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August 17, 2017

Critical Solar Eclipse Eye Safety Information From NC’s PARI

Rosman, NC – NOTE: Hickory and the surrounding area will never be in total darkness (“totality”) during Monday’s eclipse. It is dangerous to look directly at the sun during the eclipse without special eclipse glasses. This article explains why.

One of nature’s most amazing spectacles, a total solar eclipse, is headed for parts of Western North Carolina August 21. For most people it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness an awe-inspiring moment, but scientists at PARI (the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) warn that the eclipse comes with the possibility of critical eye damage.

“The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes, leading to permanent damage,” said PARI President Don Cline. “Fortunately, there are simple and easy ways to view the eclipse in total safety. The easiest way is with specially made solar eclipse eyeglasses. However, you have to be careful that you obtain the glasses from a reputable source. NASA recommends glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products. Just be careful that the eyeglass lenses are not scratched. If they are, discard them. If you cannot obtain glasses there are a number of online resources that can provide instructions for building a box projector. There are other ways to view the eclipse safely but the important thing to remember is to NEVER look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection.”

Cline added that those who are in the path of totality can briefly remove their eclipse glasses during the exact moment the Moon totally blocks the Sun’s rays. “However,” he said, “keep in mind that totality will only occur in a narrow band approximately 70 miles wide across the U.S. and will last just a very brief time. At PARI, for example, we will experience totality at 2:36 p.m. and it will last 1 minute 47 seconds. Even if you are in an area with 99% totality, the amount of UV radiation coming from the Sun can cause serious eye damage.”

According to NASA, the following should NEVER be used to view a solar eclipse:

sunglasses of any kind

color film

medical X-ray film

smoked glass

Solar eclipse safety reminders include:

Only look directly at the Sun using special-purpose eclipse glasses or filters.

Always inspect your solar filter before use. If scratched or damaged, discard it.

Always supervise children using solar filters.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses before looking directly at the Sun. After viewing the Sun, turn away and remove the glasses. DO NOT remove the glasses while looking at the Sun.

Even while using eclipse glasses, do not look at the partially-eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. The concentrated rays can damage the filter and possibly cause eye damage.

If you are within the path of totality, remove your glasses only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s face. Experience totality briefly, then replace your glasses before the bright Sun begins to reappear.

The PARI website,, includes a solar eclipse section with additional details and information (click on Eclipse 2017 from the home page). You can also purchase NASA-approved solar eclipse eyeglasses from the PARI site. For additional information on the eclipse and eye safety, visit the NASA eclipse website,

About PARI

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the 200-acre campus is the former site of a historic NASA satellite tracking station. Today, PARI is a science education and research center. The site houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments and the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive. Exhibit galleries display NASA Space Shuttle artifacts and collections of rare meteorites and minerals. PARI provides STEM educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.

For more information about PARI and its programs, visit

Ridgeview Library Branch Plans Eclipse Program For Aug. 21

Hickory - On Monday, August 21, at 10:30 am, there will be a special Sun & Stars Story Time for children of all ages. We will read books about the sun, moon and universe and look at a yardstick sized model of an eclipse. There will be a chalk art craft to show what the sun’s corona will look like at the moment of totality, even though we won’t see totality here in Hickory. There will also be a talk about what to expect to see later in the afternoon during the eclipse and about important safety tips.

Ridgeview Branch is at 706 1st St., SW, Hickory, 28602. Phone (828) 345-6037.

LRU Team Will Take Part In NASA Ballooning Project During Eclipse

Hickory – For the first time in 99 years a total solar eclipse will take place in the United States on Monday, August 21. Lenoir-Rhyne University is taking part in the event in a unique way, as a team of students prepare to launch a balloon to the edge of space to record the eclipse.

