News briefs


Teaching houses: The Cooperative Christian Ministry needs help completing three of its Teaching Houses, a transitional housing program that provides a place to live for families for up to two years while they work toward financial independence. CCM's nine existing houses provide homes for local families. Furniture, appliances and other materials are needed to complete three more homes. Project teams will be working in north Kannapolis on Dec. 10 and 17. For details, to donate or to volunteer, call Marshall Smith at 704-239-7265.

At the library: The Concord branch library will host a Great Books Discussion Group 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 to discuss selections from "The Book of Genesis." An introductory class on Microsoft Word will be 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Registration requested: 704-920-2054.

Murder mystery: Dec. 28 is the deadline for reservations to Old Courthouse Theatre's 21st annual New Year's Eve dinner theater and silent auction event. Tickets are $75 before Dec. 15 and $85 after. 704-788-2405 or email


School wins: Central Cabarrus High School on Nov. 29 was awarded $25,000 as part of Windstream SchoolsWIN Classroom Connections program. Central Cabarrus, one of 30 finalists, participated in a community service project and submitted a video about it to be considered for the award. The money will be used for technology upgrades. See the video at http://schoolswin.wind