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Hickory Museum of Art’s 6th annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival, Sat, Oct 4, 10am-4pm at 3630 Drum Campground Rd in Sherrills Ford. Space limited. (828)327-8576.

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


Not Your Mama’s Bingo For ALFA Join Queenie Gabor &  her fabulous BVD’s (Bingo Verifying Divas), for a different & entertaining version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz…Bingo. Fri, Sep 19, La Rumba De Cache Night Club, 534 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory. Meet all of the familiar Oz characters, in slightly different presentations! All proceeds going to support ALFA, a United Way partner agency & HIV/AIDS awareness organization offering with free medical case management, HIV testing & education, & volunteer opportunities. Tickets: $20 each, includes admission, game sheets & daubers. All game winners will receive prizes, collected & provided by HG Fitness. No alcoholic beverages allowed.  Doors open 6:30pm, show starts 7:30pm. Ticket purchase: ALFA office, 1120 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Suite 28, Hickory.  La Rumba De Cache, 534 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory. Tasteful Beans, 29 2nd Street NW, Hickory. 

14th Blues & Burritos, Fri, Sep 19, 6-10pm, Homesley & Wingo Law Group PLLC in the historic Isaac Harris House, 330 S Main St, Mooresville. Featuring Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Max Drake & Shelia Carlisle as special guest performers joining the Part Time Blues Band. Free, but donations encouraged. All donations to be given to Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists & HealthReach Community Clinic. Complimentary beverages from New Belgium Brewing Company, the brewer of Fat Tire & other world renowned beer brands ( & a limited supply of burritos from Tequila’s Mexican Grill of Mooresville ( Visit & the firm’s Facebook page.

CMF’s Casino Royale Benefit Catawba Medical Foundation (CMF), fundraising arm of Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC), hosts Casino Royale Sat, Sept 20, 7-10pm, Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota, 435 Highway 70. Tickets $100 pp & include 2 drink tickets, heavy hors d’ oeuvres & a $10,000 gaming token.

Cavalier Cornhole & Culinary Arts Festival For East Burke HS Marching Band: Sat, Sep 20, 2pm til finished at Connelly Springs Town Hall on Hwy 70. ACA Sanctioned Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes. Culinary Contest with ribbons. $25 teams. $15 singles. $10 entry fee to judge food competition. $5 if competing in Cornhole.  DJ with music. Contact: or 2014 Cavalier Cornhole & Culinary Arts Festival on Facebook.

Catawba Regional Hospice’s Benefit Tennis Tourney Register by Sep 23. Sep 26-28, Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover. Tourney men’s/women’s doubles & mixed doubles event. First event $40; 2nd event, $20. Registration includes tournament play, food, drinks & player gifts. Contact Sue Mulay(828)466-0466, ext. 2357 or register at

Bootleggers’ Autism Bash Sat, Sep 27, held during & after Viewmont Street Strut. 12-10pm, parking lot & grass behind Bootleggers Whiskey Bar, 2039 N Center St (Hwy 127) Hickory. All proceeds go to fund autism programs in the local schools. Tickets $15 at door, $12 advance. 10 tickets for $99, in advance. Mt. Dew trailer with sodas, Aquafina, local beer, wine, & moonshine cocktails will be for sale. Wood Fired Pizza Oven. Tickets call: (828)328-3432

Fun Night for Young & Old at Bug Ball Belmont, NC – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosts Bug Ball, a family-friendly fundraiser that encourages children & those who are young at heart -- to come dressed as their favorite bug Fri, Sep 26, 5:30-9pm. Advance registration required (704)829-1252. Registration ends Sep 19. Proceeds benefit the Garden’s school programs. Tickets: Caterpillar (children 3 & under), $10 pp; Beetle, $35 per person; Ladybug (includes a gift box of live ladybugs), $50 per person; & Venus Flytrap (includes a potted Venus flytrap & one complimentary beverage ticket), $75 p9. (704)829-1252.

Carolina Cycle Challenge To Benefit Pediatric Cancer, Oct. 5 Hickory – Sun, Oct 5, 9 am, at the Hickory YMCA. 10, 31 & 55 miles (plus the Tot Zone for the little ones), riders of all ages & skill levels can participate. Volunteer & sponsor opportunities, too. Race registration & other info:

Fun Night for Young & Old at Bug Ball Belmont, NC – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosts Bug Ball, a family-friendly fundraiser that encourages children & those who are young at heart -- to come dressed as their favorite bug Fri, Sep 26, 5:30-9pm. Advance registration required (704)829-1252. Registration ends Sep 19. Proceeds benefit the Garden’s school programs. Tickets: Caterpillar (children 3 & under), $10 pp; Beetle, $35 per person; Ladybug (includes a gift box of live ladybugs), $50 per person; & Venus Flytrap (includes a potted Venus flytrap & one complimentary beverage ticket), $75 p9. (704)829-1252.

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


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 LIGHT MOVES An exhibit about the impact light plays in our lives. Visitors can experiment with reflecting and refracting light as they learn the scientific principles of light. Additional displays demonstrate these principles in use in fiber optic communication devices. In conjunction with Light Moves, two exhibits, The Qualities of Light II (thru Sep 21), will be on display at the HMA. Visitors will learn how light plays an important role in our everyday lives. Every interactive display shows how light can be reflected, redirected, condensed, controlled & manipulated. Individuals will walk away with a new appreciation of light & its limitless uses. Participants will be able to do everything from stop water droplets in mid-air to make light follow a stream of water. They can be able to steer laser beams & draw images with a fiber optic cable. 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 Low-Cost Pet Health Clinic Hickory offers low cost vaccines, heartworm tests & pest solutions for pets. Sat, Sep 20, 9am–2pm. Heartworm, flea & tick prevention available for purchase during normal business hours. To make an appointment for vaccines or a heartworm test (828) 464-8878, Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm. Spay/Neuter Clinic services available to public & are not limited to residents of Catawba County.


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 Contact: Annette Strassner, (828)310-2977;



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. Email:

Butts & Beans BBQ Challenge Sept. 26 & 27 Championship barbeque teams from multiple states descend on The Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds for prizes, cash and fame. Along with this great event area craft & food vendors will be on hand to add to this family fun day. Local vendors may sign up for this event by contacting (828)455-8914

Bethlehem Day & Classic Car Show Sat, Sep 27, 10am-4pm at a new location at the crossroads of Shiloh Church & Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem (Alexander County). Live music, entertainment & activities for children, arts & crafts, food & drinks & a classic car & truck show. Pre-registration for Classic Car & Truck Show $15 until Sep 16. Day of event $15. Craft & food vendor applications are $20. Applications at For more info contact Bud & Judy Caywood (828)495-1057.

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.

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


Hudson’s Fiddler Tickets On Sale Hudson, NC - The Town of Hudson tickets for the upcoming dinner theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof” are on sale. Show dates are Thursday through Saturday, October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25. Meal by Dan’l Boone Inn. Dinner & play $30, play only: $15. Call (828) 726-8871, or at HUB Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm. 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson.







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