The Lincoln Cultural Center is hopping this week with two exhibits celebrating Black History Month.
The first, which opened this weekend, is the oil paintings and pastels of noted black artist Nathan Parker.
Parkerâ€™s images of historical buildings and their modern day counterparts are on show in the Cochrane and Carolina Mills Galleries.
The show will run until the end of February, but the other exhibit celebrating Black History Month has a much shorter stay.
â€œMade in America â€“ Black Inventors U.S.A.â€ will be on display for one day only â€“ this Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The exhibit contains over 150 authentic artifacts including patent designs, personal letters, rare photographs and brief biographies of Black American inventors.
After the Lincolnton show, the exhibit will continue traveling. Within the month of February, it will visit to more than 25 states and 100 cities.
The exhibit is $3 per person. For more information call 704-732-9055.
The following events are also happening within the week:
Â· A workshop entitled â€œGive Your Heart a Healthy Beatâ€ will be held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Tuesday. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include information on hypertension, lowering cholesterol and information about fats and oils. The cost of the workshop is $3 per person. For more information call 704-736-8461.
Â· There is also a senior valentine event being held on Friday at 10 a.m. The educational and entertaining program is being put on by the Cooperative Extensionâ€™s Senior Citizens Council. Those who attend are asked to bring a covered dish to the luncheon. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information call 704-736-8461.
Â· The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department will host a senior citizenâ€™s dance on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, and the first 250 people present will be admitted. No one under the age of 55 will be allowed to enter. The cost is $3 per person or $5 per couple. For more information call 704-922-2160.
Â· The Carolina Brass will appear at Belmont Abbey College at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The performance is free.
Â· Swan Lake will open in Charlotte on Wednesday. The ballet will run through Feb. 20. Tickets range from $15 to $22.50. For more information call 704-527-6683 or visit www.movingpoets.org.
by Sarah Grano