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Full Circle Arts Open: 11am-5pm, Wed, Thurs, & Fri.; 10am-2pm Sat. 42-B Third Street, NW, Hickory. Next to McGuire’s Pub, downtown. Take spiral staircase or enter thru back lot. (828)322-7545

Bethlehem Library Invites Artists To Display Work for 2 month periods with 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


Hickory PD Special Olympics Benefit Golf Tourney May 14 Hickory – Hickory Police Department is continuing its efforts to support Special Olympics North Carolina. 21st Annual Golf Tournament, Lake Hickory Country Club – Catawba Springs Course. To be a sponsor or to enter a team, please contact Chrystal Dieter at 828-261-2642 or

CBCC Calls On Donors To Relieve Regional Blood Shortage Anyone 16 & 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 & re-sale store which benefits Amy’s House, a safe haven for domestic violence victims. Store is at 751-E North NC Hwy 16, Denver. 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 info (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. Tues-Sat, 10am-4:30pm. (704)483-5515. Domestic violence hotline (704)736-1224.

Exodus Works Offers Car Washes & Auto Detailing Services, 510 1st Ave SW in Hickory. 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 828-324-2390.

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Meals on Wheels of Catawba County is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout Catawba County. Meals are picked up at various locations Monday through Thursday. Routes usually take an hour. Won’t you help make a difference in the life of a senior in your community? (828)695-5610.

Safe Harbor Rescue Mission Resource Warehouse & Gallery • Operated under the umbrella of Safe Harbor Rescue Mission Inc & is engaged in the business of collecting industrial & 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 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. (828)256-2695

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, 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.

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 (828)324-2390.

Have Leftover Yard Sale Items? Donate Them To Hospice Thrift Store - Receive A Tax Deduction! Donations accepted: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-2pm. 538 US Hwy 321 NW, Hickory, NC 28601. 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 to the ALFA office can be made at 1120 Fairgrove Church Rd, Hickory Suite 28. Contact Andie Brymer (828)322-1447 ext. 229 or


Advanced Gardener Series At Libraries Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director, presents the sessions. No Dec. session. Upcoming 2018 series presentations to be announced: or stop by your local branch. (828) 465-8664.

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

RockyFest April 21st at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, Hiddenite, NC. 6th annual family-friendly event features trail races, live music, free rock climbing and rappelling sessions, children’s activities, food, arts/crafts vendors, and much more. 10am-4pm. Vendor spaces are 10’ x 10’. Visit or call (828) 632-1308 for vendor application.

NC Butterfly Festival Fri & Sat, May 4 & 5 Hudson, NC - North Carolina Butterfly Festival, kicks off Redwood Park in Hudson w/5K Butterfly Run & Caterpillar Crawl, 8am. Arts & Crafts Festival, 9am-4pm, Central Street, Downtown Hudson. Butterfly release at Noon. Full info, & for vendors: Also call Town Hall at 828.728.8272.

Foothills Folk Art Festival Invites Artists’ Applications Until June 1 Newton, NC - Juried festival in Downtown Newton on Sat, Oct 6, 10am-4pm. Music, food, beer garden & art! Full info & artists’ fees may be downloaded from the festival website at More info: Hickory Museum of Art by contacting Clarissa Starnes at or by calling 828-327-8576, ext. 210.


Life Line Health Screening Mon, Apr 30, Newton Rec Center Newton, NC – Life Line Screening, leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, offers five types of screenings on Mon, Apr 30. Prices range from $139-$149. Screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave. Full info: Register & receive a $10 discount, 888-653-6443 or visit More info: Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

First UMC Free & Low-Cost Classes First United Methodist Church of Hickory, low to moderate intensity Zumba, Tues evenings, 5:45pm. Females in Action outdoor, peer-led workout, varying levels of intensity. Fri mornings, 9:30am, Glenn Hilton park. Info: (828)322-6058, located at 311 3rd Ave NE, Hickory.


