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April 23, 2015

All Veterans In 12-County Area Are Invited To Stand Down

Event Friday, April 24, Fairgrounds

Hickory - The 2015 Foothills Veterans Stand Down will take place in Hickory, NC, on Friday, April 24. The opening ceremony will be at 7:45 AM.

The event will take place from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Stand Down will be at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 1127 US Hwy 70 West, in Hickory, NC.

Invited and encouraged to attend are all homeless veterans and veterans in need in the 12 county region of Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes.

The day will start with an opening ceremony at 7:45 AM and a home cooked breakfast provided and served by area veterans. Lunch will also be provided, as well as, fellowship with veteran volunteers and veteran advocates. It is the hope that each attendee will be able to connect with needed services and build camaraderie with fellow veterans. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet with Veteran's Administration personnel and county Veteran's Services Officers to talk about the opportunity to receive and apply for benefits. Services available to those who attend will be medical care, dental needs, blood pressure checks, vision care, and other medical necessities. Anyone wanting dental care must pre-register at least one week before the event by calling the CVCC dental clinic at (828) 327-7000 ext 4162.

Employment resources will be available to include job services, resume assistance, and free tax preparation. There will be military surplus available to veterans including boots, clothing, duffle bags, blankets, and more as available. Attendees will receive personal hygiene items, camping supplies, and shoes/work boots (if available). Mental health and pastoral counseling/chaplain services will be on site.

All homeless veterans and veterans in need in the 12 county region of Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes are invited to attend the 2015 Foothills Stand Down.

Transportation is offered for free to and from the American Legion Fairgrounds. The Transportation points of pickup in Hickory, NC are as follows:

Catawba: Hickory, bus departs Grace House,

102 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601 at 7:00 AM. Bus departs fairgrounds at 1:30 PM.

Catawba: Hickory, Hickory Soup Kitchen, 131 Main Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Bus departs 7:10 AM. Bus departs fairgrounds at 1:30 PM.

Catawba: Hickory, Greenway Transit Center, 285 1st Ave SW, Hickory, NC 28601. Bus departs 7:15 AM. Bus departs fairgrounds at 1:30 PM.

Catawba: Hickory, Salvation Army, 750 3rd Ave Pl SE, Hickory, NC 28602. Bus departs 7:25 AM.

Bus departs fairgrounds at 1:30 PM.

For more information about the transportation pickup locations in Alexander, Avery, Burke,

Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes please call 828-323-8084.

Visit to receive additional information, download the event flyer, sign up to be a volunteer, sign up community agency / veteran serving agency or to help sponsor the event.

About Veterans Stand Down:

The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.

That is the purpose of the Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.

HCT’s Hit Comedy Vanya And Sonia Continues Thursday

Hickory - After a nearly sold-out opening weekend, the hit comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” by Christopher Durang, returns for another weekend of fun in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre, 30 Third Street NW in Downtown Hickory.

The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom, Vanya and Sonia, live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. The play premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, in 2012, followed by an Off-Broadway production later the same year. It transferred to Broadway in 2013.

Critics across the country have praised “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. The original Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among other awards. The play is rated "R" for adult language.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” plays for nine more performances, April 23-May 9 in the Firemen’s Kitchen Tickets are $16 each, available through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at (828) 328-2283 from 12-5, Tue-Sat. Online ticketing is also available through the Theatre’s website at

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is produced by Ismo & Kim Kaariainen and Diane Munoz. This production is part of the 2014-15 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

Photo: (L-R) Michael Navarro, Connie Bools and Carla Robinson in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Call (828) 328-2283 or go to for tickets and information. Photo is by Ken Burns.

Brunswick Stew Benefit April 25, Crouse UMC

Crouse, NC - Come out and eat some delicious Brunswick stew as Crouse United Methodist Church hosts a benefit supper to support the programs and needs (camp fees, equipment, supplies, etc.) of their Boy Scout Troop.

Cost is by donation and the stew will be served with corn bread, dessert and drink. The event will be held Saturday, April 25 from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The church is located at 3311Crouse School Road in Crouse (corner of Crouse School Road and Pleasant Grove Church Road, just off old Highway 150, look for the gazebo). For more information call the church office at 704-735-2443.

