Rising Sun Pottery, 209 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton, will host its 16th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit for Hospice Palliative Care Lincoln County 5-7 p.m. The homemade soup bowls will be $10 apiece. Face bowls are limited to one per person and will cost $20. Sixty percent of proceeds will go to Hospice. For more information, call (704) 735-5820 or e-mail RisingSunPottery@BellSouth.net. Individuals may lineup at the store as early as 4 p.m.
The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partners and Gaston County Schools will host Career Expo: Discover the New Face of Manufacturing 2:30-6 p.m. For the public at the Gastonia Conference Center, 145 S. Marietta St. in Gastonia. The event will be open 12-2:15 p.m. for Lincoln and Gaston County students only. For more information, contact Alison Cookson at (704) 864-2621 or email@example.com.
Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will meet 5:30 p.m. at Jackson’s Cafeteria in Gastonia for a dutch treat. New members are welcome. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.
T’ai Chi class
A six-week free T’ai Chi program will start 6-7 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall in Lincolnton. The class is sponsored by the Mission Team. For more information, contact Myra Jane at (704) 472-3632.
Board of Education
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold a committee meeting 6 p.m. in the Administrative Offices on N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton.
Mentoring Moms will start a new eight-week session 6-8 p.m. today. The group is for young, single mothers who need encouragement, parenting or holistic empowerment. To register or obtain referral forms, call Gwendolyn Cobb at (704) 477-8360.
The Arts Council of Lincoln County will host Origami Bookmaking with Sigrid Hice 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 732-9044 or visit artslincolnnc.org.
Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Senior Center, located on the Gaston College-Lincoln campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Linda at (704) 483-2778.
Entries will be accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. for the Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition. Judging will be Oct. 4 and an awards ceremony Oct. 11. For more information, call (704) 732-9044 or visit artslincolnnc.org.
The Lincoln County Democratic Party will host a BBQ fundraiser 12-4 p.m. at its facility headquarters on W. Water St. in Lincolnton. Cost is $8. Individuals may dine-in or carry-out.
The Lincoln County Concert Association will kickoff its new season with 13-year-old child piano prodigy Umi Garrett in concert 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Tickets may be purchased at the door starting 6:45 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call (704) 735-7287.
First UMC, Academy St. in Lincolnton, will host GoTeam Church Bazaar 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Spaces are available for $25. At least 75 vendors will be on-hand with crafts and food. Proceeds will benefit an upcoming missions trip to Haiti. For more information, contact Devin Rhyne at (704) 201-7372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast/yard sale Springs East Church of God’s WOM women’s group, Springs East Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a breakfast and yard sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in renting a $5 space can call (704) 735-8839 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Run the Race 5k, part of the Town of Maiden’s Fall Festival, will be 9 a.m. at Cornerstone Church, 409 E. Main St. in Maiden. Registration will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. Cost is $20. Dri-Fit shirts will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Proceeds will benefit church outreach. To register, visit racingtoes.com. For question, visit cornerstonelink.com or call the church at (828) 428-0101.
The 2013 Stanley Country Fest will start 11 a.m. on Main St. in Stanley. Various musical groups will perform including Carroll Cooke, We R Forgiven and more.
Chicken pie day
Asbury UMC, 3097 Asbury Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton, will host their annual chicken pie day starting 11 a.m. with dine-in or carry-out options available. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children.
The 4th Annual Sodstock event will start 12 p.m. at 1890 HW Farm Rd. in Maiden. Cost is $25. Camping spots are $10. Music will start 4:30 p.m. with performances from C&M Traveling Show, Jonathan Burchfield and the group 20/20.
Cherryville Golf & Country Club’s 5th Annual Kare About Kids Fundraiser will host a poker run starting 1 p.m. with registration at 12:30 p.m. BBQ plates will be for sale. Activities will also include a silent auction, classic car show and entertainment.
No-kill meeting “Make Lincoln County No-Kill” will meet 2-3:30 p.m. at the Sally’s YMCA in Denver. The group is working to prevent the killing of cats and dogs at the county animal shelter. For more information or to sign the group’s petition, visit makelincolncountynokill.org.
Grace Baptist Church, 495 Horseshoe Lake Rd. in Lincolnton, will host Adam Beard in concert at 7 p.m. For more information, call (704) 735-1390.
The Ritchie family reunion will be 1 p.m. at Marvin UMC, Startown Rd. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 735-6747.
Blessing of the Animals
A “Blessing of the Animals” event will be 2-5 p.m. in downtown Lincolnton. On-hand will be an adoption clinic, vendors, a place for rabies vaccinations and a pet constume contest. The event is free.
New Providence Full Gospel Church, 947 George Brown Rd. in Crouse, will host a 15th Pastoral Anniversary celebration 4 p.m. for Founder/Apostle Eugene Brooks.
Community Foundation event
The Lincoln County Community Foundation will host an event celebrating its history of philanthropy 5-7 p.m. at Vesuvius Vineyards, 6173 Vesuvius Furnace Road in Iron Station. Cost is $50. To purchase tickets, call (704) 973-4520 or visit fftc.org/lincolnevent.
Register now to attend the six-week course “Living Healthy with Diabetes” at Crouse UMC, 3311 Crouse Sch. Rd. in Crouse. The class will be 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly starting Oct. 7 and is co-sponsored and taught by the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension and Senior Services. To register or for more information, call (704) 736-8461.
Miss Lincoln County Marine Corps League Scholarship Pageant will be 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Covenant Bible Church, 2168 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton. Ages 17 to 24 are eligible to compete. For more information or to register, contact Sherry Trevino at (704) 735-6936 or email@example.com or Pageant Director Teresa Schick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association will host the Little Miss Gastonia Pageant 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Gaston School of the Arts in Gastonia. Registration is currently open to ages 0-19 in Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, Catawba, Mecklenburg and York Counties. For more information or to receive an application, call (704) 827-7277 or visit missgastoniapageant.com.
Healthy cooking class
Registration is now open to attend the Lincoln County N.C. Cooperative Extension’s “Cook Smart, Eat Smart” class 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 and 31. Participants will learn recipes and cooking techniques. For more information or to register, call Melinda Houser at (704) 736-8461.
The Lincoln County NAACP will hold its first annual golf tournament 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Maiden. The event will feature Captain’s Choice teams of four. Cost is $85. Registration application and fees are due Oct. 18. For more information, call (704) 268-9419 or email email@example.com.