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Camp Dogwood Retreat

N. C. Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a Senior Citizens Retreat 10 a.m. Tuesday. The cost of $8 includes lunch. Please register with the Cooperative Extension at (704) 736-8461.

N. C. Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony presents an evening of holiday music 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. Tickets are $24, $21 seniors and $6 ages 18 and under. Call (877) 627-6724 or visit ncsymphony.org for tickets.

Last Man’s Club

The Last Man’s Club of WWII veterans of Lincoln County will not hold their regular meeting Wednesday. Rather, they will have a Pearl Harbor Day observance 11 a.m. on the east lawn of the courthouse. Regular meetings will resume 11 a.m. Jan. 4 at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Lincolnton. All WWII veterans, their spouses and guests are invited to these events.

Piecemakers Quilters

Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln County Senior Center, Room 319. The Center is located at 511 S. Aspen Street in Lincolnton. This month’s meeting will be in the cafeteria for the annual Christmas party. For more information, call (704) 747-2192.

LHS School Improvement Team

The Lincolnton High School SIT (School Improvement Team) meets 3:10 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s media center. These meetings are open to the public.

Community Chorus

East Lincoln Community Chorus will present a Christmas concert “Goin’ Home for Christmas” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. All performances will be at Unity Presbyterian Church.

The Nutcracker Ballet

“The Nutcracker: A Children’s Ballet” will be presented 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Citizens Center, benefiting the Lincoln Cultural Center. Also, enjoy a special performance of the “Mad Nutcracker” 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, seniors/students are $8. Advance tickets are available at Lincoln Cultural Center.

Craft and Hot Dog Sale

Crouse United Methodist Church, Old Hwy. 150 in Crouse, will sponsor a craft sale with local crafters 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hot dogs will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Proceeds from food sales benefit church mission projects.

LHS Craft Fair

Lincolnton High School marching band is hosting their 4th annual craft fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium, 803 N. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. Come and check out locally produced crafts, baked goods and more. Concessions will also be available. Spaces for rent are still available. Call (704) 361-6974 for more information.

Cruisin’ for Kids

Lincoln County Christian Bikers Association is sponsoring “Cruisin’ for Kids Toy Run 2011” Saturday. Registration begins 9:30 a.m. at Staples parking lot, East Main Street in Lincolnton. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. This will be a 40 mile ride with one stop in Lincoln County and ending in Dallas with a free spaghetti dinner. Bring a toy or a coat and ride for a cause. Call (980) 429-6877 for more information. Basketball Benefit Without Walls Freedom Center of Lincolnton is sponsoring a basketball event to benefit Haiti beginning 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton. If interested in playing, call (704) 240-4411.

Cat Square Parade

The annual Cat Square Christmas Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday. The route begins on Zur Leonard Road.

River Oaks Band

Bud Long’s River Oaks Band will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at 2910 Killian Rd. in Lincolnton. Some refreshments will be available. Bring your favorite snack and come out to enjoy an evening of family fun. Admission is free. For more information, call (704) 735-1389.

Christmas Party and Dance

Fresh Start Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will host a Christmas party and dance 7 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Citizens Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway in Dallas. The featured band is “DC and the Chosen Few.” Cost is $5 and doors open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.

Christmas Cantata

Trinity Lutheran Church and Daniels Lutheran Church will combine choirs to perform their Christmas Cantata 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Daniels in Lincolnton and 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Trinity in Vale. All are invited to this musical worship experience, “Lead me back to Bethlehem.” Call (704) 276-1257 or (704) 735-8034/2388 for more information.

High Shoals Parade

The City of High Shoals Christmas parade is 3 p.m. Sunday. Lineup starts at 2:15 p.m. at New Heights Baptist Church. For more information, call (980) 241-5527.

Without Walls Service

Without Walls Freedom Center invites the public to worship with them 4 p.m. Sunday as Apostle James Dawkins of New Life International Ministries in Taylors, S.C. speaks for the last evening service of 2011. The Center is located at 118 Colonial Village Dr. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 240-4411.

Junior Saints Choir

Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main St. in Lincolnton, invites the public to “For the Glory of the King” 6 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Jr. Saints Choir.

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