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Caldwell Cuisine: The Culinary Arts Program at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute will prepare innovative and eclectic four-course meals as part of its spring Caldwell Cuisine series.

The dinners are held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Tickets are $21 and must be purchased in advance at the Civic Center box office

The schedule includes:

A Taste of the Southwest: 6 p.m. Jan. 17

Deep South: 6 p.m. Feb. 7

Hawaiian Night: 6 p.m. Feb. 21

St. Louis Missouri: 6 p.m. March 7

A Night Out in the City: 6 p.m. March 28

For details, visit

Comedy night: The Water Coolers, a quirky comedy revue that highlights topics talked about at work, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

The show features a unique blend of comedy, original songs and song parodies centered around work, life and balancing the two.

Tickets are $18.50 for adults, $12 for children. Details: 828-726-2242 or

Technology skills: Students interested in learning about technology, word processing, careers in computing and online test taking skills are invited to attend a free Technology Skills for College and Career Readiness course at CCC&TI.

Two options are available. An online class begins Jan. 22. A classroom session runs 1-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday beginning Jan. 23. Both classes require a face-to-face orientation session.

For information, contact Melinda Hefner at 828-726-2245 or

Agripreneur series: CCC&TI, the Watauga County Center, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and High Country Council of Governments will offer a series of agripreneur seminars beginning in January.

Arlene Childers, assistant director with NC REAL, will be the presenter. Sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road in Boone, on the following dates:

Jan. 17: Introduction to Business Planning, Market Feasibility, Competition, Sustainability

Jan. 24: Financial Feasibility and Breakeven Analysis

Jan. 31: Marketing Plan

Feb. 7: Business Operations

Feb. 21: Business Financials

RSVP is required by contacting Evelyn Asher at 828-263-5371 or


Crayons, coloring and kids: Catawba Valley Community College nursing student Stephanie Helon Snowden recently created an art therapy program to benefit pediatric patients at two regional hospitals.

Snowden spoke with medical staff at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

The campaign will gather new coloring books and crayons for young patients. Donations may be made through Feb. 8 at the CVCC Student Services Building, CVCC Cuyler A. Dunbar Building (fifth floor), First Baptist Church of Hickory, Hickory Public Schools administration building, Hickory Daily Record, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, The N Salon and the YMCA – Hickory Foundation.

For details, visit or email

Personal enrichment: A variety of continuing education classes will be offered by the CVCC Learning & Personal Enrichment Innovation Center beginning in January. The schedule includes:

Painting and More: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 16-March 6, West Hickory Senior Citizens Center, $40.

Digital Photography: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, Room 118, Alexander Campus or 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 28, Room 1001, East Campus. $70.

Beginners Sign Language: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22-March 12, Room 1009, East Campus. $70. Registration deadline is Jan. 15.

Freelance Writing for Fun and Profit: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, Room 1001, East Campus. $70.

Basic Photography: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 28, East Campus. $70. Registration deadline is Jan. 17.

For information, contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7037 or

Computer classes: CVCC will offer several computer classes beginning in January. The schedule:

Intro to Personal Computers & Windows: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 15-31, East Campus Room 956. $70.

Photoshop Basics: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24-March 14, REP 124. $70.

To register, call Janet Lail one week prior to class date at 828-327-7000, ext. 4116.

Earn certification: The CVCC Workforce Development Innovation Center will hold a Basic Air Conditioning Concepts and Refrigeration Certification course 7-10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 4-April 18.

The class will meet in VSL203-B on the Main Campus. Participants will earn skills for an entry-level job as an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technician assistant.

Cost is $200, plus a text book. To register, contact Janet Lail at or 828-327-7000, ext. 4116.

Gaston College

Testing center opens: Gaston College recently unveiled its new Katherine Harper Testing Center on Jan. 2. The new location is in Room 210 in the Craig Arts and Science Building.

Both curriculum and GED testing services are offered. Details: 704-922-2433.

Club Day: The Gaston College Student Government Association will sponsor Club Day 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Myers Center Café on the Dallas Campus.

Students can learn about clubs and upcoming events and register for organizations such as Men of Excellence, Rotaract, Cosmetic Arts and Sciences Association Club, TriO, Student Government Association and more.

Details: 704-922-6472,

Loan workshop: Small business owners are invited to attend a free workshop on obtaining a simple small business loan 2-4 p.m. Jan. 24 in Room 114 of the Gaston College Kimbrell Campus in Belmont.

Lending is available for start-up and existing businesses with loans of up to $25,000.

For information, contact Melissa Rivera-Terrell at 919-956-8889 or email You can also register online at

Latin American film: Gaston College’s “Celebrando America Latina” series will present “Maquilapolis: City of Factories: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Kimbrell Campus Auditorium in Belmont.

The film explores the realities of factory culture in Mexico. Altha Cravey, associate professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of “Women and Work in Mexico’s Maquiladoras,” will lead a discussion following the film. Documentary filmmaker Vicky Funari will join the discussion via Skype.

Notary Public class: Gaston College will offer several Notary Public classes beginning in January. The schedule includes:

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24, Dallas Campus

• 6-9:15 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 7, Lincoln Campus

• 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Kimbrell Campus, Belmont

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, Dallas Campus

For information, visit

Forklift training: Gaston College will offer a Basic Forklift Operator Training course 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 in Room 117 of the Pearson Life Skills Building on the Dallas Campus.

