Giving back

The Republican Women's Club will host a Candlelight Christmas Tour 5-8 p.m. Dec. 11 in downtown Lincolnton, with parking at Gaston College's satellite location, 511 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton. A shuttle service will take visitors from the college to the location of several old homes decorated with luminaries and trees. Tickets are $10 and will go to the Charles R. Jonas Scholarship Fund. Details: call Doris Lail at 704-735-3868.

The Mint Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as docents with training beginning January 2011 at the uptown location, 500 S. Tryon St. Docents are volunteer members of the Education Department and provide tours. For more information contact Allison Taylor, 704-337-2032 or

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have its sixth annual Puppies for Patients Program through Dec. 31 at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 S. Blvd. Donors who give blood will be able to sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals this holiday season. Blood also can be given at drive locations. Details: or 704-972-4700.

Ameriprise Financial is holding a cell phone collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The business is located at Ballantyne One, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect unused cell phones for troops to stay in touch with their families. Details about the organization: Ameriprise office: 704-926-7552.

Jacob's Ladder will host a Texas Hold 'em tournament 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Ritz-Carlton, 201 E. Trade St. Proceeds benefit Jacob's Ladder Job Center Inc., a nonprofit that specializes in breaking the cycle of chronic unemployment. There is a $50 buy-in with a 60-player limit. To sign up and post a buy-in go to: Questions: 704-332-5822, ext. 223.

The third annual Charlotte Cookies for Kids' Cancer bake sale will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 at Blackhawk Hardware, 4225 Park Road, and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. at Birkdale Village near the holiday tree, W. Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

The two events hope to raise more than $50,000, which will go to pediatric cancer research. To help contribute time, money or baked goods, contact Lesa Helbein at in Charlotte, or Julie Sparks at in Huntersville. Details:

Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host An Evening with Bobby Bowden 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave. Drive S.E. Bowden will talk about faith, FCA and football. $50 per ticket. Tickets: 828-855-5352 or Proceeds go to the Campus Ministry of FCA of Northwest North Carolina.

United Family Services will hold its 16th annual Jingle Bell Ball 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. The semi-formal or black tie optional ball will benefit the United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women. Tickets are $65 by Dec. 8 and $75 thereafter. Details/purchase tickets:; 704-232-1294.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will hold a gingerbread village from Dec. 11-Dec. 26 at the hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Attendees may vote on their favorite house with a $1 minimum donation per vote. Proceeds benefit Levine Children's Hospital. Details:

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