Lake Norman

Girl Scout Troop 10697 led by Brenda Falter will host a free dog training session at 1 p.m. today in Adams Hall at First Baptist Church, 815 Davie Ave., Statesville.

The program by Jason Purgason, owner of Highland Canine Training is geared to ages 6-12.

Participants are asked to bring a bag of dog food or treats to donate to local dog rescue groups.

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 171 Fairview Road, Mooresville will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in Community Rooms A & B in the hospital's main building.

Appointments are recommended. Bring identification. Registration: 704-660-4859;

The Iredell County Democratic Party will hold an indoor yard sale 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Democrat headquarters, 233 E. Front St., Statesville.

Tables are available for $10 each. Call 704-498-0043.

Dr. James Wilson, author of "Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome," will present a seminar on the condition 6:30- 9:15p.m. Aug. 29 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

Wilson was the first doctor to present adrenal fatigue as a distinct, diagnosable syndrome and has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality during his many years of private practice.

Tickets are $45. and are available at

Huntersville First Baptist Church, 119 N. Old Statesville Road, is accepting items 6-8 p.m. Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays for its World Hunger Day yard sale on Sept. 24.

Needed are clothes of all sizes, books, kitchen items, electronics/computers, furniture, appliances, toys, sports equipment, tools, linens and bedding and rugs and carpets. Donated items are tax-deductible and help raise money to feed the hungry.

If you have larger furniture items for pick-up, or want to donate remaining items from your yard sale, call Ron Morris at 704-608-3169. Items for silent and live auctions that day are also needed. Businesses, neighborhoods, individuals and churches are encouraged to donate items such as vacation packages, tickets to sporting events and entertainment venues, gift cards, themed gift baskets, handmade treasures, art and signed sports memorabilia. To donate items, call Chris Watson at 704-400-8060. Donations of baked goods and crafts are also needed.

Details: 704-875-6581;

Juvenile and adult readers read about 2 million pages in the 2011 Summer Reading Program at Mooresville Public Library, more than double the original goal.

Nearly 1,600 children and adults participated.

The second annual Currents Commodore Cover Dog Contest will be 3-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Historic Beaver Dam in Davidson.

The benefit for Friends of the Animals will include a cover dog pageant, vendors, entertainment, a silent auction and family activities. Register at for the chance to have your dog on the cover of the October Currents magazine. A $35 early registration fee is available through Aug. 26; registration is $40 on the day of the event.

The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation recently awarded a $40,000 grant to the Huntersville-based Hope House Foundation that helps homeless women and their children.

The two-year grant of $20,000 per year will provide upkeep of the 12-bed Hope House.

The Shalom Lake Norman Festival returns for a third year from noon-4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius.

The festival will feature Jewish musical performers, ethnic food, crafts, vendors and children's activities.

Featured entertainers will include the Baal Shem Tones (Helene and Michael Kates) and Batsheva, a singer, songwriter, musician and comedy writer.

The event is sponsored by the Jewish Council of Lake Norman, which consists of Beth Shalom of Lake Norman, Lake Norman Jewish Congregation, Congregation Emanuel of Statesville, Chavurah, and Hadassah, with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte.