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.
The Lincoln County Public Library will host a special “Christmas Storyhour” at the Florence Shanklin Branch Library, 7837 Fairfield Forest Rd. in Denver, 5-7 p.m. There will be stories, hot chocolate and an appearance by special guests from the North Pole. For more information, call (704) 483-3589.
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 hand out toys to those who have signed up for their annual toy distribution program. For more information, call (704) 483-4115 or visit denverfd.com.