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June 22, 2017

Enjoy The Farmers Market And Other Activities

In The Month Of July With Seniors Morning Out

Hickory – Participants in Catawba County Seniors Morning Out will enjoy a variety of fun and informative activities during the month of July. Some of these include trips to the local Farmers Market, music performances, craft day, and programs provided by Vaya Health. Seniors Morning Out will be closed on July 4 to observe Independence Day.

Seniors Morning Out operates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in five convenient locations. A hot, balanced lunch is also served. Any county resident who is 60 or better is invited to participate. The program is free to participants, although donations are accepted. Bus transportation is available in some locations for those who do not drive. If you would like to participate in any or all of these activities, contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance.

A few of the program highlights are as follows:

At West Hickory SMO, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: July 3: Patriotic Sing-a-Long with Nancy Frady; July 10: Bingo; July 11: Watercolor with Lisa Adams; July 13: Farmers Market at Public Health; July 17: Safe Strides with Robbie Anderson from Gentiva Home Health; July 20: Music by Sentimental Journey; July 25: Heath Benefits of Pineapple and blood pressure checks; July 26: Bingo; July 27: birthday party and singing by Charles Ballard. To reserve your place, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At the East Hickory SMO, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: July 5: Sentimental Journey; July 11: Depression /Suicide in Older Adults by Jeff Dula; July 12: Blood Pressures checks and Nutritional Facts about Pecans; July 17: Gospel Sing a Long with Charles Ballard; July 18: Bingo; July 24: CapTel captioned telephone program with Kristine Beatty, to reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

At the Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: July 5: Music by Fred Wilson; July 11: Blood Pressure checks; July 12: How to Make Cracker Candy; July 17: Painted River Rocks; July 18: music by Sentimental Journey; July 24: Bowling at Pin Station; July 25: Anxiety Disorders by Terry Spencer with Smoky Mountain Behavioral Health; July 31: Movie Day “By Dawn’s Early Light.” To reserve your place, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

At the Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba: July 3: Bingo; July 5: Bowling at Pin Station; July 6: Blood Pressure checks and Fall Prevention by Kayla Hefner Catawba Valley Medical Center ; July 13: Music by Fred Wilson; July 18: Indoor Beach Party, food and games; July 19: Cooking Class on Roasting Vegetables; July 20: Sing- a- long with Camilla Fogle, July 26: Parkinson’s Disease by Annie Williams; July 27: Craft with Tonya Jarnac; To reserve your place, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

At the Maiden SMO, located at the Maiden Community Center at the corner of East Second St. and Klutz Street, Maiden: July 3: Red, White, and Blue Party; July 6: Singing by West Side Baptist Church ; July 10: Recognition of Pecan Pie Day and tasting; July 11: Corn hole; July 13: Trip to Public Health Farmers Market ; July 20: Personality Disorders by Terry Spencer with Smoky Mountain Behavioral Health; July 25: Bingo; July 31: Music time with Camila and Larry Fogle- Victrola and 78 Record Music. To reserve your place, call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services. In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. This program relies on donations by local individuals and businesses. If you would like to make a donation, you may go to and click on the red “Donate Now” button. Be sure to choose Meals on Wheels or Seniors Morning Out from the drop-down menu. You may also write a check to Catawba County Social Services and write “Senior Nutrition Services” in the memo line. Mail your donation to Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658. If you or your group would like to sponsor a fund-raising event for Catawba County’s Senior Nutrition Services, contact Jan Shaffer at 828-695-5610.

Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Like their Facebook page at, or visit their website at

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is a United Way funded partner. Catawba County United Way’s mission is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information, locate us on Facebook, 828-327-6851 or

Photo: Farmers Market

NC Senator Jeff Jackson To Speak In Newton On June 29

Newton, NC – On June 29th North Carolina Senator Jeff Jackson, known for his service in advocacy of transparent and respectable government, will visit Catawba County the evening of the 29th of June to discuss the NC General Assembly and the Game Plan of action to Break the Super Majority.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. at Newton Conover Auditorium, 60 West 6th St. in Newton, NC 28658. All are welcome. There is no charge.

A Chapel Hill native, Jackson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Emory University and earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Jackson currently works as a business litigator at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Charlotte.

He serves in the United States Army National Guard and saw active duty in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the state senate, he worked as a prosecutor in Gaston County, North Carolina.

The forum is sponsored by the Catawba County Democratic Party and the Catawba County Branch of the NAACP.

Historic Joara Site Open To The Public This Saturday, June 24

Morganton, NC – The site of the first European inland settlement in the United States will be open to the public during the annual Field Day at the historic Joara site on Saturday, June 24.

This summer marks the 450th anniversary of Spanish explorers establishing Fort San Juan alongside Joara, a Native American village. The Spanish settlement, which predates Jamestown by 40 years, co-existed with the village of Joara for 18 months before being destroyed by the natives.

Field day visitors get a chance to see the ongoing archaeological site excavation, interact with researchers from Warren Wilson College, explore the Native American culture of that period, and learn more about the Exploring Joara Foundation during this special anniversary year.

“This is the best time of the entire year to visit the site because you have access to the people who have been leading this research for almost 30 years,” says Marie Palacios, executive director of Exploring Joara Foundation.

Historic Joara Site

“It is one of the few days that the excavation is largely uncovered and the archaeologists are actually standing in the middle of it as they host tours.”

Many attendees will be amazed to learn that one of the most important and least-known chapters of American history took place just north of Morganton at what is now called the Berry Site, to honor the landowners who’ve allowed the archaeological dig to take place.

“This is the 18th year for our field day. It began informally with two tables in the middle of the field and I was there with a few crew members to talk to anybody who came by,” says Dr. David Moore, lead researcher. “It’s grown since then and we’ve had as many as a thousand people.

We kind of create a museum for a day around the excavation and let the public come in and show them as much as we can about what’s happening and what we’ve learned at the site.”

The event is family friendly with multiple exhibitors, as well as historical demonstrations representing blacksmithing, primitive skills and Catawba Indian crafts. Children can pick up a passport which has little symbols leading them to noteworthy locations across the site.

One of the most popular exhibits is the display of new artifacts uncovered in the last year.

The field day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5. Folks are also encouraged to visit the new exhibit about Joara/Fort San Juan at the History Museum of Burke County in Morganton, either before heading out to the event or the day before.

For directions and more details, call 828-439-2463 or go to:

Caravan of Thieves Performs At The Sails Original

Music Series This Friday, June 23 At 6:30 PM

Hickory – Friday, June 23, the City of Hickory’s 2017 Sails Original Music Series will feature Caravan of Thieves. Based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Caravan of Thieves is a four piece band that encompasses gypsy jazz, swing, and folk music. Self-described as “gypsy swinging, serenading, fire breathing, circus freaks,” this band is sure to put on an entertaining show.

Sails Original Music Series Coordinator Bob Sinclair said, “I love the energy of this band! Their gypsy jazz rhythms, inimitable vocal harmonies, and fantastic stories are theatrical and humorous affairs. This will be both a musical and visual show. Be prepared to smile!”

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors. The presenting sponsor of the series is Lowes Foods, while the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau was the premier sponsor for the month of May and The Hickory Wine Shoppe is the premier sponsor for the month of September. Additional sponsors include, Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Taproom, Crowne Plaza, and WNCW.

Each show begins at 6:30 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The Sails Original Music Series runs every Friday evening in June and September, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.

Photo: Caravan of Thieves performs at 6:30pm on Friday, June 23 at The Sails Original Music Series in Hickory, NC.

Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour Saturday, June 24 • 9 AM - 4 PM

Lenoir, NC- The Caldwell Arts Council invites you to visit artists in their home studios or in local art galleries for the 7th semi-annual Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Almost 100 artists are represented at 11 locations throughout Caldwell County. A variety of art forms are represented, including painting, pottery, weaving, encaustic, woodworking, fiber, folk art, metal working, glass, jewelry, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to find unique items for yourself or others on your gift list. Your tour brochure and map are available at the Caldwell Arts Council, 601 College Avenue, Lenoir. Have your tour brochure autographed at all eleven locations for a chance to win one of two $50 cash prizes! Contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or visit our website for more information.

