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A Gastonia developer said he expects to finish the multi-million-dollar renovation of an iconic downtown high-rise into an upscale hotel by this summer.

Girls’ volleyball program: Registration is underway for Hickory Parks and Recreation girls’ volleyball program, open to girls ages 9-15. Players’ parents can register 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1451 Eighth St. Drive N.E., Hickory.

The 26-year-old from Catawba County closing in on dream to succeed as professional illusionist.

Courthouse concert series: A performance by local musician Chris Cook recently kicked off a concert series in the newly renovated Gaston County History Courthouse in Dallas. The ongoing series, hosted by the Gaston County Museum, features Americana style music performed by regional artists.

Carolina Pro Musica: Period ensemble Carolina Pro Musica will present “So Longs the Soul” at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 the Abbey Basilica at Belmont Abbey College. The program will feature verses from “The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah,” arias by J.S. Bach and instrumental works by Marcello and Veracini.

Basketball camp scholarships: Middle school students in Alexander and Caldwell counties can win a full scholarship to summer basketball camp through Blue Ridge Electric.

Preston Peltier, Tyler Church and Cole Timm assisted each other throughout the 2014 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model season.

There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard. 3:30 p.m. $3. Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908.

Women are new to Denver or the Lake Norman area – as well as longtime residents who simply feel new because of distressing events such as divorce, retirement or the death of a spouse – needn’t be alone in dealing with the challenges those events pose.

Valentine’s Day concert: Western Piedmont Symphony, conducted by maestro John Gordon Ross, will perform “Masterworks III: Love and Death” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium, on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory. The concert will feature Mozart’s Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte, K. 588; Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2; Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll; and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “A West Side Story.”

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