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May 28, 2015

Jeff Sipe Trio This Friday, May 29, Sails Music Series Downtown

Hickory – This Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m., The Sails Original Music Series will host the jazzy and soulful band, the Jeff Sipe Trio.

Leader of the band, Jeff Sipe, first garnered fame in the early ‘90s as the drummer in The Aquarium Rescue Unit. Over the years, he’s also performed and recorded with a who’s who of the great jam bands, such as Leftover Salmon, the Zambiland Orchestra and the Warren Haynes’ Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, just to name a few. He is a two-time Grammy nominee and graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

His new studio effort, which is available on Abstract Logix, is the first Jeff Sipe Trio recording that features current band members Mike Seal (guitar) and Taylor Lee (bass).

Jeff Sipe Trio performs free concert in Hickory

This all- instrumental album presents eight originals, along with covers of John Coltrane’s “Naima” and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” It is a wide-ranging recording that demonstrates the breadth of this band’s influences and ambitions, guided by a bandleader who is described as “a jazz drummer in the land of the banjo.”

“This is not just about a great drummer, a fantastic guitarist, and an over-the-top bass player,” said Bob Sinclair, coordinator of the Sails Original Music Series. “This is about great musical compositions and stellar performances by one of Western North Carolina’s best bands!”

The artists within the trio are known for their diversity and versatility to play a variety of genres, which is what makes this band unique. Sinclair continued to say, “They can be very delicate and then heart-pounding all in the same song!  There will be a bunch of ‘oh my gosh’ moments!  The Sails on the Square is where you go if you want to have fun on Friday nights in Downtown Hickory.”

Event attendees are encouraged bring their lawn chairs or blankets and pack picnics or get food from one of the restaurants in the area.

For more information about the Jeff Sipe Trio or to listen to their music, visit their website at

Carolina Broadway Theatre Co. Announces Summer Shows

Hickory - Carolina Broadway Theatre Company presents its second professional summer performance series with two delightful family shows: Smokey Joe’s Café and Lightwire: The Show. In 2014, CBTC kicked off a summer of professional theatre with Grease.

The area’s first fully professional production was a labor of love driven by multiple forces including CVCC, The Arts Council, The Hickory Museum of Art, New York’s Actor’s Equity Association, students from four NC colleges, creative artists from five states, a plethora of local businesses and a myriad of volunteer hands. The result was the birth of a summer professional theatre season that will present two opportunities for the 2015 season.

Start your summer reliving the music of the 50’s and 60’s with Smokey Joe’s Café. This high energy show features the songs of Lieber and Stoller who wrote many of the songs most beloved from this era. This Tony nominated show includes all your favorites including “Jail House Rock”, “Stand By Me”, “Love Potion #9”, “Poison Ivy”, “On Broadway”, and “Hound Dog”.

The cast of Smokey Joe’s Café will knock your bobby socks off with AEA actors from New York onstage with college students from such schools as University of NC School of the Arts, American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Lenoir-Rhyne University and NC A&T State University.

CBTC’s goal is to provide North Carolina actors an opportunity to gain experience and resume while working within their state while providing premier theatre for local audiences. Smokey Joe’s Café can be seen at the Salt Block Auditorium June 26 - July 2 at 7:00 pm with a Sunday Matinee June 28 at 3:00pm. No performance Monday night.

Carolina Broadway’s second offering for the summer is the world renowned Lightwire Theatre Company. Lightwire: The Show will be gracing the Salt Block Stage fresh off their international tour of Canada and China.

Lightwire: The Show

Hot on the heels of their breakout performances on America’s Got Talent and winning TruTV’s Fake Off, Lightwire Theater brings audiences their most epic adventure yet. Welcome to a world of endless possibilities…a strange and fascinating place where good and evil struggle to be the dominant force, birds grow 16-feet tall, cats fight with light sabers and an unlikely hero emerges from the darkness. Lightwire: The Show will be presented July 21 - 26 at 7:00pm.

For tickets & group reservations call 828-330-0182 or online at

Ticket Prices (taxes included): $35 Adults; $20 Children (ages 12 and under); $25 Groups (quantities of 15 or more).

Location: Salt Block Auditorium, 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

ACAP June 9, Driving & Aging, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Hickory - ACAP-Hickory will present, “Driving and Aging” on Tuesday, June 9, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory.

