News briefs


Read and discuss: The "Let's Talk About It Reading & Discussion Series" on "Explorations of Faith in Literature" will meet 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N. Roxanne Newton will lead a discussion of Anne Lamont's "Traveling Mercies." Registration is required: 704-920-2050.

CVB moves office: The Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau planned to celebrate the grand opening of its new office Oct. 11. The office is at 10099 Weddington Road, Concord, near Great Wolf Lodge. Details: 704-782-4340.


Christmas is coming: Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Department is seeking area vendors, choirs, bands, dance groups, nonprofit groups and others for its second annual holiday festival, "A Kannapolis Christmas," scheduled for 2-9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Village Park. Application deadline is Nov. 11. Details: 704-920-4343 or

Celebrate local food: A "Friends of the Market Harvest Gala" will be 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20 in Kannapolis' Cannon Village. Buy tickets at The event will include live music, an auction, an iron chef competition, wine and craft beer. The Piedmont Farmers Market will unveil its new indoor farmers market from 3 to 5 p.m. before the gala. To donate an item for auction, email Keila Sneillings at The event is sponsored by Piedmont Farmers Market, the Cabarrus County Food Policy Council and the North Carolina Research Campus.