West Lincoln High School will host its annual homecoming parade 5:30 p.m. on Cat Square Rd. in Vale.
Gaston College will host a “Walk for Fitness” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Gayla Greene at the Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton, as part of the college’s third annual Total Wellness Week. The group will meet in the main building’s lobby. For more information, contact Stephanie Michael-Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 922-6215.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 4:30-7 p.m. at West Lincoln Family Medicine, 4429 N.C. 27 in Vale.
The New Beginnings Singles Club of Lake Norman, a social group of singles over 50 including residents in Lincoln County, will meet 6:30 p.m. at the Captain’s Galley Restaurant in Mooresville. Visitors are welcome. For information, call (704) 528-3864.
Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Gaston County Parks & Recreation Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, for a program on locating activities happening around town. Guest speaker will be Ellen Griffin. A covered dish supper will follow. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.
The Lincoln Quilters will meet 7 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Jean Winchester will present the program “Quilts of a Different Color.” Visitors are welcome.
The local AARP 3682 will meet in the Senior Center’s multi-purpose room at Gaston College’s Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton, at 11 a.m. Angie, from Lincoln County Hospice, will present the program. New members are encouraged. Call (704) 276-2153 for questions.
Fall yard sale
Ethelene’s Annual Fall Yard Sale will take place 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2600 Keever Dairy Farm Road in Lincolnton. Proceeds will go to help with missions for Salem Baptist Church. The yard sale will be rescheduled if it rains.
West Lincoln High School, 172 Shoal Rd. in Vale, will host a tractor parade 8:30 a.m. in celebration of homecoming week.
Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host “Quilted Treasures 2013 Quilt Show,” a two-day event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. There will be demonstrations, painting, door prizes, vendors and more. Cost is $5. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call Ramona Curtis at (704) 450-1166 or Chris Blankenship at (704) 240-9693.
Iron Station Elementary School’s PTA will host its annual “Get Your Feet to the Beat” Walk-A-Thon to raise funds for a new front playground. To donate, mail checks to the following address: Iron Station Elementary School, 207 E. N.C. 27, Iron Station, N.C. 28080. For more information, call (704) 736-4292.
First Wesleyan Church, 115 Bonview Ave. in Lincolnton, will host a BBQ sale 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $8. Delivery options will be available. For more information, call (704) 735-4956.
LHS 1973 reunion
Today is the final day to RSVP for the LHS Class of 1973’s 40th reunion, which will be 7-10 p.m. Nov. 2 at the VFW building in Lincolnton. Cost is $25. Attire is casual. Send an RSVP to the following address: People’s Bank, Attn: Chris Smith, P.O. Box 486, Lincolnton, N.C. 28093.
Theatre Guild play
The Lincoln Theatre Guild will present “Southern Fried Murder” 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door or online at: www.lincolntheatreguild.com.
Lincolnton Poetry will host guest poet Jessie Carty, author of six collections and adjunct writing instructor at UNC-Charlotte, 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Poets are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and read poems with a Halloween theme. Treats will be served, and open mic will follow the show.
Macedonia UMC in Vale will host a yard sale starting 7 a.m. and a hamburger/hot dog starting 11 a.m. Yard sale spots will be available for $5 apiece. For more information, call (704) 736-2264.
Church yard sale
The United Methodist Women of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 6073 Flay Road in Cherryville, will host an indoor yard sale from 7 a.m.-until. Proceeds will go to missions.
Church fall bazaar
Mountain View Baptist Church, 5045 East Maiden Road in Maiden, will host a fall bazaar 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund. For more information, call (704) 483-5806.
Fall yard sale
Ethelene’s Annual Fall Yard Sale will take place 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at 2600 Keever Dairy Farm Road in Lincolnton. Proceeds will go to help with missions for Salem Baptist Church. The yard sale will be rescheduled if it rains.
Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host the second day of “Quilted Treasures 2013 Quilt Show” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call Ramona Curtis at (704) 450-1166 or Chris Blankenship at (704) 240-9693.
Toys for Tots kickoff
A Toys for Tots kickoff event will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howards Creek Veterans Center, 508 Howards Creek School Road in Lincolnton. Attendees will learn about the program and can sign their children up to receive toys for Christmas. There will be fire trucks, sheriff cars, vintage vehicles, National Guard vehicles, a Toys for Tots train, jumpy house, hot dogs and Santa. The Miss Lincoln County Marine Corps League queens will also make an appearance. All past, present and future marines are welcome.
