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Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley offers free individual grief counseling by appointment at the Center for Grief and Loss, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton. Details: 828-466-0466.

Lenoir-Rhyne College will offer a workshop “Vocal Wellness for the Professional Voice User” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Mauney Music Building, 5th St. NE, Hickory. For music directors, teachers, pastors, broadcasters and others.

Thelma Rozukalns, a member of the L-R music faculty, will be the instructor. Registration is 9 a.m. Monday. $75 if preregistered, $80 at the door.

For preregistration form or details:

Children can stretch both their mind and their body at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 Third St. NE, Hickory, during yoga demonstration classes on Aug. 18. The 10 a.m. class is for ages 7-10. The 6:30 p.m. class is for ages 10-15. Certified yoga trainer Pradnya Bhende will be the instructor. Free.

Details: 828-304-0500, ext. 7271.

Catawba Valley Medical Center, N.C. 810 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Hickory, offers podcasts as another way to communicate with the public.

The podcasts, between two and four minutes, offer videotaped messages on “Proper Installation of a Child Passenger Safety Seat” and “The Importance of Handwashing.”

Details: www.catawba valley

Ethan Hefner, 17, of Newton won a $1,000 scholarship from Kohl's Department Stores. Ethan helped set up blanket and sock donations to homeless political refugees in Rome.

Village Kitchen, 2220 N. Center St., Hickory, will host art classes 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 26. The $40 admission price includes food, wine, painting supplies and professional instruction from local artist Susan Pasch. The July 31 theme is “freestyle,” where participants pick their own favorite style.

Details: www.village or Paula Shelly, 828-855-0328.

Registration is under way for Catawba Valley Community College's truck driver training class beginning Aug. 18.

Classes will be 4:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program takes 16 weeks to complete and requires 384 credit hours of classroom and driving range instruction. Those who complete the class earn a class A-CDL license.

Karyn Yaussy was recently named the American Red Cross emergency management coordinator in Catawba County. Her role is part of a reorganization of the county's Emergency Services Department approved by the county Board of Commissioners.

She is responsible for updating and maintaining Catawba County's emergency plans. She will be a part of the county's response teams to emergencies.

GriefShare, a recovery seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, will be held on Thursday evenings at First United Methodist Church, 311 Third St. in Hickory, beginning Aug. 28. Child care is available.


The YMCA of Catawba Valley recently received a $50,000 pledge from Catawba Women's Center to help build a climbing tower at the C.O. Miller Teen Center at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.

Catawba Women's Center provides comprehensive women's care at all stages of a woman's life.

Orders are being taken until Aug. 15 for a new book that tracks the history of First Presbyterian Church, Newton. The book, due out this fall, costs $32.05, tax included, and has color and black-and-white photos. The leather-bound version is $42.75, tax included.

“Planting the Seeds of Faith, the History of First Presbyterian Church, Newton, NC 1858-2008” commemorates the church sesquicentennial.

Details: 828-464-0648 or mail a check made out to “First Presbyterian Church” to 701 N. Main Ave., Newton, NC 28658, clearly marked as a book order.

Catawba County 4-H members recently brought home awards from the Southwest District Activity Day held in Iredell County. Members ages 9-18 gave presentations, performed talent acts, and competed in public speaking and outdoor cookery.

Gold medal presentation winners were Madison Malson, 14-18 years, Career and Entrepreneurship; Jackie McCoy, 9-10 years, Expressive Arts; Kasey Boger, 9-10 years, Health and Fitness; Alex Mull, 11-13 years; Bethany Phillips, 14-18 years, Health and Fitness; and David McCoy, 9-10 years, Horticultural Production. All of the gold medal winners will advance to the state contests.

Silver medal presentation winners were Jarrett Mull, 9-10 years, Open Class; Megan Johnson, 9-10 years, Fashion and Fabric Design; and Apryl Jordan Boliek, 9-10 years, Expressive Arts.

Dale Bass earned the bronze award, 11-13 years, in horse presentations.

Andrew Ledford won the silver in the 14-18 outdoor cooking category of Beef Char-grill. Sophia Sharp received the gold in 9-10 Pork Cookery. Both will advance to the state contest.

Bethany Phillips, Kathryn Tully and Kara Thorpe also represented Catawba County in 4-H Entertains after being selected as local winners earlier this year.

Dianne Whitacre Straley