Hickory Library Hosts YA & Kids’ Author Carrie Ryan, April 30

Hickory - Hickory Public Library is proud to host a visit with New York Times bestselling young adult and children’s author Carrie Ryan on April 30th. This talented writer is the creator of the critically acclaimed Forest of Hands and Teeth series for teens. This series explores life after the zombie apocalypse when all the living humans are isolated in small villages trying to avoid infection from the ‘unconsecrated’ who roam the forest in search of human flesh. Yet somehow love, loyalty and beauty survive in this monstrous world.

The versatile Ryan also brought Viking history to life in Divide and Conquer, book two of the popular Infinity Ring adventure series. Three young time travelers must deal with hordes of Viking warriors attacking medieval Paris in order to fix one of the Great Breaks and set history on the right path once again.

The Map to Everywhere is the first in a fantasy adventure series co-written with her husband John Parke Davis. Young Fin and schoolgirl Marrill are each searching for something in the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway which connects every world in creation.

Bestseller Carrie Ryan

With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere, but they aren’t the only ones looking. A dark and sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear-not least of all themselves!

Carrie Ryan writes for young people of all ages, and for those who are merely young at heart. Fans of the author are invited to bring their books to be signed and join us at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for an author presentation and Q & A at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th. Afterwards, the kids are welcome to stay for an informal discussion and pizza party with the author. We will also have supplies on hand to create your own pirate treasure map or a mighty Viking shield. If zombies are more your thing use our stage makeup to transform your own face in preparation for the apocalypse. Join us at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for a couple hours of literary fun with Vikings and pirates and zombies!

This program is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the children’s desk at 304-0500 ext. 7271.

March For Babies Walk Sat., April 25, Crawdads Stadium

Hickory - Saturday, April 25 at the Crawdads Stadium, family and corporate teams from Hickory and surrounding areas will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies walk. March for Babies is the nation’s oldest fundraising walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Many top companies, schools and local leaders will be in attendance. Multiple events will take place across the state from April to November aiming to raise more than $1 million.

Local and national companies as diverse as airlines, insurance companies and retailers are aligning their brands with a cause that’s important to their employees’ and community’s hearts – the health of babies. Locally, March for Babies is supported by Catawba Valley Medical Center, Pepsi and Republic Services.

March of Dimes, Unifour March for Babies on Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. at Crawdads Stadium, 2500 Clement Boulevard Northwest, Hickory, NC 28601.

CSC’s Amazing Summer Fun Science Camp Is For Ages 4-14

Hickory - Looking for some exciting adventures for a young one this summer? Summer Fun Science Camp at Catawba Science Center (CSC) has just the thing. CSC’s Summer Fun Science Camp lasts for 10 weeks, with classes aimed for students from the ages of 4 all the way up to 14. Every week there are new classes, and each age group has a class hand-tailored to them!

Imagine the chance for pre-K or kindergarten children to touch real dinosaur fossils? How about seeing how they compare to the size of a real dinosaur or making a dinosaur discovery bottle to take home? If all of this sounds enjoyable, Little Dinos (June 15-19) is the CSC Summer Fun program for them.

If a child is fascinated by storms, than Weather Around Us (July 13-17) is perfect. This exciting class answers questions such as: What are clouds made of? What causes the wind? Kids will also make their own tornado in a bottle to take home!

Undersea Explorers (July 20-24) will take children ‘under the sea’ in to visit living marine creatures. In this hands-on course children will observe live animals in the classroom and CSC’s aquaria to find out what they need to survive. They will also create their own edible ocean habitat.

Summer Fun Science Camp provides 10 weeks of hands-on, starting on June 15 and lasting until August 21. These engaging science classes are for youth in grades pre-k to rising ninth. Summer Fun Science Camp features small classes taught by certified teachers and trained assistants, high-quality programming and interaction with CSC exhibits.

For more information, a complete program guide, and registration materials for Summer Fun visit or call CSC at (828)-322-8169.

HSCC Seeks Adopters For Outdoor-Only Barn Cats

Hickory/Newton, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County-Newton is seeking adopters who have a warm and safe barn, shed or other outdoor housing that can provide under-socialized cats with a chance at life.

