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June 30, 2016

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Red White and Bluegrass Festival
Morganton, NC

Back in the early 1980's, the Recreation Department of The City of Morganton decided to have a fireworks display on the 4th of July. A small amount of money was set aside and a few fireworks were obtained from the neighboring state of South Carolina. That evening, about dark, there was about 10-15 minutes of fireworks on the campus of Western Piedmont Community College. Such was the beginning...

Within a few years this event (with professional fireworks) began gathering crowds which eventually outgrew the facilities of the campus of WPCC. Traffic problems which sprang from the site being located very close to Interstate 40, forced the fireworks to move to the Burke County Fairgrounds.

Now, nearly 30 years later, what had become an annual event (which DID include music of all varieties) is quickly becoming one of the premier bluegrass festivals in the southeastern United States. In 2004, the annual 4th of July celebration became the first annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival. That first year was a 2 day event. Eventually it became a 3 day event, then a 4 day event in 2006. In 2010 it became a 5 day festival, beginning June 30th through the 4th of July.

So far, we have had visitors from all states in the continental United States and many foreign countries as well. Visitors from Canada, England, Switzerland, Germany, France and Japan have all come to enjoy bluegrass in our North Carolina town.

Friday July 1st

1:00 Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse
2:30 A Deeper Shade of Blue
4:00 The Crowe Brothers
6:30 The Becky Buller Band
8:00 Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
9:30 Lonesome River Band

Saturday July 2nd
1:00 Front Country
2:30 Sideline
4:00 Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
6:30 Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
8:00 Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
9:30 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Sunday July 3rd
1:00 Darin & Brooke Aldridge
2:30 The Spinney Brothers
4:00 Kid's Campers/ Flatt Lonesome
6:30 Marty Raybon
8:00 Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice
9:30 Balsam Range

Monday July 4th
1:00 The Moore Brothers Band
2:30 Nu-Blu
4:00 Dunderhead
6:30 Mountain Faith
8:00 Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
9:30 Fireworks
Tickets can be ordered by contacting: City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA)
401 S. College Street Morganton NC, 28655
(800) 939-SHOW (828) 433-SHOW NC RELAY-711
Box Office Hours: 12 PM – 5 PM (M-F) (eastern)
All major credit cards accepted. Tickets will be held at festival ticket office.
A $3.00 charge (per order, not ticket) will be added to all ticket orders.

41st Annual 4th of July Powwow, Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3 • Cherokee, NC
This event features fireworks of another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $60,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily or just $10 when you bring and donate three cans of food. Please note that this event is cash only.

Event Schedule:
Friday, July 1, 2016

5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Opens
12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Grand Entry, Two-Step Special, Tiny Tots/Jr’s, Golden Age Men, Golden Age Women, Men's Grass Specials, Men’s Traditional Special, Cherokee Warrior Special
10:30 p.m. Concludes Friday Night

Saturday, July 2, 2016
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration
12 p.m. Gates Open
12:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
1 p.m. Grand Entry
1:30 p.m. Tiny Tots, Drum Contest, Men's Chicken Special, Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Intertribal, Drum Contests, Men's/Women's Dance Contest
5 p.m. Intertribal
5:30–6:30 p.m. Supper Break
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr's, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Women's Jingle Special, Intertribal, Spike Drapper Fancy Dance Special, Fireworks
10 p.m. Concludes Saturday Night

Sunday, July 3, 2016
12 p.m. Gates Open
1 p.m. Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Special, Men's Team Dance, Women's Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal
6 p.m. Winners Announced
Location: Acquoni Expo Center
1501 Acquoni Rd., Cherokee, NC, 28719.
Contact: Daniel Tramper, Phone: 828.497.7128
Email: See more at:

The 2016 Fireworks Friday Night will be held on July 1, 2016, Valdese, NC
Each year the Town of Valdese celebrates Independence day by holding an impressive fireworks display on the football field behind the Old Rock School. Regarded as one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the area, the Town of Valdese sponsors this celebration with a brilliant light display that bursts at a lower altitude which allows for a variety of swirls and explosions. Plenty of ooohs and ahhhs for everyone! The Tim Clark Band will take the stage at 7pm with a variety of beach & dance music!

Blowing Rock 4th of July Festival and Parade - Saturday, July 2
Blowing Rock, NC

Games, music, and fun! Plus the best small-town Main Street parade! Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, $75 first place, $50 second place) 9am-until. Park games (watermelon eating contest, water baloon toss, face painting, etc) from 9:30am - 11am with prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games. Climbing Tower & Bounce Obstacle Course 11am-4:30pm. Cloggers 10am- 11am. Patriotic Sing Along 11am-Noon. Live Music Noon-1:30pm. Independence Day Parade at 2pm. Bluegrass Music 3-4:30pm. Fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club 9:30pm. Downtown Blowing Rock, NC. For more information, call 828-295-5222.

