Belmont Abbey College
Carolina Brass begins series: Carolina Brass will present music including classical, jazz and Big Band in the first performance of Arts at the Abbey at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Abbey Basilica at Belmont Abbey College.
Admission is free; donations are accepted. For information, visit www.bac.edu or call 704-461-6813.
Additional dates in the series are:
• 8 p.m. Oct. 18, Carolina Pro Musica: The Court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II with works from the imperial court and Italian innovation through drama and melody.
• 8 p.m. Nov. 7, Jones Maruri Duo. Based in Spain, this duo features cellist Michael Kevin Jones and guitarist Agustin Maruri and music from baroque to contemporary.
• 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Holiday Concert featuring the Belmont Abbey College Choir and instrumental students.
• 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Poinsett Piano Trio, which has traveled to New Zealand, Germany and across the United States.
• 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Music for Flutes and More featuring harpist Hannah Block and flutist Sam Stowe III along with the Gardner-Webb University Flute Ensemble.
• 8 p.m. March 31, Carolina Pro Musica: St. Petersburg during Catherine the Great.
• 3 p.m. May 4, Spring Concert. Abbey music students close out the college year with a variety of choral and instrumental selections both sacred and secular.
Early music concerts: Carolina Pro Musica, based at Belmont Abbey College, recently announced the lineup for its 36th season beginning this fall. The series will focus on early music from across Europe.
The schedule includes:
• 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Knowing the Styles: Music by Handel, Bach, Telemann
• 8 p.m. Oct. 26, The Vienna Court of Ferdinand II of Hapsburg
• 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Christmas at St. Mary’s Historic Chapel, Medieval and Renaissance Music
• 8 p.m. Feb. 15, The French Court of Catherine de Medici
• 8 p.m. April 5, The St. Petersburg Court of Catherine the Great
All concerts except the Dec. 14 shows will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.
Season tickets are $48 adults, $30 students and seniors. Single show tickets are $15 adults, $7.50 students and seniors.
For information, visit www.carolinapromusica.org or call 704-334-3468.
Fall cuisine: The Culinary Arts program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will begin its fall cuisine series with a Louisiana Dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Tickets are $21 per person.
The dinner includes fried green tomatoes, quenelle goat cheese and piquant sauce, shrimp and crawfish gumbo, a choice of jambalaya or blackened catfish, cornbread and beignets.
Additional dates include:
• Octoberfest at Caldwell Cuisine, Oct. 24
• Harvest Celebration, Nov. 21
For information or tickets, visit www.broyhillcenter.com or call 828-726-2307.
College readiness classes: The College and Career Readiness Division of CCC&TI will offer two college preparatory classes this fall.
Technology Skills for College and Career Readiness will run 2-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 16-Dec. 2 in Room G-233 on the Caldwell Campus. Students will learn technology skills, improve keyboarding and learn word processing, spreadsheet and presentation skills. Admission is free. For information, contact Melinda Hefner at 828-726-2245 or email@example.com.
College Placement Test Preparatory Class will run 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 17-Dec. 12 on the Caldwell Campus. The free course will help students refresh reading, language and math skills with the goal of testing out of lower level courses. To schedule a pre-assessment or to register, call 828-726- 2230.
Panel speaks on tourism: The Watauga Small Business Center at CCC&TI will present a panel discussion on “Tourism: Attracting & Sustaining a Global Community for Small Business” 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.
Speakers include Dana Clark, chairman of the Hospitality and Tourism Department at Appalachian State University; Terence Milstead, assistant professor of geography and planning at Appalachian; Alex Naar, director of community and business outreach at the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University; Eleanor Talley, industry relations manager with the Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development; and facilitator Cortina Caldwell, founder and managing consultant to Visit&Venture.
The program is free and open to the public. To register, call 828-263-5371 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness.
Continuing education: CCC&TI will offer several Continuing Education courses this fall. The schedule includes:
Private Pilot Ground School: 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Dec. 3, CCC&TI TAPS Campus, Hudson. Cost is $126. Call 828-726-2242.
Intro to Bluegrass Guitar: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Cost is $75. Call 828-726-2242.