These are cats that have been deemed “unadoptable” through typical adoption evaluations. They are sterilized, vaccinated and available for a reduced adoption fee. If you would like to adopt a pair of barn cats, call 828-466-7171 or visit HSCC-Newton, 201 Government Services Drive, Newton, Monday through Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-3pm.

Although this special group of felines are not suitable indoor companions, they would be a wonderful buddy to a pig, cow or horse.

Third Annual Tribute Concert With Hickory Jazz

Orchestra Is This Sunday, April 26, At SALT Block

Hickory - The Hickory Music Factory will host their 3rd annual Tribute Concert featuring the Hickory Jazz Orchestra and guest bands the Northview Middle school jazz band and the Bandys High School jazz band on April 26 at 2:00pm at the SALT block auditorium.

HMF pays tribute to those people who have helped to promote and foster music within our community. Admission is $10; students, $5.

Dr. Ralph Gabriel

This year HMF will pay tribute to Louis V. Bean, Dr. Ralph Gabriel, and Frank DiFabio.

Louis Bean played in the Army Air Corp band during WWII as a featured trombone soloist. After the war he then went on tour with the Tommy Dorsey band, and later the Gene Krupa band.

Louis attended LRC and became a band director a numerous schools including Hickory, Granite Quarry, Marion, Kannapolis and Rock Hill.

Dr. Ralph Gabriel “Gabe” was director of bands at Lenoir Rhyne College for 17 years where he helped to improve the program while inspiring the lives of countless students and enriched the LR campus and community.

He has and his wife Libby were long time residents of Abingdon Glenn in Hickory.

Frank DiFabio

Frank DiFabio came to Hickory from New York City in the 80’s and quickly became the house pianist for Lake Hickory Country Club and Rock Barn Country Club for 20 years.

Prior to that he performed often with Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Buddy Rich, Louis Prima, Art Moony and Billy May.

HMF will continue to honor their names on the HMF Hall of Fame. Other such names include Gene Smithson, Jimmy Lackey, Jim Calabrese, Randy Ingold, and Charles Deal.

Louis Bean

The Hickory Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Rick Cline exists to keep the music of the big band era alive. HMF directors are Tony Eltora and Rick Cline.

For more information on the HMF or the concert call 828-308-5659 or email

WP Symphony Free Chamber Orchestra Concert Sun., May 3

Hickory - Join the Western Piedmont Symphony chamber orchestra for another FREE musical extravaganza on the square in downtown Hickory under the sails. The concert will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 5-7 pm. Rain location will be the SALT Block Auditorium. Enjoy show tunes, TV and movie themes, familiar classical pieces and much more. It’s been a long, cold winter. Invite your family and friends and spend a beautiful spring day listening to beautiful music. Bring a lawn chair, pack your own picnic or visit one of the downtown restaurants.

This free concert is sponsored by the City of Hickory, Hickory Metro Conventions & Visitors Bureau. Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box office hours are 9:00 am until 2:00 pm daily. Visit the Symphony’s website at or contact them at 828.324.8603 or

South Carolina Broadcasters’ Concert In Lenoir, May 10

Lenoir, NC - The Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley will host the old time string trio, The South Carolina Broadcasters, in concert at the Chapel on Sunday afternoon, May 10, 2015 at 4pm. A BBQ supper from Smokin’ Hogs BBQ will be served on the grounds at the Chapel immediately following the concert. The public is cordially invited to attend the concert and stay for the BBQ supper.

The South Carolina Broadcasters trio includes David Sheppard on guitar and vocals; Ivy Sheppard on banjo, fiddle, guitar and vocals; and Andy Edmonds on fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals.

Dan Schram of INDY Weekly writes about the trio that “They dig deep into traditional gospel and old time tunes that originated from the mountains of the Carolinas and Virginia. They tour constantly through the Southeast and across the country, and with each (new) release, they become tighter, somehow closer to reaching the heart of the music they obviously love. The harmonies are crisp. The playing is tight. The music is raw and raucous, heartfelt and beautiful. In person, it sounds as if every member has just stepped from a dusty old 78 RPM platter, ready to sing again.”

