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ALFA Winter Gala Will Honor Ken Wilkinson & Allen Wood, Dec. 8
Hickory - Ken Wilkinson and Allen Wood will be honored with the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Legacy Award at ALFA’s 16th Annual Winter Gala on December 8, 2013 at Youssef 242. The Legacy Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and support of HIV/AIDS services in our region. The 2013 honorees are credited with providing vision, strategic planning and passion for ALFA which have ensured free HIV/AIDS services to the community.
“Ken and Allen have been loyal supporters and instrumental to the evolution of ALFA. We are extremely fortunate to have benefited from their leadership and vision,” stated Kevin Gwynn, Executive Director. “Both Ken and Allen served as President of ALFA's Board of Directors. Thanks to their past leadership and vision, ALFA is what it is today.”
ALFA, a United Way agency, serves nine counties in northwestern North Carolina and provides Medical Case Management, Prevention Education, HIV Testing and Counseling and Volunteer Opportunities. Its mission is to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.
Winter Gala: This event, in its sixteenth year, has raised over $580,000. Winter Gala remains ALFA's signature fundraising event. It is known as the official start to the holiday season in Hickory.
The ALFA Board of Directors will host the 16th Annual Winter Gala on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Youssef 242, 242 11th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601. The evening will feature a four course meal with wine pairings prepared by Chef de Cuisine David Robbins. Special Reserved seating is available with a minimum donation of $100 per seat. This year ALFA is pleased to have Mary Elizabeth Geitner and Thom Hutchens as event co-chairs.
For more information about ALFA’s services or to reserve seating for Winter Gala, please call Kevin Gwynn, at 828-322-1447, ext. 224, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alfainfo.org.
Willy Wonka Jr. A Hit With All Ages At HCT, Through Dec. 15
Hickory - “You can always tell when children enjoy a performance,” the Hickory Community Theatre’s Managing Director John Rambo said , as he watched five hundred children pile into busses after school day performances of the musical. Willy Wonka, Jr. holds their rapt attention throughout.”
“It’s not often we find a script that glues them to their seats, but this one does. Adults as well leave the theatre smiling and singing.”
The HCT musical version of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory begins its third weekend of performances on Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 in the Jeffers Theatre.
The beloved Roald Dahl book became first became a worldwide movie hit in 1971 with Gene Wilder in the title role. This stream lined stage version of the story uses the award winning movie score topped by the hit song “The Candy Man” along with over a dozen new tunes.
Favorite characters from the story and the movie; Charlie, Grandpa Joe and especially the Oompa Loompas, please all.
Willy Wonka Junior continues in the Jeffers Theater from now through December 15, 2013. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:30pm.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and children and may be purchased at the Theatre box office from 12-5pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, in person or by phoning (828) 328-2283. Online tickets are available 24/7 through the Theatre’s website at www.hickorytheatre.org.
Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Willy Wonka Junior is produced in part by the Von Drehle Corporation, David E. Looper & Company and S. Kimberly Jones DDS, in association with Hamilton & Herring Orthodontics, ABS Legacy Partners and Plastic Packaging, Inc.
Photo: The Oompa Loompas (Kenzie Beatty, Lily Bodnar, Cassidy Beveridge, Leah Brooks, Madison Callahan, Autumn Dagenhardt, Charlotte Dick, Claire Henson, Morgan Honeycutt, Ella May, Mollie Mitchell, Cecelia Marie Shoup, Claire Stamper, Emily Stober and Natalie Watson) are a big hit in the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka Junior.” Photo by Ken Burns.
Maiden Library Hosts College Finance Workshop On Dec. 7
Maiden, NC - Maiden Branch Library will host a free financial aid workshop to help students and their parents prepare for college expenses.
A representative of College Foundation of North Carolina will lead the discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The facility is located at 11 South A Avenue, Maiden.
All Catawba County students and parents are welcome to attend. Topics will include college applications, filling out the FAFSA, avoiding too much debt, finding scholarships and grants, saving for college, choosing a career and more.
CFNC offers information and resources to guide students and their families through every step of the college application process and help them make wise choices. Those who cannot attend the workshop may check the CFNC website at www.CFNC.org or call toll-free 1-866-866-CFNC to talk with a telephone representative.
