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January 29, 2015

HMA’s The Miracle Of Hickory Talk Is This Sunday, February 1

Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) will host a gallery talk on Sunday, February 1 at 2:30 PM in conjunction with the current exhibition 1944: A War, The People, A New Museum. The program is free and open to the public.

Melinda Herzog, Executive Director of Iredell Museums in Statesville, presents “The Miracle of Hickory,” a talk on Hickory’s polio epidemic of 1944.

She will outline how the community, including children, health care professionals, furniture companies and average citizens, came together and compassionately addressed this widely-feared epidemic. In June 1944, polio swept across North Carolina’s western Piedmont region, centering around Catawba County.

Hickory responded by turning a local camp into an extensive emergency hospital almost overnight. The first patients were admitted within 54 hours, the feat that became known as “the Miracle of Hickory.”

Patients from every county in North Carolina and some neighboring states came to the Hickory Emergency Infantile Paralysis Hospital. On July 31, 1944, LIFE magazine featured four pages of photographs from the wards.

The hospital had the lowest death rates of any facility of its kind in the entire country.

Upcoming Talks include: Sunday, March 15, 2:30 PM. Laura Holland, Director of Marketing Services at Hickory Chair, presents “How Hickory Became the Capital of the Furniture World.”· Sunday, March 29, 2 PM.

“World War II Stories in Conversations.” Four local WWII veterans and survivors will discuss their personal experiences. Participants include Charlie Dixon, Rhys Samuel, Carl Zwingli, and Vladmir Khudyakov.1944: A War, The People, A New Museum is a multi-faceted exhibition combining art and history, while providing a 1940s era background for the beginning of the Hickory Museum of Art within the unlikely context of a world at war.

The exhibit includes a timeline outlining regional and world-wide events; an installation of HMA Founder and first director Paul Whitener's studio; artwork collected in the Museum's first year; paintings and prints created by HMA artists connected to WWII; installation about the 1944 polio epidemic in Hickory; and much more.

Additional 1940s-era objects loaned from community businesses, individuals, the Catawba County Historical Association and the History Museum of Burke County are placed throughout the Museum.

The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information please visit or call 828-327-8576.

Photographs courtesy of Catawba County Historical Association:· First poster child for March of Dimes polio campaign was photographed at the Hickory hospital.

Toddlers of Ward 8: These recovering children are being given extended time in the sun, which was considered beneficial to their further recovery. They are probably still too weak from their illness to want to do much running around.

Ward for Toddlers: The cribs, whether donated by local people or built by local volunteers, were often raised on saw horses to put the patients in the cribs on a less back-breaking level for the nurses.

Caldwell Arts’ Exhibit Natural Connections Is February 6-28

Lenoir, NC - During the month of February, visitors to the Caldwell Arts Council will experience an exhibit of original artwork, created by five artists from Western North Carolina. High definition photography by Wink Gaines (Connelly Springs, NC), fiber art by Sandy Adair (Boone, NC), paintings by Eddie Kent Tallent (Lenoir, NC) and Kim Abernethy (Boone, NC) and pastel artwork by Carl Peverall (Burnsville, NC)

“Natural Connections” will be on exhibit in the Caldwell Arts Council Gallery (601 College Ave SW, Lenoir) February 6-28, 2015. All Caldwell Arts Council Gallery exhibits are admission free and open to the public during the Arts Council’s operating hours, which are Tuesday - Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

An opening “meet-the-artists” reception is scheduled for Friday February 6, 5pm-7pm hosted by Caldwell County Schools Association of Educational Office Professionals. Light refreshments will be served, free & open to the public.

Wink Gaines specializes in bird and wildlife photography. Her photographic specialty allows her to combine her passion for the outdoors with the creative pursuit of digitally capturing wildlife in natural habitats.

Carl Peverall spent six months in New Zealand, exclusively painting the landscape and capturing the splendid beauty of New Zealand in pastel realism after thirty years of pursuing modernist works in ceramics in painting.

