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March 6, 2014
Reception For Just Plain Folk
Folk Art Show, March 14
Newton, NC - The opening reception for the first annual folk art extravaganza, Just Plain Folk, will be held at The Studio Gallery, 106 East B Street, Newton, NC 28658, on Friday, March 14th, from 6 to 9 pm.
Just Plain Folk is a meeting of minds, both visually and mentally, that has been going on for twenty or so years.
The show features the art of Bill Brooks, Tammy Leigh Brooks, Patti Fenick, Michael Gates, Barry G. Huffman, John Inman, Joe Lafone, Denny Maloney, Richard Sinclair and Elise Starnes.
Patti Fenick and Joe Lafone
These artists have been featured at many local shows including The Warehouse, Café Gouda, shows on the lawn of the Hickory Museum of Art, Lake Norman Folk Art Festival, Art On The Farm, Art In The Shop and many more.
This reception is "Putting A Face On Folk" and includes ten fabulous folk artists in one show. Featuring live bluegrass music by the Buttercups, hors d'oeuvres, wine and good company. Come join us!
Sponsored by Martha Mullins and family, Pamela Smith Antiques, Angela Flora Tinkler, John Eller, Catrina Jarret and Albert Keiser, Jr.
The reception is free and open to the public. The show will run through April 14th.
Hickory Museum Of Art Presents Free Art Of Poetry Tour, Mar. 8
Hickory – On Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M., the Hickory Museum of Art will conduct an ekphrastic (poetry about art) walking tour through its exhibits. The public is invited to attend this free event. Enjoy poems written about art envisioned in several of the following exhibitions:
Elizabeth Catlett: Artist
– Activist; Faces & Figures from the Permanent Collection; Snowfall in the City and the Country; and IMAGE*INATION: Catawba Valley Camera Club Juried Exhibition.
The poets participating in this quarterly tour represent Hickory, Newton, Vale, Statesville, Sherrill’s Ford and Taylorsville. The writers are dedicated to their craft and support arts in Catawba County. Area artists have supported the Art of Poetry Tour for over two years in cooperation with the Hickory Museum of Art.
Kelly Demaegd from Sherrill’s Ford penned the following poem after Romare Bearden’s Evening Limited to Memphis: Collage of Memory Our lives did not intersect. North, south. Black, white. Male, female. Yet Romare Bearden glued a circleof yellow paper above a cobalt roofand I see July’s full Buck Moon, hear a velvet-antler grunt, deep in brush.He used a scrap of calico, River Birch bark,dab of black paint and I smella wood fire, simmering garlic,onion, red kidney beans, Sunday dinner’s ham bone. He torea tar paper train, white plume,reaching sky and I ride through the nighton the North Coast Limited, Chicago to Missoula, where Granny, smelling of camphor and lemon oil, waitsto hug me with logging-camp arms.Remnant of burlap, African mask, India inkand I dream of us together on weatheredporch, bending blues harp, playing guitar.
The next Art of Poetry tour will be held on June 21, 2014. The public is invited to view exhibits on the Museum’s three floors, and to write one or more poems based on the work in the exhibits. To be included, the poem(s) should be submitted to Kelly Demaegd via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 7, 2014. 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 www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.
Photo: Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Evening Limited to Memphis, 1987, paint and paper collage on board. Hickory Museum of Art Collection, purchase partially funded by Carolina Mills and friends, 1989.5.
WPS Presents Masterworks IV
Virtuosi Of The Orchestra, Mar. 8
Hickory - Masterworks IV, Virtuosi of the Orchestra, directed by Maestro John Gordon Ross, will be held at the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 PM. This year WPS is pleased to showcase two of the orchestra’s exceptionally talented musicians: Anna Morris, Oboe and Laura D. Stevens, Flute.
Selections for the evening include: Mysterious Numbers by Morganton native William Duckworth, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Carl Nielsen, The Winter’s Passed: Rhapsody for Oboe and Strings by Wayne Barlow and Aaron Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring.
Laura D. Stevens and Anna Morris
Tickets are $15, $25 & $35. Tickets available on Etix.com; email the box office at email@example.com; call 828.324.8603, visit our Facebook page or our website at www.WPSymphony.org. Seating is limited.
Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily. Contact the Business Office at (828) 324-8603 for more information.
Old Rock School Features
Gospel Quartet On March 8
Valdese, NC - The Primitive Quartet has been traveling and singing gospel music forty years, and we count it a joy and privilege to spread the gospel through song.
The ultimate goal is to see saints blessed and encouraged to have a closer walk with God and to help lead souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The quartet was formed as a result of a fishing trip when we sat around the campfire at night and sang. We realized that we had four-part harmony, and from there we started singing at our home church and other local churches. Today we travel approximately fifty thousand miles a year and do about one hundred fifty dates annually.
Our music is the traditional mountain shape note style singing accompanied by acoustical instruments including the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. We play our own music on all our recordings and strive to duplicate the same sound on all our personal appearances.
Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Call 828-879-2129 to order by credit card or at the Old Rock School with cash or check.
Old Rock School is located at 400 Main Street West, Valdese, NC 28690.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Discussion For Girls And Women, March 10
Hickory - Across the United States, March 10 serves as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Women and girls of all ages and ethnicities can be at risk for HIV infection. The awareness day strives to empower women and girls by increasing knowledge of the impact of the disease and to help reduce the incidence of infection in women.
Correct information about HIV/AIDS transmission and testing for the infection are important ways to combat the spread of this disease. Nationally, about 15% of women who are HIV+ are unaware of their status.
This year, in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Taste Full Beans has graciously opened their doors for an informal discussion related to women and HIV.
Please join us at 3:00 p.m. at Taste Full Beans for a cup of coffee or tea, and join other women talking face to face about the impact of this illness on ourselves, our families and communities.
Please contact Annie Earle, MPH, Program Director for ALFA at (828) 322-1447 ext. 223 for more information.
Free educational materials and testing will be available.
AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) is a United Way member agency providing Medical Case Management, Prevention Education, HIV Testing and Counseling as well as Volunteer Opportunities.
Its mission is to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing. ALFA serves Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga, and Wilkes counties.
For more information about ALFA’s services, please visit www.alfainfo.org.
Heartwarming Drama On Golden Pond At HCT, Mar. 6-16
Hickory - On Golden Pond, the Hickory Community Theatre’s heartwarming drama continues performances Thursday March 6th at 7:30 in the Jeffers Theatre at the Old City Hall Building, 30 3rd St. NW in downtown Hickory.
Featured in the play are James Best and Norma Frank as Norman and Ethel Thayer, the roles best remember by audiences as having been played by Henry Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn in the hit movie of the same name.
Best and Frank each had careers in motion pictures and television with James Best known to national audiences as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. Norma Frank is often recalled for starring opposite Anthony Perkins in the early baseball drama Fear Strikes Out. “We were in Hollywood at the same time,” recalls Norma Frank, “and we worked with so many of the same people. We were even guest actors on some of the same TV series, but this is the first time we have ever worked together!”
Performances of On Golden Pond are Mar 6 – Mar 16, Thursday at 7:30, Friday/Saturday at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:30.
Tickets are $16 each, and there is a $2 senior discount for patrons 60 and above.
Youth, 18 and under, and students get in for half price. Thursday night performances are discounted and all adults get in for $12. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
Tickets are available at the Theatre box office from noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, by phone at (828) 328-2283 or online at www.hickorytheatre.org.
Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. On Golden Pond is produced by Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Photo: Christopher Honsaker (left) and James Best in “On Golden Pond.” Performances continue this weekend at the Hickory Community Theatre.
Call (828) 328-2283 or visit www.hickorytheatre.org for tickets and information. Photo by Ken Burns.
Seeking Entries In Distracted Driving Video Contest By Mar. 12
Hickory - The Catawba County Youth Council, in partnership with the Catawba County Community Child Protection and Fatality Prevention Team and many other community partners, is seeking video submissions for the 4th annual “Preventing Distracted Driving Video Contest.”
To bring greater awareness to the issue of accidents caused by distracted driving, all high school students from Catawba County are invited to participate by making a 60 second video that addresses the dangers of driving distracted.
Students interested in participating should:
1. First, sign up to participate through the contest Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DistractedDrivingVideoContest, or at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DDVC.
2. Then, upload their video to YouTube (using a personal account or creating a new account) and email the link to www.DistractedDrivingVideoContest@catawbacountync.gov by March 12, 2014
The contest will award a limo ride to lunch at Olive Garden for the winning team. In addition, more than a $1,000 is available for teams to win for their schools.
Each participating student and his or her parents will be invited to a red carpet celebration to honor the success of the students and further spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. At the event, students will be encouraged to dress up and get pictures on the red carpet, receive goody-filled gift bags with important safety information, have the chance to participate in an interactive driving challenge, hear from the nationally-known speaker Tammy Garlock, view the top videos on the big screen, and participate in live voting. For more information, including contest rules, visit www.catawbacountync.gov/ddvc/2014-ddvc-packet.pdf or contact www.DistractedDrivingVideoContest@catawbacountync.gov.
Libraries Offer Teen Tech Programs On Mar. 9 & 13
Newton, NC - Catawba County Library System will observe Teen Tech Week March 9-15 with three special youth events.
Customers aged 12-18 are invited to a couple of programs scheduled on Monday, March 9. DIY Teen Tech projects is a look at virtual travel. It begins at 4 p.m. at Newton. Meanwhile, St. Stephens Branch will offer Search Engine Races, a friendly competition among teams using search engines such as Bing, Yahoo and Google and that event also begins at 4 p.m.
Pixlr.com workshop at Southwest Branch on Thursday, March 13. The 4 p.m. program will focus on a Photoshop-type program. Pre-register at the branch or call 466-6818.
All of the programs are free and open to the public.
Teen Tech Week is a national observance of Young Adult Library Services Association , a division of the American Library Association. The county library system has approximately 18,000 registered users under age 18.
Time Change On Sunday, Mar. 9
Hickory - Is your smoke alarm working? On March 9 the spring time change will occur and this is a good time to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working.
“A working smoke alarm provides an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape. This is particularly important for those most at risk of dying in a home fire, such as children and seniors. Changing smoke alarm batteries once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts in half the risk of dying in a home fire,” states Hickory Fire Chief Fred Hollar.
Hollar continues “To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Hickory Fire Department reminds the public to change the batteries in their alarms. If Hickory residents do not own a smoke alarm or need help changing the batteries, I encourage them to contact our fire department immediately to receive assistance.”
Although a large percent of American homes have smoke alarms, many do not work because of dead or missing batteries. Non-working smoke alarms are robbing residents of the protective benefits these critical home fire safety devices were designed to provide.
To check an alarm, firefighters recommend pushing the test button. They also suggest that families take time to plan “two ways out” and practice escape routes with the entire family.
For more information about smoke alarms, call the Hickory Fire Department at (828) 323-7521.
HSCC Is Offering March Madness Neuter Special
Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic is offering “March Madness” male neuter specials, $10 off dog neuter surgery and $25 cat neuter surgery paid through the end of March.
“We would like to encourage members of our community to neuter their pets,” said Jane Bowers, Executive Director at HSCC. “We hope that by offering a discount on the already low price, perhaps more individuals will have their pet sterilized.” Bowers said it is important to have pets spayed and neutered. “Animals that have not been sterilized run increased chances of cancer and other health related concerns.” Foothills Spay/ Neuter Clinic offers surgery Monday-Friday at Humane Society of Catawba County.
Bear is ready for adoption
Come by to make an appointment or call (828) 464-8878 during business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.
Hickory Library Hosts Author And Noted Photographer, March 13
Hickory - Noted photographer and author Kevin Adams will be at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for a program titled “Exploring & Photographing North Carolina.”
From the mountains to the sea, North Carolina’s cultural and natural history are among the most diverse and spectacular in the nation. There is literally something here for everyone.
And few people know the Tarheel State as well as Kevin Adams. Come along with Kevin as he takes you on a journey from the Outer Banks to the highest mountain peaks in search of historical and natural wonders. Never one to stay on the main highways, Kevin will guide you onto the backroads and into the backwoods and share with you some of the wonders he’s been exploring and photographing for the past three decades. Kevin Adams has produced several nature and photography books including North Carolina Waterfalls, North Carolina Then & Now, and Backroads of North Carolina. Books will be available for purchase and Mr. Adams will be available for autographs.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. The library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.
Hickory Theatre Holds Auditions For Les Miserables, March 9-11
Hickory - Pamela Livingstone, the Hickory Community Theatre Artistic Director has announced changes to the audition schedule for the upcoming musical Les Miserables. The auditions are scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, March 9, 10 and 11.
Noting the strong interest among local actors in the famed Broadway hit, she has scheduled auditions for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 only on Sunday March 9 at 2 PM.
The audition sessions on Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11 at 7 PM are for adults 18 or older only. The audition on Tuesday March 11 at 7 PM will also be for adults 18 or older only.
Children’s roles will not be auditioned on Monday or Tuesday, March 10 and 11.
Due to the mature subject matter that makes up the plot of Les Miserables, actors and singers ages 14-17 may audition for adult roles only with parental permission. All members of the ensemble and chorus are required, at varying times within the show, to play criminals, drunks, pimps and prostitutes. (Parents of actors age 14-17 should be aware that the word 'whore' is used in the show in reference to prostitutes.)
For information on the auditions and how to give permission for your son or daughter to audition for an adult role, call Pamela Livingstone weekdays 1-5 at 828-327-3855 x104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Les Miserables is produced by Alex Lee, Inc.
WRC Offers Workshop On Legal Aspects Of Divorce, March 11
Hickory - Hickory attorney Gary Young will lead a workshop on the “Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce” at the Women’s Resource Center in Hickory Tuesday March 11, 2014 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.
The program is designed to educate women on how to evaluate their legal and financial settlement choices when a marriage ends. Topics covered include dividing assets, real estate, wills, power of attorney and other legal documents designed to protect the rights of women and children during a settlement.
Registration for the workshop costs $5 and seating is limited. Call WRC at 828-322-6333 to register. More information is available at www.wrchickory.org.
WRC is located at 125 3rd St. NE in Hickory. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1608, Hickory, NC 28603. For more information, call 828-322-6333, or contact Executive Director Cindy Rose at email@example.com.
Irish Done Right With Traditional Food And Music On March 17
Hiddenite, NC - The Hiddenite Center's annual Irish Done Right‚ held in honor of St. Patrick's Day, will feature a traditional meal of Irish stew, live performances of Celtic music from Erin Tide Band and Irish dance from St. Joseph's Irish Dancers
The family friendly event will be held on St. Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17, at the Hiddenite Center's Educational Complex, 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., with performances to follow.
The cost is $16 per person for dinner and the show, with tax included. Reservations are required and may be made by calling The Hiddenite Center at 828-632-6966. More events on Facebook.
Celebrate 100th Birthday Of Hickory Fire Truck On March 10
Hickory - What is red, makes noise, is part of history, and has a birthday on Monday, March 10? If you guessed a fire truck, you are correct. It is not every day that a fire truck has a birthday. However on March 10, the engine on the left in the photo will turn 100 years old and the City is having a celebration to recognize this event.
This fire engine is the City of Hickory’s first motorized engine and was delivered on March 10, 1914. Prior to the truck, the fire pump was pulled by two horses. Hence, the delivery of this fire truck was a big deal. The American LaFrance truck was used to protect the City of Hickory until it was removed from service in the 1950’s.
City of Hickory Fire Truck, 1914
The current owners are the children of Bert Huffman of Huffman Hosiery Mill in Granite Falls. Sometime in the 1950’s, the truck was purchased by the late Mr. Huffman and used to decrease his insurance costs at his mill. He maintained the truck, and many other automobiles, as a hobby over the years. Huffman’s children (Lee, Al, and Adele), now oversee the many fire engines and automobiles in the family’s personal collection. Lee Huffman has requested the opportunity to bring Hickory’s first fire engine to Hickory Fire station #1 to celebrate its birthday and showcase it next to one of the newer trucks. In honor of the event, he will also be dressed in fire gear, which represents the 1914 time period.
Please take the time to come by Hickory Fire Station #1 (Earl G. Moser Central Fire Station), located at 19 2nd Street Drive, NE, on Monday, March 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to see a running and functioning piece of the fire department’s history. Parking is available on 1st Avenue NE beside the railroad tracks.
Informational Meeting March 11 Local Foster Parents Needed
Hickory, - Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites anyone interested in fostering or adopting a child to attend the resource family information meeting at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. The meeting will be held at the Family Services Center, 3050 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, N.C. 28602 (behind Catawba Valley Medical Center).
There is currently an urgent need for foster parents and therapeutic foster parents, especially those who can accept sibling groups.
“We hold the resource family information meeting on the second Tuesday of each month to help raise awareness of the great need for foster homes for Catawba County’s waiting children,” said Sharon Hamby, a social worker. “We welcome anyone to attend to ask questions and to learn more about ways they can touch the lives of our county’s children in foster care.”
Resource families include family foster homes, therapeutic foster homes and adoptive homes. Specific information about becoming a resource family will be available at the meeting. Guests also will learn about required training for resource families and hear stories about the rewards of helping Catawba County’s children in foster care.
For more information about the meeting or to schedule an individual appointment to discuss becoming a resource family, contact Sharon Hamby at Family Builders of Catawba Valley at (828) 465-8901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on all services offered by Family Builders of Catawba Valley, visit www.familybuilderscv.org
LRU Hosts Football Awards Ceremony On March 7
Hickory - To celebrate a national championship run this past season, the Lenoir-Rhyne football program and new head coach Ian Shields are inviting all fans of Bears football to an Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will include an announcement of team awards for the 2013 season as well as a special recognition for those players who earned post-season honors. A video presentation will also be shown in recognition of the Bears’ historic 2013 season.
The football team also recently announced the date of their annual Spring Game, which will take place on Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Moretz Stadium. The game is free and open to the public.
For more information on the 2013 LRU football awards ceremony, please contact the PEF/Bears Club office at 828-328-7130.
CSC Opens Body Carnival: The Science & Fun of Being You
Hickory - Opening on March 8, 2014, visitors to Catawba Science Center will be immersed in the wonders of the human body. This exhibition will inform and educate children and their families about the human body. Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You will be segmented into six areas with important lessons for children and their parents on issues dealing with dental hygiene, physical abilities, vision and equilibrium, circulatory systems and heart disease and many more areas.
The six areas will focus on body exploration, body invasion, reproduction, dental hygiene, physical challenge, and the “doctor’s office.”
Body Exploration invites children to climb through a blood vessel and hear the sound of a human heart. Transparent human figures will allow children and their families to see human organs and their placement within the body.
The Doctor’s office challenges children to use their senses to feel music, understand how to blend light to make different colors, combine vision and the inner ear to walk a straight line, and walk a balance beam. Other hands-on activities simulate experiences of individuals who do not have full use of the human senses.
Body Invasion introduces the visitor to human allergies, their causes, and what can be done to support a person who is faced with these challenges.
Visitors will have the option of entering a special section on Human Reproduction. This exhibit includes models of the miracle of the development of a human baby in its mother’s womb. The exhibit opens the door for parents to talk to their children about the “birds and bees” on a level they feel is appropriate.
The Dental Hygiene area takes us into a younger child’s arena where he can walk inside a set of teeth, practice cleaning the teeth with an oversize toothbrush and slide down a tongue sliding board.
The Physical Challenge engages children in activities like Think Fast, Hang time and Walk the Plank.
CSC plans numerous hands-on science activities in conjunction with Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You. Activities include new Body Carnival science demonstrations, weekly dissection classes, NC Science Festival Science Expo at Catawba Science Center and a blood drive.
HANDS-ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
Every Tuesday at 4 PM starting March 11, 2014 through May 27
Inside Investigations: Dissection Classes at Catawba Science Center
Participants will have an opportunity to dissect sheep brains, kidneys, frogs and much more!
Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM – April 4, 2014:
Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Daytime Star Party – Free Admission
Learn the proper techniques to for solar observation and take part in numerous activities.
Saturday from 2 to 6 PM - April 4, 2014:
NC Science Festival Expo at Catawba Science Center – Free Admission
Meet local science professionals take part in 10 inquiry based learning stations.
Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM – May 3, 2014
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive
Visitors who donate blood will receive two free admission passes to CSC.
Thanks the generous support of Carolina Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery Center, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center, GREER® Laboratories, Inc. and an independent educational grant from Mylan Specialty, Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You is included in CSC’s General Admission rates and admission is always free for CSC Members. For more information about Catawba Science Center’s latest exhibits, events, programs and membership visit www.CatawbaScience.org or call 828/322-8169.
Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum serving NC’s western Piedmont region. Special attractions including temporary exhibits, a digital planetarium theater and a marine touch pool with live sharks and stingrays. A community asset and regional destination, Catawba Science Center is dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder. Learn more at www.CatawbaScience.org.
CSC is funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. CSC is located in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory.
Free Parenting Network Class On Challenging Behaviors, Mar. 11
Conover, NC - Is your young child experiencing behavior problems such as destructive emotional outbursts, regular temper tantrums, or other challenging behaviors which make your job as a parent difficult and frustrating? Help is here for you to learn to better manage these parenting challenges through the Catawba County Parenting Network’s (CCPN) program, The Incredible Years.
“Parenting is the hardest job there is, and many parents tell us that they often deal with more intensive behavior issues which they do not feel adequately equipped to handle. The Incredible Years classes address more challenging behaviors and is an evidence-based program with proven success,” said Susan Lee, CCPN director.
The Incredible Years, a sixteen-week class for parents of children ages 3-6, begins on Tuesday, March 11th, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The classes are free to participants and include dinner and child care each week. Advance registration is required.
Sandi Shuford, a certified school counselor with more than seventeen years of experience, leads The Incredible Years program for the CCPN. “The Parenting Network is committed to offering the very best programs available to parents in our community. This one has been proven to reduce aggressive behaviors in children, reduce conduct problems in children’s interactions with parents and teachers, reduce a parent’s use of harsh discipline and negative commands, and dramatically increase a parent’s use of effective limit setting and non-violent discipline techniques,” said Shuford. To register for The Incredible Years program, please contact Sandi Shuford at 465-8151. Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.
Created in 1999, the Catawba County Parenting Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization strengthening families in the Unifour area with high quality parenting education, support and referral to other family resources. The Network is primarily funded by the Catawba County Partnership for Children (Smart Start).
Free Legal Information On Mar. 7
NC - North Carolina lawyers will give freely of their time and talent on Friday, March 7, 2014, as participants in the North Carolina Bar Association’s seventh annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day.
Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal information from eight call centers across the state from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the exception of the Spanish-language call center at the N.C. Bar Center which will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The NCBA provides three phone numbers in advance of the event: 1-888-442-3428 for the eastern part of the state; 1-800-638-2869 for the western part of the state; and 1-855-455-4255 for the Spanish-language call center. All three numbers are accessible from anywhere in North Carolina.
The other call center numbers hosted by TV partners will be provided on the day of the event and promoted extensively by the respective television stations. Since these numbers are used for other purposes, they are not provided in advance.
Stations hosting call centers are WLOS News 13 in Asheville; WBTV News in Charlotte; WFMY News 2 in Greensboro with The Volunteer Center and United Way of Greater Greensboro; WNCT 9 On Your Side in Greenville; and WRAL-TV5 in Raleigh.
The statewide service project coincides with the NCBA’s 4ALL campaign to provide civil legal aid to the poor. Hundreds of volunteers gather annually to provide free legal information to thousands of North Carolinians.
Day Shelter For The Homeless Needs Help To Stay Open
Hickory - Grace House, the only day shelter in Catawba County for persons who are homeless, needs to find a new location within 45 days, according to the Rev. Jack McConnell, who manages the facility.
The shelter has been renting space in downtown Hickory, but will have to move since the property is being foreclosed. Grace House provides a warm, safe place during the day for persons who are homeless.
The area's only other homeless shelter is provided by the Salvation Army, but it only operates at night and primarily serves those enrolled in its self-help program.