Dickens Downtown Christmas In Morganton, Dec. 12, 14, 20 & 21
Morganton, NC - The historic Foothills city of Morganton becomes “Olde London Town” for four nights this December. Local merchants have banded together to create the magic of a Dickens-inspired Christmas in and around picturesque Morganton Town Square. The festivities are scheduled over two holiday weekends of December 13 & 14, and again December 20 & 21.
Each weekend, festivities will begin on Friday and Saturday Nights at 6 pm and conclude with the last Christmas Carol at 8:30 pm.
Adding to the revelry, Charles Dickens’ characters, including Ebeneezer Scrooge himself, will make special appearances. The public is encouraged to take an active role, dressed as they are, or in Victorian costume. Dine downtown and take in a shopping stroll and find what the streets of “Olde London Town” in Morganton have in store for holiday revelers.
At a Dickens Downtown Christmas, you may wander upon a Victorian Hat Show, the telling of the “Christmas Carol”, or even an apparition of the Ghost of Christmas Past. Shopkeepers will greet visitors with holiday refreshments, entertainment, and bargains for the special, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Horse-drawn carriages will be rolling along, ready to carry you away to your own Christmas fantasy.
Monica Tolin of Shoppe 256 on East Union Street near the town square specializes in vintage home décor, up-cycled furniture, and eclectic fashion. “It’s a way for our businesses to interact with the community at a very special time of year,” Monica said. “They will see what our downtown has to offer. It’s just beautiful here at Christmas and folks will have a chance to meet us after hours.”
Terry and Fransien Brown, owners of the Kala (Kuh-Lay) Gallery, brought the idea of a Dickens Christmas to the town’s economic leaders. Located in the historic downtown district, the gallery is a showroom for contemporary handcrafted works by artists from the region and across the United States.
“We wanted to do something that would bring people downtown to shop,” Terry explained, noting that there are numerous Dickens events across the country. “The city has already sponsored carriage rides during weekends to attract visitors and I thought that presented us a great opportunity to build on. Sixteen shops or retailers and all the restaurants are involved to make what we hope is a truly memorable event.”
Most of those retailers will have something special to offer revelers on the streets of downtown Morganton during the Dickens holiday evenings. A new businesses in the community, Archer’s Studio, a purveyor of arts education and supplies, is all in with fellow downtown partners.
During four festive nights, visitors will mingle with many of the famed author’s most colorful characters. And of course, Father Christmas will be a highlight of Morganton’s Dickens Christmas.
A number of merchants will be in character. Juanita Brown owns a clothing store for plus-sized women called “Fit for a Queen.’’ She’ll portray ‘Queen Victoria” and will ‘Reign Cookies’ upon all her subjects who stop by.
Downtown Floral owner, Carey Smith, will present a Dickens character, the Victorian flower girl. Meanwhile, Signature Studio, which nurtures artists with developmental disabilities, will be a center of music, caroling, holiday entertainment, and even more refreshments.
Everyone involved is keen on recreating the joyous spirit made immortal in Dickens’ classic—The Christmas Carol—all staged around the beautiful courthouse square that is a signature landmark for the foothills of Western North Carolina. “This is our first Dickens Christmas, but we hope to make this an annual event,” Terry Brown said. “The response so far has been fantastic.”
To learn more about Morganton’s Dickens Downtown Christmas visit DowntownMorganton.com to keep abreast of the growing list of activities.
Apply Now For Low Income Energy Assistance Program
Hickory - Catawba County residents may apply now for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) at the Salvation Army in Hickory. First priority (an earlier application period) will be given to households with at least one elderly or disabled person. Everyone must apply in the county where they live.
There have been several recent changes to the program. Everyone who wishes to receive help paying their heating bill through this program must apply each year. Households will no longer receive a check. Instead, payments will be sent directly to the primary heating provider, such as the electric, gas, or heating oil company.
The first priority in distributing these funds will go to households that include a person who is 60 or above, or at least one person who is disabled (receiving disability benefits from SSI, SSA or VA disability payment) and receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services.
Assistance is based on household income and the number of persons living in the household. To be eligible, households must have total resources of $2,200 or less. "Resources" may include checking and savings accounts, cash, certificates of deposit, etc. The person requesting assistance must be the person responsible for paying the heating bill. Applications for first-priority households will be accepted through March 31.
Starting Feb. 3, other low-income households may apply for LIEAP assistance, if funds are still available. The final date to apply for assistance is March 31.
To apply, you must bring verification that you meet these criteria to the Salvation Army. You should bring identification, verification of income/resources and your most current heating bill. Those applying under the early deadline must also bring proof of age, disability, and services received from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. For additional information about this program, contact Catawba County Social Services at 828-695-5625.