Newton Depot Home of the SE Narrow Gauge & Shortline Railroad Museum, the only narrow gauge museum in the south! Open to public with indoor museum located inside the 1924 Newton depot, vintage railroad rolling stock, interactive displays & three operating model railroads. Open Fri & Sat, 9am-4pm. Special group tours & programs available by request. 1123 North Main Ave, Newton. (980) 858-4266

Caldwell Heritage Museum Museum hours: Hours of Operation: Tues: 10am-4:30pm, Wed 10am-4:30pm, Thurs: 10am-4:30pm, Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm. Closed Sun & Mon. No admission charge, donations appreciated.  112 Vaiden Street SW in downtown Lenoir, NC, behind Davenport School.

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: Tue-Sat 10-4; Sun 1-4pm. Admission is free. (828)327-8576

Hickory Aviation Museum • FREE admission every day! Display aircraft are: Grumman F-14D Tomcat; North American FJ-3 Fury; Douglas A-4L Skyhawk; Northrop F-5E Aggressor; EA-6B Prowler; Republic F-105B Thunderchief, a P-3 Orion and many more! Open to public, come sit a pilot’s seat! Volunteers available to answer questions. (828)323-1963. Hickory Regional Airport, just off of Hwy 321, 3101 9th Ave Dr NW, Hickory. Tues-Fri, 10am-3pm. Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.

Catawba Science Center - Special programs weekly & daily, too numerous to list - check their website! Come today and pet a ray. Offering hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries $ a state-of-the-art digital planetarium. See live shark feedings weekdays at 1:15pm & weekends at 3:15pm. For more info (828) 322-8169 Located in the SALT Block Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory. Hours: Closed Monday. Tues–Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat: 10am-4pm. Sun: 1-4p.m. CSC Members: FREE. Nonmember: Adult $8, Senior (62+) $6, Youth (3–18) $6, Children (under 3) Free, Student (with ID) $6, Active Military (with ID) $6 & Group Rate (10 or more) $6.

Discovery Place in Charlotte Located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N Tryon St. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am–4pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 12–5pm. (704) 372-6261


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. 375 3rd St NE, Hickory.


Zodiac Singles’ Club Sat. Night Dance Catawba Valley Zodiac Club, Sat night, open 6:30pm, live band music 8-11:30pm. $10 members, $12 non-members. Dress code: no short shorts, mini skirts, halters, tennis shoes or tee shirts. For single, divorced, widowed or separated, age 25 or over. 1020 Southwest Blvd., Newton.

Unifour Christian Seniors & Single Adults. Contact: Annette Strassner, (828)493-1723;



Growing A Green Future April 21 & 1st STEM Trek! Science Festival, Too! Hickory – The “Green” at the SALT Block to host two events, 9th annual “Growing a Green Future” & 1st STEM Trek! Free. Science Festival, Sat, April 21, both at 10am and 2pm. Celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day, family-friendly activities. Rain date Sun, Apr 22, 1-4pm. Full info: & STEM West programs,

Joy Prom Is April 28 at Discovery Church, A full scale prom event for special needs individuals ages 16 and older. For more info visit or call 828-855-2200.

Lake Hickory Riversweep Is Sat, Apr 28 Hickory - Volunteer today, join the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s (CRF) annual Lake Hickory clean up. Volunteers meet at Wittenberg Boating Access Apr 28, 9am for three hours removing trash from the water & shorelines of Lake Hickory. Register at, or contact Hillary Zorman, To donate, contact Hillary or call 704.679.9494.

AARP Meets The local chapter of AARP’s monthly meeting is now at West Hickory Senior Center. The new day is the first Thursday at 2pm for meet and greet & the meeting starts at 2:30pm. 400 17th St. SW, Hickory. More info: please call 828-256-0147.

Writers’ Night Out/Poetry Hickory 2nd Tuesday monthly, 7pm, 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 and more., (828)234-4266.

The Lincoln-Catawba Songwriters Alliance Round - Robin & networking session for all songwriters, musicians, singers, lyricists & listeners. Bring your guitars, keyboard provided. 6pm, 3rd Tues of each month, Southwest Branch Catawba Library community room. (980)429-2192 or go to

Informal Jam on the Porch Almost every Sunday, 2pm-4pm, Harold & Carol Harless & a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition! Mountain Gateway Museum, 102 Water Street, Old Fort. Contact: Terrell Finley,

Uni4Artists Meetings Uni4Artists meetings, 3rd Tues every other month (Sept 19), open to the public. Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, education wing. A group of visual artists, they seek to promote individual artist’s opportunities while enhancing the community through the arts.

