Motorcyclists can enjoy a scenic ride to the N.C. mountains while raising money for Victory Junction during NASCAR driver Kyle Petty's 2011 Ride to Victory on Oct. 16.

Riders will depart zMAX Dragway in Concord at 9:30 a.m. The ride will include a lap around scenic Lake Lure and will conclude at Harley-Davidson of Asheville in Swannanoa. The ride is one day after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Cost to participate in Ride to Victory IX is $45 in advance or $55 the day of the event. Each participant receives a commemorative T-shirt, decal, pin and lunch.

Register at or call 704-714-4545.

Nonriders can donate $10 to the Kyle Petty Ride Charity Ride by texting the word RIDE to 27722 from their mobile phones.

Tuesday is the deadline to register for one of 26 spaces where residents are invited sell their arts and crafts, yard sale items or flea market items at a Community Market on Saturday to benefit the Habitat Cabarrus ReStore.

The market will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the ReStore, 2902 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis.

Guests will include individuals, local churches, businesses and charities. The ReStore donation truck will be in the parking lot to take unsold items if you wish to donate them. The First Assembly Clothing Closet will also be on site for clothing donations.

Registration forms are at the Habitat Cabarrus ReStore. Details: 704-786-4000;

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and N.C. Rep. Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus, will speak at a legislative town hall meeting Tuesday sponsored by the Cabarrus Republican Women.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at The Village Church, 9280 Davidson Highway, Concord (N.C. 73 just west of Odell School Road). Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to or 704-621-6984. Both men and women are invited.

The Blackwelder-Furr reunion will be at 1 p.m. next Sunday at Roberta United Methodist Church, Cochran Road, Concord.

A program on saving for college will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kannapolis branch library, 850 Mountain St. Options for college savings will be discussed, including Coverdell accounts, 529 plans and others. 704-920-1180.

The Kannapolis branch library will celebrate Banned Books Week with a Read Out event, at which residents may read passages aloud from their favorite banned or challenged books.

The event will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Movies based on banned books also will be shown at 5 p.m. Sept. 26, 28 and 29 and at noon Oct. 1.

The library is at 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. Details: 704-920-1180.