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The Hickory Fire Department in conjunction with the Christmas Bureau is asking for new and like-new bikes and tricycles for needy children to be given out at Christmas.

Residents can drop off bicycles and tricycles at any Hickory fire station between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Details: 828-323-7420.

“Bikes for Tykes” will be distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau at the American Legion Fairgrounds in December.

The popular Broadway musical “Oklahoma!” is now at The Green Room Stage in Newton.

The musical continues today and the next two weekends. Performances are at The Newton Conover Civic and Performance Place, 60 W 6th St., Newton.

Details or for tickets: 828-464-6128.

Walkers and runners are invited to participate in the N.C. Foothills Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 18 at Lenoir Rhyne University. Events, including a one-mile fun walk and a 5K run/walk, begin at 8 a.m. Details: 828-781-2873.

The Catawba Valley Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association recently presented a $400 check to Jonathan McLelland of Stony Point in Alexander County, its first ASAC Scholarship.

McLelland works with Conover Construction while attending classes at night. The scholarship will be an annual award.

The public is invited to a free Victorian Tea at Maple Grove, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 28, sponsored by Hickory Landmarks Society. Visitors will sample homemade snacks reminiscent of a late 19th-century tea. The handbell choir from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will perform.

Maple Grove, built in 1883, is the oldest frame house in Hickory. It is at 542 Second St. NE (N.C. 127). Details: 828-322-4731.

The Catawba Valley Chapter American Subcontractors Association recently honored Theresa Brewer, chapter president for 13 years.

The former president will continue to serve on the Catawba Valley board.

She is now first vice president on the executive level for the 2008-2009 North Carolina and South Carolina board of directors, where she will be president in 2009-2010. Brewer received a gold and diamond cross necklace by Tammy Warren, the 2008-2009 incoming president.

Valerie Huffman, a Hickory Jaycee, has been elected president of the N.C. Jaycees for 2009.

Huffman has been a Hickory Jaycee since 2003 and has won numerous Jaycee awards, including the 2007 Linn D. Garibaldi Award for the Outstanding Local President of the N.C. Jaycees.

Cookbook author and novelist Carolyn Rawls Booth will share aspects of food traditions in Southern Cooking: Yesterday and Today, on Oct. 2 at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory.

Classes are at 1, 3, 6 or 8 p.m. and are free, but registration is required. 828-327-7000 ext. 4320.

The yard of Bessie Kanipe of Newton was recently named Yard of the Month for September from the Newton Appearance Commission.

Kanipe has lived at 2126 Whisnant Ave. for 48 years. Her sons, Kenneth and Jeffrey, reduced her mowing by designing a landscape. Details: 828-695-4317.

Pat Joyner knocked out Adam Gehring to win the Fall 2008 Hickory Poker Showdown on Sept. 6, helping raise more than $2,500 to support Catawba County Junior Achievement and Rotary International scholarships.

In compliance with state gaming laws, the tournament awards no cash or prizes of value, only trophies and bragging rights. Thirty residents played, including Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.

The Hickory Poker Showdown has been held each spring and fall since 2004. Donors have contributed more than $22,000 to charity. The next showdown will be Feb. 28. Details: 828-322-7579

Art from the Full Circle Arts Fall Competition will be on display until Oct. 18 at 266 First Ave. NW in downtown Hickory.

Awards were presented Sept. 11. Theresa Golas, executive director of the Iredell Museums in Statesville, judged the competition. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Full Circle Arts is a nonprofit organization that encourages public appreciation and education for the arts. Details: 828-322-754

Newton recommends residents install a valve that will help prevent sewer back-ups and overflows.

Since 1958, N.C. Plumbing Code has required that a backwater valve be installed in all structures with a plumbing fixture that has a flood rim elevation below the next upstream city sewer manhole. The flood rim elevation is the level at which a fixture, such as a toilet or sink, will overflow.

The valve allows sewage to leave the structure, but does not allow sewage to flow back into the property in case of a blockage in the city sewer system.

The city is not responsible for damages caused by a sewer back-up on private property if a required backwater valve has not been installed.

Details: 828-695-4298.

Dianne Whitacre Straley