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Full Circle Arts Gallery, located at 29 2nd St, NW, Hickory, inside Taste Full Beans. Local artists’ showcase of all types of work. (828)322-7545 www.fullcirclearts.org or email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Critter Crawl 5K Race To Benefit
Eagle Habitats, May 23 Grandfather Mountain, NC This May, the second annual “Critter Crawl” kicks off at Grandfather Mountain. The 5K race begins in MacRae Meadows & ends at the top of Grandfather. All proceeds will directly benefit upcoming renovations to the Grandfather Mountain eagle habitats. To register for the Critter Crawl, please visit www.grandfather.com. (800)468-7325.
American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay For Life, May 31 The American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay for Life of Catawba County is Fri, May 31, beginning at 6pm thru Sat, June 1. Held at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds, 1127 US 70 Hwy Newton. The Special Guest is Dave Pittman from American Idol, 9:45–10:45pm May 31. www.relayforlife.org/catawbanc
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.
Celebrate The Life Of Mark Burns; Benefit For Animal Shelter On May 11 Come help us celebrate the life of Mark Lynn Burns. The Event is to benefit the Alexander Co. Animal Shelter, in memory of an amazing local musician, Mark Lynn Burns. Event begins @ 6pm, Entertainment @ 8pm, Live music by JETBIGSBY, Tim Burns & friends.Admission $5, BBQ dinner plate $7. Venue V.F.W. (Hickory)
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 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, however, we will be closed the week of Christmas & will reopen Jan 2. 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.
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 www.alfainfo.org. Contact Andie Brymer (828)322-1447 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Smoking cessation programs in your community 1-800-227-2345 www.cancer.org
Race City Festival Sat, May 18, 9am-5pm Outside along Main & Broad Streets in Mooresville. 180+ vendor booths. Live Entertainment- 2 stages, Beer Garden, Food Court, Children’s Area, Arts, Crafts, Racing & Business Displays.
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 DISCOVER FOLK ART: Unique Visions by Self-Taught Southern Artists from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection. This interactive exhibition invites viewers to explore folk art in a whole new way. ocated 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)327-8576 www.HickoryArt.org
Catawba Science Center • Currently showing at Millholland Planetarium: Infinity Express, Molecularium, Winter Stargazing & One World, One Sky. For tix & showtimes. Visit Catawba Science Center’s Great Balls of Fire! in CSC’s Carpenter Hall to learn more facts about comets, asteroids & meteors & see actual meteorites on display from Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club. Thru Dec 30. (828) 322-8169 (828)327-8576 www.HickoryArt.org
Catawba Science Center• Currently showing at Millholland Planetarium: Infinity Express, Molecularium, Winter Stargazing & One World, One Sky. For tix & showtimes. CSC Presents Conservation Quest Through May 26 Hickory - Explore Conservation Quest on Exhibit at Catawba Science Center. Loaded with hands-on activities, Conservation Quest delivers important energy conservation messages, inspiring to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living. Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how it’s used and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Catawba Science Center has may planned activities to go along with the Conservation Quest Exhibit: FAMILY DAYS: Sat, Apr 20 – Earth Day on the SALT Block with an Eco-Transportation Show. FIELD TRIPS: Fri, Apr 26 – Renewable Energy Research at ASU. For more information, call CatawbaScience. (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
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. Trip to New York Aug 8-12 by motorcoach. Cost is $590 per person with a $300 deposit due by May 26. Capacity is 40 persons & 28 are signed up so far. Meet in Granite Falls to depart. Cook-out at Valle Crucis Park Sat, May 18. We will leave Ingles on Connelly Springs Road at 9am. Bring a dish and a chair. We will return around 5pm. Cost: we will take up gas money. Senior Mystery Trip Sat, May 25. Load vans at Ingles on Connelly Springs Road at 9am. We will pickup people at Roses in Hickory at 9:15am. Area Seniors are invited to join us. Contact: Annette Strassner, (828)310-2977; email@example.com
New Hickory Book Club Open to everyone, the Hickory Readers meets once a month on Wednesdays at 7pm at Barnes & Noble on Hwy 70 in Hickory. For exact dates & times & ability to join, go to www.meetup.com/hickory-readers. Contact Patsye Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Entertainment At The ‘Sails’ In Downtown Hickory, thru Sept For more details on the entertainment, go to www.hickorync.gov, calendar of events.
Myra’s Classic Car Cruise In It’s that time again to come out to Myra’s with family & view over 100 classic and antique cars. While there take time to enjoy a great meal! Friday Nights at 6pm. www.visitvaldese.com
Family Friday Nights FREE Summer Concert Series, Beginning in May enjoy free live concerts downtown every Friday Night. May thru Sep at 7pm at the Wells Fargo parking lot! New Stage, New Sound...Come Downtown! May 17: Band of Brothers. May 24: The Neighbors. May 31: Chickweed. www.visitvaldese.com
Downtown Hickory Spring Art Crawl An evening of art, music & fun! Thurs, May 16. The crawl begins at 5:00 pm with the Kick-Off Party at the Jackson Group located at 219 First Avenue SW and continues over Downtown Hickory to 8pm. Maps will be available at the Kick Off party & other participating businesses. Children’s activities on Square & artists demonstrations. www.facebook.com/events/162282480596246
Red June In Concert Fri, May 17, 7:30pm, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley will present RED JUNE, music trio who have performed at the church for the past several years. They are also well known for performing at Merle-fest as well as other local music venues. Asheville NC’s Red June is well underway to becoming a long-time southern favorite, akin to the Appalachian heirloom apple from which they glean their name. www.redjunemusic.com www.facebook.com/redjuneasheville 833 5th Street SE, Hickory. Suggested Donation: Adults $10, Children under 12 $10.
