Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host blood drives 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the Lincoln County YMCA in Lincolnton and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sally’s YMCA in Denver. Call (704) 972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org to make an appointment at any location.
Centralina Council of Governments will host an open house 4-7 p.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center, located at the Gaston College Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, visit centralina.org.
CMC-Lincoln will host the presentation “Diabetes and Dental Disease” 6 p.m. in the Dogwood Room of the Lincoln Medical Plaza, 441 McAlister Rd. in Lincolnton. Prissy Helms, RDH, BS, public health dental hygienist will be the guest speaker. For more information, call (980) 212-6037.
The Lincoln Photography Club will meet 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton. The topic will be portrait photography. Individuals are asked to bring camera equipment for hands-on practice.
Lincolnton Toastmasters, a club centered on a nurturing environment for refining individuals’ communication and leadership skills, will meet 7-8:15 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton. The group meets every Monday.
Today through Thursday Gaston College is offering its four-day Basic Skills New Student Orientation class for students interested in obtaining a GED or Adult High School diploma. Classes will be 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Campus. Individuals must attend the class before taking the test. Also, in 2014, the cost of the GED will go up, the method of testing will be changed, and previous partial test scores will expire. For more information, call (704) 748-5226.
Lincoln Charter School campuses in Denver and Lincolnton will host a Red Cross blood drive in conjunction with the school’s 4th Annual Talon Challenge Friday with Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. The tournament will benefit the V Foundation, a N.C.-based nonprofit organization that supports cancer research. Both schools are also currently accepting donations for the “game ball run” between schools on Wednesday. For more information on the tournament and game times along with the “game ball run” event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. To learn more about the Jimmy V Foundation, visit http://www.jimmyv.org/.
Lincoln Charter middle and high school basketball teams will battle Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Forest City as part of the schools’ 4th Annual Talon Challenge. For information on game times, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Drum-Wilkinson Educational Foundation (DWEF) is currently seeking applications for one more scholarships to be awarded in May. Submit applications by March 29. To be considered, applicants must present a completed application in accordance with DWEF’s Guide and Requirements available online through Jan. 31. Send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or request an application by mail by placing a self-addressed 4 1/2-inch by 9 1/4 inch (#10 business) envelope with one first-class stamp affixed inside another same envelope with one first-class stamp and addressed to: DWEF Scholarship Application, 8366 Drena Drive, Sherrills Ford, N.C. 29673-9252.
Lions Club scholarships
The Lincolnton Lions Club plans to award one $500 scholarship to four separate Lincoln County high school seniors this year including one student apiece from each of the four area high schools. Previous Lions Club college scholarship winners or family members along with other individuals, businesses or organizations who would like to contribute to future Lions Club scholarships may send checks to the following address: Lincolnton Lions Club, 1106 Timberlane Dr. in Lincolnton, N.C. 28092. Note “Lions Club scholarship” in the check’s memo line. Students interested in applying can seek an application and information on guidelines from their school’s guidance counselor.