“I just noticed another dent on Mom’s car. What should I do?” “Dad told me he forgot how to get home from his barber shop last week. Should I be concerned about his continuing to drive?” “Mom had to have a right knee and hip replaced, and Dad's eyesight and hearing aren't what they used to be. Are they still safe to drive?"

One of the most dreaded conversations aging parents and adult-children anticipate is the one about a parent’s driving and/or the possibility of their retiring from driving. While adjustments may be all that are needed at one point, there may come a time that continued driving simply is not safe – for the parent or for others.

How do we know the difference? Ceasing to drive is a significant step regardless of how the decision is made, who makes the decision or the reason for decision, and typically impacts the elder’s feelings of independence and being in control. In addition, a parent’s retiring from driving may significantly affect opportunities for socialization and increase time and energy needed from the adult-child caregiver.

The June ACAP addresses issues related to parents’ driving and what to do when questions arise. With a master’s degree in occupational therapy, Miriam Young, Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, Frye Regional Medical Center, will help attendees learn to identify signs a parent may need a driving evaluation and/or to retire from driving, understand the driving evaluation process and become aware of community mobility options.

Hope you will join us for this important program. Feel free to invite a friend. Please let us know to reserve you a seat by emailing us at or calling, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Sponsored by Catawba Valley Medical Center's Fitness Plus and Health First Center, this ACAP program is Tuesday, June 9, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2780 N. Center Street, Hickory. Directions to the fellowship hall and parking: From N. Center Street / Hwy. 127, turn beside the church onto 28th Ave. NE. Park in the parking lot at the back of the church, and enter the fellowship hall via the door under the portico.

The mission of ACAP community is to support adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. Monthly educational programs offer information, resources, support and community, and are held the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. Podcasts addressing a variety of caregiving issues may be found via the website listed below. For further information about ACAP, please visit or call, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Drive Through Rabies Clinic On Saturday, May 30, In Newton

Newton, NC – The Newton Police Department will host a rabies vaccination clinic Saturday, May 30.

The drive-thru clinic runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Newton Police Department, 411 North Main Ave. In addition to one-year rabies vaccinations for $7 per animal, microchipping will also be available for $20 per animal.

Rabies is an infectious disease that affects the central nervous system in mammals. Vaccination of pets is one of the best ways to guard against rabies, according to the Humane Society.

Pet owners are asked to enter the Police Department parking lot from North College Avenue and exit onto North Main Avenue on the day of the clinic.

Newton police are partnering with Catawba County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Catawba County to host the clinic.

BBQ Fundraiser For Josh Brittain Is This Sat., May 30, Hickory

Hickory - Josh Brittain is 19 and from Hickory, NC. Josh is very active and enjoys playing baseball and riding his dirt bike.

All that changed for Josh in February 2014 when Josh was left paralyzed from a freak mountain bike accident.

He fractured C3 and C4 and had a burst fracture at T8 with a spinal cord injury. The injury left Josh paralyzed from the waist down with full function of his arms. Josh has made great process these past few months with his physical therapy and rehabilitation. We want to continue this progress. Josh goes twice a week to a state-of-the-art therapy facility called “Race to Walk” in Mooresville, NC. It offers advanced therapy unlike most rehab centers.

Josh Brittian of Hickory

This facility is not covered by insurance and is strictly out-of-pocket. This place has done wonders for Josh and we are trying to raise money so that he can continue his progress there. There are also other daily expenses that he could use your help with. We will be having a BBQ fundraiser for Josh on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church in Hickory to help raise money for his ongoing therapy. There will be also be a raffle and silent auction. Josh is an inspiring young man with a positive attitude who always wears a smile. He has already faced more than most of us can imagine.

Thank you so much. Please contact: Kathy Brittain. (828)310-4092 or (828)322-3120.

Chickweed The Band At Art In The Park, Thursday, May 28

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Arts Council and the Town of Granite Falls are sponsoring the annual Art in the Park concert in downtown Granite Falls on Thursday, May 28, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year, the featured artists for Art in the Park will be local favorites - Chickweed The Band (pictured at right).

