Applications are available now through Feb. 17 (deadline) for scholarships for Gaston College’s 2014-15 academic year. To apply, visit gaston.academicworks.com or click on the “scholarships” link at the top of the Gaston College website (gaston.edu). For more information or questions, call (704) 922-6228 or (704) 922-6312.
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. For more information, call
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.
Long Shoals Baptist Church, 2988 Long Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a Christmas cantata at 11 a.m. A covered dish lunch will follow the service.
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.
The White family and staff at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, 1139 E. Pine St. in Lincolnton, will host a Holiday Christmas Open House 3-6 p.m. to show appreciation for owner Mary Francis White. For more information, call (704) 732-1041.
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.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7:30 p.m.
Southside Baptist Church, 1725 Southside Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 11 p.m.
Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church, 1911 Zion Ch. Rd. in Hickory, will host a Christmas mass at 4 p.m. For more information, call (828) 850-2675.
Denver Fire Department, 3956 N. N.C. 16 in Denver, will handout toys to those who have signed up for their annual toy distribution program. For more information, call (704) 483-4115 or visit denverfd.com.