Now that you've stuffed yourself with turkey, chances are you are ready for some Holiday shopping. Even those who disdain anything related to Christmas before Thanksgiving are usually ready to join the celebration after turkey day. So now you can listen to those holiday songs you've been missing without offending those who say 'not before Thanksgiving.'
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We salute those who helped others to enjoy the day--the medical workers, first responders including police, fire and EMS personnel who were on duty just in case, and the folks who prepared and served a Thanksgiving meal at the Christian Ministries Soup Kitchen to make sure nobody went hungry--and the volunteers who helped out at Hesed House to make sure those who have no home had a warm place to rest. This Saturday, Emerge Ministries and Abundant Joy Ministries are teaming up to provide 250 male inmates at the Lincoln Correctional Facility a home cooked Thanksgiving Meal.
While Friday is Black Friday, Saturday Small Business Saturday, and Monday Cyber Monday--all big shopping events, we hope you won't forget Giving Tuesday. First organized in 2012, it's the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a time to share the abundance with which you have been blessed with others. There are many charities deserving of your help--and if you can't give money, opportunities to volunteer are numerous.
Government offices will be closed Friday; but the Post Office and banks will be open. The Lincoln County landfill and convenience sites are closed only four days out of the year--one of those is Thanksgiving Day but they'll be open again on Friday. For Lincolnton residents, the garbage pickup was moved up a day from Thursday to Wednesday, but the Recycling Center at City Park on North Aspen Street will be open Saturday as usual.
Holiday shopping gets into high gear this weekend. Black Friday is followed by Small Business Saturday. There's also a Small Business Expo Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM at the James W. Warren Citizens Center (see Lincoln Herald ad). Saturday is also the day for the Maiden Christmas Parade (3 PM) and on Sunday, Lincolnton has its Christmas Parade at 4 PM followed by the tree lighting ceremony. The East Lincoln Betterment Association will have its tree lighting ceremony in front of Lake Norman Lutheran Church on highway 16-business at Natalie Commons Drive Sunday at 5:30 and Stanley has its Christmas tree lighting on Main Street across from the Brevard Place Museum near the railroad tracks also at 5:30 Sunday. [This year, the tree is on the other side of the tracks--adjacent to highway 27.]
If you aren't too busy shopping you may want to help out with a cleanup project at Betty Ross Park on South Madison Street in Lincolnton this Friday. It's called Blue Friday and it's a nationwide DIY cleanup initiative. Beginning at 2 PM, volunteers will be picking up trash and doing other cleanup chores at Betty Ross Park, on the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail, and at City Park on North Aspen Street.
On Saturday, you might want to start your day with a Country Breakfast. Daniels Lutheran Church at 3170 Reepsville Road will serve one 7-10 AM. A $7 donation is suggested.
On Saturday from 10 AM-4 PM the Lincoln County Historical Association will present a program "The Lives of Enslaved African Americans" (as told by Nicole Moore and Dontavius Williams). The event will be held at the Historic Ramsour Mill Battlegound Park, 301 Jeb Seagle Road in Lincolnton. For more information visit the LCHA Facebook page or call 704-748-9090. Cost is $10 per person.
On Sunday (Nov. 25th) St. Peter by the Lake Episcopal Church on Fairfield Forest Road in Denver will have pictures with Santa following the 10:30 AM service. The photos are free and they'll email them to you next week--just in time to send out with holiday cards.
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