Community calendar items are listed free of charge for nonprofits, community organizations and educational institutions. Private yard or estate sales do not apply. Send calendar items to Mary Katherine Murphy at [email protected] For questions, call 910-276-2311.

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Thursday

Paint and Wine: Paint and Wine Thursday will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast. Attendees bring a beverage of their choosing and sit down for a two-hour painting session led by Dora Sharber. Registration is $30. All proceeds help to fund future arts programming. To register, call 910-277-3599 or visit www.storyartscenter.org.

Neighborhood Watch: The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a neighborhood watch for Wagram. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Wagram Recreational Center every second Thursday.

Friday

Fish fry: Scotland County Republican Party will be sponsoring its annual GOP “Fish Fry” at the Scotland County Republican Headquarters, 864 U.S. 401. Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. and dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Flounder, hush puppies, slaw, dessert and tea will be served. You may eat in or carryout. Plates are $7.

Saturday

John Blue Cotton Festival: The 32nd Annual John Blue Cotton Festival begins at 10 a.m. today. Tickets are $5. The festival will run until 5 p.m,. and resume on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a 9:30 a.m. church service.

Oct. 12

Neighborhood Watch: The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a neighborhood watch for Scotland Acres and Blakley Road. It will be held at 6 p.m.at the Unionville Church Gym.

Oct. 13

Military Retiree’s Organization: Scotland County Military Retiree’s Organization will hold its monthly meeting at Captain Larry’s Seafood Restaurant at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Barbara Mack, president of the Scottish Pilot Club.

Oct. 15

Neighborhood Watch: The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a neighborhood watch for John’s Station and Hasty Neighborhood at 6 p.m. in the John’s Station Fire Station.

Oct. 16

Bridge: Bridge-at-the-Village will sponsor an Instant Matchpoint Game beginning at 10 a.m. Reservations are required, as only 13 tables are ACBL-approved to play. Call Mac Doubles at 910-277-7512.

Storytelling Festival: Storytelling Festival of Carolina will present a storytelling olio at 7 p.m. at the Storytelling and Arts Center on Main Street. Tickets available at storyartscenter.org or by calling 910-277-3599.

Oct. 17

Fall Festival: Free Fall Festival sponsored by Mt. Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church will be from 2-5 p.m. on Foraker Street between South Caledonia Road and Harrison Street. Activities will include music, health screening, parenting workshops, free food, and face painting.

Oct. 17-18

Storytelling Festival: Storytelling Festival of Carolina on the grounds of the John Blue House will begin at 9 a.m. both days, with a Saturday storytelling gala at the Storytelling and Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets available at storyartscenter.org or by calling 910-277-3599.

Oct. 20

Neighborhood Watch: The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a neighborhood watch for Deercroft at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center.

Oct. 22

Candidate forum: There will be a candidate forum those seeking a seat on the Maxton Board of Commissioners at 6:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Paterson Library at 210 Florence St.

Neighborhood Watch: The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a neighborhood watch for the Gibson Neighborhood at 6 p.m. at the Train Depot.

Oct. 24

Veterans benefit: There will be Wounded Warrior Benefit from 1 to 5 p.m. at the National Guard Armory at 1520 S. Main St. in Laurinburg. The event will include a Gospel sing, bake sale, food and door prizes. Proceeds will help the Green Beret Foundation. For information, call the Rev. Jeanie McDonald at 910-276-1288.

Oct. 26

Neighborhood Watch: The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will host a neighborhood watch for Laurel Hill at 6 p.m. in the Laurel Hill Community Center.

Oct. 27

Literacy training: The Scotland County Literacy Council will hold a tutor training workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Al Smith, a human resources technician at Campbell Soup will lead the training on cultural diversity. The council is at 213 McLaurin Ave. in Laurinburg. Participants are asked to register, because space is limited. For information, call 910-276-7007.

Oct. 30-31

Pancake Feast: Kiwanis Pancake Feast will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and 7-10 a.m. on Saturday at the National Guard Armory. Pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice will be served eat in or take-out. Tickets $6 each, available from Kiwanians or at the door. Proceeds will support the club’s service projects for children.

Dec. 1

Holiday tour: The 35th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Laurinburg Junior Service League will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale in mid-November. For information, contact 910-986-2669.

Ongoing:

Line dancing: Free line dance classes will be held every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. The class is sponsored by the Extension and Community Association and the NC Cooperative Extension. It will be held at the NC Cooperative Extension Conference Room at 231 E Cronly St. Call 910-277-2422 to register.

Yoga: Silver Sneakers Yoga will be held at the Scotland Place Senior Center on Mondays from 4-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. The $15 per month fee covers all exercise programs offered at Scotland Place. One free yoga class will be offered for newcomers during the month of March.

Computer class: Basic computer skills will be held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at Restoring Hope Center.

GED classes: Partners In Ministry holds free GED classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Wagram Recreation Center hosts free GED classes, provided by Richmond Community College, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Restoring Hope Center offers GED classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Community Watch:Wagram Community Watch is held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Wagram Recreation Center. The watch is sponsored by the Scotland County Sheriffs Office.

Beekeepers: Scotland County Beekeepers Association meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Scotland County Cooperative Extension Office on Cronly Street. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Free after-school program: Partners in Ministry is hosting the program SYSTEM (Strengthening Youth in Science Technology Engineering and Math) that offers tutoring, homework help, and skills reinforcement for Scotland County students in third through fifth grade. The program is held Monday-Thursday and the first and third Saturday of each month. For information call 910-277-3355 or visit www.pim-nc.org.

Masons meeting: Laurinburg Masonic Lodge 305 AF& AM meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Masonic Lodge at the corner of McLean and Atkinson streets. The meeting begin at 7:30 p.m., but dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

Literacy council: The Scotland County Literacy Council offers free assistance with reading, writing, math and computer skills to adult learners. The council is also seeking volunteer tutors. For information, call 910-276-7007.

Downtown Bluegrass Jam: There will be a Downtown Bluegrass Jam the third Sunday of every month from 1-4 p.m. at the Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast on Main Street. The event is free, but donations are accepted.

Free Wi-Fi: The Wagram Recreation Center is providing free Wi-Fi. Classroom space is available during center hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bridge-at-the-Village: The Bridge-at-the-Village club meets on Monday at the Scotia Village Cafe, 2200 Elm Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $5.

Diabetes Support: The Community Diabetes Support Group Program meets every third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the W.R. Dulin Center in the Rehab Center. For information, contact Kathie Cox, Health Educator/Healthy Carolinians coordinator at 910-277-2440.

Support groups: Hospice of Scotland County offers two free support groups, regardless of whether or not they have been served by hospice. A widow’s support group meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the hospice administrative building at 610 Lauchwood Drive. A Grief Education/Support Group meets at 5:30 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month at the hospice office. Call Tanya Williams at 910-276-7176 for information.

Caregiver respite: The Family Caregiver Program offered by the Lumber River Council of Governments has respite hours available to help caregivers in need of a short break. The person who needs to be cared for must be 60 years of age or older, or be of any age and have Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia. To place an application for this free service, call Anne Oglesby at 910-272-5080.

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