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January 19, 2017

Catawba Co. United Way Taking Funding Requests For 2018

Hickory - The Catawba County United Way is accepting Pre-Requests for Funding Proposals for 2018 (Pre-RFPs) that are targeted to address the identified Impact Areas of Health, Education and Income. Health defined as safe and secure environments, healthy beginnings, healthy lifestyles and access to health care and prevention. Education defined as school readiness, academic achievement, parental/guardian engagement and productive young adults. Income defined as family-sustaining education and employment, income supports, affordable housing and savings and manageable expenses. Pre-RFP proposals will be accepted for programs identifiable under these impact areas that address the needs of the residents of Catawba County.

Pre-RFPs will be considered from organizations who are either incorporated as a not-for-profit, tax exempt entity or who have a 501-C3 legal status, within Catawba County, who comply with applicable legal, federal state and local operating and reporting requirements (e.g. government approved accounting practices, annual audit, 990, nondiscrimination). Pre-RFPs for consideration must be operated by an active, responsible and voluntary governing body and adhere to a locally developed and adopted code of ethics for volunteers and staff, which include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure. Those organizations selected to complete final Requests for Funding will be notified. All grant amounts are contingent on funding.

It is impoxmplete a Notice of Intent in order to be assigned access information to the electronic applications. This Notice of Intent is due by 5:00 p.m. February 1, 2017.

Pre-RFP applications will only be received electronically, via our website, and will require pre-assigned access information. Deadline for completion of the Pre-RFP is 5:00 p.m. February 09, 2017 in order to be considered for 2018 funding. Late applications will not be accepted.

For additional information, please contact Sylvia Long at 828/327-6851 or by email to

Digital Reader Help At Library, Reserve A Spot For January 20

Hickory - Have you recently received an e-reader or tablet? Perhaps you have had one for a while and now you are ready to learn how to do more with your device? Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering people with an active Hickory Public Library card the opportunity to sign-up for one-on-one appointments on Friday, January 20th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to learn how to borrow e-books and more through the North Carolina Digital Library.

Please bring your device and the cable for your device to your appointment. You will also need to be comfortable with using your device and know any usernames and passwords associated with your device.

During your appointment, you will learn how to download the NCDL software, how to sign-in to your NCDL account, and how to explore, borrow, and return a NCDL item with your device.

Appointments are limited so registration is required. Patrons may sign-up for an appointment by calling 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Public Invited To NC Folk Art Society Meeting, Tours & Talks

At HMA On Saturday, January 28

Hickory – The North Carolina Folk Art Society (NCFAS) invites the community to participate in its upcoming quarterly meeting 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), on the SALT Block, 243 Third Ave., N.E., Hickory. Founded in Hickory back in 1988, NCFAS seeks to educate and share information regarding all types of Southern traditional and contemporary folk art, including but not limited to pottery, paintings, woodworking and sculpture. The Society hosts all-day Saturday quarterly meetings throughout North Carolina and other southeastern states.

The NCFAS public agenda Jan. 28 starts with a business meeting at 12:30 p.m. in Moretz Boardroom, after which curator Grey Carter will lead a talk and tour of HMA’s temporary exhibition Innocent & Ethereal: The Visionary World of Paul Lancaster at 1 p.m. Lancaster is a self-taught visionary artist, whose dreamlike landscapes and figures radiate an innocence rarely found in the real world.

The public is also invited to attend a talk by folk artist and musician Michael Fox at 2 p.m. in Moretz Boardroom. Fox will talk about sculptures, history and objects of “Appalachian Folks,” and will play music on the dulcijo, an instrument of his own invention described as a cross between a banjo and a dulcimer.

Starting at 3 p.m., local folk art collectors Allen and Barry Huffman will lead a tour of HMA’s permanent exhibition Discover Folk Art, an interactive and immersive introduction to the world of Southern contemporary folk art that comprises more than 250 objects throughout the Museum’s entire third floor. The tour will also include time to view a new exhibition in HMA’s Objects Gallery Solitude & Mystery: John Julius Wilnoty, which includes 25 works in carved stone and mixed media from the collection of Lambert Wilson, a major collector of Cherokee artwork.

