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Catawba County Cub and Boy Scouts will collect canned food this month through the Piedmont Council's annual Scouting for Food Good Turn program.

Scouts will distribute fliers to homes throughout Catawba County on Saturday. On Nov. 22, they will return to pick up donated food, which will be distributed through Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries in Hickory or Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries in Newton.

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The Folk Art Society of America recently held an award ceremony to honor Catawba County folk potter Albert Hodge for having his art accepted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Ann Oppenheimer, president of the Folk Art Society, presented the Smithsonian with one of Hodge's clay face jugs.

The Folk Art Society of America is a nonprofit organization that advocates the discovery, study, documentation, preservation and exhibition of folk art, folk artists and folk art environments. The Smithsonian's American Art Museum is in Washington.

Hodge's work is included in the Hickory Museum of Art's collection and sold in the museum's shop.

The Catawba County Parenting Network announces the addition of Susan Reinhardt, a part-time parent consultant working with expectant parents and parents and guardians of children up to age 5.

Reinhardt is a former school counselor and has been a certified parent educator with the Parents as Teachers program for more than nine years. In 2006, she received the Champion for Children award, given by the Catawba County Partnership for Children.

Reinhardt is available by appointment for individual and family sessions. For details or to schedule an appointment with Reinhardt, contact the Parenting Network at 828-465-8151.

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is selling discount tickets for the 2008 Southern Christmas Show. Tickets are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Department, 23 S. Brady Ave. in Newton. The cost is $8. No children's discount tickets are available at this time.

The show will run from Thursday to Nov. 23 at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 810 Baxter St. in Charlotte. Show hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.

For details, contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

The city of Newton Appearance Commission will hold its first holiday display contest this year.

Entry forms are available and are due with payment by 5 p.m. Dec.15 at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave.; Central Recreation Center, 301 S. Ervin St.; or Newton City Hall, 401 N. Main Ave., all in Newton. Forms are also available at Entry fees are $5 for residents or $10 for businesses.

Judging will begin Dec.16 and is based on originality, arrangement and overall presentation. A winner and a runner-up will be announced the week of Dec. 22. Participants must live in or own a business in the Newton city limits and must be at least 18.

For details, contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

The Catawba County Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities presented its annual awards at a recent luncheon. Guest speakers at the event were Sarah Parham and William Robinson of the Connections Clubhouse of Newton. The Clubhouse is a program for adults with mental health issues that offers transitional and supported employment services.

Life Skills won first place for Excellence in Recreation. In the employer of the year category, Dale Earnhardt Inc. Paint and Collision Center won first place and Little Caesars Pizza of Newton won honorable mention. Evan Nance won the Distinguished Citizen Award and Karen Lowder received honorable mention.

The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry Thrift Store, 31 First Ave. S.E., near downtown Hickory, needs winter clothing in all sizes for men, women and children.

Items needed include hats, scarves, gloves, coats and jackets.

Donors will receive a tax donation form. Proceeds from thrift store sales support the ministry.

For details, call 828-327-0979, ext. 224.

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry Hunger Prevention Program. The campaign will run until Dec. 19.

Nonperishable food items accepted include canned fruits, canned soups, canned vegetables, grits, macaroni, rice, oatmeal and dried beans. Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Newton City Hall, 401 N. Main Ave.; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays at the Newton Recreation Department, 23 S. Brady St.; and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays at the Central Recreation Department, 301 S. Ervin Ave., all in Newton. City offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 27-28.

The food collected will help local disabled residents and others in need.

For details, contact the Newton Recreation Center at 828-695-4317 or the Central Recreation Center at 828-465-7477.

Gina Smith