Community Notebook

Two free seminars titled "So You Want to Start a Business?" will be offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and Oct. 27, sponsored by the Cabarrus Council for a Sustainable Local Economy.

During the economic downturn, officials have identified a recent trend of the rapid opening and closing of many new businesses throughout Cabarrus County.

The seminar will provide a comprehensive business startup guide, including developing a business plan, legal structure options, funding strategies and training and support resources.

Participants can speak with successful local business owners, small-business consultants, governmental officials and Chamber of Commerce and community college representatives about owning a business.

Monday's seminar will be at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall, with speakers Warren Williams of The Nelson Group, Sylvia Simpson of The Inn at Mount Pleasant, and Whit Moose Jr. of Moose Pharmacy and owner of Buddy's Restaurant.

The Oct. 27 seminar will be at the Midland Town Hall. Speakers will be Williams, Jillene Emerich of Blue Baboons Fun Time Events, Jimmy Little of Riverbend Farm and Phil Carter of Metrolina Mulch and Premium Landscape Products.

More seminars are scheduled in Harrisburg, Kannapolis and Concord in February and March.

For information or to reserve a seat, call 704-216-3941.

The Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety will perform maintenance on all Concord fire hydrants over the next three months. The work will include removing the caps, greasing the threads and exercising the operating valve to ensure water can be obtained from the hydrant.

Besides the routine maintenance, about one-fifth of the hydrants will be flowed at full capacity to record volume and pressure data. Customers who experience discolored water should allow water to run from a faucet until it clears up.

For information, call 704-920-5555.

The Rosemary Goodman Walk for Hope is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Concord High School.

The walk is held every year in the Robert C. Bailey Stadium in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The school's student council, advised by Leanne Havely, sponsors the event, which honors Rosemary Fisher Goodman.

A Concord native, Goodman graduated from Concord High in 1962. She worked at the school for 40 years after college, starting in 1967. She worked as the office manager, guidance secretary and school treasurer and served as the Spiders' cheerleading coach.

All proceeds from this year's walk will be donated to Dr. Brian Moore's clinic to support women and their families who are managing their daily struggle with the effects of breast cancer.

The cost to participate is $5 for students, alumni and community members. T-shirts are also available.

The Rotary Club of Cabarrus County's fourth annual Seafood Festival will be 5-8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis.

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The Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, 850 Mountain St., will host a class in pumpkin painting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Learn how to dress up a pumpkin without carving. Bring your own pumpkin; paint will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Details: 704-920-2304.

The 18th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals Oct. 28-30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will celebrate the street rod and custom car craze with thousands classics, trucks and muscle cars through 1972 vintage.

Tickets are $18 per day, $6 for ages 7-12 and free for age 6 and younger. Details: 800-455-3267 (800-455-FANS);

PEO Chapter CE will sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser 8-10 a.m. Oct. 29 at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 8018 Concord Mills Blvd., across the street from Concord Mills Mall.

PEO is a philanthropic educational organization that promotes higher learning for women by providing scholarships, grants and loans.

Tickets are $7. Buy tickets in advance by emailing, or buy them at the door. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes with butter and syrup, sausage and a beverage of choice.