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May 5, 2016

Cicada Rhythm Kicks Off Sails Music Series This Friday, May 6

Hickory – Friday, May 6, The City of Hickory and Bob Sinclair Music will kick off the 2016 Sails Original Music Series, featuring music from national and international touring acts, performing every Friday night in May, June, and September under the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory.

“The City of Hickory is excited to bring the Sails Original Music Series back in 2016, with the type of entertainment that the community looks forward to each year; unique bands from all over the United States, playing a variety of music genres,” said Dana Kaminske, Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of Hickory. “With the help from Bob Sinclair and our wonderful event sponsors, we know this season will be packed full of music from great artists; a few names who are returning to Hickory to play this series again. It is a fun way to spend a Friday night; enjoying free entertainment with friends or family in Downtown Hickory at The Sails on the Square.”

“What started out as an idea for a modest music event in 2012 has become a highly regarded annual musical series that attracts people from across the southeast,” explained Sails Music Series Coordinator, Bob Sinclair. “This year’s lineup will represent, perhaps, the most talented and diverse selection of music yet – with folk artists, blues bands, classical/pop groups, Greek party bands, rocking mad-women, solo artists, and big bands. It’s going to be fun.”

Cicada Rhythm brings folk country to the Sails on May 6

The series begins with Cicada Rhythm, a folk/country group from Athens, GA anchored by bassist Andrea DeMarcus and guitarist Dave Kirslis. The two are romantic, as well as creative partners. “I always support happy lovers,” declared Sinclair. “And Cicada Rhythm is love rolled up into melody. They sing to each other. They sing about each other and they draw you into all that. I suspect that there will people that will be touched during this concert. So bring a pretty girl and fall in love this Friday night.”

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of the following sponsors: Bob Sinclair Music, Crowne Plaza, FOCUS Newspaper, Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau, The Hickory Wine Shoppe, Larry's Music & Sound, Olde Hickory Brewery, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law, TheSilentP.com, and WHKY 1290 AM.

Friends of the Sails Music Series include Cafe Rule, Community Relations Council, Hickory Museum of Art, Silver Fork Winery, WNCW (88.7 FM), and WNNC (1230 AM)/WAIZ (630 AM).

Sinclair went on to add that, “having local breweries, local wineries, restaurants, downtown businesses, and citizens all in support, the event has become a great success for the forward thinking leadership of the city. The series has helped to highlight all of the exciting things going on in Hickory and Catawba County.”

Foster & Adoption Info Meeting Set For Tuesday, May 10

Hickory- Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites anyone interested in fostering or adopting a child to attend the resource family information meeting at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. The meeting will be held at the Family Services Center, 3050 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, N.C. 28602 (behind Catawba Valley Medical Center).

There is currently an urgent need for foster parents, especially those who can accept sibling groups.

“We hold the resource family information meeting on the second Tuesday of each month to help raise awareness of the great need for foster homes for Catawba County’s waiting children,” said Megan Hildebran, a social worker. “We welcome anyone to attend to ask questions and to learn more about ways they can touch the lives of our county’s children in foster care.”

Resource families include family foster homes and adoptive homes. Specific information about becoming a resource family will be available at the meeting. Guests also will learn about required training for resource families and hear stories about the rewards of helping Catawba County’s children in foster care.

For more information about the meeting, contact Megan Hildebran at Family Builders of Catawba Valley at (828) 695-4553 or email mhildebran@catawbacountync.gov. For information on all services offered by Family Builders of Catawba Valley, visit http://www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/FamilyBuilders/FamilyBuilders.asp.

Free Music Makers Blues Revue Is Saturday, May 14, Salt Block

Hickory – Celebrate six legendary musicians, rooted in traditional Southern blues, during Hickory Museum of Art’s Music Makers Blues Revue & BBQ on Saturday, May 14. See the multimedia exhibition We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music and join the community in an outdoor, plated BBQ supper to benefit the Museum 5-6:30 p.m., followed by a blues performance 7-8:30 p.m. in Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block. Admission to the blues performance is free with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Receive early entry to the Music Makers Blues Revue with purchase of a BBQ plate. Plate purchase includes sides and a drink. Beer will be available for purchase and HMA’s Guild will be selling homemade Southern desserts. Order barbecue chicken or pulled pork plates online at www.HickoryArt.org or by calling the Museum at 828-327-8576.

