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Belmont Abbey College

Carolina Pro Musica: Period ensemble Carolina Pro Musica will present “So Longs the Soul” at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 the Abbey Basilica at Belmont Abbey College. The program will feature verses from “The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah,” arias by J.S. Bach and instrumental works by Marcello and Veracini.

Carolina Pro Music features period instruments including an 18th century flute called a traverso, recorder, viola de gamba, chamber organ and voice.

Tickets are $16 adults, $8 students and seniors, and are available at Reservations also may be made by calling 704-334-3468.


Continuing education: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will offer several Continuing Education courses in the spring semester beginning in January. For information or to register, call 828-726-2242 for the Caldwell and Hudson campuses and 828-297-3811 for the Watauga campus, or visit

The lineup includes:

Nurse Aide I: Sessions on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson offered: 8 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-May 7; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-May 7; and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-May 7. Sessions on the Watauga Campus in Boone will be offered noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 6-June 10. A Nurse Aide I Hybrid class also will be offered 5-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 12-Aug. 17 on the Caldwell Campus. Cost is $181.

Industrial Maintenance Technology: 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-April 13, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Industrial Maintenance Technology II also will be held 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-March 23. Cost is $181 per class.

Welding: Several sessions, including Basic Welding, MIG/TIG/Pipe Part 1 and Part 2, will be offered on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson and Watauga Campus in Boone. Visit for detailed times. Cost is $181-$186.

Construction Trades: Class offerings include Cabinetmaking, Plumbing and HVAC. Sessions begin Jan. 12. Cost of each class is $181.

Introduction to Industrial Sewing: 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 20-April 1 on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. Cost is $181.

Massage Therapy: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Feb. 9-Oct. 15, Watauga Campus, Boone. Cost is $181.

Phlebotomy: 5-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 16-Aug. 30, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Cost is $181.


Small business course: The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present “Pricing for Profit: Big Mistakes and Best Practices” from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

Small business owners often undervalue their services and offerings due to a lack of knowledge in determining pricing. This three-hour seminar will help participants develop an appropriate pricing strategy for their product or service.

Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visiting

Personal enrichment classes: Catawba Valley Community College will offer personal enrichment and learning classes in January.

The lineup includes:

Watercolor Techniques – Intermediate to Advanced: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23, CVCC East Campus. $50.

Freelance Writing for Fun and Profit: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13-March 3, CVCC East Campus, Room 1001. $75.

Oil Painting on Canvas: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, West Hickory Senior Center or 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, CVCC East Campus. $50.

Oil Painting on Canvas and More: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $50.

Decorative Bird and Duck Carving: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, city of Newton Recreation Center. $50.

Beginning Sewing Level 1: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, CVCC East Campus, Room 975. $70.

Conversational Spanish for Beginners Level 1: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, CVCC East Campus. $70, plus textbook.

GED in Spanish: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 16-March 6 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 17-March 7, CVCC East Campus, Room 955. A third session will be offered 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, CVCC East Campus, Room 1009. $70.

Italian Cooking Level II: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 22-March 12, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $80. Registration deadline is Jan. 15.

Drawing and Painting: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $60. Registration deadline is Jan. 19.

Sign Language for Beginners Level II: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room 1118. $70, plus textbook. Registration deadline is Jan. 19.

Be Your Own Wedding Planner: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 9-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room EC958. $70.

Needle Fun: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Feb. 24-April 14, city of Newton Recreation Department. All skill levels are welcome to learn about knitting, embroidery, crocheting and other needle work. $45. Registration deadline is Feb. 17.

Intermediate Shag Dancing: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 26-March 26, city of Newton Recreation Department. Partners are needed. Cost is $55. Registration deadline is Feb. 19.

For information or to register, contact CVCC’s Learning and Enrichment Continuing Education Center at 828-327-7037 or Cheri Toney at

Pottery traditions: The CVCC 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 a series of noncredit pottery classes January through March. No experience is necessary. Classes are $111, including registration, supplies and insurance.

