Holiday donations needed: The Carolina Piedmont Region of the American Red Cross' new holiday campaign, Gifts that Save the Day, is underway. Through an online catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts, people can make a donation that could provide food and shelter for a disaster victim; a military comfort kit for a wounded soldier; or a month of basic necessities for a family that lost everything in a disaster. The donations will provide assistance where it is needed most within the program area. Details: www.redcross.org.
Parade detour: The town of Huntersville's annual Christmas celebration will temporarily close the following roads from 3 p.m.. - 9 p.m. Saturday: Old Statesville Road (N.C.115) between Mount Holly-Huntersville Road and Gilead Road, and Huntersville-Concord Road between Church Street and Old Statesville Road. Motorists not attending the parade are urged to avoid the downtown area. Detour signs will be posted to reduce motorist confusion. For a complete listing of closures, call 704-875-6541 or visit www.huntersville.org.
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What's the buzz about: The N.C. State Beekeeping Association will host a meeting for beekeepers in Lincoln County at 7 p.m. today at the East Lincoln Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Stanley. To learn more about the state's association, visit www.ncbeekeepers.org. For details about the meeting, call Greg Clements, president of the association, at 704-489-1242.