Abby Park AFG will meet 8 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2639 E. N.C. 150 in Lincolnton. The group meets weekly. For more information, call (704) 408-1418.
Lincolnton Midday AFG will meet 12 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. The group meets weekly. For more information, call (704) 408-1418.
Pisgah UMC, 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton, will host a blood drive 2:30-6:30 p.m. with the American Red Cross. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Pisgah UMC.”
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2151 Mt. Zion Ch. Rd. in Alexis, will host “Colossal Coaster World” Vacation Bible School 6-9 p.m. today with dinner at 5:30 p.m. VBS will be 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday with a church-wide cookout following the program.
Crouse UMC in Crouse will host a yard sale 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with children’s clothes, toys and household items. Proceeds will go to support Girl Scout Troop 02257.
The Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton will host a mid-year Pottery Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concessions will be available along with pottery from various local artists. For more information, call (704) 732-9055.
Residents of Trinity Farms in Iron Station will host a pig pickin’ fundraiser Saturday near Amity Lane. Cost is $10 per plate. Additional donations will be accepted.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BBQ King in Lincolnton. Student Michaela Setzer will help host in hopes of winning a scholarship. All donors will receive a $5 BBQ King gift card. Sign-up to donate at carolinadonor.org or call (704) 972-4700.
Registration deadline is 12 p.m. today to attend a Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cooksville VFD, 6942 Old Shelby Rd. in Vale. To register, contact Peter Weinrich at CooksvilleVFD@yahoo.com or (828) 244-5133
The Griggs Bluegrass Band will perform 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries of Lake Norman, 1062 N.C. 16 South in Lowesville. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Children 12 and under will be free. For more information, call (704) 618-9762.
Music/hot dog event
Victory Community Church, 1655 Cherryville Hwy. in Cherryville, will host a Gospel singing and hot dog supper at 6 p.m. David Harvell (formerly of the “Royals”) along with Shannon Waycaster and Julie Houser will perform.
River Oaks Band
Bud Long’s River Oaks Band will not perform this month due to vacation scheduling. The band will perform again in August.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 12-3 p.m. at Pine St. Presbyterian Church, 1019 E. Pine St. in Lincolnton. Student Alisha Ross will help host in hopes of winning a scholarship.
New Providence Full Gospel Church, 947 George Brown Rd. in Crouse, will host its annual Hat Program 4 p.m. with guest speaker Pastor Elliot, of Mt. Holiness Church in Maiden. For more information, call Sister Shannon T. Brooks at (980) 318-6443.
Lincolnton Church of God, 1435 Riverview Rd. in Lincolnton, will host southern guitarist Doyle Dykes in concert at 6 p.m. For more information, call (704) 732-0012.
The Cleveland County Post-Polio Support Group will meet 6 p.m. at Mayflower Restaurant in Shelby. For more information, call Janet Walker at (704) 692-6249.
Gospel Way Baptist Church, 3904 Tryon Courthouse Rd. in Cherryville, will host summer Bible courses 6:30-9:10 p.m. today and Tuesday with Dr. C. David Jones. Next class sessions will start Sept. 16. For more information, call (704) 466-8774 or visit gospelwayonline.org. College credits will be available through Macedonia Baptist College.
New Grace Baptist Church, 3462 N.C. 73 in Iron Station, will host “Let the Sonshine” Vacation Bible School 6:30-8:30 p.m. daily today (July 15) through July 19. For more information, call Pastor Jerry Taylor at (828) 478-2846 or (704) 747-6434.
Services for service men/women
The Gaston College Cosmetology Department and student Cosmetic Art and Science Association will host “Serving Those in Service,” a fundraiser for service men and women to receive discounted hair cuts, manicures and more 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily today through Friday and 5-7 p.m. today through Thursday at the Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call BreAnne Walker at (704) 748-5255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catawba Valley Community College will host a free new student orientation and registration 5:30-9 p.m. Register at cvcc.edu/NSO. Anyone who has a disability and need accommodations, contact Wanda Horvath at least 72 hours beforehand at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4222.
Family caregiver workshop
The N.C. Cooperative Extension-Lincoln County unit will host the workshop “What Every Adult Child Should Know: Protecting Your Retirement and Other Financial Information for Family Caregivers” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at the Senior Center, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. Reserve a seat by July 22 by calling (704) 732-0953. For more information, call Leigh Guth at (704) 736-8461.
Register by Aug. 1 to attend A.S.P.I.R.E., a curriculum to help improve ACT scores. The N.C. Cooperative Extension is hosting the exam 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, each at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. A parent/student meeting will be 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Citizens Center. To register, visit harvest.cals.nscu.edu/aspire/. For more information, call (704) 736-8458 or email April_Dillon@ncsu.edu.
The Lincoln County 4-H Club will host two different after-school clubs this coming school year including “Cha-Ching,” for students who love reading and money, and “Junior Science Geeks” for students ages 6-11 who love experiments, etc… Each club will meet at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 736-8458 or email Fran_Senters@ncsu.edu.