Grace House is open to all persons who are homeless. It provides showers and laundry facilities as well as self-help information. It also serves as a meeting place for the Homeless Veterans Stand Down planning committee and various support groups.
Grace House is also home to the area's only dedicated SOAR worker, whose job is to speed up the disability determination for persons who are homeless, allowing them to get income quicker so they can obtain permanent housing.
Since the SOAR worker has been at Grace House, five people have received disability and moved into permanent housing in the past year.
Ideally, the new location will have washers, dryers and showers as well as handicapped accessible bathrooms; a kitchen area; and a place to host at least 60 people.
It should be near the Hickory Soup Kitchen, but in an inconspicuous location. "I know this is a big order, but if anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated," McConnell said. "I know there are folks who own property that is vacant and hope one of them will step up to meet this challenge."
Grace House is also in need of donations to keep operating. It needs $750 to file the final paperwork to become a 501(c)3 non-profit, and $700 to pay the gas and heat bill.
Anyone who is able to help is asked to contact McConnell at 828-514-3558 or jmcConnell@partnersbhm.org.
Hickory Ministers Announce Lent Services On March 12 & 19
Hickory - Every year the Hickory Area Ministers and the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance partner to host a series of six weekday Lent services to bring people together across denominational and racial lines. Part one of the series will be three services at Mt. Pisgah AME Church with pastors from the Hickory Area Ministers bringing a brief message followed by a light lunch and fellowship for those who attend.
The Lent services are designed to be one hour including lunch to make it easier for people to come during their workday lunch hour.
The speakers for two Lent services at Mt. Pisgah AME Church in Hickory will be:
March 12, 2014
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Associate Pastor, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church
March 19, 2014
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rev. Dr. James Bernhardt
Pastor, Northminster Presbyterian Church
Part two of the series will be three weekday lunchtime Lent services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley in Hickory on March 26, April 2, and April 9. Speakers for those three services from the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance are now being planned, and will be announced soon.
Catawba Valley Medical Center Offers Free
Assistance Enrolling In Affordable Care In March
Hickory – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) announced that it is offering Certified Application Counselors onsite at its Health First Center in Valley Hills Mall for free assistance in choosing and enrolling in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This community outreach program is aimed at boosting enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace and educates the public about which solution best meets their healthcare needs.
“With the enrollment deadline less than four weeks away, we are seeing a growing number of people who want one-on-one help to compare plans, walk through the process of enrolling and understand how they might qualify for a subsidy which will make coverage even more affordable,” said Sharon Smith, Health First Center Program Coordinator.
The goal of the ACA, also referred to as Obamacare, requires everyone to have some type of health insurance.
This includes receiving treatment for pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, asthma and pregnancy. Those who are uninsured and don’t sign up will face a penalty when they file their tax returns next year.
“Some individuals are overwhelmed by the options and just need help getting through the enrollment process, necessary paperwork and websites,” said Smith.
One-hour appointments are available at the Health First Center on the following weekdays March 18, 19, 21, 25 and 26 from 10am to 4pm. Saturday appointments are available on March 15 and 22 from 10am to 12pm.
For an appointment, call The Health First Center at 828.485.2300 ext 6201 or visit the center on the lower level of Valley Hills Mall at 1960 Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-forprofit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care.
CVMC has received three Magnet designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized with three Women’s Choice Awards, being named one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012 and 2013, a 2013 Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics and one of America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 by WomenCertified®. For more information, please visit www.catawbavalleymedical.org.
Orchid Society Meets On Mar. 11
Hickory - The Catawba Valley Orchid Society will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 11th, at 7:00 PM in Room 715 of the Life Science Building on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory.
We are pleased to have as our speaker Dr. Harry Gallis, who is Chairman of the Judging Comm. for the American Orchid Society. He is an avid orchid grower and has received 42 AOS rewards. Dr. Gallis has a special passion for dendrobian orchids, and will present his program on 'Dendrobian Culture'. Join us and let him educate you on how to get the best results from this group of orchids.
For more information, please call Mary Yoder, President, CVOS, 828-464-5117.