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The Capitol Steps will open Appalachian State University's Performing Arts Series with political satire at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in Farthing Auditorium. Tickets are $18 adults, $16 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $10 for students and children.

Capitol Steps performances feature wisecracks directed at both political parties, reminding folks that regardless of political affiliation, everyone needs a good laugh.

Details or tickets: 800-841-2787 or visit www.pas.appstate.edu.

Kay Crouch, music program director at Caldwell Community College and Technical Insitute, recently received the 2008 E.M. Dudley Employee Achievement Award.

Selection is based on excellent service to the college. Employees are nominated by college staff members and reviewed by a committee.

Crouch joined the college in 1985 and serves as instructor and music program director. She also coordinates the school's long-running Performing Artist Series. She holds a bachelor of music education degree from East Carolina University and a master of music in percussion from Appalachian State University. She has worked as substitute band director at South Caldwell High School and as an educational representative and purchasing agent at The Music Center Inc.

Crouch has performed with symphony orchestras, with bluegrass bands, in Lincoln Center, for a biker gang and for two U.S. presidents. Crouch and her husband, Patrick, are currently members of the bluegrass band Strictly Clean and Decent.

CCC&TI will offer a “Go Green 101” class for businesses beginning Oct. 6. The online course will conclude with a classroom session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 on the Caldwell Campus. $55.

Participants will learn simple methods to reduce energy consumption and waste and improve the bottom line by becoming more environmentally conscious.

Details: 828-726-2284 or David Waechter, dwaechter@cccti.edu.

Photographer Joe Young, an instructor at Catawba Valley Community College, will display “Living the Country Life” through Oct. 25 at Taste Full Beans coffee shop in downtown Hickory.

The photography exhibit highlights N.C. farmers, mountain storytellers and other folks living a simpler way of life.

Photos are available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Ray and Rosa Hicks Fund, which assists with medical bills left to the son and wife of the late Ray Hicks.

Catawba Valley Community College's School of Learning and Personal Enrichment will offer a free cooking class led by Carolyn Rawls Booth, author of “Aunt Mag's Recipe Book.”

“Southern Cooking: Yesterday and Today” will be held 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory. Free.

Booth will discuss preserving southern food traditions and discovering new ways to present heritage recipes. The class will include a slide show and demonstration of one or two traditional southern dishes.

Details or to register: 828-327-7037.

CVCC will offer New Beginnings GED orientation sessions for students enrolling in GED classes. Attendance at a two-day orientation session is required to enter the GED program.

The schedule includes:

8 a.m. to noon Oct. 6-7, Room 975, East Campus

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7, Alexander Center

5-9 p.m. Oct. 7-8, Alexander Center

5-9 p.m. Oct. 8-9, Room 975, East Campus.

Details (East Campus): Tina Fredell 828-327-7000, ext. 4353. Details (Alexander Center): Joyce Wooten 828-632-8221, ext. 381.

The CVCC Small Business Center will offer a “Record Keeping & Taxes” seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Catawba County Job Link Center on the CVCC East Campus in Hickory. Free. Registration needed by 6 p.m. on the day of the seminar.

Retired IRS accountant Mel Steiner will cover business structures, tax identification numbers, required taxes for small businesses and what to expect in an IRS audit.

To register: 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

CVCC will offer a three-day Concealed Carry Handgun Permit class 6-10 p.m. Oct. 13-15 on the CVCC East Campus in Hickory. Students must be 21 years of age or older. Cost is $75.

Details: 828-327-7037.

CVCC will offer a Six Sigma Green Belt training class in October. Sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 25 on the CVCC East Campus. Cost is $1,175 and includes materials.

Details: industry@cvcc.edu or 828-327-7000, ext. 4549 or 4294.

Gaston College will host an open house and reception for its East Campus at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the general classroom building, 7230 Wilkinson Blvd. in Belmont.

Voter-approved bonds funded renovation of more than 13,000 square feet in the building. A second floor was added to house classrooms, computer labs and offices.

Storyteller Ramona Moore Big Eagle will be featured at the Gaston College International Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10 on the Dallas Campus. Free.

She will share stories and provide information about Native American heritage and aspects of their daily lives from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This year's festival theme is “Travel Around the World,” which celebrates the unique customs of international cultures. The family-friendly event will include booths, displays, activities and demonstrations.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir, directed by Paul Weber, will perform in several cities in the Carolinas Oct. 23-26. Free.

The schedule includes: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, in Wilmington; Risen Christ Lutheran Church, in Myrtle Beach; St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, in Charleston; and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, in Charlotte. The choir will be joined by guest organist Thomas Dahl of Hamburg, Germany.

Lenoir-Rhyne College will induct four former athletes into the Hall of Fame during the school's homecoming weekend festivities at 11 a.m. Saturday in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Inductees include Marvin Everett, Mike Everett, Leo Kantorski and Tommy Laurendine. The men also will be honored during halftime of Lenoir-Rhyne's football game, which begins at 2 p.m. at Moretz Stadium.

Leigh Pressley
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