On Saturday, the city of Concord and Cabarrus County will host a "Reuse Roundup" 8-11 a.m. at Concord Fire Station No. 3, 100 Warren Coleman Blvd. N.

"The goal of the Reuse Roundup is to divert reusable items from the waste stream and provide an easy way for citizens give back to the community ... ," said Mandy Smith-Thompson, Concord's environmental educator.

Only the following items will be accepted at the roundup: clothing, household items in good shape, large appliances, eyeglasses, tennis balls, cooking oil/grease (no motor oil), all types of batteries, bicycles, lawnmowers, paper towels, bleach, canned puppy food, canned dog food, H/E laundry detergent, newspaper, stainless steel feeding bowls, trash bags (all sizes), microwaves, toaster-ovens, toasters, coffee makers, blenders, mixers, panini/sandwich grills, electric skillets, buttons, expired gift cards, leather belts, broken jewelry, yarn, string, ribbon, wine corks, game pieces, keyboards, bottle caps, soda pop tabs, fabric, neckties, frames, maps, books, soup cans and lids, paper towel/ bathroom tissue rolls, T-shirts and sweaters.

Sonoco Recycling and Automated Shredding will provide secure document shredding and recycling. Coffee and snack sales will benefit the Humane Society.

Details: Mandy Smith-Thompson, 704-920-5379, or Pete Pasterz, 704-920-3278 (704-920-EARTH).

Lynne Hinton, author of the books "Pie Town" and "Friendship Cake," will be the featured speaker at the annual Deana Irvin Author's Symposium Nov. 17.

The event, presented by Concord Friends of the Library, will start at 11:30 a.m. at Union Street Bistro, 48 Union St. S., Concord. The $15 ticket includes a luncheon buffet.

Registration deadline is Thursday. For information or to register call 704-782-1698.

The Cabarrus Arts Council plans several entertainment events and art exhibitions this month.

The Brand New Opry, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. $10. Bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington stars the Brand New Bluegrass Boys: Whittington, John Culbreath, Tom Isenhour, Pete Corum and guest player Ben Watlington. Old Rusty Mandolin will open. Tickets:; 704-920-2753 weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18, downtown Concord. Free. Visual arts in downtown galleries and shops; meet artists, enjoy entertainment and refreshments. Concord Tree Lighting festivities on Market Street. Includes "Handle with Care" and "Shop Seagrove" exhibitions in Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord.

"Shop Seagrove" and "Handle with Care," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21, Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union St. S., Concord; also Dec. 3 and 10. Free. Annual show and sale of pottery from North Carolina's well-known Seagrove community, paired with a group invitational exhibition emphasizing glass art, photographs and paintings. Closed Nov. 21-25.

Details: 704-920-2787 or

Holiday activities are planned in downtown Concord this month.

Concord Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 18. Children's activities start at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 7:30 p.m.

Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18.

Concord Parade, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Call 704-932-3808 for information.

The Rotary Club of Cabarrus County is asking the community for help with another Adopt-a-Soldier effort.

Adopt-a-Soldier supplies soldiers with gifts from home. This time the packages will be sent to 1452nd Transportation Company, stationed in Afghanistan.

Suggested donations include individually wrapped drink mixes, such as lemonade, Gatorade and other powdered water supplements; individually wrapped snacks such as crackers, fruit snacks and granola bars; personal hygiene items; socks; playing cards; and CDs.

The Rotary Club is also accepting financial donations to help offset the cost of shipping. Each package costs about $13 to ship. The deadline to make donations is Nov. 14 . The goal is to have the items shipped for arrival on or as close to Thanksgiving as possible.

Details: Becky Bahn, 704-935-9452 or

Supporters can help Carolina International School win a $50,000 grant by voting by text and online.

Through Dec. 9, adults and children 13 and older can visit to vote once a day for the school they believe most deserves the Clorox Co.'s "Power A Bright Future" grant, which funds programs that allow children to play, create and explore.

The school program that wins the voting will receive the $50,000 grand-prize grant.

Carolina International School, a K-10 public charter school with 535 students, plans to use the money to create an outside auditorium with a stage, seating area and concessions equipment. The facility would give students a place to showcase talent and share international experiences.

To vote, visit http://




You can also vote by text once a day: Message "clorox9442" to 44144.

Kevin Murgas was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout Oct. 15.

Kevin has been a member of Cub Scout Pack 222 and Boy Scout Troop 222 at Harrisburg United Methodist Church.

Kevin's service project for Eagle Scout was to plan and conduct two food drives to benefit the Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry. Enough food was collected to benefit 85 families. Scott Verner