Free Holiday Concert For Children On December 7
Hickory - The Hickory Choral Society hopes to expand the joy of holiday music through a special Holiday Concert specifically for elementary-aged children throughout the Unifour area. The concert, entitled Cookies and Carols, has been underwritten in a major part by the P. C. Underdown family and the Jane Bush family as well as with contributions from local supporters in honor of their children and grandchildren.
This concert will offer a fun and interactive musical experience for children and their families at Corinth Reformed Church, 150 16th Avenue Northwest, Hickory on Saturday, December 7, at 11 am. Children will be able to sing along with members of the Hickory Choral Society, as well as percussionists and orchestra. Through this free concert, HCS plans to engage young families throughout the community in a lively celebration and love of music!
This morning concert will be less than an hour in length, featuring familiar carols, sing-alongs and even a few surprises. And it’s totally interactive, with your children or grandchildren as participants alongside members of the HCS and the orchestra. We cannot think of a more perfect way to add to the start of the Christmas season by the addition of this concert to your Holiday concert schedule. www.hickorychoralsociety.org
LRU Hosts Public Observing Night, December 13
Hickory - Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club is sponsoring a “Public Observing Night.”
This event will be held on Friday, December 13, weather permitting, in the Minges Science Building Observatory on the LR campus.
This free event will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at approximately 10:00 pm.
The public is invited to come to the top of Minges Science Building where several telescopes will be set up in addition to the 12.5 inch Cassegrain telescope in the observatory dome.
To access the rooftop observatory, enter the building then take the elevator to the 4th floor and come up the steps.
During the viewing, participants will see a beautiful gibbous moon, Jupiter and its moons, a high and brilliant Venus as an evening star and the Orion Nebula. Given adequate visibility, Uranus, Neptune, the Ring Nebula - a Globular Cluster, and Albireo - a beautiful double star may also be seen.
Television monitors should be available outside the observatory for many people to view the sites.
Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118.
Catawba Science Center Star Of Wonder
Planetarium Show, Every Weekend In Dec.
Hickory - Every year at this time, people ask astronomers if they know "What was the Star of stars, the star which led the Wise Men to Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus?" The Millholland Planetarium at Catawba Science Center presents the world premiere of their exclusive show, Star of Wonder; a new planetarium program that considers what astronomical phenomena might have been the Star of Bethlehem.
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, 'Where is he that is born King of the Jews?' for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
Long ago people thought of everything they saw in the night sky as a "star". Thus, the planets, the "fixed" stars, meteors, comets, etc. all were "stars". So what might have been the astronomical phenomenon? "Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared." The Wise Men saw the "star", but others did not. Why did Herod and his advisors not see this "star"?
While no one knows for sure what "the Star" was, Star of Wonder takes the viewer back 2,000 years to consider if any astronomical objects could have been the star that heralded Christ's birth.
Star of Wonder was developed by Dr. Tom Lesser, former Senior Lecturer at the American Museum of Natural History - Hayden Planetarium in New York, where he was responsible for all public programming. Dr. Lesser received his doctorate from New York University. He writes astronomy columns for two magazines and reviews astronomy books for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been honored with the Founder's Medal from the Congregation of Christian Brothers and was formerly a trustee of Holy Family Parish in New Rochelle, NY.
All the planetarium shows during the month of December will be a double feature. All guests in attendance for any of CSC's planetarium shows will be treated to a showing of Autumn Stargazing. Viewers will get an opportunity to learn about the night sky over the Catawba Valley in this informative show.
Every Friday in December: 2:30 PM • Every Saturday in December: 1:00 PM • Every Sunday in December: 1:30 and 3:30 PM
Tuesday - December 24th: 1:00 PM • Thursday - December 26th: 1:00 PM
The Millholland Planetarium is a state-of-the-art theater, featuring full dome digital technology - Media Globe 3D, created by Konica Minolta of Japan - and a powerful surround system to truly transport audiences beyond the confines of Earth. The Millholland Planetarium is sponsored by John & Eileen Leach, TSH Foundation and Carolina Anesthesia Associates, PA.
CSC is funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. CSC is located in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Learn more at www.CatawbaScience.org.
Workshop Teaches Kids How To Turn Trash Into Treasure, Dec. 10
Newton, NC - School children will learn to fashion creative objects from trash at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Catawba County Library, Newton.
Kelly Hoke, education coordinator for the county’s Soil & Water Conservation District, will lead a workshop on recycling. Among the topics will be this past summer’s flood and trash that washed downstream.
example of upcycling
Hoke will read an excerpt from A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold and share discarded items. Kids will then create new objects from the materials on hand.
The learning program is free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required. For more details, contact Youth Services at 465-8668. The Main Library is located at 115 West C Street in Newton.
Catawba County Seeking Foster Parents; Meeting On Dec. 10
Hickory - Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites anyone interested in fostering or adopting a child to attend the resource family information meeting at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. The meeting will be held at the Family Services Center, 3050 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, N.C. 28602 (behind Catawba Valley Medical Center).
There is currently an urgent need for foster parents and therapeutic foster parents, especially those who can accept sibling groups.
“We hold the resource family information meeting on the second Tuesday of each month to help raise awareness of the great need for foster homes for Catawba County’s waiting children,” said Sharon Hamby, a social worker. “We welcome anyone to attend to ask questions and to learn more about ways they can touch the lives of our county’s children in foster care.”
Resource families include family foster homes, therapeutic foster homes and adoptive homes. Specific information about becoming a resource family will be available at the meeting. Guests also will learn about required training for resource families and hear stories about the rewards of helping Catawba County’s children in foster care.
For more information about the meeting or to schedule an individual appointment to discuss becoming a resource family, contact Sharon Hamby at Family Builders of Catawba Valley at (828) 465-8901 or email email@example.com.
For information on all services offered by Family Builders of Catawba Valley, visit www.familybuilderscv.org
Home For Christmas Concert And Dinner On Dec. 13
Hudson, NC - The 4th Annual Home for Christmas Concert will be presented at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) at 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson on Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the concert to follow at 7:30 PM. A 58 voice adult choir and 20 voice youth choir, along with instrumentation and soloists, will present music of the season, both secular and sacred. Songs include such favorites as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” “O Holy Night,” “Mary, Did you Know?,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” and many carols of the season such as “Lo, How a Rose,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Joy to the World,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “The First Noel,” and “Silent Night,” among many more.
Director Keith Smith says that the concept for Home for Christmas arose out of reminiscing of the holiday television specials and Christmas albums of his childhood. “I remember my parents would put 3 or 4 long playing albums on the big drop wooden stereo as we went to bed: Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Alvin and the Chipmunks, etc. I would fall asleep to those recordings during that special time of the year. I also remember the Christmas variety shows that regaled the holiday season on television. There was such a sense of home and family that permeated and wove through those presentations. The ‘Home for Christmas’ concert concept arose out of those memories. I wanted people to be able to gather with family and friends for an evening of food and entertainment. I wanted the music to help everyone recall his or her childhood Christmases.”
The food will be catered by April Bolick and Boxcar Grille. The meal will be a special holiday offering of turkey, dressing, gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee. Ticket prices are $25 for the meal and concert, $15 for the concert only.
Reservations must be made, and tickets can be bought by going by Hudson Town Hall or by calling 322-3169.
Dallas Christmas Parade December 13
Dallas, NC - Enjoy the Town of Dallas Christmas Parade beginning at 4 PM, and then join us for our free Annual Holiday Open House program. There will be Christmas traditions and fun for the whole family. See the museum decorated for Christmas, take part in cookie decorating and crafts, hear live music, see & participate in historic dancing, and sample holiday treats. There will be a visit from Father Christmas for kids this day too! Visit the Museum Shop for holiday gifts featuring crafts by local artists, traditional wooden toys and contemporary items.
“Gaston County strives to make its programs, services and activities accessible to all. If you will require an accommodation we request that you contact our office at least 5 days before the event.”
Gaston County Museum of Art & History, Dallas, North Carolina – 131 West Main Street, Dallas, NC 28034 – The Gaston County Museum is located near Gastonia, North Carolina on the square in historic Dallas. The museum is housed in an 1852 brick Greek Revival style hotel that has been adapted for visitors and travelers of today. The museum contains North Carolina’s largest public collection of horse-drawn vehicles consisting of sleighs, drays, wagons, and buggies and is the home of the Ties that Bind: Carolinas Textile Exhibit.
