Cabarrus County

Give a gift: With the help of a county-employee-run charitable committee called Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands, area residents can help make someone’s holiday wish a reality. Each tag on a Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Tree represents a local holiday wish from a child, group home, senior adult or military veteran. Volunteers will deliver the gifts before Christmas. Formerly called the Ch3 Helping Hands Trees, the program was renamed in 2011 to honor Wendy Gainey, a longtime county employee who was passionate about giving back. The seven trees are at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center, 65 Church St. S.E., Concord; Cabarrus County Senior Centers at 331 Corban Ave. S.E., Concord, and 8615 Park Drive, Mount Pleasant; and the four branches of the Cabarrus County Public Library: 27 Union St. N. Concord; 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis; 8556 Cook St., Mount Pleasant; and 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg. Take a tag, buy a gift listed on it and deliver unwrapped presents in gift bags back to the same tree the tag came from by 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Details: Call Laura Hatley at 704-920-2568 or visit


New hall of fame: The N.C. Music Hall of Fame has outgrown its museum space in downtown Kannapolis and has moved into a new building. The new museum space at 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. will have twice as many full exhibits to view and will be able to accommodate large groups looking to learn about North Carolina’s musical heritage. The new N.C. Music Hall of Fame Museum will open to the public on Dec. 5. Details: 704-934-2320 or

Bonsai trees are back: The second Bonsai Winter Silhouette Exhibition will be Dec. 6-7 in the atrium of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, 150 Research Campus Drive, on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The free event will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Last year’s event drew hundreds of people, some from as far away as New York. This year, 10 vendors and 25 exhibitors are expected, and more than 60 bonsai trees considered world-class will be on display. Vendors will sell supplies and offer guidance. A banquet/auction is planned for Dec. 6. Reservations are required; the cost is $30. Details:


Get festive: The Concord Downtown Development Corp. will host Holiday Happenings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6 throughout downtown Concord. The event will include free horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting and a Gingerbread Candy Hunt, where people can visit participating businesses along Union Street and collect edible decorations to create their own gingerbread house to take home. The Gingerbread Candy Hunt costs $5 per child. Registration will be open until noon Dec. 6. Details: 704-784-4208.

Lukas Johnson