Chickweed The Band is a five-piece variety band specializing in 60s, 70s and 80s rock and country music. Chickweed covers classic hits by numerous artists including the Beatles, the Bee Gees, CCR, the Temptations, the Drifters, Alabama, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Brooks and Dunn, Bob Seger, the Eagles, the Allman Brothers, the Doobie Brothers and Eric Clapton just to name a few. Chickweed will take you back in time through their renditions of timeless classics.

The annual Art in the Park concert is held on the square in downtown Granite Falls as a public service to the community. ADMISSION IS FREE! Bring your lawn chairs and spend the evening listening to live music in downtown Granite Falls. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes too!

“This project received support from the Caldwell Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment of the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.”

Free Event At Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson, Saturday, May 30

Hickory – Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson will be hosting a celebration party in honor of its third anniversary on Sunday, May 30 beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is free to the public and welcomes all ages with a variety of entertainment and vendors throughout the day. Soul Watt, a premiere regional cover band with styles ranging from modern to classic rock, 80s and dance, blues, funk, pop, and more, will perform music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to live music, guests can enjoy free food donated by the local H.O.G. Chapter, and visits by representatives from the United States Army, Conrad the Crawdad and The Pink Fire Truck from Pink Heals.

Children can enjoy face painting from Doodle Faces, the Carolina Rider dot Com bus, and more. There will be multiple booths such as pin striping, leather repair, patch sewing, insurance company representatives, and the Attorney Jason Taylor on hand as a resource for biker litigation. Participants can join in biker games and other activities throughout the event.

For more information about the third anniversary party or other events, please contact Steve A. at the Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson store, (828) 327-3030 or by email

About Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson: A part of the Scott Fischer Enterprises family of Harley-Davidson stores and located at 2002 13th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory, right next to the Hickory Convention Center, Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson® sits in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina near the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway. Please visit or call (828) 327-3030 for details on this and other dealership activities.

Poetry, Art & Music - Free Event At Salt Block Sunday, May 31

Hickory - Don’t Miss This! Sunday May 31, 2015 5:00 pm at the SALT Block Auditorium, the Kingdom Alliance is “Bringing Creativity To Our Community” to explore ART with enjoyment for the whole family!

In conjunction with the United Arts Council of Catawba County, the Kingdom Alliance welcomes everyone to a free kuumba weekend event featuring: Painting by Stephanie Burke: Art and Soul (unique speed painting), Spoken Word Poetry by BLUZ (dramatic-styled poetry), Sculpture by Timothy Boyd (captivating sculptures), and Music by Courtney Chay (sultry sounds).

This fun & entertaining event is a great way to spend your Sunday evening with family and friends! Your community support is very necessary and much appreciated!

For questions call: 704-692-6555

Salt Block Auditorium is located at 243 Third Ave NE Hickory, NC 28601.

HCT’s La Cage aux Folles Has Just Four More Terrific Shows!

Hickory - “The Best of Times” are drawing to a close as the hit musical “La Cage aux Folles” ends its run this weekend with performances Thursday through Sunday.

Scott Curtis as the nightclub owner and emcee in “La Cage aux Folles.” All photos by Ken Burns Photography.

Filled with bawdy songs, raucous laughter and emotional moments that tug your heart strings, “La Cage” has been delighting audiences across the globe for three decades. It’s also the most talked about show in Hickory, so don’t miss it.

Performance dates and times are as follows: Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30 at 8:00pm; and Sunday, May 31 at 2:30pm.

Regular price tickets for Friday through Sunday are $18, seniors are $16, students and youth are $10.

Thursday night, tickets for all adults and seniors are $14; student and youth tickets are $10.

For tickets, call (828) 328-2283 or click Due to adult humor, this show is recommended for mature audiences.

David Zealy as ZaZa, the star attraction at “La Cage aux Folles.”

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “La Cage aux Folles” is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. Delores Hammer, DDS.

This production is part of the 2014-15 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

The Cagelles (L-R: Simon Kinder, Silas Waugh, Dylan Tashjian, Dalton Isaac, David Sandoval, and Scott Turner) in “La Cage aux Folles.”

The award-winning musical closes this weekend at Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets call (828) 328-2283 or go to

An Electric Vehicle Charger Has Been Installed In Union Square

Hickory – A new Electric Vehicle Charging Station has been installed by the City of Hickory on the west end of Union Square.

Over the next five years, virtually every automobile manufacturer plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle. The City of Hickory has supplied a charging station infrastructure to help support this industry change.