Museum hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Contact: Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, 704.922.7681 x105 or Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum’s website –www.gastoncountymuseum.org
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Hickory Choral Society Annual
Christmas Concerts, Dec. 6-8
Hickory - The Hickory Choral Society presents their annual Christmas Concerts at Corinth Reformed Church, 150 16th Avenue Northwest in Hickory, NC on December 6, 7, and 8, 2013. Friday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday afternoon concerts begin at 3:00 PM. An interactive “Cookies and Carols” Children’s Concert will be performed at 11 AM Saturday morning. All concerts are free and open to the public. For membership and other information call the Hickory Choral Society office at 828-322-2210.
This year marks the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Hickory Choral Society. Selections for the Christmas Concerts include selected works by: Edwin T. Childs, Matthew Culloton, Ola Gjeilo, Lara Hoggard, John Rutter, Tim Sarsany, Stanford Scriven, Conrad Susa, and John Williams.
Hickory Choral Society 2012 performance
From the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society continues to delight audiences with excellent choral music literature. The Hickory Choral Society provides this region with a series of exciting and well-attended concerts. The all-volunteer group, made up of 110 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties, is well known throughout North Carolina for its annual Christmas Concerts at Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory. They have also been noted for numerous concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, a concert at Lincoln Center in New York, and a trip that included concerts in Portsmouth and London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. The 2003 Christmas Concert was broadcast live statewide over UNC-TV and has continued to be rebroadcast on several occasions. In May 2010 the Hickory Choral Society was honored to be part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. In January 2014 members of the Hickory Choral Society will again perform in Carnegie Hall, NYC.
A special invitation is extended to the public to attend these special Christmas concerts which have become a tradition with audiences in the Catawba Valley. The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. www.hickorychoralsociety.org
Angels Of The Arts Winner Gives To HMA Fundraiser, Dec. 7
Hickory - When Pablo Picasso said all children are artists, but then they grow up, he wasn’t describing Catawba County artist Carol Turner. Selected by the Hickory Museum of Art Guild as winner of the 2013 Angels of the Arts competition, her water-media painting will be the focal point of the Museum Guild’s Angels of the Arts Brunch and Auction on Saturday, December 7 at Lake Hickory Country Club. Carol’s inspiration for her painting, “Adoration,” was a timeworn wooden polychrome angel discovered at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. She was transfixed by the peace and serenity in its face.
Growing up, Carol never thought of art as a career and chose to major in English at Whitworth College in Spokane. Carol “came alive” when she went to college and was introduced to great literature. “People were so excited about whatever they were teaching,” and she was awestruck for the first time in her life. After receiving her BA, she attended the University of Arkansas, where she achieved an MA in English and met her husband, a North Carolina resident. Over the years Carol has taught at all levels, from University positions to teacher’s assistant.
Adoration by Carol Turner
In 1988 Carol audited a painting course where her instructor told her “this is what you should be doing”. After Carol retired from teaching in 2003 she bought some watercolors just to have fun and eventually got to feel at home with painting. Still, she felt that it would be rather presumptuous to give away her pieces as gifts, but when she did her friend was thrilled and gave her a commission. Later on, Carol took her work to a gallery owner who described her paintings as “welcoming” and sold them in her shop. In 2012 Carol had her own show at the bi-monthly Exhibiting Artist Series at the Bethlehem Branch Library. In addition to water-media painting, she likes to draw and do portraiture in various media. Today she would be bereft without her pencils, paper and paint around her.
Perhaps one of Carol’s strongest childhood memories, remembering the way sunlight came into the rooms of her grandmother’s old Victorian house, was the birthplace of the artist in Carol. That child grew up, was a teacher, and though she is too modest to say it, she became an artist.
To see Carol’s beautiful painting “Adoration”, attend the Guild’s Angels of the Arts Brunch and Auction on December 7. Enjoy holiday shopping with a silent and live auction that will include Carol’s generously donated painting, delicious food and a chance to socialize with others who support the arts. This is the Museum Guild’s major fundraising event, and all proceeds benefit Hickory Museum of Art exhibitions and educational programs for children and adults. Tickets are $30 and may be obtained by calling Chrissy Schramm at the Hickory Museum of Art. 828.327.8576.
Conover Library Gingerbread House Workshop On Dec. 10
Conover, NC - Conover Branch Library will offer a gift exchange and gingerbread house workshop on Tuesday evenings in December. All of the events begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Teens are invited to a “Sneaky Santa Gift Exchange” on Dec. 10. Participants should bring a wrapped $5 gift appropriate for a male or female.Gingerbread houses will be the focus of a family crafting time on Dec. 17.
