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A railroad dinner car suitable for romantic meals, a Polar Express train ride to McAdenville during Christmas holidays, a Panthers Express rolling into uptown Charlotte or a bed-and-breakfast train.

Cross selected as semi-finalist: Forestview High School student Abigail Cross was recently named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.

The living dead will turn out to help the hungry and homeless Oct. 4 for the third annual Downtown Gastonia Zombie Walk and Food Drive.

Bathanti film, program: The documentary movie “Bathanti” will be shown at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the auditorium of the Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. The film, by Kevin Balling, is about Joseph Bathanti, who was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in 2012.

Call for artists: The Caldwell Arts Council is seeking artists and crafters to participate in the annual Satie’s Holiday Show & Sale Dec. 5-24. For the sale, the Caldwell Arts Council’s galleries and offices will be converted into a gift shop full of locally handcrafted items for holiday sales.

Christmas show auditions: The Green Room Community Theatre will hold auditions for its Christmas musical, “Miracle on 34th Street,” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 S. Main Ave., Newton. Entrance is through the lower level door at the back of the building on South Ashe Avenue. Prospective cast members are only required to attend one night of auditions.

Buy or sell a business: A free seminar on “How to Buy – Or Sell – A Business” will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Mauney Building at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Presented by the Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center, the workshop is a partnership between CVCC and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The fourth annual Loving Lenoir will be held Oct. 3-5.

Property values in Catawba County have declined during the past three years, according to a new countywide reassessment, further indicating that real estate market continues to struggle amid a shrinking job market.

A Lincolnton-area residents group and city officials are urging Lincoln County commissioners to reconsider their plan to move some county offices to a former hospital on the outskirts of downtown.

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