Catawba County's week ahead

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 College’s Student Portfolio Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. throughout the museum’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 “parade of flags” representing the many nationalities of Newton citizens, live entertainment on the amphitheater stage, multi-cultural food vendors, inflatables and other children’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 — “One Community, One Humanity.” 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 public’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 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.