People & Places Sunday, Oct. 11

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kneeling Gardeners september meeting


Kannapolis — The Kneeling Gardeners met on Sept. 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Jean Kadela, vice president, presiding. Janelle Murray, chaplain, had devotions and we honored the loss of our long- time treasurer, Judy Coggins, with silence and prayer.

Glenda Steel from the Concord Wildlife Alliance was the speaker for the evening, speaking on what we could do to get our backyards certified as a wildlife habitat. Steel has master gardening training as well as being a speaker for the Concord Wildlife Alliance, and also has certified her own backyard as a wildlife habitat.

There are four basic elements of a Certified Wildlife Habitat: food, water, cover and places to raise young. Native plants provide wildlife with nectar, seeds and berries.

— Feeders can supplement natural food sources of plant flowers, shrubs and trees native to the area.

— Water is essential since all animals need water to survive and some need it for bathing or breeding as well.

— Cover is also essential since wildlife needs shelter from bad weather and hiding places for both predators and prey.

— Places to raise their young since a special habitat is essential for bearing and raising young.

Pollination is a huge problem today with a shortage of food and flowers; we are losing the habitat for the bees and butterflies. Bees are most important and the insecticides we use are killing them. We need to be most conscious of the pesticides and herbicides we use and allow the weeds to live in our lawns since the flowers they generate will help to populate the bees.

Allow some of your herbs to go to flower to continue with the pollination replenishment.

Be a messy gardener and join those who want to make a difference. The National Wildlife Federation can help us make our gardens a haven for wildlife with its Certified Wildlife Habitat program.

Refreshments were provided by Nancy Rutledge, Anita Parker and Brenda Trott.

The program for October will be a speaker from UNC on Carnivorous Plants.

Anyone interested in gardening is invited to attend.


RSVP for annual Veteran appreciation dinner

From 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7: The annual Veteran appreciation dinner will be held in the former JCPenney space at West End Plaza.

RSVP by Nov. 1 to 704-639-4321 or sign up at Thelma’s Restaurant, 704-267-6219.

Donations may be made to Thelma Luckey or Duran Merrell at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., A10.


Cleveland Elam memorial diabetes 5k run/walk

10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14: at Knox Middle School. $25 adults, $15 children under 16. Fee includes medal for pre-registration only. Register online at by Nov. 1. Info: 704-647-1169 or


Catawba cheerleaders to host kid’s clinic

Catawba College Cheerleaders will host the first Catawba College Cheerleading Kid’s Clinic on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Cheer Camp for Kids will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 10:45 a.m. on the Belk Track inside Shuford Stadium. Kids of all ages are welcome to join the fun and learn some cheers as well as jumps under the tutelage of the Catawba Cheerleading Team.

All attendees will have their photograph taken with the squad. Early registration is encouraged to ensure that pre-registered participants receive a game day gift, but last minute walk-ups will be welcomed.

Cost to participate is $20 per child with a $5 sibling discount. Sign up at


Inaugural Summer Reading Readers’ Cups winners announced

This summer, Rowan Public Library had more than 1,500 children and teens register for the summer reading program “Every Hero Has A Story.” Children read over 15,000 hours. Teens read over 13,000 hours. Collectively, registrants recorded over 28,000 hours of reading during the seven week program.

A key component to the program is having participants record the hours they read. Incentive prices are awarded to children up to 5th grade when they read 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 hours. Teens are eligible to enter raffles based on the number of hours recorded.

To further reward and encourage reading during the summer, RPL and First Bank are awarding the 1st Annual RPL Summer Reading Reader’s Cups to the elementary, middle and high schools whose students recorded the most hours of reading during the summer reading program. Winning schools will receive a trophy to put on display in their media center from September through June of the current school year. In June, cups will be returned to Rowan Public Library until the second annual Readers’ Cup winners are announced.

Winners of the first RPL Summer Reader Readers’ Cups are Woodleaf Elementary, North Rowan Middle School and Salisbury High School. Library Staff will be presenting the trophies and award certificates at the winning schools in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit or call your closest RPL location — RPL Headquarters, 704-216-8234; South Rowan Regional, 704-216-7728; East Branch, 704-216-7842.



The Center for the Environment’s upcoming EnviroMingle networking event will be held at at the  Literary Bookppost, 110 S. Main St., on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Center’s EnviroMingles are open to anyone with an interest in creating a more environmentally sustainable future in this region and beyond. They are a time for mingling and networking, sharing ideas, and meeting individuals involved with the Center’s activities and programs. There is no cost but registration is required for this event.

Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres will be prepared by Literary Bookpost; beer and wine will be available for purchase.



Deadline for N.C. Arts Council Fellowships is Monday, Nov. 2

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Arts Council will accept applications for the 2015-16 Artist Fellowship awards for choreographers and craft, film, and visual artists until Monday, Nov. 2.

The Artist Fellowship program, now in its 35th year, supports creative development and the creation of new work for artists in North Carolina.

The fellowship award is $10,000. Guidelines can be found at

Complete details are available at

General inquires can be directed to or 919-807-6501.

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