All ages are welcome to build gingerbread creations. Materials will be supplied.
For more information, visit the Conover Branch or call 466-5108. Conover Branch is part of the Catawba County Library System based in Newton.
Hickory Jaycees Present Annual Holiday Parade On Dec. 14
Hickory - The Hickory Jaycees will present their annual Holiday Parade on December 14, 2013 at 4pm in downtown Hickory.
The parade will feature area high school bands, fire trucks, dance groups, beauty queens, and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade route will go through downtown Hickory.
The Jaycees will also give out three certificates based on three categories such as Most Creative, Most Spirited, and Best Youth Group (16 years old and younger).
For more information, please visit the Hickory Jaycees’ website at http://www.hickoryjc.org or visit us on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HickoryJaycees.
The Hickory Jaycees is an organization designed to build young leaders ages 21-40 through a focus professional and individual development, networking skills, project management, and community involvement. For more information about the Hickory Jaycees, please call (828) 322-2080 or email email@example.com.
Hickory Library Honors PAWS To READ Volunteers
Hickory - It was a time to give thanks at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library when about 65 children, parents, and library staff gathered to show appreciation for the four volunteers who make the PAWS to READ program possible. The program is designed to support early literacy efforts by helping beginning or “reluctant” readers improve their reading skills and gain confidence in reading aloud.
The PAWS to READ program began in Hickory several years ago when library staff and volunteers decided to combine books with children’s natural affection for dogs. Nancy Brown, Children’s Librarian at Ridgeview until her death last December, was instrumental in getting the program started at both branches of Hickory Public Library.
During the past year, children signed up for 30-minute appointments to read to trained therapy dogs at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library. Many of the children improved their skills by reading aloud, working their way through books, and learning new words, while sitting beside a patient and nonjudgmental therapy dog. At the end of each session, children had enjoyed valuable reading time, and their canine pals were rewarded with tasty treats.
Volunteers honored at last week’s reception were Peggy Seitz, Renae Leonhardt, Revonda Seitz, and Tiffany Richburg, each accompanied by a canine companion that was dressed to impress. After enjoying refreshments, including bone-shaped cookies and apple cider, volunteers shared stories of how they became involved in the PAWS to READ program and amusing tales about their dogs.
For information about the PAWS to READ program or other library events, call Leslie McClellan at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library (304-0500, ext. 7271) or Carole Dennis at Ridgeview Branch Library at 345-6037, or go to the website www.hickorync.gov/library.
Photo: Paws to Read Volunteers Honored at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, L-R: Tiffany Richburg, Revonda Seitz, Peggy Seitz, Renae Leonhardt
Olde Hickory Tap Room Hosts Jazz Trombone Artist On Dec. 15
Hickory - On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Olde Hickory Tap Room in Hickory will host world renowned jazz trombone artist Rick Simerly from 7 till 10pm for great Christmas Jazz classics.
Rick is considered one of the top jazz trombonists in the world by "Jazz Times" magazine, and has performed with countless greats such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Count Basie, The Four Tops, just to name a few.
Simerly comes from Tennessee where he is a professor of jazz trombone and professional recording artist, as well as a Jamie Abaersold clinician.
The Tap Room is a wonderful family restaurant with an fun, warm atmosphere, and serves food until late and is located in beautiful downtown Hickory.
The evening will be full of wonderful jazz classics by the incredible sound of jazz trombone.... Also appearing is Sunday's "Jazz on Tap" leader, Rick Cline on drums with special guest and Noel Friedline on piano.
"Jazz on Tap" happens every Sunday from 7-10pm at the Olde Hickory Taproom in downtown Hickory and is free. Celebrating it's 13th year, this incredible event features special guest jazz musicians weekly from all over western North Carolina and has been featured on PBS.
Don't miss this incredible yearly event. Call 322-1695 for more information.
Bethlehem Star Lighting On
Saturday, December 7
Bethlehem, NC - The annual Bethlehem Star Lighting is set for Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The event is hosted by the Bethlehem Community Development Association.
Activities include a living manger scene and scripture readings by Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, bon fires, and special live music by High Road Quartet. Free cookies, hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be served by Bethlehem Pack 175 Cub Scouts and Troop 175 Boy Scouts. A very special treat for all will be a visit by a singing Old St. Nick!
