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Be sure to buy safe toys for Christmas


This Christmas when you are shopping for toys, make sure you are getting a safe product.

In 2010, an estimated 181,500 children were treated to an emergency room for a toy related injury.

When shopping, consider your child’s age. It’s worth it to read the instructions to make sure the toy is right for your child.

Look for potential choking hazards!

You should always supervise children while they play and set good examples of safe play. Store toys in a safe place such as a bin or container when playtime is over.


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  • Looking for stuff to do around the Holidays?


Events at the Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. Call 704.866.6908 or visit www.schielemuseum.org for more information:


Colonial Christmas & Candlelighting

When: Saturday, December 14, 2 – 6 p.m.

Bring your family and celebrate the Season in the 18th-century style! Join us in the “Procession of the Yule Log,” decorating with greenery, singing early American carols and English country dancing. As the day draws to a close, gather with our Backcountry family for the traditional Candle-lighting Service and scripture reading. Enjoy colonial hospitality with a taste of Christmas pudding and hot gingered apple cider. Free for Schiele Museum Members and free with Paid General Admission for non-members.



When: Monday, December 16, 5 – 6 p.m. Members Only, 6 – 8 p.m. other visitors.

Santa Claus makes a special stop at the Schiele for an evening of fun activities especially for the kids! Make a natural tree ornament, see a holiday planetarium show, tour our exhibits, and enjoy holiday movies. Don’t miss story time with our costumed safari character Kilimanjaro Jack! Bring your camera for a photo opportunity with Santa himself! Activities are first-come / first-served.

$3 Museum Members / $ 5 Nonmembers


Winter Solstice

When: Saturday, December 21, Sunrise

Join with a group of revelers at the Aboriginal Studies Center on the Nature Trail as they celebrate the Winter Solstice sunrise. Bring along your drums, horns and other noise makers. Free for Schiele Museum Members and free with paid General Admission for non-members.



  • Christmas Area Parades

Stanley, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11

Dallas, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

Lowell, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14



  • Winter Books from the Gaston County Public Library


“Winter: Signs of the Season Around North America” by Mary Pat Finnegan


“Snowy, Blowy Winter” by Bob Raczka


“Crafts to make in the Winter” by Kathy Ross


“The Shortest Day” by Wendy Pfeffer


“A Winter Day” by Douglas Florian


“Winter Visitors” by Elizabeth Lee O’Donnell


One Winter’s Day” by Christina M. Butler


“Chaucer’s First Winter” by Stephen Krensky



  • Want to learn more about the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties?


The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is your local Smart Start agency. You can reach us at 704-922-0900 or visit us online at www.pfclg.com. Our vision is a community where young children will reach their health and educational potential.


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Amy Wadsworth is public information coordinator for the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties.

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