Catawba County's week ahead

Newton-Conover High School wants community input in the process of selecting a new football coach, caregivers for the autistic are invited to an information seminar and a barbecue and poker event will raise money for the Claremont Rescue Squad and a scholarship that honors a former city servant.

Those events and more are all in the week ahead for Catawba County.

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Newton-Conover High School will host a meeting at 7 p.m. in the media center to gather input on the qualities the community would like to see the school's next football coach possess.

The school encourages those who can't attend to send their input to new athletic director and assistant principal Billy Leeson at

Dr. Robert Hart, founder of Hart Square, will discuss his collection of reconstructed log cabins near Plateau at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherrills Ford Presbyterian Church social hall.

Sipe's Orchard Home in Conover will host a fundraising luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Main Cellar City Club in Hickory.

Erica Bryant, a Charlotte TV station anchor, will emcee the event, which will also include info on Sipe's past and plans for the future.

Attendance is free, but by reservation only, and seating is limited. To make a reservation, call 828-256-5056, extension 304.

Caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorders — including autism, ADD, ADHD and Asperger's disorder — are invited to a seminar to learn about treatments at 7 p.m. at Friendship UMC's family life center at 2900 N.C. 16 South in Newton.

Dr. Joey Miles, of Hickory, will speak at the seminar.

Registration is required for the free event.

Call Dianne Huffman at 828-464-8662.

Child care will not be provided.

Claremont Rescue Squad will host a Pig Picking and Poker Run to honor former Claremont resident PJ Stanley, who died of leukemia in 2011.

Registration for the Poker Run begins at 10:30 a.m.

Barbecue plates will be sold beginning at noon.

For more information, call 828-459-7968 o 828-446-2438.

The city of Newton Tree Board invites the public to its Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church.

The Newton Tree Board selected a white Dogwood tree to plant at the church in celebration of Arbor Day.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change at noon will attempt to break a world record of 5,026 cloth diapers changed simultaneously.

Catawba County citizens are invited to join in the effort at the Shuford YMCA in Conover.
The event is sponsored by VIP Baby, a local store dedicated to selling cloth diapers.

For more information, call VIP Baby at 828-514-5434.