The Music Makers Blues Revue lineup includes Cool John Ferguson, John Dee Holeman, Big Ron Hunter, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Harvey Dalton Arnold and Bubba Norwood.

Cool John Ferguson
There’s not an audience large or small, young or old that Cool John Ferguson can’t touch with his music. Take a witness from Taj Mahal, who said, “Cool John Ferguson is among the five greatest guitarists in the world. He is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is with the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery and Django Rienhart.”

John Dee Holeman
John Dee Holeman is an American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. His music includes elements of Texas blues, R&B and African American String Band music. In his younger days he was also known for his proficiency as a buckdancer.

Photo: John Dee Holeman & other blues artists play May 14

Big Ron Hunter
Big Ron Hunter is often called the world's happiest bluesman. He owns a voice that gives people chills. His musical voice reflects a youth on the farm and coming of age as a baby boomer. He joined Music Maker in 2007, and has performed in Belgium, Australia, at Lincoln Center, as well as many prestigious festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen
A Katrina refugee, Pat Cohen was the Blues diva of Bourbon Street. Since Katrina, she has partnered with Music Maker and performed at festivals and on stages in the United States, Australia, Argentina, and throughout Europe. She delivers high-energy blues, carrying on the tradition of blues divas trademarked by the likes of Bessie Smith and Koko Taylor.

Harvey Dalton Arnold
Harvey Dalton Arnold is a singer, guitarist and North Carolina-native who has a passion for the blues. He sold millions of albums as a member of southern-rock band The Outlaws from 1976-80, and has played at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. He has also shared the stage with the Rolling Stones at Anaheim Stadium. Harvey performs a left-handed finger-picking style and slide playing on electric and acoustic guitars.

Bubba Norwood
Drummer James “Bubba” Norwood’s credentials are among the brightest of any Music Maker artist. Known mostly for his long-time association with Ike and Tina Turner, James has anchored the rhythm section for a “who’s who” of blues, soul, and R&B greats.

Photo: Cool John Ferguson plays May 14 at the SALT Block

About We Are the Music Makers
We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music, a multimedia exhibition of photographs, audio recordings and video from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation, in the Museum’s Shuford Gallery, April 30 – July 24. We Are the Music Makers features Southern Roots musicians active during the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The exhibition highlights questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, leading to the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have died out.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Valdese Family Friday Nights Begin This Week, May 6, 7pm

Valdese, NC – amily Friday Nights in Valdese will begin the first Friday in May at 7:00pm located at the Wells Fargo/Town parking lot and continues through the month of September. “We are so excited for this year’s Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Series. New bands will join us for the first time and many favorites are returning to the stage”, states Morrissa Angi, Community Affairs Director for the Town of Valdese. “The concerts are offered all summer long and are a great place to meet up with old friends or to make new ones.” The season offers a wide variety of music including everything from country to beach music.

Kicking off the summer series this year will be local favorite, The Band 28690 this Friday, May 6th at 7:00pm located in the Wells Fargo/Town Parking lot. Formed in the summer of 2010 by Rick Ogle, Brian Deal and Byron Pearson, this group provides a relaxing evening as they entertain the audience with a mix of Traditional, Appalachian Folk, Blues and Country music. The group tragically lost founding member Byron Pearson last year but plan to continue on in his memory. Band members Rick Ogle, finger- style acoustic guitar/vocals, Brian Deal, and with the addition in 2014 of bass guitar and lead vocal and Sherrill Keever, acoustic guitar and vocals come together to produce a unique sound. All are proud Valdese natives and chose the Valdese zip code as their band name. Strongly influenced by legendary and regional artists such as Doc Watson, Bobby Denton and Tommy Faile, The Band 28690 will fill the evening with the rich acoustic traditions of the Appalachians. “Our goal is to play clean, tight and most of all have fun,” states member Brian Deal.

Photo: Band 28690

The Valdese Merchants Association will have concessions for sale during the concert series and will also offer a 50/50 raffle every Friday. Season lineup cards will be available for pick up at the concession trailer and will feature special offers and discounts from participating merchants.

Myra’s Cruise In will begin every Friday night at 6:00pm and downtown shops will remain open later. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Nights Concert Schedule go to www.visitvaldese.com.

Newton Elks Lodge #2042 Bingo Games Each Wed., 6 & 7pm

Newton, NC - Newton Elks Lodge #2042 will host a weekly BINGO program every Wednesday. The Lodge, located at 402 East J Street in Newton, will open its doors at 5:30 PM and begin Early Bird Games at 6 PM.

The “Regular Bingo Program” will begin at 7 PM. The total prizes for the regular program will exceed $2,000 each night, with additional prizes for the Early Bird games and other special games within the regular program. The bingo program is presented completely by the members of Newton Elks Lodge #2042, house rules will be posted at the door.

No smoking is allowed in the Lodge, and all children must be supervised at all times.

For additional information or questions, please call the Newton Elks Lodge #2042 at 828-464-1360 after 4 PM.

The Newton Elks Lodge invites you and your friends to join us every Wednesday for a fun night of bingo.

Friday After Five Summer Concerts Begin May 6,

Downtown Statesville, With Polyester Apocalypse

Statesville, NC – The Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five Summer Concert Series returns to Downtown Statesville on Friday, May 6. This popular event will kick-off with Polyester Apocalypse, playing 70s Disco, Funk, & Rock, from 5:30-8:30 pm. This is the first of nine concerts in the 2016 summer series.

The Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five summer concert series has become one of Statesville’s most anticipated events. “The concerts are attended by people from all over the region, and we love to see them mingling, laughing, and dancing in the streets of Downtown Statesville,” said Marin Tomlin, executive director of DSDC. “During and after the concerts, we love to see people out enjoying the revitalized streetscape and downtown businesses.”

The Piedmont Healthcare Friday After Five Concert Series is produced by Downtown Statesville Development Corporation (DSDC) and the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Piedmont HealthCare, City of Statesville, Griffin Heating and Air Conditioning, Comfort Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, AlarmSouth, Carolina Crossroads Dental, GoPro Motorplex, Iredell-Statesville Community Enrichment Corporation, Mitchell Community College, Policyline Insurance, Randy Marion of Statesville, R.H. Barringer Distributing, Yadkin Bank, Iredell Living Magazine, Real Country WAME 92.9 and 550, and D’Laney’s Sports Bar & Grill.

This concert series offers FREE entertainment to Statesville's residents, neighbors and visitors in Downtown Statesville May through August and features music of all styles. Whether you like Beach Music and Country, or Blues and Rock and Roll, you'll hear something you like during the Friday After Five Summer Concert Series.

The concerts are held in Downtown Statesville on West Broad Street in front of Mitchell Community College from 5:30–8:30 pm. Beer, wine, soft drinks and food will be available for purchase. Bring your chairs and enjoy a night of music. No pets, personal coolers, or outside beverages are allowed.

For more information about the 2016 concert series, contact Downtown Statesville at 704-878-3436 or the Chamber of Commerce at 704-873-2892. Learn more by visiting www.downtownstatesvillenc.org and following Downtown Statesville on Facebook! www.facebook.com/DowntownStatesville

2016 Concert Schedule:
May 6 - Polyester Apocalypse (70's Disco, Funk, and Rock)
May 20 - Catalina's (Beach)
June 10 - Darrell Harwood
June 24 - Carolina Soul Band (Soul, R&B)
July 1 - Tonya Wood Music Company (Rock, Soul, Blues)
July15 - Thirsty Horses (Rock, Pop)
July 29 - Mel Jones & His Bag O'Bones (Acoustic Blues, Vintage Jazz, Americana)
August 12 - Smitty & the Jumpstarters (Blues, Rock, and Rockabilly)
August 26 - Cookie Band (Dance, Funk, Motown, R&B)
Polyester Apocolypse plays Friday night in Statesville

HSCC Off-site Rabies Clinic Sat., May 7, At St. Stephens Dog Park

Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County, in collaboration with Catawba County Animal Services, will be offering off-site rabies clinics from May through September. There will be 1 year rabies vaccines available for $7.00. The first clinic is Saturday, May 7th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at St. Stephens Dog Park, 2247 36th Ave NE, Hickory.

