Gaston & Catawba

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Newton and Granite Falls were among 21 public power communities that received awards of excellence at ElectriCities' recent annual meeting.

Newton earned awards in economic development, communications, customer service, key accounts and training. Granite Falls earned awards in economic development, communications, customer service and training.

More than 500 third- through eighth-graders are expected to participate in the Girls on the Run this fall in Catawba, Alexander, Caldwell and Burke counties.

The after-school program starts Sept. 22 at more than 35 locations. The nonprofit program helps girls develop a healthy self-image. The 12-week session focuses on giving girls a greater sense of self-awareness and achievement, a foundation in team-building and a commitment to improving their communities.

Details: Cissy Fish 828-324-4583.

Catawba Valley Medical Center has implemented a “shaken-baby syndrome” prevention program with parents of all babies born at the hospital, starting in September.

The program educates parents and caregivers about the hazards of shaking and gives them alternatives to use when they feel they need a respite.

The Catawba Valley Camera Club has announced the winners of its August photographic competition.

The accomplished division winners: Ed Lane, first and second places for “Come on Boys,” a Civil War re-enactment picture, and, “Vernazza,” a scenic Italian landscape. Lane also received an honorable mention for a portrait of a model. John Hildebrand won third place for a photograph of a model, “Renee Italia.”

Beginner's Division winners: Rick Bell, first and second place, photograph of a sunrise titled “Golden Reflections,” and “Penstock,” a photo taken at Mabry's Mill. Third place went to Cynthia Harmon, for a close-up of a butterfly titled “Pipeline Swallowtail Butterfly.” Nina Ackley won honorable mention for a photo of Mabry's Mill.

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, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory.

Details: Mike Morrison 828-327-2959.

Man to Man, a program of the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Carolina Oncology Specialists, 2406 Century Place S.E., Hickory, off McDonald Parkway.

Catawba Science Center in Hickory has added new sharks to its marine touch pool in the saltwater aquarium gallery.

A horn shark and a pair of white-spotted bamboo sharks have joined the southern stingrays and cownose ray in the hands-on aquatic exhibit. The center is at 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory.

A delegation from Catawba County attended the annual 4-H Electric Congress at UNC Asheville. 4-H'ers were selected to attend after completing award-winning 4-H electric project books.

Attending were Gay Martin, 4-H volunteer leader; Lacey Martin, 4-H Alumni and Electric Congress student coordinator; Andrew Ledford; Josh Grise and Stephanie Ledford.

The Moonlighters, a men's singing group, will perform its Sermon in Song during the 10 a.m. service today at Friendship Baptist Church in Hudson. The chorus will sing a few barbershop classics at the ice cream social following the service.

Details: 828-256-6009.

Susan Shoemaker and Kim Stikeleather, both of Statesville, have joined the Girl Scout Council of the Catawba Valley Area.

Shoemaker is director of membership development for Caldwell and Catawba counties; Stikeleather is director of membership development for Alexander and Iredell counties.

Capt. Josh Starnes has retired from the Hickory Fire Department after 30 years of service. During his career, he was promoted to fire engineer, lieutenant, as well as captain.

“Giving and Getting,” the Lunch and Learn program, will be noon-1:30 p.m Wednesday in the Cormer Center at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Preregistration is $10 for chapter members, $15 for visitors and $20 at the door.

Allan Burrows, president of capital development services of Raleigh, will speak to the Northwest N.C. Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Burrows will explain how changes in philanthropic giving trends have reshaped the way nonprofit organizations compete for funding.

The Friends of Hickory Public Library will host a sneak preview of Hickory Community Theatre's “Curtains Up On A New Season” at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 Third St. N.E., Hickory. Free.

Artistic director Pamela Livingstone will talk about the theater's season, including the current show, “The Producers,” the RugBug Theatre, Senior Theatre and volunteer programs. The entertainment continues with a musical number from “The Producers.”

Details: Janice Knotts 828-304-0500 ext. 7277.

The Outdoor Club at Shuford YMCA will hike Virginia's Grayson Highlands on Sept. 20.

Hikers will meet at the Y at 7 a.m. and carpool to the Highlands, returning around 5:30 p.m. Grayson Highlands has wild miniature horses and beautiful scenery. The hike is moderately difficult in places.

Register at the front desk by Sept. 15. The Y is at 104 Conover Blvd. East, Conover. Details: Nanci Gregory 828-464-6130.

“Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes” is now showing at Catawba Science Center's Millholland Planetarium, 243 Third Ave. N.E. Tickets are $2 for CSC members and $3 for nonmembers.

Molecularium, an award-winning digital-dome show, is a science lesson, thrill ride and a magical musical adventure in a world of atoms and molecules.

Show times: Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.; Fridays at 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Abernethy Laurels was recently named the grand prize winner in Edy's Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute contest.

More than 100 residents of Abernethy Laurels, an active retirement community in Newton, were treated to ice cream because of their volunteering efforts.

Catawba Valley Medical Center will offer classes on healthy weight and lifestyle through its program, Learn Weight Loss Classes, starting Wednesday. Class will be noon or 5:30 p.m. at CVMC's Center for Rehabilitation's Conference Room, 810 Fairgrove Church Road S.E., Hickory.

The 10-week classes will be led by Lynn Geissele, a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian/nutritionist. Registration is requested before the first class. To register or for details: 828-326-2905 .

Dianne Whitacre Straley