Golden Opportunities Exposition
Today is the last day to submit a questionnaire for individuals interested in manning a booth for the Cooperative Extension’s Golden Opportunities Exposition 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. For more information or to acquire a questionnaire, call (704) 736-8461 or visit the Extension Office at the Citizens Center.
Destroyers 16 and under travel baseball team is looking for experienced players for their summer/fall league. For more information or for private tryouts (by appointment), call Ed Walsh at (828) 803-8729.
Chicken pie sale
Greater Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 1009 E. Main St. in Lincolnton, will host a chicken pie plate sale starting 10 a.m. Cost is $7 per plate. Deliveries will be available for five or more plates. For more information, call (704) 732-8900. To pre-order, call Donna at (704) 732-6840 or Leslie at (704) 692-3203.
Receive a free lunch 12-1 p.m. today at the Oaks Apartments, 101 Arbor Run Dr. in Lincolnton. RSVP to Tim Sullivan or Janice Beckham by calling (704) 732-0029 or (704) 732-1138.
Bank of America in Denver will host a bank night 4-6 p.m. to raise funds for Relay for Life.
The Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 W. Main St. in Lincolnton, will host the program “What Makes a Southern Story Southern?” with author Tamra Wilson at 6:30 p.m.. For more information, call (704) 732-0548.
Today is the last day to register for a day trip to the Herb Festival in Asheville on May 3. The trip is sponsored by the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension. For more information or to sign up, call (704) 736-8461.
Special Olympics of Lincoln County will start 9:30 a.m. at the East Lincoln High School football stadium. Over 200 participants from across the county will participate in track and field events. For more information, call Jeff Leonhardt at (704) 736-1017 ext. 32919.
Senior Services program
Register by today to attend Lincoln County Senior Services’ program “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” The seminar helps individuals talk about where family members’ belongings go after a death. The program, also sponsored by Lincoln County’s Cooperative Extension, will be 1-3 p.m. Mondays in May (6, 13 & 20) at 514 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton (Room 319). For more information or to register, call (704) 732-9053.
The Miss Cherry Blossom Festival Pageant will be 5 p.m. at the mini-park gazebo in downtown Cherryville. The pageant is the kickoff event for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored by the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce. All girls will receive a tiara and qualify to enter the Little Miss Gastonia Pageant. Proceeds will also benefit the Miss Gastonia scholarship fund. For more information or to enter the pageant (ages 0-19), call (704) 827-7277 or visit missgastoniapageant.com.
EL Relay for Life
East Lincoln Relay for Life will kickoff 6 p.m. at the East Lincoln High School stadium with a closing ceremony 8 a.m. Saturday.
Gainsville Baptist Church, 270 Gainsville Baptist Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a Discipleship Now weekend for students grades 7-12 starting 7:30 p.m. today. Activities will include a speaker, breakout groups, music, food and fun. For more information, call the church at (704) 732-0293.
Pisgah UMC, 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton, will host a yard sale 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a country breakfast 7-10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Cost is $6. For more information, call Pastor Ted Bost at (704) 735-8034 ext. 2388.
Daystar Family Worship Center, 115 Industrial Park Rd. in Lincolnton, will host an indoor yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Ronda Russell at (704) 241-0089.
Free clothes giveaway
North Brook Baptist Church, 7421 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will host a free clothes giveaway 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will have a large selection of summer clothes. For more information, call (704) 435-4471.
Benefit for local man
Brookford Community Center, 1700 S. Center Dr. in Hickory, will host a benefit for local resident Don Herbert, who recently underwent a liver transplant. The event will start 9:30 a.m. with hot dogs and hamburgers at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will go to cover the cost of Herbert’s medical bill and hospitality accommodations, since he has no health insurance. Special Gospel singing will be at 5 p.m.
Howards Creek Fire Department, 3604 N.C. 27 in Lincolnton, will host an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with hot dogs 12-1 p.m. Activities will include a station tour, bounce house and med-center air helicopter. For more information, call (704) 736-9874.
Hot dog sale
Laboratory UMC, 1850 Bill Lynch Rd. in Lincolnton, will hold a hot dog sale 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be themed baskets and homemade cakes available through a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit local and global missions. For more information, call (704) 735-8762.
A chicken pie/chicken dumpling/beef stew supper will start 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton. To pre-order on or before Friday (April 26), call Jessie or Brandie Summey at (704) 732-7529. Whole chicken pie orders must be made in advance. For to-go orders on the day of the event, call (704) 735-2968.
A fish fry will be noon at the corner of U.S. 321 and Clark Creek Rd. in Lincolnton (across from the LCS bus garage). All proceeds will assist Ashley Poston and Debra Ransom’s missionary trip to Haiti this summer. There will also be baked goods and hot dogs available.
St. Matthews United Church of Christ, 4575 Maiden Hwy. in Maiden, will host a homemade chicken pie lunch 12:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. For more information, call Ruth at (704) 732-8486.
Bethphage Lutheran Church, N.C. 182 in Lincolnton, will host hot dogs and movie night featuring the movie “Courageous” starting 5:30 p.m. A kids movie will also be provided. Donations will support Relay for Life of Lincolnton.
Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church in Lincolnton will hold a one-day revival 7 p.m. at Sunnyside Arena, 1840 Tryon Courthouse Rd. in Bessemer City. For more information, call (704) 616-2356.
The Lincoln County Concert Association will host Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, an American Hall of Fame pianist, in concert 7:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Tickets will be available at the door and are $20 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church, 102 Iron Station Rd. in Dallas, will host a three-day revival 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. today and 7 p.m. nightly April 29 and 30. For more information, call Pastor Franklin Herndon Jr., at (704) 718-8239.
Boger City UMC, 2320 E. Main St. in Lincolnton, will host their fourth Sunday community luncheon 11:30 a.m. with homestyle meat and a vegetable combination for a suggested donation of $8. There will also be homemade desserts.
The Andrew Gilbert Family Reunion will be 12:30-3 p.m. at Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 N.C. 182 in Lincolnton.
Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main St. in Lincolnton, will host The Rick Webb Family in concert at 6 p.m.
Registration is now open to attend Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s senior citizens’ retreat May 14 to Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford. Cost is $7 and includes lunch. Register by visiting the Extension office at 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton or calling (704) 736-8461.
Register by 5 p.m. May 13 for lifeguard training with the City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation. Training classes will be May 14-June 3 at the W. M. Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton. Cost is $150. For more information, call (704) 735-2671 or stop by the Rec. Office to register.
Quality Incentives Program
The North Carolina Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications now through May 17 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which helps producers implement conservation practices to save energy and conserve and enhance natural resources on privately-owned lands. Applicants must have an active Conservation Plan. For more information on NRCS and Farm Bill natural resource conservation assistance, contact the local NRCS field office. Cleveland and Lincoln County’s District Conservationist Elton Barber, with the EQIP Program, can be reached at (704)-471-0235 ext. 3 or (704) 736-8501.
Children may now register to attend Brighter Days Grief Camp, a camp for children who’ve experienced a loss. The camp will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at Blackburn Baptist Church in Hickory. Reservations are required by May 10. For more information or to register a child, call Patti Weatherford at (828) 466.0466 ext. 3206.
Grassroots Arts Program
Now through June 1, the Arts Council of Lincoln County is accepting applications for the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. Applications are available to non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Lincoln County. Projects must occur between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
For an application form and more information on grant guidelines, visit ArtsLincolnNC.org or the ACLC office 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton.