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October 23, 2014

Hickory Downtown Candy Crawl & Costume Contest Is Oct. 29

Hickory NC: Dress up in your ghastly best and head to Downtown Hickory for the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl and Costume Contest!!

On Wednesday, October 29, the businesses of Downtown Hickory and the Hickory Downtown Development Association will host a Candy Crawl and Costume Contest in Downtown Hickory. The Candy Crawl welcomes costumed kids ages 12 and younger to experience safe trick or treating at participating businesses from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Hickory Museum of Art will host pumpkin decorating activities at 4:00 pm with pumpkins provided by HDDA.

The Costume Contest will be held under the Sails from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There are three Categories for participants, 0 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years and families. Tickets for family of four to Hickory Community Theatre’s' Shrek will be given to the winners of each of the three age groups.

There is no entry fee, but preregistration is required. Registration forms can be found online at on the home page or under events and at Bisque n’ Beads, The Olde Hickory Taproom and Focus.

Please submit your completed, signed form before 5:00 pm on Monday, October 27. You may send the completed registration form to or hand deliver to Bisque n Beads at 232 Union Square, The Olde Hickory Tap Room, 222 Union Square, or Focus at 264 First Avenue NW or mail your completed, signed form to: HDDA, PO Box 9086, Hickory, NC 28603. The Costume Contest is sponsored by The HCT Guild.

The Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl to promote safe trick-or-treating in downtown Hickory.

For more information on The Hickory Downtown Development Association, membership, businesses, events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email Please visit the website,
Photo: Last year’s winners

Five Fun Rocky Horror Facts! Two Shows, Fri., Oct. 31, At HCT

Hickory - In anticipation of its two screenings of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the Hickory Community Theatre has released some fun facts about the popular film.

1. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” holds the record for the longest theatrical release in film history. Though it didn’t initially do well in theaters, the film gained popularity after a midnight showing at New York’s Waverly Theater. Shortly thereafter, people began the tradition of dressing up, creating their own interactive experience.

2. The film was shot at Oakley Court in Windsor, England. Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s castle is now a luxury hotel.

3. The film’s Costume Designer, Sue Blane is credited as having created the punk style. Her designs have been used in stage productions for over 25 years.

4. Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror) was a model and never acted before. His vocals were dubbed by singer Trevor White.

5. During the famous dinner scene, none of the actors knew what was under the dining room table - their horror and reactions were real.

This year, in response to public demand, there are two showings, one at 9pm and one at Midnight, on Friday, October 31. Tickets are $15, reserved seating and available online at or by phone at (828) 328-2283. Admission price includes a bag of props for audience participation.

A cash bar will be available with soft drinks, candy, beer and wine. Costumes are encouraged.

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

hoopla! Library Cardholders Can Now Access Tons Of Movies!

Hickory - Hickory Public Library is excited to announce the launch this past Monday, October 20th, of hoopla digital, a service that offers thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (

Hickory Public Library cardholders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android through Google Play or their iOS device at the App Store. They can then visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital is offered at no cost to patrons via browser, Android and iOS and requires only a valid Hickory Public Library card to access. To get registered, or find out more information, visit or Users may borrow up to 10 items per month!
hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

See what all the hoopla is about by visiting Patrick Beaver Memorial Library at 375 3rd Street NE or Ridgeview Branch Library at 701 1st Street SW, both in Hickory, or the library’s website at You may also check it out on Hickory Public Library’s Facebook page at or Twitter

Satie’s Holiday Show & Sale Is Seeking Handmade Crafts

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Arts Council is seeking artists & crafters to participate in our annual Satie's Holiday Show & Sale, December 5 - 24, when the entire Arts Council is converted to a gift shop full of locally handcrafted items for holiday sales.

Items for the holiday sale will be juried by our Satie's Holiday Committee. All items must be handmade of quality materials and construction, and the most successful items each year are those priced less than $50. We are always looking for a variety of exciting new gift items. We especially need items for children and men, and we also like having new food items (cookies, cakes, candies, mixes) for this sale.

