Gaston Community Action-Lincoln County has joined with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and Fifth Third Bank to host “N.C. Saves in Lincoln” through Sunday at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 748-9744.
Gaston Young Guns Shooting Sports and The South Fork Limb Hangers of Lincoln County, a chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will host a free youth turkey hunting class 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Gastonia City Police Range classroom on Tulip Drive. For questions, call (704) 718-6427.
Denver Wesleyan Church, 2381 N. Hwy. 16 in Denver, will host a Youth Mission Trip BBQ Fundraiser 11 a.m. Saturday.
Food pantry closed
The Two Fish and Five Loaves Food Pantry, sponsored by Without Walls Freedom Center, 118 Colonial Village Dr. in Lincolnton, will be closed Saturday for restocking. For more information or to donate, call (704) 240-4411.
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a country breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall. Cost is $6.
The Arts Council of Lincoln County and the North Carolina Arts Council will offer a free training session for local artists 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Guest speaker is Sarah Benoit of Creative Original Online Marketing. To pre-register, email the ACLC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Quiet Day
St. Lukeâ€™s Episcopal Church, 315 N. Cedar St., will have a Lenten Quiet Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Jane Shooter, certified spiritual director and asst. director for Cleveland County DSS, will lead the retreat. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call (704) 732-9179 or email email@example.com.
The United Methodist Womenâ€™s group at First United Methodist Church, 303 N. Main Ave. in Maiden, is hosting a chicken pie and dumpling supper 4-7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (828) 428-8739.
The Lincoln Cultural Center will host accomplished pianist Ricky Sharpe 7 p.m. Saturday in the Timken Performance Hall. A light reception will follow. Call (704) 732-9055 for more information and ticket prices.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2639 E. Hwy. 150 in Lincolnton, is hosting a “Bunko” Relay for Life fundraiser 7-9 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Joan Elmore at (704) 732-9284.
The Lincoln Photography Club will meet 7 p.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Cultural Centerâ€™s Community Room.
Supper, auction & concert
Mt. View Baptist Church, 5045 E. Maiden Rd. in Maiden, presents a free poor manâ€™s supper and silent auction 5 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. Bluegrass Gospel band the Cockman Family will perform at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken during the event to benefit Lake Norman native Gary Parker who has kidney cancer. Admission is free. For questions, call the church at (704) 483-5806.
The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office will host a special unwanted medicine drop-off 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Acceptable items include over-the counter medications, vitamins and supplements, prescription and liquid medications (in leak-proof containers), syringes, medicated ointments and creams and all other unwanted medications
The Cleveland/Lincoln County Rose Society will discuss how to prune rose bushes during their next meeting 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cooperative Extension Office building, 130 South Post Rd. in Shelby. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (828) 428-3508.
The Lenior-Rhyne Youth Chorus will perform 3 p.m. Sunday at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. The Lincoln County Concert Association is sponsoring the event.
Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 7447 Old Plank Rd. in Stanley, is hosting two guest pastors 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday in celebration of Pastor Franklin E. Loweryâ€™s 13th pastoral anniversary. For more information, call (704) 827-7966.
Boger City United Methodist Church in Lincolnton will host a community luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend.
Black History Event
The Black History program “Destiny, Struggle and Prosperity” will be 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The program will feature Ms. Black North Carolina Courtney Mason and entertainment from the Coalition Community Choir, The Trios and Courtney Derr.
CMC-Lincoln will host “Diabetes in the African-American Community” 6 p.m. Monday in the Lincoln Medical Plaza. For more information, call (980) 212-6037.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is hosting a blood drive 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Denver Fire Department, 3956 N. Hwy. 16 in Denver.
EL Republican Women
East Lincoln Republican Women will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Lincoln Fire Dept on S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m.
Federation of the Blind
The Lincoln County Federation of the Blind will meet 12-2 p.m. Thursday at the Gaston College Senior Center, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Joy Scott at (704) 428-3239 or Billy Milburn at (704) 483-2387.
Relay for Life
A 2012 Planning Committee and Team Captains meeting for East Lincoln Relay for Life, set for April 27-28, will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Denver United Methodist Churchâ€™s Community Outreach Center. For more information, email co-chairs Anne Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org, Susie Davis at email@example.com or Capt. Craig Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools for Caregivers
Lincoln County Senior Services is hosting a series of meetings called “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in March and April at the James Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Classes are free, and registration is required. For more information, contact Becky Putnam at (704) 736-8410.
First Baptist Church in Lincolnton is looking for people interested in participating in a “Griefshare” group. The group is for anyone suffering from grief over the loss of a friend or family member. Participants will be required to purchase a $10 workbook. For more information, contact Ernest Ekback at (704) 732-8047 or the church at (704) 732-1101.
Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton, is hosting Zumba classes 7:15 p.m. every Thursday. For details on cost of classes, call (704) 735-3768.
Daniels Lutheran Church is hosting free Zumba classes 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. For more information, contact Sheldon Lutz at (704) 735-1280 or email@example.com.
Daniels Lutheran Church is hosting free Spanish classes for children 4 p.m. Sundays in the fellowship hall. For more details, contact Myra Heavner at (704) 732-6063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Honor Society at Lincolnton High School is collecting books through March 2 for their second annual book drive. Individuals can donate new or gently used preschool books. The books will be distributed with assistance from two programs carried out by the Lincoln County Health Department, the Post Partum New Born Home Visiting Program and the Care Coordination for Children Program.
Pottery from the 2011-12 senior pottery workshops at Fat Cat Pottery and Rising Sun Pottery is on display through March 4 at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The Senior Showcase reception will be 10 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call (704) 732-9053.
Deadline to apply for a $1,000 Gaston College scholarship from Pathways Services is March 31. Applicants must have completed the 40-hour Peer Support Specialist training at Pathways and be a resident of Lincoln, Cleveland or Gaston County. Submit applications online at either www.gaston.edu or http://gcstars.gaston.edu/stars/.