Eddie Kent Tallent, an introvert by nature, has always had a deep affinity for locations and objects which embody a sense of mystery, solitude, or isolation. His recent series of landscape-based artworks explore hidden and private locales to which one might escape for quiet contemplation and spiritual renewal.

Kim Abernethy is an oil painter whose impressionistic style evokes feelings of serenity and calm. Her work draws upon a sense of familiarity and connects the viewer to a moment in time captured on canvas.

Sandy Adair says that the Blue Ridge Mountains, which surround her home with their ever-changing moods, have been a continuing source of inspiration to her as a tapestry weaver. Tapestry weaving is much like painting – with yarn as the palette, and needles as the brushes. Her intention is to create peaceful places, microcosms one may enter for replenishment.

The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. These programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

To learn more about Caldwell Arts Council events and programs, please visit, email , or call 828-754-2486.

Photo Caption: “Thundering” in texture photo by Wink Gaines

Some Free Tickets Are Available To Crowns At HCT On Feb. 5

Hickory – The North Carolina Arts Council and Corning Optical Communications in association with the Hickory Community Relations Council is presenting the show Crowns by Regina Taylor in the Jeffers Theatre at the Hickory Community Theatre. This show has been adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

A special private performance during the producers night is being held on Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m., where a limited number of tickets are available free of charge, compliments of the Community Relations Council. These tickets are on a first come first served basis.

Contact any member of the Community Relations Council or Captain Thurman Whisnant at the Hickory Police Department at (828) 261-2605 if you have questions or would like a free ticket for the February 5 showing, while the tickets last.

Benefit Concert For Mark Bumgarner Saturday, January 31

Hickory - A benefit concert and jam will be held for local musician Mark "Bump" Bumgarner at Acoustic Stage on Saturday, January 31st at 8 pm. Rev. Billy C. Wirtz will play a set of his music and will then lead the jam! The Rev. Wirtz wraps his humorous stories and songs into carefully orchestrated sets that feature his stellar piano playing.

By no means a straight-ahead blues player, much of his material is based in blues and classic R&B. His sharp social commentaries, sprinkled with humorous observations about life always make for a unique and entertaining, not to-be-missed show!

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, left; Mark Bumgarner at right

Shelia Carlisle, familiar to local blues enthusiasts as the lead singer for the band Arhooly, and other guests will take part in the jam.

Bumgarner suffers from severe sudden Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It has taken him off the road as the bass player for Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, for now. Mark needs help for his medical needs so he can get back to playing music again.

Tickets are available online at or at Larry's Music and Sound in downtown Hickory for a donation of $15.00.

Acoustic Stage is located at 734 1st Avenue SW, in Hickory, at the former Ten Years After location.

Community Council Announces Project Funding For 2015

Hickory – The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) is currently seeking projects to fund for the 2014 - 2015 fiscal year and is inviting qualified groups or individuals to consider submitting grant requests.

“Every spring and fall, the CRC offers the ability for groups, businesses, organizations and individuals to apply for the CRC grants,” said Neal Orgain, Chair of the CRC. “It is an important goal of the CRC to award these grants to organizations or individuals that support the community through areas of human understanding, conflict resolution, appreciation of diversity, good community relations, wellness and respect, and interaction among persons of various cultures and nationalities, to name a few.”

The grant application should be completed in full, approved by the director of the agency, and submitted to the CRC, care of the address on the application. Applications are reviewed twice a year. The deadline for submitting for the spring 2014 grant cycle is Monday, March 2, at noon. Applicants may include any 501(c)(3) or otherwise tax exempt organizations.

Priority will generally be given to projects that are designed to deliver the greatest impact on positive human relations, that are most effective in bringing different sub-communities of Hickory together, and that provide services and resources to the people who can most benefit. Agencies are encouraged to partner with each other to avoid duplication of services and to maximize efficiency in delivering needed services. Detailed grant guidelines will be mailed with the application form.

