Today is the last day to register for The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association’s Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, which will be 6 p.m. at the Cherryville Community Building, 106 S. Jacob St. in Cherryville. The pageant is open to girls ages 0-19 from Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln and surrounding counties. For more information and to receive an application, call (704) 827-7277 or visit missgastoniapageant.com.
The Denver Fire Department has teamed up with Toys For Tots for their annual toy distribution drive and are asking individuals to drop of new or unwrapped toys to 5-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call (704) 483-5115 for additional drop-off dates, times and station locations. Families who wish to receive toys must fill out a form found at any one of the three department stations. Forms may also be downloaded from denverfd.com. Toys will be distributed Dec. 24.
The Lincoln Theatre Guild and First Federal Savings Bank will present Mr. Scrooge 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. To purchase tickets, visit lincolntheatreguild.com, stop by the Cultural Center or call (704) 452-7830. The show will also run Dec. 7-9.
Without Walls Freedom Center, 118 Colonial Village Dr. in Lincolnton, will host a yard sale 7-11 a.m. For more information, call (704) 240-4411.
Bethel Baptist Church, 200 Bethel Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a country breakfast buffet 7-10 a.m. For more information, call (980) 241-0982.
Yard & craft sale
Lincoln Charter School’s women’s soccer program will sponsor a yard & craft sale 8 a.m. to noon in the school parking lot, 7834 Galway Ln. in Denver. To reserve a spot for $20, call SportsBoosters@lincolncharter.org by Wed. (Nov. 28).
Mt. Pleasant Preschool will host a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale 8 a.m. to noon in the Christian Life Center at Mt. Pleasant UMC in Sherrills Ford. For more information, call (704) 483-3087.
Zion Hill Baptist Church, 8173 Old N.C. 18 in Lincolnton, will host a Christmas Bazaar 8 a.m. to noon with breakfast, crafts and baked/canned goods. For more information, call Joie Lovelace at (704) 538-9224.
Craft & bake sale
Crouse UMC, 3311 Crouse School Rd. in Crouse, will host a local artisan craft and bake sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sausage biscuits and hot dogs will be available along with a free children’s bread activity 9-11 a.m. followed by a soap-making demonstration. Portions of the proceeds will benefit church missions.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will hold an unwanted medicine drop 9 a.m. to noon at the Charlie District Office on N.C. 16 in Denver. Acceptable items include over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, liquid medications in leak-proof containers, syringes and ointments, among other items. Individuals may remain anonymous.
Christmas craft show
G. E. Massey Elementary School, 130 Newbold St. in Lincolnton, will host a Christmas craft show 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with various vendors, food and activities for kids.
Northbook Baptist Church, 7421 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will host a “Free Clothes Giveaway” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (704) 435-4471 for more information.
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton, will host its third Bread of Life Food Giveaway 9-11 a.m. Recipients may line up starting 7 a.m. in the church parking lot. Call Pastor Ted Bost at (704) 735-8034 ext. 2388 to see if your family qualifies.
Real Life Community Church, 5477 E. N.C. 27 in Iron Station, will host a food drive benefiting Christian Ministry. Drop off all donations in the church parking lot.
Chicken pie supper
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4051 King Wilkinson Blvd. in Lincolnton, will host a chicken pie/dumplings and beef stew supper 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For to-go orders, call the church at (704) 735-2968.
Lebanon UMC, 5033 Lebanon Rd. in Maiden, will host its 2nd Annual BBQ starting 11 a.m. Individuals may dine-in or carry-out. For more information or directions, call (704) 483-5219.
Christmas lights tour
Laboratory UMC, 2896 Laboratory Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a motorcoach tour to Tanglewood Christmas Lights in Winston-Salem. The group will leave at 11:30 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. The trip will also include shopping and dinner. For details, call (704) 735-8762.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Howards Creek will host a spaghetti lunch/dinner benefit for Rick Auton 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Children 10 and under are free. The event will be dine-in only. For more information, call (704) 276-1257.
The Denver Christmas parade will be 2:30 p.m. and start at the corner of N. Pilot Knob Rd. and N.C. 16. The one-mile route will finish at Triangle Circle. Line-up will be 12:30 p.m. For more information, call (704) 519-7288.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to the public 4-8 p.m. beside the former 36th Street Bakery in downtown Lincolnton. Parlier Carriages will also offer carriage and wagon rides 6-9 p.m. Both holiday activities will be every Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 22. Court Street Grille is sponsoring the rides. For more information, call (704) 736-8915.
Debra Perry and Jaidyn’s Call, from Dawsonville, Ga., will perform 6 p.m. Saturday at Living Word Ministries, 1062 S. N.C. 16 in Lowesville. For more information, call Carroll Cooke at (704) 618-9762.
The Lincoln Theatre Guild and First Federal Savings Bank will present Mr. Scrooge 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. To purchase tickets, visit lincolntheatreguild.com, stop by the Cultural Center or call (704) 452-7830.
The Lincoln Theatre Guild and First Federal Savings Bank will present Mr. Scrooge 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center. To purchase tickets, visit lincolntheatreguild.com, stop by the Cultural Center or call (704) 452-7830.
Lumber River Quartet will perform a Christmas concert 6 p.m. at Shalom Baptist Church, 210 N. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (980) 429-5937.
As part of his “He’s Here” holiday tour, Eddie James will be in concert 7 p.m. at Daystar Family Worship Center, 115 Industrial Park Rd. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Pastor Joey Williams at (704) 507-1643.
Past District Governor Neal Alexander will induct a new Lincolnton Lions Club member at their meeting 7 p.m. in the Elm Classroom of CMC-Lincoln’s Medical Plaza, 433 McAlister Rd. in Lincolnton. Members and guests who plan to eat should arrive 30 minutes prior to the meeting. Discussion topics will include the club’s Christmas party/luncheon for Lincoln County’s blind/visually-impaired, which is set for Dec. 8 at Boger City UMC.
The Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln County Senior Center, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton at the Gaston College Lincoln campus. The group will feature their annual Christmas luncheon. For more information, call Tony Darr at (704) 992-2871. A new group meets 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.
Last Man’s Club
The Last Man’s Club will meet 11 a.m. at the Lincoln House restaurant in Lincolnton.
Holiday Pops concert
The North Carolina Symphony will feature a Holiday Pops concert led by conductor Al Sturgis 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Individuals may purchase tickets through the North Carolina Symphony Box Office at (877) 627-6724 or by visiting any First Federal Savings Bank branch, the Lincoln Cultural Center or online at ncsymphony.org. The Symphony will also perform a daytime education concert for all Lincoln County fifth graders today at the Citizens Center.
Register now for Gaston College’s Basic Skills New Student Orientation class 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 3-6 at the Lincoln Campus for students interested in obtaining a GED or Adult High School diploma. The class is held bi-weekly Monday-Thursday. For more information, call (704) 748-5226 or email Vicky Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln County Prison Ministries of N.C. is looking for volunteers to help serve Christmas Dinner to local inmates. For more information, call Chaplain Scott Mann at (704) 736-4156 or (704) 735-0485 or Danny Martin at (704) 473-7767.
Denver-based nonprofit, Spreading JOY Corporation, is currently collecting toys for needy area children ages 18 and under. Toys will be handed out Dec. 15 to children of women from the local Battered Women’s Shelter. Items can be dropped off at Sports Clips in Denver. Individuals may also mail donations or toys to Spreading JOY Corporation, P.O. Box 1771, Denver, N.C. 28037 or visit spreading-joy.org and donate using the PayPal button at the top of the page.