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July 28, 2016

Mt. Zion Church & Hickory PD Unite For Hickory

Smoked R & B Festival, Sat., July 30, 1pm

Hickory - On Saturday, July 30 Zion, Inc., the non-profit extension of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and the Hickory Police Department will present the Hickory Smoked Rhythm & Blues Festival.

The event title is based off of a simple concept; playing off the title Rhythm and Blues and tapping into Hickory’s world-renowned reputation for delicious BBQ. The Hickory Smoked connects to this area’s legacy of great works on the grill. The Rhythm represents the pulse of the community and the uniting universal language music. The Blues represents the officers that have dedicated their lives to serving our community through law enforcement.

The festival will begin with vendors and food at 1:00 pm. BBQ plates will be sold and kids will eat for free. Some community members have stepped up and offered to purchase meals for officers present. There is still time and opportunity to join in that effort.

At 4:00 pm the music part of the festival will begin. Toni Carlton, a local award winning artist from Lenoir will open the show. She will be followed by regional band Soultrii of Greensboro, NC. Headlining the evening will be national and soon to be international recording artist, Buff Dillard of Charlotte, NC. DJ 06 from V101.9 will keep the audience entertained in between sets and well-loved host NuffCed will keep people laughing and on their feet.

With this event, the hope is to foster a safe place for the members of our law enforcement community to engage with the citizens in a fun and meaningful way. This will be an incredible time of community building, through soulful sounds, small business commerce and good eating.

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Zion Inc. is a progressive body of invested community stake-holders that has through its history been devoted to making a difference in the lives of people in our community. For more information, please call 704-418-6436.

RugBugs' Warp! Plays Thursday, July 28-Saturday, 29 At HCT

Hickory - The RugBug Theatre@HCT production of, “Warp!” begins this Thursday, July 28 in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

“Warp!” is the story of a young earthling, David, who is charged with protecting The Magic Cube from the aliens of the fifth dimension. He must foil them because with the power of the cube they could control the entire universe. A dynamic cast of young actors brings this science fiction adventure to life for the entertainment of children ages 3-10.

Show times are 2:30 Thursday, 11:30 Friday and 2:30 on Saturday. Tickets are $5 each for all ages, seating is general admission and tickets are for sale at the door for each show. Heading up the staging is Murray Phillips, who has worked several times with young actors at the Theatre.

PHOTO: The cast of “Warp” (seated front – Addison Kehoe, Kenna Walton; back left to right – Sophie Hayes, Cassie Edwards, Angelina Prendergast, Haley Matthews and Jake Vogler.) The sci-fi children’s adventure begins performances this week at the Hickory Community Theatre. For more information call 828-327-3855 or go to Photo by Andrew Zebroski.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The summer RugBug Theatre series is sponsored by the Hickory Rotary Club, Commscope and Shurtape, in association with Catawba Pediatric Associations, P.A.

Benton Blount & Too Much Sylvia At Waldensian Festival,

Fri., & Sat., Aug. 12 - 13, In Valdese

Valdese, NC – The 41st annual Waldensian Festival will kick off on August 12th with “America’s Got Talent” contestant, Benton Blount.

Blount, a Valdese native, developed a passion for singing and songwriting when he was 18 years old. Now, over 15 years later, he has made a career out of performing. His most recent success was as a top 10 finalist on the 10th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which gained him nationwide recognition. He performs a variety of country music, including covers and original songs.

Bringing honesty and heart to his music, Blount’s passionate live performances have gained him many lifelong fans.

Benton Blount plays August 12

“I know people look at me, with my tattoos and appearance, and they don’t think I look like a country singer,” he says. “When I sing, I have a gruffness to my voice that’s different than most country singers too. But when I start to talk, you can hear that I’m as country as cornbread. And the songs, with their real-life stories and positive outlook on life, have more in common with country music than anything else. Country music is where I belong.”

Blount strives to offer his audience an astonishing experience every time he takes the stage. “I like surprising people,” he says. “My life and my career have been full of surprises too. But it’s always a good surprise. I like showing people that this is what I should be doing, and this is where I belong!

Blount will return to his hometown for the Waldensian Festival to perform a free concert. The opening ceremonies for the festival will begin at 6:45 pm on Friday, August 12, and Blount will take the stage at 7 pm.

The festival will continue on Saturday, August 13 with the band Too Much Sylvia performing that evening at 7 pm. Back by popular demand, Too Much Sylvia will showcase a variety of music.

Too Much Sylvia plays August 13

Rick Lee, Ed Howie, Steve Long and Lee Kelley combine their talents to form a classy four member show and dance act that features a diverse repertoire appealing to every musical taste. Their musical menu includes the best of the 50's and 60's oldies and classic rock, 70's disco, Carolina beach and today’s hot Top 40 dance tunes. This is flavored with pop country, rhythm & blues and standards.

The Waldensian Festival will also feature a variety of other talented performers on the main stage throughout the day on Saturday, as well as amusement rides for children of all ages. Over 170 vendors will be present selling a variety of food, crafts and much more.

The presenters for the 41st Waldensian Festival are Carolina’s Healthcare System Blueridge, Paramount Hyundai of Valdese, Hampton Inn of Morganton, Food Matters Market, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, McDonald’s, Viewmont Surgery, Carolina Orthopedic Specialists, Bimbo Bakeries, Republic Services, Valdese Weavers, Food Lion and Granny’s Country Kitchen.

Local Couple Auctioning Possessions On July 30

To Finance Christian Mission Trip To Africa

Hickory - A benefit auction for local missionaries Dr. Randy Fulbright and his wife Lynne will be held this Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 9pm at 4421 Section House Road, Hickory, NC. The Fulbrights will open the event with Gospel music so come early, there’s plenty of parking and concessions will be open on site.

The newlywed couple are God-called to the Mission Field. Randy is an ordained missionary and holds two doctorates, in Divinity and Religious Education, as well as several Master Degrees. He has traveled to 13 foreign countries to preach the Gospel and to 22 states in the US. Mr. Fulbright plays 10 musical instruments and has been a musical mentor and teacher to many in the area for 40 plus years. Randy is also well known as a master guitarist, singer and songwriter. Dr. Fulbright has chartered churches and pastored at area churches. Currently, he is writing seven books, complete with Greek and Hebrew reference notes on specific teachings in the King James Bible. Mrs. Fulbright has a musical background as a vocalist of 35 plus years. The Fulbrights have recording experience and with God's Grace and provision, hope to record Gospel music.

Mrs. Fulbright’s background in public life was in sales and marketing and office management. Together, the Fulbrights have performed at area churches with spiritual songs and hymns.

Dr. Randy Fulbright, at left, on a previous trip to Africa

The Fulbrights are selling all worldly possessions to serve the Lord. First, journeying to Africa to set up Christian Schools and Bible collages, then going where the Lord Ieads them preaching, teaching, singing and sharing the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

A partial list of items includes furniture, antiques, Wexford crystal service for 12, artwork, and a large collection of VHS. The music collection includes albums from 1930s -1990s, 78s, 45s, CDs, vintage jewelry and jewelry, vintage clothing, retired Beanie Baby collection, Bradford Exchange items, antique dolls, music equipment, assorted tools, camping equipment, grandmother clock, charger plates, dinnerware, collectible Christmas ornaments, Christmas collections, exercise equipment, crystal serving trays, faux fireplace, antique mirrors, variety of books, collection of Disney books, children’s books, electric heaters, five window air conditioning units, household items, one upright freezer, two refrigerators, small household appliances and much, much more.

This auction will be hosted and conducted by Linda Hoke of Hound Dog Auction Company, NCAL #7912. If you would like to contribute or donate items please contact Mrs. Linda Hoke at 828-612-0928, or Mrs. Lynne Fulbright 828-569-7640. Watch for items to be posted on Auction Zip and Facebook.

The Fulbright's ministry is Master Peace International Ministries and anyone who would like to contribute or donate please contact Dr Fulbright at 704-771-5719 or you can mail a donation to: Master Peace International Ministries, 4421 Section House Road, Hickory, NC, 28601.

As thou hast sent me into the "world", even so have I also sent them into the world." John 17:18

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost". Luke 19:10

HMA Hosts Free To Dance On Common Ground On Friday, July 29, At 7pm

Hickory – Hickory Ballet Academy, Fanjoy Labrenz Photography and Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) present “To Dance on Common Ground,” an innovative, live performance of ballet and visual art in HMA’s Coe Gallery at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. The collaborative project is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County and was awarded an Innovative Artist Grant.

HMA’s current exhibition – On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea – will be inspiration for movement, music and digital art during this collaborative performance hosted by the Museum. Hickory Ballet Academy Artistic Directors Melissa and Michael French have created and choreographed several new innovative ballets, and local artists Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz will create mood with visual projections in the gallery.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact HMA at 828-327-8576 or Hickory Ballet Academy at 828-328-3794, ext. 313.

On Common Ground features works from the 2016 North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, a collaboration of the Appalachian Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of North Carolina and the Piedmont Pastel Society. The exhibition will be in HMA’s Coe Gallery through August 21.

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.

Free End Of Summer Family Concert Thurs., August 4, Newton

Newton, NC – The Catawba County Library System is inviting all ages to a family friendly end of Summer Rock Concert on Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 pm at the Main Library in Newton. Bring a picnic and chairs to the community reading garden for an evening of music and fun with Big Bang Boom!

Established in 2007 out of Greensboro, North Carolina, Big Bang Boom is 3-piece power pop band consisting of talented artists and long-time musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker. But this group doesn’t play just any old music.

These dynamic dads play parent-friendly children’s music! After 20 years of touring, Chuck, Steve, and Eddie decided to expand their horizons and play for parents, like themselves, who want more from children’s music.

Big Bang Boom! plays Thurs., August 4, Main Library in Newton

The trio writes songs with a pop sensibility, cleverly mixing alternative, hip-hop, pop, country, and other genres to create music that parents and children can relate to and enjoy! The band describes their shows as a “kid-appropriate frat party.”

Take advantage of this opportunity to discover and explore the Library’s vegetable and flower garden, as well as the beautiful reading garden.

This summer Garden Concert is made possible with the generous support of the Catawba County Friends of the Library.

For more information about Big Bang Boom, visit their website at

For the latest in library news, visit or stop by your local branch.

Auditions For Musical JUNK Are Mon. & Tues, Aug. 8 & 9, At HCT

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre has announced the audition dates for “JUNK,” an original musical comedy about a yard sale and a mermaid, by Molly Bass and Jeff Hartman.

The auditions are set for Monday and Tuesday, August 8th and 9th at 7:00pm. There are roles for three men and five women, ages 18 and up.

For more information contact Artistic Director Pamela Livingstone at 828-327-3855 or email

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

Catawba Valley Paralegals Meet Tuesday, August 9, 6pm

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association (CVPA) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Catawba Valley Community College, Auditorium in the east wing in Hickory NC. Joshua R. Adams, attorney, will present “Business Court – North Carolina’s Answer to Complex Litigation Problems.”

Topics of discussion will include: What is Business Court; Why Business Court; Evaluation, Handling and Filing a Business Court Case; and The Future for Business Litigation in North Carolina. One hour CPE (Certified Paralegal Education) credit has been applied for from the North Carolina State Bar.

There is no charge for CVPA members in good standing to attend. Visitors that would like CPE credit must pay $25 for the seminar. The general public is welcome to attend at no charge. WPCC, CCC and CVCC students are encouraged to attend.

CVPA is a non-profit organization which encourages ethical and professional conduct within the paralegal profession, and promotes paralegal careers in Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, Lincoln, Alexander, Cleveland and surrounding counties. CVPA furthers education and quality fellowship among its members and guests through CPE, regular meetings, networking and quarterly social events and furthers the paralegal profession through its participation in community involvement projects. Membership in CVPA is open to paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, students enrolled in paralegal programs, paralegal educators, employees of judicial entities, other recognized legal agencies, and anyone interested in the legal or paralegal profession. For more information, visit:

Band 28690 is replacing Vic Wheeler & the Gruv Dawgs

at Valdese Family Friday on July 29

Valdese, NC – The Band 28690 will be taking the stage instead at 7pm! Please come out and join us! The Band 28690 has a new band member, Mr. Keith Kirby from Collettsville, NC and their new sound is sure to get you on your toes! We are looking forward to a great Friday...We hope to see you there! 

Myra’s will continue their Friday “Cruise In” with over a hundred classic/antique cars and several of the merchants will remain open to provide an opportunity for those that might want to walk around town and visit the shops. The Valdese Merchants Association will be selling concessions and will also sponsor a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds benefit Valdese Merchants Association sponsored events in Valdese.

The Family Friday Night Series is sponsored by the Town of Valdese, Valdese Merchants Association and the Morganton News Herald. For further information regarding events in Valdese, go to or call 828-879-2129.

Cabaret Artist Viki Ryan At HCT, This Fri. & Sat., July 29 & 30

Hickory - There’s musical fun to be had this weekend with “STAGES: Confessions of a Theatre Junkie,” an original cabaret act playing two performances, July 29th and 30th at 8:00pm in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre.

Created by former Hickory resident Viki Ryan, “STAGES” is a look back at a career that has encompassed local and national stages, as well as television and recordings, from Chicago to New York and all along the east coast. She was a Star Search Regional finalist, and has 2 BillBoard Pick Hits to her credit. Wherever she performs, audiences rave about her charismatic talent, dynamic energy, and connection with the audience.

Tickets are $14 each and may be purchased in advance online at, by phone at 828-327-3855 or at the door one half hour before performance time. There is not reserved seating for this show.

Photo: Cabaret performer Viki Ryan returns to Hickory with her one-woman show, “STAGES: Confessions of a Theatre Junkie,” on stage in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets or information call 828-327-3855 or go to

Humane Society Plans Off Site Rabies Clinic For Sat., Aug. 6

Catawba, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County, in collaboration with Catawba County Animal Services, will be offering off-site rabies clinics in August and September.

There will be 1 year rabies vaccines available for $7. The next clinic is Saturday, August 6th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Catawba Fire Department, 108 N Main Street, Catawba.

All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner at all times, and all cats must be in a carrier for the safety and security of the cat.

No appointment is necessary. Rabies clinics are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County. Photo: Buster is available for adoption.

Red Cross Urges Blood & Platelet Donors To Give Now

Charlotte, NC - While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

 At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”

 Every two seconds

In the U.S., every two seconds someone like Ray Poulin needs blood or platelets. Poulin’s liver and kidneys failed following a serious blood infection. The situation became urgent when his liver hemorrhaged. He was given a 10 percent chance of survival. After receiving 77 units of blood, Poulin defied the odds.

“There was a lot that went into saving my life, but if the blood wasn’t available when I needed it, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Poulin.

Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
All blood types urgently needed

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 gift card claim code.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 27-Aug. 15

American Red Cross Huntersville Blood Donation Center, 9800 W. Kincey Ave. Suite 110
Monday, 2:30 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
American Red Cross Charlotte Blood Donation Center, 2425 Park Road
Monday and Tuesday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


8/8/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Pisgah United Methodist, 488 Hill Farm Road
8/3/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 4005 NC-16 (North)
8/8/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Millersville Baptist Church, 130 Millersville Church Road

7/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., City Hall, City Hall, 305 E. Union St.
8/4/2016: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., US Post Office Morganton, 320 Sanford Drive
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mt Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mt Home Church Road
8/11/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., J. Iverson Riddle Development Center, 300 Enola Road

7/27/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chick Fil A - Concord Mills, 8020 Concord Mills Blvd.
8/1/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., 24/7 Total Fitness Concord, 1749 Trinity Church Road
8/12/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Academy Sports, 2211 Elder Lane

8/12/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Collettsville Ruritan Building, 4330 Collettsville Road

 Granite Falls
8/4/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Granite Falls, 9 Lakeside Ave.
8/11/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Baton United Methodist Church, 1034 Dry Ponds Road
8/15/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Vision Baptist Fellowship, 4858 Grace Chapel Road

7/28/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 352 Central St.
8/2/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement #1509, 1201 Hickory Blvd. SE
8/4/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry St. SW

8/8/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Yadkin Baptist Church, 2044 Roby Martin Road

7/28/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1648 Shiloh Road

8/2/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 5759 Bolick Road

8/9/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Concordia Lutheran, Concordia Lutheran Church, 215 5th Avenue SE

7/31/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Family Video, 1511 29th Avenue NE
8/2/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Lakeview Baptist Church, 4080 North Center St.
8/9/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Church Road
8/15/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, 3702 16th Street NE
8/15/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 North Center St.

7/28/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Papa’s Pizza To Go, 201 Island Ford Road # C

8/4/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 2103 Mt Olive Church Road
8/12/2016: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 South Brady Ave.

8/9/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 403 Cleveland Ave.
7/29/2016: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvemnet, 200  Caldwell Farm Road
8/1/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Parkwood Baptist Church Gastonia, 1720 E Garrison Blvd.
Mount Holly
8/13/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, 1300 Catawba Ave.
7/31/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Harmony United Methodist, 136 W. Memorial Highway
8/5/2016: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Primrose of Lake Norman, 173 raceway Drive
7/27/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Statesville Public Library, 201 Tradd St.
8/2/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., 24/7 Total Fitness Statesville, 121 Mt. Herman Road
8/5/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Community Home Care & Hospice, 1308 Davie Ave.
8/8/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Yadkin Baptist- IMO Tommy Daniels, 2980 Wilkesboro Highway
8/8/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Beulah Baptist, 1851 Old Mountain Road
8/12/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Davis Regional Medical Center, 218 Old Mocksville Road
Union Grove
8/7/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Union Grove Christian Church, 1851 W. Memorial Highway

7/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Temple International Church-ARC bus, 3201 Tuckaseegee Road
7/29/2016: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Lowe’s 1920, 8826 Albemarle Road
7/30/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 517 Baldwin Ave.
7/30/2016: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Gaffney Health Services, 4935 Albemarle Road
7/31/2016: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road
8/5/2016: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, 7025 The Plaza
8/5/2016: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Verizon, 110 McCullough Drive
8/7/2016: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Naval Reserve, 6115 North Hills Circle
8/11/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Department of Social Services, 301 Billingsley Road
8/11/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hood Hargett Insurance Company, 132 North McDowell St.
8/14/2016: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St.
8/14/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road
8/14/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, 1600 Mallard Creek Church Road
8/8/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Next Level Readiness, 12810 S. Old Statesville Road
8/10/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Huntersville Blood Donation Center, 9800 Kincey Avenue, Suite 110
8/6/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, 3316 Pleasant Plains Road
8/12/2016: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Chick-fil-A Matthews, 9905 Matthews Park Drive
Mint Hill
8/6/2016: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Philadelphia Presbyterian, 11501 Bain School Road
8/10/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Macedonia Presbyterian, 3269 Candor Troy Road
8/1/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Family Video Rockingham, 1327 Fayetville Road
Indian Trail
8/15/2016: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Workout Anytime - Indian Trail, 5850 West Highway 74
8/1/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Zion United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Fish Road
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Hope Second Advent Christian, 6804 Morgan Mill Road
8/10/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Red Cross Chapter Monroe, 608 East Franklin St.

7/27/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A Lancaster, 901 Highway 9 Bypass West
8/12/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Church of Good Shepherd, 1005 University Drive
8/15/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave.
Fort Mill
8/3/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kuester, 127 Ben Casey Drive
8/7/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fort Mill Moose Lodge, 1676 Harris Road
Rock Hill
8/5/2016: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., York County Library System, 138 East Black St.
8/15/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd.
8/11/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Beth Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 1184 N. Shiloh Road
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Gallery 27 Launches Carolinas Art Competition

Lincolnton, NC - Gallery 27 is proud to announce its 3rd annual Artists of the Carolinas Jurored Art Competition. It’s open to any and all artist 18 years or old who are legal residents of NC and/or SC.

Age of artwork doesn’t matter. Painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography, printmaking and fiber are eligible. Gallery 27 members may submit 1 entry at no charge, then $5 for each additional piece. Limit 3 pieces. Non-members pay $35 for up to 3 pieces.

Prizes: First Place $100, Second Place $75, Third Place $50, People’s Choice Award $25.

Important dates are: Take In Dates: August 4, 5, 6, & 10, 2016 during normal operating hours.

Reception and Awards: Saturday, August 13, 2016 7-9 pm.

To register, please download the prospectus from the Gallery 27 website at

For more information, please contact Stacey Pilkington-Smith at 704-240-9060 or

Gallery 27, 808 West Hwy 27, Lincolnton, NC. Phone: (704) 240-9060.

Library Hosts Campus Safety Classes On

Saturday, July 30, And Adult Summer Reading

Hickory - Trifecta Martial Arts and Fitness is coming to Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, July 30th to offer two Campus Safety Classes. The first class at 1:00 p.m. is for females and the second class at 3:00 p.m. is for males. Head Instructor Keith Baldwin and Instructor Michelle Hansley will lead these class designed to help students safely protect themselves in real life situations.

Trifecta Martial Arts and Fitness is a mixed martial arts studio based in Catawba County. In addition to Self-Defense Classes, they offer American Combat Jiu-Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Kids Kickboxing, and Muay Thai Kickboxing classes.

The Campus Safety Classes at the library are free and open to the public. No registration is required but due to space limitations it will be first come, first serve. For more information, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Prizes For Adult Summer Readers At Library!

Hickory - Time is running out for adults to participate in a summer reading program at Hickory Public Library. Participate by reading a book, filling out a book review form, and then turn your review back in to Patrick Beaver Memorial Library or Ridgeview Library. Book review forms will be accepted through August 6th.

Participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program have the opportunity to win one of several grand prizes. The prizes are one of two Samsung 7” Nooks, one of two $50 iTunes gift cards, or one of two $50 Carmike Cinemas gift cards. There is no limit on how many book review forms you may submit so the more you read, the better your chance of winning a prize.

Complete rules and the book review forms for the Summer 2016 Reading Program for Adults may be picked up at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library or Ridgeview Library.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block and Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW.

Poetry Hickory Hosts Maria Braucht & Sam Barbee, Aug. 9

Hickory - From 1972 to 2005, Maria Ingram Braucht spent 33 years operating her popular Winston-Salem specialty foods shop, Maria's. But her first passion was poetry. Her debut book of poems, titled "Maria," was published by Red Clay Books out of Charlotte in 1976, and now, 40 years later, Press 53 has published her second collection, "Red Clay Gypsy."

On Tuesday, August 9, Braucht will be joined by fellow "second career" Winston-Salem poet, Sam Barbee, who still spends the majority of his time working with the Winston-Salem Recreation Department, as featured writers at Poetry Hickory in Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery. Barbee has been active as a poet for years, including stints as President of Winston-Salem Writers, and recipient of the Poet Laureate Award from the NC Poetry Society.

The reading, which begins at 7:00 PM, and is followed by an Open Mic, is part of a 9-year-old monthly series that continues to feature outstanding poets from NC and around the Southeast. Admission is free. For more information, contact Scott Owens at 828-234-4266.

Scott Owens

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