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February 23, 2017

ADHD Expert Presents Three Workshops On March 5 & 6

Hickory - Have you ever considered what happens when the squirmy, hyperactive child or the inattentive daydreamer grows up to get behind the wheel of the car? As many as 11% of children aged 5-17 have problems with attention deficits. ADHD affects all parts of an individual’s life. Studies have shown that teenage drivers with ADHD have four times as many accidents as teenagers without the disorder. Tragically, teenagers with ADHD account for more traffic fatalities than their non-ADHD classmates.

Angela Lawrence, executive director of Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center, stated, “Parents whose children have attention deficits face challenges inside and outside of the school setting, and as these children become teens, parents need to be prepared for unique challenges of adolescence. Also, parents need to be reassured that individuals with ADHD can be successful because of their unique strengths. We have invited Dr. Russell Barkley to help parents nurture the strengths of their children and teens with ADHD.”

Dr. Russell Barkley, an international authority on attention deficit, is the author of over 23 books and has appeared on CNN and many nationally televised programs such as 60 Minutes. The Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center has invited Dr. Barkley to present three workshops on March 5th and 6th. On Sunday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. in P. E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Dr. Barkley will discuss “Optimizing Outcomes: Essential Ideas for Raising a Child or Teen with ADHD.” At 5:00 p.m. his topic will be “Driving Distracted: Teens with ADHD Behind the Wheel.” Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Dr. Barkley’s workshop on Monday, March 6, will be held in AHEC 112 on the campus of Catawba Valley Medical Center beginning with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. His presentation entitled “Advances in Diagnosis, Nature and Management of ADHD” follows from 8:00-9:30 am. In this session Dr. Barkley will discuss the newest research on ADHD and a disorder now identified as sluggish cognitive tempo that is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. This workshop is designed for professionals, and pre-registration is required, along with a $40 registration fee.

To register for the events, visit For more information about these workshops, please contact the Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center by emailing or calling 828-624-2012.

For more information, contact: Angela Lawrence, Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center, 828-624-2012 or

Benefit Concert For Cancer Fighter, Stony Walker,

At Hickory VFW This Sunday, February 26

Hickory - Fried Melon Blues Band is hosting The Stony Walker Benefit Concert in an effort to help their longtime friend and bass player, Stony Walker, cover his medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.

Stony Walker

Stony has been fighting his cancer since 2012 and although currently unable work, has recently restarted further necessary treatments.

Fried Melon invites you to join them in support while enjoying live music by some of the best bands in our area! Bands included in the lineup are Commune, Fried Melon Blues Band, Mama’s Remedy, Red Dirt Revelators, The Groove Inc, and The Ya Yas.

A minimum suggested donation of $10 can be made at the door.

Ya Yas Band

The concert is open to the public and food, provided by Chick-fil-A of Viewmont, will be available.

If unable to attend this concert, but wish to offer support, please make a donation on Stony’s GoFundMe page at

We all know that any major illness is financially devastating and Stony’s family and friends will be forever grateful for your support.

The concert will be held at VFW Post 1957, 1615 12th Street Drive, NW, Hickory, NC from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 26th.

LRU Presents Concert By Elektra Winds On February 26

Hickory – As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2016-17 Concert Series, a performance by Elektra Winds is scheduled for Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. in Grace Chapel.

Established in 2015, Elektra Winds is the Piedmont Triad’s newest chamber ensemble. The woodwind quartet features four distinguished young professional musicians from Forsyth and Guilford Counties including Amber Ferenz on bassoon, Anna Lampidis on oboe, Lissie Okopny on flute, and Eileen Young on clarinet. Elektra Winds members teach at several universities in the area and all are members of at least six regional orchestras, including the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Asheville symphonies.

The performance is free and open to public; no tickets or reservations are required. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit or contact LR Professor of Music, John Cheek at or call 828.328.7147.

Established in the fall of 2000, the Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University serves the University community and the greater Hickory area by providing opportunities to hear and interact with superb musical artists. The Concert Series brings musical artists to the University to present concerts and recitals, work with students in the master class setting, lecture to music classes, and provide examples of professional artistry in music. It is with special thanks to the University’s Friends of Music whose love of music and generous financial support make the Concert Series and other musical programs possible.