Under the direction of Dr. Douglas Knight, Professor of Physics and Earth Science, a team of nine students from the College of Arts and Sciences will participate in NASA’s Eclipse Ballooning Project. LRU is one of approximately 50 college and university teams from across the nation taking part in the project. During the eclipse, teams from Oregon to South Carolina will conduct high altitude balloon (HAB) flights at various times, capturing video and images of an eclipse from space as it moves across the U.S. These images will be live-streamed on NASA’s website for public viewing.

“Through the project these students are learning job skills and creating resume builders,” said Dr. Knight, who has been conducting balloon-related student projects for nearly ten years. “I try to do projects that are fun, very interesting, but at the same time teach problem solving skills students can use when they get out of school.”

The team will travel to Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) the Sunday before the eclipse and begin setting up for the launch. PARI was chosen as the launch site because it falls directly in the eclipses’ path of totality. With each person on the team carrying a different responsibility, it’s important for everyone to work in cohesion for the project to be successful. Pre-med and Biology major, Sean Bryant, is responsible for tracking the balloon, which will travel 80 – 100,000 feet at max altitude.

“It’s actually more complicated than I thought it would be,” Bryant said. “I use a transceiver which can tell me how high the balloon is, how fast it’s traveling, and in what direction.” After doing a test launch in April, Bryant said the team was unable to recover the equipment because a signal for tracking was lost as the balloon descended. “On our dry run we were able to track to how high it went up, but then when it popped it went to 60,000 feet and we didn’t see it again.

Part of the LRU team members being filmed

According to Dr. Knight, during the actual launch, the team will be adding their own sensors and trackers to the balloon’s payload, along with their own cameras to take data. “We want to do more than just use equipment someone provides and shows us how to use,” Dr. Knight said. “We want to create our own systems and prove they work.”

An important aspect of the launch is making sure the balloon, which is made from a delicate latex material and reaches 10 to 12 feet across when inflated, does not get damaged or sent up with too little or too much inflation. Engineering and Physics major, Jake Robinson, is largely responsible for handling the balloon prior to and during the launch. His background in engineering and physics is helpful when working to determine how much to inflate the balloon. “We have to test the weight of the payload to see how much lift the balloon needs,” Robinson said. “If we don’t get it right then the balloon could go up too fast and that could be a problem. We also have to wear gloves because we don’t want the oils from our hands to get on the balloon. Once we put the helium inside, we have to keep it under constant watch as it begins filling up and expanding.”

Dr. Knight explained if the balloon launches too fast it may stop dropping before the eclipse occurs, and if it goes up too slow, it takes too long to reach apogee and the winds in the upper atmosphere can push it. “I’ve helped a team launch one in the past that went up very under deflated and it landed in the ocean because of the upper atmospheric winds,” he said.

With such a historical event quickly approaching, Dr. Knight and his team are anxious for the launch, but the students are not letting the pressure get to them.

“Dr. Knight is very focused on you doing your best,” Bryant said. “When it comes to the pressures I don’t have time to think about the historic aspect or the importance because I’m always trying to do my best.”

As for Dr. Knight, he says he strives to run projects like he used to coach high-school football. “I tell them if you do your job, and I do my job, the whole team will function well.”

UNC-TV will air a story about Dr. Knight’s team and their participation in the NASA Eclipse Ballooning Project on Sci Tech Now North Carolina on Sunday, August 20. A video from their coverage of the project is currently posted on the UNC-TV website at,

Team members include the following LRU students:Jake Robinson, Sean Bryant, Larry Jump, Eric Carranza, Juan Hernandez, Anthony Grady, Joseph Johnson, Spencer Furchess andShaquanna Feaster.

LRU offers graduate programs and a seminary school in Columbia, South Carolina, which is home to the longest total solar eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast. The campus community will be able to take part in Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., which will host 120 eclipse related festivals and events from Aug. 18 – 21.

To learn more about upcoming events at LRU visit

Photo caption: Team members Juan Hernandez (left) and Jake Robinson (right), discuss their involvement in NASA’s Eclipse Ballooning Project as they are interviewed by UNC-TV.