The City of Hickory received a grant to provide citizens and travelers with capabilities to charge their Electric Vehicles (EV), free of charge, at Union Square. As use grows then a fee for charging time could be added in the future.

Motorists may visit Downtown Hickory and connect to the EV Charging Unit, which is located on the west end of Union Square. While their EV is charging, they may spend the time dining and shopping in Downtown Hickory.

Parking spaces on either side of the charging unit will allow two EV’s to charge at the same time. No parking spaces were lost for the installation of the charging station and the spaces on each side of the charging station may be use by regular fuel vehicles if they are available as the EV charging is an accessary use of these two parking spaces. These two fall under the same 3 hour parking limit just as all spaces on Union Square.

The DuraStation's design offers Level II charging, which is capable of reducing charge time from 12 to 18 hours to 4 to 8 hours, with service needs of 208-240VAC at 40A, assuming a 24kWh battery and a full-cycle charge.

The DuraStation is designed to accommodate future changes and technological advances.

June 8 & 9 Meetings Set For Fostering Or Adopting Children

Terrell, NC - Persons interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents are invited to attend a free information meeting to be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 8 at the new Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library. The library is located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell.

This event is sponsored by Family Builders, the foster and adoption service of Catawba County Social Services. The regularly scheduled information meeting will also be held June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Family Services Center, located behind Catawba Valley Medical Center, at 3050 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory.

Both meetings will cover the same information. Free child care will be provided for those attending the meetings who have young children. Additional foster parents are especially needed in the Sherrills Ford/Terrell area.

There are currently approximately 230 children in foster care in Catawba County. Partially due to the shortage of local, licensed foster care homes, approximately 40 percent of these children have to be placed outside the county, according to Megan Hildebran, a Family Builders social worker.

There was a 21 percent increase in the number of Catawba County children entering foster care between July 1, 2014 and May 1, 2015 compared to a year earlier. During the same time period, there was an 11 percent decrease in the number of children leaving foster care.

"We hope more people in Catawba County will open their hearts and homes to these children, who need a safe and loving home. Foster parents who are willing to accept sibling groups are especially needed," Hildebran said. For more information, contact Megan Hildebran at 828-695-4553 or

Additional information on foster parenting is also available at Family Builders' website,

Hickory Offering Single Stream Recycling & New Bins

Hickory – The City of Hickory is “rolling out” the new Single Stream Recycling bins.

The distribution of large blue recycling roll outs to residents began on May 18.

“Solid Waste crews will deliver the 96 gallon, blue rolls outs to our residential customers over the next two weeks,” said Solid Waste Manager, Andrew Ballentine. “Along with the blue roll out will be information about the new items that can be recycled, along with a calendar of recycle pick up dates for residents.”

The new program will begin in June. The pick-up for the A schedule begins Monday, June 1 and B schedule begins on Monday, June 8. For example, if a customer is on the A schedule, the recycle roll out will be emptied the same day as regular trash pick-up. The following week, customers will only take the trash bin to the curb. In short, recycling is picked up every other week on the same day garbage is picked up.

This program allows more products to be recycled. These include:

•All Plastic Bottles and Containers (#1 – #7)
•Wide-Mouth Plastic Containers (including lids)
•Rigid Plastics (bulky plastics, buckets, chairs, and toys)
•Mixed Paper, Newspapers with Inserts, Junk Mail, Computer Paper, Office Paper, Color Paper and Envelopes
•Gift Wrapping Paper (without foil backing)
•Magazines, Telephone Books, Paperback Books
•Cardboard, Gift Boxes and Shoe Boxes
•Pizza, Cereal and Food Boxes (no food debris)
•Milk and Juice Cartons and Boxes (no liquid) (All boxes should be flattened and placed into cart)
•Aluminum Cans, Steel Cans (including lids)
•Aluminum Foil (no food debris)
•Glass Bottles and Jars (all colors) (remove metal lids and place in separately in roll-out)
•Empty Aerosol Cans (no paint cans)

The new automated recycling collection system, called Single Stream Recycling, uses a blue roll-out cart that will be serviced by an automated truck. This means that only one person will be operating the truck from inside the cab, making the process faster and safer.

Recycling is a way of diverting solid waste from our landfills. It’s about turning trash into commodities. It’s a responsible, cost effective way to help solve disposal problems. Recycling helps preserve our natural resources, reduce pollution and save energy.

