Registration is now open to girls ages 0-19 from Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston and surrounding counties for Miss Easter on Parade Pageant, set for 3 p.m. April 5 at the Cherryville Community Building, 106 S. Jacob St. The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association is sponsoring the event. the Contestants wear an Easter dress or outfit and everyone receives a tiara. Proceeds benefit the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Fund. For information and an application, call (704) 827-7277(704) 827-7277 or visit missgastoniapageant.com. Deadline to enter is April 1.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gaston College-Lincoln campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. All donors will receive a free T-shirt. To schedule an appointment, call (704) 972-4700(704) 972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org.
Lions Club scholarships
Seniors at each of the county’s four public high schools may now apply for a $500 Lincolnton Lions Club college scholarship. Applicants must be Lincoln County residents and submit an application, high school transcript, two reference letters and an essay on volunteerism. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, scholastic aptitude, financial need and volunteer service. Applications are available with each school’s guidance counselor. Deadline to apply is April 25. For more information, contact Charles Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open to attend the 5th Annual Genealogical Conference April 11-12 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Parish House in Lincolnton. The two-day event is co-sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Assocation and Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society. Cost is $37.45. For more information, call the LCHA at (704) 748-9090(704) 748-9090 or email email@example.com.
Gaston College workshops
The Work-Based Learning and Placement program (formerly known as Student Employment and Cooperative Education) will offer two workshops at the Gaston College-Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen Street in Lincolnton, starting 8 a.m. with “Job Seeking Skills Workshop” in room 123 of the main building and “How to Navigate N.C. Works Online” at 1 p.m. in the same room. For more information, contact Joy Morrow at (704) 922- 6360(704) 922- 6360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaston College program
Gaston College will host information on its Career and College Promise program 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Lincoln Classroom Building at the Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend and learn how to earn college credit tuition free while still in high school. For more information, contact Amy Weisgerber at (704) 922-6297(704) 922-6297 or email@example.com.
Military Officers Association
The Catawba Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet for a membership dinner 6 p.m. at Lake Hickory Country Club in Hickory. For more details on membership and the MOAA Chapter NC-11, visit moaa-nc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library game night
The Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton will host a game night 6:30-8:30 p.m. and allow the public to test their skills with Angry Birds Star Wars or Jeopardy. For more information, call (704) 735-8044(704) 735-8044.
The Lincoln County chapter of the NAACP will host a community meeting 6:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Members will plan spring events and scholarship opportunities. The group now meets the fourth Thursday of every month, instead of every fourth Tuesday.
The Lake Norman Covekeepers will meet 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley, with guest speaker Rick Gaskins, executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. He will address the current coal ash crisis in the state along with its history, environmental dangers and what actions are being taken. For more information, call Ben Benoit at (704) 489-6249(704) 489-6249.
Open Mic Night
The Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, will host a free open mic night for seniors starting 6 p.m. For more information, call Gaston County Parks & Recreation Senior Center at (704) 922-2170(704) 922-2170 or visit gastongov.com.
“Suessical” the play
The Lincoln Theatre Guild and First Federal Savings Bank will present “Suessical” 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center (Timken Performance Hall). Additional performances will be 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and April 4-6. Tickets are sold out for the April 6th show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the door or in advance at lincolntheatreguild.com or 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cultural Center box office. For more information, call (704) 452-7830(704) 452-7830 or (704) 732-9055(704) 732-9055.
Rehobeth UMC, 9297 Sherrills Ford Rd. in Terrell, will host “Gospel Evening with Elvis” at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Childcare/nursery will be provided for $5. Tickets may be purchased or reserved at the church office 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays.
Pottery Festival preview
The Catawba Valley Pottery Festival, set for Saturday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, will host a preview event 7-10 p.m. Cost is $40 and includes a catered supper and concert by the Sigmon Stringers. For more information, call (828) 324-7294(828) 324-7294 or visit catawbavalleypotteryfestival.org.
Salem UMC will host a yard sale rain or shine for EL Relay for Life starting 7 a.m. at the Unity Church Rd. building. For more information, call Diane Keeney at (704) 483-6348(704) 483-6348.
