Gaston & Catawba


Alexander County

The American Cancer Society's Look Good … Feel Better program is a free, community-based group workshop dedicated to helping female cancer patients cope.

The next Look Good … Feel Better session in Alexander County will be offered Sept. 22 at The Cutting Edge, 1274 N.C. 90 East in Taylorsville. Details: Angie Stikeleather 828-632-0019.

Burke County

Burke County's Look Good … Feel Better program will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at Valdese Hospital Cancer Center, 720 Malcolm Blvd., Rutherford College. To register, call Rhonda Crowe at 828-438-4643.

Caldwell County

Caldwell County's Look Good…Feel Better session will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Caldwell County Wig Bank, 226 Mulberry St. in Lenoir. To register: Crystal Dula 828-757-5448.

Exhibits from the Caldwell Arts Council will continue through Aug. 29 at 601 College Ave SW in Lenoir.

Charlie Frye of Lenoir is also exhibiting “The Decomposition of Poe” at the Jailhouse Gallery, 115 E. Meeting St., Morganton, through Aug. 29.

Catawba County

Kay Carter's property has been named Yard of the Month by the Newton Appearance Commission.

Carter, of Newton, has a goldfish pond with a bridge and many varieties of flowers.

Her mother, Rena Gregory, submitted the nomination.

To recognize her award, Carter will have the “Yard of the Month” sign in her yard during August. She also received a lucky bamboo dish garden from the Newton Appearance Commission.

To nominate a yard: Details: 828-695-4317.

Peter McAnulty of Boy Scout Troop 234 in Hickory was elected to serve as lodge chief for Eswau Huppeday Lodge 560.

Eswau Huppeday Lodge is the Order of the Arrow Lodge that serves the Piedmont Council, covering 11 counties.

Lodge chief is the highest youth position in the organization.

He also is section vice chief. McAnulty is an Eagle Scout and a vigil honor member of the Order of the Arrow, the highest achievement within the organization. He is a graduate of Hickory High School and attends N.C. State University. He is the son of Jean and Pete A. McAnulty of Hickory.

The Catawba Valley Camera Club and the Hickory Museum of Art are accepting submissions for their annual IMAGE*INATION photo competition. Entry deadline is Nov. 15.

The competition is open to amateur photographers, adults and youth ages 13 to 17. Cash prizes will be awarded for best of show and first, second and third places in each division. The best of show winner, the top three places and honorable mention in each category will be displayed in the Hickory Museum of Art during January and February.

All entrants will be invited to a reception and exhibit opening on Jan. 9 at the Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Ave NE


Three area students have received prizes in the Twilight essay contest sponsored by Southwest Branch of Catawba County Library System.

Ross Becker, 12, of Vale took first prize for his essay about the popular Stephenie Meyer book series and received a copy of “Breaking Dawn.”

Tori Blanton, 13, of Hickory won second place and Pahoua Yang, 14, of Newton took third. They each won paperback copies of earlier Meyer novels.

The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will have auditions from Aug. 25-Sept. 4. for the 2008-09 season. The ensemble, for students in middle school through college, is conducted by John Gordon Ross and rehearses 5-6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE in Hickory. Annual dues are $50.

The first concert will be Nov. 21 in the Catawba Valley Arts and Science Center Auditorium.

Audition requirements are a prepared solo piece illustrating technical and sustained playing, two major scales in two or more octaves, and one minor scale (any form) in two or more octaves.

Sight-reading is part of the audition. Memorization is not required.

For an appointment: 828-324-8603 or .

Diane Whitacre Straley