Ballentine spoke at the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory on May 19 and has several speaking engagements scheduled throughout the next month to explain what the new process entails and he will answer questions that customers have about the program.

On June 6, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Solid Waste Division will be at the Downtown Farmer’s Market at the community booth to take additional questions from residents. Ballentine is available to speak at functions or club meetings to inform citizens about Single Stream Recycling. He can be reached at (828) 323-7500 or

Residents may also check the City website at or the City’s social media for updates on this program.

Family Friday Hosts Di Hoffman & Four Hour Drive, May 29

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature Di Hoffman & Four Hour Drive Band (pictured) this Friday, May 29th, beginning at 7:00pm located in the Town Parking area.

Salisbury, NC native Di Hoffman has had music in her soul since the early age of three performing on stage in plays and musicals. At age 13 she was recording demo tracks for Crystal Gayle. Di continued her career as lead vocalists for Little Soul, The Endeavor, Facedown and currently she features her newest band “Four Hour Drive.” Consisting of seasoned drummer Herb Sommer, Mike Allsbrook on guitar, Jim Solazzo on bass, and the soulful vocals of Di Hoffman, this group provides a great night of entertainment. Di’s wide range and ability to sing a large genre of music keeps her audience wanting more.

Concession will be available and provided by the Valdese Merchant’s Association. 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

Hickory Community Theatre Sets Terrific 2015/16 Season

Hickory - Artistic Director Pamela Livingstone has just announced the exciting new season ahead at the Hickory Community Theatre. The lineup has something for every taste, with four blockbuster musicals on the Mainstage, along with a comic murder mystery and a thought provoking, and darkly comic drama. The Firemen’s Kitchen features three relatively new plays, including a romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley (the author of Doubt), a farcical comedy about 11th century monks and play that examines companionship and technology.

“Some of these will be new to our audience,” Livingstone said, “but each is rewarding in its own way and we’re confident people will enjoy them.”

The musicals in the Jeffers Theatre are “Legally Blonde, the Musical,” a stage adaptation of the hit film, playing September 4th through 20th; “The Music Man,” the family musical that’s been delighting audiences for generations, on stage December 4th through 20th; “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a musical revue featuring the timeless music of Fats Waller, which runs from February 26th through March 13th; and the latest Mel Brooks movie adaptation, “Young Frankenstein,” a monster of a musical comedy, May 6th through 22nd.

Also on the Jeffers stage are “The Game’s Afoot,” a murder mystery centered around an actor famous for playing Sherlock Holmes, on stage October 16th through November 1st; and “Superior Donuts” a thought provoking play that tells a heart-warming and humorous tale of unlikely friendships in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, playing January 15th through 31st.

The first Firemen’s Kitchen play “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, comes November 6th through 21st, appropriately following “The Game’s Afoot,” because it features four Watsons – including Holmes’ sidekick along with Alexander Graham Bell’s engineer, the famous IBM supercomputer and a modern techno-geek looking for love. Love blossoms, a little slowly, in February with the Irish romance “Outside Mullingar” from the 5th through the 20th. The Kitchen series concludes with the dark ages farce “Incorruptible,” about some monks who need a miracle. Robert Abbey, Inc. is producing all three Kitchen plays.

Other sponsors are already jumping on board this exciting array of entertainment. Catawba Valley Medical Center and von Drehle Corporation are bringing you “The Music Man” and Alex Lee, Inc. has chosen “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ”. Companies and individuals interested in sponsoring any of the other productions are advised to contact John Rambo, Managing Director at (828) 327-3855 Ext. 103 or email

Season tickets are now on sale, with flex pass packages starting as low as $30. Call the Theatre at (828) 327-3855 or visit their website at Single ticket sales for the entire season open in August.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Garden Insects, Good & Bad, Thurs., May 28, 6pm, At Library

Hickory - Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director on Thursday, May 28th at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation about garden insects.

Learn how to identify and manage insect pests that frustrate gardeners while recognizing and conserving the beneficial insects that keep pests in check and pollinate many of our favorite foods. This presentation is part of our home gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from growing some of your own produce.

