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Meet The Artists Reception In Downtown Hickory On April 17 The work of five area artists will be on display at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse & Gallery in downtown Hickory thru May 10. Viewers will have the opportunity to meet photographer, Richard McGee; painter, Charles Bodnar; jeweler, Kate Tinnan; painter, John David Brown & potter, Alison Mackie at a reception on April 17. The reception is free and open to the public & each of the artists will be introduced and given the opportunity to talk about their work.  Refreshments will be served. Taste Full Beans Downtown, 29 2nd St. NW, Hickory.

Full Circle Arts Gallery, We've moved! 42-B 3rd St NW, Hickory,
Beside McGuires Pub. Local artists’ showcase of all types of work. (828)322-7545 or email

Bethlehem Library Invites Artists To Display Work for 2 month periods with an opening reception first Thurs of opening month. Art may be priced to sell. Exhibiting Artist Series featuring local & regional artists. 45 Rink Dam Rd, Bethlehem. Hours: Mon & Wed 9am-2pm, Tues & Thurs 12-7pm. (828)495-8753 or


Lenoir Rotary Club Presents 8th Annual Cycle To Serve, Saturday, May 10th. The Cycle to Serve cycling event is a rural route, but unlike some, the roads are lightly trafficked and the pavement is smooth. The three routes (25, 40 or 62.25 miles) to choose from travel in and out of the valleys to the north and east of Lenoir, beginning and ending in historic downtown Lenoir. Online registration is open now at Onsite registration will begin at 7:00am on Saturday, May 10th at Hogwaller Plaza on Church Street next to Luna Cycles. The ride will begin on Harper Avenue Street in downtown Lenoir at 8:30am. For information regarding the Lenoir Rotary Club contact   Jamie Armstrong.,, (828) 292-3966.

CBCC Calls On Donors To Relieve Regional Blood Shortage Anyone 16 and older who weighs at least 120 pounds is encouraged to donate at one of the five CBCC centers located in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory & Monroe or at one of CBCC’s many mobile blood drives, which can be found at (704)972-4700.

Amy’s Closet Benefits Domestic Violence Victims A consignment and re-sale store which benefits Amy’s House, a safe haven for domestic violence victims, is located at 751-E North NC Hwy. 16, Denver, NC. Artists of all types may rent booths to show their work to the public. Prices for booths range from $40-50 per month. Call Ms. Shasta Steele for more information at (704)447-5115. 20% is added to item prices or a donation of 20% of the sale price is made. Proceeds go directly to Amy’s House domestic violence shelter in Lincolnton. Wed-Sat, 10am-6pm & Sun, 1-6pm. 704-483-5515. Domestic violence hotline (704)736-1224.

Exodus Works Offers Car Washes & Auto Detailing Services, 510 1st Ave SW in Hickor. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 8am-1pm. You can bring your car, truck, SUV, RV, or commercial trucks to us or we will pick it up & bring it back to you. Quick Wash starts at $15 for exterior wash & interior vacuum. Full detail $75-$100 depending on size & condition of vehicle. Special rates for RV & commercial trucks. When we hand wash your vehicle, you are helping a good person learn a new way to live after addiction or incarceration. Call James (828)962-8199

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services VOLUNTEERS NEEDED including Meals on Wheels, Frozen Meals, Nutritional Supplements & Seniors Morning Out -- are now conducting their annual fundraising drive. Donate to these programs by writing a check to Catawba County Social Services & writing “Senior Nutrition Services” in the memo line. Mailed to PO Box 207, Newton, NC 28658. Donate online: & clicking on the red “Donate Now” button. (828)695-5610. You may also “like” the programs on Facebook at

Safe Harbor Rescue Mission Resource Warehouse & Gallery Opened Operated under the umbrella of Safe Harbor Rescue Mission Inc & is engaged in the business of collecting industrial and residential discards for creative reuse. Resource Warehouse & Gallery provides programs & services to the community, including collection & drop-off services for industrial/residential discards & other unwanted materials, low-cost resale of reclaimed materials in its retail store & an outreach program that provides hands-on, creative arts programming. 451 11th St. NW, Hickory. Open Tues & Thurs 10am-3:30pm. (828)781-1281