Statesville Fireworks
Celebration, July 2 at 9:30 pm

The City of Statesville - Recreation and Parks Department is partnering with Tim Johnson Landscaping Inc., and Country Boy Landscaping, Inc. to provide a great fireworks show for the community this July! The launch location is moving just across the street from Signal Hill Mall so the prime viewing areas will be the same as they have always been.

Wilson Creek 4th of July Holiday Fun, Food, music and fun - July 4
Wilson Creek Visitor's Center, 7805 Brown Mountain Beach Rd., Collettsville, NC.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Contact: the Wilson Creek Visitor Center at 828-759-0005.

Old Glory's 100th Anniversary on Chimney Rock
Monday, July 4, 7:30am
Start Location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Exactly 100 years ago the first American flag was raised on Chimney Rock and the park was dedicated by Lucius B. Morse on July 4, 1916. Starting at 7:30 am, enter the park early to catch a special ceremony as the North Carolina state flag joins Old Glory, on its centennial birthday here at Chimney Rock State Park. Admission fees will be waived for the first 100 cars during this early opening, from 7:30 until 8:30 am. This special is limited to the first 100 cars to enter the park, no buses or RVs allowed for early entry. All others will need to pay regular admission fees. The flag dedication will begin at 8:30 am.

Independence Day Splash Blast, July 4, Newton, NC
The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an Independence Day Splash Blast at the recreation center swimming pool. For the price of pool admission, area residents can visit the pool for a refreshing swim and join in pool games, karaoke, ice cream and fun activities for the entire family. Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Avenue, Newton, NC
When: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Cost: $1 for children up to 5 years old, $2 for adults ages 62 and older, $3 for children ages 6-17 and $4 for adults ages 18-61. For more info: Call the Newton Recreation Department at (828) 695-4317 or Newton Swimming Pool at (828) 695-4361

Old Time July 4th
Fireworks Celebration
Morganton, NC

Don't miss a spectacular fireworks show this Independence Day in Morganton. There will be games, music, vendors, and much more at this year's Old Time July 4th celebration! Fireworks show starts at 9:30 pm. Catawba Meadows Park, 701 Sanford Dr., Morganton
For more info: Call the Morganton Parks and Recreation Department at (828) 438-5350.

Lenoir 4th of July Celebration
Lenoir, NC

Inflatables, water slides and water features, games, live music, trackless train rides, face painting, colored hair spraying, sand volleyball, tennis, corn hole game, basketball, balloon artist, food vendors, bungee jumper, gyroscope spinner. Fireworks will start at 9:30 pm and be shot off from the Lenoir Optimist Grounds.
Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry St SW, Lenoir
For more info: Call Lenoir Parks & Recreation at 828-757-2165

Marion 4th of July Celebration
Marion, NC

The event will begin with the parade at 6pm. Food and beverages will be available and there will be free inflatables for kids. Little Miss McDowell, Victoria "Tori" Hensley, will perform just before the street dance. At 7PM, “A Social Function" will take the stage with their high energy performance, providing live entertainment far beyond that of the typical dance band, covering most every genre of music. The evening will conclude with fireworks at 9:45pm shot from the Recreation Department ballfield on West Court Street. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of fun with your friends and neighbors! Downtown Marion, NC; seating for the fireworks show is available in the street on West Court Street. The hill gives a great view of the fireworks.
For more info: Contact the Marion Business Association at 828-652-2215.

Happy Birthday America Celebration at Fort Defiance, July 2,
Lenoir, NC

An entertaining schedule of merriment and activities will be held throughout the day for the entire family, from 11am to 4pm. This year will feature hands-on history in the historic house. Visitors will get a taste of what life was like in the 18th century. You will be involved in the daily life of the Lenoir family through interactive activities while touring the historic home, things such as carding wool, learning the basics of cooking and social activities. You will also be an active participant in a discussion on Southern Independence while being served free homemade ice cream. You'll hear the speech given by William Lenoir on July 4th 1830 for a celebration of American Independence in the town of Tucker's Barn (present day Lenoir). Children's activities such as old-fashioned games, children's crafts, making a bees was candle and signing your name to the Declaration of Independence will be ongoing throughout the day. Become an archeologist for the day and find prizes as you dig. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the gift shop and homemade ice cream will be free to all guests touring the house. Located at 1792 Fort Defiance Dr., Hwy 268, Lenoir, NC. For more information, please call 828-758-1671. Admission to the grounds is free but normal admittance fees apply for house tours: $8 adults, $6 children, 5 and under free.

