Community calendar for Sept. 21-27
Saturday, Sept. 21
The Gamewell Ruritan Club is sponsoring a breakfast buffet to benefit Pam Jenkins, a cancer patient, 7-10 a.m. at Gamewell Ruritan Club. The cost is $8 a person. There also will be a silent auction, door prizes, a yard sale and a bake sale. Donations also will be accepted.
Happy Valley Ruritan, 1317 Yadkin River Road, will have its Big Breakfast on Sept. 21 from 7-9:30 a.m. The cost is $6.50 per adult, $3 for children under 10. The menu has a variety of meats, eggs, grits, gravy biscuits, fried apples, served with coffee and juice. All proceeds help support the community. For more information call 828-292-9364.
Concord Baptist Church, Mission Support Circle, will be hosting a Gift of Life Bone Marrow Drive on Saturday, Sept. 21, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at 74 Falls Ave., Granite Falls. Potential donors between 18-60 are urged to come. Only one out of 100 donors is a match.
Lenoir Woman's Club will hold auditions for its "Caldwell's Got Talent" show in Room 7 of the Caldwell County Public Library on Hospital Avenue in Lenoir, from 9-11 a.m. for children in grades K-5, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for children in grades 6-12. Prizes in the younger age group will be $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third, and in the older age group $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third. Registration for K-5 is $15, for grades 6-12 $25 and must be paid within 10 days after registration. Please call to make an appointment, Carolyn at 828-728-6175 or Lida at 828-850-1875. Talents may be performed individually or as a group. The show will be Nov. 2 at the Old Lenoir High School auditorium. Proceeds benefit the Lenoir Woman's Club Scholarship Fund.
The Breakfast Club Org, an advocacy and resource center for families with a loved one who has an intellectual or development disability, will open its monthly meeting to the public, featuring speaker Dave Richard, state director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse Services. Richard will speak about recent Medicaid reform, with time to answer questions from the public after. The meeting will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hogan room of St. James Episcopal Church, 806 College Ave. SW in Lenoir. Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Sept. 19 at 828-572-1187 or email@example.com.
The Town of Sawmills will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Fall Festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be wagon rides, bounce houses, Balloons by Becky, pony rides, food and craft vendors, live music and more. The town will provide free water and popcorn.
The fifth annual Granite Falls Merchants Association Festival on Main will be 2-8 p.m. in historic downtown Granite Falls. Vendors will have a variety of art, crafts and products, and an assortment of foods and beverages. There will also be tasting booths for wine, and these products will be for sale for off-premises consumption. Entertainment scheduled includes a Zumba demonstration, a belly dancing demonstration, The Flying Saucers Band (classics from the '50s and '60s) and The Folsom Prison Gang (Johnny Cash tribute band). Bring your family and friends and join us for a day of food, entertainment and fun. Visit the merchants association website, www.granitefallsmerchantsnc.org, for more details and a schedule of events.
The Hudson High School class of 1973 will be holding its 40-year class reunion at the Hudson Optimist Clubhouse. For more information or to provide the location of other classmates call Donna Rae Bumgarner, 496-8468, or Rusty Craig, 612-6764.
Mary Netreba of Hudson will be available at Festival on Main in Granite Falls 2-8 p.m. to sign copies of her book, "Rosemary for Remembrance," which her publisher describes as a "rags-to-riches story of a young girl's journey from fear and poverty to safety and love" in rural, early 20th-century Pennsylvania.
New Life Baptist Church will hold a silent auction from 4-6 p.m. to benefit a future organ recipient, Larry Osborne. Osborne is originally from the Granite Falls area but now lives in Red Springs, where he and his wife operate Red Springs Mission Camp. Auction items will include deals on local family attractions such as Biltmore Estate and Tweetsie Railroad, antique furniture and accessories, restaurant gift certificates to Fatz, George’s 321 and more.
Sunday, Sept. 22
The national Pink Heals tour bus will be at the McCreary Cancer Center 9-10:30 a.m. The travels from city to city spreading awareness about women’s health issues and supporting the women who are dealing with them. The staff of the cancer center will serve light refreshments.
The descendants of Tom and Cora Vines will hold their annual family reunion at the Collettsville School cafeteria. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring a well-filled picnic basket. Ice, cups and plates will be provided.
Monday, Sept. 23
Baked goods to be entered in the Culinary Arts category of the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair must be entered today between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Judging will be at 3 p.m. The rules for entries are the same as last year. Enter cakes on heavy plastic or cardboard plates; the fair is not responsible for glassware. If you have any questions about what can be entered, call Linda Herold at 754-9651. We only keep a slice of cake or pie and small amounts of other items for display. You may pick up the remainder between 5 and 7 p.m. and enjoy it or give it away. The fair is Sept. 25-28.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Barbara Bennett, investor education specialist for the N.C. Securities Division, will be at the Satie and J.E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center for a program on investment fraud from 1:30-2:30 pm. She will share a wealth of information including how to recognize warning signs of fraud, ways to protect yourself, types of scams prevalent today, and psychological tactics used to con people into investment schemes. She will also talk about the differences in function and responsibility of a stockbroker, investment adviser and financial planner, about charitable solicitations -- are they real charities and how much of your dollar goes to the actual charity -- and general information about reverse mortgages. Please call 758-2883 to register.
Families with children in grades 5 and under are invited to Library Sports Night in the children's department of the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir 6:30-8 p.m. for a fun family night of games. There will be a cake walk, races, crafts and lots of prizes. This is a come and go program, so feel free to arrive when you can and leave for bedtime.
The Ladies VFW Auxiliary Lee Powell Post 5381 will meet at the DAV home post, 4113 Hickory Nut Ridge Road, at 6:30 p.m. A catered meal will be served before the meeting for $6 per person, followed by the meeting. Anyone interested in joining may contact Shelby Craig at 828-754-5466.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Collettsville Ruritan Club will sponsor bingo starting at 6 p.m. at the Ruritan Building. Food will be available. All proceeds go to community projects.
Friday, Sept. 27
The Satie and J.E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center will host a "Brown Bag" medication review session from 1:30-4 p.m. Pharmacists will be available to answer any questions you have about your medicine or check for interactions or duplicate therapy. Bring all of your prescription medicines plus over-the-counter, herbals, vitamins and supplements. Appointments will be made for your convenience, or you can drop in and meet with the next available pharmacist. Call 758-2883 for an appointment or more information.
Saturday, Sept. 28
ENDURE Race & Family Fun Run, sponsored by Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, will be held at Sims Country Bar-B-Que. For more information call 828-396-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 15th annual Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation's gala “Twilight to Midnight Cruise” fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. at the Mulberry Recreation Center. It’s an evening of dinner and dancing with an array of auction items. Tickets are $100 per person.