Please bring samples of items you wish to sell to the Caldwell Arts Council prior to November 5 to be juried in. Visit our website for submission guidelines:

Thanks for considering joining us for this wonderful holiday show and sale. For more information call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or visit the website The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue (corner of Norwood Street) in downtown Lenoir.

Junie B. Jones Auditions Now Set For Oct. 27 & 28 At HCT

Hickory - The auditions for the Hickory Community Theatre’s student production of “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells” have been rescheduled to Monday and Tuesday October 27 and 28 at 5:30pm in the Hickory Community Theatre complex - 30 3rd St NW in downtown Hickory.

There are roles for boys and girls from first grade reading level through age 16.

The play will be presented for school field trips in December. No advance preparation is required for the audition.

For more information contact Pamela Livingstone, Artistic Director at (828) 327-3855 ext 104 or email

Shred & Protect Event At
Habitat For Humanity, Oct. 25

Hickory - To assist members of the community reduce their risk of identity theft Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) is sponsoring a free Shred and Protect event at the Habitat For Humanity of Catawba Valley, ReStore.

Members of the community and surrounding areas are invited to bring documents that include personal or confidential information for disposal. These documents include pre-approved credit card offers, monthly statements, out-of-date account statements and other printed personal information. These documents will be shredded on-site.

What: Shred and Protect
When: October 25, 2014
Time:10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where:Habitat For Humanity of Catawba Valley ReStore
1615 8th Street Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602

*There is a limit of three boxes/75lbs. per individual and it is open to residents only.

Bruce Hedrick & Moondance Orchestra At OPOP, Oct. 24

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre and the Old Post Office Playhouse are pleased to present two special events: Bruce Hedrick on October 24, 2014 and the Moondance Orchestra on November 8, 2014. Both events will begin at 7:30 pm, and tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 828-464-6128 Wednesdays – Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Bruce Hedrick in Concert: Bruce Hedrick has loved music all his life, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he truly began sharing his gift. He believes music enriches the lives of everyone. It evokes fond memories associated with a particular song or musical genre, and he has developed a program of inspiring Gospel music to bring back those memories. He won 1st place in a Nashville songwriting and singing competition and performed with the “Legends of the Opry Tour.”

Bruce will perform at the Old Post Office Playhouse on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are reserved seating. Artist Circle Seating is $15, and all other seats are $12. To learn more about Bruce and his music, visit

Photo: Bruce Hedrick

Moondance Orchestra: The Moondance Orchestra was established in January 2012 and performs a mix of popular favorites. The band is comprised of accomplished musicians that have spent decades honing their craft. The versatile vocals, razor sharp rhythm and powerful horn sections allow the band to play an extremely varied selection of arrangements.

The band specializes in playing the music of Michael Buble', Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, and other Classic Hits of the past 40 years. Visit to learn more about the group and to hear a sample of their music.

The Moondance Orchestra will perform on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are reserved seating. Artist Circle Seating is $15, and all other seats are $12.

If you have any questions, please call The Green Room Community Theatre main office at (828) 464-6583 or visit our website:

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

National Health Survey Taking Place In Catawba County

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population is taking place in Catawba County, NC as of October 17, 2014.

Each year, 5,000 lucky residents across the nation have the chance to participate in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“NHANES serves as the nation’s ‘health check-up,’ going into communities to collect health information throughout the country,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. “The survey is a unique resource for health information, and without it we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions.”

“We encourage residents who are contacted by NHANES to keep in mind the value of this survey,” said Doug Urland, director, Catawba County Public Health. “Being part of NHANES not only helps our community contribute to an understanding of our nation’s health status, but also provides participants with valuable information about their own health.”