How To View The Eclipse On August 21 Using Pinhole Projection Methods

Pinhole Projection


Pinhole Projection

A convenient method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed Sun is pinhole projection. You simply pass sunlight through a small opening (for example, a hole punched in an index card) and project an image of the Sun onto a nearby surface (for example, another card, a wall, or the ground).

You don't need any special equipment to do this: Just cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. Then, with your back to the Sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground. During the partial phases of the solar eclipse, these images will reveal the Sun's crescent shape, as shown in the accompanying photo.

If your observing site has trees, look at the shadows of leaves on the ground. During the partial solar eclipse, the tiny spaces between the leaves will act as pinhole projectors, dappling the ground with images of the crescent Sun!

Note that pinhole projection does not mean looking at the Sun through a pinhole! You project sunlight through the hole onto a surface and look at the solar image on the surface. Note too that pinhole projection is not useful for observing the total phase of a total solar eclipse; the projected image would be too faint to see. During totality, when it suddenly gets very dark, it is perfectly safe to look directly at the eclipsed Sun. There will not be totality, complete blockage of the sun by the moon, in the Hickory area.

Use A Cardboard Box

See the illustration for creating a very simple and safe pinhole projection box. Find a box large enough to easily hold over your head. Cut a hole in one end, tape tin foil over that hole. Make a pinhole in the tin foil. On the opposite end of the box, on the inside, tape a piece of white paper.

During the eclipse, stand with your back to the sun, and the box over your head, the pin hole in the tin foil toward the sun. You will see the eclipse on the white paper!

What Do You Call A Group Of Nuns? Sister Act The Musical

Opens Sept. 1 At HCT!

Hickory - According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a group of nuns is called a “superfluity.” Artistic Director Pamela Livingstone has assembled a superior superfluity of supporting nuns for the Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Sister Act the Musical. Performances of the show based on the hit film are September 1st through 17th in the Jeffers Theatre.

The supporting cast of nuns are Angie Cannon, Joan Coppinger, Lynn Crawford, Sierra Doyle-Rios, Sandy Eldridge, Jill Grose, Marlys Kiser, and Wendy Logan. Half of them are newcomers to the Theatre.

Cannon, Eldridge, Kiser, Logan are the newcomers to the Hickory Theatre, but all have previous stage experience. Cannon, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education, was most recently on stage in the ensemble for Burke Theatre Guild’s production of Camelot. Eldridge, who holds a BA in music/vocal performance, has numerous community and professional credits, including the role of Ethel Toffelmeir in The Music Man for Mark Two Dinner Theatre in Orlando, FL. Kiser has a Master’s in clinical mental health counseling and was most recently on stage in City of Angels at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Logan, a sophomore at CVCC, played Taylor in the RS High School production of High School Musical.

Those returning to the HCT stage are Coppinger, Crawford, Doyle-Rios and Grose. Coppinger, an IT contractor for Corning, says her favorite experience was in the ensemble for Les Miserablés. Crawford made her Hickory stage debut in Crowns, the show that received the Kay Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2015. She is from Belmont, NC. Doyle-Rios, who works as a double needle sewer for McCreary Modern, has numerous Hickory credits, going back to 2007 when she played Katalin Helinszki in Chicago. Grose is an antique dealer whose most recent role was that of Florence Foster-Jenkins, “the worst singer in the world,” in Glorious last season.

Sister Act is a musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. The show played on Broadway in 2011 and was nominated for five Tony awards, including Best Musical.

Performances of Sister Act are September 1st through 17th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Thursdays (Sept 7 & 14) at 7:30pm, and Sundays (Sept 10 & 17) at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20. There is a $2 senior discount for Fri/Sat/Sun performances. Tickets for students and youth 18 & under are $10. On Thursday night all adults are $16 and youth/students are $10. Tickets go on sale on August 17th.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. Sister Act is produced by the Guild at HCT and Frye Regional Medical Center.

