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Carolina Pro Musica: Belmont Abbey College-based Carolina Pro Musica recently announced its fall schedule. Performances, with the exception of the December show, are held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. Seventh St. in Charlotte.
Ensemble members are founder/director Karen Hite Jacob, Rebecca Miller Saunders, Holly Wright Maurer and Edward Ferrell.
Tickets are $15 adults, $7.50 students and seniors. Season tickets are $48 adults, $30 students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through www.carolinapromusica.org.
Upcoming shows in this season’s schedule are:
• 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
For information, visit www.carolinapromusica.org or call 704-334-3468.
Free workshops for artists: Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s Small Business Center will co-host a free three-part workshop series, “HandMade in America Craft Lab Entrepreneurship Education,” beginning in October.
The workshops are hosted by the Small Business Center, the Caldwell Arts Council and HandMade in America. The schedule includes:
Artist Portfolio – Digital and Print: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Wendy Outland will discuss what should be in every artist’s portfolio, how they are judged and how to approach galleries.
Sales Techniques for Artists: 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 2, J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Outland will give essential tips for anyone who sells their art work directly in studios, art festivals, exhibitions and special events.
Pricing Guidelines for Artists: 1-3 p.m. Nov. 2, J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Learn to develop a pricing structure that works for retailers.
To register for the free workshops, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness.
Fall cuisine: The Culinary Arts program at CCC&TI will continue its Fall Cuisine series with an Octoberfest Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Tickets are $21 per person.
A Harvest Celebration wraps up the series on Nov. 21.
For a menu description or tickets, visit www.broyhillcenter.com or call 828-726-2307.
Continuing education: CCC&TI will offer several Continuing Education courses this fall. The schedule includes:
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 take the stage at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 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 theater is in the CCC&TI Caldwell Campus B Building.
Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students. For information, call 828-726-2318.
Internships: Catawba Valley Community College students Joshua McCombs and Robert Scott recently began internships with Duke Energy at the Marshall Steam Station in Terrell.
Both students received a $650 scholarship this semester and will continue to receive it in the spring if they maintain a 3.2 grade point average and good on-the-job evaluations.
McCombs is a 2011 graduate of West Iredell High School and is enrolled in CVCC’s Industrial Systems Technology associate degree. He plans to graduate this May.
Scott is a 2007 graduate of Bunker Hill High School and is enrolled in CVCC’s Industrial Systems Technology associate degree. He plans to graduate in 2014. He served four years the Army National Guard and one year of active duty in Afghanistan.
Buying a business: The CVCC Small Business Center will present “How to Buy or Sell a Business & Identify Franchise Opportunities” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center.
The two-hour seminar shows potential business buyers and seller the buy/sell process, how businesses are valued and ways the business value can be enhanced over time. Typical franchise models and how to identify franchise opportunities also will be covered.
Admission is free. To register, call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.
Pottery workshops: The Catawba Valley Community College Potters’ Workshop will offer creative, small-group classes focused on topics such as using North Carolina clays and advanced firing technology this fall. Beginner to advanced levels are welcome.
Two new classes also are scheduled. They include “Handbuilding Pottery for the Table” taught by Shelly Johnston and “Zen and Catawba Valley Pottery” taught by Preston Tolbert.
Registration is open for the next nine-week session of pottery classes beginning Oct. 21. Courses meet 6-9 p.m. one night a week. Cost is $166, including materials.
For information, contact Wendy Gem at email@example.com or 828-427-7000, ext. 4032 or visit www.cvcc.edu/Potters_Workshop. To register by phone, contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships awarded: CVCC students Angela Fowler of Maiden and Nedra Church of Hickory recently received scholarships from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mountain Lodge No. 19 based in Lincolnton.
The scholarships were established in memory of lodge member Junior Scott.
Fowler earned an associate degree in Office Administration at CVCC in 1996 and is completing college transfer courses to complete a bachelor’s degree in business. An Honors List student, she works full time for Catawba County Schools.
Church is enrolled in the Polysomnography Technology program at CVCC. She has experience in retail business and as a private caregiver and translator. Church has completed a number of certifications through the college’s Human Resource Development Program.
‘Iguana Tree’ author speaks: Michel Stone, author of “The Iguana Tree” and other stories and essays, will give two public readings at Catawba Valley Community College in October.
Stone will read at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the CVCC Student Center and at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 in the Tarlton Complex. A book signing will follow both readings.
“The Iguana Tree” earned a bronze medal in the National Literacy Fiction category of the 2012 IPPY Awards and was named a spring 2012 Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. More than 600 CVCC students enrolled in developmental reading and English are reading the book.
Flex-start courses: It’s not too late to enroll in college credit courses at CVCC because several Flex-Start classes begin in October.
Students can choose from classes such as Psychology, Yoga, Heating & Air Conditioning, Business Law, Introduction to Computers, Communication, Geology, Music Appreciation, World Religions, Blueprint Reading and more.
