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News briefs: School graduation plans announced

Spring has arrived and local high school and college graduations are quickly approaching. Here’s a roundup of graduation dates, times and locations.
Saturday, May 3
Livingstone College, Livingstone stadium, 10 a.m.
Friday, May 16
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 17
Catawba College, Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College, 10 a.m.
Hood Theological Seminary, seminary grounds, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, May 23
Rowan County Early College, Jesse Carson High School, 6 p.m.
North Hills Christian School, North Hills gym, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Rockwell Christian School, Bethel Baptist Church, 11 a.m.
Thursday, June 12
West Rowan High School, West Rowan High School, 8 a.m.
Jesse Carson High School, Jesse Carson High School, 10 a.m.
East Rowan High School, Catawba College, 8 a.m.
South Rowan High School, Catawba College, 12 p.m.
North Rowan High School, Catawba College, 4 p.m.
Henderson Independent, Catawba College, 6 p.m.
Salisbury High School, Catawba College, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 13
Gary Stone Day School, Gray Stone Day School gymnasium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 14
A.L. Brown High School, A.L. Brown football stadium, 10 a.m.
Trinity Oaks will host its 8th Annual Golf Tournament Friday, May 16 at Crescent Golf Club. The tournament is a Captain’s Choice, with four-person teams. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $75 per person. Those who sign up by April 25 will be eligible for a door prize. Light lunch will be provided, and following the tournament, there will be a dinner with music and an awards ceremony. An open auction will begin at noon and continue until the end of the tournament. Prizes will be given for the shot closest to the pin and the longest drive. There will be a raffle, and door prizes will be awarded.
The tournament will also feature a wine tasting. Golfers can pay $5 to join the tasting and fill out a wine scorecard at each of the first nine holes. The winning wine will be auctioned off at the end of the tournament.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to add to the outdoor amenities on the Trinity Oaks campus. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call Ann Pressly at 704-603-9202 for more information.
Members of the Rural Health Integration program team from the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury will provide free MOVE! Weight Management classes at the Cabarrus County Veteran Service Office, 65 Church Street SE, Concord, April 24, May 1, May 7, May 15 and May 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Join the Rural Health Integration team and your fellow veterans to learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices and improve the quality of your life. During classes, the team will provide self-management tools needed to help you reach and maintain your goal weight. Veterans can take part in five weekly group sessions that emphasize nutrition, behavior modification, exercise and choosing a support system. Those who meet their weekly goal will receive a prize.
The classes are open to all veterans currently using VA health care and to those veterans possessing a DD-214 and a valid photo ID.
VA staff will also provide health care registration, education and information services to all non-registered veterans, and assistance in completing enrollment applications, requesting copies of DD Form 214s, and initiating MyHealtheVet online services.
Former military members who are not currently enrolled for VA health care benefits will need to bring a copy of their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to attach to their application for VA health care benefits. Veterans who have lost their DD Form 214 can request a copy from http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
For more information, call 1-800-469-8262, ext. 4958/4960/4937/4315. VA outreach activities are posted on the events calendar at http://www.salisbury.va.gov/calendar.asp. For more VA information, visit www.salisbury.va.gov or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VASalisbury or on Twitter at twitter.com/SalisburyVAMC.
The town of East Spencer will host a candlelight vigil and balloon release on Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm at town hall, 105 South Long St. This is the third annual event to recognized the effects of abuse for children, adults and for those who have lost someone to abuse.
Beth Moore, executive director of Present Child Abuse Rowan and Debra Helms of the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County. The event is open to the public, however, anyone younger than 16 is asked to be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call the East Spencer Town Hall at 704-636-7111.

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