Individuals may now purchase advanced tickets for a grilled chicken lunch plate to assist Jeff Leonhardt and family. Plates may be picked up 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at the West Lincoln Rescue Squad building, 1329 Wright Rd. in Vale. Cost is $8. For tickets, call Robin at (704) 735-5375 or Loretta at (704) 276-3109.
McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville, near the Lincoln County line, will have a three-minute siren test at 11:50 a.m. No public action is required.
Iron Station seniors
Iron Station seniors will meet 12 p.m. at Ironton Presbyterian Church for a covered dish lunch.
Memory Apron project
The Lincoln County Senior Center, 514 S. Academy St. on the Gaston College-Lincoln campus in Lincolnton, will host a workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its ongoing Memory Apron project. The aprons will be handed out to individuals in the community with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Lunch will be provided. Sewing machines, sewing boxes and scissors are needed. An additional workshop will be May 9. For more information or to register, call Becky Putnam at (704) 736-8410 or Tabitha Thomas at (704) 732-9053.
UMAR-Lincolnton Arts Center “Art on Main,” 202 E. Main St., will host a beginner level watercolor class 6-8 p.m. Participants must bring a set of watercolor brushes and watercolor paper. Cost is $10. More advanced watercolor classes will also take place throughout April and May. For more information, call (704) 240-9838.
The Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston Area will meet 6 p.m. for a covered dish dinner at the Gaston County Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas. Counselor Marcia Thompson will follow with the program “Building Healthy Relationships.” For more information, call (704) 865-5663.
The 21st Annual Lincoln County Rotary Auction for Education will be 6 p.m. nightly through Saturday at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. The auction provides funds for the Rotary Student Loan Fund. For more information or to volunteer, donate or register for the event, email Becky Reavis at email@example.com.
Sons of Confederate
The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1616 Gen. R. F. Hoke/Col. Wm. J. Hoke will meet 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Harmon Lackey at (704) 472-7980.
Music students from Davidson College will perform pieces from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in a special concert performance 7 p.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church, 8210 Unity Ch. Rd. in Denver, as part of the Lincoln County Public Library’s celebration this year of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
Lincoln County Senior Services will host its 21st Annual Healthy Living Series program “Caring for Ourselves and Others” 9-11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, 514 S. Academy St. on the Gaston College-Lincoln campus in Lincolnton. Individuals may sign-in as early as 8:30 a.m. Another class will be April 15 at the East Lincoln Community Center in Denver. For more information or to register, call (704) 732-9053.
The Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, will host a senior dance for ages 55 and up 7-10 p.m. with entertainment from The Country Bucks. Cost is $4. For more information, call (704) 922-2170.
Indoor yard sale
St. Matthews United Church of Christ, U.S. 321 / Maiden Hwy. in Maiden, will host an indoor yard sale and biscuit and hot dog sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Brian Center in Lincolnton will host a yard sale starting 7 a.m. For more information, call (704) 735-8065.
North Brook Baptist Church, 7421 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will host a yard sale and hot dog/bake sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit church mission teams.
Marvin UMC, Startown Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a breakfast buffet 7-10 a.m. A $6 donation is requested for the parsonage fund. The United Methodist Women’s group will also be selling baked goods at the event to benefit church mission work.
The United Methodist Women’s Group at Bess Chapel Church, 6073 Flay Rd. in Cherryville, will host a country breakfast at 7 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
The Lake Norman Garden Club will host its 15th Annual Plant Sale 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rehobeth UMC, 9297 Sherrills Ford Rd. in Terrell. Master Gardners will be on-hand to assist with questions. Baked goods will also be for sale. Proceeds will benefit community projects and the upkeep of the Uncle Billy’s Garden at Sherrills Ford Library and a scholarship for a local student majoring in a horticulture-related field.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton (Pumpkin Center), will host a group yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center.
Capt. Jeb. F. Seagle Marine Corps League & Toys for Tots will host a fundraiser yard sale starting 8 a.m. at World Wide Imports in Lincolnton. Anyone wishing to donate items, can call Ray or Sherry Trevino at (704) 735-6936, and they will come pickup the items from locations in the Lincolnton area.
Easter Bunny breakfast
Hill’s Chapel UMC, 988 S. N.C. 16 in Stanley, will host breakfast with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt starting 9 a.m. Children are asked to bring a basket and be accompanied by an adult. The event is free.