All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner at all times, and all cats must be in a carrier for the safety and security of the cat. No appointment is necessary. Rabies clinics are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.


Photo: Duke is available for adoption.

 

Register Now For L-RU's Kids In College Program, June 20-24

Hickory – Applications are now being accepted for Kids in College, the Lenoir-Rhyne University summer enrichment program. The program will take place June 20 – 24 and will host both elementary and middle school students during the same week this year. All sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Any student completing kindergarten through eighth grade is welcome to attend.

“The mission of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kids in College is to expose children to the university environment through challenging instructional camps that foster exploration, creative thinking, and enrichment,” said Michael Lemke, Director of Kids in College.

According to Lemke, the program focuses on the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Students will utilize 21st century skills including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Kids in College is designed for teacher-recommended students who meet any of the following criteria:

• Identified as academically and intellectually gifted
• Achieved a Level 5 on reading and/or math EOG
• Maintained an “A” average in math and/or reading
• Recommended by current teacher

Experienced, AIG certified teachers will facilitate learning experiences throughout the week. The classes will be held in the Rhyne Building on campus. Parents will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their children.

The cost of the program is $325 per week. A deposit of $50 is required for registration with the remaining balance due on May 13th. Additional information and registration forms can be found on the LRU website at edu.lr.edu/kidsincollege. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students. Parents will be notified of acceptance as soon as the following requirements are received:

• A completed application with teacher recommendation
• Signed insurance and liability form
• $50 deposit (returnable only if space is unavailable)
• Emergency Contact form

Interested parents are invited to attend an informational meeting at 6:00 p.m. on May 17 in the Belk Centrum on campus.

For more information, contact Michael Lemke at michael.lemke@lr.edu or (828) 328-7189.

Mini Comic Con, Beaver Library, Saturday, May 14, 12:30-4pm

Hickory - Science fiction and comic book fans are invited to Hickory Public Library’s free, first Mini Comic Con on Saturday, May 14th at the main branch Patrick Beaver Memorial Library from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Come as you are or come dressed as your favorite superhero, villain, or other comic book character.

A panel discussion from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. will feature members of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. The Mercs are the only costume club to have formed their own charity, Little Warrior International. The Mercs enjoy uniting individuals with a common love for Star Wars and promoting interest in Star Wars while raising money for sick and underprivileged children. Members of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club will be inside for mingling and in the parking lot with their landspeeder for most of the afternoon.

 

Award winning Cosplay Artist Donttouchmymilk will provide a presentation from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. She will share images of her work from her portfolio, have a couple of her masks on display and explain her process for creating them, and demonstrate the application of either zombie or ghost makeup.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be plenty of time for people to mingle and network. Additionally, people will have the opportunity to get a free caricature made of themselves from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. by Professional Caricaturist Jerry Frazee.

All activities associated with the Mini Comic Con are free and open to the public. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd St NE on the SALT Block.

Foster Care Sunday On May 22 Aims To Highlight County's Need

Hickory - There is still time for churches in Catawba County to participate in Foster Care Sunday on May 22. This event will emphasize the need for more foster parents throughout the county.

Foster Care Sunday is being sponsored by Family Builders, the foster and adoption unit of Catawba County Social Services, which has an average 230 foster children in its care at any given time. There is an urgent need for more foster parents, who provide a temporary, loving home for these children until they can reunite with their parents, be placed with guardians, or be adopted. Placement with family members or relatives is preferred when possible. Social Services always tries to place foster children within their home county, preferably in their home school district, to minimize disruption in their lives.

