Blood drive at Chili's
The American Red Cross and Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants are partnering for a blood drive Saturday at Chili's on 3086 E. Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia.
The drive is one of four in honor of Heather Reid, wife of Jim Reid, area director for Chili's Restaurants.
She died in May from Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 30. During her cancer treatment she received multiple pints of blood and platelets. It was her wish that the community give blood in her honor to help save the lives of others who might need a blood transfusion.
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The Gastonia blood drive will be from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 704-867-0276.
Donors will get a free American Red Cross T-shirt and can enter to win one of three $1,000 gas cards. Joe DePriest
Reptile Expo at Schiele
The program “Reptile Expo: All That Slithers (and More!)” runs at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia on Aug. 24 from 1 until 5 p.m.
Guest herpetologist Ron Cromer will be on hand for a special “Snakes Alive” show at 2:30 p.m.
The two-part program begins with an orientation lecture and ends with a hands-on session. Visitors will learn common myths about snakes, how to hold a snake and how to identify skin patterns.
Cromer will also warn visitors not to take their new knowledge into the wild and pick up wild snakes.
The hands-on session includes an opportunity to hold any of about two dozen nonvenomous, tame snakes, including a 15-foot-long python named Penelope.
Visitors will also be able to touch some of the animals, including a green iguana, desert tortoise and a 3-foot alligator.
Event tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for city of Gastonia residents and museum members. The fee includes entry into the museum's exhibit, “Swamp Things!”
The Schiele is at 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. For information call 704-866-6900 or go to www.schielemuseum.org. Joe DePriest
Talk to legislative leaders
N.C. Rep. Ray Warren, D-Alexander, will host two town hall meetings Aug. 22 featuring N.C. House Speaker Joe Hackney and House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman.
Constituents in Hickory and Alexander County are invited to attend to ask questions and express concerns.
The Hickory meeting will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Arts & Science Center Auditorium on the SALT Block off N.C. 127 North. The Alexander County meeting will be 3-5 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College Alexander Center on Industrial Boulevard, off N.C. 16 at the Wal-Mart intersection. Details: 828-612-8448. Hannah Mitchell