Ivy Sheppard is Disc Jockey at legendary radio station WPAQ 740AM in Mount Airy, NC. She is on the air with her show “Surry Spotlight” Mondays and Tuesdays from 2 to 6pm.“Surry County music is sort of the epicenter of old-time and bluegrass music, and WPAQ has been broadcasting from Mount Airy since 1948.”

South Carolina Broadcasters

David Sheppard puts the drive in the Broadcasters’ sound, and his knack for songwriting is gaining attention for the trio. He is a world-renowned luthier (stringed instrument maker) and expert restorer of vintage acoustic instruments. He and Ivy are North Carolina natives who were living in Charleston, SC when they started singing together.

Andy Edmonds of Pilot Mountain, NC comes from a family of guitar and banjo players and gospel singers. He met the late, great Benton Flippen as a young man, and began playing guitar and banjo for Flippen’s band, the Smokey Valley Boys. While playing with Benton for over a decade, Andy learned a lot about playing the fiddle, too, and that has become his primary focus. He also plays fiddle and sings harmony for the Buckskankle Boys.

“Southern children going forward at top volume” is truly what this little mission band is, born at a BBQ joint on the side of the road. A rare beauty and honesty are in the trio’s music, from love songs to rowdy gospel numbers. They have shared the stage with Ralph Stanley, Taj Mahal, Ricky Skaggs and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Admission to the concert and BBQ supper is $30, or $15 for the concert alone. Seating at the Chapel of Rest is limited and must be reserved by calling (828 ) 758-0906. The Chapel is located nine miles north of Lenoir on Scenic Byway / Highway 268, adjacent to the campus of The Patterson School. The event is sponsored by the Chapel of Rest Preservation Society.

Crouse UMC Community Lunch On Sunday, May 3

Crouse, NC - Crouse United Methodist Church, 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse, will host a Community Lunch on Sunday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Menu consists of country style steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, slaw, pinto beans, cornbread, and drink. Dine-in or take-out available. Cost is $8.

Proceeds will benefit the church renovation and building project. For more information phone (704) 735-2443.

FOCUS’ 2015 Swimsuit Models Have Been Chosen

& The Swimsuit/Summer Guide Issue Is May 21!

Hickory - FOCUS thanks the many, many men & women who entered this year’s model contest. The models have been chosen and contacted, and for those who were not chosen to be one of the eight to be featured this year in FOCUS, please try again next year and thank you for your entry!

The contest is presented by Best of Beers, your local distributer of Anheuser Busch and Craft Beer.

The FOCUS models have won free swimwear & lots of goodies from our sponsors, Kelly & Company Hair Salon, The Olde Hickory Taproom and The Hickory Community Theatre.

Photo by Rose Mary Cheek

Kelly & Co. Hair Salon is providing a free cut and style to each model.

The Olde Hickory Taproom will give each winner a gift certificate. The Tap Room is sponsoring Hickory Hops beer festival in Downtown Hickory this Saturday, April 25th from 1-7pm. Tickets are available now for the Festival. Go to or call 828.322.1121.

Hickory Community Theatre will give each winner free tickets to be used at any of their productions. Hickory Community Theatre’s current show is award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonya and Masha & Spike. The story centers around a middle-aged brother his sister, who feel life has passed them by as they stayed in their childhood home, caring for their parents.

A third sibling, a self absorbed Hollywood starlet way past her glory days, shows up with a young boy toy, and suggests she’s selling the home. Christopher Durang wrote this Tony-winning modern classic. It plays Thursday-Saturday, for the next three weekends in the newly remodeled Kitchen space at HCT. For tickets go to or call 828.328.2283.

Photo by Spencer Huffman

Well known Hickory area professional photographers & sponsors Spencer Huffman and Rose Mary Cheek will photograph our models for the Swimsuit/Summer Guide.

FOCUS’ Summer Guide is a handy reference for things to do & see - festivals, historic sites, amusement parks, conventions - within a day’s drive of Western North Carolina. Be sure to pick up this issue on May 21 to plan a great summer! The Swimsuit & Summer Guide will also be featured at through the summer.