PHOTO: Elektra Winds members (from left to right): Eileen Young, Anna Lampidis, Lissie Okopny, and Amber Ferenz.

Enter Caldwell Shakespeare Monologue Contest By March 10

Lenoir - High school students from traditional, home and private schools in Caldwell AND contiguous counties are invited to participate in the 5th Annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Competition Saturday, April 8th at 12:30p.m. in Lenoir at the JE Broyhill Civic Center. This competition is sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council and Caldwell County Schools.

William Shakespeare

Applications will be accepted now through March 10, 2017 – first come, first served on monologue selection.

Over $1,000 in cash awards will be presented. Details for participation are on the website:

Caldwell County students should contact their school’s office ASAP to find the Shakespeare Monologue Competition coordinator in each school.

Private school, home school and other students from outside Caldwell County should register directly with the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or

The Drowning Girls, A True Crime Drama Opens At HCT, Feb. 24

Hickory - In The Drowning Girls, three women rise from the bathtubs they were drowned in to tell their stories. Over the course of three years, each of the three all married the same man. Not at the same time, of course, but they befall the same fate - murdered for their trouble. The fact that this is a true story just adds to the intrigue.

The Drowning Girls (by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic) plays in the Firemen’s Kitchen from February 24 through March 12, 2017. Performances are 8:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm Thursdays (Mar 2 and 9) and 2:30 on Sundays (Mar 5 and 12) Tickets are $16.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Friday in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

The Drowning Girls is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and is the seventh production of the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World.

Photo: (back to front) Carys Bowen, Tammy Lail, Christy Branch in The Drowning Girls. The macabre drama starts Friday, Feb 24 in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets click or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Ken Burns Photography.

Lincolnton Church Community Luncheon Fundraiser, Feb. 26

Lincolnton, NC - A Community Luncheon will be held Sunday, February 26th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main Street, Lincolnton.

Everyone is welcome. Menu includes teriyaki chicken, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, deviled eggs, homemade desserts and iced tea.

An $8 donation is requested per person. Proceeds benefit church missions. Sunday School is held at 9:30 a.m. with Worship at 10:30 a.m.

You are encouraged to check out Boger City UMC Facebook page and share information about their Sunday School, worship service, and community luncheons with your friends.

Overflow parking is available in the former Harris Teeter parking lot across the street from the church. Any questions, please call the church office at 704-735-7513.

LRU’s Visiting Writers Series Hosts Dwayne Betts Tonight, Feb. 23

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present poet and memoirist, Reginald Dwayne Betts, on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m in Belk Centrum. This event is co-sponsored by the Hickory Community Relations Council.

Betts is a criminal justice reform advocate, who says that one book, The Black Poets, completely changed his life. At age 16 he was arrested for carjacking and sentenced to nine years in prison. While he was in solitary confinement, the anthology was slid under his cell door. The book opened up a world of possibilities for Betts, and he has since written two volumes: Masters of the Reagan Era, which received a PEN New England Award for poetry, and Shahid Reads His Own Palm. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, tells the story of his confinement in some of Virginia’s worst prisons. The Baltimore Times called the book a “must-read”. He has also been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

LRU’s Visiting Writers Series will continue its season with the following writers:

March 9 - Erik Larson, P.E. Monroe Auditorium

April 1 - Dan Santat (The Little Read author), P.E. Monroe Auditorium

All events begin at 7 p.m., with the exception of Dan Santat who will present at noon.

Sponsors of the 2016-17 Series include:

Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza-Hickory, Hickory Public Library, National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Our State: North Carolina, The Beaver Family Foundation, Inc., and WFAE 90.3 FM. The series is also sponsored and supported by 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.

Free tickets are required and can be reserved by calling the LRU box office at 828.328.7502. Tickets can also be picked up the night of the event. All events are open to the public.

Catawba Co. Social Services Offers Adult Counseling

Hickory - Catawba County Social Services offers Information and Options Counseling to adults in the county who are experiencing a major life transition and need assistance discovering and navigating the services that may be available to them. Information can be provided about services ranging from in-home assistance and adult day care services to assisted living or nursing home placement.

