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ART

Full Circle Arts Non-profit cooperative of regional artists. 11am-5pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri; 11am-2pm, Sat. 42-B Third Street, NW, Hickory. Next to McGuire’s Pub, downtown. Take spiral staircase or enter through back lot. (828)322-7545 www.fullcirclearts.org

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 caywoodstudio@charter.net


BENEFITS

Caldwell Arts Council’s pARTy Fundraisers The Caldwell Arts Council has its month-long annual fundraiser in April. This year’s events include 9 “April Food” parties hosted by individuals throughout Caldwell County, culminating in the “April Fools” event on April 30th when nationally known comedians Julie Scoggins & Will Jacobs perform in downtown Lenoir. Reservations & prepayment are required for each of these dinner pARTies using PayPal at this website, www.caldwellarts.com, or by calling (828)754-2486. Full listing of events in Local News at www.focusnewspaper.com

Second Annual Feed The Flock Gala Fri, Jun 5 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Food stations, dancing, silent auction & a raffle. Sponsorship, Tickets, or donate toward the Silent Auction. Tickets: $75 & sponsorships range $250-$5,000. Contact Summer Jenkins, slee@thecornertable.org (828)4640355 www.thecornertable.org

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 www.carolinadonor.org. (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: www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/adult/nutrition.asp & clicking on the red “Donate Now” button. (828)695-5610. You may also “like” the programs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty

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 www.resourcewarehouse.org

WRC Pantry in Critical Need The WRC personal products pantry is in critical need of the following products: Shampoo (Not dandruff shampoo) Conditioner, Deoderant, Hand Soap, Kleenex, Dish Detergent, Laundry Detergent, All Purpose Cleaner (409,etc) If you are able to help with a donation of any of these products, they can be dropped off at WRC between 9am-4pm, Mon- Thurs. For more info on the WRC pantry, wrchickory.org/product-pantry. Every donation is appreciated & will help the women & families who come to us for assistance. No donation is too small.  Women’s Resource Center 125 3rd St NE Hickory, NC 28601. Your tax deductible donation makes it possible to furnish these critical self-esteem items for those we serve & we thank you! (828)322-6333. www.wrchickory.org. Women’s Resource Center, PO Box 1608, 125 3rd St. NE, Hickory, NC, 28603.

Exodus Works Thrift Store, 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 www.alfainfo.org. Contact Andie Brymer (828)322-1447 ext. 229 or alfacm3@charter.net.



CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

New Start Career Skills Classes - FREE (In Partnership with Goodwill Catawba County Career Connections Center & Catawba Valley Community College) Learn skills to find a job and keep it. Prepare for a job interview, create a resume & a cover letter, enhance your self-esteem & career goals, learn how to better handle your money & get the chance to earn your Career Readiness Certificate. Classes are located at Goodwill’s Career Center 837 Conover Boulevard, Conover, NC (next door to the GW Outlet Center) & are taught by a CVCC Instructor. Call (828)466-2346 to register now. April class dates: 13-29. Basic Computer skills are needed for the class.

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. www.Yoga-Reflection.com


FILM

Footcandle Film Society First Film Fest Sep 25-27, 2015 at the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory. A weekend-long event where between 10-20 films, selected from an open submission process, will be screened for both film society members & the general public. Filmmakers who want to submit their film should visit the festival’s web site, www.footcandlefilmfestival.com. Contact the Film Society at info@footcandle.org

HEALTH

Smoking cessation programs in your community 1-800-227-2345 www.cancer.org

MUSEUMS

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. www.hickoryaviationmuseum.org.

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)327-8576www.HickoryArt.org

Catawba Science Center Catawba Science Center (CSC) new exhibit is Crime Lab Detective, thru May 31, 2015. Crime Lab Detective is an exhibition dedicated to helping visitors think critically & solve the mystery presented in the exhibition. On “Who-Dun-It” Wednesdays and “Sleuthing Saturdays”, every Wednesday at 4pm & Sat at 2pm, special demonstrations unique to the exhibition will be held in the afternoons. CSC recently included public planetarium shows into to their general admissions cost. So, every time you purchase a general admission pass, you have the opportunity to see a planetarium show! For tix & showtimes. (828) 322-8169 www.CatawbaScience.org. 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. www.discoveryplace.org

SENIORS

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.

SINGLES

Unifour Christian Seniors & Single Adults. Contact: Annette Strassner, (828)310-2977; tc200127@yahoo.com


 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Joe LaFone & Patti’s Folk Art Friday Night! Every Friday. Everybody leaves with a masterpiece! Located at 433 5th St. SW, Hickory, NC 28602. Call 828-409-0602 for more info.

Humane Society’s Woof Walk Sunday, April 19. Held this year at Geitner-Rotary Park & Hickory City Park, Pre-register in person at HSCC-Hickory or call (828)464-8878 or www.catawbahumane.org Registration on the event day as well.