PHOTO: (L-R) Lynn Crawford, Jill Grose, Joan Coppinger, Marlys Kiser, Sierra Doyle-Rios, Sandy Eldridge, Wendy Logan and Angie Cannon are some of the nuns of Sister Act the Musical, on stage September 1st through the 17th at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-327-3855 for more information. Photo by Lauren Albers.

Post-Polio Support Group Meets Monday, Aug. 21, In Shelby

Shelby, NC - The Foothills Post-Polio Support Group, will meet on Monday, August 21st, at 6 pm in the conference room of the Life Enrichment Center of Shelby. The conference room is located at the back of the building,the center is off Hwy. 18 North on Life Enrichment Blvd, just north of Cornerstone Dentistry. Todd Putnam will present a book report on FDR and his life after Polio. For more information call Wanda-Greg Horne at 704-482-8807 or Dianne Garner 704-434-4928 Each person attending should bring his/her own meal. Drinks- coffee and water - will be provided.

Catawba Science Center Will Host A Free

Eclipse Party Monday, August 21, From 1-3pm

Hickory - Catawba Science Center is excited to announce a free event on the day of the solar eclipse. From 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Monday August 21st, there will be various activities for families to participate in surrounding the time of the actual eclipse. This event is completely free and will take place rain or shine.

The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will be live streaming the eclipse indoors, with crafts and activities taking place.

In the Millholland Planetarium there will be a short planetarium show about the eclipse playing repeatedly between 1:00 and 2:00 pm, and an informational video on the eclipse playing in the Drendel Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Arts and Science Building.

Also on site, the Hickory Museum of Art will have face painting and crafts related to solar viewers. There will be free giveaways to the first 250 people to show up, and free snacks and refreshments available. The eclipse will be at 97.2% (maximum for this area) around 2:30 pm in the Catawba Valley, so guests should plan to arrive early so as to not miss the big moment, weather permitting.

This event is sponsored by Vanguard Furniture, and hosted by Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory Public Library, and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

This year’s celestial event is an exciting one, and the Catawba Science Center wants to make sure everyone is able to view the event safely.

Visit for more information on solar eclipse safety.

More Than Spectacle: The 2017 Eclipse Creates Science, And So Can You!

By Seth Borenstein

Ap Science Writer

Washington (AP) - The sun is about to spill some of its secrets, maybe even reveal a few hidden truths of the cosmos. And you can get in on the act next week if you are in the right place for the best solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century.

Astronomers are going full blast to pry even more science from the mysterious ball of gas that’s vital to Earth. They’ll look from the ground, using telescopes, cameras, binoculars and whatever else works. They’ll look from the International Space Station and a fleet of 11 satellites in space. And in between, they’ll fly three planes and launch more than 70 high-altitude balloons .

``We expect a boatload of science from this one,’’ said Jay Pasachoff, a Williams College astronomer who has traveled to 65 eclipses of all kinds.

Scientists will focus on the sun, but they will also examine what happens to Earth’s weather, to space weather, and to animals and plants on Earth as the moon totally blocks out the sun. The moon’s shadow will sweep along a narrow path, from Oregon to South Carolina.

Between NASA and the National Science Foundation, the federal government is spending about $7.7 million on next Monday’s eclipse. One of the NASA projects has students launching the high-altitude balloons to provide ``live footage from the edge of space’’ during the eclipse.

But it’s not just the professionals or students. NASA has a list of various experiments everyday people can do.

``Millions of people can walk out on their porch in their slippers and collect world-class data,’’ said Matt Penn, an astronomer at the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.

Albert Einstein in about 1921

Penn is chief scientist for a National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE. More than 200 volunteers have been trained and given special small telescopes and tripods to observe the sun at 68 locations in the exact same way. The thousands of images from the citizen-scientists will be combined for a movie of the usually hard-to-see sun’s edge.

