A fundraiser Monday at Harold Winkler Middle School will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

It will be Hat Day for boys (who normally aren't allowed to wear hats to school), and hair extensions and nail gems will be offered for girls. A booth will sell awareness bracelets, and there will be other activities for students.

In addition, staff members will bid in a silent auction on items donated by local businesses.

The fundraiser is intended to celebrate the school's adopted core values: academics, integrity and behavior.

Businesses are asked to donate items for the auction. All proceeds of the event will go to the Komen foundation.

Loose leaf and bagged yard waste collection in Kannapolis will begin Oct. 17 and continue through March 2.

The collection system breaks the city into 10 pickup zones, following the same zones used last year. To determine zones and collection days, visit http://www.cityofkannap

_30.asp or go to the Customer Service Center, 234 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., to view a zone map.

In addition, free mulch will be available to the public 7 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 and 22 at the Water Treatment Plant, 1303 Pump Station Road. Public Works staff will be on hand to load trucks and trailers with ground mulch.

The Odell Lions Club's fall barbecue will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the club, near the corner of N.C. 73 West and Odell School Road west of Concord.

Plates are $7, with either barbecue pork or chicken, plus barbecue beans, slaw and bread. Pork sandwiches are $3 each or four for $10. Bulk barbecue is $8 per pound. Drinks and dessert are also available. Eat in or take out.

All proceeds go toward supporting vision-impaired people of Cabarrus County and Camp Dogwood, the N.C. Lions-owned camp for the blind on Lake Norman.

Cabarrus County Democrats and Senior Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Troutman's Restaurant on Warren C. Coleman Boulevard.

N.C. Sen. Eric Mansfield, D-Cumberland, will speak. All Democrats are invited. Details: Grace Liem, 980-322-5447.

A paramedic team from Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services was declared state champions in the N.C. Office of EMS State Paramedic Competition Oct. 2 in Greensboro.

The team of Mark Kirk and Jeff Penninger advanced to the final round of competition by earning a victory in the Region 4 competition in July.

This is the first state win by a Cabarrus team after seven regional wins and finals appearances.

The competition started in 1991 as a way of improving quality of care and training while recognizing top-performing teams from across the state.

The team earned top honors based on their performance in a scenario portraying a hunting accident with three unique patients. Kirk is an EMS field training officer with 13 years' EMS experience. Penninger, a crew chief, has 11 years' EMS experience.

Details: David Hampton, 704-920-2601, or Alan Thompson, 704-920-2606.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Rowan-Cabarrus Community College $1.8 million over the next five years from its Strengthening Institutions Program.

Rowan-Cabarrus is one of only two N.C. colleges to receive funding and 34 nationwide. The college will get $399,950 in the first year. The grant is intended to improve student persistence, retention and graduation.

The college plans to improve student retention and graduation rates through intentional advising activities in newly created Academic and Career Advising Centers.

The grant also will allow for supplemental, nonremedial instruction in some courses. Supplemental instruction promotes collaborative learning as a means of understanding difficult subject matter. It targets specific courses where students have the most difficulty and then provides targeted support beyond the classroom.

The grant also will support an expanded orientation program for new students.

Leah Chester-Davis of N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, will discuss "Berries for Better Health and a Better Economy" 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davidson Parks and Recreation office, 416 Armour St.

No registration is required. Details: Colleen Whalen, 704-892-3349.