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Christmas parade: James and Dorothy Best have been named grand marshals of the Hickory Christmas Parade, set for 6p.m. Nov.21 in downtown Hickory.

W. DukeKimbrell who died Oct. 22, fondly recalled for assistance he gave to Gastonia and Gaston County.

Arts at the Abbey: John Apple, organist and choirmaster at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mount Holly, and Belmont Abbey organist Karen Hite Jacob will perform in the next Arts at the Abbey program at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Abbey Basilica.

Fall Luncheon: The annual Fall Soup n’ Salad Luncheon fundraiser will be held 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex, 70 Hiddenite Church Road.

At the World Class Sniper Conference held in Gastonia, two-member rigorously trained teams from the United States and Canada tested their skills with military-style light weapons and specialized tactics needed for high-risk operations that fall outside the capabilities of regular, uniformed officers.

Auto workers beautify campus: Representatives from the UAW Local 5286 organization recently planted 50 azaleas at Rhyne Elementary School as part of a campus beautification volunteer project.

‘27 Views of Charlotte:’ Authors Cathy Pickens, Fannie Flono, Sandra Govan and Mark de Castrique, contributors to the book “27 Views of Charlotte,” will speak about their work highlighting different aspects of the city of Charlotte and spotlighting its literary community at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in the auditorium at the Gaston County Public Library, Main Branch, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

Fall festival: Taylorsville Elementary School will hold a Fall Festival 5-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the school, 100 Seventh St. SW in Taylorsville.

This month, stay on top of basic garden chores: Clean up summer crop remains, prepare for frost, bring houseplants indoors, hoe and mulch against cool-season weeds. Band trees against cankerworms between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Matt Tifft always enjoyed Martinsville Speedway as a boy, so when the UNC Charlotte freshman recorded an eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the tough little short track, he couldn’t quit smiling.

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