Cabarrus County

Conservation coordinator: Hannah Hursey is the new resource conservation coordinator with the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District. A 2014 graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in environmental science and a minor in geology, Hursey is a native of Davie County, where she participated in conservation, 4-H and FFA programs. Her responsibilities with the district include communications and outreach, conservation easement, education and grant programs.

The 50-year-old district exists to encourage informed and responsible stewardship of the land and its natural resources. It provides financial and technical assistance to consultants, farmers, property owners and local governments. For information about conservation of natural resources in Cabarrus County, call 704-920-3300 or visit


Food for Fines: Starting Dec. 1, pay your fines at the Concord main library by bringing in nonperishablefood items. Each food item is worth $2 toward your fines. Food donations will cover only fines, not lost or damaged items. All items collected will be given to local food banks. Food for Fines will end Dec. 13. For information, call 704-920-2050.

Food drive: The Concord Fire Department and the Cabarrus County Fireman’s Association are partnering with the Salvation Army on a food drive. Donation barrels have been placed at all Concord fire stations, the Odell Volunteer Fire Department and several schools to collect nonperishable food items. Examples of needed items are dry pastas, boxed meals, dry goods and any canned goods. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15.

‘Sleigh Bells & Sunscreen’: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte will present this tropical-themed holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St. N.E., Concord. Doors open at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit the nonprofit organization PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Concord/Kannapolis. Those attending are invited to show off their most dreadful holiday sweaters and be part of Mr. Wonderful’s Wonderful Holiday Sweater Parade. Eric Lane Barnes has been commissioned to write a hysterical piece just for this occasion. “Sleigh Bells and Sunscreen” will recall wishes for a snowstorm in the July heat and dreams of a tropical beach in mid-December.


Holiday season kickoff: Kannapolis’ annual tree lighting ceremony be at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 in Village Park, featuring local musicians. At 6:30 p.m., a special guestwill light the tree and help launch a fireworks show.

On Nov. 28 and 29, the Holiday Market will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 201 West Ave. Local vendors and artists will offer holiday goodies for purchase.

Other activities include the 2014 Celebration of Lights, in which more than 250,000 lights adorn Village Park. The Winterland Express will run every evening Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25), taking riders through the park’s wonderland of lights from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Santa will be on hand in his studio 6-9 p.m. each night; Mrs. Claus will step in for him on Mondays. Admission is free to the park and to the viewing of the lights. There is a nominal fee for the train ride.

The Kannapolis Singing Bears will entertain all ages with a 30-minute Christmas carol performance from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each evening.