At 4 p.m., local artist Joe Lafone will talk about folk artist and woodcarver Carl Neal Lyerly in Moretz Boardroom. Examples of Lyerly’s wood carvings will also be on display during this portion of the meeting.

Following the tour, participants will have the opportunity to purchase exhibited works by Lancaster, as well as other work by North Carolina folk artists featured in the Museum’s store, shop HMA. Folk art catalogs will also be for sale, in addition to a recent book by Barry Huffman, Hand in Hand, which features a selection of North Carolina Folk Artists.

For more information about NCFAS and becoming a member, visit online at 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 or call 828-327-8576.

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Jungle Eyes, Paul Lancaster
Wood carvings by Carl Neal Lyerly will be the subject of a talk by local artist Joe Lafone during the North Carolina Folk Art Society quarterly meeting Saturday, Jan. 28 at Hickory Museum of Art.
Folk artist and musician Michael Fox will talk about “Appalachian Folks” and play the dulcijo, an instrument of his own invention, during the North Carolina Folk Art Society quarterly meeting Saturday, Jan. 28 at Hickory Museum of Art.

Carolina Style Chorus Open House Is Set For Thurs., Jan. 26

Hickory - Carolina Style Chorus will observe its Open House on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

All around the globe, Sweet Adelines International choruses are gearing up to "teach the world to sing." Women of all ages and all walks of life who enjoy singing are cordially invited to attend.

Under the direction of Master Director Jean Danaher, Carolina Style Chorus members all share a love for music. We sing four-part a capella harmony in the barbershop style. The ability to read music is helpful but is not required.

Carolina Style Chorus members attend rehearsals weekly from various counties in the State of North Carolina. The chorus performs regularly throughout various communities at civic events, charitable functions, church services, and at the Biltmore House Candelight tours. Our music genres include sacred, secular, rock, pop, gospel, and Broadway show tunes.

If you like to sing, come join us as we sing together, grow together, and harmonize the world together through song. You'll be glad you did.

When: Thursday, January 26th -- 7:00PM

Where: Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ* (behind City Hall and Police Dept.) 217 Second Avenue, NE, Conover, North Carolina.Questions? Contact Nirvana Lindquist, Membership Chair, (828) 684-2238

Using WordPress For Web, Small Business Seminar Thurs., Jan. 26

Taylorsville, NC - The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present a no–cost “Using WordPress to Build Your Web Site” seminar on Thursday January 26 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CVCC’s Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville. WordPress offers an inexpensive method to get a business’ name and message on-line. This session show participants how to get started with WordPress, choose a template, and add basic content. There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit to register on-line.

FCA’s 50 Shades: Black & White Photography Opens Thurs., Jan. 19

Hickory - Full Circle Arts of Hickory would like to invite artists and the public to the reception and opening of its latest exhibition "50 Shades: Black and White Photography", Thursday evening January 19, 2017, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Many of the works will be for sale to the public for those appreciating the visual impact of this medium. Black and white photographs are the latest trend in decorating homes and offices.

The show has been judged and juried for acceptance by Clayton Joe Young, award winning photographer with a background in photojournalism. Mr. Young holds an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently Program Director and Lead Instructor of the Photographic Technology Program at Catawba Valley Community College. We will be awarding ribbons for First through Third place winners as well as several Honorable Mentions the night of the reception. Food and drinks will be served.

The photographs will be on display from January 19 through Feb. 25 at Full Circle Arts' gallery 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory during regular hours, Wednesday - Friday 11am-5pm and Sat., 10am - 2pm.

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW.

More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545.

You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email

Please visit our website at

Downtown Galleries Offer Art In The Afternoon, Sat., January 21

Hickory - Four downtown Hickory art galleries are collaborating on the first of what they hope to be monthly art events called Art in the Afternoon. Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Bottega, Full Circle Arts, and Thistle Dew Nicely will combine their efforts on third Saturdays each month to provide refreshments, entertainment, and the opportunity to meet artists and view and purchase their work. The events will be called Art in the Afternoon, and the first one is scheduled for 1:00 to 4:00 on January 21.