Church chicken-pie supper
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will host a supper 11 a.m.-until at the Family Life Center, 4051 King Wilkinson Road in Lincolnton. Chicken pie, chicken dumplings and stew beef will be available. Sides include green beans, cole slaw, potatoes, pinto beans, rolls, assorted desserts, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Live bluegrass and gospel music will be performed by “KRACE” from 5-7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Call (704) 732-7529 to preorder by Friday. To-go orders on the day of the event, call (704) 735-2968. Whole chicken pies are available for sale by preorder only. Proceeds go to benefit the church building fund.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association will host the Little Miss Gastonia Pageant at the Gaston School of the Arts, 825 Union Road in Gastonia. The competition for ages 0-6 years begins at 11 a.m., followed by the competition for ages 7-19 at 2 p.m. The event is an official preliminary for the North Carolina Outstanding Little Miss State Pageant. Proceeds benefit the Miss Gastonia scholarship fund. For more information, call (704) 827-7277 or visit www.missgastoniapageant.com.
Liberty Baptist Church’s Fall Festival will be 3-7 p.m. on West Maiden Rd. There will be free food, games, bounce houses, horse rides and more. For more information, call (828) 428-2278.
Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will host a dance 7-10 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, with Jack Fulbright & Musical Friends. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Cost is $8. Heavy appetizers, beverages and desserts will be served. For more information, call (704) 865-5663.
Church “Friend Day”
New Destiny Church in Denver will host “Friend Day 2013,” with music by Adoration, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.newdestinydenver.org or www.adorationmusic.com.
South River Baptist Church, S. River Rd. in Lincolnton, will celebrate its 59th homecoming celebration 11 a.m. with fellowship, singing and food.
Heavner 46th reunion
The Heavner 46th reunion will take place at Webbs Chapel Baptist Church in Crouse. All are invited. Bring well-filled baskets. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. For more information, call (704) 435-2295 or (704) 735-2470.
Hesed open house
Hesed House of Hope, 100 Ann Gaither Court in Lincolnton, will host an open house 1-2:30 p.m. Volunteer training will take place 3-4 p.m. Another training will be 5-6 p.m. Nov. 5. For questions, call (704) 732-0175.
Hinton Memorial UMC, 830 Car Farm Rd. in Lincolnton, will celebrate Michael Hill’s 14th year of service to the church at 3 p.m. Pastor Stan Mcreary will speak. Lunch will be served before the service at 1:30 p.m.
Intro pottery class
The Arts Council of Lincoln County will host an intro to pottery class with Jennifer Childers 2-5 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 732-9044 or email email@example.com.
Christian Ministry of Lincolnton, 207 S. Poplar St., will host its annual Hunger Walk with registration starting 2:30 p.m. in the back parking lot. Packets are available at the organization 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. For more information, call (704) 732-0383.
John XXIII Ecumenical Church, 1911 Zion Ch. Rd. in Hickory, will host a healing mass at 5 p.m. For more information, call Rev. Tom Sanford (828) 850-2675.
Fire dept. meeting
Union VFD, 4588 Reepsville Rd. in Vale, will host its annual community business meeting at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Pisgah United Methodist Church will host a GriefShare support group for people grieving the death of a loved one. The group will meet each Tuesday starting today for 13 weeks. For more information, call (704) 732-0538 or visit pisgah-umc.org.
Lincoln County Board of Realtors will sponsor a concealed-carry handgun training class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Lincolnton Sportsman Lodge, Horseshoe Lake Rd. in Lincolnton. Cost is $60 and includes lunch. To register, visit lincolnncrealtors.com and click the “CW Fundraiser” link. For more information, call (704) 473-4061 or (704) 477-0277. Proceeds will benefit Coalition Against Child Abuse.
The Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus will present its show of patriotic, folk, popular, and Broadway tunes 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter-by-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Rd. in Denver. For ticket information or to make reservations, call (704) 489-6249. A reception to meet the performers will follow the concert.
Register by Oct. 31 to attend Farm City Week’s Cotton-Picking Contest, which will be 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Victory Grove Baptist Church, 457 Victory Grove Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton. The event is sponsored by the Lincoln County unit of the N.C. Cooperative Extension and the 4-H Club. For more informtion or to register, contact April Dillon at (704) 736-8458 or April_Dillon@ncsu.edu.
Healthy holiday foods
The Lincoln County unit of the N.C. Cooperative Extension will host a healthy holiday food program 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Cost is $5. Individuals will taste samples and receive a recipe booklet. For more information or to make a reservation, call (704) 736-8461.