First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, 201 Robin Rd., will host a 6-week basketball academy 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday today through Oct. 24 for grades 4-9. Cost is $230. For more information or to register, call Coach Harley at (574) 855-8025 or visit upwardstars.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Gaston College’s Practical Nursing group will host a blood drive 12-5 p.m. at the Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. All donors will receive a free T-shirt.
Apple pie sale
The Lincoln County Extension and Community Association will begin their apple pie sale at 1 p.m. Pie orders still start at 9 a.m. The sale will continue 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the demonstration kitchen on the first floor of the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. For large orders, call (704) 736-8464. Walk-ins are also welcome. Cost is $8 per pie.
Gaston College’s Board of Trustees Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will meet 3 p.m. in the Myers Room of the Dallas Campus.
The Cleveland County Post-Polio Support Group will meet 6 p.m. at the Mayflower Restaurant in Shelby with guest speaker and hospice worker Leann Long who will discuss pain management. For more information, call (704) 692-6249.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. For more information, visit lincolncounty.org.
Lincolnton Lions Club will meet 7 p.m. at CMC-Lincoln’s Medical Plaza, McAlister Rd. in Lincolnton. Gwen McBee, BSN, certified diabetes educator, will speak. Individuals and guests planning to eat dinner in the hospital cafeteria should arrive 30 min. early. A question and answer session with club President Faye Poovey will follow. The club is also collecting unused cell phones at various locations around town. For more information on locations, call (704) 735-8154.
Master Gardener Group
Wendy Foster will present information on the endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower during a meeting of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Group of Gaston County 10 a.m. at the Gaston County Citizen’s Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas. For questions, call Barbara Linster at (704) 674-0860.
The annual Lincoln County Public Library book sale will kickoff 1-7 p.m. today and run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. A wide variety of selections will be available for purchase, including children’s books, best-selling adult authors, cookbooks, and reference materials. Cash and checks only. For more information, call (704) 735-8044.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 618 S. Grove St. in Lincolnton. The effort is part of a student drive for Bartley Bess.
The Westport Community Association Board will meet 6:30 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake in Denver.
LKN Social Club
New Beginnings Single/Social Club of Lake Norman will meet 6:30 p.m. at Lone Star Restaurant in Mooresville. The club is for ages 50 and older. For more information on the group, call (704) 528-3854.
Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston area will host a program with Emily Craig from Gaston Hospice entitled “Everything You Want to Know About Gaston Hospice” 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas. A meet-and-greet will start at 6 p.m., and a covered dish dinner will follow the presentation. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.
The Lincoln Quilters will meet 7 p.m. at Rhyne Heights UMC, 520 S. Madison St. in Lincolnton. Jean Funderburk will present techniques for embellishing quilts. Visitors are welcome.
Hill’s Chapel UMC, 988 S. N.C. 16 in Denver, will host the event “Mad, Mad Science Fun Kidz Klub” 6-8 p.m. for grades 3-5. Dinner will be served. For more information, call (704) 827-9511.
ELHS movie night
East Lincoln High School’s PTSO club will host its first community movie night fundraiser 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the school football stadium, 6471 N.C. 73 in Denver. In the event of rain, the movie will show inside the gym. Concessions will be available. For more information, call (704) 736-1860.
The Lincoln County Apple Festival will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Lincolnton. For more information, visit lincolncountyapplefestival.com.
Apple Festival play
The Lincoln Theatre Guild will present four different showings of “Avast ye Ninji” at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Local residents Christina Pettus and Jonathan Banner wrote the play, which will show at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The Punches Family of 6 will perform “Bluegrass from the Soul” 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries, 1062 NC. 16 in Lowesville. A free dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for the show.
Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will host a senior dance at Gaston County Parks & Rec. Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tony McGuire and the Delmonicos will perform 7-10 p.m. Cost is $8. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages and desserts will be available. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.
The Eason family reunion will be 12:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Lutheran Church’s fellowship hall in Dallas. Attendants are asked to bring a picnic basket filled with a dish or two along with pictures and any other memorabilia. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided. For more information, call Carolyn Eason Friday at (704) 922-3355.
The Eaker family reunion will be 1 p.m. at Bethlehem UMC, 6753 N.C. 182 in Cherryville. For more information, call Lynn at (704) 435-9123.
The Alexander Community Concert Series will be 3 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Rd. in Denver, with Dom Flemons, member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and under. For more information call (704) 483-3460.
Reserve a seat today to attend Mentaur Learning Center’s free college-planning seminar night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Denver. To make a reservation or for more information or directions, call (704) 489-4888.
The Knights of Columbus Council 10389 will sponsor “Octoberfest 2013” 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 19 at the parish activity center at Holy Spirit Catholic Center, 537 N. N.C. 16 Business in Denver. The event will feature the “Mountaintop Polka Band” along with authentic German cuisine, desserts and beverages. To order tickets, email Smelton53@charter.net, call (704) 483-5978 or stop by the church office. Proceeds will benefit LAMB (Least of My Brothers), which supports Lincoln County Schools’ special education needs.
The Lincolnton High School Class of 1988 will host a reunion 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Lincoln Country Club in Lincolnton. To RSVP or for more information, call (704) 735-2250.
West Lincoln High School’s Class of 1968 will host a reunion Nov. 2. For more details, or if you are a classmate who has not yet received information by mail, call Linda Yount Wyant at (704) 276-2544.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 537 N.C. 16 North in Denver, is currently looking for handmade crafters to present their work at the church’s annual craft show 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23. For more information, contact Connie Stephen at (704) 948-8076 or email@example.com.