Taste Full Beans will introduce their artists at 1:00, offer free coffee, and have live music from Sean Jarman and Friends. This month's featured artists at Taste Full Beans are Bud Caywood, Andrew Atkin, and Veronica Carrico. Other work available will include pottery by Amanda Dobbins, hand-carved spoons by Sam Tallman, stained glass by Kate Cree, and much more.

Bottega's featured artist will be jewelry designer, Kim Crawford. Bottega also has work by more than 100 other area artists. Bottega will provide complimentary sparkling beverages.

Thistle Dew Nicely will feature work by legendary local woodworker, Eddie Hamrick.

Full Circle Arts will extend their Saturday hours to participate in this event.

Participants in Art in the Afternoon are invited to visit each venue and get their Art in the Afternoon card stamped to enter a drawing for a gift certificate to one of the venues. Cards will be available at any of the 4 venues, and completed cards can be left at any venue as well.

For more information, contact Taste Full Beans (828) 325-0108 or Bottega (828) 217-2581.

Hickory Sunrise Rotary Valentine Dance Is Set For February 11

Hickory — The Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club has announced that it will be hosting a shag- and disco-themed Valentine dance on February 11, 2017, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at Moretz Mills, located at 74 8th Street SE, in Hickory, NC.

During the club’s Valentine dance, DJ Eric Bowman will play from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, followed by Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot at 8:00 pm. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and a best-dressed disco costume contest. A full meal, dancing and a cash bar will be included with the price of admission, which is $30.00 per person. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships to CVCC for economically challenged students who otherwise would not be able to attend classes.

Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot are a soul/R&B party band based out of North Myrtle Beach, SC. Their musical repertoire covers decades of hits and genres of music including soul, rhythm & blues, funk, reggae, jazz standards, country, 50s and 60s hits, and Carolina Beach Music. In addition to performing many current hits topping the charts today, the group has also had many successful hits of their own on local radio and internet stations across North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. In 2013, the Carolina Beach Music Association named Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot’s album “Soul Therapy” CD of the year.

The group was also nominated for the association’s Group of the Year award in 2014 and 13 Carolina Beach Music Awards including “Engineer of the Year” for the group’s guitarist J.K. Loftin in 2015.

A member of Rotary International District 7670, the Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered on November 7, 2000, and has grown to become the most diverse Rotary club in western North Carolina. A small, friendly club with about 24 members, the Hickory Sunrise Rotary focuses on educational initiatives and the needs of the homeless and veterans in our community.

The club also embraces the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self," and specializes in having fun while serving others. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:00 am in the Fireside Room at Lenoir-Rhyne University. For more details, please call Bob Steiger at 828-303-0057 or visit

Harlem Wizards At East Burke HS, Sunday, February 5, 1pm

Connelly Springs, NC - The Harlem Wizards are coming to East Burke High School, Sunday, February 5th at 1:00pm. The afternoon promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face! This event is hosted by Hildebran Elementary PTA. They have brought The Wizards into town to help benefit the PTA ‘Gives Back’ Project.

The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy.

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring event!

A Wizard in flight!

Its two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you’re in the stands, you’re more than a spectator; you’re part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game , fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The experience can only be summed up in two words: Awe-Inspiring!

Tickets purchased before the event are $15 for adults $12 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the following ways: online at , via email at or by visiting Hildebran Elementary School from now until the day of the game, February 5th. Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at East Burke High School at 12:00pm for $18 for adults and $15 children.

Thriller Wait Until Dark Opens This Friday, Jan. 20 At Green Room

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre is “thrilled” to present Wait Until Dark - opening Friday, January 20, 2017 in the Black Box Theatre at the Old Post Office Playhouse in historic downtown Newton, NC.

