Gaston College will offer a four-day Basic Skills New Student Orientation class for students interested in obtaining a GED or Adult High School diploma. The class, which is held bi-weekly 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, will be today (May 20) through May 23 in room 118 at the Lincoln Campus. Additional class dates will be June 3-6 and 17-20. In 2014, the cost of the GED will increase, and changes will be made in the testing method. Also, previous partial test scores will expire. To take the test, one has to attend the orientation. For more information, call (704) 748-5226.
CMC-Lincoln will host a support meeting “Keeping on Track with Diabetes” 6 p.m. in the Dogwood Room of the Lincoln Medical Plaza, 441 McAlister Rd. in Lincolnton. Speaker will be Dr. Nabil Ahmad of NorthEast Neurology in Denver, who will speak on neuropathy and diabetes. For more information, call Valerie Burgess at (980) 212-6006.
The Lincoln Photography Club will meet 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Carl Katterson will present wildlife and bird photography.
The Humane Society of Lincoln County will host a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at 2422 Country Club Rd. in Lincolnton. Registration is required.
The Lincoln County unit of the N.C. Cooperative Extension will offer a canning class on basics and strawberry jam 1 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen of the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Additional classes will be June 6, 25 and July 10 and will cover how to can pickles/relish and salsa along with a second class on basics/strawberry jam. Cost is $10. For more information or to register, call (704) 736-8461.
The Lincolnton Lions Club will meet 7 p.m. in the Elm Classroom at CMC-Lincoln’s Medical Plaza, 441 McAlister Rd. in Lincolnton. Members and guests planning to eat in CMC’s cafeteria should arrive 30 minutes early. For more information, call (704) 735-8154.
Senior nutrition program
Lincoln County Senior Services will host a nutrition meeting 10-11 a.m. at the East Lincoln Community Center, 8160 Optimist Club Rd. in Denver. Nutrition program clients can also pickup vouchers and other health info. 2-4 p.m. at the nutrition office located at the Senior Center on the Gaston College Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 736-8811 or (704) 732-9053.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 3-7 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 1156 N. Brook 3 Sch. Rd. in Vale. Call (704) 972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
Animal Services fundraiser
Lincoln County Animal Services will host a fundraiser night 5-9 p.m. at Zaxby’s in Lincolnton. Zaxby’s will donate 10 percent of all food sales during that time to Animal Services. Anyone who shows the cashier a picture of his/her pet will receive a free nibbler with any purchase. Donations will be used for the general care of the shelter animals and to help promote animal adoptions.
Medicare fraud event
The North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol Program will host a free event on how guard against Medicare fraud, waste and abuse 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. The event is called “Medicare Summary Notices: Are Those Charges Really Mine?” For more information, call the Lincoln County unit of the N.C. Cooperative Extension at (704) 736-8461.
The Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 W. Main St. in Lincolnton, will host Poetic Voices of North Carolina 6:30 p.m. with Connie Clark, an actress, playwright and teacher. Clark will discuss a century of thoughts and emotions recorded by N.C. poets from the 20th century. For more information, call (704) 732-0548.
Camp Loy White
Today is the application deadline to attend Kid’s Kingdom at Camp Loy White in Casar, N.C. Camp dates are June 24-28 and July 2-26. Students from local UMC churches are invited to attend the annual camp. Cost is $170 for the week. For more information or to obtain an application, visit gbgm-umc.org/camploywhite/ and click the “Kid’s Kingdom” link.
West Lincoln High School, 172 Shoal Rd. in Lincolnton, will host their annual awards day ceremony starting 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. For more information, call (704) 736-1017.
Family Fun Night
Tucker’s Grove UMC women’s group will host Family Fun Night 7-9 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 5982 Tucker’s Grove Ch. Rd. in Iron Station. The event takes place the fourth Friday of each month. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a country breakfast 7-10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. For more information, call Pastor Ted Bost at (704) 735-8034 ext. 2388.
Meadow Ridge Church in Maiden will host a yard sale 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or directions, call (828) 428-1463.
The Lincolnton Student Advisory Council will host a car wash 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Board of Education Office, 353 N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton. Proceeds will benefit community projects.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lincolnton Church of God, 1435 Riverview Rd. in Lincolnton. Call (704) 972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
Fish fry & yard sale
Tabernacle of Blessings Apostolic Ministries, 306 Linden St. in Lincolnton, will host a fish fry and yard sale at 11 a.m. Proceeds will cover the cost of renovations for the church recreation center. For more information, call (704) 735-8627, (704) 308-6712 or (704) 240-4714.
The 35th Annual Daves Family Reunion will be 12:30 p.m. at Denton’s Chapel UMC in Morganton. Individuals are asked to bring a covered dish and drinks and family tree information and photos. For questions, call Evelyn Daves Robinson at (336) 288-4496.
The Cleveland/Lincoln County Rose Society will meet 1:30 p.m. for a picnic at 328 Caprice Cir. in Lincolnton. Individuals are asked to bring a covered dish. A rose garden tour will follow lunch at the Cloninger home. For more information, call Jo Ann Ostrander at (828) 428-3508.
The Arts Council of Lincoln County will host guest artist Robert Webb for a bookbinding class 2-5 p.m. on the second floor of the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 732-9044 or visit artslincolnnc.org/classes.html.
The City of Lincolnton Parks & Rec. is currently taking registration for the following summer programs and camps: basketball, football, Guard Start, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. For more information or to obtain a copy of the Rec. Program Guide, call the Rec. Office at (704) 735-2671.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Register now to attend Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton’s monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group 5 p.m. June 21 in the facility’s kitchen. Dinner will be provided. To RSVP, call Kim Woodard at (704) -732-0029.