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Around Town 3-7-12

Sons of Confederate
The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1616 Gen. Robert F. Hoke/Col. W.M. J. Hoke will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harmon Lackey at (704) 472-7980.

Senior Dance
The Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, is hosting a Senior Dance, ages 55 and up, 7-10 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (704) 922-2170 or visit www.gastongov.com.

Breakfast/yard sale
Shalom Baptist Church, 119 Dave Warlick Dr. in Lincolnton, will host a free yard sale and donation breakfast 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Donations will be accepted for Vacation Bible School Fund. For more information, call (704) 732-6909.

Church breakfast
Marvin United Methodist Church, on Startown Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a breakfast buffet 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Donations for the parsonage fund will be accepted. For more information, call (704) 735-4327.

BBQ fundraiser
A BBQ fundraiser will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the NAPA parking lot on Main St. in Stanley. In the event of rain, the sale will take place in the Community Building. Proceeds go to benefit medical treatment for 3-year-old Alexis resident, Sammy Stiles, who has spina bifida. For more information, email Jennifer Stiles at pinkwalkingstix@yahoo.com.

Health screening
Lincoln County Senior Services will hold a Life Line Screening Saturday at the Lincoln County Senior Center. Screenings will be available for stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (704) 732-9053.

Widowed Group
Fresh Start Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will hold a dinner and dance 6 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Citizens Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas. Marty Vanderlip will provide entertainment. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.

Fellowship meal
Laboratory United Methodist Church, 1850 Bill Lynch Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a fellowship meal 6 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call (704) 735-6605.

Beauty Pageant
The Lincoln Cultural Center will host the county’s first annual “Womanless Beauty Pageant” Saturday. Proceeds benefit the East Lincoln and Lincolnton Relay for Life events and the American Cancer Society. For additional information on time and ticket prices, call (704) 732-9055.

Groundbreaking
Lincoln Charter School will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for construction of its newest campus. For more information, contact Paula Powers at (704) 489-4343.

Fish fry
Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 6753 Hwy. 182 in Cherryville, will hold their annual fish fry 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Donations for the building fund will be accepted.

River Oak Band
Bud Long’s River Oak Band will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at 2910 Killian Rd. in Lincolnton. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (704) 735-1389.

Girl Scouts
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 216 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton, will host a mother/daughter tea drop-in 2-4 p.m. Sunday in celebration of Girl Scout Week, which is honoring the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Spiritual revival
Oak Grove Baptist Church, on Startown Rd. in Lincolnton, will hold a spiritual revival and renewal 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. The event will continue 7 p.m. Monday through March 14. Guest preacher is David MacEachern from Batcave Baptist Church in Bat Cave, N.C. For more information, call Pastor Joe D. Stanley at (704) 477-4113.

Church luncheon
Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 6073 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will hold a luncheon at noon Sunday. Donations for the building fund will be accepted.

Bead Group
Lincolnton Bead Group will meet 9:30 a.m. Monday at the James W. Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. An instructor from Gaston County will bring a variety of items to make jewelry. The N.C. Extension and Community Association is sponsoring the event. For information on the class or cost to participate, call (704) 736-8461.

Blood drive
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold a blood drive 12-4:30 p.m. March 14 at CMC-Lincoln, 433 McAlister Rd. in Lincolnton.

Tools for Caregivers
Lincoln County Senior Services is hosting a series of meetings called “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays March 14 through April 18 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.

Eat Smart
The N.C. Cooperative Extension will host a 15-week weight management movement program, “East Smart, Move More, Weigh Less,” starting 5:15 p.m. March 14 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. The program will be every Wednesday. For more information or to register, call Melinda Houser at (704) 736-8461.

Literary competition
The Arts Council of Lincoln County is holding its annual Flo Robinson Literary Competition. Entries may be poetry or prose and must be postmarked to the Arts Council by March 28. For more information on competition rules and guidelines, call (704) 732-9044.

Pathways scholarships
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/.

Drama camp
The Lincoln Theatre Guild now has registration forms available online at lincolntheatreguild.com for Lincoln Drama Camp, entitled “iMusic Time Capsule: Music Through the Decades”.  Camp is available to rising 2nd-12th grade students. Dates are July 16-20 at Lincoln Charter School’s Lincolnton Campus and July 23-27 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver.  For more information and cost, call (704) 732-9055.

O’Neal Scholarship
The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is currently taking applications for the Herter O’Neal Scholarship. Eligible participants include county high school seniors who plan to major in business. Students from Lincoln County School of Technology and Gaston College’s Lincoln Campus may also apply.
For more information or to receive an application, contact Joyce Dorsey at (704) 736-8452 or joyce_m_dorsey@ncsu.edu.

Food pantry
Jesus Name Ministerial Tabernacle, 627 N. Aspen St. in Lincolnton, is hosting a food pantry 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Individuals can call to order after hours or go online to www.oneharvest.com to order and select a church pickup site. The last day to order is March 15. Pick-up date is March 24. For more information, call (704) 732-6071.

Senior dance
The City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a senior social and dance 9-11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park.  There is no cost to participate, and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (704) 735-2671.

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