Are you afraid of the dark? This suspense-thriller will have your heart in your throat. Susy Hendrix is a blind woman that has been targeted by three con men. They are after a mysterious doll that has accidentally wound up in her apartment, and they won’t leave until they get it. Featuring innovative staging, you’ll be up close and personal with the action.

Wait Until Dark is written by Frederick Knott. It is produced by Interstate Foam & Supply and is directed by Caleb Ryan Sigmon. Performance dates are January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 February 3, 4, & 5, 2017, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at 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.

The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Photo: The Cast of Wait Until Dark
Front Row: Camryn Snarr & Danielle Siers, Back Row: David Townsend, Christopher Stone, Christopher Honsaker, & Christian Underwood.

Free Concert At LRU Features Peter & Will Anderson, Fri. Jan. 20

Hickory – As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2016-17 Concert Series, a performance by Peter and Will Anderson is scheduled for Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Chapel.

The brothers have been hailed as “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by the New York Times, and are well known for their exciting arrangements of jazz classics and fresh original music. The Juilliard trained artists have performed in over 35 states across the country, toured Japan, and were featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside legendary performers Lou Donaldson, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache. The Andersons have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Seattle’s Triple Door to name just a few. In 2016, they performed live on Garrison Keilor’s Prairie Home Companion, playing a duo version of “Lotus Blossom” commemorating the centennial celebration of legendary composer Billy Strayhorn.

The performance is free and open to public; no tickets or reservations are required. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or contact LR Professor of Music, John Cheek at or call 828.328.7147. Visit to learn more about the artists.

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. It is with special thanks to the University’s Friends of Music whose love of music and generous financial support make the Concert Series and other musical programs possible.

About Lenoir-Rhyne University:

Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 and is a private, Lutheran, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, NC. Academic programs include more than 50 undergraduate majors and 26 graduate programs. Other campus locations include the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, NC, the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, SC, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary also in Columbia. Today, more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across all campuses. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

Photo: Brothers Peter (left) and Will Anderson.

HCT’s Off Key Comedy Glorious! Continues Thurs.-Sun. This Week

Hickory - After two sold-out opening performances, the comedy Glorious! enters its second weekend of performances this Thursday, January 19th at 7:30pm in the intimate Firemen’s Kitchen cabaret at Hickory Community Theatre.

Unlike the recent biopic, Florence Foster Jenkins (starring Meryl Streep,) this stage version takes a more intimate look at the home life of the woman widely regarded as the worst singer in the world. In addition to her paramour St. Clair Bayfield, and her accompanist Cosme McMoon, we also meet her Spanish-speaking maid, Maria, a friend named Dorothy and Mrs. Verrinder-Gedge, a loyal patron. Bayfield, McMoon and Maria are based on real people in Florence’s life. The other women are combinations of several different friends and admirers.

Glorious! runs Thursdays (Jan 19, 26) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (Jan 20, 21, 27, 28) at 8:00pm, and the newly-added Sundays (Jan 22, 29) at 2:30pm. Tickets are $16 for all performances and available online at or at the Theatre box office, which is open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday, in person or by phoning 828-328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Glorious! is the fifth show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by Robert Abbey Inc.

Photo by Ken Burns: (from left) Aaron Ames, Stephanie Lindsay, Jill Grose, Tim Bolick and Emma Lee Kurts in Glorious! The comedy continues this weekend, beginning Thursday at 7:30, in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information go to or call 828-328-2283.

Library Hosts Tesla Quartet Rug Concert At Ridgeview Jan. 23

Hickory - The Ridgeview branch of the Hickory Public Libraries is pleased to host a free rug concert by the renowned Tesla Quartet. Music lovers of all ages, especially the very youngest, are enthusiastically invited to come to the classical music concert on Monday, January 23, at 10:00 am in the morning.

The Tesla Quartet are Ross Snyder, first violin; Michelle Lie, violin; Edwin Kaplan, viola; and Serafim Smigelskiy, cello. With a strong focus on music education, all members of the quartet are enthusiastic about sharing their love of music with young listeners and future musicians. This free rug concert is an opportunity for the very youngest music lovers to hear the quartet in an intimate setting with a chance to meet each member. Children are encouraged to ask questions, move around, listen carefully and participate fully in this musical experience.

