The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 7 to submit your nonprofit organization's holiday wish list for the Observer Neighbors of Gaston and Catawba's annual Giving Guide, which will run Nov. 30.
Here's what we need (in this order, please):
Exact name of the organization and exact address.
Never miss a local story.
Description of its mission.
Goods your group could use.
Tasks for which you need volunteers.
Phone number for the public.
Web site address.
Please e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call Lukas Johnson, 704-786-2185.
Parade deadline nears
The annual Belmont Christmas parade is Dec. 2 beginning at 4 p.m.
The fee is $50 for a business entry and $25 for a nonprofit entry. The deadline is Nov. 13; late entries for an extra fee accepted until Nov. 20.
Details: Chamber president Ted Hall, 704-825-5307 or Ted.email@example.com. Joe DePriest
Help Gaston museum
Volunteers are needed at the Gaston County Museum of Art & History in Dallas.
Tasks include greeting visitors, working in the gift shop, assisting with school programs, and helping with administration, collections and special events. Details: programs coordinator Jeff Pruett, 704-922-7681, ext. 105, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Joe DePriest
Reward donations continue to rise for information leading to the arrest of vandals who damaged a downtown Hickory mural and other properties.
Businesses and individuals have so far contributed $1,000 for the reward.
Someone painted graffiti on a mural depicting past city leaders and nearby buildings, possibly overnight Sept. 21-22.
Call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551. Hannah Mitchell
City of Hickory officials want to remind residents that water-use restrictions remain in effect, despite recent rains.
Though officials recently loosened restrictions to allow twice-weekly yard watering, all other limits still apply. For a list of restrictions or to report a violation, see “Your Catawba: Use it Wisely!” at www.hickorygov.com or call 828-323-7427. Hannah Mitchell