For the past 50 years, NHANES has had a prominent role in improving the health of all people living in the U.S. Public health officials, legislators, and physicians use the information gathered in NHANES to develop sound health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the nation. NHANES findings provide critical health-related information on a number of issues such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, NHANES data are used to produce national references and are used to create standardized growth charts for pediatricians across the country. Everyone in the U.S., from babies yet to be born to the elderly, has benefited from the information gathered by NHANES. The comprehensive data collected by NHANES has a far reaching and significant impact on everything from the quality of the air we breathe, to the vaccinations you get from your doctor, to the emergence of low-fat and “light” foods on the shelves of your grocery store. Now, an NHANES team of health professionals, nutritionists and health technicians is heading toward Catawba county and wants everyone who is lucky enough to be selected for the survey to agree to participate.

Residents will have an invitation-only opportunity to participate in NHANES. Individuals have been selected at random (in a process similar to taking names out of a hat) for NHANES, and include all ages, races, and ethnicities in order to represent the U.S. population as a whole. Respondents first participate in a health interview conducted in the respondent’s home followed by a health examination that takes place in one of three mobile examination centers.

While no medical care is provided directly in the mobile examination center, a report on physical findings is given to each participant along with an explanation from survey medical staff. All information collected in the survey is kept strictly confidential and privacy is protected by law.

Jaycees’ Monster Bash Is Sat., November 1, At The Venue

Hickory - The Hickory Jaycees are pleased to announce the return of one of the area’s favorite Halloween events, the 17th Annual Halloween Jaycees Monster Bash. Formerly known as the Halloween Masquerade Ball, the event will take place on Saturday, November 1st from 8pm to 1am.

This year, the party will be held at a new location, the Venue at Eastside Park in Conover, NC.

Tickets for this year’s event are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. The ticket price includes: beer, wine, soft drinks, limited set-ups for “brown baggers”, a costume contest, and DJ dance party. The Holiday Inn Express in Conover will offer a special room rate for the event. The LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Hickory will also offer a special room rate for the event.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at Tutti Frutti of Hickory.

Group rates of 15 or more attendees are available for advanced purchase by texting the Jaycees at (828) 238-5857. Must be 21 years of age and older to attend. The Halloween Jaycees Monster Bash is sponsored by United Beverage of Hickory, Coors Light, and Tutti Frutti.

Humane Society Seeks Grant: Tell Your Pet Adoption Story

Hickory - The Humane Society of Catawba County is competing for Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant and calling for successful pet adoption stories for a chance to receive $100,000 in grants to save more animal lives.

The Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced its second annual Holiday Wishes grant campaign, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare groups succeed in their mission to save pets’ lives – at the holidays, and year round.

This year, Humane Society of Catawba County is participating in the Holiday Wishes campaign by sharing its best pet adoption success stories for the opportunity to receive the winning grant award of $100,000 or a series of finalist awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

HSCC is calling for your pet adoption stories – whether it’s a dog or cat, they would like to hear how a caring family opened its home to save an animal in need.

If you’ve adopted a pet through HSCC in the past two years (after July 1, 2012), please send your pet’s story (limit 500 words) along with photos of your pet (past and present). Be sure to include the condition of your pet when adopted, any known information about why your pet was in a situation of need, and updates about your pet’s new home and family.

The deadline for HSCC to submit their application is Oct. 31. Winning organizations and their featured pets will be announced in December.

Please submit your pet adoption photos and stories via email to

For more information about Humane Society of Catawba County or the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, visit or Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the campaign hashtag, #HolidayWishes2014.
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Spooky Old Pesticides Be Gone! Special Event On Oct. 30

Lincolnton, NC - Once in a while, it’s nice to be able to pull up the corner of the carpet and sweep your troubles away to never be seen again. October 30, 2014 is one of those times that you can figuratively do just that. Go down to the basement, or the garage, or the old barn, and pull out that old can or bottle of pesticide that’s been haunting you since grandpa quit farming in the forties, and finally get rid of it once and for all.

Even if it’s been there for 50 years and the label was eaten by mutant rodents in ’69, you can still eliminate if from your nightmares forever (if you call in advance).