WRC Requests Help To Meet Urgent Need For Personal & Cleaning Products, Many people are aware that one of the unique services offered by the Women’s Resource Center is furnishing Personal Products & Cleaning Products to women & families in the area. What is perhaps not well known is that Food Assistance Program Allotments cannot be used for these items. With the public’s assistance we distributed more than 900 lbs of Personal Products to 121 clients and 1300 lbs of Cleaning Products to 103 clients in 2011 thru our “PANTRY” & have already exceeded that amount in 2012. Currently we have an URGENT NEED for the following products: Body Lotion - Unscented (Jergins, Suave, etc); Tissue (Kleenex, etc); Shampoo & Conditioners; Bar Soap (Zest, Dial, Ivory, etc); Toothpaste; Dishwashing Liquid; Laundry Detergent (box or bottle form); Toilet Bowl Cleaners (Lysol, etc); Floor Cleaners (Pine Sol, etc); All Purpose Spray Cleaner. Your donations can be dropped off Mon-Thurs, 9am-4pm, Your tax deductible donation makes it possible to furnish these critical self-esteem items for those we serve & we thank you! (828)322-6333. Women’s Resource Center, PO Box 1608, 125 3rd St. NE, Hickory, NC, 28603.

New Exodus Works Thrift Store Is Now Open Please Call To Donate Items, 510 1st Ave SW, Hickory. Store hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 8am-4pm. To donate items, Contact Jerry Ratliff (828)781-3222.

Have Leftover Yard Sale Items? Donate Them To Hospice Thrift Store - Receive A Tax Deduction! Donations accepted: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-2pm. Schedule pickup for large items (828)267-9894.

ALFA Needs Food Pantry Items & Vegetables ALFA, a non-profit agency serving individuals living with HIV. Donations can be delivered to the ALFA office at 1120 Fairgrove Church Rd, Suite 28.  Visit Contact Andie Brymer (828)322-1447 ext. 229 or


Cvcc Offers Basic Gunsmithing For Handguns 6-9pm on Mon, Apr 28-Jun 9 at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 1050. Cost: $75 plus a $40 tool kit fee. Participants must be 21 years old or older. Contact Continuing Education Office (828)327-7037 or e-mail

Free Yoga Classes Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory. Swati Bhende, a yoga instructor certified from India & the US, every Wed at 6pm. Open to teens & adults with open enrollment – attend any Wed to begin. Open to everyone, men & women. No prior experience is necessary.


Smoking cessation programs in your community 1-800-227-2345


Caldwell Heritage Museum Museum hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm, Tues-Fri, & 10 am-3 pm Saturday.  No admission charge, donations appreciated.  112 Vaiden Street SW in downtown Lenoir, NC, behind Davenport School.

Hickory Aviation Museum FREE admission! Display aircraft are: Grumman F-14D Tomcat; North American FJ-3 Fury; Douglas A-4L Skyhawk; Northrop F-5E Aggressor; Fokker F-27; Republic F-105B Thunderchief; Lockheed T-33A; DeHavilland Vampire; McDonnell-Douglas F-4B Phantom II; LTV A-7A Corsair II. F-27 & A-7A open to public, so if you’ve ever wanted to sit in the pilot’s seat, here’s your chance! Volunteers available to answer questions. Schedule group tours (828)323-1963. Veterans program open to veterans of all wars the first Sat of month beginning at 11am. Hickory Regional Airport, just off of Hwy 321, 3101 9th Ave Dr NW. Saturday 10-5, Sun 1-5.

The Hickory Museum of Art Always a broad & changing group of exhibits. Located in the “SALT Block” Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley.243 3rd Ave NE Hickory. Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am–4pm & Sun 1–4pm. Admission is free. (828)

Catawba Science Center Body Carnival: The Science & Fun of Being You Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You will be segmented into six areas with important lessons for children & their parents on issues dealing with dental hygiene, physical abilities, vision & equilibrium, circulatory systems & heart disease & many more areas. Hands-On Science Activities Tuesdays, 4 PM thru May 27: Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Daytime Star Party – Free Admission. Learn the proper techniques to for solar observation & take part in numerous activities. Sat, 11am-1pm – May 3, 2014. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive, Visitors who donate blood will receive two free admission passes to CSC. Body Carnival: The Science & Fun of Being You is included in CSC’s General Admission rates & admission is always free for CSC Members. For tix & showtimes. (828) 322-8169 Located in the “SALT Block” Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Ave NE. Hours: Tues – Fri,10 am until 5 pm, Sat: 10am-4pm. Sun: 1-4p.m.

Discovery Place in Charlotte Hours: Mon–Fri 9am-4pm, Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, noon-5pm. Located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N Tryon St.


HSCC: Tax Break Special On Spay/Neuter Services In April Celebrate your tax refund at Humane Society of Catawba County with a “Tax Break Special” $10 discount on spay & neuter surgery for cats & dogs paid in April. Foothills Spay/ Neuter Clinic offers surgery Monday-Friday at Humane Society of Catawba County. Pets are dropped off at 8am on their scheduled surgery day & picked up the same evening with post operative instructions. Come by to make an appointment or call (828) 464-8878 during business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.

