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The Rev. Richard Boyce, a former mayor of Belmont, embraces opening the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminary in Charlotte to the community and other denominations to battle membership decline.

Visually-impaired kids practiced Braille and life skills at a two-week long camp in Lincolnton sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind.

Art, Music Festival: The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation is accepting applications from regional artists and crafts people for the juried Mount Holly Art and Music Festival, to take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27 in downtown Mount Holly.

Art exhibit: Full Circle Arts is featuring works from its six newest exhibiting members through Aug. 2 in its gallery at 42-B Third St. N.W., Hickory. The artists include Susan Armstrong, pottery/jewelry; Noralie Cox, fiber art/jewelry; Sheila Isenhour, acrylic painting; Beth Oczkowski, quilling; Johnnita St. Clair, pottery; Rozzy Smith, acrylic painting.

Compiled by Erica Batten

Gala steering committee: A steering committee has been announced for this year’s Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation fundraising gala. Donations from this year’s event will be used to revitalize the hospital’s Family BirthPlace.

Head to Rydell High (aka Hickory’s SALT Block Auditorium) July25 for the preview performance of Carolina Broadway Theatre Company’s production of ‘Grease.’

They range in age from 55 to 91, and not one is satisfied by whiling away her life sitting all day in front of a TV set. They love to meet people, make friends, sample the cuisine at restaurants and enjoy joint shopping outings.

Tommy Rieman speaks calmly and matter-of-factly about his life’s extreme highs and lows since he deployed to Iraq as a 21-year-old in 2003.

Family Movie Night: “The Lego Movie” will be shown at 8 p.m. July 25 for Family Movie Night at Dallas Park Horse Arena, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas.

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