"If one family in every Catawba County church would become a foster family, we would not have a shortage of foster homes," said Megan Hildebran, foster parent recruiter and trainer. Foster parents must undergo a background check and attend training. "Our social workers are always available to respond to the needs and questions of foster parents," she said. "We hope that church members in our county will prayerfully consider becoming foster parents."

Churches may participate in Foster Care Sunday by placing a notice in their church bulletin, making an announcement during church services, or by other means of their choice. Speakers will not be available for all churches, due to the large number of churches in the county.

Persons interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, and members of local churches or other organizations that are interested in assisting in this effort, are encouraged to contact Megan Hildebran. She may be reached at mhildebran@catawbacountync.gov or by calling 828-695-4553. Additional information about the fostering process may be found at http://www.fostercatawba.com.

Rick Cline's Drum Camps Start June 20 - Register Now

Hickory, NC - Rick Cline will host his yearly Steel Drum and African Drumming workshops again this year at the S.A.L.T. Block in the Western Piedmont Rehearsal Hall.

The steel drum workshop is June 20-24 from 6-7:30pm each night. Cline will expose the class to Caribbean music and history of the steel drums as well as learning how to play this exotic instrument for ages 12 to adult. The cost for the steel drum camp is $80 and the only requirement is some ability to read music.

The African Drumming camp is June 20-24 from 7:30- 8:30pm and is also located in the symphony hall. The cost is $80. This class will teach basic hand drumming techniques, basic African history and traditions, as well as improvisation for ages 8 to adult. No instruments are required for either workshop.

A public performance will conclude the workshop on Saturday am June 25 the week of the camp at 10am under the Sails in downtown Hickory for the Farmers Market.

This is Cline's 10th year of workshops. To sign up call 828-320-29591or email rickclinenc@gmail.com.

The workshops are supported by the Piedmont Percussion Program, a community percussion program for kids ages 6-18. For more information visit www.px-3.org.

Comedy The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein Opens

This Friday, May 6, At HCT

Hickory - The most anticipated show this season, the hilarious musical thriller, “The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” begins its 10 performance run this weekend, beginning Friday, May 6 at 8:00pm at the Hickory Community Theatre.

The musical comedy is based on Mel Brooks’ 1974 film of the same name. The musical opened on Broadway on November 8, 2007 and ran for 484 performances. It won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical in 2008, and was nominated for three Tony Awards.

The story follows Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkensteen”), grandson of the infamous Victor von Frankenstein, creator of The Monster. Frederick travels to Transylvania to deal with his grandfather’s estate, meeting along the way Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), grandson of Victor’s henchman, the lovely Inga (a yodeling laboratory assistant), and the mysterious Frau Blücher.

Frederick is lured into creating another Monster, who ends up falling in love with Frederick’s finance Elizabeth. Musical numbers include “Please Don’t Touch Me,” “Transylvania Mania, “He Vas My Boyfriend,” “Surprise,” and, of course, “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays (May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (May 12 and 19) at 7:30pm and Sundays (May 15 and 22) at 2:30pm on the Jeffers Theatre Mainstage. Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and language. There are strobe lights and stage fog in this production.

Regular price adult tickets are $20 for Friday through Sunday; seniors are $2 off, children and students are $10 each. On Thursday nights, all adult tickets, including seniors, are $14 each.

For tickets visit the Theatre website at www.hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are Wed-Sat from noon to 5pm.

“The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” is produced by Corning Optical Communications, Catawba Radiological Associates, Delores Hammer DDS and First Citizen’s Bank. This show is the final Mainstage show in the Theatre’s 67th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World.

Photo: Standing is Tony Chambers, seated are Cody Watson and Carolyn Oursler.
Photo is by Ken Burns Photography.

Adult Children Of Aging Parents (ACAP) Meets Tuesday, May 7

Hickory - ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) presents "Healthy Eating is for Everyone!" The program will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 5:30-7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 N. Center Street, Hickory). Presenter for the program is Adele Gobble, Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist, Frye Regional Medical Center.