Participants will learn safety, operations, basic maintenance and OSHA compliance issues while earning an operator’s certificate.

Details: or 704-922-6447.

Special interest classes: Several special interest classes will be offered at Gaston College beginning in January. For class locations, descriptions and fees, visit or call 704-922-2244.

The schedule includes:

Cake Decorating I/Basics: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28-Feb. 18, Dallas Campus.

Cake Decorating II/Flowers: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, March 4-25, Dallas Campus.

Cake Decorating III/Fondant and Gum Paste: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 8-29, Dallas Campus.

Cake Decorating IV/Advanced Gum Paste Flowers: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-24, Dallas Campus.

Genealogy and Local History/Advanced: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24-March 28, Dallas Campus.

How to Freelance for Fun and Profit: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 23, TBA.

Knitting/Basics: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 26-March 19, Lincoln Campus.

Knitting/Intermediate: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 26-March 19, Lincoln Campus.

Modern Dance: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16, Dallas Campus.

Pottery/Basic: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 15-March 5, Dallas Campus.

Pottery/Advanced: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday, March 12-April 30, Dallas Campus.

Small business classes: Gaston College will offer a series of free Small Business classes next semester. Sessions meet 6:30-9 p.m. on the following dates and campuses:

ABCs of Starting a Small Business: Jan. 17, Kimbrell Campus, Belmont.

So You Think You Have a Great Idea, Now What?: Jan. 24, Kimbrell Campus, Belmont.

Profit Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Jan. 28, Lincoln Campus and Jan. 31, Kimbrell Campus, Belmont.

Business Planning I for the Entrepreneur: Feb. 4, Lincoln; Feb. 7, Belmont

Insurance Issues: Feb. 11, Lincoln; Feb. 14, Belmont

Business Planning II for the Entrepreneur: Feb. 18, Lincoln; Feb. 21, Belmont

Legal Issues: Feb. 25, Lincoln; Feb. 28, Belmont

Marketing I/I Want It Like I Like It: March 4, Lincoln; March 7, Belmont

Record Keeping: March 11, Lincoln; March 14, Belmont

Marketing II/Targeting for Results: March 18, Lincoln; March 21, Belmont

Tax Issues: March 25, Lincoln; April 4, Belmont

Marketing III/Great Expectations: April 8, Lincoln; April 11, Belmont

For information, visit or call 704-922-6447.

Freeman exhibits work: Gaston College art instructor Gary Freeman is one of eight artists featured in the Art of the Blue Ridge Realists exhibit on display through March 10 at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Freeman’s work is displayed along with other notable North Carolina artists as Bob Timberlake and Cotton Ketchie. An opening reception will be held Jan. 25.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. every first Sunday.

Veterans Club: Gaston College is starting a new club for students who are veterans.

Club members will receive assistance with transition into college life, as well as help with education benefits, resume writing, mock interviewing and PTSD awareness.

For information, contact Darren Stewart at 704-922-6472 or

Study tour to China: Gaston College will offer a Study Tour to China May 20-29. The tour will visit three of the country’s most unique and fascinating cities – Beijing, Xi’ an and Shanghai. Participants also will see Tiananmen Square, the Nine Dragon Screen, the Great Wall of China and Old Beijing’s temples, palaces and old alleyways.

All-inclusive price per person is $3,449. For information, contact Study Tours director Bob Blanton at

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Harlem String Quartet: Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome the Harlem String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Part of the Lenoir-Rhyne Concert Series, the concert is free and open to the public.

The Harlem Quartet is the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Program. The Hickory concert will feature a blend of styles, from Haydn and Beethoven to jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis.

The quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House and on WNBC, CNN and The Today Show.

For information, call 828-328-7147 or visit

Scholars Academy session: Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold an information session this week for high school juniors and their parents who are interested in the university’s High School Scholars Academy.

The session will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 213 of the McCrorie Center on campus.

Started in 2007, the academy offers a more advanced academic program for high school seniors. Selected students take English IV Honors plus three college classes in the fall and Advanced Placement English and three college classes in the spring.

First preference for admission is given to students enrolled in Catawba County, Hickory Public and Newton-Conover school systems. Applications are due in February.

For information on the session, contact Mary Ann Gosnell at or 828-328-7300.


Bridge built: Students in Western Piedmont Community College’s Building Construction Technology program recently constructed a bridge in DuPont Recreational State Forest in Cedar Mountain, N.C.

The bridge crosses Cripple Creek and completes a new trail to reach the High and Triple Falls that were featured in “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunger Games.” Previously, visitors had to take a long, dusty service road from a parking lot.

WPCC instructor Eric Hurley and his students have built projects at DuPont Recreational State Forest for six years, including piers, stairs, bridges and renovations to an old cabin.

WPCC earns funding: The Small Business Center at WPCC will receive up to $31,000 in funding through June from the Rural Economic Development Center.

Funds will allow the college to continue hosting a program site for the Growing America Through Entrepreneurship project. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Project GATE helps rural dislocated or laid-off workers approach self-employment as an alternative career path to finding a job.

The GATE Entrepreneurship Program at WPCC is in the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 S. Sterling St. in Morganton. For information, call 828-448-6131 or visit

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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