The Garden Insects class at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Free, Fun Events For All Ages At Hickory’s Libraries In June

Listed here are the events for June at the Hickory Public Libraries. Library programs are free & open to the public. For more information, call Patrick Beaver Memorial Library 304-0500 or Ridgeview Branch Library 345-6037. Note that specific phone extenstions are included in the information of some events.


Bright Star Children’s Theatre performs Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit Tuesday, June 23rd – 2:30 p.m.

Bright Star Children’s Theatre returns with a performance of Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit.

For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Dancing Stories with April C. Turner, Tuesday, June 16th – 2:30 p.m., Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. April C. Turner explores African culture through the dances, stories, songs and rhythms that bring people together. For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Drawing and Cartooning Workshop with Cartoonist Steve Barr,Thursday, June 25th – 6:30 p.m., Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Drawing and Cartooning workshop with cartoonist Steve Barr, author of 11 titles in the "1-2-3 Draw Series", as well as "Draw Crazy Creatures" and "Draw Awesome Animals." For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

K-3 Stories: Wednesday – June 17 & 24 – 2:00 p.m. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Kids’ Craft, Monday, June 15, 22, & 29 – 2:00 p.m. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Mentalist Erik Dobell, Thursday, June 18th – 7:00 p.m. Join us for a family friendly, entertaining evening full of mind reading, magic and comedy from “The Mind Invader.” For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library Open Door Book Club
Wednesday, June 24th – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (4th Wednesday), Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. This book club is open to all adult readers.

Paws to Read – sign up to read to a dog! Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Trained therapy dogs visit the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library ready to hear great tail-wagging tales read by children who wish to improve their reading skills. Appointments available Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings and some Wednesday afternoons. Call the Children's Dept. at 828-304-0500 ext. 7271 to schedule a thirty-minute appointment with one of our friendly doggie volunteers. By appointment only. Schedule: Wednesday 3:30 & 4:15 (June 10 & 17); Thursdays 6:15 & 7:00 (June 4, 11, 18, 25); Fridays 10:30 & 11:00 (June 19 & 26) (10:15 only on June 26); Saturdays 10:00 & 10:45 (June 6, 13, 20, 27).

Sharon Clarke, the Story Lady, Tuesday, June 30th – 2:30 p.m., Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Stories and Song come to life in the hands of Sharon Clarke, the Story Lady. For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Toddler Story Time Toddlers (ages 1-3) Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.(June 3, 10, 24)
Preschool Story Time Ages 3 and up, Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., (June 9, 16, 23, 30)
Baby Time Newborn & crawler Fridays at 10:00 a.m., (June 5, 12, 19, 26)
Musical Story Time with professional storyteller Sharon Clarke. Music, stories, instrument, puppets (1st Tuesday), For toddlers to 5 year olds. Tuesday, June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Story Time with Art
Wednesday, June 17th at 11:00 a.m. (3rd Wednesday). Enjoy stories and a special art activity conducted by Hickory Museum of Art staff, For all ages, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Summer Reading Kickoff Concert by Lunch Money, Saturday, June 13th – 1:00 p.m.
Summer Reading 2015 gets off to a rousing start with a kick-off celebration concert by Lunch Money on Saturday, June 13th at 1:00 pm. Lunch Money brings the indie rock experience to family audiences with an energetic, musical salute to the stuff of childhood: blowing bubbles, pushing buttons, going to the library and getting dizzy. The entire family is encouraged to come enjoy the show. We will have refreshments and registration tables set up so all the kids can sign up to earn free books this summer. For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Susana and Timmy Abell
Saturday, June 20th – 11:00 a.m., Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Stories, music and laughter with Susana and Timmy Abell. Truly great fun for everyone from toddlers to grandparents! For more information, please call the Children’s Desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

Traveling to Hawaii on a Shoestring Budget, Monday, June 8th – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Who wouldn’t want to travel to beautiful, sun-drenched Hawaii? Whether your thing is lounging on a beautiful beach, riding the big waves on the North Shore, or walking on an active volcano on the Big Island, you will want to join instructor Ron Dees on Monday, June 8th at 5:30 p.m. at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library to learn how to travel to Hawaii without blowing your budget. Dees, an 8 year resident of Hawaii, will show you how to purchase inexpensive airfare, rent a car, and how to “island hop” to the different islands of Hawaii. You can see fabulous scenic vistas and enjoy a multitude of activities such as swimming with dolphins, relaxing on the best beaches, seeing local Hawaiian shows, surfing the North Shore, eating local favorite foods, walking on a volcano, visiting a ranch, golfing the finest courses, and many other wondrous adventures from Kauai to the Big Island. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call the library reference desk at 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory.