FOCUS is distributed in seven counties surrounding Hickory to hundreds of locations and every type of business, including restaurants, bars & clubs, colleges, hospitals, car dealers, gas stations, grocery & convenience stores, coffee bars, movie theaters and specialty stores and service shops. The Swimsuit Summer Guide issue is an excellent opportunity for advertisers to reach potential clients with an issue that many readers keep for the summer and some forever! Call FOCUS at 828.322.1026 for more information on advertising specials for the biggest issue of the year!

Final Weekend For The Trip To Bountiful At The Green Room

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre will conclude its run of its spring drama, The Trip to Bountiful, this weekend. This is the story of an aging widow, living with her son and daughter-in-law, who longs to reconnect with the past by returning to her hometown of Bountiful.

Norma V. Frank, a veteran actress who last appeared at The Green Room in Driving Miss Daisy, portrays Mrs. Carrie Watts. The son and his wife are played by Scott W. Curtis (Hairspray) and Lindsey Jones (Hairspray and The Smell of the Kill).

This show is directed by Sylvia Schnople and produced by Peoples Bank and Drum & Willis-Reynolds Funeral Homes and Crematory. Remaining performance dates for The Trip to Bountiful are April 24, 25, & 26, 2015. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm, and the Sunday show is at 3:00 pm.

Tickets may be purchased by calling The Green Room Box Office (828-464-6128) Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for Children age 12 and under.

For more information about these or any of the other programs offered by The Green Room Community Theatre, please contact our main office at (828) 464-6583, or visit us on the web at

The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Photo (L-R): Norma Frank and Laura Rhinehart

Photo by Ken Burns

City Receives Federal Grant To Study Local Historic Properties

Hickory – The City of Hickory received a $15,000 grant from Federal Historic Funds, which was awarded by the State Historic Preservation Office. The City has an $8,000 match for a total project cost of $23,000.

The intent of grant is to update the survey of historic properties. The last survey was done on certain residential areas adjacent to downtown and certain historic districts in the late 1990’s. A comprehensive survey was completed late 1979 through 1980. The City’s original local historic districts were created as a result of that survey. The expansion of Kenworth and Claremont National Register Historic Districts came as a result of the 1999 survey.

As a Certified Local Government, a federal preservation program, the City needs to keep an updated architectural survey of historic properties. The City is currently in the process of updating existing files that were already surveyed that are outside of the National Register District.

Propst House, in the Oakwood Historic District

“This survey is going to be an important document for determining the priorities for the City’s Historic Preservation program moving forward,” said Community Development Manager and Historic Preservation Commission liaison Dave Leonetti.

There will be an intensive City-wide survey of 100 to 125, mostly commercial, properties, dating back to 1970. There may be some residential properties involved in the survey. Questions such as when the property was built, as well as architectural features will be addressed.

The survey will also study residential areas to assess their historical integrity to assess their potential for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The following three areas were surveyed as part of the 1999 study: East Hillcrest, Green Park, and a potential expansion of the existing Oakwood Historic District. The study will also include two additional residential areas that have not previously been studied: the area to the southwest of Lenoir-Rhyne University and parts of the Kenworth Neighborhood on 3th and 4th Street, SE. Additionally, a broad study of 15-20 post-World War II subdivisions to determine their historical integrity will take place.

ACME Preservation Services is the consulting firm who will be doing the survey work around town throughout the next few months.

This survey is expected to be completed in August. The final report will available to the public.

Any questions about Historic Preservation can be directed to Dave Leonetti at (828) 261-2227.

Jigs, Fixtures & Woodworking Tips At Sat,, April 25, Meeting

Hickory - The April 25 meeting of the Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory and is open to anyone with an interest in woodworking.

At the meeting, members will demonstrate a variety of special jigs and fixtures they have made and found helpful in their own wood working.

The meeting will also include a discussion of wood working tips and a time for questions and answers among those present. Club members are invited to come prepared to share shop tips, helpful jigs they use, and information which will help make wood working safer and more enjoyable.

In the “Show and Tell” portion of the meeting members will also share projects they have completed.

The Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club consists of about 70 hobbyist and professional woodworkers of all skill levels from throughout the Unifour area. The club meets once each month, except for a combined November/December meeting, at the Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory to hear speakers and to see demonstrations of woodworking equipment, projects and techniques.

Further information can be obtained by calling 828-495-3029.