Intro to Beekeeping: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 3-17, Watauga Campus. Cost is $16. Call 828-263-5370.
Mixology/The Study of Mixing Beverages: 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 20, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Students must be at least 21 years old to enroll. Cost is $126. Call 828-726-2242.
Comedy takes stage: “Unnecessary Farce,” a fast-paced comedy written by Paul Slade Smith, will open at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Foothills Performing Arts Theatre.
The play follows two cops and three crooks, including an embezzling mayor, his female accountant and a hit man as they meet in a cheap motel room.
The show runs at 8 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 3 p.m. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and 3 p.m. Sept. 29 in the CCC&TI Caldwell Campus B Building.
Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students. For information, call 828-726-2318.
Christian concert kicks off series: The Swallow the Ocean Tour featuring NewSong, Aaron Shust, Royal Tailor and special guests Love & The Outcome will kick off the 2013-2014 Showcase of Stars season at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.
Contemporary Christian powerhouse NewSong will headline the event with music from their best-selling 18th album, “Swallow the Ocean.” The group has 20 No. 1 Christian radio singles, a Dove Award, a Grammy nomination and induction in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Tickets are $18 adults, $12 per person for groups of 10 or more. A new “All In” rate offering tickets to nine shows for $100 also is available for the Showcase of Stars season. For information, visit www.broyhillcenter.com.
Additional dates in the series are:
John Cowan Band: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19
Raleigh Ringers: 8 p.m. Nov. 16
An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
The Dallas Brass: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8
Hickory Jazz Orchestra Dinner, Dance & Romance: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15
Caldwell Musicians Showcase featuring Strictly Clean and other regional groups: 7:30 p.m. March 15
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Foothills Performing Arts: 7:30 p.m. April 3-5, 3 p.m. April 6. A tea party-themed reception will be held prior to the April 5 show.
Country music star Kathy Mattea: 7:30 p.m. May 3
International film series: “Searching for Sugarman” will kick off the CCC&TI International Film Series at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 17 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.
Admission is free. An optional South African-themed dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $15 per person.
A second showing of the film will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Room 112 of the Watauga Campus in Boone.
The screenings are free and open to the public.
Entrepreneur Hemstreet speaks: Molly Hemstreet, founder of Opportunity Threads in Morganton, will speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the new Corporate Development Center at Catawba Valley Community College. She will share her business experience and take questions from the audience.
Opportunity Threads provides customers with apparel production, sampling and prototyping. The company is co-owned by employees and focuses on rejuvenating North Carolina’s textile industry.
The free program is sponsored by the CVCC Small Business Center, Emerging Entrepreneur’s Club and Manufacturing Solutions Center. To register, call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.
Shag dance: CVCC will offer “Shag Dancing for Beginners” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 22 at the city of Newton Recreation Department.
Judy Boston will teach students the “dance of the South” with six-count basic step, male and female turns, lead out, chase, cuddle, pivot and variations on fundamental steps. Partners are needed.
Cost is $55, and participants must be 18 or older. Registration deadline is Sept. 17.
For information, call 828-327-7037.
Wreath making: Learn the basics of wreath construction at a personal enrichment class offered by CVCC 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 12 at the city of Newton Recreation Center.
Students will learn various bow tying methods and how to decorate vine, fabric, peppermint, pine cone and purchased wreaths. A supply list will be given in class.
Cost is $55, and students must be 18 or older. Registration deadline is Oct. 1. For information, call 828-327-7037.
Digital photography: Learn the operation of a digital camera and what makes digital photography different from traditional film in a course running 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 5 at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville.
Milton Hawes will instruct the class. Participants must have a SLR digital camera and be 18 years old or older. Cost is $70. Registration deadline is Oct. 17.
For information, call 828-327-7037.
Small business courses: Catawba Valley Community College will offer “Creating the Images, Crafting the Message” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17.
Admission is free; registration is required. The series of free small business classes will cover market research, target customers and competition.
Upcoming programs include:
Sept. 24: Reaching Customer Targets
Oct. 1: Keeping $ Score
Oct. 8: Roadmap to Success
To register, call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit http://sbc.cvcc.edu.