Funds from the CRC are provided by the City of Hickory and may not be used to pay salaries or to construct buildings, and will not be used to promote a particular political or religious point of view. Funds may be used for contracts for services and/or specific honoraria.

A report on the use of the funds is required from recipient groups. The CRC reserves the right to request an audit of funds allocated to ensure proper use. Projects may be funded partially or in full; however, priority will be given to projects for which matching funds are available.

Agencies receiving grant funding are asked to acknowledge the grant from the City of Hickory CRC in their publicity materials. A City of Hickory logo and a CRC logo will be provided for inclusion on all promotional materials.

Anyone submitting an application is asked to submit 17 copies of the grant request.

Applications can be found online at, Your Government, Boards and Commissions, Community Relations Council. (

For more information, please call staff liaison Captain Thurman Whisnant at the City of Hickory Police Department, at (828) 261-2605 or email

Catawba County Social Services Can Guide Adults In Life Transition To Available Options

Hickory - Catawba County Social Services is now offering Information and Options Counseling to adults in the county who are experiencing a major life transition and need assistance discovering and navigating the services that may be available to them. Information can be provided about services ranging from in-home assistance and adult day care services to assisted living or nursing home placement.

This service is designed to help the person identify options, weigh the pros and cons of each, and make an action plan to help meet their goals. The counselor will work with the person to discuss their preferences, values, service needs and circumstances. The counselor will provide information about various options so the person can make informed choices about long-term services and supports. Information and Options Counseling provides valuable information to individuals who may not be aware of what services are available.

While Social Services has always provided information and referral services to persons who need to make decisions such as these, the new Information and Options Counseling service is a more in-depth and personalized approach. The goal is to help the individual make decisions about their own care. To make use of this service, the person in need of care must be able to make their own decisions. However, caregivers or family members are invited to participate in the process if they wish.

To schedule an appointment with a certified Information and Options counselor, call Catawba County Social Services at 828-695-5609.

Hickory Fire Dept. Advises All To Check Before Writing Check

Hickory - The City of Hickory Fire Department is not soliciting funds on behalf of the city’s fire department. The city has received several complaints regarding a telephone fund-raiser in the name of the city’s fire department. A local firefighters union is conducting a telephone survey, but it has nothing to do with the City of Hickory Fire Department. The only fundraiser the Hickory Fire Department participates in each year is the Christmas Bikes for Tykes program through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau.

Over the past few weeks, the city has received questions regarding telephone and letter campaign fundraisers in the name of the city’s fire department. Local and state fire organizations raise money for fire associations, but no funds from these campaigns will go to the City of Hickory or the fire budget.

Citizens can call the Hickory Fire Department at 323-7420 to check the validity of any solicitation related to the fire department.

L-RU Presents The Cleveland Duo & James Umble, Feb. 6

Hickory – As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2014-15 Concert Series, a performance by The Cleveland Duo and James Umble will be presented on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Chapel.

“It is rare to find a group with this instrumentation and this level of innovative, eclectic programming,” said John Cheek, Professor of Music at Lenoir-Rhyne. “We are proud to present what promises to be a unique and captivating performance.” According to Cheek, the concert will feature a program of chamber music, jazz and Jewish music for saxophone, violins and piano.

Established as a dynamic concertizing ensemble since 1980, The Cleveland Duo combines with nationally-known saxophonist, James Umble, to form an exciting threesome who are virtual pioneers in the world of chamber music. Their mission is to continually create energizing and inspiring programs with combinations of brilliant new music and sensitive transcriptions of beloved masterworks, thereby showcasing the breathtaking sound quality of the saxophone within a more familiar instrumental context.

This free concert is open to public. No tickets or reservations are required; doors will open at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call (828) 328-7147.

Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the university community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with superb musical artists. The Concert Series brings musical artists to the University to present concerts and recitals, work with students in the master class setting, lecture to music classes, and provide examples of professional artistry in music. The Lenoir-Rhyne University Concert Series is made possible thanks to the love for the performing arts and generous financial support of the university's Friends of Music fund.

Photo Caption: The Cleveland Duo & James Umble (from left to right): Carolyn Gadiel Warner, James Umble (center) and Stephan Warner.

Vendor Applications For 40th Waldensian Festival Available

Valdese, NC - The Town of Valdese will hold their 40th Annual Waldensian Festival on August 7th and 8th, 2015 in Valdese, North Carolina with live music performances, yummy food (that you can only get at a festival), craft vendors, footrace, boccie tournaments and so much more!

“We have over 170 booth spaces to fill and you can never start too early looking for just the right vendor,” states Barbara Hefner, Community Affairs Director for the Town of Valdese. “Our staff works extremely hard to find vendors that will appeal to our attendees. Highest priority is placed on hand-made crafters and we strive every year to increase the number of independent artists and crafters to our festival.” Booth fees range from $65.00 to $130.00 with the lowest price given to handmade crafters. The festival is held every year on the second Saturday in August and the main street is closed to accommodate the vendors. Vendors interested in participating in the 2015 Waldensian Festival can go to or call 828-879-2126. The 2015 Waldensian Festival is sponsored by the Town of Valdese, Carolinas Healthcare System Blueridge, SAFT, Viewmont Surgery Center and Valdese Weavers.

The Green Room’s Good Ol’ Girls Continues Friday, Jan. 30

Newton, NC - Only two weekends are left for The Green Room Community Theatre’s Black Box musical, Good Ol’ Girls. Two of Nashville’s leading singer/songwriters redefine the modern Southern woman in this musical about love, loss, and laughter. Through the language of five unique southerners, Good Ol’ Girls celebrates childhood through old age with big hair and bigger hearts.

Remaining performances of Good Ol’ Girls are scheduled for January 30, 31, February 1, 6, 7, & 8, 2015. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm, and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm. Shows are selling out quickly.

Good Ol’ Girls is produced by HSM Solutions. It is directed by Jeanne Laws and musically directed by John Coffey.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office (828-464-6128) Wednesdays-Fridays between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for Children age 12 and under. Ticket prices include North Carolina sales tax. This show is rated PG.

Please visit our website,, for information about all our programs. The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Photo (L-R): Joy McManus-Rodgers, Laura Rhinehart, Anne Wepner, Marietta Burke, and Jan Robbins. Musical Director John Coffey in the background.
Photo by Ken Burns

Mend A Broken Heart Benefit Is Saturday, Jan. 31, With 20/20

Hickory - Popular dance band 20/20 will perform a benefit concert at 8pm January 31st in The Crossing At Hollar Mill in Hickory NC. Prices are $25 at the door, $20 in advance. Tickets include heavy hors d'oeuvres and the concert; cash bar. Opening act is Part Time Murphys.

WBTV3 News Anchor, Paul Cameron, will emcee the event; sponsors include Finley Advertising, Highland Avenue Restaurant, Neill Grading, David & Lisa Harrington.

20/20, at L-RU, is one of the area’s most popular bands

All proceeds will benefit Cael Chapman, who was born with Down Syndrome and a hole in the upper chamber of his heart, which will require major surgery. Cael is the son of Hickory Police Officers Mark and Megan Chapman.

20/20 are known for their covers of Eric Church, The Black Keys, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Buffett, Van Morrison, Beatles, Monkees, The Who, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as many other popular bands.

Formed in 2008, the group consists of four eye doctors, a near-sighted singer, and a cable engineer. Phone 828 430 1129 tickets; 828 324 9464 info

Facebook: 2020 Rock Band

Hickory Police Department’s Annual Polar Plunge Is Feb. 28

Hickory – The Hickory Police Department will be hosting in the 10th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina.

This annual, long-standing charity event will be held on Saturday, February 28. It's a fun way to support a wonderful organization that the Hickory Police Department has partnered with for many years. The event takes place at the Whittenburg Wildlife Access on Lake Hickory.