HSCC And Hickory Parks & Rec.Present Woof Walk 2014 May 4 Held this year at Geitner-Rotary Park in Hickory, Woof Walk 2014 is an opportunity for you & your walking buddy to get some healthy exercise and help the homeless animals at HSCC., or (828)464-8878, Mon-Sat, 11am–6pm.


Senior Bingo Every Wednesday At Hickory Public Library Are you a senior in search of a welcoming environment to have some fun? If so, meet with friends or new community members at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for Bingo every Wednesday that the library is open from 9–10am. Doughnuts provided & small prizes awarded. (828)304-0500 ext 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block In Hickory.


Unifour Christian Seniors & Single Adults invite other singles in the area. Contact: Annette Strassner, (828)310-2977;



Hickory Hops Sat, Apr 26, 1-7pm, at the historic train station in Downtown Hickory. for ticket info for tasters & designated drivers. Live music all day.

LRU Hosts Fundraiser Featuring Beach Boy David Marks, Sat, May 17, P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. To purchase tickets call (828) 404-2159 or visit

New Hickory Book Club Open to everyone, the Hickory Readers meets once a month on Wednesdays at 7pm at Barnes & Noble on Hwy 70 in Hickory. For exact dates & times & ability to join, go to Contact Patsye Thompson at

The Hickory Cribbage club “The CRIBBADIERS” is inviting new players to join weekly tournaments of friendly competition. 6:30pm each Tues, Pinecrest Senior Living Community, 915 29th Ave NE, Hickory. Members are willing to teach the game to newcomers or to help former players get back into the swing. Contact: Carole or Dennis (828)396-2165 or email

Writers’ Night Out/Poetry Hickory 2nd Tues of each month, 5pm at Taste Full Beans, 29 2nd Street NW, Hickory, Downtown. Provides area writers a chance to network with other writers & share work & info on publications, contests, & events., (828)234-4266.


Women’s Shelters & Emergency Information for experiencers of abuse. General numbers for for immediate help in NC: 800.799.7233(SAFE) & 911. (Phones are answered 24 hours per day, as noted.) Catawba County Rape Crisis: (828)322-6011 24/7. Gaston County: The Shelter, 24-Hour Crisis Line (704)852-6000. Hickory: First Step Domestic Violence Program, 24 hour crisis line: (734)722-6800. Services, (828)322-1400. Shelter: The Salvation Army Shelter of Hope, homeless shelter., 780 3rd Av Pl SE, Hickory, NC 28602, (828) 324-6919, Lake Norman: 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: (704)332-2513 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline: (704)375-9900. Lenior: Shelter Home of Caldwell County. Crisis: (828)758-0888. 24/7 Crisis Line: (828)758-7088. Lincolnton: Domestic Violence hotline: (704)736.1224, answered 24 hours. Morganton: (828) 438-9444 Crisis Hotline. Shelby: (704)487-9325, for services, shelter, hospital accompaniment. Shelby Crisis Hotline: (704)481-0043, answered live 24 hours. Statesville:  My Sister’s House: (704)872-3403 24 hours. Taylorsville: Crisis line: (828)635-8881, 24 hours a day. Charlotte Emergency Housing: (704)335-5488. Charlotte Rescue Mission for chemical dependence recovery: (704)334-4635.

Parenting Class Helps With Tantrums & Temperament, Conover, NC - Do your child’s temper tantrums have you frustrated and wondering what to do next? You can find help with these and other parenting challenges at Catawba County Parenting Network’s Positive Discipline course beginning May 29th. For parents of children ages three to 10, equips parents with the tools necessary to better communicate with their child & also presents ways to increase a child’s cooperation. The program is available to parents through the Catawba County Parenting Network & their funding through the Catawba County Partnership for Children (Smart Start). The classes & childcare are offered free of charge to NC Pre-K & Catawba County School parents. For all other participants, class is $20 & includes all sessions. Licensed childcare $10 for one child & $5 per additional child & includes all sessions. Complimentary light supper served at 5:30pm. Advance registration required. To register, contact Parenting Network (828)465-8151 or register at

Agency Helps 500 Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure Thru the Mortgage Payment Program homeowners can receive mortgage assistance if they have lost their job due to no fault of their own or have experienced one of program-eligible hardships: death, divorce/separation, or illness. Contact: Mortgage Payment Program (828)485-4268.