New students must complete the admissions process by attending a Starting Points Admissions Information Session. The schedule is available at www.cvcc.edu/StartingPoints. Full tuition payment is due at time of registration.
For information, call Student Services at 828-327-7000, ext. 4216.
Info session for parents: Catawba Valley Community College invites parents and guardians of high school sophomores and juniors to an information session about its Career & College Promise program at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in Room 582 of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Building on the Main Campus in Hickory.
Qualified North Carolina high school students can earn college credits tuition free by beginning two- or four-year college work while they are in high school. Parents will learn how their child can qualify, academic credits that can be earned and the expectations of students in a college environment.
For information about Career & College Promise at CVCC, visit www.cvcc.edu/Student_Services/Admissions/Career_College_Promise/index.cfm, or contact Laurie Wegner, CVCC Admissions Director, 828-327-7000, ext. 4168, email@example.com.
Art of Temari: CVCC will offer “The Art of Temari for the Beginner” 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3-Nov. 7 in Room EC1209 on the East Campus.
Temari, Japanese for “thread ball,” has been an art form in Japan for more than 500 years. Students will finish one Temari in the six-week class.
Cost is $50. Participants must be 18 years old or older. For information, call the CVCC Learning and Personal Enrichment Continuing Education Center at 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 “Keeping $ Score” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1.Admission is free; registration is required. The series of free small business classes will cover market research, target customers and competition.
The series ends Oct. 8 with “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:
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.
Computer-based GED testing: Gaston College is now one of only 14 computer-based GED testing sites in North Carolina.
Testing will be offered at the new Katherine Harper Testing Center on the Gaston College Dallas Campus.
Students in the Gaston College service area are encouraged to complete the current test series by Dec. 18 or their test scores will no longer be valid. Registration is held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Katherine Harper Testing Center in Room 210 of the Craig Arts and Science Building. For information, call 704-922-2433.
New exhibit opens: The Rauch Gallery Annual Invitational Exhibition will present “Wall Power 2013” Oct. 4 in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery in the Rauch Science and Fine Arts Building on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College.
The exhibit features work by artists Brenda Beard-Bostian, Gennene Cordle, Renee Calhoun Matthews and Darren Young.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For information, contact Gary Freeman at 704-922-6344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Truck driver training scholarships: Scholarships are available to qualifying students who enroll in Truck Driver Training at Gaston College and CCC&TI.
The eight-week course includes classroom instruction, range driving and road driving.
For information on scholarships, contact Jeff Switzer at 704-922-6381 or email@example.com.
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 Alison@gastonchamber.com.
Golf storyteller and historian speaks: Golf historian and author James Dodson will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Green Room Community Theatre in Newton as part of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series.
Dodson collaborated with golf legends Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer on their autobiographies. His latest book, “American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf” was published in February.
Dodson spent two decades as a contributing editor and columnist for Golf Magazine and golf and travel correspondent for American Express magazine. A member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland, Dodson has won numerous writing awards.
The program is free and open to the public.
Lenoir-Rhyne named military friendly: Lenoir-Rhyne University was recently named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of “The Guide to Military Friendly Schools.”
The university is among the top 15 percent of American colleges and universities that recruit and retain students with military backgrounds. Approximately 50 of the school’s 2,000 students have military experience or parents who were in the military.
Mayoral debate: Six mayoral candidates will participate in a Mayoral Debate at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Featured are incumbent Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and his challengers Jeff Brittain, Candice Harold, Joseph Inglefield, Ernie Masche and Terry Revels.
Each candidate will convey his or her vision for city leadership and how they would work with local businesses and constituents to improve quality of life in Hickory. A moderator also will ask the candidates questions.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 828-328-7046.
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 2014-15 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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Ongoing registration: Open registration for the fall semester’s B Term classes at Western Piedmont Community College will be held 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 on the college campus at 1001 Burkemont Ave. in Morganton.
Classes begin Oct. 17 and end Dec. 16. Available classes include College Transfer Success, General Biology, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Computers, Theatre Appreciation, Expository Writing, Pre-calculus Trigonometry and General Psychology.
Students must meet with an academic adviser, register for class and pay tuition and fees before the class begins. Applications for admission are due at 5 p.m. Oct. 11.
For information, visit www.wpcc.edu or call 828-448-6052 or 828-448-6046.
Documentary screening: WPCC will host several showings of the award-winning documentary “Half the Sky” on Oct. 1 in Leviton Auditorium on the college campus at 1001 Burkemont Ave.
Free film viewings will run continuously from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An evening session will run 6-8 p.m., followed by a discussion.
Based on the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by award-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the film details the authors’ travels around the world meeting women and girls who faced adversity that included sexual slavery, gender-based violence, lack of education and economic rights, little to no prenatal care and other forms of injustice and oppression. Compiled by Leigh Pressley
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