Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Senior Center, located at the Gaston College-Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 483-2778.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will hold a healthcare coverage seminar 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 489-6970.
School board meeting
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold a committee meeting 5 p.m. in the LCS administrative offices building, N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton.
Regional holiday pageant
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association will present the “Miss Merry Christmas Pageant” 6 p.m. at the Cherryville Community Building, 106 S. Jacob St. Pageant winners will participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday activities following the event including the 7 p.m. tree lighting.
Carriage rides throughout downtown Lincolnton will commence for the season 6:30-9:30 p.m. today and will continue every Thursday through Saturday night through Dec. 21. Cost is $10 per person and $5 per person for wagon rides.
The N.C. Symphony will perform its Holiday Pops show 8 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton with Conductor Alfred E. Sturgis. Cost is $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $6 for students 18 and under or with a college ID. Tickets may be purchased at any First Federal Savings Bank branch, the Cultural Center, online at ncsymphony.org or by calling the symphony box office at (877) 627-6724.
Theatre Guild play
The Lincoln Theatre Guild, in cooperation with Sherrill, Blake and Harrison CPA, PA, will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” directed by Amber Ellis and Ricky Newton, 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students & seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at lincolntheatreguild.com. For more information, call (704) 452-7830 or (704) 732-9055. Additional show dates will be Dec. 13-15.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees event, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, will host a preview party 7-10 p.m. at 200 Gamble Dr. in Lincolnton. Cost is $25. For a list of events and activities for this year’s festival, which runs Saturday through Dec. 22, visit artslincolnnc.org. Event tickets may also be purchased on the site.
Crouse UMC, 3311 Crouse Sch. Rd. in Crouse, will host a Christmas craft sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be biscuits, baked goods, hot dogs, door prizes and a variety of local crafters on-hand. Proceeds will benefit church mission projects. For more information, call (704) 735-2443.
Zion Hill Baptist Church, 8173 N.C. 18 in Lawndale, will host a Christmas bazaar 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with breakfast, crafts, quilts, baked and canned good items.
The PTA at G. E. Massey Elementary School, 130 Newbold St. in Lincolnton, will host a Christmas craft fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym with a variety of vendors and food items.
“Breakfast with Santa”
The Cultural Center will host “Breakfast with Santa” at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 per child. First Federal Savings Bank is also sponsoring the event. Mrs. Claus and the cast of The Nutcracker will serve breakfast. A maximum of two adults per child may eat for free. Tickets may be purchased at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton.
Lincolnton Church of God, 1435 Riverview Rd. in Lincolnton, will hand out free coats 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, call (704) 732-0012.
Nominations for this year’s Little Miss Cat Square and Miss Cat Square may be made 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cat Square Superette. Individuals may also vote among the top three nominations for Cat Square Mayor and register any horses, 4-wheelers or parade floats. The parade will be 2 p.m. Dec. 14 with lineup at 1 p.m.
Special Olympics bowling
The 2013 Special Olympics North Carolina Western Bowling Tournament will be 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pin Station Bowling Center in Newton. Athletes will stem from Lincoln County and 17 other counties. For more information or a schedule of events, visit specialolympicsnc.com or call 1-800-843-6276.
Overeaters Anonymous will meet 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2639 E. N.C. 150 (white building in back) in Lincolnton. For more information, call Robbie at (704) 616-2630. The group meets weekly.
The Capt. Jeb F. Seagle Marine Corps League will host a police-escorted toy run ride throughout Lincolnton, ending at Zippers Restaurant. Registration will be 12 p.m. at Iron Station Thunder. Cost is $15 per bike (meal included). Every $10 toy donation will receive a door prize ticket. For more information, call Sherry Trevino at (704) 747-8557.
Hot dog lunch
A free hot dog lunch will be 12-2 p.m. at Boger City Wesleyan Church, N.C. 27 East in Lincolnton.
The Denver Christmas Parade will be 2:30 p.m. The route will be along N.C. 16, N. Pilot Knob Rd. and Triangle Cir. A tree lighting ceremony will follow the event at 5 p.m. at Lake Norman Lutheran Church. For more information, visit elbanc.org.
Southside Baptist Church, 1725 Southside Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a “Lottie Moon Christmas Auction” at 6 p.m. A bbq meal will precede the event at 5 p.m. For more information, call (704) 735-2418.
Theatre Guild play
The Lincoln Theatre Guild will present the second performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students & seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at lincolntheatreguild.com. For more information, call (704) 452-7830 or (704) 732-9055. Additional show dates will be Dec. 13-15.
Family Movie Night
Gaston County Parks & Rec. will present a free “Family Movie Night” 7 p.m. at the Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, with a showing of “Jack Frost.” Hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and popcorn will be served. For more information, call (704) 922-2160 or visit gastongov.com.
New Hope Baptist Church, 532 N. Little Egypt Rd. in Denver, will host Southern Gospel singer Squire Parsons in concert at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (704) 483-8610.
New Hope Baptist Church, 5186 New Hope Rd. in Vale, will host a clothes giveaway 2-4 p.m. Free items will be on-hand for all ages and sizes. For more information, call (704) 462-4010.
“Caroling for Cans”
Lincoln County Girl Scouts will host its annual “Caroling for Cans” event 2-3 p.m. outside Bi-Lo’s, 417 N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (980) 329-6018. All canned goods will be donated to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County.
Theatre Guild play
The Lincoln Theatre Guild will present its third showing of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students & seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at lincolntheatreguild.com. For more information, call (704) 452-7830 or (704) 732-9055. Additional show dates will be Dec. 13-15.
Community candle lighting
Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services, 1100 E. Main St. in Cherryville, will host a community candle lighting 3 p.m. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people attending, the loved one who has passed and the person’s photo. For more information, contact Hannah Garrett at (704) 435-6711.
The combined choirs of Daniels Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church will present the Christmas cantata “Night of the Father’s Love” 4 p.m. at Daniels Lutheran, 3290 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton. A second performance will be 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Trinity Lutheran.
Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees will open for its official first day 5-9 p.m. at 200 Gamble Dr. in Lincolnton. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors & students, $2 for groups of 10 or more and free for children 5 and under. For more information, visit artslincolnnc.org or call (704) 732-9044. Anyone interested in displaying handmade art or antiques at the event can visit artslincolnnc.org/FOT.html.