The schedule includes:

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

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

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

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

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

Gaston College

MLK reflections: Davidson College professor Dan Aldridge III will speak on “Reflections of Martin Luther King, American Liberalism, and the Continuing Relevance of Civil Rights Activism” at 9:30and 11 a.m. Jan. 22 in the David Belk Cannon Auditorium at Gaston College’s Dallas Campus.

His lecture is presented in celebration of the Martin Luther King Holiday by the Multicultural Affairs Committee at Gaston College.

A professor of history and African studies at Davidson College, Aldridge specializes in 20th century U.S. history and African-American history. He is the author of “Becoming American: The African American Quest for Civil Rights, 1861-1976.” Aldridge earned a doctorate from Emory University and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact Judith Porter at 704-922-6346 or

Balancing Act seminar: Gaston College will offer a series of 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.

Cosmetology students offer services: The Cosmetology Program at Gaston College now offers skincare and haircare services to the public on two campuses.

An Esthetics Day Spa with facials, peels and other skincare services is open 9-11 a.m. weekdays and 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday on the Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. in Belmont. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made by calling 704-825-6295.

Hair services including cuts, styles, color, highlights, lowlights, perms and relaxers and spa services including waxing, manicures, pedicures, gel polish and more are now available at the Cosmetology Salon on the Lincoln Campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Seniors 55 and older receive half off the cost of services on weekdays. Other specials include $10 perms and relaxers on Wednesdays.

Walk-ins are welcome or call for an appointment at 704-748-5252.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Novelist Jesmyn Ward: Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present American novelist Jesmyn Ward at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in Belk Centrum on campus.

Co-sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Office of Multicultural Affairs, this event is open to the public and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Ward is an associate professor of English at Tulane University and award winning author of three novels. Her 2008 debut novel, “Where the Line Bleeds,” received a Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Award. Ward also won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award for her second novel, “Salvage the Bones.” Her latest book, published in 2013, is a memoir titled “Men We Reaped.” It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Ward depicts the lives of African-Americans growing up in the South struggling with poverty and natural disaster. She draws from her own personal experiences, including the loss of her brother and survival of Hurricane Katrina.

Ward earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and was writer in residence at the University of Mississippi. She also taught creative writing at the University of South Alabama before joining Tulane University.

Criminal justice degree: Educational opportunities continue to expand at Lenoir-Rhyne University with the recent addition of a Criminal Justice major to its undergraduate studies program. Interested students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice through the University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The new Criminal Justice major requires 42 hours of study in addition to core curriculum requirements and includes such classes as Victimology, Criminal Law and Procedure, Corporate and White Collar Crime, Drugs and Criminal Justice and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.

A minor in criminal justice requires 18 credit hours in addition to core curriculum requirements.

For information, visit or call the Office of Admissions at 828-328-7300.


Sign language students volunteer: Students in the Interpreting Education program at Western Piedmont Community College recently volunteered at a holiday event hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services Morganton Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

Participating students were Belle George, Richard Hogan, Emily Hayworth, Brittney Peidl-Murphy, Chrystal Mallory, David Yarbrough, Drew Thompkins and Kellie King.

WPCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Interpreter Education, a curriculum that prepares individuals to work as entry-level Sign Language Interpreters who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides in-service training for working interpreters who want to upgrade their skills.

To learn about the Interpreter Education program, contact Danette Steelman-Bridges at 828-448-6028 or

New York for spring break: Western Piedmont Community College will offer a series of courses that include a trip to New York City April 7-11.

The trip will incorporate curriculum classes Art 115 Art History Survey II, Humanities 120 E31 Cultural Studies, and Drama 111 E31 Theater Appreciation as well as the Continuing Education cultural enrichment course “New York Cultural Experience.”

Tuition cost of the Continuing Education class and the curriculum classes will each be about $210. Approximate cost of the trip for participating students is $750, including airfare, hotel and transfer.

Mandatory on-campus meetings for all participating students will be 7-8:50 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and April 2. For information, call Mark Poteat at 828-448-3538. Compiled by Leigh Pressley