Mike Conley, a Salem, Oregon, stock trader whose backyard is studded with telescopes, jumped at the chance to be part of the science team.

``Who knows? Maybe a great secret will come of this, the mysteries of the sun will be revealed, because we’re doing something that’s never been done before and we’re getting data that’s never been seen before,’’ he said. ``A big discovery will come and everybody will say, `Hey, we were part of that!’’’

You don’t need to have telescopes to help out. You can use the iNaturalist app via the California Academy of Sciences and note the reaction of animals and plants around you. You can go to a zoo, like the Nashville Zoo, where they are asking people to keep track of what the animals are doing. The University of California, Berkeley, is seeking photos and video for its Eclipse Megamovie 2017, hoping to get more than 1,000 volunteers.

Even with all the high-tech, high-flying instruments now available, when it comes to understanding much of the sun’s mysteries, nothing beats an eclipse, said Williams College’s Pasachoff. That’s because the sun is so bright that even satellites and special probes can’t gaze straight at the sun just to glimpse the outer crown, or corona. Satellites create artificial eclipses to blot out the sun, but they can’t do it as well as the moon, he said.

The corona is what astronomers really focus on during an eclipse. It’s the sun’s outer atmosphere where space weather originates, where jutting loops of red glowing plasma lash out and where the magnetic field shows fluctuations. The temperature in the outer atmosphere is more than 1 million degrees hotter than it is on the surface of the sun and scientists want to figure out why.

``It’s ironic that we’ve learned most about the sun when its disk is hidden from view,’’ said Fred ``Mr. Eclipse “ Espenak, a retired NASA astronomer who specialized in eclipses for the space agency.

And they learn other things, too. Helium - the second most abundant element in the universe - wasn’t discovered on Earth until its chemical spectrum was spotted during an eclipse in 1868, Espenak said.

But that discovery is eclipsed by what an eclipse did for Albert Einstein and physics.

Einstein was a little known scientist in 1915 when he proposed his general theory of relativity, a milestone in physics that says what we perceive as the force of gravity is actually from the curvature of space and time. It explains the motion of planets, black holes and the bending of light from distant galaxies.

Einstein couldn’t prove it but said one way to do so was to show that light from a distant star bends during an eclipse. During a 1919 eclipse, Arthur Eddington observed the right amount of bending, something that couldn’t be done without the moon’s shadow eclipsing the sun.

``It marked a complete change in the understanding of the universe,’’ said Mark Littmann of the University of Tennessee, a former planetarium director. ``Bang. Right there.’’

Caregiver Information Session At First UMC On Wed., August 23

Hickory - First United Methodist Church will host an August Caregiver Support Session on Wednesday, August 23 from 4-5 p.m. The session will feature Deputy John Helton of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department. He will provide information on Project Lifesaver, RU-OK, Operation Pill Stopper, Community Watch and other programs for seniors.

This informative session is open to the public and free of charge. The program will take place in the Scout Room located in the Christian Life Center. First United Methodist Church is located right across the street from the SALT Block in Hickory. For additional information, contact Jamie Hawley at or 828-726-7261.

12th Woodmill Winery Grape Stomp Fest Is August 26 & 27

Vale, NC - The 12th Annual Grape Stomp Festival will be held Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th at Woodmill Winery, Inc. located at 1350 Woodmill Winery Road in Vale. GPS co-ordinance are 1560 John Beam Road. Over 80 vendors are expected to attend selling art/crafts, paintings, wood turning, pottery, nursery plants, jewelry, purses, western wear, nursery plants, home improvements, ice cream, sweets, food vendors, dipping sauces, and more.

Children’s activities include mini golf, "fun zone" inflatables, face painting and more. In addition to selling brooms, and Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets to benefit the blind/visually impaired, the Maiden Lions Club will be sponsoring children book author book signing with a percentage from her two books sales assisting the Lions with their humanitarian service.