Healthy eating and proper nutrition are important for all of us. For some, however, certain foods and/or overall diet can affect one's health significantly and rapidly. What is a healthy diet for adults? Is there a health condition that has necessitated reducing the amount of sodium (salt), sugar or carbohydrates in your diet or that of a loved one? Do you have other dietary concerns? Have dietary issues made meal planning and preparation more complicated? Adele Gobble, Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist, will help attendees become familiar with the newly released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, how these guidelines may help guide appropriate choices for oneself and loved ones, and resources available for families.

We hope you will let us know to reserve you a seat for this free program. To register, please contact us at fhall@ACAPcommunity.org or 1-877-599-ACAP (877-599-2227).

ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges PACE@Home, sponsor for the May program.

ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. Cost-free educational programs are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 North Center Street, Hickory, NC). Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all who are interested.

For more information about ACAP-Hickory, including the 2016 monthly program schedule, please visit www.ACAPcommunity.org.

Gaston County's Mayfair On The Square Honors WWI Vets, May 21

Dallas, NC - The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I. In recognition of this significant anniversary, the Gaston County Museum will present World War I Hometown Heroes. Opening May 21st, the exhibition will celebrate the men and women of Gaston County, who contributed to the war effort at home and abroad. Visitors will “see” war first-hand through the stories, objects, and photographs of seven men who bravely fought in WWI.

Hometown Heroes will also feature local service organizations, such as the YMCA and Red Cross that supported the troops overseas and the families at home. The exhibition will include hands-on stations, children's activities, and the WWI history-based computer game Valiant Heart. Drawn primarily from the collection of the Gaston County Museum of Art & History, Hometown Heroes will also feature objects from private lenders never before on view as well as significant loans from the King’s Mountain Historical Museum.

Join us for the second annual MayFair on the Square as we celebrate Armed Forces Day and the dedication of the new Town Gazebo! The Historic Dallas Court Square will come alive with storytellers, live music, artists and vendors, food trucks, the Optimist Club’s Classic Car Show, a Niantic Lab’s Ingress meet-up event and so much more!

For more information or for a vendor application, please see our website or contact Jason Luker at Jason.luker@gastongov.com or 704-922-7681 ext. 105.

Boger City UMC Men Host Yard Sale On Sat., May 7, 7am-1pm

Lincolnton- Boger City United Methodist Men are having their annual United Methodist Men’s Yard Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. It will be held in our Fellowship Hall, 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton. Hot dog sales will begin at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A diversity of yard sale items will be sold including Clothing, Decorative Items, Kitchen, Household, Lawn & Garden, Ping Pong Table, etc. Prices to sell. BCUMC Men’s Yard Sale has all kinds of things - something for everyone.

Parking available at Boger City United Methodist Church and former Harris Teeter Store across from the church. Proceeds from BCUMC Men’s Yard Sale will benefit the Methodist Men’s Benevolent Fund.

If you would like to donate items, please call church office @ 704-735-7513 to arrange for time for you to deliver them to the church or for someone to pick up at your home or business.

Directions from Cherryville/ Shelby: Take Highway 150 East, Take Slight Right Onto Highway 150 By-Pass/ Mooresville, Turn Right Onto Country Club Road ( You’ll see VFW on right), Turn Left @ Traffic Light @ Intersection of Country Club and Lithia Inn Road. Boger City United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is located at back of church at 2320 East Main Street.

Directions from Charlotte/Gastonia: Take I-85 South, Take Highway 321 North Exit, Take Exit 24 off Highway 321. Turn Left onto Highway 27/150 East ( Also known as East Main Street), Stay on East Main Street 1.3 miles,Boger City United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is located at back of church at 2320 East Main Street.

Directions from Hickory: Take Highway 321 South, Take Exit 24 off Highway 321, Turn Left onto Highway 27/150 East ( Also known as East Main Street), Stay on East Main Street 1.3 miles. Boger City United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is located at back of church at 2320 East Main Street.

Green Room Theatre Opens The Addams Family This Fri., May 6

Newton, NC - Tickets are now on sale for the spookiest show in town! The Green Room Community Theatre is excited to present the hit Broadway musical The Addams Family opening Friday, May 6, 2016 for a three weekend run.

This weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family. From the magical imagination of Director Caleb Ryan Sigmon (who most recently brought us The Cat In The Hat), this spooky and hilarious musical comedy comes to life featuring musical direction by Cathy Banner and choreography by Amy Berry.

Featuring a live orchestra, moving scenic pieces, high-tech lighting, and some amazing special effects, this spectacle is one not to be missed. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you!

The Addams Family is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Cargo Transporters. Performances are scheduled for May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2016. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8:00 pm and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm.

Grab your seats... before someone (or something) else does! Tickets can be purchased online at www.thegreenroomtheatre.org or by calling (828) 464-6128 Wednesdays – Fridays from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. All ticket prices include NC sales tax.

If you have any questions, please call The Green Room Community Theatre at (828) 464-6583 or visit our website: www.thegreenroomtheatre.org.

The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
Photos: (at left) Uncle Fester (played by Dalton Isaac) ignites a lightbulb! Annette Greene (far left) takes the stage as Wednesday Addams (Photos by Caleb Ryan Sigmon)

Have A Hat Day In Downtown Valdese, Saturday, May 7, 10am

Valdese, NC - “What a Hat!” Or one may say, “What a bunch of hats!” Guess which one Sandi Walker will be wearing on "Have a Hat Day" to be held to commemorate the tradition of Waldensians wearing hats. Find out at the “Have a Hat Day” celebration from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in Jacumin Plaza on Main Street in downtown Valdese.

Walker, who is owner of Dolls & Designs, is working with artists from the Valdese Heritage Arts Center (VHAC) to celebrate "Have a Hat Day" and "Art in the Plaza." A number of Valdese merchants have come together to help sponsor Saturday’s event and provide fun for the whole family.

Those participating are Your Floral Bouquet, Grace Jewelry, Reynolds Family Wellness Center and Big Dawg, 92.1 FM. "We will have a full day of activities starting at 10 with hat making demonstrations,” Walker said. “Participants can design their own hat to wear in the hat parade that will take place at noon,” she added.

In addition to the hat decorating and parade, artists from VHAC will be in the plaza demonstrating their respective arts and crafts and offer them for sale. Children and young adults can make their Mom a free gift for Mother's Day.

Music will be an added treat at the event Saturday as well. Local recording artist, Sara King will perform, and Big Dawg, 92.1 FM will be broadcasting from the Plaza.

Food will be on hand sponsored by the former Little Miss North Carolina Macie Miller. She will be selling hot dog lunches with the proceeds going to Levine Children’s Hospital.

Local merchants are participating in the event by handing out coupons all this week to enter in a drawing for a great line of prizes that will be on display in Jacumin Plaza on Saturday. The drawing will be at 3:15 p.m. "All people have to do is visit Valdese merchants this week and ask for a free coupon,” Walker said. For those who want to get extra coupons to increase their chances for prizes, merchants will be offering extra coupons when anyone makes a purchase. On Saturday, those with tickets, need to bring them to the Plaza and place them with the prize (or prizes) they wish to win.

For more information, call Sandi at Dolls & Designs 893-0640

Register Now For Healing For Life Great Race 4K, Sat., May 14

Bethlehem, NC - The Bethlehem Community Development Association has announced that the 2nd Annual Healing For Life Great Race 4K will be held on Saturday May 14th at Bethlehem Elementary School beginning at 9 AM. Children’s Fun Run at 10 AM. The race supports the Back Pack Program of Alexander County and other needs in the community. Healing For Life Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Hickory will again be the title sponsor for the Great Race 4K.

For registration and race information go to http://www.bethlehemcda.org or RunSignUp. Pre-registration fee is $25 and guarantees a tee shirt for 4K participants. The out and back course boasts a ¼ mile sprint finish on the school track. Awards will be given to any NEW course records established overall and age divisions. The FAST 4K race established 30 course records in 2015 in 16 Male & Female Categories. Go to http://www.bethlehemcda.org for all COURSE RECORDS. The 4K race is also included in the Alexander County Points Challenge Race Series at www.alexandercountync.gov/events Points Challenge Leader Board.

 

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