The Trailblazer Service Unit of the Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council, will hold its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday10/29 at North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord.

The festival will feature booths including face painting; a cupcake walk; crafts; games and a pumpkin-painting contest. Concession stands for drinks and hot dogs will be open. Individual tickets are 50 cents.

Proceeds will benefit the Girl Scout Family Campaign Fund, which helps maintain local Girl Scout properties and provides Girl Scout programming to girls who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to participate.

Gov. Bev Perdue joined Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students, graduates and college officials on Oct. 13 for a tour of the college's motorsports management technology lab.

Perdue recognized the school's motorsports program for its 20 years of service in Cabarrus County.

The program was the first accredited program of its kind, and graduates serve in key positions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports and Roush-Fenway Racing.

Special Olympics Cabarrus County offers opportunities for athletes to participate in basketball with a variety of skill levels: individual skills, 3-on-3 teams and 5-on-5 teams.

Athletes must be 8 or older to qualify for Special Olympics play.

To sign up, contact Emily Riley by Nov. 7 with the athlete's full name and best contact information.

Details: 704-490-8036; emily.riley@cabarrus.k12

All athletes who did not play basketball last year must attend a skills assessment 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, 247 Spring St. N.W., Concord.

Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord, will present a free performance of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 in the main theater.

Details: 704-788-2405;

The Piedmont Choral Society will present its second "Old Fashioned Hymn Sing" at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N., Concord.

The service will consist of traditional, beloved older hymns and anthems, with congregational singing as well as solos and music from small groups.

If you have a favorite hymn you would like to be considered for this program, email or call 704-788-2000.

The program is free, and a free will offering will be taken. Those attending the program are asked to bring canned goods to be given to the Cooperative Christian Ministry. Details: Kay Yates, 704-699-6053 or

Jeff Young, economic development and sustainability director for the city of Concord, recently earned the designation of certified economic developer.

The national recognition denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Angela Graham has been named the city of Concord's 2011 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values Award winner.

Graham joined the city as housing director in January 2001, according to a city news release.

The Continuous Core Values Award is the highest honor the city bestows on coworkers. It was created in 2003 to recognize a coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community.

Jo Atwater, who was Concord's human resources director until her untimely death in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor.

Besides her work with the city, Graham is senior vice president of the Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment and Codes Officials.

Graham lives in Statesville and is married to Dwayne Graham. They have two children: Gregory, 23, and Antwan, 13.