“This event is one that the Police Department enjoys being a part of every year,” said Sgt. Randy Isenhour. “Even though the water may be cold, it is worth jumping in when we know that the money raised supports such a great cause. We all have a good time doing it. Whether people jump in themselves, or they just contribute to someone else doing the plunge, every dollar raised makes a difference.”

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m., and the plunge will begin at 1:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to take the plunge with a $50 minimum donation. To create a web page for donations, go to:

For questions about the event, contact Sgt. Randy Isenhour at or 828-261-2674.

The 2014 Polar Plunge

Crowns Tells The Stories Of Strong Women; At HCT, Feb. 6

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s gospel musical “Crowns” is a warm and comforting play about strong women who share their joys and sorrows in the tales of the hats they wear. Central to the story connecting these tales is the relationship of a young woman, Yolanda, and her Mother Shaw, hergrandmother. In the Hickory premiere of “Crowns” these roles are played, respectively, by Lana Logan and Betty Wilson.

Lana Logan is a student at Lincolnton High School. She has been active in the school theater program for the last four years and is currently cast in “Godspell.” She is a member of the National Honors Society and President of the school’s Drama Club.

Betty Wilson, playing the grandmother, is a professed theater novice. She auditioned for “Crowns” because she was curious about the process of putting on a play. That, coupled with her hobbies of “singing and talking,” landed the part for her. She is a hair stylist and the mother of three.

The play, by Chicago playwright Regina Taylor, is based on a book of photos and essays by North Carolina natives Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

Performances of “Crowns” begin February 6th and continue through February 22nd, Mainstage in the Jeffers Theatre. Tickets are $10-$18 and are available now online at or by calling (828) 328-2283.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Crowns” is produced by The North Carolina Arts Council, Corning Optical Communications and The City of Hickory Community Relations Council.

In collaboration with the local premiere of CROWNS, the Hickory Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition, “Black Women… Their Hats and Their Stories” from January 31 to April 12, 2015. This exhibition of crowns on loan from local collectors is inspired by the book “CROWNS: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Admission is free. The Museum is located at 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. For more information visit

PHOTO: Betty Wilson (top) and Lana Logan star in “Crowns,” opening February 6 at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information call (828) 328-2283 or click

Photo by Thom Hutchens.

AARP Offers Senior Tax Help On Tuesdays, At Main Library

Newton, NC - Seniors, if you need free help to prepare your tax return, AARP volunteers will again be available at the Main Library in Newton through Tuesday, April 14.

Appointment hours are 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday. Residents must first make an appointment by calling 828-676-6723 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Due to the volume of requests, walk-ins will not be accepted.

Federal tax forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ are available at Main Library in Newton as well as branches in Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford, St. Stephens and Southwest (Mountain View). Specialized tax forms from the IRS website may be copied at the library for 10 cents per sheet.

February Seniors Morning Out Offers Science & Music Topics

Hickory - Marimba music, Science Magic, Black History Month celebrations, and valentine's parties will be some of the highlights of Seniors Morning Out in February.

Kay Crouch will present a program on the history and music of the marimba. This keyboard percussion instrument is heard in a variety of styles but is seldom recognized. Its roots are in Africa and it is a prominent instrument in the folk music of Latin America. Crouch holds the bachelor of music education degree from East Carolina University and the master of music in percussion performance from Appalachian State University. She recently retired from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, where she was the director of the music program since 1985. She is a member of the acoustic trio Strictly Clean and Decent.

Bruce Beerbower, naturalist and science educator at the Catawba Science Center, will present a program called "Science Magic." Participants will learn the mysteries behind sticking a needle through a balloon without popping it, how colors can change, why hair stands on end, and the magic ball and ring. Other demonstrations will include hands-on experiments with hot and cold mystery powders and liquids.

Kay Crouch

The science and marimba programs are supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional support for art and science programming at Seniors Morning Out is provided by community donors.