Some examples of individuals seeking this service include: aging individuals wanting to discuss options to sustain health, wellness, and independence; individuals returning home from a rehab center following a surgery; or an individual having increased difficulty managing household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, but who wants to remain at home.

This service is designed to help the person identify options, weigh the pros and cons of each, and make an action plan to help meet their goals. The counselor will work with the person to discuss their preferences, values, service needs and circumstances. The counselor will provide information about various options so the person can make informed choices about long-term services and supports. Information and Options Counseling provides valuable information to individuals who may not be aware of what services are available.

While Social Services has always provided information and referral services to persons who need to make decisions such as these, the Information and Options Counseling service is a more in-depth and personalized approach.

The goal is to offer decision support to individuals making decisions about their own care. To make use of this service, the person in need of care must be able to make their own decisions. However, caregivers or family members are invited to participate in the process if they wish.

To schedule an appointment with a certified Information and Options counselor, call Catawba County Social Services at 828-695-5609.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party At Patrick Beaver Library, Feb. 25

Hickory - Classic books by Dr. Seuss such as “The Lorax” or “The Cat in the Hat” have been loved by millions of children and adults all over the world. His works set a new standard in children’s literature—expanding the reader’s imagination through brilliant illustrations, clever rhymes and challenging vocabulary while exploring social issues.

If he were still alive today Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, would be 113 years old. To honor his legacy Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is having a birthday party! Kids of all ages are invited to join us for bingo, birthday cake, and a personal appearance by the Cat in the Hat on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 pm. There will be lots of ‘Seussian’ fun for all!

This program is free and open to the public. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory.

CVCC Presents QuickBooks Tips And Tricks On February 24

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present a “QuickBooks Tips and Tricks” seminar on Friday, February 24, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

QuickBooks accounting software assists small business owners keep track of their finances and business. This seminar provides time-saving tips for attendees so they can get the most out of QuickBooks.

There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit to register on-line.

First Of Alex Lee Leadership Series At LRU Is On March 1

Hickory – The next speaker scheduled as part of the Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2017 Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series is hospitality expert, Meg Jenkins Locke. She will present on Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the Fintel Room (Rm. 213) of the McCrorie Center.

As owner and Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of Carolina Moon Hospitality, Locke brings life to the traditional Southern welcome in Hickory. She has nurtured her lifelong passion and commitment for service with over 30 years of experience in the tourism and restaurant industry. She has been a longtime activist for consistent growth and sustainability in the greater Hickory area and is well known as an energetic community leader.

Locke is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia where she received her bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education. Carolina Moon Hospitality encompasses Highland Avenue Restaurant, The Crossing Events Venue, and the Groucho’s Deli locations in Hickory and Rock Hill, SC.

The Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series will continue with following speakers:

March 8
Steve Hunt, Chief of Staff of Safety, Security, and Health and Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs – Catawba Valley Community College

Meg Locke

April 5
Danny Hearn, Immediate Past President &CEO – Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

April 19
John Bray, CEO – Vanguard Furniture, Inc. and recent inductee into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame

April 26
Scott Millar, President – Catawba County Economic Development Corporation

The Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series is developed to help people understand the dynamics of leadership while helping them identify administrative traits and capabilities. The series presents a unique opportunity to attend MBA level lectures for free and learn the ropes from top professionals in the area. All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, contact Clem Geitner, Professor of Business at LRU, at

Register By March 1st For Free Community Music Lessons

Hickory - Hickory Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with Hickory Music Factory is offering free 30-min community music lessons for a select number of instruments. Learning music can be very beneficial, it can help with rhythm, boost creativity and help to enhance social skills just to name a few. No skill is needed to participate.

Hickory Music Factory, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM half hour sessions. For ages 5 years and up; no experience necessary.

Participants must pre-register for classes with Angela Smith by calling 828-324-6990, by 5pm the Wednesday, March 1st, before the event. Space is limited! Don’t miss out on this excellent learning opportunity!

There will be a fee of $5.00 for non-city residents.