Woodmill Winery's Annual Grape Stomp competition will be held on both days, so everyone is welcome to come out and try their fancy footwork stomping grapes. Photo opportunities will be available. Local non-profits will be providing various foods for the event. Complimentary Wine samples and tours will be available both days. Admission and parking are free. Event will be held rain or shine. No pets allowed.

If you're interested in becoming a vendor for this event, please call 704-267-9911. Limited space available.

Woodmill Winery in Vale

Hickory High School Class Of 1967 Reunion Is Sept. 22 & 23

Hickory - The class of 1967 at Hickory High School will be celebrating their 50th year with a reunion at the Hickory Metro Convention Center on Saturday evening, September 23, beginning at 6 p.m.

Pre-reunion events are also being held on Friday evening, September 22 and Saturday afternoon, September 23.

We still have members of our class who we were unable to locate. If you did not receive the letter that was mailed out in July, please contact Pam Drum Adams, committee chairperson, at 828.328.3192 or Sherry Roseman Craig at 828.256.7674 to receive one. All details will be sent to you.

Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening renewing old friendships.

Hickory Metro Convention Center is located at 1960 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory, NC, 28602.

Arthur Frymyer, Jr., Stocks Food Pantry And

Invites Those In Need To Help Themselves, 24/7

Hickory - There's a new food pantry in town. This one is the result of a NPR feature story Arthur Frymyer, Jr. heard on the radio. “The broadcast talked about needy folks feeling shame and judgment when asking for help at many traditional food banks,” says Frymyer. “Charity shouldn’t hurt.”

Taking his cue from a food bank idea mentioned in the article, Frymyer came up with a similar plan. The food pantry is housed in a shallow shed-like structure outside of his church, A Place to Talk (1546 Brookford Church Road, Hickory) under the left portico as you face the church. It is self-serve, open to everyone, and available 24/7.

“If someone needs food they just come get it. If people wish to donate food they can come by any time and leave food (canned or dried goods) on the shelves.” The process involves no applications, no rejection and no shame.

Presently Frymyer is working to get the word out to both those who might want to benefit from the food the pantry houses and those who might be willing to contribute food. One additional need is for signage so people can find the food pantry easily. If anyone is willing to help with that expense they can get in touch with him.

Frymyer is excited about the potential to help others in need and for the opportunity it presents for people to give back.

“Just neighbors helping neighbors.” Isn’t that the way it should be?

Hickory Art Crawl Seeks Artists By Aug. 15 For Sept. 21 Event

Hickory - The Hickory Downtown Development Association is looking for artists to participate in the September 21 Art Crawl. With so many exceptional artists in the area, we are sure this will be an exciting event! Artists will be able to display their works and demonstrations are encouraged. There is no charge to the artist for participation and no commissions are charged on items sold, but artists are required to personally pay all applicable NC taxes.

Artists selected to show will be placed in Downtown Businesses that are participating in the Art Crawl or on and around Downtown. Artists will need to bring all necessary display items, tables, easels and chairs. Failure by the participating artist to appear at the event will be considered during the application process for other downtown events.

The Art Crawl begins with a Kick-Off Party at 5:00 pm. The actual Crawl begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Artists must be set up by 4:30 pm and may not remove displays before 8:00 pm.

For an application, please contact Barbara at or Connie at or call 828-322-1121. Please follow the application process closely as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are due by August 15 for the September 21, 2017 Art Crawl.

Hickory Downtown Development Association, Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate, and the United Arts Council of Catawba County sponsor the bi-annual Downtown Hickory Art Crawls.

For more information on The HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email Please visit the website,

Valdese Family Friday Night Hosts L.J.T.T. On August 18

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature L.J.T.T. this Friday, August 18th beginning at 7:00 pm located in the Town Parking area.

