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ART

Full Circle Arts 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 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

Hickory PD’s Polar Plunge The Hickory Police Department 11th Annual Polar Plunge, Sat, Feb 27, benefits Special Olympics of NC, at Wittenburg Wildlife Access on Lake Hickory, registration begins 11am, plunge at 1pm. Minimum donation of $50 required to take plunge. Plungers receive free Polar Plunge t-shirt. (To pre-register, contact Sgt. Randy Isenhour at risenhour@hickorync.gov (828)261-2676 OR Chrystal Dieter at cdieter@hickorync.gov (828)261-2600) Warm campers for changing clothes & coffee, hot chocolate, doughnuts, DJ Ryan Carswell provides entertainment. To Create Your Own Web Page for Donations Go To: http://tiny.cc/2016HickoryPDPolarPlunge

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

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


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 “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.

Library’s Advanced Gardener Series: Newton, Maiden & Hickory – The Catawba County Library System is your place to learn, act, and grow as they host a new Advanced Gardener Series. Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director, will be teaching. February:  Spring Veggies – Get Growing Before the Heat. March: Summer Veggies – Fresh Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and More. April: Garden Insects – Identify and Manage Pests and Beneficials. May: Weed Management – You Can Win the Weed War. June: Garden Diseases – Identify and Manage Diseases and Disorders. July: Fall Veggies – Harvest From Your Garden Before and After the Frost. August: Food Preservation for the Garden – Eat Your Harvest All Year. September:.Cover Crops – Grow Your Own Fertilizer. October:  Seed Saving – Techniques to Maximize Seed Quality and Germination..November:Garden Berries – Grow and Pick Your Own. Times: Main Library in Newton: Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Maiden Branch Library: Fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Hickory Public Library: Third Thursday of each month from  6-7 pm. Get involved in our Community Garden, call April Green at 828-466-8668 or email her:agreen@catawbacountync.gov. For the latest in library news, visit http://enewsletter.catawbacountync.gov/library/or stop by your local branch.

Informal Jam on the Porch Almost every Sunday, 2pm-4pm, Harold and Carol Harless and 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, NC. Contact: Terrell Finley, (828) 668-9259 www.mcdowellnc.org

Rotary Valentine Dance, Sat, Feb 13, 6 to 11pm at Moretz Mills, located at 74 8th St SE, Hickory. DJ Eric Bowman plays 6 to 8pm, The Entertainers start at 8pm. Silent auction & 50/50 raffle. Full meal, dancing & cash bar included with admission, $40 per person. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships to CVCC for economically challenged students who otherwise would not be able to attend classes. Info: call Bob Steiger (828)303-0057 or hickorysunriserotary.org

Hickory Bird Show Feb 20, 9am-5pm. Pet birds, food, cages & toys for birds. There will be educational opportunities. There will also be a judged Pet Parrot/Bird Show during the event. Bring your parrot & enter it to be judged. All birds are welcome. Open to the public. 1960 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory (828)324-8600 www.facebook.com/Hickorybirdshow

Hospice Volunteer Training Sat., Feb 20 Catawba Regional Hospice seeks caring, compassionate volunteers to serve as valued members of the Hospice team & to offer welcome support for patients & families. The next volunteer training session is at Catawba Regional Hospice’s main campus (3975 Robinson Road, Newton) on Sat, Feb 20 (9am-5pm) & will continue on Mon, Feb 22 (5:30pm-8:30pm). There is no fee for the training. Register for the Feb session or get more info: call Volunteer Services Department at (828)466-0466 or at volunteer@pchcv.org

Valdese 2016 Citizens Academy Seven sessions designed to expose citizens to the different aspects of local government in Valdese. Citizens will tour town facilities, hear presentations about how these facilities function, & learn how they can participate on Valdese boards & committees. Sessions: beginning Thurs, Mar 24 at Valdese Town Hall. Sessions will be held for seven consecutive Thursdays & participants who attend at least six sessions will receive a graduation certificate at the final session. Must be at least sixteen years of age & Valdese resident. Submit application to Town of Valdese Community Affairs, PO Box 339 Valdese, NC 28690, or by email to: mwangi@ci.valdese.nc.us, or fax (828)874-2311. Applications available online, or at Town Hall. Accepted until March 1. www.townofvaldese.com (828)879-2129

MerleFest 2016 is going to be a banner year, with John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers & many more. April 28-May 6. Early Bird tickets are now on sale online at merlefest.org or call (800)343-7857. The Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through February 15, 2016.

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

Self-Defense For Women, Saturday, March 19 Newton, NC – Newton police officers offer free self-defense class for women & female teenagers, 9 am - 3 pm Sat., Mar 19, lower level of Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave. Ages 16 & up, under 18 must have parental permission, be accompanied by an adult. Newton PD will provide hands-on self-defense instruction to participants. Registration required. Lunch provided. Email Master Police Officer M.D. Hopkins at mhopkins@newtonnc.gov or call Alex Frick at (828)695-4266.

Applications For Women2Work Workforce Program Available Hickory - Practical help for unemployed or underemployed women is offered through the Women’s Resource Center’s Women2Work Workforce Development Program. The unique — and FREE — one-year program, designed to assist women in their job search, is now accepting applications. Eligibility requirements include the ability to look for full-time work, a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, and the willingness to commit to a one-year program. Program participants must live in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke or Alexander counties & have no criminal record. For more information call Twila Hartford, Workforce Development 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 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.

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 are needy. Some of us are blessed & we care about other veterans. Meetings held every Friday, 10:30am, Cooperative Christian Ministry in the conference room, 31 1st 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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