Catawba County's week ahead

A school reading competition and college information night, Lenten services and county Republican events highlight things to do this week in Catawba County.

For more on those events, read below. For updated events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise from Tuesday-Saturday at newsstands throughout Catawba County.

Friends of Catawba County Library will meet at 11 a.m. at the Main Library to discuss sponsorship of library programs and purchase of new materials. All members are welcome to attend.

Newton-Conover City Schools will hold its district Battle of the Books competition in the Thornton Elementary School gym beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thornton, Shuford and South Newton elementary schools will compete, with the winner advancing to the district competition April 23.

Many local churches continue Lenten worship services and meals on Wednesday.
*Beth Eden Lutheran offers a meal at 5:15 p.m. and service at 6:30 p.m.
*Bethel Lutheran offers a meal at 5:45 p.m. and service at 7 p.m.
*Old St. Paul's Lutheran offers a meal at 6 p.m. and worship at 6:45 p.m.
*Shiloh NALC Lutheran offers a service at 6 p.m.
*St. Mark's Lutheran offers services at 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Newton-Conover High School will hold a college information night for Spanish-speaking parents and students at 6 p.m. Donna Weaver from the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) will be the main speaker. Free resources and information will be available.

The Catawba County Republican Party will hold its annual precinct meetings at Pin Station/Newton Expo across from the government center. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Catawba County Republican Party will hold its 2012 convention at the old Newton courthouse. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the event beginning at 9 a.m. Dr. Tim Daughtry, co-author of "Waking the Sleeping Giant," will be the keynote speaker.