RugBugs’ New Show Opens This Saturday, Through May 3

Hickory - “Amethyst Crackle’s Crystal Ball,” a brand new adventure by the RugBug Theatre for Children, begins performances this Saturday, April 25th at the Hickory Community Theatre.

The play tells the story of a young girl who discovers a crystal ball that grants wishes, only to discover these come at a great cost to those who use it. Will she rescue her friends before it’s too late? Come find out in this magical adventure. The play is geared toward children ages 3-10 but the fun is enjoyable for all ages.

All performances of “Amethyst Crackle” are presented in HCT’s Council Chamber Theatre April 25-May 3 2015, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 and 4:00pm. Tickets are $4 general admission at the door only. Call (828) 327-3855 or visit for further details.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The RugBug Theatre at HCT is a sponsored project of the Hickory Rotary Club. This production is part of the 2014-2015 Season brought to you by Paramount Automotive.

PHOTO: Jade Duncan (left) and Ashleigh Walker are featured in the next RugBug Theatre adventure, “Amethyst Crackle’s Crystal Ball,” starting this weekend at the Hickory Community Theatre.

Call (828) 327-3855 for more details. Photo is by Jamie Julian.

Healing For Life Great Race 4K Set for May 16th, In Bethlehem

Bethlehem, NC - The Bethlehem Community Development Association and title sponsor Healing for Life Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Hickory will host the First Annual Great Race 4K to support the Back Pack Program of Alexander County. Race will be held on Saturday, May 16th at 9 AM.

The race begins and ends at Bethlehem Elementary School at 7900 NC Hwy 127, Taylorsville (Bethlehem), NC 28681.

The fast and furious out and back race course starts on Bethlehem School Road, loops in and out of Isaac Creek Subdivision, back onto Bethlehem School Road, and then finishes fast on the Bethlehem School track.

Pre-registration $20 includes tee-shirt, goodie bag, and certificate of participation. Race day $20 plus certificate of participation (no shirt).

Awards for Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female Age Divisions, and 1st Male and Female Masters 40 plus.

The Great Race 4K is part of the Alexander County Points Challenge Race Series.

For more information about the Great Race 4K and registration go to OR also for Race Registration at RunSignUp go to

Lenoir Comedy Club Benefit For Caldwell Arts Is Thurs., April 30

Lenoir, NC – The 3rd Annual Lenoir Comedy Club fundraiser for the Caldwell Arts Council will be held Thursday, April 30, starting at 7pm at the O.P. Lutz Building (corner of West Avenue & Boundary Street in downtown Lenoir)! In addition to the load of laughs, beer/wine/soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, or $200 for a table of 8, and you can pay by PayPal on our website: or by calling 828-754-2486.

This FUNdraising event will feature comedians Julie Scoggins and Will Jacobs.

A Southern girl with universal appeal, comedienne Julie Scoggins is a 6' 2", southern, ex-trucker and charm school graduate. Red haired, white knuckled, blue collar comedy at its best. Julie is regularly heard on XM/Sirius Blue Collar Radio, as well as many syndicated stations including the John Boy & Billy Show, and the Bob & Sheri Show, (Charlotte, NC), & the Bob & Tom Show (Indianapolis, IN).

William Jacobs moved to Charlotte, NC from the Philadelphia area and has been entertaining crowds with his brand of clever and insightful comedy ever since. A former attorney, Will brings his engaging brand of comedy from the court room to the comedy shows.

Will Jacobs

Audiences will undoubtedly find him funny as charged. He also is the host of Charlotte’s Improv Fight Night Competition, the promoter for LOL Thursdays at The Comedy Zone Fort Mill, and a featured member of the Charlotte Comedy Theater Improv troupe.

Jazz & Juleps On The Terrace Arts Benefit Is Saturday, May 2

Lincolnton, NC - Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton will host a Southern themed event, Jazz and Juleps On the Terrace, to raise funds for the Arts Council of Lincoln County.

Carillon invites guests to enjoy live jazz, mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres on its rose-filled trellis patio on Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The senior assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community is located at 440 Salem Church Road.

Guests should “dress to impress” and bring the family for an afternoon of fun, frivolity and community fundraising to benefit the Arts Council of Lincoln County. All proceeds from the benefit will help the Arts Council promote the arts and make artistic endeavors accessible for the residents of Lincoln County.

Carillon will host similar Jazz and Juleps fundraisers at each of its 19 senior communities statewide. These signature fundraising events help Carillon fulfill its mission to be a trusted community partner everywhere that Carillon operates an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community. As part of that mission, Carillon creates opportunities for seniors to stay connected to the world around them – opportunities that enable older adults to keep growing, learning and making new connections of their own.

About Carillon Assisted Living: Carillon is home to the highly regarded Alzheimer’s care program, The Garden Place. For seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, The Garden Place offers a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

Etty To Be Performed April 27 In Honor Of Holocaust Victims

Hickory - Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome writer and performer Susan Stein to present Etty, the touring one-woman play on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Belk Centrum. Etty is based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a young Jewish woman and student who lived in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation and who died as one of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. The event is being sponsored by LRU’s School of Arts & Letter as the last of a series of events commemorating Yom ha Shoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance). This year marks the 70th since the liberation of the concentration camps.

The play is free and open to the public.

Using only the author’s words, Stein's adaptation takes her audience to 1941 during Esther "Etty" Hillesum’s life in Amsterdam. Upon the recommendation of her therapist, she began a diary on March 8 to help her with her depression. Etty is hoping to become a writer. Her diaries take on their own literary life and reveal both her growth as a writer and personal, spiritual transformation in the face of unimaginable circumstance. As deportations begin, she prepares for the three day journey eastward, and digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty's words, insights and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme situation. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of a say in what she hopes will be a new world.

Stein will visit classrooms at LRU earlier in the day to discuss the writings and work of Etty Hillesum and examine the spirituality and philosophy of the young university student.

No reservations or tickets are required; doors will open at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Gabriele Weinberger, Professor of German and French at LRU, at

Fourth Annual Hope 4 A Cure 5k & Fun Walk Is Sat., May 2

Claremont, NC - Bunker Hill High School‘s 4th Annual Hope 4 a Cure is Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Claremont Park, Claremont NC.

Hope would like to invite everyone to this year’s Hope 4 a Cure 5K and Fun Walk in memory of Luke Sigmon and Sandra Miller.

The Schedule: 7:00 am, Late Registration and Packet Pick Up; 8:30am, Opening and Balloon Release with Barbara the Pink Fire Truck; 8:45am, HOPE 5K (Timed race) and 9:00am, 1 Mile Fun Walk. Early Bird Registration is through Friday, April 24, 2015, $25. After that, $30.

The first 100 5K Early Birds receive a t-shirt, water bottle & much more! Six or more team members $20 each!

The team with the most participants will receive a plaque and 10% extra to the charity of their choice.

All proceeds go to help fight cancer, heart disease, MS, Alzheimer’s, anencephaly, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, diabetes, homelessness, abused animals and other charities.

HOPE 5k/Fun Walk is sponsored by: (Gold) Dr. Darryl Hatchett, DDS;

(Silver)- Bunker Hill Optimist, Countryside Pet Hospital, SAMS Club; (Bronze) City of Claremont, Steve White Motors, Rita S. Brittain, CPA, PA, and Claremont Family Medicine.  

Hope 4 a Cure looks forward to seeing you at this year’s event!

Contact Angie Sigmon at 828-241-3355 ext 2665 for more information.

Horizon Church’s Car, Truck & Bike Cruise In Is Saturday, May 2

Statesville, NC – Horizon Church will be hosting a Car, Truck & Bike Cruise In and Parts Swap Meet in the church parking lot at 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. In addition to showcasing classic & muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles, this family oriented event will feature a bouncy house for the kids, 50/50 drawing, and other fun games/activities. Local art and craft vendors will be selling, and food will be offered for purchase by Horizon Church. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a passenger van for outreach. The public is invited and admission is free however; everyone who attends is asked to bring canned goods or any non-perishable food items as a contribution to the Horizon Church Food Pantry Ministry. Horizon’s Food Pantry serves many Fifth Street Ministries “Transitional Housing” residents and other needy families in the Iredell/Statesville area.

“The money that we raise will help our church purchase a van or bus that we desperately need to enhance our outreach efforts in the community and beyond,” said event coordinator, Darrell Millsaps. “We have collected some funds from a previous event but not quite enough to meet our goal to purchase.”

Registration is free to Car, Bike and Truck owners who only wish to exhibit at the Cruise In. However, any registrants who choose to participate in the Swap Meet portion by bringing their rare and used parts to sell on site are asked to make a $20 donation as a parts vendor.

Horizon is also opening up this event to area businesses and vendors for this same rate of $20 per space. Other sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Area sponsors already signed on to support the event include; Advance Auto – Hwy 21, Phifer’s Hot Wings & Bar-B-Q, Statesville Truck & Trailer, L. Gordon Iron & Metal Company, MLD Investments, Randy Marion of Statesville, Barkers 21 Grocery LLC, Brotherhood Auto Club, Nelly’s Studio 7 Hair & Beauty Salon, Craig Thompson’s Grading, Purple Heart Homes, Logan’s Roadhouse, A-1 Safe Transport, WM Williams Sons Design & Builds, Frye Grading & Repair, Inc., Darrell Millsaps Trucking Inc, and others.

Anyone who wishes to register, or businesses and vendors wishing to reserve space or sponsor this event, may do so online by visiting

You can also contact Darrell Millsaps at (704) 224-3510 or to receive registration forms, booth participation forms, sponsorship and event related information. Registration will be available on-site the day of the event as well.

Charles Williams, lead pastor at Horizon Church wholeheartedly endorses the event noting, “I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was a teenager and classic bikes and cars are a great passion of mine. We are using this somewhat unconventional event to reach out to the community and hopefully meet some new people,”

He continues, “Our goal is to show everyone the love of Christ through this event and the other ministries of Horizon Church… as our tagline says, it is truly ‘A Place For New Beginnings.’

Horizon Church is a non-denominational church located at 316 Signal Hill Drive in Statesville, NC. Worship times are Sunday mornings at 10:00 am and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Services are of a casual atmosphere, with contemporary music, and messages relevant to everyday living.

Charles Williams is the lead pastor of the church, which was founded in 1999.

The church website is and the phone number is (704) 873-5250.

MerleFest 2015 Begins Thursday,April 23, In Wilkesboro

Wilkesboro, NC - MerleFest 2015, presented by Window World, officially begins Thursday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, April 26, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Tickets will be available at the gate. However, many camping and RV parking options that come with the four-day ticket are sold out, so it is best to visit the website to check availability.

With over 80 acts performing on 13 stages during the four-day festival, attendees should expect the unexpected with special surprises, spontaneous jam sessions and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations. ms our fans are really thrilled about this year’s complete lineup. They always get excited to see Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, David Holt, The Kruger Brothers, the Nashville Bluegrass Band and others who performed with Doc Watson. And, we are pleased to welcome back Hot Rize, last seen at MerleFest in 2003. This will mark the first MerleFest appearance for Grammy Award-winning The Earls of Leicester,” said Ted Hagaman, festival director. “Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s 2015 appearance is creating a lot of buzz as well.

“Of course, we will continue to honor and memorialize Doc, who helped found this festival. Through his guidance and artistic creativity, MerleFest has grown into a world-class festival. MerleFest will always honor the memory and contributions of Doc and his son Merle,” added Hagaman.

“As always, we take pride in the diversity presented in our lineup. That is a credit to Doc Watson, who always believed that all genres of music should be celebrated.”

As in previous years, the list of performers fits the “traditional plus” definition originally described by the late Doc Watson. Watson coined this term to describe the unique mix of music found at MerleFest: traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock, “plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play,” Doc said.

The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at and available on the MerleFest mobile app; festival updates are delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook.

“For those wanting an affordable weekend getaway, MerleFest provides a true value to its customers,” said festival director Ted Hagaman. “The admission prices are extremely reasonable - especially considering that we feature over 80 acts on 13 stages. Also, there are no hidden charges. We provide free parking, a free shuttle that will deliver you to the entrance, a free program guide as you enter, and all children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. In addition, our Little Pickers Family Area for children offers each child the opportunity to make crafts and participate in several interactive exhibits – all free of charge.”

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.


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