L.J.T.T. hails from the Piedmont of North Carolina and infuses traditional/contemporary with a touch of Bluegrass, rock and Americana. “Americana Music” best classifies this band: simple true and catchy tunes that make you want to tap your feet and sing along. Soaring harmonies and smooth melodies make this band one to watch. L.J.T.T. were recently featured as a top 32 band on CMT’s show called “CMT’s Music City Madness,” which features the original song “They Sang Country”. The band is currently touring the Carolinas and recording their upcoming CD between shows.

Band Members, Johnny Scott Connell, Jay Devine, James Bramblet and Jamey Taylor come together to create a virtual melting pot of musical influences. Take Merle Haggard mixed with some Bon Jovi and add a little Skynyrd and you have L.J.T.T.! Concessions will be available and provided by the Valdese 125th Celebration Committee, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Myra’s cruise in will begin every Friday night at 6:00 pm and downtown shops will remain open later. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Nights Concert Schedule, go to

Green Room’s Auditions For Faith County Are Aug. 21 & 22

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for Faith County, the second production of the 2017/2018 Season. Faith County takes place somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the south, where the beehive hairdo is still the rage and Saturday nights are reserved for the tractor pull in nearby Pickler. A colorful collection of good ole country folk gather round for this year’s county fair, and there’s stiff competition in the Arts and Crafts category.

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:00pm both evenings.

Auditions will be held at the Old Post Office Playhouse located at 10 South Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658. Please enter at the lower level door at the back of the building (on South Ashe Avenue).

Faith County has roles for males and females age 25 and up. No prepared monologues are necessary, and there will be some cold reading from the script.

You must be able to be at all performances of the show. Please be prepared to stay for the entire audition time.

Faith County is produced by The Light Place and Azalea Glen and is directed by Jeanne Laws. Production dates are October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22, 2017

For questions about season tickets, auditions, or any of our other programs, please call The Green Room’s 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.

Rescue Ranch’s Rummage Sale Is Sat., Sept. 9, 7am-Noon

Statesville, NC – Rescue Ranch will host its annual Rummage The Ranch Garage Sale, Saturday, September 9 from 7 a.m. – noon.

The “Last Call Bag Sale” will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon. For $5, Rescue Ranch will provide a bag to shoppers with a “if it fits you get it” policy.

The indoor garage sale, located at Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, will feature new and gently-used children’s toys, clothing for the whole family, electronics, furniture, home décor, kitchen items, sporting gear and more.

Those interested in donating items to the sale can drop them off at Rescue Ranch from August 21 through September 5, Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participants will receive a tax deduction for all donations.

“We’re excited for the community to take part in our second rummage sale of the year,” said Krissie Newman, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “Shoppers will enjoy great deals on unique, new and gently-used items all while supporting Rescue Ranch’s programs and animal ambassadors.”

All proceeds from the sale benefit Rescue Ranch’s mission. The nonprofit animal welfare organization promotes respect for all animals through education; is committed to agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership in order to enhance the human-animal bond.

For more information on the September Rummage at the Ranch Garage Sale, please visit

About Rescue Ranch:

Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory.

Science Center’s Robo Show This Sat., Aug. 19,

Features Bot Battles & Robot Olympiad

Hickory - Catawba Science Center will host the first ever Robo Show on Saturday August 19th. A day filled with robotics, Robo Show will feature Hickory Bot Battles 2017, and World Robot Olympiad - USA. Located in the Keiser Community Room in the West Educational Building on the SALT Block, Hickory Bot Battles will consist of over two dozen competitors battling it out robot style in an arena.

Also in the West Educational Building will be World Robot Olympiad - USA and robot demonstrations. Throughout the Science Center will be robotics activities for families to take part in.

The viewing of the Hickory Bot Battles and the World Robot Olympiad - USA is free to the public. Admission to CSC’s exhibits will be half price all day long, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This event is sponsored by US Conec Ltd. Catawba Science Center is located on the SALT Block in Hickory, NC 243 3rd Ave NE. For more information visit or call 828.322.8169.

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