Alumni meeting: Laurinburg Institute Alumni will meet at the Scotland County Library at 4 p.m.
Over the weekend
Relay for Life: The Scotland County Relay for Life will be held on Sept. 27 and 28 at Scotland County High School. For information, visit http://tinyurl.com/lxgedz6.
Festival: The 23rd annual Kuumba Festival will begin today with a pageant at 7 p.m. at I.E. Johnson School and continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Market Park on Lee’s Mill Road. The free event will feature educational exhibits with art and artifacts as well as live music, storytelling, kid’s activities, a fashion show and vendors selling crafts and collectibles. For information, call Otis James at 910-277-8721 or Bettie P. McNair at 910-276-4345.
Barnesville Reunion: The 20th annual school reunion of Barnesville School will be held at Bethesda Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. The reunion will begin at 5 p.m. and will be $18 per person. Participants need to R.S.V.P by Sept. 14. For information, contact Evelyn Norton at 910-648-4247.
Democratic Women: Scotland County Democratic Women will meet at Pizza Inn in Laurinburg at 11:30 a.m. The guest speakers will be the candidates for Laurinburg’s City Council. The event is open to the public.
Scotland County Highland Games: The Historic Laurinburg and Scotland County Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews University will be open to vistors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A whiskey tasting and gathering will be held at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Pre-registration for the whiskey tasting is required.
A reception for sponsors and clans will be held at the William Henry Belk Student Center, at St. Andrews University, from 7-9 p.m. A concert featuring Scottish Gold Medalist Bruce Gandy will be held at St. Andrews University’s Avenger Auditorium at 8 p.m. For information, visit http://www.schgnc.org/
Scotland County Highland Games: The Scotland County Highland Games will be held on the grounds of the John Blue Home and Historical Complex, at 13040 X-ray Road in Laurinburg. The games field opens to the general public at 8 a.m., and the opening ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Games will continue until closing ceremonies at 4:30 p.m., and a Ceilidh will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. at Jerry’s Deli and Grill. For information, visit http://www.schgnc.org/
Victim Advocacy Training: The Domestic Rape Crisis Center of Scotland County will be holding its annual Volunteer Victim Advocacy Training at the Dulin Center on the campus of Scotland Memorial Hospital from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three days of the training must be completed to receive certification to volunteer with the agency. Training will also be held on Oct. 12 and 26.
For information and to register, call 910-276-5505 and speak to Beth Taylor, Doretha Woods, or Sharon Armstrong. Registration must be made by Sept. 27 at 5 p.m.
Fall Festival: Advance Auto Parts will host a fall fundraising event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at its Laurinburg location, 1216 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will offer child safety seat inspections, kid’s identification cards and food, and will feature sheriff and police patrol cars and a fire truck.
Breakfast with seniors: A breakfast will be offered at Cedar Trace Landing Apartments, at 1709 Stonewall Road, from 8-11:30 a.m. The menu is grits, eggs and sausage or bacon with toast or pancakes, eggs and bacon with toast. Drinks are coffee, orange juice or water. The price is $6. Extra items are 50 cents each.
Scotland County Highland Games: A Kirkin’ of the Tartans Worship Service will be held at Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. The church is located at 15301 McFarland Road in Laurinburg. For information, visit http://www.schgnc.org/
Retiree meeting: Scotland County retiree’s will meet at Captain Larry’s Seafood from 7-8 p.m. The Laurinburg Police Department and Scotland County Sheriff’s Department will present an overview of their operations.
Fire safety event: The Scotland County Firefighters’ Association will hold a fire safety day for children aged 3 to 5 at Multitudes Church, at 15301 Jim Calhoun Road in Laurinburg. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Firefighters will give safety tips; operate a “safe house,” filled with non-toxic smoke to help demonstrate how to escape a burning building; and check for proper installation of child safety seats.
John Blue Cotton Festival: The festival will be held Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John Blue House, at 13040 X-Way Road in Laurinburg. The event will feature performances and food and craft vendors. For information, visit johnbluecottonfestival.com.
Class of 1988 reunion: Scotland High School Class of ‘88’ will celebrate its 25th class reunion October 18-20. For information, contact Chiquita Roberson at 910-384-6428 or Ken Leak at 336-782-6674.
Putting on the Ritz: Scotland Memorial Foundation’s 20th Annual Putting on the Ritz: A Gala of Giving will begin at 6 p.m. on the campus of Scotland Memorial Hospital. The black tie event includes dinner, music, dancing, and silent and live auctions. For information call 291-7550.
NAACP Banquet: The Scotland County NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund banquet at 6 p.m. at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Otis T. McMillan will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for youth, and children under 12 are admitted free. For information call 373-1203.
Golf Tournament: The Southastern Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will host its 25th annual Lassiter/Ollis Memorial Golf Tournament. A shotgun start will be held at 1 p.m. The tournament is Captain’s Choice. The cost to play is $50 for those aged 62 or older and retired and $60 for all others without sponsor levels. Sponsorships are available from $40 to $100.Part of the tournament proceeds will go towards the Scotland and Robeson county chapter of the American Red Cross.
For information, call Rick Sandy at 910-875-4091 or Carol Ann Lentz at 910-318-6208.
Class 1983 reunion: The Scotland High School Class of 1983 is planning a 30th class reunion on the weekend of Nov. 8. The cost is $25 per person with a Aug. 20 deadline to pay. For information, contact Jackie Hunt at 910-318-4716 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Jernigan at 910-462-4798 or email@example.com or go to the Facebook page named Scotland High School Class of 1983.
GED classes: Partners In Ministry will be hosting free GED Classes beginning Sept. 9. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm. Classes will take place at The Center at 12 Third St., East Laurinburg.
Wagram Recreation Center will host free GED classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The classes are provided by Richmond Community College. Call 910-266-8146 or 910-369-0686 for information.
Hospice support: Hospice of Scotland County will offer two support groups for widows. The groups will be offered free of charge and are available to any woman who has experienced the loss of a spouse, regardless of whether or not they were served by hospice. One group will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the Scotland County Memorial Library, at 312 W. Church St., Laurinburg. The next group will meet for the first time at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 12 at the hospice administrative building at 610 Lauchwood Dr., Laurinburg.
Laurinburg Farmers’ Market: The Laurinburg Farmers’ market starts at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. every Saturday in the AB Gibson Center parking lot on Main Street. The market will be closed on Labor Day weekend. The effort ends this year on Oct. 6.
Masons meeting: Laurinburg Masonic Lodge 305 AF& AM meets the first and third 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 on the the first Tuesday dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.
Veterans’ garden: American Legion Post 50 is planning a Veterans’ Garden. Commemorative bricks, to be inscribed with a veterans’ name are being sold by Post 50 members for a $50 donation. For information contact Jimmy Bennett at 910-610-5204 or Dewey Pittman at 276-8058.
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 to 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 277-2440.
Shooting Club: Scotland County 4-H Sports Shooting Club meets the third Saturday of every month. For information, call the Scotland County Extension office at 277-2422.
Museum of Scotland County/Rebound Book Exchange: Hours of operation: Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.