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

Today

Edible book contest: The Scotland County Literacy Council will host a Edible Book Contest to raise money for the organization. Participants can enter with edible creations modeled after a book of your choice. Creations will be shared at the end of the evening. The event will include cake decorating demonstrations, a coffee bar and a silent auction. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Storytelling and Arts Center in Laurinburg. The cost to enter one item is $3, two items, $ and three items, $5. For information, call 910-276-7007.

May 25

Laurinburg Optimist Club plate sale will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. at Optimist Park on South Turnpike Road. Fish, shrimp, or chicken tenders will be served with slaw, hush puppies, and a cookie. $8 per plate. All proceeds help fund the Laurinburg Optimist Club’s youth programs.

June 2

Raffle: Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families will hold a raffle at 10 a.m., at WLNC radio station. Tickets may be purchased at 107 McRae Street. All funds will support the Scotland County Partnership and its programs. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Winner does not have to be present to win. First prize is 3 day/2 night stay at Hampton Inn and Suites Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach. Second prize is a 32 inch LED HDTV and third prize is $50 gas card.

June 4

Scotland County Genealogical Society Historic Site Tour of the Mill Prong House, Beattis Bridge Revolutionary War site, and other points of interestwill leave the Scotland County Courthouse parking lot at 10 a.m. or in Wagram at Montpelier Presbyterian Church at 10:15 a.m. The public is invited. For information, call 910-276-6287.

June 20

The Longest Day Alzheimer’s Association “Bridge-athon” will be held at Belk in the Scotland Crossing Shopping Center. The all-day event is sponsored by Bridge-at-the-Village. Bridge clubs are invited to schedule a table to play rubber or Chicago bridge. For information or to register, contact Mac Doubles at 910-277-7512.

Aug. 13

Class reunion:The class of 1975 will hold a get together from 7 p.m.- 12 a.m., August 13, at Scotland Place, 1210 Turnpike Road, Laurinburg. There will be a meet and greet, dinner and a live DJ. RSVP by June 30. Cost is $50 per person or $60 for couples. Money order or cashier’s check can be mailed to Jean Campbell Ray, 808 Trad St. Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Jacqueline Hasty Carrion 17060 Wood Duck Run, Laurel Hill.

Ongoing:

Board members needed: Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Scotland County is currently looking for volunteers to serve on its board of directors. Those with experience with non-profit boards or familiarity with budget planning, Quickbooks, fundraising, and recruitment are especially needed. For information, contact 910-276-5505.

Museum tours: The Scotland County Museum, located at 13021 X-Way Road, and John Blue House are now open for tours on 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.

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: Yoga is held at Scotland Place Senior Center on Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. The monthly $15 fee covers all classes at Scotland Place. Call 277-2585 for more information.

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 begins 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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