Using electronic resources on NCDL/Hoopla/NCLive, Thursday, June 22nd 2015 – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join instructor Ron Dees to learn about the ebooks and other electronic resources available to library card holders through the North Carolina Digital Library, Hoopla and NCLive. This class is free but registration is required. To register, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Yoga Class
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. For teens and adults.Taught by Pradnya-Swati Bhende, Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Open enrollment, come any week to begin – no fee, no registration necessary (June 3, 10, 24)


Art for All
Monday, June 27th – 2:00 p.m. Ridgeview Branch Library. Join Clarissa Starnes from the Hickory Museum of Art for a fun art lesson and create a one of a kind work of art that is yours to keep. This program is FREE and open to ages 8-12. This program is a partnership between the Hickory Public Library and the Hickory Museum of Art. For more information, please call Carole Dennis at 828-304-6037 or by email at

Basic Computer Classes
Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 9th, 11th, 16th, & 18th – 10:30 a.m. Ridgeview Recreation Center. To be held at the Ridgeview Recreation Center computer lab. This program will cover the very basics of learning to use a computer. The class is free but registration is required. Please call the Ridgeview Library at 828-345-6037 to sign up for this free class which will take place at the Ridgeview Recreation Center’s computer lab. This program is free, but registration is required. Please call the Ridgeview Library at 828-345-6037 to register for this free class.

Bright Star Theatre presents Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit, Tuesday, June 23rd – 10:00 a.m. Ridgeview Recreation Center Gymnasium. For more information, please call Carole Dennis at 828-304-6037 or by email at

Dancing Stories with April Turner, Tuesday, June 16th – 10:00 a.m. Ridgeview Recreation Center gymnasium. For more information, please call Carole Dennis at 828-304-6037 or by email at

How to Start a Business Workshop, Monday, June 22nd – 6:00 p.m. Ridgeview Meeting Room. Class will be taught by Nathaniel Holmes of Small Business Solutions. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Ridgeview Branch Library at 345-6037

Musical Story Teller Sharon Clarke at Ridgeview Recreation Center, Tuesday, June 30th – 10:00 a.m. Ridgeview Recreation Center Gymnasium.For more information, please call Carole Dennis at 828-304-6037 or by email at

Paws to Read – sign up to read to a dog, Thursday s 6:15 & 7:00 (June 4, 11, 18. 25) PAWS to Read dogs visit the Ridgeview Library every Thursday evening, ready to listen to stories read by children who wish to improve their reading skills. By appointment only. Please call Ridgeview Library at 828-345-6037 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly doggie volunteers! Ridgeview Branch Library – call 345-6037 to schedule an appointment

Poetry Workshop with Ed Mabrey (for ages 10-17), Tuesday, June 16th – 3:30 p.m. Ridgeview Library. For more information, please call Carole Dennis at 828-304-6037 or by email at

Poetry Performance by Ed Mabrey, Tuesday, June 16th – 7:00 p.m. Three time individual World Poetry Slam Champion and workshop participants will give poetry presentation. For more information, please call Carole Dennis at 828-304-6037 or by email at

Trivia & Games
Friday, June 5th & June 19th – 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call the Ridgeview Branch Library at 345-6037.

Story Time with Ms. Carole 3-5 years, Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (June 1, 15, 22, 29) This story time includes songs, books, movement and rhymes and is targeting preschool age children, but all ages are welcome.

June Seniors Morning Out To Feature Computer Classes

Hickory - Local Girl Scout Caitlin Sigmon will teach area seniors computer skills in classes she has organized for Seniors Morning Out. The Cyber Seniors classes will be held at libraries that are near the five Seniors Morning Out locations. The Cyber Seniors classes are a project Sigmon is doing for her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

Seniors Morning Out is a free program offered to any Catawba County resident who is 60 or better. The program operates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at five locations throughout the county. There are daily activities, plus a balanced, hot lunch. Bus transportation is provided for those who cannot drive. If you would like to participate in Seniors Morning Out, please contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance. You may attend one or all of the programs offered.

