The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Senior Citizens Christmas Dance for people 55 and older, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 4 on the lower level of the Newton Recreation Department, 23 S. Brady Ave. in Newton.
Midnight Flyers will provide music. Tickets are $8 at the door. No advance tickets will be sold. Everyone attending is asked to bring finger foods. Soft drinks will be provided.
For details, contact the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit www.newtonnc.gov.
Dr. Albert Osbahr of Hickory was named the 155th president of the N.C. Medical Society during a recent ceremony in Charlotte. Osbahr will succeed G. Hadley Callaway, an orthopedic surgeon from Raleigh.
Osbahr is medical director at Catawba Valley Medical Center Occupational Health Services in Hickory. He is certified in occupational medicine, family medicine and public health/preventive medicine.
The Unifour Unaffiliated IGroup has activated a Web site designed to be a political forum for unaffiliated voters. Visitors to the site can blog about legal issues associated with the independent movement and link to Web sites for other organizations. The address is unifourunaffiliatedgroup.org.
The Newton Appearance Commission will relocate the memorial name boards for this year's “A Time to Remember” luminaria project to Yount Park at the corner of East A Street and College Avenue in downtown Newton. A remembrance tree will also be added to the event. The display will be available 24 hours a day, Nov. 30-Jan. 2.
Kawasaki Suzuki Yamaha of Hickory will present Bikers in Boxers, a Christmas charity ride and toy run at 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event will benefit Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry
Participants can donate $10 and a toy or $20 and a 2.5-mile ride around Hickory Regional Airport in shorts and a T-shirt. The rider with the most sponsorships will win a $100 gift certificate.
Local race-car drivers Matt DiBenedetto and Tyler Church will participate in the event. Free hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Registration forms are available at Kawasaki Suzuki Yamaha, 721 U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory. For details, call 828-328-6303.
The Catawba Valley Camera Club has announced the winners of its Nov. 5 photographic competition. The assigned subject was "Slow Speed Exposures."
In the accomplished division, first place went to Robert Dant for “Saint Aloysius Church.” Second place went to Ed Lane for “Ghostly Lighthouse.” Robert Dant's “South Mountain Falls,” Janice Setzler's “Move It, Move It, Move It” and Bob Phipps' “Fall Reflections” shared third place.
In the beginners division, club President Dennis Hacker took first place with “Tractor on Cat Square Road.” Cathy Yount won second place for “Heather,” and Rick Bell won third place for “Moon.” Bell also earned an honorable mention for "Condos.” The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the North Annex of the Arts and Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 Third Ave. N.E. in Hickory. The next meeting is Wednesday and will include a projected images competition. Meetings are open to the public. For details, visit cvcameraclub.org or contact Mike Morrison at 828-327-2959.
The YMCA of Catawba Valley Soccer Club Eagles will hold tryouts for the U-16 and U-18/19 teams at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Adrian Shuford Jr. YMCA at 1104 Conover Blvd. E. in Conover.
The cost is $250 for nonmembers and $230 for YMCA members for boys and girls ages 8-13. A deposit of $50 is due at registration.
Participants will need to bring cleats, shin guards and a beverage. Parents must be present for all players younger than 18. Parents must bring a photo identification and player's birth certificate. The age of the player on Aug. 1, 2008, will determine the age group.
The season for Challenge Soccer runs January-April, including practices and games. Games will be held at fields throughout Western North Carolina and will require travel. Most games are held on Saturdays with some exceptions on Sundays. For details, contact Meghan Lawton at 828-464-6130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.