Maiden Christmas event
The Town of Maiden will host its “Merry Maiden Downtown Christmas Celebration” 5:30-8 p.m. at the Gazebo, located at the intersection of Main St. and Main Ave. In the event of rain, the celebration will be 4-7 p.m. Dec. 22.
Bibleway Church #9, Horseshoe Lake Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a fish fry 4-7 p.m.
Blue Christmas service
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Trinity Ch. Rd. in Vale, will host its fourth annual Blue Christmas worship service, co-sponsored by Sardis, Cedar Grove and Emmanuel Lutheran Churches, at 7 p.m. The program is for individuals who are feeling lonely or sad this season due to the loss of a loved one or other hardship. For more information, call (704) 276-1257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pisgah UMC, 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Gastonia, will host a blood drive, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, 2:30-7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. To setup an appointment (not required) call (704) 735-4515.
Kids’ Pajama Night
The Arts Council’s Festival of Trees gala will host a Kids’ Pajama Night 5-9 p.m. at 200 Gamble Dr. in Lincolnton. For more information, visit artslincolnnc.org or call (704) 732-9044.
Senior Christmas event
The Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, will host a Senior Christmas Open Mic Night, 6-9 p.m. Individuals are welcome to sing, play an instrument, act or do comedy. For more information, visit gastongov.com or visit (704) 922-2170.
Poetry Lincolnton will host poetic couple Adrian and Molly Rice 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Both are accomplished published poets, and Adrian is a native of Northern Ireland. Open mic will follow the event. For more information, call (704) 732-9055.
Step / drumline showcase
Highland School of Techology, 1600 N. Marietta St. in Gastonia, will host the YMCA’s 2013 Holiday Step Show and Drum Line Showcase featuring the Gashouse Steppers and Marching Titans Drumline. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7. Teams from NC and SC will compete for Best Overall, Best Stroll and Best Spirited.
New Providence Full Gospel Church, 947 George Brown Rd. in Crouse, will host a Christmas play at 4 p.m. For more information, call (704) 732-9644.
Festival of Trees
The Arts Council’s Festival of Trees gala will host its final weekend this month 5-9 p.m. at 200 Gamble Dr. in Lincolnton. The festival will also be open on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artslincolnnc.org or call (704) 732-9044.
Marantha Baptist Church, Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, will host a Christmas worship celebration “Hope is Born” at 11 a.m. Nursery and Children’s Church will be provided. For more information, call (704) 922-3992 or visit mbcdallas.com.
Gospel Way Baptist Church, 3904 Tryon Courthouse Rd. in Cherryville, will host The Reggie Sadler Family in concert at 11 a.m. and the Jubilee Choir & Specials at 6 p.m. For more information, call (704) 466-8774.
Festival of Trees
The Arts Council’s Festival of Trees gala will its final day 2-5 p.m. at 200 Gamble Dr. in Lincolnton with the featured program “Community Stories of Christmas Past.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artslincolnnc.org or call (704) 732-9044.
The LeBeau Family will perform a Christmas concert 11 a.m. at Maiden Wesleyan Church, 1125 Ivey Church Rd. in Maiden. A love offering will be collected.
Middle Cross Baptist Church, 3474 Crouse Sch. Rd. in Crouse, will host the event “Hope for Christmas” 6-8 p.m. Each family who attends will receive a free boxed meal and a new toy for children ages 0-17. Clothing and used toys will also be available. Anyone who needs assistance or would like to volunteer, call (704) 745-6307.