Highlights at the West Hickory site, located at West Hickory Senior Center, are as follows: June 10, bingo and music by Sentimental Journey; June 18, Cyber Seniors at Southwest Library; June 22, Health Fair sponsored by Catawba Valley Medical Center, including several health screenings; June 23, Father's Day Cookout at Winkler's Gove Park with entertainment by Dale Little; Hurricane Preparedness program with Catawba County Weather. To reserve your spot, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

Caitlin Sigmon

Highlights from the East Hickory SMO, located at Highland United Methodist Church, are as follows: June 2, How to Make a Fishing Basket with Sally Thomas; June 3, Cornhole Challenge; June 15, Cyber Seniors with Caitlin Sigmon; June 23, Father's Day Celebration at Winkler's Park. For reservations, call Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Highlights from the Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church of Newton, are as follows: June 1, "Patrol on Medicare Fraud and Abuse" with Diane Trainor, program specialist for Medicare; June 2, Shopping at Hamrick's and lunch at Cici's Pizza; June 3, Patriotic Sing-along with the Joymakers; June 11, Sing-along with David and Sylvia Byers; June 15, music by the Keller Family; June 16, Cyber Seniors at the Newton Library. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Highlights of the Claremont SMO, located at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, are: June 4, Indoor Beach Party with Volleyball and Cornhole games and sunshine smoothies; June 18, Cookout at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with music by Sentimental Journey; June 22, "Family History Day: Share Your Story" and Ice Cream Social; June 25, Cyber Seniors at Claremont Library. If you would like to attend, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Highlights for the Maiden SMO, located at Maiden Community Center, are: June 1, Program on Parkinson's Disease by Tracy Paul with Catawba County Home Health Department; June 4, Visit Firefighters Museum for Fire Safety Class with David Pruett and Picnic Lunch; June 17, Cyber Seniors at Maiden Library; June 22, Program on Medicare Fraud with Diane Trainor; June 23, Bingo and music by Sentimental Journey band. To reserve your spot, call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

For more information about Seniors Morning Out, Meals on Wheels and related programs, go to our website at For the latest updates, like our Facebook page at Volunteers willing to deliver Meals on Wheels are urgently needed. For more information about volunteering, call 828-695-5610.

Hudson’s Free Pickin’ In The Park Is Friday, June 5, 7pm

Hudson, NC - The Town of Hudson will be hosting their 21st Annual popular summer music series known as “Pickin’ in the Park” on Friday, June 5th from 7pm ‘til 9pm. In concert will be area favorites, “Vic Wheeler & Gruv Dawgs” who will be performing a great mix of Beach, Classic Rock Hits, Soul & Country Music. This is a FREE concert to the public held in the Hickman Windmill Park located directly behind Hudson Town Hall on Central Street downtown Hudson.

The public is urged to bring lawn chairs as seating is limited. This event is held weather permitting the first Friday night of each month June through September.

For more info, contact Bill Warren at 828-726-1009.

Lincolnton Arts Council Offers Students Summer Seminars

Lincolnton, NC - The Arts Council of Lincoln Council will offer three summer art seminars instructed by local artist Kathryn Berkowitz for student’s 9-15 years of age.

Assemblage Alchemy- Monday & Tuesday, June 22 & 23, 10-12pm

Cardboard Caper- Monday & Tuesday, July 20 & 21, 10-12pm

Mystical Mandalas- Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18, 10-12pm

Each workshop will feature four hours of instruction and be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street Lincolnton. Cost per participate is $45 per seminar. For registration or more information contact the ACLC at (704) 732-9044 or by email,

Tribal Storytellers Recount The Past All Summer At Cherokee

Cherokee, NC - Through September 5, visitors to Cherokee can again spend evenings around a roaring bonfire with tribal storytellers who spin tales of days gone by. The bonfires are held 7-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and every evening from June 29 through July 4. Admission is free and marshmallows for roasting are provided.

Clad in 17th-century period dress, storytellers recount myths and mysteries passed down through the ages as well as tell the history of the Cherokee people. Guests learn Cherokee survival skills and experience traditional native dance. The events are held at Oconaluftee Islands Park, adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market (across road from the KFC on the corner of Tsali Boulevard and U.S. 441).

For information: 1-800-438-1601 or, or contact Frieda Huskey at 828-359-6492 or

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 15,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville and at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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