Newton Library Is Gearing Up For Annual Book Sale On August 10

Newton, NC – The Catawba County Friends of the Library group is gearing up for its biggest and most popular fundraiser of the year - the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. In anticipation of this event, the Friends seek donations now and throughout the year.

The Friends appreciate all book donations in good and clean condition. It is a good practice to donate books while they are still in a good shape to be enjoyed by the public.

The Friends are looking for a variety of materials including fiction and nonfiction books for children ages kindergarten through high school. Audio books, video games, DVDs and CDs, VHS tapes are also accepted.

There are a number of items the Friends do not need for the book sale because there is currently not a market for them with the buying public. These items include: encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, and computer manuals.

Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at any of the seven locations of the Catawba County Library System. Donors can check with library staff for best drop off locations and request a donation letter for tax purposes.

This year’s book sale dates are Thursday, August 10 from 2 pm – 7 pm, Friday, August 11 from 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturday, August 12 from 10 am – 1 pm. As in years past, anyone who belongs to the Friends group will be able to get first pick of the books for sale, prior to the public opening, on Wednesday, August 9 from 4-7 pm.

The membership fee to join the group is $10 for an individual, $15 for a family, and $25 for a business. Membership forms can be obtained at the library’s front desk or at the book sale’s front door.

“The Friends’ book sale is a great opportunity for booklovers to pick up some good deals,” said Library Director Suzanne White. “We’re so fortunate to have the Friends’ support and advocacy, and community donations, and the book sale’s proceeds allow the Friends to support expanded programs and services for the community.”

For questions, or to become a Friend of the Library, email or call the Main Library, in Newton, at (828) 465-8664. The Catawba County Friends of the Library thanks the community for its continued support.

The Main Library in Newton is located at 115 West C St., Newton NC, 28658.

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

Exclusive Child Survivors Of World War Ii Exhibit At

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library, June 23rd – July 3rd

Newton, NC – The Catawba County Library is hosting an exclusive post-World War II exhibit at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch June 23rd – July 3rd.

The 15-panel exhibit focuses on the relief efforts for child Holocaust survivors provided by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in the Kloster Indersdorf children’s DP center near Dachau, Germany following World War II. This historical exhibit is organized by the Concentration Camp Memorial Site Flossenbürg in Germany.

According the United Nations Archives (, the UNRRA was established by the agreement of 44 nations on November 9, 1943 with operations coming to an end in 1946.

Child Survivor of WWII

The purpose of UNRRA was to “plan, co-ordinate, administer or arrange for the administration of measures for the relief of victims of war in any area under the control of any of the United Nations through the provision of food, fuel, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities, medical and other essential services”.

The exhibit will be on display in the library’s community room from June 23rd – July 3rd and can be viewed anytime during operating hours: Monday – Tuesday 12-8pm; Wednesday – Saturday 9am-6pm.

The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library is located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Rd., Terrell NC, 28682. Visit or stop by your local branch for latest news.

Free Movies In The Park Series Features The Lego

Batman Movie At Southside Park, Newton June 23

Newton, NC – Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie as the Newton Recreation Department kicks off the annual Movies in the Park series on June 23.

The free movies begin at dusk at Southside Park, located at 1775 Southwest Blvd.

The first showing is “The Lego Batman Movie.” Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite Lego Batman character.

Popcorn is free thanks to the local businesses that sponsor the series. This year’s sponsors are HealthSmart Pharmacy, The Law Offices of Leslie M. Yount, 2 Pink Magnolias, Tom’s David Beaver Vending, and Bassett Furniture. Drink and snack concessions will be available.

This year’s Movies in the Park series includes:

Friday, June 23: “The Lego Batman Movie”; Friday, June 30: “The Jungle Book”; Friday, July 7: “Sing”; Friday, July 14: “Moana.”

