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October 1, 2015

Seniors Morning Out For October Offers Jewelry Class, Art Trip

Hickory - A number of exciting activities await participants in Seniors Morning Out during the month of October. These include a jewelry-making class by Ellen Ball and a trip to the Hickory Museum of Art, which will include a tour and an art project with Theresa Gloster.

Seniors Morning Out is a free program open to any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or better. There are five locations for the program, which operates 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Participants engage in many interesting and informative activities. A hot balanced lunch is also included. Bus transportation is available in some areas for seniors who are unable to drive. Participants may attend as many or as few of the programs as they wish. However, they are asked to reserve a spot at least 24 hours in advance.

The jewelry making class with Ellen Ball is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding for this and other arts and sciences programs is provided by community individuals and businesses.

All SMO participants will travel to Pin Station in Newton on Oct. 29 for a Masquerade Bowl event.
A few of the program highlights are as follows:

The West Hickory SMO site at West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW in Hickory, will have the following activities: Oct. 1, Jewelry Making with Ellen Ball; Oct. 7, Music by Sentimental Journey; Oct. 12, trip to Hickory Museum of Art for museum tour and art project with Theresa Gloster; Oct. 15, gospel music with Charles Ballard; Oct. 22, birthday party with entertainment by song writer and vocalist Ethel Cunningham. To reserve your spot, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

The East Hickory SMO site, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory, will have the following events: Oct. 8, Weatherization Tips by Wendy Poteet with Blue Ridge Community Action; Oct. 13, music by Sentimental Journey; Oct. 19, Trip to Hickory Museum of Art; and Oct. 28, dancercize and bingo. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Highlights of the Newton SMO site, located at First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 701 N. Main St., Newton, are as follows: Oct. 13, Prolonging the Shelf Life of Produce by George Place of the Catawba County Agricultural Center; Oct. 15, flu clinic by Rite Aid; Oct. 22, trip to Hickory Museum of Art; Oct. 27, bowling at Pin Station and shopping at Honey's IGA. To reserve your spot, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Highlights of Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba, are as follows: Oct. 13, bowling at Pin Station and shopping at Honey's IGA; Oct. 15, trip to Hickory Museum of Art; Oct. 19, trip to Dollar Tree and lunch at CiCi's Pizza; Oct. 21, Liver Diseases Prevention and Treatment by Tracy Paul, Catawba County Health Department; Oct. 26, Making Apple Crisps. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Highlights of the Maiden SMO, located at Maiden Community Center, E. Second St. and Klutz Street, Maiden, are as follows: Oct. 8, Benefits of Onions and Onion Soup Cooking Class with Annie Williams; Oct. 12, Jewelry Making Class with Ellen Ball; Oct. 21, Bingo and Halloween Coloring Contest; Oct. 26, Trip to Hickory Museum of Art; Oct. 27, music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

Seniors Morning Out is presented by Senior Nutrition Services, a program of Catawba County Social Services. There are no income restrictions; anyone 60 or better is welcome to attend this free program.

Senior Nutrition Services also operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. For more information, contact Senior Nutrition Services at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, or visit the website at For the latest updates, like the program on Facebook at

Photo: Folk artist Theresa Gloster will lead Seniors Morning Out participants in making an art project in October. All SMO participants will travel to the Hickory Museum of Art to tour the museum and make an art project of their own.

Fire Prevention Week Is October 4-10 - See Great Tips!

Hickory - Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Hickory Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Hickory Fire Chief Fred Hollar. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

·Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

·Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

·Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

·Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

·Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

·If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

·Call the fire department from outside the home.

The Hickory Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week and the month of October to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Hickory, please contact the Hickory Fire Department at 828-323-7521.

Catawba Co. Firefighters Kick Off Week Oct. 4, At Home Depot

Hickory - On Sunday, October 4 fire departments across the county will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week activities. To kick off the national event, Catawba County Firefighters will be holding a special display at Home Depot located on Highway 70 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continuing until 3:00 p.m.

As a special treat, children can participate in the Junior Firefighter Academy sponsored by Catawba Fire Department. During this event, children can go through a miniature obstacle training course, where they will pull fire hose, climb small ladders, and pretend to be a firefighter.

If you have ever wondered how a home sprinkler system works to contain a fire, then visit the Newton Fire Department’s display, where they will have their Hot Box (mobile fire extinguisher/sprinkler trailer) on display for families to learn more about sprinkler systems.

Firefighters and fire trucks from Claremont, Cooksville, Conover, Hickory, Newton, Maiden, Mt. View, Propst Crossroads, and St. Stephen’s fire departments will be participating in the event. The Catawba County Emergency Services Fire/Rescue Division will have a vehicle on display. During this free event, firefighters will be available to answer questions and to pass out free literature and treats for children. So stop by, sit in a fire truck, enjoy the free fun, and help firefighters celebrate Fire Prevention Week.

HCT’s Dueling Divas Benefit Sat., Oct. 3 Features Talented

Women Well-Known To Its Audiences

Hickory - Shannon Underwood and Kelly Dowless, who played Elle and Paulette in the hit musical “Legally Blonde” are returning to the stage together, along with fellow cast mates Jennifer Canterbury, Sierra Doyle-Rios and Emma Lee Kurts as part of the Hickory Community Theatre’s annual “Dueling Divas” fundraiser.

Underwood received universal praise for her outstanding portrayal of Elle Woods in the musical. This is her second time singing for the crown on the Divas stage. She competed last year with a song that she co-wrote with Jeff Hartman.

Dowless was likewise lauded for her portrayal of Elle’s confidante, the hairdresser Paulette. She is appearing in the Divas show as one of the four reigning Supreme Divas, having won the title in the second edition of the contest.

Canterbury played the wise-cracking Serena, who was also a member of Elle’s Greek chorus. Her energetic singing and dancing style kicked off the “Bend and Snap,” one of the show’s most popular number. Doyle-Rios was also a featured player in that dance number, playing a hairdresser who was also a former Laker Girl. Kurts played multiple roles throughout the story, most notably the Judge in the murder trial of Brooke Windham, and was also the costumer for the entire production.

Canterbury, Doyle-Rios, Kurts and Underwood are four out of 16 singers vying for the title of Grand Supreme Diva. The title is bestowed on the singer who gets the most votes from the audience and her fans. Those votes come in the form of donations, with every dollar counting as one vote. The event is a fundraiser for the Theatre’s operations fund, and for outreach programs, things like Tickets for Teachers and school matinees.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. Tickets are available at the Theatre box office, online at or by phone at (828) 328-2283. Telephone and in-person box office hours are 12-5, Wed-Sat.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Dueling Divas V is sponsored by Cliff Moon.

Photo: Shannon Underwood and Kelly Dowless are part of the cast for the Hickory Community Theatre’s fifth annual Dueling Divas fundraising concert. The show is on Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00pm. Call 828-328-2283 or click for tickets and information.

The Chapel Of Rest’s A Musical Feast Is This Sunday, October 4

Lenoir, NC - The Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley will present "A Musical Feast" on Sunday, October 4 at 4pm.

Directed by flutist Akal Dev Sharonne, " A Musical Feast" is a group of classical musicians whose concerts assure that fine chamber music can be heard year-round in the "High Country." Musicians for the October 4 concert will include Kay Borkowski (flute), Margaret Bragg (violin), Corinne Cassini (cello), Eric Koontz (viola) and Akal Dev Sharonne (flute). The program will include trios and quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Admission to the concert will be $15 and will include a champagne reception with the musicians following the concert.

Kay Borkowsky graduated from the Indiana University School of Music to become the principal flutist of the Jacksonville, FL Symphony orchestra. She has taught flute at West Virginia University, Ohio University, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, Columbia College, Augusta College, University of South Florida and Appalachian State University, and has been an active chamber musician with those schools.

Margaret Bragg played in the second violin section of the Houston Symphony from 1972 - 2013. She earned her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her M.M from the University of Illinois. Margaret and her husband are renovating a house in Boone where they plan to spend the summer and fall, while returning to Houston in the winter.

Corinne Cassini is a Franco-American cellist who was born in Cincinnati and began playing the cello in the Loire Valley, France where she grew up. After graduating with a B.M. from Rice University as a student of Paul Katz, she moved to Freiburg, Germany for graduate studies in cello and viola da gamba. From Germany, she moved to the Netherlands to pursue her passion for early music on period instruments. During her ten years in Holland, she co-founded several small chamber ensembles (baroque and early classical) which performed around Europe. In 2012 she was appointed to teach the Alexander Technique at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.

Eric Koontz is professor of viola at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. He has performed as principal violist with the Orchestra of Barcelona and has played with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Akal Dev Sharonne served for three years in North Carolina's prestigious Visiting Artist Program, bringing her art to many underserved and disadvantaged audiences. She has been the recipient of "Meet the Composer " grants and has received fellowships from the Regional Artist Project of NW North Carolina for innovative proposals. Akal Dev is the artistic director of "A Musical Feast." The Chapel of Rest is located nine miles north of Lenoir on Highway 268, adjacent to the Patterson School campus, and the concert is presented by the Chapel of Rest Preservation Society. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the concert, call 828 / 758-0906 during the week prior to the concert.

Children’s Advocacy Center Open House Is Thursday, Oct. 1

Conover, NC - The Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County will host an open house at its new location at 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, October 1.

The CAPC is now located at 4360 County Home Road, Conover, across the road from the main Sipe's Orchard Home entrance. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. followed by tours of the facility.

The CAPC was founded in 1998 as the Children's Advocacy Center. In 2011, it merged with the Children's Protection Council to become the CAPC. The center had been located in the historic Bolick House in Conover since 2003, but had outgrown that space.

The CAPC is a non-profit organization that works to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse. It coordinates the efforts of Catawba County Social Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney's office.

More information about the CAPC is available on its website at You may call the center at 828-465-9296.

ALFA’s Dining For Friends Finale Is Set For Friday, October 23

Hickory - The AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance will be hosting their annual Dining For Friends Finale at Warehouse 18 in Hickory, North Carolina from 6 – 9 pm, October 23. This year’s theme is Party Like Gatsby! Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in period attire.

From August to October, ALFA’s Dining for Friends program called on volunteers to host parties in their homes to raise money for ALFA, a foothills organization that provides support services to those affected by and at risk from HIV/AIDS. As a thank-you to participants, the culminating party is to be held at Warehouse 18 with live music by the Victrola Club, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a silent auction and more. Silent auction items include jewelry, artwork and pottery, dance lessons, house wares, and a Williams Sonoma sofa.

The Southeastern U.S. has the highest incidence of AIDS than in any other region. Causes for this include stigma, misinformation, poverty and barriers to healthcare. ALFA provides services to over 6,000 people annually, including free medical case management to individuals with HIV/AIDS, prevention education and free HIV testing in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Wilkes and Watauga Counties. For more about ALFA’s work, go to

Dining For Friends Finale tickets are available online for $30, or at the door for $40.

The Dining For Friends committee thanks Platinum Sponsors: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Catawba Valley Medical Center; Gold Sponsor: Cargo Transporters; Silver Sponsor: Robert Abbey, Inc.; and Bronze Sponsor: Ralph Doernberg.

For more information on tickets, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megg Lail at 828-328-1447 or

Adult Children Of Aging Parents Meets Tuesday, October 13,

For Home Sweet Home...Options

Hickory - ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) will present, "Home Sweet Home: Residential Options for Seniors" on Tuesday, October 13, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. Presenter for the program is Ted Goins, President, Lutheran Services Carolina. Beginning his career as a nurse assistant, Goins is a veteran administrator and visionary for Lutheran Services Carolinas, the corporate entity of Trinity Ridge and Trinity Village, former Lutheran Home.

As parents age, they may face a need and/or desire to modify their home in order that they may safely continue to live there. In other situations, moving to a retirement center, assisted living or skilled care facility may be more appropriate. No matter how minor or how major the change is, change can prompt stress for all concerned.

This ACAP program will provide an overview of the array of residential options and resources available as our parents -- and we -- age. The presentation will include issues to consider and question to ask to determine the best decisions about a loved one's residential needs. Participants will learn about the array of housing options and services available as loved ones age; strategies and resources for evaluating and choosing appropriate housing options and services; the concept of "aging in place" and strategies and resources for home modifications, assistive technologies, financial resources, and other supports to help loved ones live safely and independently as long as possible.

Hope you will join us for this important program. Feel free to invite a friend. Please let us know to reserve you a seat by emailing us at or calling, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Sponsored by Trinity Ridge, this ACAP program is Tuesday, October 13, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2780 N. Center Street, Hickory. Directions to the Fellowship Hall and parking: From N. Center Street / Hwy. 127, turn beside the church onto 28th Ave. NE. Park in the parking lot at the back of the church, and enter the fellowship hall via the door under the portico.

The mission of ACAPcommunity is to support adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. Monthly educational programs offer information, resources, support and community, and are held the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. A support group, facilitated by Dr. Adina Gabor-Gagea, a licensed psychologist, follows the ACAP program, 7:15-8:15 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. The cost-free support group is open to all, and pre-registration is not necessary. Attendance at the ACAP educational program is suggested but not required for participation in the support group.

Podcasts and other resources addressing a variety of caregiving issues may be found via the website listed below.

For further information about ACAP, please visit or call, toll-free, 877-599-ACAP (877-599-2227).

Meetings Set On Oct. 6 & 13 For Those Seeking To Foster Or Adopt

Hickory - There will be two opportunities in the month of October to learn more about adopting or fostering a child through Family Builders.

The first will take place at 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Long View Recreation Center, located at 3107 Second Ave. NW, Hickory. The second opportunity will be at 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Family Services Center, located at 3050 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory (behind Catawba Valley Medical Center).

Megan Hildebran, foster and adoption recruiter/trainer, will give an overview of the requirements and process to foster or adopt a child.

There is an urgent need for foster parents in Catawba County. Approximately 230 children are in foster care at the present time.

For more information about fostering a child, go to or call Megan Hildebran at 828-695-4553.

Exodus Homes’ Everything Free Day Is Saturday, October 3

?Hickory - ?Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency, will host a special "Everything Free" Community Outreach event on October ?10, 201?5? from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Ridgeview Recreation Center 700 1st St., SW, in Hickory. This will be a lively event with great music and testimonies of recovery from addiction and incarceration to encourage the community that people can learn a new way to live. Exodus Homes has been hosting "Everything Free" Community Outreaches for the past 1?7? years and many people have reached back for help as a result.

The "Everything Free" giveaway will include free furniture,

?TVs, ?clothing, ?socks for men, women and children, ?Bibles, haircuts, manicures, and face painting for kids, with hot dogs and drinks for all who attend. ?People wanting furniture need to have a way to take it home from the event.?

ALFA will provide free and confidential HIV testing with immediate test results during the event, and the League of Women Voters will offer voter registration. The Republican and Democratic parties have been invited to participate, and candidates running for office will be able to speak to the crowd briefly about what they stand for.

?Many community organizations will be present with helpful information, and ?Exodus Church clergy will be available to talk one on one with people who need spiritual support and guidance.

For more information about the Exodus Homes "Everything Free" Community Outreach, contact Rev. Susan Smith Walker at or 828-962-8196.

Oktoberfest’s Pavilion Stage To Feature Selwyn

Birchwood On Friday, Jarvis Jenkins On Saturday

Hickory - For the past 30 years, Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest continues to bring fantastic music to the Pavilion Stage! In addition to traditional German Polka music, Friday night headliners are sure to be a hit!

At 8:30pm on Friday, October 9, Selwyn Birchwood takes the stage.

Jarvis Jenkins Band plays Sat., Oct. 10

Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy.

He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease.

Then Saturday night, October 10, The Jarvis Jenkins Band rocks the stage beginning at 8:30 pm. Fans of southern blues and rock will appreciate the Jarvis Jenkins Band.

Heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers and other southern rock, the band mixes classic jams with their own originals to present a southern blues, jam heavy concert experience.

Birchwood plays Fri., Oct. 9

Hickory's Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

For more information and for the complete music line up, please visit

For their safety and the safety of others pets are not allowed at the festival.

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