Hickory Farmers Market Downtown Hickory under the Sails on the Square. Season begins: Sat, Apr 18, 8am-1pm. Wed, Apr 22, 10am-3pm. Thurs, May 21, 6pm -9pm. (3rd Thursdays, May -November)

CVCC’s Celebration Of Nations Sat, April 11 on the front CVCC lawn (U.S. Hwy. 70 in Hickory) 10am-3pm. Students & members of the community are invited to dress in their native attire and inform the community about their culture through crafts, pictures, artifacts & games.& lots of entertainment. www.cvcc.edu/savethedate or contact Steve Hunt, (828)327-7000, ext. 4578, or email shunt@cvcc.edu

31St Unifour Senior Games April 17 -May 22 Opening Ceremony: Highland Recreation Center at Sanford Park May 4, 9:30am. Contact: Recreation Programmer, Lauren Townson, at (828) 324-1200 or www.UnifourSeniorGames.org

31St Unifour Senior Games April 17 -May 22 Opening Ceremony: Highland Recreation Center at Sanford Park May 4, 9:30am. Contact: Recreation Programmer, Lauren Townson, at (828) 324-1200 or www.UnifourSeniorGames.org

Genealogy Workshop Thursdays Returns To Library Hickory – Genealogy Workshop Thursdays returns to the Carolina Room at Patrick Beaver Library. Twice each month, ending May 22, 2015, Peggy Mainess, genealogy assistant, leads sessions. Registration will begin two weeks prior to each class date. Schedule: Surname & Date Variations; 4/10/2015: Using Maps & Geography in Genealogical Research; 4/24/2015: Tracing Female Ancestry; 5/08/2015: Special Circumstances; 5/22/2015: Using On-Line Resources. Free, begins at 7pm registration is required. Call (828)304-0500 Ext 7235. Patrick Beaver, 375 Third Street NE.

Lenoir Blackberry Festival 2015 Accepting Vendor Applications 14th annual NC Blackberry Festival is Sat, July 11, 10am-4pm in Historic Lenoir. Vendor applications are now open & can be downloaded at www. NCBlackberryFestival.com. Vendors encouraged to provide quality artisan arts & crafts & other types of products & services. Applications will be approved based on uniqueness of items & overall value & contribution to enhance the festival experience for festival goers. Contact Libby Killian at Caldwell Chamber of Commerce (828)726-0616 www.CaldwellCoChamber.org

MerleFest 2015 Apr 23-26, an annual homecoming of musicians & music fans, on the campus of Wilkes Community College Wilkesboro. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass & old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock & more. Tickets on sale & may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or (800)343-7857.

ReasonCon Hickory - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sat, April 25. Speakers begin 9am. Tickets: www.ReasonNC.com. Guest speakers include: Tracie Harris and Beth Presswood of the Atheist Community of Austin, “The Atheist Experience” & more.

Artists & handmade artisans invited to join an artist meetup the 3rd Sat monthly at A Place to Talk, 1546 Brookford Church Road in Hickory. Bring a food dish to share & a project to work on, chat, network after sharing meal. Contact Jeanne Schlumbaum inthesonlite@embarqmail.com, phone (828) 391-0982 or Teena Stewart teenastewart412@gmail.com, (707) 980-0317 if you would like to attend.

Catawba Valley Toastmasters Club meets every Thurs, 6-7pm at 328, 1st Ave NW, Hickory. Meetings help to effectively formulate, organize & express your ideas to others. Want to be more confident in public speaking or giving presentations? Attend any Thursday to begin. Become the speaker & leader you want to be. Open to public. www.catawbatoastmasters.org. Email: cvtc.publicrelations@gmail.com

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 Reising@embarqmail.com

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. asowens1@yahoo.com, (828)234-4266.

SUPPORT

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, www.salvationarmy.org 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.

Bi-Polar Mental Health Support A Unifour Area bipolar/mental health support group meets bi-weekly at 7:00 pm at the Mitchell House (West Campus) at Corinth Reformed Church. Free & open to family, friends, caretakers & people dealing with bipolar disorder &/or other mental illnesses. Meeting format is open discussion with the group & occasional guest speakers. Future meetings: May 12 (no meeting on May 26). 150 16th Ave NW, Hickory. Corinth Reformed Church at the Mitchell House(West Campus) is the brick house located to left of Corinth Reformed Church & school building area. Contact: John Truesdale at johnctruesdale@gmail.com or (803)606-5974.

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 revsusansmith@gmail.com

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 uuhickory@charter.net www.uuhickory.org

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 www.celebraterecovery.com to find additional locations or email celebraterecovery@christnc.com. 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: uuhickory@charter.net or www.uuhickory.org

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. www.catawbaparenting.org

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. www.catawbaparenting.com

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

 


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