For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit

Valdese’s Family Friday Night Features Jason Lee McKinney

This Friday, June 23 At 7 PM

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature Jason Lee McKinney this Friday, June 23, beginning at 7:00pm located in the Town Parking area.

Jason Lee McKinney is a two time nationally signed recording artist, powerhouse vocalist, and songwriter. McKinney blends a snarling musical underbelly full of equal parts, soaring sing along hook melodies, with lyrics that are raw and raucous, reflective and radiant; simultaneously weaving a narrative that is both uniquely his and everyman’s story.

McKinney’s live shows are fast paced, dynamic events that leave audiences exhausted, yet longing for more. His smooth and charming stage presence aligns himself as one of the guys, without losing the distant aloof rock star vibe.

Jason Lee McKinney

Concessions will be for sale during the concert series and different civic groups will offer 50/50 raffles every Friday. Season lineup cards will be available for pick up at the concession trailer and will feature special offers and discounts from participating merchants.

Checkers, Tic-Tack-Toe and other games will be available for public use.

Myra’s Cruise In will begin every Friday night at 6:00pm and downtown shops will remain open later. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Schedule go to or call 828-879-2129.

Catawba Valley Interfaith Council Invites Public To

Finding Strength in Our Diversity On June 29

Hickory – Diversity can be difficult. For some, merely mentioning the word “diversity” can lead to anxiety and conflict. But as noted in a 2014 article in Scientific American, “decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that simply being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working.”

Do you embrace diversity or try to avoid it? What do Judaism, Christianity and Islam have to say about the topic?

Catawba Valley Interfaith Council

The Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) invites you to join us on Thursday, June 29, 7-9pm in the Belk Centrum at Lenoir-Rhyne University for our annual assembly and a discussion on Finding Strength In Our Diversity by local leaders from the three major Abrahamic traditions.

“In Hebrew the name Abraham means the ‘father of many’” according to Rev. Donald Flick, President of CVIC. “So we thought it would be interesting to have representatives of the three major Abrahamic traditions talk about the tenets of their faith in a way that shows what we have in common and how there is strength in our diversity.”

At the end of the evening, CVIC members will select a new Board to carry on the work of fostering acceptance and respect for all. CVIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of faith-based and secular communities serving as a catalyst for hope and cooperating for the purpose of dialogue, information sharing, and celebration in the Catawba Valley.

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Laugh People: Comics For Charity, At Neon Waves, June 29

Hickory - Join the Laugh People on Thursday, June 29th for a night of comedy and acoustic music at Neon Waves and experience "Comics for Charity: The Hickory Showcase" presented by Laugh People. Show starts at 9pm. Doors open up at 8. Entry is $5. The entry fee gets you access to $1 draft beers, $5 beer pitchers and $4 well drinks all night long as well as chances to win lots of door prizes. Part of the proceeds will go to help an overseas cause based out of Uganda, “Bright Angels School" and food items will be collected for the Hickory Soup Kitchen. The last Laugh People show raised over sixty pounds of food for the soup kitchen. Let’s double that this time!

The Comedians will include Tyrone Burston, Jay Turner, Evan Pittfield, Drew Covert, Chrispy Pattison and Seth Springs with a local amateur preview Word Curry.

The local musical sensation Samosely will be playing in the style of acoustic.

Steve Shuffler & Jay Turner

Bright Angels School is a ministry of Springs of Hope Ministries, operated by Sarah and David Cheni of Busia, Uganda. They educate over 200+ kids from 3-9 that have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Part of their school facility collapsed during heavy rains last year. Cheni has been trying to raise the money to finish building the school for quite some time.

Jay Turner said, “I personally have met David and think the world of David. It’s our turn to try and help. So what better way to do that, than through comedy? After all this is the purpose of Laugh People.”

Laugh People was founded by Steven Shuffler and Jay Turner. Laugh People was founded to use comedy to impact communities all over the world. “Everything Laugh People is working on, whether it be live performances, movies, TV shows, sketches, selling merchandise, etc., it will all be connected to a charity or cause. We are constantly looking for charities to work with. So if you or someone you know runs a charity or knows of a charity please contact us at or or,” said Turner.

