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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Dec. 19

Winter Wonderland: The Annual NAACP “Winter Wonderland” toy giveaway will begin at 10 a.m. The program will be held at I E Johnson Elementary in Laurinburg. Events scheduled include toy give away, food, and fun. The Scotland County NAACP Branch is requesting monetary or toy donations to help support this endeavor. Contributions must be received by Dec. 16.

Jan. 9

Marlboro Medical Complex Open House and Ribbon Cutting: The Marlboro Medical Complex at 957 Cheraw Street in Bennettsville is having an open house and ribbon cutting. Breakfast, health screenings, tours, entertainment and more will be available during the open house. For information call 910-291-7550.

Jan.16

Liar’s contest: The Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast in Laurinburg is looking for liars to enter the ninth annual Bold-Faced Liars’ Showdown. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Stories should be no longer than seven minutes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.For information go to www.storyartscenter.org.

Jan. 21

Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Dinner: The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner at 6 p.m. at the Highlands. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by contacting the chamber office at 910-276-7420.

Jan.30

Humane Society benefit: There will be a Wine & Ale for Waggin’ Tails Benefit at 7pm, for Scotland County Humane Society.

Ongoing:

Museum tours: The Scotland County Museum, located at 13021 X-way Road, is now open for tours. The new hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Holidays are excluded. Tours are free, but donations are accepted.

Luminaries on sale: Luminaries can be purchased by calling Rebecca Brooks at 910-280-0768 or Amy Inniss at 910-217-4051. Deadline for orders will be Dec. 1. Price is $5 each. This fundraiser is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Laurinburg.

Violin lessons: Free violin making classes on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, call John Schmidt at 910-276-4179.

Community garden: The Partners in Ministry community garden will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Third Street in East Laurinburg. Call 910-277-3355 for information.

Line dancing: Free line dance classes will be held every Tuesday from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. The class is sponsored by the Extension and Community Association and the NC Cooperative Extension. It will be held at Scotland Place. 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: Scotland Regional Hospice offers three 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. A caregiver support group meets at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Call 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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