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Catawba Valley Community College

Registration for spring 2009 curriculum classes at Catawba Valley Community College is now under way.

New or previous students not registered this fall can begin registration at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Registration for all students continues weekdays through Nov. 25.

The CVCC Small Business Center will offer a Master Marketing Plan seminar 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Job Link Center on the East Campus in Hickory.

The last marketing seminar in the college's Start It business series, the free workshop will cover the key elements of a dynamic marketing plan. Branding and public relations will be the focus.

Sherre DeMao will be the instructor.

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

CVCC's Office of Multicultural Affairs, the CVCC Foundation and Challenger Early College High School will present The International Night of Dance at 7 p.m. Friday in the East Wing Auditorium.

Housed on the CVCC campus, the Challenger Early College High School has three dance troupes, including the Raza Latino, Hmong Traditional Dance Group and the Irish Traditional Dance Group.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For more information, contact Carlton Hirschi at the Challenger Early College High School at 828-485-2980, ext. 323, or Steve Hunt in the CVCC Office of Multicultural Affairs at 828-327-7000, ext. 4570.

The Mortician Assessment Testing Simulator software is now available to the public for free in the Learning Assistance Center at Catawba Valley Community College, 2550 U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory.

The software is for students preparing for the national board exam for funeral service or the N.C. Board of Funeral Service funeral director exam. This software was previously available only in Eastern North Carolina.

Fayetteville Technical Community College provided the software to the college as part of the funeral service education program.

For details, contact Kathy Carey at 828-327-7000, ext. 4205.

CVCC will offer a quick-learn piano workshop 6-9 p.m. Thursday in the college auditorium, at 2550 U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory. The workshop can teach nonmusical adults to play the piano in three hours.

Asheville native Deborah Belcher will teach the class. Students will learn a new way to read sheet music and shortcuts used by professionals. An ability to read the treble clef is recommended but not required. The fee is $50 plus a $25 materials fee.

For details, call 828-327-7037.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Voices film series, sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University and The Women's Resource Center, will present two movies on the theme of Big Brother, Little Sister this month.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

The movie “1984” will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Belk Centrum on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus. “Children of Men” will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Hickory. Both movies are rated “R.”

“1984” is based on the 1949 anti-utopian book of the same name by George Orwell. It predicted a future when a totalitarian regime symbolized by Big Brother would control all aspects of human life. The film was released in 1984.

“Children of Men” is a 2007 film directed by Alfonso Cuaron. The science-fiction thriller set in 2027 predicts a chaotic future world in which humans can no longer procreate.

For more information about the film series, visit

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will present a concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Hickory.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus includes The Minnesingers and The Meistersingers. Both will present music with the “Music from Hispanic Lands” theme. Traditional songs, Christmas music and arrangements by Spanish and Argentine composers are included.

This semester, the chorus is under the direction of Nathan Crabtree and Shari Edmisten Crabtree while the regular conductor, Florence Jowers, is on sabbatical. Jowers will return in January.

Admission is free, and a nursery will be provided.

The Friends of the Rudisill Library at Lenoir-Rhyne University will offer a variety of works by local artists through the Books and Brushes sale.

Prices start as low as $25, and many pieces are $500 or less.

Pottery birdhouses and mugs, turned wooden bowls, jewelry, sculpture and original paintings are on sale.

Hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 2-10 p.m. Sunday.

The sale will continue through the end of November. Area artists who have created the items will donate 25 percent of the sale price to the library. For more information, call 828-328-7236.

Leigh Pressley