The American Red Cross has a blood and platelet donation center in the Calhoun building in the Huntersville Business Park. The center is at 9800 Kincey Ave.
The Blood Donation Center operates 2:30-7 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Platelet Donation Center operates 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on the first three Mondays of each month; 1-6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday; and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information or to schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543).
Academy Christmas concerts
Southlake Christian Academy will host the annual school Christmas concerts. The middle school and upper school choral concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 15. The instrumental concert by students in fourth grade and up will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
For more information about the academy visit www.southlakechristian.org.
30 more seconds
Maybe it is just me, but whenever I order a meal at the drive-through window at any fast-food joint, half or more of the time I do not get what I ordered.
It may not work in my favor that I order food like Meg Ryan from "When Harry Met Sally." Sometimes I ask to hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, ketchup only, add cheese, no onions and so on. Regardless of what I order, when I open the bag and check my order, something is often missing or wrong. It might be as simple as missing straws or napkins.
I understand that the speaker systems can make it difficult for the person taking my order to hear me. Sometimes I have to spell my order, and that doesn't help, either.
Once I had to spell my order repeatedly. When I finally drove up to pay and get my order the cashier said, "Bye!" and then spelled "B - Y!" That explained a lot.
It might be a good idea to check my order before I pull away from the window so I can ask to rectify any errors. Unfortunately, when my husband is driving, he does not like to sit at the window to check our order. He prefers to pull away and check, and then one of us ends up going back into the restaurant to get things corrected.
Or, like last Saturday night, he can go in, and then I can go in again just for good measure. That kind of defeats the purpose of the drive-through convenience concept, doesn't it?
My new rule of thumb for drive-through windows will be to take the extra 30 seconds to check my order, regardless of whether my husband is driving. For him, it would be the path of least resistance to cooperate. I'm just saying....