CAROLINA FORCE, a new Arena Football League team, will play its home games in the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N. League plays begins March 17.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Cabarrus County will host a Mardi Gras fundraising party and silent auction 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 18 at Historic Gibson Mill, off McGill Avenue. Tickets are $50 and include two drinks. Tickets: 704-786-4001.
COUCH TO 5K CHALLENGE: Concord Parks and Recreation and Reflex International are co-sponsoring this group training and exercise program. No running experience needed. The final goal is to run the annual Bunny Run 5K April 7. Registration is required at $10 per person, which includes a T-shirt and a $5 discount on Bunny Run 5K registration. Details: concordnc.gov.
FROM THE LIBRARY: The Concord Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Concord main library, 27 Union St. N. The group will discuss David Benioff's "City of Thieves." Registration is requested; to register and for details call Kris Benshoff, 704-920-2053.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: The Cabarrus County Public Library will present "A Look at African American History in Cabarrus County," a lecture by the Rev. Harold Robinson, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Concord main library. Robinson is author of "A History of African Americans in Cabarrus County." It's free and open to the public. Details: 704-920-2054.
MUSICIANS WANTED: The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band is accepting new members through Feb. 16. Rehearsals are 7-8:45 p.m. Thursdays at Blackwelder Park Baptist Church, 2204 Summit Ave, Kannapolis. Invited to join are those who play flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or percussion. Must be able to read music and attend rehearsals. To join or for details, call band director Jon Hutchinson, 704-425-3508, or visit www.primetimeband.org.
JOB FAIR FOR VETS: The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development will host a free "Hiring our Heroes" Job Fair 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 13 at The Embassy Suites in Concord. It's for both employers and job seekers. Details: www.HoH.GreatJob.net.
BUDGET AWARD: The city this month received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 14th straight year. The city's finance department has been recognized annually for its commitment to meeting the association's highest principles of governmental budgeting.