The Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County last week presented the national organization's National Service Medallion to longtime local board member Allen Craven of Concord.
The club's board of directors cited Craven for his "unusually devoted service to boys and girls."
The medallion is awarded by the National Awards Committee to a board member or volunteer who has rendered unusually devoted service to the club over a long period.
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Craven, executive with Weichert Realtors - Craven & Co., has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County for 24 years. He has been a board member since 1991 and an advisory board member since 1985.
Anyone who wants to help at Wings of Eagles Therapeutic Riding Ranch for children and adults with special needs is invited to a volunteer training session 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 9.
The winter session of classes will run Monday-Thursday Jan. 12-March 4. Volunteers may sign up for one hour a week or as many hours as they would like. Experience with horses is not necessary. For more information, contact Wings of Eagles at 704-784-3147, online at www.wingsofeaglesranch.org or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Old Courthouse Theatre's annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre fundraiser will start at 8 p.m. Thursday and run through 12:30 a.m. Friday in the fifth-floor ballroom of the Smith Tower, Lowe's Motor Speedway, U.S. 29, Concord.
Actors with the Concord theater group will perform an original murder mystery in stages throughout the evening. The cost is $75 per person.
Make reservations by Tuesday. Call 704-788-2405 or e-mail information to Info@OldCourthouse Theatre.org . Leave your name, telephone number, and the number in your party.
Calvary Lutheran Church will host a blood drive noon-4 p.m. today for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.
The church is at 950 Bradley St., Concord, NC 28025. For information on other blood drives, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.
Jaylyn Gilliam won this year's Concord Parks and Recreation Christmas card contest.
Jaylyn, 9, attended the recreation department's Summer Playground program at Caldwell Park. Her card was chosen from among 200 entries.
Sixth-grader Jessica Davis, 11, daughter of Jim and Carolyn Davis, won the Enrich Home School Support Group's spelling bee Dec. 19, correctly spelling "parable."
Simone Levine, also an 11-year-old sixth-grader, finished second. She is the daughter of Mark and Lonna Levine. Charlie Mace, 11, son of Jody and Stan Mace, was third.
Seven home-schooled students competed. Jessica will represent the group at the regional Home Educators Spelling Bee in January.
For more information about the Enrich Home School Support Group, visit www.enrichnc.org.
The U.S. Census Bureau will test people seeking part-time jobs as field and office workers at the Midland Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 28 and 30 and Jan. 7, 12 and 21.
The pay is $15 per hour.
For more information, pick up a flier on the counter inside the Town Hall; call Carl Sparks, 704-888-0282 or 704-773-0139.; or e-mail email@example.com.
Everyone is invited to lose weight - and possibly win a cash prize - through the Lake Norman Nutrition Weight Loss Challenge starting in January.
Gary and Pat Berch of the Daily Shake in Cornelius will lead the challenge. The 12-week commitment Jan. 21-April 1 will dispel some myths about weight loss, say organizers with the Cornelius PARC Department.
The class will meet 6:30-7 p.m. Thursdays Bailey Road Recreation Center (Bailey Middle School), 11900 Bailey Road, to weigh in and discuss various health topics.
Participants weigh and measure the first week, then weigh in again each week and take measurements at the end. The fee is $35 per participant. Cash prizes will be awarded to those who lose the largest percentage of their body weight.
To register, visit www.lakenormanwlc.com; or go to the Daily Shake, 20930A Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, NC 28031; or call Pat Berch at 704-896-7750. For more information call the PARC Department at 704-765-1450 or visit www.corneliuspr.org/lakenormanweightlosschallenge.
At two blood drives this week sponsored by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, each donor will get a free movie ticket.
Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville.
Saturday, 3-6 p.m., The Grand Theatre AmStar, 206 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville.
Kids need something to do over the holidays?
The Mooresville Recreation Department is offering a "School's Out Fun Day" program for first- through sixth-graders from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the War Memorial Building on Maple Street.
The program features arts and crafts, active and passive games and more. The cost is $30. For an additional fee of $5, you can also sign up for noon-5:30 p.m. Thursday. All participants must register in advance at the new recreation office across from the War Memorial parking lot. Space is limited. Details: 704-663-7026.