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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


Oxford Firemen’s Fall Fish Fry Sat, Nov 4, 11am Oxford Fire Department, Station 1, 11am-6:30pm. Proceeds benefit Fire Dept. Carry Out meals $10 each. Adult meals $10, Children’s $6. 5688 Oxford School Road, Claremont.

HMA Guild Presents AOA’s Evening For The Arts 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts (AOA) Fall Fundraiser, Sat, Nov 11, 6pm-9pm, Lake Hickory Country Club in Hickory, NC. Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) Guild plans silent & live auctions for attendees, & raffles for a choice of trips open to all. See website for full info & to buy tix, or call Kelly Smith at (828)327-8576. Tix $50pp, with two drinks. HMA is on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory and admission is free.

Elks’ Lodge #1654 Backpack Program Calls For Donations! Hickory Elks Lodge #1654 annual food & funds drive for Catawba County Backpack Program seeks donations from individuals, churches, businesses & service organizations. Their goal is to impact poverty & hunger in kids & their families. Drop off donations Mon – Thur & Sat after 3PM; Fri & Sun after 1PM. $120 donation sponsors a child for the school year. “BBQ Chicken Dinner Night” Nov 4, 6pm, Hickory Elks Lodge, 356 Main Ave NW. Tickets $10; Silent Auction, Door Prizes. Contact Committee Chair, Carole Anderson at or call the Elks Lodge: (828)312-7476.

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 The Catawba County Library’s Advanced Gardener Series is at two branch locations in 2017. Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director, presents the sessions. Upcoming: The 2017 series will include the following presentations:October: Leafy Greens & Garden Perennials. November: Berries & Fruit in Your Garden. or stop by your local branch. (828) 465-8664.

Free 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.


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. Wed & Fri mornings, 5:30am-6:15am, parking lot First UMC. Fri mornings, 9:30am, Glenn Hilton park. Sat mornings, 8am, First UMC parking lot. Hopeful Heart Yoga, Mon evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Suggested donation of $1-$2. 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; Fokker F-27; Republic F-105B Thunderchief 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.


Grand Strander’s Friendship Assn Call for upcoming events: Davy Franklin (828)368-0493.

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;



AARP Meets 1st Tuesdays Hickory - Hickory-Catawba AARP Chapter meets monthly in room 163, First Baptist Church, Hickory. Use First Avenue NW entrance. 2pm. Info: call Kathy Miner, 828-256-0147.

Service League of Hickory, NC, Inc. Antiques Fair Thurs, Oct 12, 10am-8pm; Fri, Oct 13, 10am-6pm & Sat, Oct 14, 10am-4pm at Moretz Mills 74 8th Street, SE, Hickory. $7 in advance, $10 at door, good for all three days. Buy tix at Bumblebee Interiors, Carolina Office & Equipment, Jenny’s Gifts. Every kind of antique & delicious food on site or take out. Food orders: (828)569-0066 or Service League: (828)327-2481.

Craft & Bake Sale, Our Savior Lutheran Our Savior Lutheran Church’s Stewardship Committee’s event crafts, homemade baked goods, indoor/outdoor garage sale. Rain or shine. Hot dog lunch, $5. Sat, Oct 14, 7am. 2160 35th Avenue Dr. NE in Hickory off Kool Park Rd, opposite Clyde Campbell Elementary School. Contact: Sherry Craig, (828)781-1137, Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Craft & Bake Sale, Our Savior Lutheran Our Savior Lutheran Church’s Stewardship Committee’s event crafts, homemade baked goods, indoor/outdoor garage sale. Rain or shine. Hot dog lunch, $5. Sat, Oct 14, 7am. 2160 35th Ave Dr NE in Hickory off Kool Park Rd. Contact: Sherry Craig, (828)781-1137

1969-1972 Hickory High Class Reunion Oct 20 & 21 Events planned, beginning with casual house party for HS Class of 1972 on Fri. Semi-formal dinner, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hickory, Sat. Contact or call (828)381-5746.

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


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.

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 & meet new people. Meet weekly on Thurs, 3:30-5:30pm at the Ridgeview Rec Ctr, 1451 8th St Drive NE, Community Room. Contact (828) 324-8007.

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


Lincoln Theatre Guild’s The Rocky Horror Picture show (live musical), Oct 20, 21, 27 & 28, at 7pm. Sat Midnight Shows, Oct 21 & 28, & Halloween Night performance, 9pm. Tix: or (704)452-7895.

City of Hudson’s Annie, Oct 19-28 Tickets on sale for classic Broadway Musical, “Annie.” Show added, 10/22, 2:30pm (no meal). Hudson Uptown Building (HUB), 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson. Dinner, 6:30PM, show 7:30PM. $35 dinner/show, $17.50 show only. Hudson Uptown Building Box Office: (828)726-8871.

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