Come on the day before Halloween (Oct. 30)between 10:00am to 2:00pm, and unload those unwanted pesticide leftovers from farms and homes at the Lincolnton Farmer’s Market parking lot (225 W. Water St.) in downtown Lincolnton.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service/North Carolina Department of Agriculture partnership for pesticide collection will neatly “sweep them under the carpet” for you, getting rid of them properly, legally and safely.

(If you don’t have a label for the pesticide, there is more than 5 gallons, or it is in a cylinder or “mini bulk” then you MUST call for further instructions at (704)-736-8452).

Don’t miss this chance to get those spooky pesticide bottles, bags, and cans out of the house before Halloween.

Comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Continues At HCT

Hickory - With their luckless guns blazing, the hunters in “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” blast into their second comic weekend on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 at the Hickory Community Theatre.

On their trail is a jaded journalist and his sidekick photographer. Working for a New York supermarket tabloid, they are tracking the hapless hunters in the swamps of Alabama.

Within all of the laughter, one finds redemption and a lost love.
Performances of “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” by Mitch Albom are in the Jeffers Theatre. Show times are Thursdays (Oct 23 and 30) at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays (Oct 24, 25 and Nov 1) at 8pm and Sundays (Oct 26 & Nov 2) at 2:30pm. There is no performance on Friday, Oct 31. Tickets are $18 for adults ($2 off for seniors) and $10 for youth 18 and under. On Thursday nights all adult seats are just $14. Purchase tickets online at or call (828) 328-2283.

“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is produced by TRUMPF Inc. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2014-2015 Season is brought to you by Paramount Automotive, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

Top photo: (from left) James Hildebrand, Bob Smith and Marquinn Brannon in “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” at the Hickory Community Theatre, on stage Oct 23-Nov 1. Call (828) 328-2283 or visit for tickets and information.

Bottom photo: Peyton Powell and James Hildebrand in “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” at the Hickory Community Theatre, on stage Oct 23-Nov 1. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information. Photo is by Ken Burns

Boger City UMC Community Lunch & Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 26

Lincolnton, NC - Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton (across from the former Harris Teeter), invites you to attend their Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. followed by a combine contemporary and traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 26th. Immediately, following their worship service, they have scheduled their community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Menu will include meat loaf, teriyaki chicken, vegetables, homemade desserts, tea and water. Donation of $8.00 per person requested with proceeds to support their church missions.

After eating lunch, if you have not already purchased your holiday pumpkin, then you are encouraged to visit Boger City United Methodist Church pumpkin patch and buy one from them. Proceeds from Boger City United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch supports their Youth Mission projects. For more information, please call church office @ 704-735-7513.


Bests Named Grand Marshalls Of Christmas Parade, Nov. 21

Hickory – James and Dorothy Best named Grand Marshals of the Hickory Christmas Parade set for Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. in Downtown Hickory.

James and Dorothy Best, who moved to the Hickory area a few years ago, recently starred in Hickory Community Theatre’s “On Golden Pond.” James Best is known as Sherriff Rosco B. Coltrane on the Dukes of Hazzard, Jim Lindsey, the guitar player on the Andy Griffith Show, and he starred in many other westerns and movies over his career. Dorothy is in HCT’s upcoming “Shrek” and will be the wicked witch and a dancing rat.

After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the Christmas Tree in Downtown Hickory. Music and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will continue until 8:30 p.m. under the Sails on the Square.

All parade entries must have a “Well Crafted” theme. A committee made up of the Parks and Recreation Commission will present awards based on creativity, appearance and holiday spirit.

Parade entries cannot be more than 30 feet long or 12 feet high, which is traffic signal clearance.

The parade route is about one mile. The route is listed below:
The parade begins at the intersection of North Center Street and Main Avenue. 

