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Kannapolis weekend features exercise challenges, Soap Box Circus and Sunday jazz in the park

KANNAPOLIS — The city and the Kannapolis Intimidators are teaming up for Get Healthy Night, an initiative that is part of the city’s focus on healthy living.

The city and the Intimidators are working to encourage fun and healthy exercise. Anyone who completes 10 pushups or 20 jumping jacks will receive a $5 coupon to use on healthy concessions at an Intimidators game.

Healthy concessions include yogurt, fruit, veggie burgers and turkey wraps. Games and prizes will be offered.

Activities will start at 9 a.m. Saturday with running or walking in the Strides for Strokes 5K. This is part of the Run Kannapolis Series. Register at runkannapolis.com

From 10 a.m. to noon, document shredding will be offered to Kannapolis residents, who can bring as many as five boxes of papers to be shredded free.

Also from 10 a.m. to noon, model sailboat kits will be available at Village Park. Children will assemble a model, paint it and take the finished product home. All materials will be supplied. The cost is $5. For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-920-4343.

At 7 p.m., “Stories Under the Stars” will feature a free performance by Steve Langley and the Soap Box Circus at the Cabarrus County Library Kannapolis Branch.

On Sunday, the Dwayne Jordan Trio will kick off a four-week jazz series. From 1 to 3 p.m. each Sunday through May 14, free jazz concerts will be staged at Veterans Park, 118 N. Main St. Food will be for sale.

Jordan is a drummer, arranger and composer from Charlotte. As a child, he was heavily influenced by gospel, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues music. He has shared the stage with Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder and Grammy-nominated jazz percussionist Joe Chambers, as well as opened for artists such as Maceo Parker.

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