Pisgah UMC’s Men’s group will host a breakfast fundraiser 7:30-11 a.m. at the church, 321 S. Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Proceeds will benefit local missions.
Yard/hot dog sale
Boger City Wesleyan Church, N.C. 27 East in Lincolnton, will host a yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hot dog sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot dogs are by donation only.
Kids’ Consignment Sale
Cornerstone Church, 401 E. Main St. in Maiden, will host a Kids’ Consignment Sale, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Items, including clothing, toys, shoes, books, movies and games, will discounted by 50 percent 10 a.m. 12 p.m. For more information or to register as a consigner, email email@example.com or call (828) 428-0101(828) 428-0101.
The American Bass Angler Tournament organization will host a couples on Lake Norman. For more information, call (704) 740-5813(704) 740-5813 or (704) 740-5813(704) 740-5813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tournaments take place weekends throughout the area and also including Lake Hickory and High Rock Lake.
Trooper 5K/Fun Run
The 2nd Annual Trooper FootChase 5K and Fun Run will start 8:30 a.m. at The New Conover City Park in Conover. The 5K will start at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, visit runsignup.com/Race/NC/Conover/NCTroopersFootChase5k or email race director Sgt. Kelly Stewart at email@example.com.
The Catawba Valley Pottery Festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory. Cost is $6 for adults and $2 for ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call (828) 324-7294(828) 324-7294 or visit
The Cosmetology Program at Gaston College will offer services 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. Services will include hair care, styling, coloring, nail and skin care. To make an appointment, call (704) 748-5252(704) 748-5252.
Opening Ceremonies for Gaston County Senior Games will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sims Legion Park. Seniors will be compete in football throw, softball throw, spin casting, corn hole and a fun walk. For more information, call Brian Rogers at (704) 922-2163(704) 922-2163. In the event of rain, events will take place at the Recreation Facility Bradley Center.
The Lincoln County GOP will host its annual convention starting with precinct meetings 10:30 a.m at the Lincoln County Senior Center, on the Gaston College-Lincoln Campus, 514 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton. Registration will start 10 a.m. and the convention will begin at 11 a.m.
Lincoln County Public Library will host a Jedi Academy for ages 6-10 2-3:30 p.m. at each of the three library locations (i.e. Lincolnton, Vale and Denver). Graduates will become Jedi Knights. For more information, call (704) 735-8044(704) 735-8044.
Chicken pie supper
The United Methodist Men of Bess Chapel UMC, 6073 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will host a chicken pie supper and gospel singing event 5-7:30 p.m. The Grigg Family will provide entertainment. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
“Suessical” the play
A second performance of “Suessical” will be 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center (Timken Performance Hall). Additional performances will be 3 p.m. Sunday and April 4-6. (Tickets are sold out for the April 6th show.) Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at lincolntheatreguild.com or 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cultural Center box office. For more information, call (704) 452-7830(704) 452-7830 or (704) 732-9055(704) 732-9055.
Chicken pie/ham lunch
Marvin UMC, 2731 Startown Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a chicken pie and ham lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A $9 donation is suggested to benefit Relay for Life.
Bethel Lutheran Church, 509 Long Shoal Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a soup and sandwich luncheon 12 p.m. following the 11 a.m. service. There will be food, games and fellowship. For more information, call (704) 460-3593(704) 460-3593 or (704) 718-3158(704) 718-3158 or visit the church at bethel-lutheran.net or on Facebook.
“Suessical” the play
A third performance of “Suessical” will be 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center (Timken Performance Hall). Additional performances April 4-6. (Tickets are sold out for the April 6th show.) Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at lincolntheatreguild.com or 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cultural Center box office. For more information, call (704) 452-7830(704) 452-7830 or (704) 732-9055(704) 732-9055.
The Pathfinders, of Mt. Holly, will perform 6 p.m. at Reeps Grove UMC, 7401 Reeps Grove Ch. Rd. in Vale. For more information, call (704) 276-2264(704) 276-2264.