Visions of heaven focus of reading

"Imagining Heaven," a recently published anthology of personal visions of heaven by Linda Matney, will be part of a free reading featuring several Lake Norman area authors.

The reading can offer a safe place for those who have complex emotions at the holiday season because of grief.

It will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at NorthCross Church, 11020-H Bailey Road, Cornelius. Other local authors will share a selection of their published poems and stories of personal visions of heaven; a brief discussion will follow.

Matney's mother died when Matney was 7 years old. When Matney's husband died in 2006, imagining a place where they would one day be reunited brought her great comfort.

"The grief counseling I received through Hospice helped in so many ways," Matney said, "and offered hope where I could see none."

The other authors who will read: Blynn Field, Diane Lopez, Gilda Morina Syverson, Jackie Jones, Ann Campanella, Gail Peck, Diana Pinckney, Eleanor Brawley and Maureen Ryan Griffin.

Copies of "Imagining Heaven" will be for sale. All proceeds will benefit Hospice. NorthCross Church is at ; 704-987-8000.

New food director

After an extensive search, River Run Golf and Country Club has selected Millie Harper as its food and beverage director.

Harper moved from Rolling Green Country Club near Chicago and will coordinate all banquets, catering and special event catering.

Originally from Texas, she graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in restaurant, hotel and institute management.For information call 704-892-4633.

Speakers this week

Jina Moore, a journalist with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room at Davidson College.

Moore will talk about impressions of civilians in several African countries on the effectiveness of the five-year-old UN Peace Building Commission. The commission is undergoing a review this year. Moore has been working in Guinea Bissau, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Central African Republic to gauge its effectiveness.

Tom Daschle, former U.S. senator from South Dakota and former Senate majority leader, will speak at the Joseph T. Wearn Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Duke Family Performance Hall

In 2007, Daschle joined former majority leaders to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, dedicated to finding common ground on public policy challenges. Details: 704-894-2248.