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Lake Norman Folk Art Fest Seeks Artists For October Event The Hickory Museum of Art’s 6th annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is accepting applications from folk artists wishing to participate in the juried show and sale. Festival be Sat, Oct 4, 10am-4pm at 3630 Drum Campground Rd in Sherrills Ford. Space limited. Entry fee received by July 1 is $75; before Aug 1 is $100. Fees for artists not accepted in the show will be returned after the jury’s decision. (828)327-8576.

Full Circle Arts Gallery: Tiny Art Show Entries Accepted Art in any medium will be accepted, as long as it is no larger than 12 inches in any direction, including frames or bases. Deliver art on Thurs, July 31, Fri, Aug 1, 11am-5pm or Sat, Aug 2, 11am-2pm. 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


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.


NC State Bluegrass Festival AuG 14, 15 & 16, The 40th Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival will again be held at Tom Johnson Rally Park & Camping Center, 1885 US Hwy 70 West in Marion, NC. The three-day event begins Thurs, Aug 14 at 12noon & goes until 10pm daily. Open Stage daily 11am-12noon. Top performers, including Daily & Vincent (Sat.) & the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent. RV hookups. Family show, no alcohol. Daily ticket pricing, higher at venue. For full info: Tickets Online at (706) 864-7203 or Tom Johnson Rally Park (1-800) 225-7802.


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.


Friday After Five Downtown Statesville, 5:30-8:30pm. For more info, contact Downtown Statesville (704)878-3436 or the Chamber of Commerce (704)873-2892. Aug 15 - GalFriday (A blend of country, southern rock, & newgrass). Sep 5 - Part Time Blues Band (Blues & Rock)


Seniors’ Prom At Highland Rec Center Thursday, July 24 Hickory – Senior Prom for seniors, 50 years old & up, Thurs, July 24, 4-6pm at Highland Recreation Center, at 1451 8th St Dr, NE, Hickory. Free event. Enjoy music & dancing for a night to remember. Attendees are asked to dress to impress & to bring their favorite covered dish or dessert. Drinks provided. Info: Recreation Programmer Lauren Townson at Westmont Senior Center at (828) 324-1200 or

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;



Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Summer Movie Fest Free, open to public, 8:30pm, depending on time of sunset. Shown in grassy area behind Mauney-Shaeffer building on campus. Bring lawn chair or blankets. July 18: “Frozen”; July 25“Monsters U”. In the event of inclement weather, movies will not be shown.

Everything Free Event Food, Kid Stuff & More! Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency, will host a special “Everything Free” Community Outreach event Jul 26, 11am-2pm at the ?Ridgeview Recreation Center 700 1st St SW in Hickory. A lively event with great music & testimonies of recovery from addiction & incarceration to encourage the community that people can learn a new way to live. Info: Rev. Susan Smith Walker at (828)962-8196.

87th Mountain Dance & Folk Festival the country’s longest running folk festival at Diana Wortham Theatre for three full evenings, Thurs, July 31-Sat, Aug 2 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets on sale now. Tickets (Regular $20; Children 12 & under $10; 3-night package $45/adults & $24/children) available at Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 Info: (828) 258-6101 x345.

Shindig On The Green The celebrated mountain tradition Shindig on the Green, showcasing the region’s rich heritage through its traditional musicians & dancers, in the heart of downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. Shindig on the Green: Aug 9, 16, 23 & 30. Free; starts at about 7pm. (828)258-6101 Ext: 345

Jaycees Announce First Fridays Free Concert Series For 2014 24th season of Hickory Alive! Hickory Alive is an annual, free concert series located in the City Hall Parking Lot in downtown Hickory. In 2014, Hickory Alive is adopting a new FIRST FRIDAYS schedule. 6pm–10pm, Fri, Aug 1. Fri, Sep 5. In addition to the free concert, food, beverage & adult beverages & craft vendors. (828) 322-2080

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.

Free Lunches For Area Kids thru the week of Aug 18, Cove Church of Mooresville will be sponsoring free lunches, five days a week, Mon-Fri throughout this area for kids who might not otherwise have enough to eat. The lunches are distributed at each site, except for Rowan County, 11:30-12:30. In Rowan County, the sites’ time is 10:30-12:30. To volunteer for this project or get more info, or (704)655-3000. The neighborhood lunch sites are: Catawba Valley: Lyle Haven, Lylehaven Dr, NW Conover. Mooresville: Magla Park, 93 Spencer St, Mooresville. Liberty Park, 225 East Iredell Ave, Mooresville. Selma Burke, 781 Agape Dr, Mooresville. North Mecklenburg: Smithville Park, 19710 S Ferry St, Cornelius. Rowan County: Matika, 1010 Airport Road, Salisbury. Oak Mountain Oak Mountain Rd Salisbury. Statesville: Abernathey Park, 1325 Alexander St, Statesville. East Broad Crossing Apartments, 2150 Deer View Circle, Statesville.

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







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