Please contact Angela Smith of Hickory Parks and Recreation at 828.324.6990 or email

Hickory Police Hold Polar Plunge For Special Olympics, Mar. 4

Hickory – Want to get a warm fuzzy from something extremely cold? Come join us at the 12th Annual Polar Plunge!

The Hickory Police Department will be hosting the 12th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 4, 2017 to benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina. The event will be held at the Wittenburg Wildlife Access on Lake Hickory. Registration will begin at 11:00am with the actual plunge being at 1:00pm. A minimum donation of $50.00 is required to take the plunge. All plungers will receive a free Polar Plunge t-shirt. (To pre-register, contact Sgt. Randy Isenhour at 828-261-2674 OR Chrystal Dieter at 828-261-2642)

Warm campers will be available for changing clothes and coffee, hot chocolate, doughnuts will be offered as well for plungers. DJ Ryan Carswell will provide entertainment for the day.

Special thanks to our local businesses and organizations for their assistance in making this event a success: Krispy Kreme, Lake Hickory Scuba Center, Sunrise Camping Center, Sunbelt Rentals, DJ Ryan Carswell, Valley Rentals, Hickory Crawdads, Texas Roadhouse, Push America (Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity of Lenoir Rhyne University) Elk’s Lodge, Sheetz and Lamar Advertising.

To register on-line and create your own donation collection page visit:

Catch Treasure Island At The Green Room, Feb. 24, 25, 26

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre is ready to take to the high seas with its production of Treasure Island in the McCreary Theatre at the Old Post Office Playhouse beginning Friday, February 17, 2017.

This all-youth production is a thrilling adaptation by Max Bush of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. It is directed by Hollie Sherrill.

Performance dates are February 24, 25, and 26, 2017. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm.

Tickets are available anytime online at or by calling The Green Room Box Office (828-464-6128) during normal box office hours: Wednesdays – Fridays from 10:00am to 5:30 pm.

For more information about Treasure Island or any of the 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.

HCT Announces 10th Annual Beer Tasting On March 7

Hickory - The Guild at Hickory Community Theatre has just announced the date for its 10th annual beer tasting. This popular event will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre.

Tickets are $18 may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Friday in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

Library Hosts Genealogy Workshop On March 9

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering a Genealogy Workshop on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Join Peggy Mainess, Hickory Public Library’s Genealogy Specialist, in a presentation about using records in genealogy research.

This workshop will focus on court records. For many years human behavior has been regulated by formal and informal legal systems with different ways to enforce communal policy and law.

Court records can provide insights into the extent and quality of your ancestors’ relationships, their finances, their problems and struggles, and their roles within the community. This session focuses on the types of courts in colonial times and in the United States, the issues addressed by each court, the types of court records, how to obtain these records, and how to use them.

The Genealogy Workshop is free, but registration is required. Space is limited because the workshop will take place in Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s Carolina Room on the second floor.

To register, call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Enter Acoustic Kids Competition For MerleFest By March 21

Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-April 30, 2017, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2017 festival.

The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers and singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the March 21 deadline in order to perform during the showcases.

These showcases, which played to standing-room-only crowds last year, reflect an elevation and encouragement of talented young performers that have been part of the festival from its early days. Hosted by performer and beloved MerleFest veteran Andy May, the showcases provide an opportunity for young performers through age 16 to perform in a supportive environment.

Participants selected will be notified by April 11. Selection is not based on how advanced a child’s performance might be, but rather it is based on a child's confidence in performing at his or her level. In fact, beginners are encouraged to apply.

Additional instructions and details about the Acoustic Kids Showcases, may be found at You may apply online or download a printable application at

The Acoustic Kids Showcases are held on Friday and Saturday on the Austin Stage, Dance Stage and Mayes Pit. (Program pocket schedule has specific times.) Additionally, from among this year’s pool of applicants, several performers will be chosen for a special “Acoustic Kids Ambassadors” performance hosted by Andy May on the Cabin Stage Saturday evening.

Andy May is well known to MerleFest fans as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, producer, educator and visual artist. His Acoustic Kids Showcases have given many hundreds of young performers supportive performance opportunities for over 25 years.

