Gaston & Catawba

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Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will host “Finding Your Way through Grief,” 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wilson Meeting Room at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. N.W. in Lenoir.

The workshop is open to anyone in the Unifour area who is grieving a loss, regardless of how long ago the death occurred. Bereavement Coordinator Emily Pitts will facilitate the program. For details, call 828-754-0101.

Lenoir City Council member Joe Gibbons was elected to the board of directors of the N.C. League of Municipalities at the recent 100 {+t}{+h} anniversary meeting of the League in Charlotte.

Gibbons was elected to a two-year term on the board as the District 10 representative. District 10 is made up of cities and towns in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Iredell, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

The N.C. League of Municipalities is a nonpartisan association of more than 540 cities, towns and villages in North Carolina.

Gibbons' father, former Lenoir Mayor Robert Gibbons Sr., served as president of the League 1979-80.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute's Truck Driver Training Program recently graduated 18 students from its day class under the direction of lead instructor Joan Main.

Graduates were Dennis Starnes, Kenneth Whisnant, Darrell Hammond, Tony Smith, Sabrina Smith, Douglas Brown, Aldo Castillo, Teresa Brickhouse, Arlie Clay, Luke Lambert III, Lee Poarch, James Byrd, Terry Gragg Jr., Frankie Millsaps, Michael Gilbert, Fernando Apolonio, Clistia Pack and Warren Pack.

The U.S. Air Force Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Old Lenoir High School Auditorium, 102 Willow St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for ticket-holders and 6:45 p.m. for the public.

For tickets, contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486, city of Lenoir Parks and Recreation Department at 828-757-2187 and the James Harper School of Performing Arts at 828-754-2297.

The Quest4Life Wellness Center will present an eight-week exercise program designed for those suffering from arthritis. The program is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Nov. 3.

"Fit & Strong" is a behavior change program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Research on Health Aging. Exercises include stretching, low-impact aerobics, walking and strengthening using exercise bands and ankle-cuff weights.

Each session will consist of one hour of exercise and a half hour of arthritis and exercise education, group discussion and problem-solving. Trained and certified exercise instructors will lead the classes.

The cost is $10. For details or to register, contact Lori Starnes at 828-757-6220.

Peggy Smith, an employee in the phrmacy at Caldwell Memorial Hospital, received one of this year's Caldwell Memorial Hospital Auxiliary nursing scholarships. Smith is a student in the nursing program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

The scholarship is designed to help students in a medical curriculum at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and other regional colleges. Special consideration is given to employees and volunteers of Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

An awards reception for the winners of the Caldwell Literary Competition was held the evening of Oct. 16.

The Caldwell County Public Library and the Caldwell Arts Council established this Literary Competition in 1992. This is the second year the Friends of the Caldwell County Library have added their support to this event.

Competition judge Laura Bokus and Caldwell Arts Council Director Lee Carol Giduz presented awards. The winners were:

Poetry category: First place, L.B. Sedlacek for “Walking by Sound;” second place, Vivian Satterwhite for “Caregiver”; and Tammy Coffey Dye for “Autumn Joy.”

Prose category: First place, L.B. Sedlacek for “Corporeal;” second place, Jennifer Williams for Significance of Bangs”; and Joyce White for “Second Generation.”

Norma Suddreth Award for Best Youth Entry: Kate Martin for “Fire and Ice”

The winning writings will be published in “Branches,” a publication of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in 2009.

Gina Smith