Claremont, NC, Saturday, July 2
Claremont Parks and Recreation Department Invites everyone to a 4th of July Celebration on Saturday, July 2, from 12 to 4pm. Live beach, rock and country music from the 1950s-1980s by the Live 2 Night Band. Kids Games, Ice Cream, Drinks, Hot Dogs, and so much more! Food will be first come, first served. Claremont City Park is located at 3381 E. Main Street, Claremont, NC. Call Michael Orders at Claremont City Hall for more information, 828-466-7255.

Independence Day Celebration, July 3, Lincolnton, NC
The City of Lincolnton welcomes all to come and join us in the celebration of our great Country's Independence. The City of Lincolnto n will be sponsoring a Parade and Fireworks display on Sunday July 03, 2016. The parade will begin at 8:30 PM on July 3rd on East Main Street and end at the Lincolnton High School. Parents bring your kids out at 6:30 PM to enjoy kid games on the 100 block of North Academy Street. The Independence Day program will start at the conclusion of the parade. The program stage will be setup at the Lincolnton High School Football Stadium. The fireworks display will follow the program. The fireworks can be seen from the stadium or all along the northwest part of town. Come out early to get yourself a good seat on Main Street to enjoy the parade then make your way to the high school stadium to see the fireworks. The family fun is free to all, so come on out and let’s enjoy the celebration together.

Hickory Crawdads Home Game, Sunday, July 3
Hickory Crawdads home game vs. Kannapolis at L.P. Frans Stadium, located at 2500 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory, NC 28601. Happy 3rd of July!!! We're celebrating Independence Day early! Make sure to come out and enjoy a post-game fireworks show immediately following the game! Game starts at 7pm, weather permitting, gates open at 6pm. Call 828-322-3000 for more information.

Glen Alpine 4th of July
Celebration, Glen Alpine, NC
Monday, July 4

The annual celebration of freedom features a parade, live music, free watermelon, food for purchase and more! Friends, family and Burke County parade-goers are all welcome to join in! The Glen Alpine 4th of July Parade will begin at 10am on Monday, July 4th. Lineup will begin at 9am over on Pea Ridge Street for those that are participating in the parade. The parade route will run from Pea Ridge Street to Linville Street, circle Cemetary Street back to Linville Street and end at the town hall in Glen Alpine where the rest of the festivities will take place.

11th Annual Maiden 4th of July Edith Pirkle Parade
Maiden, NC
Monday, July 4

Everyone is welcome! Walk or ride a scooter, golf cart, skateboard, 4 wheeler, horse, vintage car, wagon, stroller, jeep, convertible or motorcycle. Helmets required for children under 16 driving in the parade. Dress in your patriotic best! Awards given for best costume, child & adult, best vehicle and best all around. Assemble at the Maiden Library at 10am. The parade begins at 10:30am and ends at Cornerstone FLC Parking lot, 411 East Main Street, Maiden, NC, where program begins at 11:15. Join us for the festivities and patriotic music! Food and drinks will be available for purchase after the parade. Helmets are required for children under 16 driving in the parade. For more information contact the Maiden Town Hall at 828-428-5000.

Mooresville, NC
Firework Show + Lake Norman Cruise - Lady of the Lake

By: Lady of the Lake - Dinner Cruise - Queens Landing
Firework Show + Lake Norman Cruise - Lady of the Lake
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 8:15 PM - 10:45pm. Mooresville, North Carolina.
$10 – $80. Contact: Address: 1459 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117, (704) 663-2628. Perfect viewing for the fireworks display at 9pm. Join the best cruise on Lake Norman to see the show from our yacht! The Lady of the Lake will be stationary so we can view this spectacular showcase. Afterwards, the Captain will cruise Lake Norman’s shores to see more fireworks while listening to our live onboard DJ playing todays hits and number one Summer hits from the past few decades. Shrimp Cocktails, Oysters on the half shell, Peppered Beef Tenderloin with Stilton Bleu Cheese on Sour Dough Crostini, and more passed hors d’oeuvres. Dance Floor Open. The Cruise will be in tandem to the firework show you see on the mainland. Boarding and Departure Times: Boards / Departs / Returns, 4:30 pm / 5:00 pm / 7:30 pm.

Mooresville, NC - July 3rd
Join us for free family fun, live music, and fireworks at the largest Independence Day celebration at the Lowe’s YMCA. Festivities begin at 4:00 PM. Featured bands include:
Glass Hammers at 4:00 p.m. Dane Page at 5:30 p.m. Rockie Lynne at 7:00 p.m
YMCA, 170 Joe V Knox Ave, Mooresville. 704-716-4000.

From - Watching fireworks light up the sky is an experience as American as they come, thanks largely to these displays being part of Independence Day traditions. North Carolina offers beautiful backdrops for these bursts of color and sound, in the skies above our mountains, cityscapes and beaches.

