"Register" text from registration button, header text not displaying

Hi - some setup details:

- XAMPP
- Localhost
- Sub domain config (versus sub folder/blog)
- Allow new users to register enabled

The problems I'm having:
(1) Header - in the header preview, it shows the name of my site; however, when viewing the site, no header text is displayed (not a huge deal as I want to replace with an image anyway, but I offer that as perhaps an indicator of the second (and potentially other) issues below:
(2) Register button text not displayed - the registration button is visible (unexpanded). There is not text for "registration" or "join or community." If I click the button, I do get the registration form, but the actual text to "register: is not displaying ..

please advise ...