Turn right on North Center Street (in front of City Hall)
Turn left on 1st Avenue, NW (up the hill toward the banks, going toward downtown)
Turn left on 3rd Street, NW (by McGuire’s Pub and Hickory Community Theatre)
Turn left into Union Square West Parking Lot
Continue through Union Square, cross over 2nd Street, NW (Hong Kong Café)
Parade ends where it begins at the intersection of North Center Street and Main Avenue

Parade applications and information can be found on, Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (City Hall), Highland Recreation Center, Ridgeview Recreation Center, Westmont Senior Center, and the Neill Clark Recreation Center.  The entry fee is $25 for non-profit/walking group and $50 for businesses. Entry fees are to be made payable to the Bill McDonald Scholarship Fund.  Parade applications and entry fees will be due no later than 5 p.m. on November 7. 
Dorothy and James Best

Photographer Ray Smith Opens His Exhibit On Sunday, Oct. 26

Hickory – In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith, an exhibition of 52 large-format black-and-white photographs made in 1974, will be on display at the Hickory Museum of Art through January 4, 2015. An opening reception and gallery talk is scheduled for Sunday, October 26. Refreshments will be served at 2:30 PM, and the artist will discuss his work at 3 PM.

The title of Raymond Smith’s talk is “Bus Stops and Barbershops: Reflections on (and in) Windows.” The event is free and open to the public.

In the summer of 1974, a young Ray Smith drove an aging Volkswagen from New England through the South and into the Midwest, camping and photographing people and places he encountered.

Now, on the fortieth anniversary of Smith’s sojourn, he shares 52 of his photographs, most of which are vintage prints. The artist has sequenced the images so that the ensemble is more than the sum of the parts, and he has independently produced a book (published by Rediscovered Masters) that illustrates the photographs with insightful commentary by two historians of art and culture. The book is available for purchase in the Museum’s store.

In Time We Shall Know Ourselves is a remarkable achievement. It was instigated by Smith’s love of photography, nurtured by his formal education in American Studies, and focused by his keen appreciation of Robert Frank’s The Americans (1958)—perhaps the most influential book of photographs published in the twentieth century—and his profound respect for photographs by Walker Evans, his mentor at Yale University whose American Photographs (1938) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (with James Agee, 1941) rival The Americans.

Evans and Frank have informed Smith’s work, but In Time We Shall Know Ourselves stands as an independent statement about America and about photography in Smith’s times and places. Smith has written that his photography is “more closely related to literature, especially fiction…than it is to the other visual arts,” and that the “portrait is primary, and the photograph is a short story exploding beyond its frame.”  

Here and now, these vivid short stories explode into an epic travel narrative, a great American novel set in the 1970s but with its culmination in its publication and exhibition today.

The photographs, book, and exhibition serve not only as windows through which we see an earlier age, but also as mirrors in which, in time, we may learn something of ourselves.

The exhibition and reception are sponsored by Graystone Eye. The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free.

For more information please visit or call 828-327-8576.
Fotomat Girl, Louisville, Kentucky, 1974, gelatin silver print, collection of the artist.

Bach Festival Days At L-RU’s Grace Chapel, October 26-29

Hickory - The Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University will sponsor Bach Festival Days 2014 highlighting the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach, October 26 through 29 in the newly opened Grace Chapel. The Musicians-in-Residence and Bach experts this year are Dr. David Arcus, recently retired Duke University Chapel Organist, and Dr. Ellen Exner, Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of South Carolina School of Music. In addition the Tesla Quartet, Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, will make an appearance. Additional performers will include guest and student musicians, and the A Cappella Choir of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Events will be held in Grace Chapel and the recital hall of Mauney Music Building on the university campus, and are free and open to the public.

Dr. David Arcus played for nearly two hundred services a year held in Duke Chapel and served as accompanist for the Duke Chapel Choir. He was also Organist of Duke Divinity School, where he taught courses in church music and hymnody and inaugurated the new Richards, Fowkes & Co., organ in Goodson Chapel. Dr. Arcus has concertized extensively in the United States and abroad.

Photo: Tesla Quartet

Dr. Ellen Exner received her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Harvard University in 2010. Her scholarship has focused on eighteenth-century German music produced by the Bach family and musicians working in Berlin during the reign of Frederick II of Prussia. While at Harvard, she was recognized twice with awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Dr. Exner has received prestigious research fellowships and has edited works of Homilius and C.P.E. Bach, including his Passion According to St. Luke (1779). Dr. Exner is an avid oboist and collector of historical oboe reproductions.

The Tesla Quartet was Prizewinner in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. The quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008. The quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, both in the States and abroad, and comes to Hickory as part of the “Battle of the Bows” of the Western Piedmont Symphony. Members of the quartet are Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violins; Edwin Kaplan, viola; and Serafim Smigelskiy, cello.

Events of the Bach Festival to which the public is invited include:
Sunday, October 26

7 pm. GRACE CHAPEL ORGAN RECITAL: “Felix Mendelssohn’s All-Bach Leipzig Organ Recital of 1840,” including a final improvisation [Dr. Arcus, Grace Chapel]
Monday, October 27
·10 am, “Mendelssohn & Bach as Organists” [Dr. Arcus, Grace Chapel]
1 pm, “Improvisation in Worship” [Dr. Arcus, Recital Hall]
7:30 pm, “Our Stories of Vocation” [Drs. Arcus and Exner, and
Mr. Cody Jones ’10, Grace Chapel]
8:15 pm, “Prayer at the Close of Day with Bach Chorales” [Mr. Cody Jones ’10, The University Choirs, Grace Chapel]
Tuesday, October 28
·9:30 am, "Bach, Mendelssohn, and the Inevitability of the St. Matthew Passion”
[Dr. Exner, Recital Hall]
12 pm, “Bach’s Lunch: A Midday Potpourri of Bach Works” [Students and Faculty, Grace Chapel]
·3 pm, "The Godfather: G. P. Telemann, C. P. E. Bach, and the Family Business"
[Dr. Exner, Recital Hall]
Wednesday, October 29
10 am, Chapel Service, “Now Thank We All Our God,” with Drs. Arcus and Exner, the Tesla Quartet and guest instrumentalists, and the choirs of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Since 1996 the Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University has trained students to serve in church vocations, and has prepared them for further graduate study in music and theology. Graduates serve as full or part-time church musicians in a variety of denominations across the country.
For additional information on the Bach Festival, contact Dr. Paul Weber, Professor of Church Music and Director of Choral Activities at LR at 828-328-7149.

Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

Help Hickory Folks In Need, Give To Salvation Army Online

Hickory - Help the Salvation Army change a life in need this Thanksgiving by donating to the Online Red Kettle at Together, we can use this season of giving to change lives for the better.Contact Susan Schneider 828.409.5344 or the Salvation Army of Hickory, 828.322 .8061 Capt. Mike Harris.



Partial Solar Eclipse Visible In NC On Thursday, Oct. 23

Rosman, NC – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research  Institute announce that on Thursday, October 23, observers throughout the Carolinas will  have the opportunity to observe the beginning of a partial solar eclipse.   What causes an eclipse of the Sun? As the Moon orbits the Earth, it comes to New Moon  once every 29• days. Most months when this happens, the Moon passes above or below  the line between the Earth and the Sun and its shadow misses the Earth. However, on  October 23, while the central part of the Moon’s shadow will miss the Earth entirely, the  outer partial shadow will cross North America and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

In Western North Carolina and nearby areas the eclipse will start in late afternoon with  the Sun low in the sky a little south of due west.