The Bethlehem Star Lighting has been an annual event on the first Saturday night of December for more than three decades and was a feature article in the December 2008 issue of USA Weekend. The one night event draws more than a thousand people each year. Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is located at 9379 NC 127 Hickory, NC 28601.
For more information contact Connie Killian at 828-495-7775 or Ken Wasmund at 828-495-2660.
Carolina Moonlighters Present Free Christmas Concert, Dec. 15
Hickory - Carolina Moonlighters President Bob Johns recently announced the barbershop chorus will present a Christmas show entitled A Christmas in Harmony on Sunday, December 15 at 3 pm.
The show will be held in the Keiser Community Room in the SALT Block in Hickory rather than in the Arts Center Auditorium as previously announced, due to ceiling work being done in the auditorium.
Seating is somewhat limited due to the change in venue.
The Moonlighters will be joined on stage by the Hickory Honors Ensemble from Hickory High School for the 3 pm concert.
Though the concert is free, donations will be accepted. All profits will benefit the HHS choral program and Catawba Regional Hospice.
Moonlighter rehearsals are held Thursday nights at 7 pm in the North Annex of the Arts Center in Hickory. Visitors are always welcome.
For more information about the show, call Roger Beaver at (828) 327-2490 or Bob Johns at (828) 396-1264.
Taste Of Christmas To Benefit Caldwell Arts Council, Dec. 7
Lenoir, NC - Enjoy the elegance of Christmas at “A Taste of Christmas” on Saturday, December 7th, 7-9pm at the Irish Rose Bed & Breakfast, benefitting the Caldwell Arts Council. This 5th annual event features lovely decorations and a bounteous selection of tasty treats.
Sample from a large buffet of hors d'oeuvres, main dishes & side dishes, desserts and other treats - both sweet and savory - and discover new favorites to share with your family and friends at your own holiday parties.
Attendance is by reservation only and space is limited. Don’t miss out on this favorite holiday event, make your reservation today!
Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. To make your reservation call the Caldwell Arts Council 754-2486 or come by the Arts Council Office at 601 College Avenue SW.
Irish Rose Bed & Breakfast is located at 1344 Harper Avenue NW in Lenoir. Visit their website at www.irishrosebb.com or the Caldwell Arts Council website at www.caldwellarts.com.
HSCC Specials On Dec. 6 & 21; Holiday Open House, Dec. 8
Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County celebrates the sixth anniversary in their facility this December. Rabies vaccines will be offered for $6 in honor of the occasion at the upcoming “Well Pet” Vaccine Clinics, Friday, December 6th from noon- 5:00pm and Saturday, December 21st from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
To schedule an appointment for the Wellness Clinics held at Humane Society of Catawba County, please call (828) 464-8878 during business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm. You may also visit www.catawbahumane.org for more information.
HSCC is also inviting everyone to attend their 6th Anniversary Holiday Open House.
Precious is ready
The shelter will be open on Sunday, December 8th from 1- 5:00 pm with the open house from 1- 4:00pm. They will have holiday photos for your pet or one of the shelter animals with Santa and Mrs. Claus, raffle baskets, specials in the retail store, several gift donation opportunities, and a holiday table of goodies. “HSCC is excited to celebrate our programs, services and accomplishments with the community,” says Jane Bowers executive director.
Newton Recreation Hosts Free
Basketball Skills Clinic On Dec. 7
Newton, NC - The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a free basketball skills clinic for players and coaches from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave.
Boys and girls are encouraged to participate as well as individuals coaching those from ages 4 to 12 years. Newton-Conover High School coaches and players will serve as instructors. Mighty Mites (co-ed, ages 4 to 6 years old), Bantam (boys, ages 7 to 8 years old) and Bantam (girls, ages 7 to 9 years old) will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Midget (boys, ages 9 to 10 years old), Midget (girls, ages 10 to 12 years old) and Little (boys, ages 11 to 12 years old) will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (828) 695-4317 or visit www.newtonnc.gov.
CSC’s Barnes And Noble
Bookfair On December 13 & 14
Hickory - Catawba Science Center will kick off its annual Barnes and Noble Bookfair Friday, December 13th starting at 11:00 am, when the Science Center’s preschool educators will host a story time for children visiting the Hickory Barnes & Noble.
At 5:00 pm, CSC’s Educators and teens will conduct a variety of liquid nitrogen experiments. Don’t miss this opportunity to conduct some cold experiments and enjoy a cool, delectable treat.
