People & Places Sunday, Feb. 14

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 14, 2016

Salisbury Woman’s Club 

At the February meeting, the members of the Salisbury Woman’s Club received safety tips especially for women by Sharon Hovis, Chief of Police, for the town of East Spencer. Chief Hovis presented safety tips for out in the community, in cars, and at home.

Ann Bingham, chaplain, presented devotions with personal stories centered around power in words and encouragement.

President Angelia Bates conducted the business session where the club made plan for future projects.

Hostess Carolyn Myers decorated with a valentine theme for the luncheon catered by Trinity Oaks. The next meeting is scheduled for March 9.


Foster and adoptive parents 

The Rowan County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association meets every second Monday at 6:30 pm at Partners In Learning Center. Call 704-245-8055 for more information and ask for Jennifer.


Personal Safety Workshop

What would you do if someone approached you in a dark parking lot when you were all alone? Find out the best way to handle unsafe situations in a free workshop Monday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Rowan Public Library Headquarters in Salisbury.

Personal Safety will be the second workshop in the 2016 Learn.Act.Grow. series.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, incidents of violent crimes and aggravated assaults have steadily declined over the past 30 years on a national level. However, the 2014 Annual Report from the N.C. Department of Public Safety indicates a 2.7 percent increase in the violent crime rate in Rowan County.

Led by members of the Salisbury Police Department and Sidekick Karate of Salisbury, this workshop aims to teach participants simple tips and techniques to protect vehicles, homes, and themselves. There is no cost to attend, healthy snacks will be provided, and attendees will be entered for a chance to win a door prize.

While there is no charge to participate, registration is strongly advised. Visit or call 704-216-7841 to ensure a spot, or for more information.


Pre-register for Fearless Caregiver Conference 

Lutheran Services Carolinas is hosting a Fearless Caregiver Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Trinity Oaks, 728 Klumac Road.

The event, which will feature Gary Barg, the editor of Today’s Caregiver, will offer information and support for family caregivers and will include a seminar, expo and lunch.

The event is offered at no charge for family caregivers who register online at or who call 877-829-2734.

Adult day services may be available for your loved one during the conference. Call 704-637-3940 for details.


Catawba College’s February Forum: Hamlet

William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” has been translated into almost every known language and is still performed worldwide more often than any other play ever written.

For more than 400 years, people have been fascinated by this tale of an ancient court of Denmark and its philosophical prince who is called to revenge the murder of his father, whose own brother has not only murdered him but married his widow.

What is there about the language, characters, plot and ideas that has allowed this play to hold the world’s stage for over four hundred years?

Dr. Bethany Sinnott, English Professor Emerita at Catawba College and well-known Shakespeare scholar, will provide an answer to that question at the next Catawba College Community Forum on Feb. 16.

February’s Community Forum sets the stage for a community reading of Hamlet that Sinnott will lead, one act at a time (for a total of five acts), beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and continuing on consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. through March 22 at Catawba’s downtown Salisbury storefront, Downtown Catawba, located in the Plaza Building, 100 W. Innes St., Suite 103.

This community reading, sponsored by Catawba’s English Department, will use the Folger Shakespeare Library paperback edition of Hamlet. A limited number of copies will be available for use by those community members who attend one or more of the readings.

Dr. Sinnott received her B.A. from Duke University, her M.A. from Northwestern, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She taught Shakespeare at Catawba College from 1970 to 2011.

She was inducted into Catawba’s Blue Masque Hall of Fame in 2013.  For several years Dr. Sinnott was a Nancy Lyles Classics in Context lecturer for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.

Come to the next Catawba College Community Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall.  Admission, as always, is free.


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