Downtown turns pink: The Historic Downtown Concord business community painted downtown pink for breast cancer awareness month. On Oct. 7 supporters of the observance gathered on the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse lawn to have a photo taken by Lisa Sedergren of Light Images Photography. CMC-NorthEast staff also passed out breast health literature to shoppers. The promotion was created by Angela Long, owner of Gifts and Garden By Angela.
Free mulch: Kannapolis' leaf collection program will offer free mulch 7 a.m.-noon daily through Oct. 22. Public works staff will help load ground mulch into vehicles at the Water Treatment Station, 1303 Pump Station Road. Details: 704-920-4200.
Kudos CVB: The N.C. Tourism Leadership Conference recognized the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau for excellence in its 2010-11 marketing initiatives. The CVB received awards in Best Print Advertising - Leisure; and Best Local Constituents Communications - Annual Report or Other Outreach. www.visitcabarrus.com.
Attention, nonprofits: To be included in the Observer's annual Giving Guide, go to www.charlotteobserver.com/giving and click on the link at the top. The guide gives readers information about human service nonprofits' specific needs for donations and volunteer work. The deadline for submissions is Friday.