As an example, the following are the  circumstances for Brevard in Transylvania County (Circumstances will differ depending  on how far the observer is away from Brevard):
5:57 p.m. EDT – Eclipse begins.  Sun is only 9°above the WSW horizon. Using  proper eye protection or observing a projected image, look for a notch in the  lower right of the Sun.
6:43 p.m. EDT – Maximum eclipse.  From Brevard 26.8% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon. If you want to see more of this eclipse, observe it from some point further to the west and/or north. The maximum obscuration can be  observed from near Prince of Wales Island in northern Canada.  
6:46 p.m. EDT – Sunset  For more information on this eclipse and a map go to:   
The next total solar eclipse visible from the Americas will be on August 21, 2017.
About PARI  PARI is a not-for-profit public foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest  southwest of Asheville, NC, PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through postgraduate  research. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit  Follow PARI on Twitter at “Like” PARI on Facebook at   
Civitan Club Yard Sale, Sat., Nov. 1

Conover, NC - The Catawba Civitan Club will host a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, November 1, from 7am to 12 Noon. Set up will be from 6am to 7am. The location is the Conover School Playground.

Vendor spots are $10 for each 10 x 10 foot spot. Bring your own tables. To reserve a spot, call Charlene Thomas at Conover School at 825.464.9532 or 828.461.6250 or Denise Jackson at 828.962.0969.

The Catawba Civitan Club was chartered in August of 2013. It is a non-profit community service club that is part of an International Civitan organization. Its goals for the next year include sponsoring Special Olympics athletic programs through funding and volunteering. Also, to raise money to purchase adapted swings for local parks that provide accessibility for all children across Catawba County. Meeting and recruiting new members is also a goal of the Club.

Fire Safety Class, Beaver Memorial Library, Oct. 27

Hickory - In recognition of Fire Safety Month, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering a Fire Safety Class on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. People in attendance will learn about various ways they can make their home safer. Topics include cooking, electrical, heating safety, home hazardous materials, burn prevention and calling 911 to report an emergency. Attendees will also learn about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and how to obtain one for your home. The class will be led by Terri Byers, the City of Hickory Fire Department’s Fire Educator.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.

Balls Creek Elementary Fall Festival, Oct. 24

Newton, NC - Balls Creek Elementary PTO is sponsoring the school’s annual FALL FESTIVAL on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. The event is open to the community and all proceeds benefit Balls Creek Elementary PTO’s efforts to provide Balls Creek Elementary School with support for educational supplies throughout the school year. $10 Wristbands will be sold for the festival and will include inflatables, games, and wagon rides. The festival will also include a cake walk, dunk tank, glitter tattoos, raffle prizes, and vendor marketplace for an additional cost. Food will be available from Sunset Slush and The Landing Restaurant’s “Big Woodie” food truck. For more information please contact Balls Creek PTO at

Pasta Drive On Saturday, Nov. 15

Newton, NC - A Pasta Drive benefiting ECCCM and The Corner Table will be held on Saturday, November 15, 10 am-2 pm.

Bring pasta to the parking lot beside Zander’s Coffee House, 207 N. Main Ave., Newton, NC. Any dry pasta is welcome! Sponsored by Journey Christian Fellowship, a community Bible study. Questions? Visit

Ragtime Piano, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Newton, NC, Bob Milne, renowned ragtime/boogie woogie pianist, will present a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public
As an expert of this uniquely American musical genre, Milne performs some 250 concerts per year including the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, and the Sacramento Ragtime Festival.

Milne is the founder and director of the Frankenmuth Ragtime Festival in Michigan and was interviewed and filmed at the Library of Congress in 2004. He has also performed around the world as a U.S. Department of State Musical Ambassador.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library. A reception will follow. For more information, log on to :

Halloween Trunk-Or-Treat, Crouse UMC, Sun., Oct 26

Crouse, NC - Come join with us in the spooky fun of Halloween at Crouse United Methodist Church for a Community Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday, Oct. 26 beginning at 5 p.m. Bring the kids in costume and yourself too if you like and enjoy a free hot dog while they last in the church fellowship hall.

This is a free event where residents and friends of the Crouse Community can decorate their cars or trucks and open their trunks to provide kids with a safe and easy way to do some trick-or-treating (Please only individually wrapped candy).

The event will take place in the church parking lot off of 2376 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Crouse, NC 28033 (Church is next to the fire department in Crouse). If you need more information or just want to let us know you will be a participating vehicle please email or call (704)-735-2443.




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