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4/23/2019 5:24:00 PM
Area Events

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

WEDNESDAY April 24th-Saturday April 27th

Friends of the Gaston County Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Gaston County Library will hold a book sale at the Main Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd. in Gastonia, 9 AM - 6 PM daily thru Saturday. Book sale proceeds from this public event will be used to provide equipment, furnishings and programming for the Gaston County Public Library. New items will be added to the sale each day.

THURSDAY April 25th

Photography Workshop (Newton)
The Catawba County Library will have a hands-on workshop to help people improve their skills in capturing landscapes and other elements of nature. Clayton Joe Young, CVCC photographic technology director, will conduct the workshop Thursday at 4 PM at the Main Library, 115 West C Street in Newton. To register, call 828-465-8665. Participants are reminded to bring along the digital camera they’re most comfortable using.

Kinship Workshop at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library (Hickory)
As a part of its Genealogy Thursdays series, the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd St. NE, Hickory, will present genealogist Peggy Mainess Thursday at 6:30 PM. The April workshop will focus on kinship. Participants will explore how families originated, the three types of family most of us have, and how each family can be used for research. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. Register online at or call 828-304-0500 extension 7235.

FRIDAY April 26th

Mac Frampton Concert (Gastonia)
The Gaston Concert Association will present pianist Mac Frampton in its final 2018-2019 season concert at First Assembly Church, 777 S. Myrtle School Road, at 7:30 Friday evening. Members of the Lincoln County Concert Association can attend the concert as a part of their reciprocal agreement with the Gaston Concert Assn. The 2019-2020 membership drive is underway, and those who join before this concert can attend it as well as the concerts in the 2019-2020 series at no additional charge. Memberships are currently $50 (regular price is $75). Tickets for this performance only are $25. To get a 2019-2020 membership and a free ticket to the Mac Frampton Concert, CLICK HERE.

Band Concert (Hickory)
In celebration of the ninety-seventh season of bands at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the 82-member Wind Symphony will present its spring concert Friday evening at 7:30 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The performances will be conducted by Daniel Kiser, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, director of university bands, and conductor of the L-R Wind Symphony, and Neil Underwood, associate director of university bands and director of the Spirit of -R marching band.

SATURDAY April 27th

Country Breakfast
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, will have a country breakfast 7 - 10 AM Saturday. A $7 donation is suggested to benefit the church building fund.

Relay for Life Fundraiser
Marvin United Methodist Church will be selling ham biscuits, hot dogs and other goodies at their annual Relay for Life Fundraiser Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM at Carolina Hardware, 969 Reepsville Road in Lincolnton. All proceeds benefit Lincolnton's Relay for Life.

Newton-Conover Rotary Car Show
The Rotary Club of Newton-Conover will hold its sixth annual car show this Saturday 9 - 2 on the square in downtown Newton. More than 150 hot rod and collector cars are expected. The cost to enter is $20 with proceeds from the event going to community charities. The show will be held, rain or shine. For additional information, contact Scott Gilleland at 828-461-2180.

Jerry Lackey Memorial Blood Drive
Covenant Bible Church, 2168 Gastonia Hwy, Lincolnton, will host a CBCC Blood Drive “In Memory of Jerry Lackey” Saturday 9 - 1. You must present a current, officially issued photo ID to donate. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall/Gym. All donors will receive a FREE t-Shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. For appointments contact Vickie at 704-530-8897.

Arthropod Day at Discovery Place (Charlotte)
A celebrity bug-eating contest, a huge ant farm, and athropods from horseshoe crabs to tarantulas are all a part of this day-long event which begins at 9 AM Saturday at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St, Charlotte. For more information, call 704-372-6261 or visit

Safe Kids Gaston County (Gastonia)
Every year millions of families around the world lose a child to a preventable injury. Preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States. Safe Kids Gaston County will hold its 5th annual Safe Kids’ Child Safety Fair 10 AM - 2 PM Saturday in the parking lot of Franklin Square Phase 1, 3000 E. Franklin Blvd. The event is free to the public and will include a child safety seat inspection station, helmet and bike safety, a buckle-up challenge, water and fire safety, book giveaways, and safety tips on many other areas of child safety.

