Gaston College will host a four-day Basic Skills New Student Orientation class 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m. today (March 25) through March 28 at the Lincoln Campus for students interested in obtaining a GED or Adult High School diploma. GED changes will occur in 2014 including method of testing and rise in cost. Also, partial test scores will expire. For more information or to register for the class, call (704) 748-5226.
4-H Hatching project
Today is the final day to sign-up for the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Lincoln County chapter’s 4-H Hatching Classroom Project 3:15-4:30 p.m. April 18 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Students (grades 2-7) will learn about embryology and the life cycle from egg to bird (quail). For more information or to register, call (704) 736-8458 or email April Dillon at email@example.com.
Elected Officials Reception
The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce will host its bi-annual Elected Officials Reception 6:30 p.m. at Woodmill Winery in Vale. Elected officials from the city, county, state and federal government levels will be invited. If a company would like to become a $100 event sponsor or for more information, call (704) 735-3096.
The Lincoln Photography Club will meet 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Individuals should bring their own cameras for hands-on practice.
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold their Budget and Finance Committee meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Board Conference room at LCS headquarters in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 736-1017.
The Catawba County Lupus Support Group will meet 6:30-8 p.m. at the Adrian L. Shuford Jr., YMCA in Conover. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angela Berasa at (828) 855-0948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP will hold their first community meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. For questions, email email@example.com.
EL Republican Women
The East Lincoln Republican Women’s group will meet 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln Fire Dept., 406 S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be available. The program will be on veteran women. For questions, call Georgia at (704) 488-1038.
YMCA Prayer Breakfast
The Sally’s YMCA in Denver will host its 1st Annual Prayer Breakfast starting with breakfast at 6:45 a.m. and a one-hour program at 7:15 a.m. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by emailing SallysY@YMCACharlotte.org, calling (704) 716-7300 or visiting the facility’s Member Services desk. For more information, visit ymcacharlotte.org/sallys or contact Beth Yarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, address, will host a worship service 7 p.m. at 7:00 pm during Holy Week. The Speaker will be Rev. Mary Molly Vanderwerken. Rev. Vanderwerken is a retired United Methodist Minister. A devotional service will begin at 6:45 pm. The theme for the week is Now Behold The Lamb: He Is Indeed The Risen Saviour. The Coalition of Churches invites the public to this worship service.
YMCA Prayer Breakfast
Register now for the Sally’s YMCA 1st Annual Prayer Breakfast on March 27. Food will be served at 6:45 a.m. followed by a one-hour program at 7:15 a.m. Reserve a spot by emailing SallysY@YMCACharlotte.org, calling (704) 716-7300 or visiting the facility’s Member Services desk.
The Lake Norman Covekeepers will meet 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln VFD, 406 S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley. Guest speaker will be Mary Stauble, environmental educator and gardener, who will discuss how to increase the biodiversity of one’s yard. For more information, call Ben Benoit at (704) 489-6249.
Holy Week services
Long Shoals Wesleyan and Long Shoals Baptist Churches will sponsor Community Holy Week services 7 p.m. Thursday at Lander’s Chapel UMC and 7 p.m. March 29 (Good Friday) at Pisgah UMC, 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton. A 6:30 a.m. sunrise service with breakfast to follow will be Easter Sunday at Pisgah UMC.
Holy Week services
First Christian Church of Lincolnton, 735 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Communion will be served. The church will also host a Good Friday service noon on March 29 in the sanctuary with cold plate lunches served at 11:30 a.m. There will be a 7 a.m. sunrise service Easter Sunday (March 31) followed by a church-wide breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m., Sunday school at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. For more information, call (704) 735-9843.
City of Lincolnton Parks & Rec. in conjunction with Coalition Against Child Abuse and the Child Advocacy Center and Dairy Queen of Lincolnton will host the 66th Annual Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m. at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton. Children will be divided into four age groups, and prizes will be awarded. Children are asked to bring their own bag or basket, but no Easter grass. Rain date is set for April 6. For more information, call (704) 735-2671.
Lakeside Church of God will host an egg hunt 1 p.m. at Betty’s Ford Park in Denver. For more information, call (980) 241-9210.
The Kids Dome, N.C. 27 in Lincolnton, will host an Easter Egg Hunt 2 p.m. for ages 0-12.
Easter vigil mass
St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church, 148 St. Dorothy’s Ln. in Lincolnton, will host an Easter vigil mass at 8 p.m. For more information, call (704) 735-5575 or visit stdorothys.org.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association will sponsor the Miss Easter on Parade Pageant 10:30 a.m. at the Cherryville Community Building, 106 South Jacob St. in Cherryville. The competition is for girls ages 0-19 who live in Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland and surrounding counties. All contestants will receive a tiara. Proceeds will benefit the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Fund. For more information or to receive an application, call (704) 827-7277 or visit www.missgastoniapageant.com.
Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2858 N.C. 150 in Lincolnton, will hold their traditional Easter Sunrise Service 7 a.m. in front of the Old Rugged Cross. Rev. Billy Dunigan will provide the message, and Ronnie Carpenter will perform music for the event.