Gaston & Catawba

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Gastonia Transit has announced that route changes will go into effect Monday. Most areas now served by Gastonia Transit will continue to have bus access, although the streets used by the buses will differ in some cases, and route schedules will change. Key changes include:

New service in the South New Hope Road/Bradford Heights area.

Reduced transfer times for many trips

Simplified scheduling, with many routes operating every 60 minutes rather than every 90 minutes

New route maps and schedules are available at Bradley Station on Main Avenue. For details, call 704-866-6855.

Appraisers will be available to examine household objects for visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Gaston County Museum of Art and History, 131 W. Main St. in Dallas. The cost per item is $5.

Appraisers will look at household items only, including porcelain, toys, furniture, glass, silver, ceramics and collectibles. No appraisals will be given for fine art, coins, stamps or weapons. All proceeds will go to benefit the Gaston County Museum. For details, contact Jeff Pruett at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or

The Gaston County Museum of Art and History will host a program for preschoolers from 10 to 11 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the museum, 131 W. Main St. in Dallas. The program is for children ages 1-4 and is free to museum members at the family level and above and $2 per child for other participants.

Programs will vary with topics relating to art or history and including a story, art project, craft, song or tour of the museum. For details, contact Jeff Pruett at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or

Bethlehem Church in Gastonia will host two performances of “252 Avenue” at 5 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Children's Ministry Startown Theatre, 3100 Bethlehem Church St., off South New Hope Road in Gastonia. The event is free and open to the public.

“252 Avenue” is a family event with music, dancing, comedy, prizes and more. All ages are welcome. For details, visit or call 704-823-5050 ext. 105.

Entries are now being accepted for the 59th Annual Belmont Christmas Parade, to be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 2. The parade is coordinated for the city by the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce.

Business and commercial parade entries are $50, and nonprofit organization entries are $25. Final deadline is Nov. 20. Entry forms can be downloaded from the homepage of the Chamber Web site,, or picked up at the Chamber office at 32 N. Main St. in Belmont. For details, send an e-mail to, or call 704-825-5307.

Gina Smith