Ridgeview’s Gang of One Program Offers Support To Youth grades six through twelve a place to come after school to get help with homework, learn more about the Hickory Police Department, develop age appropriate basic life skills, and meet new people. The program will meet weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm at the Ridgeview Recreation Center in the Community Room. Contact Sarah Nelson (828) 324-2060.

Veterans Support Group The Veterans Helping Veterans Support Group welcomes ALL veterans regardless of discharge & regardless of when or where you served. We also welcome civilian allies! We come together in a laid back atmosphere with pizza, cookies & coffee to talk about how we can help each other. Some of our vets are homeless. Some of our vets are needy. Some of us are blessed & we care about other veterans. Meetings held every Wednesday, 11am, Grace House, 600 Highland Ave SE, Hickory. Contact Rev. Susan Smith (828)962-8196

Meditation Group At Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm. Meditation & discussion to foster mindfulness & clarity. Free. 833 5th Street SE, Hickory. Contact: (828)328-5457 or

Celebrate Recovery Meetings, Every Friday For over five (5) years, every Friday night, people have passed through the doors of a Celebrate Recovery meeting at Christ Church to find that there is hope, there is peace & there is sanity! A 12-Step Christian based recovery ministry for anyone & everyone with hurts, habits & hang-ups! Join us at Christ Church, Mountain View campus. (828) 294-6858 to find additional locations or email All calls & emails are confidential!!

Quest4Life’s FREE Smoking Cessation Classes All classes Tuesdays at 6pm at Q4L. Support System, Relaxation, Stress Management & Assertive Communication Weight Management & Exercise Relapse Prevention. Open to the public! Call (828)757-8753 to register for the class. Quest4Life Wellness Center, 1031 Morganton Blvd., Lenoir, NC

Mindfulness Meditation Circle Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Every Thursday 4:30-5:30pm. Mindfulness meditation is art & practice of being present for your life & only requires you to be curious. It is found in the works of Emerson, Thoreau & Native American wisdom. Free! 833 5th St SE, Hickory. (828)328-5457 or Email: or

Stalking Awareness- Hickory’s Family Guidance Center’s First Step Program offers educational programs & free materials for groups & businesses to promote awareness & public education about stalking during the annual observance. For more info, contact Liz Eller, First Step Domestic Violence Community Educator (828)322-1400.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group meets 11am - 1 pm, 3rd Sat, each month, at Parenting Network Offices in Conover, Hwy. 16. (828)465-8151.

You & Me, Baby! Moms with babies, birth-2 years old, are invited to You & Me, Baby! on the 2nd Thursday of each month 6–7:30pm at the Sweetwater Early Childhood Education Center in Hickory at 2110 Main Ave SE. Free. Moms learn valuable tips for baby’s growth/development, enjoy a light meal & fellowship with other moms. Moms are encouraged to bring their babies with them.

New Parents May Surrender Infants Without Repercussions parents can surrender a baby to a Safe Haven location during the first 7 days after birth without risk of criminal charges. For more info about NC’s “Safe Surrender” law contact Catawba County Department of Social Services (828)324-9111.

ADHD Support Group For parents of children with ADHD or thought to have ADHD meets 3rd Wed of each month from 5:30-7pm, Sipes Orchard Home Office Building on County Home Rd in Conover. Childcare provided. (828)465-8151

Dad’s League Meets 3rd Thurs of each month from 6–7pm Hickory YMCA. Childcare available. (828)695-5745

Sensory Integration Support Group For parents & caregivers of children with sensory integration difficulties. Meets last Tues of each month, 6:30–8:30 pm. Children’s Neurotherapy Services office on L-R Blvd in Hickory (behind Golden Corral) Childcare available if registered in advance. (828)267-1688


Foothills Performing Arts Auditons, located in Hudson will hold open for Who’s Under Where?, a comedy written by Marcia A. Kash & Douglas E. Hughes, on Mon & Tues, Apr 21 & 22 at the FPA Theatre on the campus of CCC & TI in Bldg. B at 7pm. Parts are available for (5) men & (2) women. Auditions will be a cold read & a monologue is not required. Performance dates: Jul 11-13 & 18-20 at the FPA Theatre. (828)726-2318

Foxes At Hickory Community Theatre, Apr 25 & 26 The Hickory Community Theatre presents two nights of hilarious hijinks, with the comedy improv troupe, Now Are the Foxes on Friday & Sat, Apr 25 & 26, 8pm in the Firemen’s Kitchen cabaret theatre. Tickets: $13, which includes tax. (828) 328-2283 or for tickets.






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