Neon Waves is located at 734 1st Avenue SW, Hickory, North Carolina, NC, 28602.

Cartoon Workshops With Steve Barr At Hickory Libraries • 6/22

Hickory - Hickory Public Libraries are hosting cartoon workshops for children with artist Steve Barr as part of the 2017 Summer Learning Program, Build a Better World. Barr will conduct drawing workshops on Thursday, June 22, at Ridgeview Library at 4:00 pm and again at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library at 6:30 pm. These fun workshops are free and best suited for children ages 8 and up.

Bring your imagination and come learn how to draw with professional cartoonist Steve Barr. His simple, step-by-step technique allows everyone to unleash their inner artist and begin drawing imaginative cartoon creatures right away.

Paper and pencils will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring a favorite notebook and/or pencil, too.

Cartoonist Steve Barr

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 7th Avenue SW and 1st Street SW. The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

For more information about programs for children and families at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, please call (828) 304-0500 ext. 7271. For more information about programs at Ridgeview Library, please call (828) 345-6037.

Register For Swimming Lessons At Newton Rec. • Infants To Adults

Newton, NC—The Newton Recreation Department will soon begin offering swimming lessons for everyone from infants to adults at the Newton Swimming Pool.

“Baby and Me” swimming lessons for beginning swimmers from 6 months to 3 years old will be offered from 9:15-10 a.m. July 11-14 (rain date: July 17). The cost is $50 and includes lessons for one parent and one child.

Swimming lessons for children 6-12 years old:

Newton will offer two sessions of swimming lessons for children 6-12 years old. The first session will be from 6:15-7 p.m. June 26-29 (rain date: June 30). The second session will be from 6:15-7 p.m. July 10-13 (rain date: July 14). The cost is $40 per session.

Swimming lessons for teens and adults:

Newton will offer two sessions of swimming lessons for anyone 13 years old or older. The first session will be from 7-7:45 p.m. June 26-29 (rain date: June 30). The second session will be from 7-7:45 p.m. July 10-13 (rain date: July 14).

All of the above swimming lessons will be held at the Newton Swimming Pool, which is located at 23 South Brady Ave., Newton.

For more info. or to register for any of the above swimming lessons, call the Newton Rec. Dept. at 828-695-4317 or the Newton Swimming Pool at 828-695-4361.

Save Your Metal Pop Tabs For The Local ‘House That Love Built’

Newton, NC - The Ronald McDonald House is known as “The House That Love Built” offering a safe, affordable ‘home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children. Which has proven to help healing since the child continues to see familiar faces while receiving medical care. One such Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte is within close proximity to both Hemby and Levine Children’s Hospitals. The 35,000 square-foot House hosts up to 28 families at a time, each asked to donate $15 per night. However, most are unable to pay, yet no family is turned away. The cost to host a family for one night is $142. Even armed with dedicated volunteers, there is still a financial need to keep the House running daily.

This is where pop tabs come in! Collecting pop tabs is a great way to involve the community. Tabs are easy to collect, store, then transport to a local recycling center to exchange the aluminum for cash, which can range from $0.35 to $0.85 per pound. Money raised through pop tab collecting offsets the amount families are unable to contribute and total operation costs.

Locally, Pam Carter, inspired by the need to help families has involved two local venues. The Newton Police Department and East Cost Auto (Newton) have offered to place red recycle bins at their locations. Please collect, deliver and deposit pop tabs into the red bins at either location to assist families with critically ill children. Future sites to be announced.

In lieu of collecting tabs, donations may be made through St. Jude’s Children Hospital charities. For more information visit: Businesses wishing to participate in the Ronald McDonald House pop tab fundraiser contact Pam Carter: 828-781-5510.

Photo: Park bench at Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte.

Register For Youth And Adult Tennis Lessons At

Newton Recreation Department •Runs 6/27 - 7/27

Newton, NC – The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin offering youth and adult tennis lessons at Westside/Jaycee Park.

Beginner youth lessons will be held Thursdays from June 29 through July 27. Space is available for eight students per class on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $30 per person. Lessons for players 6-8 years old will be from 9-9:45 a.m. Lessons for players 9-12 years old will be from 10-11 a.m.

Beginner adult lessons will be held Tuesdays from June 27 through July 25. Space is available for eight students per class on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $30 per person. Lessons for players 18 years old and older will be from 6-7:30 p.m.

Intermediate adult lessons will be held Mondays from June 26-July 24. Space is available for eight students on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $30 per person. Lessons for players 18 years old and older will be from 6-7:30 p.m.

Doug Eller, a tennis-teaching professional with more than 40 years of experience, will lead the tennis lessons. Eller played collegiate tennis at Pembroke University and is currently a state ranked player.

All lessons will be held at the tennis courts at Westside/Jaycee Park, which is located at 1020 Southwest Blvd., Newton.

For more information or to register, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s webpage at

Chapter Two, HCT’s Last Show Of Season, Starts Thursday, June 22

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre closes out its 68th Season with Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy, Chapter Two. The comic romance opens this weekend, with performances June 22nd through the 25th, the beginning of an eight performance run that continues through July 2nd.

The show, on stage in the Firemen’s Kitchen, is produced by the Theatre’s senior actors program, The Encore Players.

The comic plot concerns George, a widowed writer suffering through a series of unwanted dates arranged by his well-meaning brother, Leo. When George finally meets Jennie, she seems to be “the one.” Jennie, a divorcée, is a bit hesitant about the dating game herself, but is also enduring a parade of disastrous dates arranged by her friend Faye.

Performances run June 22-July 2, 2017, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Admission is $16, reserved seating for all performances. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Friday in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

The Theatre’s 68th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

PHOTO: Lesli Garvett (left) is Faye and Dorothy Collier Best is Jennie in the romantic comedy Chapter Two, on stage June 22 through July 2 in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the HCT. Go to or call 828-328-2283 for information and tickets. Photo is by Ken Burns.

David Holt & Josh Goforth To Headline RiddleFest On June 30

Burnsville, NC – For its 10th annual concert, RiddleFest features Grammy Award-winner David Holt and up-and-coming bluegrass star Josh Goforth, Friday, June 30, at Burnsville Town Center.

Holt, a four-time Grammy winner, has devoted his musical career to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and is a frequent guest on “The Grand Ole Opry.” For more than 30 years, Holt has been the host of the popular PBS series “Folkways,” where he spotlights mountain craftsmen and musicians.

Holt is a good match for RiddleFest, which honors the life of Yancey County native Lesley Riddle (1905-1979) and his contributions to country music through his work with A.P. Carter, of the Carter Family.

David Holt & Josh Goforth

In the late ’20s and early ’30s, Riddle, an African-American musician, traveled with Carter to collect music from the Appalachian Mountains. Riddle worked with Carter to revise the music into songs eventually recorded on the Carter Family’s albums.

“Traditional mountain music is a combination of Anglo-American and African-American musical ideas,” Holt says. “This powerful musical hybrid gives mountain music its compelling rhythm and sound. Lesley Riddle is a direct link between black and white musical traditions.”

Josh Goforth, a Madison County native, grew up playing music. He holds the title of Master Fiddler from the Ole Time Fiddler’s & Bluegrass Festival at Fiddler’s Grove.

In addition to the concert, Holt and musician Roy Andrade will hold a seminar about the role of traditional musicians as historians. Andrade, a professor at East Tennessee State University, has recorded music for several documentary films, as well as the movie “Cold Mountain.”

The nonprofit Traditional Voices Group puts on RiddleFest each year. The event is part of the group’s mission to collect, document and preserve the cultural heritage and traditions of the Toe River Valley and the surrounding Appalachian Mountains.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call Burnsville Town Center at (828) 682-7209 to purchase tickets, or buy them at the door. The free seminar, also at Burnsville Town Center, takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more about RiddleFest, the life of Lesley Riddle and Traditional Voices Group, call (828) 682-9654 or visit For information about Burnsville, go to

Hickory Downtown Development Association

Receives Main Street America™ Accreditation

Hickory - Hickory Downtown Development Association (HDDA) has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever.

Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce-Main Street and Rural Planning Center, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards.

Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

During the past ten years as an accredited Main Street program, HDDA has witnessed a net gain of 81 new businesses creating a net gain of 309 new jobs representing an investment of more than $34,000,000.

“As the economy improves in North Carolina, Downtown Hickory has experienced a resurgence in development and more reinvestment in our downtown community,” said Gavin Mitchell, HDDA President. “Future plans for Downtown Hickory are exciting.”

Hickory Downtown Development Association’s role is to be the champion of stakeholders by gathering ideas, facilitating resources, and implementing initiatives to improve Downtown Hickory.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Boger City United Methodist Church’s Annual

Summer Lunch Program Runs Through August 11

Lincolnton, NC - Learning does not end when the school lets out for the summer. Neither does the need for good nutrition. Millions of children depend on free or reduced lunches and breakfast for 9 months each year.

For many children, summer vacation exposes them to an increased risk of hunger and developmental delays. Lincoln County Schools Summer Lunch Program, with the support from the USDA, gives Lincoln County children 18 years old and younger an opportunity to receive at no cost a bag lunch ( consisting of a sandwich, vegetables, fruit and milk) began Monday, June 19th and continues through Friday, August 11th @ strategically placed meal sites at different locations through Lincoln County.

For a complete list of Lincoln County School Summer Lunch Program meal site locations, please contact 704-736-4301 or go online to

What makes Boger City united methodist church summer lunch program unique?

“There are a variety of things making Boger City United Methodist Summer Lunch Program unique to other Lincoln County School meal sites,” said Robert Tomlinson, BCUMC Summer Lunch Program Coordinator. “Over the past two years, the number of children served at our church summer lunch meals site had increased. We are anticipating the number of children (18 years old and younger) served to continue expanded due to children returning, to increased publicity campaign, and to our implementing a variety of weekly educational and entertaining programs.

In addition to feeding the children’s bodies, one of the greatest successes of our churches’ Summer Lunch Program has been to give each child a book to take home daily.

During the summer of 2016, although lunch was served from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 pm at our churches Summer Lunch Program, we noticed children arriving with their parents earlier. As a result, we started showing free children’s movies from 11:30 am in our Fellowship Hall,” remarked Tomlinson.

“Due to the overwhelming positive response from children and their parents attending our 2016 churches summer lunch program meal site, we are planning to continue providing children an assortment of daily and weekly rewards including T-shirts, socks, dental hygiene products, and other surprises.

When adults accompany and remain with their children to Boger City United Methodist Church summer lunch meal site located at 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton, they will receive a nutritious, healthy snack,” stated Tomlinson.

“Another destination between Boger City United Methodist Church Summer Lunch meal site from other Lincoln County School Summer locations will an assortment of free children’s movies, educational and entertaining programs will be held from 11:00 am to 11:45 am, Monday through Friday.

A partial list of educational, and entertaining programs include Conrad The Crawdad mascot of Hickory Crawdads Baseball Team, Schiele Museum Traveling Animal exhibit, Lincoln County EMS, NC Forestry Service, a local magician performing his magic and representatives from various city, county, and state agencies,” proclaimed Tomlinson.

For more information and directions to the 3rd Annual Boger City United Methodist Church Summer Lunch Program, please call 704-735-7513.

Fundraiser For Church Missions In Boger City On Sunday, June 25

Lincolnton, NC - A Community Luncheon will be held on Sunday, June 25th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in Boger City United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, located at 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton.

Everyone is welcome. Menu will include lasagna, ham, vegetables, homemade desserts, ice tea and water. An $8 donation is requested per person. Dine-In or Take out plates available.

Proceeds from Boger City United Methodist Church Community will benefit church missions.

Sunday School will be held at 9:30am with Worship Service at 10:30am. Overflow parking available in the former Harris Teeter parking lot across the street from the church.

For more information, please call 704-735-7513.

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