord Fire Station 8, 1485 Old Charlotte Road. The ceremony will include music, ringing of the memorial bell, laying of the memorial wreath, a 21-gun salute and the unveiling of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York.
To honor the victims of 9/11, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA's Charlotte chapter is partnering with Huntersville First Baptist Church to hold a community blood drive from 1-5 p.m. today at the church, 119 N. Old Statesville Road. Appointments: www.cbcc.us/donors/schedule-an-appointment.php.
The town will celebrate the grand opening of phase one of Robbins Park with various family activities from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17.The town's newest park, off West Catawba Avenue, includes a nature-themed playground, picnic shelter, two tennis courts, a multi-purpose field and nature trail. Free backpacks will be distributed, one per person, while supplies last. 704-892-6031, ext. 160.
Matt Merrell, executive director of the Davidson Community Players, will give an inside look at the area's theater scene during a free Davidson Senior Scholars presentation from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Community Players Theatre, 307 N. Armour St. Included will be an interactive session of improvisational fun for the audience. No registration is needed. Details: 704 892-3349.
The Mooresville Soup Kitchen and Cadette Girl Scout Troop 10198 will host a pancake breakfast from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today in conjunction with the 8:45 a.m. dedication of the soup kitchen's Peace Pole. Tickets are $5 and are available at the soup kitchen door, 275 S. Broad St.
September is National Preparedness Month. Statesville residents are being urged to make sure their families are prepared for emergencies and disasters. Preparation information may be obtained from the Iredell County Health Department: www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Health/health.asp.
East Lincoln Republican Women will sponsor a 9/11 remembrance event today at the East Lincoln Community Center on Optimist Club Road, Denver. A picnic will be served at 1 p.m. The program will be at 2 p.m. Retired New York City police and firefighters will attend. Food tickets are $10; $6 for children younger than 10. Tickets: Melisa Harrison at 704-488-3541