Seniors Morning Out is a half-day program held Monday through Thursday at five convenient locations throughout Catawba County. Activities and a hot, balanced lunch are provided. Seniors Morning Out is free and open to any person 60 or better living in Catawba County. Bus transportation to and from the programs is available along limited routes. Advance reservations are requested. To attend, please contact the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance between the hours of 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Program highlights are as follows. At the Maiden SMO site: Feb. 9, Music and History of the Marimba by Kay Crouch; Feb. 12: Valentine's Pizza Party; Feb. 16: Stuffed Strawberries Cooking Class; Feb. 24: Performance by Sentimental Journey. Contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966 to attend.

At the West Hickory SMO: Feb. 3, Marimba Music by Kay Crouch; Feb. 4, Music by Sentimental Journey; Feb. 11: Family Feud with Randy VanderWeit; Feb. 12: Valentine's Ice Cream Social; Feb. 24: Reach Your Goals Step by Step with Carolyn Thompson, R.N., of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Feb. 26, Music by Damascus Road. To reserve your spot, call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At the Claremont SMO: Feb. 4, Black History Program at Sherrills Ford Library; Feb. 9, Scams on the Elderly by Sgt. Kelly Eckard, Sheriff's Department; Feb. 12, Valentine's Crafts and Snacks and Crowning of the King and Queen of Hearts; Feb. 18, Science Magic by Bruce Beerbower; Feb. 24, Marimba Music with Kay Crouch. To attend, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Bruce Beerbower, at right

At the Newton SMO: Feb. 2: Marimba Music with Kay Crouch; Feb. 11, Black History Month with the Rev. David Roberts and Choir from Morning Star Baptist Church; Feb. 12, Valentine's Day Celebration and Entertainment by The Clontz Family; Feb. 23, African Artifacts Shared by the Rev. Dale Snead of Shelby. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

At the East Hickory SMO: Feb. 4, Science Magic with Bruce Beerbower; Feb. 10, Marimba Program; Feb. 11, Black History Month with Pastor Katie Jennings of The Rock Church; Feb. 12, Valentine's Party and Music by Sentimental Journey. To attend, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

For more information, call the Senior Nutrition Services office at 828-695-5610. You may make a donation by making out a check to Catawba County Social Services and writing "Senior Nutrition Services" in the memo line. Mail your donation to Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658. You may also make a secure donation online by going to and clicking on the red "Donate Now" button. For the latest updates on this program, like us on Facebook at

Photos: Kay Crouch will present a program on the History and Music of the Marimba at Seniors Morning Out in February.

Bruce Beerbower of the Catawba Science Center presents a science program at the Newton Seniors Morning Out location. In February, he will present a program called “Science Magic.”

Free Vision & Hearing Screens Saturday, Feb. 7, Conover P.O.

Conover, NC - There will be vision and hearing screenings on Saturday, February 7th, from 9am – 3pm at the Conover Post Office at 201 1st Street East, in Conover.

The Conover and the surrounding communities are invited to come and have your vision and hearing screening free of charge. Patients will be taken on a first come first serve bases no appointment necessary. This event is sponsored by the Catawba River Lions Clubs Association. For more information you can contact Eric Killian 828 455 4936.

Don’t Miss Alive Inside, Free Screening February 5, At L-RU

Hickory – The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne University in partnership with the Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging will present Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. This award winning documentary focuses on people diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments and how music therapy can help ease their suffering. There are two viewings scheduled on Thursday, February 5 in Belk Centrum on the LR campus.

A morning viewing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and is open specifically to healthcare professionals and caregivers. Registration for this viewing is required and can be made by calling (828) 484-4265. An evening viewing, scheduled at 6:30 p.m., is open to the LR campus as well as the community and it is not necessary to register. Both viewings are free of charge.

Winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). His camera reveals the unique human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

For more information, call (828) 485-4265 or contact Dr. Amy Hedrick, Assistant Professor of Psychology at or 828-328-7555.

