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Newton will gather citizens of all races, nationalities and backgrounds Saturday for Unity Day at Southside Park.
Also this week, the world's longest-running "Phantom of the Opera" performer visits Catawba County this week.
And a Saturday race will benefit Balls Creek Elementary School.
For more on these events and other happenings, read on.
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Leslie Keller will present the program, "Building Your Family Story From Original Documents," at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Patrick Beaver Library in Hickory.
It is the April meeting of the Catawba County Genealogical Society.
CVCC's Admissions Office will host the second in a series of "Senior Nights" to provide information to graduating high school seniors interested in attending the college in the fall.
Sessions will begin at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of the college's Cuyler Dunbar Building.
Catawba County Extension and Community Association will sponsor a free quilt-making demonstration at 10 a.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave., Newton.
Seating is limited, so registration is required by calling 828-465-8240.
The Hickory Museum of Art will serve as the site of Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s Student Portfolio Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. throughout the museumâ€™s galleries.
Work by graduating Photographic Technology, Architectural Technology and Advertising & Graphic Design associate degree students will be on display.
The exhibit is open to the general public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 828-327-7000, extension 4467.
The City of Newton Human Relations Council invites the community to its 2012 Unity Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. at Southside Park.
The event will include a â€śparade of flagsâ€ť representing the many nationalities of Newton citizens, live entertainment on the amphitheater stage, multi-cultural food vendors, inflatables and other childrenâ€™s activities, door prizes and more.
In addition, the 2012 Unity Day Award will be presented at the celebration.
The theme for the 2012 Unity Day Celebration remains the same â€” â€śOne Community, One Humanity.â€ť The mission of the celebration is to bring the communities of the city of Newton together in unity and love; to promote positive multi-cultural relations and harmony throughout the city; to bring everyone together by raising the publicâ€™s vision above barriers of color, culture and creed; and to celebrate the value and respect for diversity through dance, music and food.
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Gary Herman at 828-695-4266.
Balls Creek Elementary will host Mr. B's Balls Creek 5K at 9 a.m. at the school.
The race will benefit the school, particularly its physical education department.
Awards follow the race at 10 a.m. Participants may register online at www.active.com. Adult fees are $15 through April 6 and $20 from April 7-27.
Student registration, younger than 18, is $10 through April 6 and $15 from April 7-27. Race-day registration is $25 for all participants.
For more information, call 828-446-3469.
Franc D'Ambrosio, known as the "World's Longest Running Phantom" for his 2,600 performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," will perform at 8 p.m. at Newton-Conover Auditorium.
Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating and $15 for balcony seating. Call 828-464-8100 for more.