CAC Purse sale
The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center will host a new and gently-used purse sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln County YMCA, 1402 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton, to raise money for the facility, which caters to child sexual assault victims. Purses will be $5-$10.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Covenant Bible Church, 2168 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton. To schedule an appointment at the location or for more information, call (704) 972-4700 or visit Carolinadonor.org.
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a free Bread of Life Food Giveaway 9-11 a.m. Recipients qualify if they already receive food stamps or assistance from Christian Ministry in Lincolnton. Each recipient will receive a 50-pound food box. Individuals may start lining up in the church parking lot at 7 a.m.
Earth Day/Spring Fling
Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Lincoln Natural Resources Committee will host a free Earth Day Celebration & Spring Fling will 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 216 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton (rain or shine). Activities will include a paper various information booths, an egg hunt and children’s crafts related to recycling, the water cycle and more. Smokey the Bear will also make an appearance and there will be a paper shredding truck on-hand 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and an operation medicine drop 9-11 a.m. For more information, contact Patty Dellinger at (704) 736-8501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter bunny visit
The Easter Bunny will stop by East Lincoln Christian Ministry, 4278 Catawba Burris Rd. in Denver, 10-11 a.m. to take pictures with area children and hand out gifts.
The Florence Shanklin Library in Denver will host a Jedi Academy 2-3:30 p.m. for children ages 6-10. Upon completion, children will become Jedi Knights. For more information or to register, call (704) 735-8044.
Easter egg hunt
Crowell UMC, 4018 Killian Rd. in Lincolnton, will host an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a basket. There will be prizes, candy and refreshments available. For more information, call (704) 735-8889.
David’s Chapel UMC, David’s Chapel Rd. in Vale, will host a pinto bean supper starting 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the United Methodist Women’s group for local missions.
Living Word Ministries, 1062 N.C. 16 in Lowesville, will host the Griggs Bluegrass Band, the Childers Family and Carroll Cooke & Determined 6 p.m. for a free concert. A freewill offering will be collected.
Palm Sunday service
Rehobeth UMC, 9297 Sherrills Ford Rd. in Terrell, will host special Palm Sunday services at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with a palm processional. For more information, call (828) 478-2518 or visit rehobethumc.org.
Palm Sunday service/egg hunt
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Ch. Rd. in Cherryville, will host a special Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. An Easter egg hunt for children will be at 4:30 p.m. followed by a hot dog dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a children’s musical event at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (704) 435-9636.
Trail to the Cross
Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church will host its annual “Trail to the Cross” event 2-4 p.m. at the Ponderosa Show Grounds, Startown Rd. in Lincolnton. The community is invited to walk a re-enactment of the journey Jesus took from His ride on a donkey into Jerusalem to carrying His cross to Calvary. For more information, visit blazintrailscc.com.
Zion Hill Baptist Church, 3460 Zion Hill Rd. in Cherryville, will host a pastor appreciation service 2:30 p.m. for Pastor Roger W. Fuller and family. Rev. Denorris Byers will speak in the morning; Rev. Ray Lockhart Jr., of Ellis Baptist Church, will speak in the afternoon. For more information, call (704) 435-3355.
The combined choirs of Daniels Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church will present an Easter Cantata “A Testimony of Life” 4 p.m. at Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton. The event will celebrate the life of Christ.
Coalition of Churches
The Coalition of Churches will sponsor a Palm Sunday service 6 p.m. at New Providence Full Gospel Church, 947 George Brown Rd. in Crouse. Reverend Renee McClain, of Poplar Springs A.M.E. Zion Church, will speak, and music will be provided by Poplar Springs’ choir and the Coalition of Churches’ choir.
Heartstrings of Fairview and Daystar from Cherryville will perform a concert 6 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 3413 E. N.C. 150 in Lincolnton. A love offering will be collected.
We R Forgiven will perform 6 p.m. at Daystar Church of God, 115 Industrial Park Rd. in Lincolnton, during the evening service. For more information on the group, visit werforgiven.com.
BBQ fundraiser / church concert
New Grace Baptist Church, 3462 N.C. 73 in Iron Station, will host a BBQ fundraiser 4-5 p.m. and entertainment from the Reggie Sadler Family at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit church missions in the Philippines. For more information, call (704) 732-9918 or (704) 747-6434.