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Thursday, October 26

Bouncing Babies Story Time will be held at 11 a.m. at the Albemarle Main Library. The 20 minute program features stories, songs and rhymes for babies birth through 24 months.

The Downtown Albemarle Fall Festival will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Madelyn’s Book Belles will host their Fall Book Sale Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28 at the West Stanly Senior Center in Locust. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a $1 bag sale on Saturday. Proceeds from the sale benefit Locust Library reading programs.

Every Thursday in October, the Stanly County History Center will host a 45 minute ghost walk in downtown Albemarle led by veteran storytellers. Two of the Thursdays will be family friendly ghost walks. For more information or to register, call 704-986-3777.

Friday, October 27

Preschool Story Time will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Oakboro Library. The theme for this week’s program is “A Not So Spooky Storytime.”

Head out to Oakboro from 5-9:30 p.m. for some free family fun during the Oakboro Cruise-In. The event is held the fourth Friday of each month, weather permitting. For more information, visit the Oakboro Cruise-In Facebook page.

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The first 7500 fans will receive a Hornets hat.

Saturday, October 28

American Heritage Girls Troop 0148 will host the Stars and Stripes 5K and 1 mile Fun Run at Oakboro District Park. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be snow cones and face painting for kids, lots of prizes and a post-race pizza party. To register online, visit Race day registration begins at 8 a.m.

The 8th annual Stanfield Fall Festival will be held at Pete Henkel Park (across from Stanfield Elementary School) from 6-9 p.m. The festival promises plenty of fun for the whole family including bounce houses, games, a giant hay maze, costume contests, hay rides to a pumpkin patch, music and trunk-n-treat. Free hotdogs, drinks, hot chocolate and apple cider will be served. Festival food and activities are free.

The Charlotte Kids Fest will be held on the campus of UNC Charlotte (9100 Robert D. Snyder Road, Charlotte) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature building and learning activities, performing arts, book readings and science demos, super hero meet and greet, music and food vendors. Festival admission is free. For more information, visit

The Charlotte Checkers will take on Utica at 6 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. The Checkers will offer a Family Night discount of $45 (40 percent) on groups of four tickets purchased online. Visit for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Sunday, October 29

The Charlotte Checkers will take on Utica at 1 p.m. at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Stick around after the game for a post-game skate with the players. The cost to skate is $8 for those who bring their own skates and $10 for those who rent skates. Proceeds benefit the Checkers Charitable Foundation. Visit for a schedule, promotions and ticket information.

Monday, October 30

Preschool Story Time will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Locust Library. Wear a costume and come enjoy Halloween stories and games. Call or visit the library to register.

The Oakboro Library will host a Pre-Halloween Family Fun Night. There will be Halloween stories and crafts from 3-5 p.m. From 5-7 p.m. there will be a SPOOKtacular event for the whole family.

Tuesday, October 31

The Locust Fall Festival will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Locust Ball Park. The free family event will feature games, candy, inflatables, hay rides and hot dogs.

Stanly Community College will host Halloween on the Hill at the Albemarle Campus from 5-7 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to this kid-friendly event. Admission is free. There will be haunted hallways with trick-or-treats in the Patterson Building, a craft area with games in the lobby of the Snyder Building and trick-or-treats in the Webb Student Center. An adult should accompany children during the event.

Wednesday, November 1

Children’s Story Time will be held at 10 a.m. at the Albemarle Main Library.

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