Mary Lou Thompson & social worker Dan Cohen, in film

VA’s Friday Metabolic Syndrome Classes Start In Lincolnton, 1/30

Lincolnton, NC - The Salisbury VA Medical Center’s Rural Health Integration Program is offering a Metabolic Syndrome class at Emergency Medical Services, 720 John Howell Memorial Drive, Lincolnton, N.C., Fridays, Jan. 30 through Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Veterans, families and friends are invited to attend this class and learn to how live a healthier lifestyle and ways to prevent diabetes, hypertension and lowering cholesterol. All former and current military members and their immediate family members are encouraged to attend this free class.

VA staff will also provide healthcare registration, education and information services to all non-registered veterans, and assistance in completing enrollment applications, requesting copies of DD Form 214s, and initiating MyHealtheVet online services.

Former military members who are not currently enrolled for VA health care benefits will need to bring a copy of their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to attach to their application for VA health care benefits. Veterans who have lost their DD Form 214, you can request a copy from For more information, call 1-800-469-8262, ext. 4958/4960/4937/4315. VA outreach activities are posted on the events calendar at For more VA information, visit or find us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

CCC & TI Announces Menu & Schedule Of Cuisine For Spring

Lenoir, NC - Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts program has announced the dates and menus for its spring semester installment of Caldwell Cuisine. Each of the meals will be served at 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir and are priced at $21 plus tax per person. The events are open to the public, but diners are required to purchase tickets prior to the event.

In addition to providing an opportunity for the community to enjoy the gourmet Caldwell Cuisine menus at a reasonable price, the events also provide CCC&TI’s Culinary Arts students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge.

Following are the dates and menus for the events:

Thursday, Feb. 12 – Traditional European

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad - roasted brussel sprout, duck confit, thyme, walnuts, duck vinaigrette
Red Beet Soup- roasted beet, crème fraiche, beet foam, pecan
Rabbit Ragu - braised rabbit, tomato, mushroom, pappardelle, parsley
Beef Burgundy - stewed beef, pearl onion, mushroom, demi, red wine, rice pilaf
Sugar Cake - brown sugar yeast cake, espresso crème anglaise

Thursday, March 5 – Asian

Flor de Liz Salad- pineapple, peach, cherry, mandarin orange, cream cheese, shredded coconut, toasted almond
Soft Spring Rolls (Miang Yuan) - poached chicken, poached shrimp, soman noodle, Thai basil, mint, sweet hot garlic sauce (nahm jeem gratiem)
Filipino Chicken Adobo - braised chicken, garlic, sweet onion, rice vinegar, soy sauce, steamed rice
Massaman Curry (Thai Muslim Curry) - stewed beef, massaman curry, potato, pearl onion, lemongrass, lime leaf, steamed rice
Kaffir Lime & Ginger Crème Brulee - ginger and kaffir lime infused custard, turbinado sugar, cardamom cream

Thursday, April 16 – The Americas

Caesar Salad - crisp romaine, parmesan, house crouton, Cleopatra dressing
Sopa de Lima - chicken, tomatillo, cilantro, crispy tortilla
Fresh Red Snapper - grilled red snapper, pumpkin seed mole (pipian), pimento-coriander rice
Matambre - flank steak roulade w/ egg-carrot-radish-spinach, chimichurri, llapingachos
Suspiro de Limena - Peruvian parfait of manjar blanco (dulce de leche), whipped meringue, cinnamon

Space is limited at each event. For tickets visit or call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407.

For more information about CCC&TI’s Culinary Arts Program, contact Director Chef Keith Andreasen at or 726-2478.

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A student in Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts program prepares fish during a recent class activity. Students will prepare and serve meals for the Spring Caldwell Cuisine events.

A student in Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts program prepares a salad in the prep kitchens during a recent class activity. Students will prepare multi-course gourmet meals for Caldwell Cuisine this spring, the first of which is scheduled for Feb. 12. Tickets are available through the Civic Center Box Office.


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