Gaston & Catawba

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Belmont Abbey College

‘Christmas at St. Mary’s:’ Carolina Pro Musica, a music ensemble based at Belmont Abbey College, will present “Christmas at St. Mary’s” at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in Historic St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. Third St. in Charlotte.

The annual performance will feature medieval and Renaissance music with readings of the season and carols. Bob Sweeten, also known as Max on the nationally syndicated Bob and Sheri radio show, will return to the tell the story of the birth of Jesus.

Tickets are $16 adults, $8 students and seniors and are available at or by calling 704-334-3468.


Students prepare meal: Culinary Arts students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently prepared a Thanksgiving meal for women and children living at The Shelter Home of Caldwell County.

Students prepared roasted turkey, smoked ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, mixed vegetables, cabbage with bacon and onions, brownies, apple cobbler and spiced cookies. Food donations from JustSave in Lenoir and a local church, as well as the CCC&TI Culinary Guild supported the project.

Small business seminars: CCC&TI will offer several workshops and seminars geared to small businesses. The free workshop schedule includes:

ABCs of Starting a Small Business: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Appalachian Enterprise Center, Boone. Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Co., will be the presenter.

Record Keeping and Taxes: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir. Arlene Childers will discuss financial records, tax reporting and business decisions.

Guerilla Marketing for Small Business: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11, Appalachian Enterprise Center, Boone.

Collins will be the presenter.

To register, call 828-265-5385, ext. 214 or visit


Pottery traditions: The college Potters’ Workshop will present a new lecture series for 2015, “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition Alive through Contemporary Works.”

Artist Cynthia Bringle will kick off the series at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium. An instructor at Penland School of Crafts and a resident artist there, Bringle will speak about the Penland tradition, its importance and how its relevancy is maintained through contemporary instruction and practice.

Additional lectures will feature Catawba Valley potter and workshop director Kim Ellington on Feb. 19 and Seagrove potter Ben Owen III on March 19.

The free events are open to the public. For information, visit, or call 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.

Pottery classes: The CVCC Potters’ Workshop will offer noncredit pottery classes January through March. No experience is necessary. Classes are $111, including registration, supplies and insurance.

The schedule includes:

Hand Building I with Evelyn Arnold: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4

Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12-March 9

Functional Pottery II with Kim Ellington: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4

Independent Study with Kim Ellington: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13-March 3

Space is limited. For information or to register, visit or call 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.

Gaston College

Balancing Act seminar: Gaston College will offer professional development seminars with information on what educators, friends, families and the community should know about students experiencing mental health issues while attending college.

Topics and dates are Oppositional Defiant Disorder, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jan. 22; Addiction, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 13 and Bipolar Disorder, noon-1 p.m. March 30. All seminars will be held in the Robinson Classroom Building, Room 238, on the Dallas Campus.

The workshops are free and open to the public. For information, call Hisayo Tokuro-Gallo at 704-922-6341.

Art exhibits: Gaston College will showcase several art exhibits this semester.

A Visual Harvest, an annual juried art exhibition, will be presented through Dec. 10 in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery in the Rauch Science and Fine Arts Building on the Dallas Campus.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For information, contact Jason Story at 704-922-6245 or or Barbara Chadwick at 704-922-2231 or

Notary training courses: Gaston College will offer a Notary Training course 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in room 208 of the Dalpiaz Student Success Center on the Dallas Campus. The course may also be used for a current Notary’s re-commission.

Students must be at least 18 years old or legally emancipated, reside in or have regular work in North Carolina, be a legal U.S. resident, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to speak, read and write the English language. Students must have no felony conviction or civil judgment. A photo ID and a copy of the “Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, Tenth Edition” also are required.

Registration is required. For information, visit

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Campaign closes in on goal: Lenoir-Rhyne’s fundraising campaign, University Rising, is $3 million shy of its $65 million goal. The campaign will extend through May in hopes of raising additional funds.

Grace Chapel, which was recently dedicated, was one of the key projects funded by the campaign. The university also plans to build a new Science Complex with nearly 70,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and research space. The science building project will have two phases – the construction of the new structure and the renovation of the existing science building.

To make a donation to the campaign, visit

Ribbon cutting: Lenoir-Rhyne University recently unveiled its Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship on campus.

The new center offers entrepreneurial education and serves as a resource for individuals and organizations in all phases of business development. A Student Business Showcase followed the ceremony to highlight some of the innovative businesses developed by students.

Christmas program: The A Cappella Choir, College Singers, Brass Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble will present “A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9 in Grace Chapel on campus.

The program will include diverse music from the ensembles and seasonal carols by the audience, as well as a candle lighting ceremony by the choir. In candlelight, the audience will hear the reading of the Christmas gospel from St. Luke. Dr. Paul Weber will present a premiere performance of his Advent carol, “Holy Emmanuel” for alto solo, choir, oboe, strings and two “singing” handbells.

Seating for the free show is limited. Tickets not purchased in advance will be available one hour before each concert at Grace Chapel. An offering will be received at each show. For information, call 828-328-7234.


Students sign at tournament: Interpreting Education students from Western Piedmont Community College recently volunteered at the North Carolina School for the Deaf Foundation golf tournament.

Students Richard Hogan, Destiny Fredell, Rema Lambert, Danielle Tancora, Emily Hayworth and Dara Fox helped at the event. The foundation raises money to enhance the educational experience of students.

Apply for spring: New students planning to attend Western Piedmont Community College in spring 2015 should submit an admission application by Dec. 9.

Applying by this date ensures new students complete placement testing and time to go through the financial aid process. Advisers are available in the new Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall.

For information, visit and select Apply Now. Printable applications are available by selecting Students and then Admission. To seek financial aid, students must visit and use the Federal School Code for WPCC of 002982.

Registration for spring classes will be held 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8. For information, call Student Services at 828-448-6046.

Classes begin Jan. 12. Compiled by Leigh Pressley