The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Small Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards, to be presented at its annual meeting in January.

Forms for both awards are available at under the "On the Agenda" list at the top of the page. The deadline for Small Business of the Year nominations is Nov. 30; businesses may nominate themselves. Deadline for nominations for Citizen of the Year is Dec. 29.

A class on Microsoft Excel will be offered at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N.

The introductory class will demonstrate the basics and applications of spreadsheets.

Space is limited. To register and for more information call 704-920-2054.

The Cabarrus County Public Library will be offering Food for Fines Nov. 28-Dec. 12.

Each nonperishable (canned or packaged) food item in good condition and not out-of-date is worth $2 in overdue book fines. Donated items cover fines only; they do not cover lost or damaged items.

Drop off items at any Cabarrus County Public Library branch. Details: 704-920-2050.

A Scrabble Fundraiser for the Cabarrus Literacy Council will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29 on the second floor of the Speakeasy Alehouse, 9 Union St. N., in downtown Concord.

A $10 donation lets you play and support the council's adult literacy programs. Food and beverages will be sold separately. Details: Cabarrus Literacy Council, 704-920-2223 (704-920-ABCD) or email

The Concord Book Club will show the Gary Cooper-Patricia Neal movie "The Fountainhead," based on the Ayn Rand novel, at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 in the auditorium at the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N.

The showing is free and open to the public. Details: 704-920-2053.

The Choral Academy will present "The Christmas Choral Festival" at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St., Concord.

The free, public concert will feature three children's choirs made up of about 25 area youth ages 7-18. The choirs, directed by Gary Shive and accompanied by Lynnette Novobilski, were formed in September 2006. They rehearse each week from September through mid-May at Calvary Lutheran Church.

For information call Gary Shive, 704-786-7447.

The HollyDay Follies, an annual family-friendly variety show, will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at Mount Pleasant High School, 700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant.

Performers will present singing, dancing and comedy routines. Advance tickets are on sale at the Cabarrus County Senior Centers at 331 Corban Ave. S.E. and at 8615 Park Drive, Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. Tickets cost $1 more at the door on the day of the show.

Hot dogs and refreshments will be sold beginning at 5 p.m.

Event proceeds will benefit the Cabarrus County Senior Center Trust Fund, which provides funding to expand services for the county's population of senior adults.

For information about the HollyDay Follies or for tickets, call the Cabarrus County Senior Centers at 704-920-3484 or 704-436-8034.

Empowered Personal Training Studio will host its annual Thanksgiving morning boot camp 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday to raise food for the Cooperative Christian Ministry.

The class is free, but donations of nonperishable canned food are encouraged. Participants will do a military-style program of group fitness training that incorporates bodyweight exercises, hand weights, calisthenics and cardiovascular drills.

CCM provides emergency assistance to people who need food, medicine, shelter and heat.

Empowered and its business neighbor Tiki Tan will collect canned goods donations throughout November.

Empowered Personal Training Studio is at 4250 Main St., Suite 105, Harrisburg. For more information or to donate money for food, call 704-455-1980 or visit

Seven Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 3711, Harrisburg, received their Bronze Awards at a special pinning ceremony Oct. 13: Laura Dotter, Riley Gray, Jaden Grice, Paisley Hojnacki, Amber Lloyd, Emma Schreck and Ramsey Shirley.

The girls, all fifth-graders, were honored at a formal tea hosted by Jamaica Jo's of Harrisburg.

Each girl designed and executed her own project, which required at least 15 hours dedicated to community service. The award also requires the pursuit of two project-related badges and a commitment to leadership. The Girl Scouts partnered with several organizations, A Child's Place, Cabarrus Humane Society, MecKidz and Kitty City.

The Mariam Hayes Society 's seventh annual Festival of Trees will be Dec. 2-4 in the ballroom of the Concord Hotel in downtown Concord.

The event raises money each year for the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County.

The ballroom will be filled with theme-decorated trees sponsored by individuals and companies. Sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000 and include tickets to a VIP reception, tickets to a Deck the Halls Gala, listing in all event programs, listing on the club's website, signage on the tree and the option of keeping the decorated tree for the sponsor's home or office.

The Deck the Halls Gala Dec. 2 will have heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, live music by North Tower and dancing. Tickets are $75 per adult. On Dec. 3, children can enjoy "Christmas Remembered," with fun activities, crafts, a gift and a chance to visit with Santa. Tickets are $10 per child; accompanying adults are free.

On Dec. 4 all ages can enjoy "Lunch Among the Trees." Tickets are $15 per adult and $8 per child.

Tickets for all Festival of Trees events are still available. For tickets or more information call 704-721-2582 ext.110 or visit