The MerleFest 2017 mobile app and stage schedules will be available on March 1. The app is being offered at no charge to users and features the 2017 lineup and stage schedules, artist biographies, map, announcements, social media links and more. The app allows users to plan for their entire MerleFest experience. The app is compatible with Android and iOS platforms. A bonus for MerleFest fans: once downloaded, the app will be fully functional without having connection to phone service.

The current MerleFest 2017 lineup and stage schedules will be available March 1 on the mobile app and online at

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An advance ticket discount runs through April 27, 2017. Gate pricing begins on the first day of the festival.

Tesla Quartet Performs Two Concerts In Hickory, Mar. 3 & 4

Hickory - Hickory Metro’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Tesla Quartet, will once again perform two concerts in March. The first concert will be in conjunction with the very popular Soup, Salad & Strings luncheon series. For those that prefer a more relaxed concert during the day, the third Soup, Salad & Strings concert will be on Friday, March 3 at 11:45 am in the Keiser Community Room on the SALT Block. This luncheon will be catered by J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill and Hav-a-Cup. Tickets are $35 for lunch and concert.

The Friends of the Quartet Chamber Classics III concert will be held in the Drendel Auditorium (SALT Block Auditorium) on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform selections by Mozart, Puts and Sibelius. Tickets range from $22 to $32. Reception with cash bar follows the concert.

All tickets are available at, (828)324.8603, or Enjoy an evening or afternoon of beautiful music performed by our international, award-winning young musicians.

Western Piedmont Symphony business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box Office hours are 10:00 am until 2:00 pm M-F. Visit the Symphony’s website at

Free Technology Help At Hickory Public Libraries, Call Today!

Hickory - Hickory Public Library is offering one-on-one assistance for those interested in learning how to use technology at both Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library. Call either location to request an appointment for a one hour personal session to learn basic computer skills, Internet, email, Microsoft office, e-books and more.

For more information or to sign up for an appointment, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235 for appointments at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library or 828-345-6037 for appointments at Ridgeview Branch Library.

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

Downtown Newton To Celebrate Volunteers On Thursday, Feb. 23

Newton, NC — The Downtown Newton Development Association is grateful for the help of volunteers who work throughout the year to make Downtown Newton events and programs successful. To celebrate everyone who has volunteered in Downtown Newton during the past year, the DNDA will host the Downtown Newton Volunteer Event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Guests will be treated to refreshments and appetizers. Information on how you can help Downtown Newton flourish will also be available, so if you have yet to volunteer in Downtown Newton, you’re welcome to attend. The celebration will be held in the Coley-Gurley Building, 111 North College Ave., Newton.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Downtown Newton Development Association,” said Shannon Johnson, Newton’s Main Street Program manager. “The DNDA board and I want to make sure that each and every one of our volunteers knows that their work is important and appreciated.”

The North Carolina Main Street Program provides technical assistance, guidance and training to the Downtown Newton Development Association. The program aims to help selected communities restore economic vitality to their historic downtowns through a process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The process, known as the Main Street Four-Point Approach, includes organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

If you have questions about the DNDA or are interested in volunteering in Downtown Newton, please contact Shannon Johnson at

Sugar Blues Workshop At Patrick Beaver Memorial Library Feb. 23

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will have a Sugar Blues Workshop on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Learn why you are constantly craving sweets and how to gain control without feeling deprived. The presenter, Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach Robyn Diamond, will share how to beat your sugar blues and permanently change your relationship to sugar.

Robyn Diamond is Board Certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and owner of HealthHappyYou. Diamond found her way to Health Coaching after overcoming her own personal health challenges.

Robyn Diamond

She is experienced with coaching individuals and groups as well as leading workshops on healthy living and nutrition. Her mission is to help others find their path to a healthy and happy life. More information about Diamond may be found at

This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory, NC.

The Valdese Main Street Program Announces Meeting For

Upcoming Then & Now Walking Tour

Valdese, NC – The Valdese Main Street Program is currently working on a “Then & Now Walking Tour” of Downtown Valdese, and is looking for stories from the public to include in this project. There will be a “Community Sharing” event in the Waldensian Room of the Old Rock School on Monday, February 27th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with refreshments provided. The purpose of this event is to invite citizens who grew up in Valdese to share their stories and memories to be included in this walking tour.