Then in the evening, CSC’s Naturalist, Bruce Beerbower, will be at Barnes and Noble from 8 to 11 pm with all of his favorite creepy crawlers. This is a much loved activity at the annual CSC Bookfair at the Hickory Barnes and Noble. Everyone should plan on arriving early to see some of CSC’s most interesting creatures.
The events continue Saturday morning at 10 am when CSC’s aquarium personnel will bring some of their aquatic animals to Barnes & Noble. Then at noon, CSC’s land animals will arrive followed by an exciting program focusing on things big and small, Nanos and Dinos.
Visitors can stop by the CSC table at the bookfair and register for an opportunity to win a Barnes and Noble Nook or one of several other prizes.
Catawba Science Center’s Annual Bookfair takes place Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th at the Barnes and Noble located in the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, 2405 Hwy 70 S.E., Hickory, NC.
Bruce Beerbower 2012 bookfair
Fans of CSC can help raise money for the organization by making book purchases on these two days at this location. When checking out, customers just have to mention bookfair code 11204443. A portion of their net sale will be donated to CSC; some exclusions apply.
Supporters can share this code with friends and family members who are unable to attend.
This code can be used at BN.com or in other Barnes and Noble locations starting on Tuesday, December 10th until Sunday, December 15, 2013.
For more information about Catawba Science Center’s Bookfair and additional ways you can support the organization please contact us at (828) 322-8169 or visit CatawbaScience.org/support.html.
CSC is funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. CSC is located in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Learn more at www.CatawbaScience.org.
Free 1890’s Heritage Christmas
Celebration On Dec. 14
Dallas, NC - Gaston County Parks and Recreation and the Gaston County Historical Preservation Commission present the 6th Annual 1890’s Heritage Village Christmas, a celebration of what Christmas was like for the majority of Gaston County residents at the turn of the 20th Century.
This free Christmas celebration will be held in the 1890’s Heritage Village at Dallas Park, 1303 Dallas – Cherryville Highway, Dallas, NC 28034. On Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. At this event, visitors will discover what the blacksmith did during the winter, what kinds of mill songs were popular then, what a typical farm/mill house looked like during Christmas, and sing Christmas carols in the Chapel. Hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be served from the house kitchen. There will also be a holiday craft for the kids. For more information, please call 704-922-2163 or visit the County’s website at www.gastongov.com.
If you will require an accommodation we request that you contact our office at least 5 days before the event.
Home For The Holidays With The Harper School On Dec. 14
Lenoir, NC – Tickets Are Now Available at the Harper School of Performing Arts for “Home For The Holidays with The Harper School.”
Tickets are now available at The Harper School of Performing Arts for their second annual “Home For The Holidays with The Harper School” which will be Saturday, December 14th, starting at 3:00 PM. You will enjoy Host Homes decorated for the Holiday’s, food and beverages, performers at each home, horse and carriage rides, a silent auction and a finale with desserts and the Martinat Swing Band.
The public is invited to purchase tickets: $25 single, $45 per couple and a whole family can enjoy the food, music and fun for just $65. The event will start at 3:00 PM at the Caldwell Arts Council where you can turn in pre-purchased tickets or purchase tickets and receive a bracelet which will be used for the tour of Host Homes and the Finale at the Old Savings and Loan at 107 College Avenue (on the corner of College and Norwood). Tickets for the Finale only will be $15.00 and will be available to purchase at the finale location starting at 6:00 PM.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our talented students and instructors and to share with the community the “Magic” that happens at the Harper School. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the holiday season with good friends, good music and good food…..just like home!”
The Silvio Martinat Swing Band will be the featured musicians beginning at 6 PM at the Finale location. Guests will also be able to enjoy dozens of homemade desserts, hot drinks and place bids for the silent auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Harper School located at 1113 College Avenue and will also be for sale at the Arts Council starting at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 14th. The Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue where “Satie’s Holiday Sale” will also be open from 3:00 until 6:00 PM that day for holiday purchases. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call 828-754-2297.
Woodcrafters Meeting On Pen Turning, Dec. 7
Hickory - Theron Carman will demonstrate how to turn writing pens at the December 7 meeting of the Western Piedmont Woodcrafters.
The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in woodworking.
Carman will turn pens on a lathe using a wide variety of materials such wood, acrylic and solid counter topic stock. He will also talk about the various finishes he uses on the pens after they are turned.
The Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club consists of about 80 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 828-466-1623 or at the club’s website www.wpwoodcrafters.org.