Small business classes: The CVCC Small Business Center will offer several courses this fall at the Alexander Center in Taylorsville. The schedule includes:
Finance 101: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19
Writing a Winning Business plan: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17
Record Keeping & Taxes: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12
Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.
Personal trainer certification: An eight-week Personal Trainer Certification course will be offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 21 at CVCC’s Tarlton Complex. The National Exam will be held during the ninth week.
The course includes 16 hours of lecture time, 16 hours of hands-on practical training and a 30-hour internship. Participants study biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment.
Cost is $648, plus a textbook. For information, contact Dana Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-327-7000, ext. 4116.
Conrad earns teaching excellence award: Gaston College business instructor Jamie Conrad recently received the 2013 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs International Teaching Excellence award. She also earned the 2013 Gaston College Faculty of the Year Award.
Conrad received $100 as a regional winner and $500 as an international winner at the organization’s annual conference in Salt Lake City in June. Established in 1995, the award recognizes outstanding classroom teachers in business schools and programs.
A former Gaston College student and a graduate of UNC Greensboro and UNC Charlotte, Conrad joined the faculty in 2004. She is a member of the Phi Beta Lambda Professional Division.
Manufacturing expo: High school students and job seekers can learn about manufacturing careers and employment opportunities at the Career Expo: Discover the New Face of Manufacturing event noon-6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Gastonia Conference Center, 145 S. Marietta St. in downtown Gastonia.
The expo will showcase higher education, specialized trade skills training and employment pathways in Advanced Manufacturing. Experts also will discuss workplace challenges and current and projected workplace needs.
Sponsors are the Gaston Regional Chamber, Gaston Career Climb, Gastonia Conference Center, Gaston College and Gaston County Schools.
For information about the Career Expo, contact Alison Cookson, Gaston Regional Chamber, at 704-864-2621 or email Alison@gastonchamber.com.
Lenoir-Rhyne Scholars: Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold an informational meeting about its High School Scholars Academy at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Room 213 of the McCrorie Center on campus.
Students in the highly competitive program take high school English IV Honors plus three classes at the University. The High School Scholars Academy has 30 spaces for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 14. First preference will be given to students enrolled in Catawba County, Hickory Public or Newton-Conover school systems. Students from private, home schools and other systems will be considered if space remains.
For information, contact Emily Heaberlin at 828-328-7731 or Emily.email@example.com.
Bach Festival: The life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach will be highlighted during Bach Festival Days Oct. 27-30 at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Church Musicians-in-Residence and Bach experts this year are the Rev. Mark Bangert, Professor Emeritus in Worship and Church Music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; and Kenneth Miller, Assistant Musician at the Cathedral of St. Philip (Episcopal) in Atlanta. Both will share their expertise on Bach in recital, lectures, discussions, rehearsals and worship performances.
Additional performers will include university organist and professor Florence Jowers, student instrumentalists and the choirs of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Free and open to the public, the events will be held in the Mauney Music Building on campus.
The schedule includes:
• 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Kenneth Miller, Organ Recital of Bach works
• 10 a.m. Oct. 28, Rev. Mark Bangert lecture, “Leipzig 1730: Bach and his Mid-Life Crisis”
• 1 p.m. Oct. 28, Miller lecture, “The Art of Fugue and the Art of Dying”
• 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Bangert and Miller present “Stories of Vocation,” followed by sung prayer with Bach chorales and the university choirs
• 9:25 a.m. Oct. 29, Bangert lecture, “Cantata 106 and the Art of Dying”
• 3 p.m. Oct. 29, Miller and Bangert dialog on “Death and Dying in the Music of Bach”
• 10 a.m. Oct. 30, Chapel Service with Bangert, Miller and the choirs of Lenoir-Rhyne University
Weaving course: Western Piedmont Community College will offer “Basic Hand Weaving I” taught by North Carolina fiber artist Susan McRae 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 16-25 at O’Suzannah’s Yarn on Union.
The beginner class will include plain weave, twill and basket weave techniques, as well as an eight-harness floor loom. Hand looms will be provided; students should bring or purchase yarn at the store.
For information, contact Courtney Long at 828-448-3552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley
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