2nd annual Touch a Truck Festival (Huntersville)
Discovery Place-Kids puts kids in the driver’s seat of fun during this
free community event Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM at Central Piedmont’s Merancas campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr, Huntersville. Kidscan see, touch and climb in all kinds of trucks, cars and specialty vehicles: from 18-wheelers and construction vehicles to fire trucks and police cruisers. For more information, visit

Anthony Grove Baptist Church Buffet/Cruise In
Anthony Grove Baptist and Big Iron Saturday will host a BBQ Buffet and Cruise-In 5 - 8 PM at the church,  100 Anthony Grove Church Road in Crouse. All you can eat--$10 for adults, $5 for kids age 10 and under. Great food, fellowship and rides. All proceeds will benefit their kids ministry. 

Westward Road/Lakeside Bluegrass  Gospel Concert

Westward Road from Indianapolis, Indiana and Lakeside Bluegrass from Madisonville, Tennessee will be in concert Saturday 6 - 8 PM at Living Word Ministries, 1062 Hwy 16-business south at Lowesville. The concert will be no cost, but a freewill offering will be received. The church is located 1.8 miles south of the intersection of highways 73 and 16-business. 

SATURDAY April 27th &
SUNDAY April 28th

Great American Cleanup Events
Lincoln County residents are invited to participate in county-wide cleanup and beautification events (April 27) & Sunday (April 28th). To volunteer, contact Keep Lincoln County Beautiful President Patty Korn, 704-451-7313,, Executive Director Jeanette Johnson, 704-479-2058, jjohnson@, or Payton Velligan, [The italicized items are email addresses, not links.]

TUESDAY April 30th

Group Respite Town Hall Meeting
A town hall meeting for group respite in Lincoln County will be held Tuesday beginning at 6 PM in the multipurpose room at Lincoln County Senior Services, 514 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton. For more information, contact Christina Joyce at 704-637-3940 or Lauren Vordenberg at 704-736-8811.

Jason Harpe’s “Thank You Reception” for LCHA Members
The Lincoln County Historical Association will host a reception Tuesday (April 30th) 6:30 - 8:30 PM @ Lincoln Country Club honoring Jason Harpe, who after 22 plus years has retired as Executive Director.  The event will also feature a raffle for the chance to purchase a Charlie Lisk commemorative face jug. The event is free to all current members of the LCHA with heavy hors d'oeuvres provided. You must be a current LCHA member to attend the reception.


National Day of Prayer Events
Sally's YMCA will host a National Day of Prayer Breakfast at Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church, 4640 Webbs Chapel Church Road, Denver, beginning at 6:45 AM. The PrayerService starts at 7:30 AM with speaker  CoAch Eddie Payne, a longtime head men’s basketball coach for USC Upstate University. Pre-registration is required at 704-716-4522.

At 6 PM Thursday evening, Pastor Joey Williams of Daystar Church and Bishop Franklin Lowery of Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church will lead a prayer service at the outdoor chapel across the road from the Lincoln County Family YMCA. Special music will be provided by the Unity Choir.  The evening event is FREE and open to the community, no reservations required.

Fiesta Time (Belmont)
The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an after-work networking event Thurdsday May 2nd from 5:30 - 7 PM at Riverside Marina, 1500 River Drive in Belmont. This pre-Cinco de Mayo event for members and guests will be a great opportunity to get to know others in business, industry and professional positions in the Montcross area. Cost is $15 for Montcross Area Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Advance reservations are required. Call 704-825-5307 or visit MACC Fiesta Warm Up to Cinco de Mayo to make your reservation & pay.