“The Valdese Main Street Program is extremely excited to bring the “Then & Now Walking Tour” to residents and visitors alike,” states Morrissa Angi, Community Affairs & Main Street Director for the Town of Valdese. “This project will showcase old stories shared between friends, encourage strolling through downtown while taking visitors and residents on a walk down memory lane.”

Inside Old Style Shop

The Tour will feature prime buildings in downtown, such as the building that is now occupied by Classic Plastic Toys & Collectibles who offer an array of vintage toys. This building was once known as The Style Shop, a ladies clothing boutique owned and operated by Ed and Faith “Cutie” Kaplan. The Style Shop helped promote local business by hosting fashion shows and dance parties, which were broadcasted by Valdese - WSVM Radio. Numerous other buildings will be featured throughout the downtown district.

The Main Street Promotions Committee is organizing this project and looks forward to sharing with you at the meeting on February 27th. If anyone has a story about Valdese that they wish to share, and cannot attend this meeting, please contact Morrissa Angi at, or by calling 828-879-2129.

The tour is scheduled to be released in late spring and will available at the Tourism Office, located at the Old Rock School, or for download at

Outside Old Style Shop

The Valdese Main Street Program is a community based organization devoted to the redevelopment of Downtown Valdese as an ideal place to live, work, play and retire. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at the Old Rock School at 5:30pm. Those interested in attending should contact Morrissa Angi at, or by calling 828-879-2129 for more information.

Piedmont Percussion Program Heads To UNC Greensboro

Hickory - The Piedmont Percsussion Program will be represented at this year’s NC Day of Percussion held at UNC Greensboro on Saturday, March 18. P3 under the direction of Rick Cline has performed at this major statewide event for 20 years.

Piedmont Percussion Group

The event is host to percussion groups from many universities and colleges from around the state such as ASU, UNC Chapel Hill, ECU, WCU, Mars Hill, Wingate, etc.

The Piedmont Percussion Program is a youth percussion program for ages 5-18. P3's founder and director Rick Cline is also a director of the Hickory Music Factory and percussion instructor at Lenoir Rhyne University. The group performing at this years DOP is the high school ensemble. For more information about P3 visit

Library Hosts Food Writer Bridgette A. Lacy On Sat., Feb 25

Hickory - Food writer and journalist Bridgette A. Lacy is coming to the Ridgeview Branch Library on Saturday, February 25 @ 1 p.m., in honor of Black History Month, to promote her latest book “Sunday Dinner: A Savor Of The South cookbook”.

Ms. Lacy will talk about the cultural tradition of having a large home cooked dinner after church on Sundays and all the preparation to get it ready. She will also talk about the benefits to children of having multiple generations of family and friends gathered around the table sharing their stories and learning family history. Copies of her book will be available for autographing and sale. Refreshments will be served.

This program is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Local Farmers Celebrate CSA Day Friday, February 24

Millers Creek, NC – Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. Tumbling Shoals Farm is pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 24, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:

eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
supporting their local farmer;
being kind to our planet;
learning something new; and
being adventurous in the kitchen.

CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.

According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.

Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service.

Tumbling Shoals Farm by Sarene Cullen

As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution center. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.

“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”

How to Get Involved with CSA Day

If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support Tumbling Shoals Farm, sign up for a share on February 24, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation. You can also sign up here to stay up to date on news and updates about CSA Day.

“Sign-up is easy,” says Shiloh Avery of Tumbling Shoals Farm, “To learn more and to join us for the 2017 season, look for the ‘Harvest Share’ link at”

About Small Farm Central and CSA Day

In 2006, Simon Huntley combined his passion for helping small farmers and his experience in technology to found Small Farm Central. The organization serves the technology needs of small business farmers, including websites, ecommerce, CSA member management and marketing tools. Small Farm Central coined CSA Day in February 2015 to celebrate local agriculture among CSA members and farmers. Small Farm Central has worked with more than 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit and

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