Friday After Five Presents The Extraordinaires, Downtown Statesville Fri, May 17, The Extraordinaires. This FREE concert runs from 5:30–8:30pm on West Broad between Kelly and Mulberry Streets in front of Mitchell Community College. Beer, wine, soft drinks & food are available for purchase. There is no cost to attend and the public is welcome. Bring your chairs and enjoy a night of music. No pets or coolers are allowed. (704)878-3436 or the Chamber of Commerce (704)873-2892. Follow Friday After Five Summer Concert Series on Facebook www.facebook.com/SVLFridayAfterFive May 31 - Summerdaze Band (Disco, Funk, Top 40 and Beach) June 14 - The Catalinas (Beach) June 28 – Vic Wheeler & Gruv Dawgs (Dance, Classic Funk & Rock)
Safe Kids Day! Protect Kids From Preventable Injuries, May 18, 10am-1pm at the Health First Center at Valley Hills Mall in Hickory. This one-of-a-kind event brings together families, corporate partners & other supporters – all to raise awareness and funds for Safe Kids’ efforts to prevent injuries to children. Safe Kids Catawba County was founded in 1998 and is led by Catawba Valley Medical Center. For more info, visit www.safekids.org or call CVMC’s Health First Center to reach the Safe Kids Catawba County Coordinator (828) 485-2300 ext. 6201.
Art in the Park Sat, May 18. Free,
American Legion Grounds 333 Wallingford Street Blowing Rock. www.blowingrock.com/artinthepark
Lenior Festival in the Park, Sat, May 18, 11am- 4:30pm. Free. Featuring different music & dance performances, food vendors, art and craft vendors & children’s activities. Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry St. SW, Lenoir. Contact Zack Carter (828)757-2165 www.explorecaldwell.com/index.html
2013 IPA North Carolina Iron Challenge, Sat, May 18, Hickory Metro Convention Center. Event includes Unequipped, Equipped & CrossFit Divisions. Contact: Steve Maxson at (828)238-3405
The final Chamber Classics performance for the 2013-2014 Season will take place at the SALT Block Auditorium on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The Kontras Quartet will perform music by Beethoven, Dvorak & Volans. Ticket prices are $15, $20, & $25 & may be reserved calling the WPSymphony daytime box office (828)324-8603 10-4 Mon-Fri. www.WPSymphony.org
Cosi Fan Tapas Join us for a pre-concert celebration of food, fun and Spanish wines on Saturday, May 18 at 6:00pm. Ticket prices are $25 and reservations may be made by calling the daytime box office at 828-324-8603. Seating is limited so please call by Monday, May 13 at 4:00pm to reserve for Cosi Fan Tapas. www.WPSymphony.org
Family Movie Day At The NCA! The Newton-Conover Auditorium will be hosting a free showing of After The Knight on Saturday the 25th at 1pm! Admission is free but donations are accepted with 50% of all proceeds going the NCA! 60 W. 6th S. Newton. (828)464-8100 Find out more about After The Knight at www.aftertheknight.com
The 8th annual Charity Chase Half Marathon set for June 1 Race is limited to 500 runners &/or run/walkers. Begins 6:30 am, all participants should be complete by 10:30 am. Registration $60, to register or for info, go to www.charitychase.com, There’s no race day registration. All participants will receive a finisher medal, short sleeve technical shirt & there are prizes for overall for men & women. Post race party after the event at Hickory Elk’s Lodge includes music, food & drinks. Marathon is 13.1 mile route beginning & ending in Downtown Hickory. Charity Chase Half Marathon has given more than $75,000 to community organizations. This year’s race is again presented by Catawba Valley Rotary Club.
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. email@example.com, (828)234-4266.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com 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
Children’s Letters To God Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) Friday & Saturday, May 17, 18 Dinner 6:30pm-Show 7:30pm. Meal Catered by Dan’l Boone Inn. Tickets for Dinner & Show: $25 Adults; $15 Students, Balcony Tickets for Show Only: $15 Adults; $5 Students. Reservations: (828)728-8272
The Red Velvet Cake War, Southern comedy, at The Green Room Theatre, Newton, NC. Last weekend!
May 17, 18, & 19, Fri & Sats at 8pm & Sun at 3pm. Rated PG. (828) 464-6583 www.the-green-room.org
Lost Playwrights will meet Sat., May 25th, 2-4pm at Village Coffee Shop on Oak St. Extension in Forest City (beside Tri-CityMall ). Anyone interested in any aspect of theatre or creative writing is welcome. Email Ludy Wilkie firstname.lastname@example.org
The Addams Family, a new musical, featuring a new and original story, based on the hit TV show. At COMMA in Morganton, NC, Tuesday, May 28, 7:30pm. 401 S. College Street Morganton. Tickets: (828)433-SHOW www.commaonline.org www.theaddamsfamilymusicaltour.com
CAC Hosts Bus Trip To Charlotte
To See War Horse Caldwell Arts Council: discounted group tickets for show on Thurs, May 30, 7:30pm, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $115 includes ticket & round-trip chartered bus fare. CAC is located at 601 College Avenue SW in Lenoir. www.caldwellarts.com (828)754-2486.
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