FRIDAY May 3rd

City Lunch Remembrance Celebration
The fourth annual event in remembrance of Donnie Goodson has been expanded this year and changed to a fund-raiser in memory of Donnie and of Brian Greer. Donnie Goodson enjoyed eating at City Lunch, especially on “fried chicken day.” It was not just the food that kept him coming back, it was the people, both staff & customers. He considered them all his friends. This year, the event Friday 11 AM - 2 PM will offer a chance to say thank you to the Greer Family and celebrate two men whose lives impacted our community. The Davis and Goodson families will make a donation to the Greer family and urges others to do likewise during this celebration.

South Fork Fire Dept. Hot Dog Sale
The South Fork Fire Department will host a hot dog sale beginning at 11 AM Friday at the fire station just off the Gastonia Highway. Get two hot dogs, chips, dessert & drink for $5, or enjoy a Firehouse Dog for just a dollar. Call-in orders start at 9:00 am Friday at 704-735-3446

Bourbon, Beer & BBQ (Conover)
The Greater Hickory Jaycees will sponsor this event 6 - 11 PM at Conover Station, 403 Conover Station SE, Conover. A $25 ticket includes bourbon & moonshine tasting and a beer token. Additional beer & BBQ will be available for purchase. Music will be provided by Tony Bailey & Chad Triplett & Two Lane Blacktop.


North Lincoln High School iKnight Technology Yard Sale
The event begins at 6 AM at the school on Lee Lawing Road. Items will be for sale with proceeds going to the PTO, or you can rent a space (8' x 16') for $10 and sell items yourself. The deadline for reserving a space is Thursday (May 2nd).

Spring Art at the Farm (Hickory)
The 21st annual Spring Art at the Farm will be held at the Farm, 5726 Grace Chapel Road in Hickory, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM. Enjoy music by Mike Willis and Neal Davenport 10:30 to 1:30 and Kevin Lee Smith 2:00 to 4:00. Crafted items on sale will include pottery, wearable metal art, quilted items, glass art, soaps, oil paintings, wooden utensils and cutting boards, stone and recycled metal sculpture, and more. For more information, call 828-228-2142.

Safe Kids Day
The 3rd annual Safe Kids Day will be held Saturday beginning at 10 AM at the Lincoln County Family YMCA. Information will be available on gun safety, bike safety, child safety seats, water safety and more. Admission is FREE.

Lincolnton Food, Wine & Brew Fest
The annual Food, Wine & Brew Fest happens 11 AM - 5 PM Saturday in downtown Lincolnton. The festival features food trucks, regional craft wineries and breweries, entertainment, artists, and a farmer's market. Wine-tasting tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

Star Wars Day (Huntersville)
"May the Fourth Be With You" as Discovery Place-Kids, 105 Gilead Road in Huntersville, holds a Star Wars Day beginning at 11:15 AM.

13th annual First Federal Savings Price is Right
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center will host the 13th annual Price is Right fundraising event Saturday 5 - 9 PM at the Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. Those attending pay $10 for a ticket which grants them the chance to be "called on down" where they compete to win prize packages. This event also has a silent auction with amazing baskets, event tickets, household items and more. Tickets can be purchased at door the day of the event or call 704-736-1155 for more information.

MAESTRO CHALLENGE: An Evening of John Williams (Hickory)
The new Western Piedmont Symphony Music Director & Conductor will be revealed at "May the Fourth Be With You!" This special concert event will begin at 7:30 PM Saturday at the L.P. Franz Hickory Crawdads Stadium, 2500 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 for children 3 - 17, kids 2 and under FREE. CLICK HERE to reserve tickets or call 828-324-8603 for more information.

Beatles vs Stones (Charlotte)
It's a musical showdown of the hits. “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” returns to the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College Street in Charlotte Saturday at 8 PM. Tickets are $35-$65 and can be purchased online at, by phone 704-372-1000 or through the Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office, located in the Belk Theater Lobby at 130 North Tryon Street in Charlotte.

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