Toastmasters Club On Thursdays Catawba Valley Toastmasters Club, each Thurs, 6-7pm, Transportation Insight Corporate Campus, 310 SE Main Ave Way Hickory, at the 3rd Street SE end of the building. Learn to be more confident in public speaking! Open to Email for more info:

Hickory Cribbage Club Hickory - The CRIBBADIERS play at 6:15pm, Tuesdays, Unitarian Universalist Church, 833 5th St SE, Hickory. Will teach newcomers or help former players get back in the swing! Contact: Zig (828) 324-8613 or


Support Group For Women, WRC Each Wed., 11:30am-12:30
Hickory - Area women needing a confidential and safe space to share challenges & stories are invited to attend the ongoing Support Group at Women’s Resource Center teach Wed, 11:30am-12:30pm. Free. Facilitated by Millie Kaufman, RN, PhD, APRN. Participating helps to foster a feeling of community among members & reduce isolation & shame. Call (828) 308-2232 for more information or attend any Wednesday.Women’s Resource Center is located at 125 Third St. NE, Hickory.

Catawba Co. Social Services Offers Adult Counseling Hickory - Catawba County Social Services offers Information & Options Counseling to adults in the county who are experiencing a major life transition & need assistance discovering & navigating the services available. Info can be provided about services ranging from in-home assistance & adult day care services to assisted living or nursing home placement. To schedule an appointment with a certified Information & Options counselor, call Catawba County Social Services at (828)695-5600.

Applications For Women2Work Practical help & skill development for unemployed or underemployed women is offered through Women’s Resource Center’s Women2Work Workforce Development Program. The unique and FREE three month program, designed to enhance employable skills & support successful employment search, is now seeking applications. Eligibility requirements include the ability to look for full-time work, valid driver’s license, & reliable transportation.  Program participants must live in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, or Alexander counties & have no criminal record.  For more information contact Kelley Hayward, Community Support Coordinator, at (828) 322-6333. Ext. 202. 

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 Avenue Place SE, Hickory, NC 28602, (828) 324-6919, www.salvationarmy.orgLake 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.

Brain Injury Support Group Connect with survivors, families, professionals at meetings offering help, hope, & education. Meet 4th Tuesday of most months, 6-7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 311 3rd Ave NE, Hickory. Times & locations sometimes vary. Contact Travis Glass at (828) 781-0778 or Also check out

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.

Veterans Support Group The Veterans Helping Veterans Support Group welcomes ALL veterans regardless of discharge and regardless of when or where you served. We also welcome civilian allies too! Join us in a laid back atmosphere to talk about how we can help each other. Some of our vets are homeless and some are needy. Some of us are blessed & we care about other veterans. Meetings held every Friday at 10:00 am, Cooperative Christian Ministry in the conference room, 31 1st Ave SE, Hickory. Contact Larry McMullen or (828)320-2842.

Celebrate Recovery Meetings Every Fri night. 12-Step Christian based recovery ministry for anyone & everyone with hurts, habits & hang-ups. Join us at Christ Church, Mountain View campus. to find additional locations or email 2416 Zion Church Rd, Hickory, NC 28602 All emails are confidential.

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

Mindfulness Meditation Circle Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Every Wednesday, 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)270-7826

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. For more info, contact Liz Eller, First Step Domestic Violence Community Educator (828)322-1400.

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. Contact Catawba County DSS (828)324-9111.

Sensory Integration Support Group For parents & caregivers of children w/ sensory integration difficulties. Last Tuesday monthly, 6:30–8:30pm,Children’s Neurotherapy Services office, 1087 13th St SE, Hickory (off Lenoir -Rhyne Blvd) (behind Golden Corral) Childcare available, registered in advance. (828)267-1688


The Savannah Sipping Society Hudson, NC-Thurs-Sat,19-21. Dinner 6:30pm, show 7:30pm. Tix $30, dinner & show, $15 show only. Reservations required. Tix: HUB Box Office, 828-726-8871, at HUB,145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson.

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