Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church in Concord will host its annual fundraising barbecue starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Barbecue plates and sandwiches, Brunswick stew and coleslaw will be for sale, as will homemade desserts.

All proceeds will go toward church work.

The church is at 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. For information about the church visit

The NY*C Dance and Tumble Gymnastic Team will host a Flapjack Fundraiser Saturday at Applebee's restaurant, 1240 Concord Parkway N., Concord.

All proceeds raised will go toward supporting meets and equipment at the gym.

The fundraiser will start at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $7, available from Angie Elliott, 704-408-1926.

Breakfast is a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.

To request a Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit your nonprofit, visit

The Concord main branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library has several public events scheduled this week.

The Concord Book Club will meet at 5:30 Tuesday in library's meeting room. Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" will be discussed.

Advance registration is requested. To register or for more information, call Kris Benshoff, 704-920-2053.

The "Let's Talk About It" reading and discussion series on "Explorations of Faith in Literature" will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the library auditorium. Led by Roxanne Newton, the group will discuss "Peace Like a River," by Leif Enger.

Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 704-920-2050.

Melanie Anderson of Kaplan College Prep will give a 90-minute SAT workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Library.

Participants can learn the role of the SAT in college admissions, hear tips on how to excel on the test and learn how to raise their scores in the process.

The workshop is free. Registration isn't necessary. For more information, call the library at 704-920-2054.

The Home Instead Senior Care agencies of Rowan and Cabarrus counties are preparing for their seventh annual "Be a Santa to a Senior" program and is seeking volunteers to help with its effort to brighten the lives of more than 800 senior adults.

The program provides gift packages to senior adults who are isolated or financially challenged.

The agency depends on many local volunteers and businesses to help with gift pickup, wrapping and delivery of gifts and hosting gift trees.

The program runs Nov. 1-Dec. 9. Facilities that serve senior adults are selected and develop wish lists for several senior adults in the each facility. Wishes are written on ornaments and placed on trees in local businesses.

Holiday shoppers then can pick ornaments from the tree, purchase items named on the ornaments and return the items to the tree hosts with the ornament attached.

Home Instead needs volunteers to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts. Two wrapping parties are planned this year: one 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church in Concord, and one 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19 at First Baptist Church in Salisbury.

Anyone interested in volunteering, and any business interested in hosting a tree, is asked to visit or call Robin Scharding at 704-788-3399.

Scott Verner