This free rug concert at Ridgeview Library is made possible by the Western Piedmont Symphony, conductor John Gordon Ross, and the Beaver Family Foundation.

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 7th Avenue SW and 1st Street SW. For more information about this program, please call Carole Dennis at the library at (828) 345-6037. This program is free and open to all ages and abilities.

Hamlet At HCT, Feb. 3-19, Has Married Couple In Major Roles

Hickory - At the crux of the conflict in Hamlet sit the characters of Queen Gertrude and King Claudius. Their marriage followed very quickly after the death of Gertrude’s first husband, King Hamlet, who was Claudius’ brother. When Prince Hamlet returns home to find his father dead and his mother remarried to his uncle, this sets off the seeming madness that consumes him. In the upcoming Hickory production, these central characters are played by a real-life husband and wife, Beth and Mark Woodard. This is their second outing in Hamlet, the first was in 2002 at Lenoir-Rhyne where Beth played Gertrude and Mark was Laertes.

When asked how many times they have played married couples on stage Mark replied, “Hamlet continues a proud tradition of us playing extremely messed up couples. The only time Beth and I played a happily married couple was about twelve years ago when we were both doing Horn in the West, the outdoor drama in Boone. We played the leads, Doctor and Mrs. Stuart together there for three seasons.”

Beth is the Theatre Arts teacher at South Caldwell High School, where she has been sharing her passion for theatre for 22 years. Hamlet marks her sixth appearance on the Hickory stage, where she has played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, multiple roles in the ensemble of Les Miserablés, Regan in King Lear and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. The latter role earned her the Outstanding Actress Kay Award and a Best Regional Actress nomination from the Metrolina Theatre Association. Her professional career includes seven seasons with Horn in the West in Boone. She holds a BA in both English and Theatre Education from Lenior-Rhyne University and a Masters in Theatre Education from UNC Greensboro.

Mark is also an accomplished theatre artist, with a BA in Theatre Arts from Catawba College and 25 years of credits in community and professional theatre. His professional credits include several seasons with Horn in the West, five seasons with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and eleven productions at Ensemble Stage in Blowing Rock. As a community theatre actor he has won multiple Willy Awards with Foothills Performing Arts in Hudson and starred in several productions at Hickory Community Theatre, the last time as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2008. Since then, his work at HCT has been as a director, staging such productions as Trying, Watson Intelligence, Superior Donuts and, most recently The Flick. In addition to playing Claudius in Hamlet, he is also the fight choreographer.

Hamlet is on stage in the Jeffers Theatre from February 3-19, 2017. Performances are 8:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays (Feb 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18,) 7:30 pm Thursdays (Feb 9 & 16,) and 2:30 on Sundays (Feb 12 & 19.) Tickets are $18. There is a senior discount of $2 and tickets for students and youth 18 and under are just $10. Tickets for Thursday performances are $14 for adults and $10 for students and youth.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Friday in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

Hamlet is produced by Frye Regional Medical Center and is the sixth production of the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World.

Photo by John Koval: Beth Woodard is Gertrude and Mark Woodard is Claudius in Hamlet. The classic Shakespeare tragedy is on stage in the Jeffers Theatre Feb 3-19.
For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or go to

Feng Shui Class For Beginners At Beaver Library, Tues., January 24

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering a Feng Shui Class for Beginners on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. Start the New Year by learning how Feng Shui can help you create a more harmonious environment for your home and office. The presenter, Margaret Selby is an internationally known consultant, psychic, author, and teacher of Feng Shui. Selby will explain how simple adjustments in your surroundings can improve your health and prosperity.

Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) is translated as “Wind and Water.” The principles of Feng Shui and simple adjustments are used to balance personal and environmental energies to create harmony in our homes and healthier workplaces. This 4,000 year old Asian art continues to be practiced in Asian countries as part of the process for building new homes and businesses.

The Feng Shui Class for Beginners is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

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