You’ll find many Fourth of July 2016 fireworks shows here – attached to long-running festivals and special events – and because the fourth falls on a Monday this year, there are several weekend-long celebrations. Plus, there are opportunities for you to enjoy fireworks throughout summer, beyond Independence Day.

Ingles Independence Day
July 4, noon-10 p.m.; Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC

Venture to downtown Asheville for a day filled with activities for the family. Highlights include competitions by the Ultimate Air Dogs, children’s activities, the Splashville Fountain, a fireworks extravaganza and more. Admission: free.

High Country
30th Annual Christmas
in July Festival
July 1 and 2; downtown West Jefferson, NC

The two-day celebration takes over this small town in the High Country, offering fun for the whole family. There will be live bands performing country and bluegrass music, roving street performers, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactments and more than 100 vendors. And in addition to the fireworks, the highlights of this festival are the Christmas tree growers competitions and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission: free.

Mile High Fourth of July
July 1-4; Banner Elk and
Beech Mountain

Start a new Independence Day tradition by attending this inaugural celebration across four days. Two resort towns, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, have combined forces to celebrate our nation's independence. The centerpieces of this long weekend are Beech Mountain's fireworks and 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on July 2, and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on July 4.

Fireworks at Tweetsie
July 4; Tweetsie Railroad,
Blowing Rock

Enjoy spectacular fireworks in the High Country. There’ll be an optional dinner and premium fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet ($15-$20). Admission: $10 per car.

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola
July 22, 5:30 p.m.; Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock

It’s the signature summertime event of the Symphony of the Mountains, and this year’s theme – “Music to Your ARTS Desire” – will showcase music with artistic undertones. A fireworks show will wrap up the night. Admission: $15-$50.

Smoky Mountains
Independence Day Celebration at Fontana
July 3 and 4; Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Locals, visitors and guests of the resort will enjoy two days of patriotic fun. There will be field and water games, a hometown parade, boating, barbecue cookouts, live entertainment and more. And when night falls, fireworks will fill the sky above the Village Green.

Celebrate America Fireworks Show, July 3 and 4, 10 p.m.; Carowinds, Charlotte
After spending the day riding roller coasters at this amusement park, stick around for its biggest fireworks show of the season.

SkyShow Charlotte
July 4, 2 p.m.; BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte

The festivities will begin in the afternoon with the SkyShow Street Party, featuring activities for kids, games, prize giveaways, live music, and food trucks and drinks. And in the evening, the Charlotte Knights will take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. Then, the night will conclude with fireworks lighting up the Uptown Charlotte skyline. Admission: street party, free; game: $11 and up.

Greensboro and Winston-Salem
Fun Fourth Festival
July 3 and 4; Greensboro

The festival, now in its 42nd year, begins with a block party Friday evening, featuring live music, food, drinks and “dancing in the street.” Saturday is an all-day celebration, beginning with a parade and street festival, followed by a pops concert in the evening and a fireworks finale. Admission: Friday, $5; Saturday, free.

Sky Scream Fireworks Show
and Block Party

July 2-4; Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe, Greensboro
The award-winning fireworks show takes place three nights in a row, with a pre-show party for season pass holders featuring a DJ, contests, prizes and complimentary soft drinks. The fireworks show is open to general admission and begins at 9:15 p.m.

Liberty’s July Celebration
July 9, 3-10 p.m.; Liberty

This annual street festival will feature arts and crafts vendors, food, live music, amusement rides for kids, and will culminate with a fireworks display. Admission: free.

Pinehurst and Sandhills
Fort Bragg’s 4th of July

July 4, 3-10 p.m.; Main Post Parade Field, Fort Bragg
Celebrate with the men and women of the Armed Forces, featuring live concerts, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a patriotic flag ceremony, kids' activities and fireworks. Admission: free.

Raleigh, Durham and the
Triangle, July 4th Celebration and Fireworks, July 4, 7 p.m.; Kenan Memorial Stadium,
Chapel Hill, NC

Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of America’s Top Ten Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration, Chapel Hill carries on the tradition year after year. Locals and visitors will enjoy live music, games, face-painting, food, a watermelon-eating contest, fireworks and more. Admission: $1.

Independence Day Weekend Celebration on the Lake
July 2, 7-10 p.m.; Satterwhite Point at Kerr Lake, Henderson, NC

Watch fireworks soar over the lake, after an evening of live music, food, vendors and more. Admission: free; $6 parking fee.

Brunswick Islands
North Carolina 4th of July Festival, through July 4; Southport

For more than 200 years, Southport has celebrated the nation's Independence Day in a big way, and its festival is North Carolina’s official celebration. Events will span two weekends, featuring picnics, arts and crafts in the park, a car show, parade, fireworks, firemen’s competition, children’s games, live entertainment, food and more. The finale, which will be the largest of the planned events, takes place July 4 at the Southport Waterfront. Admission: free.

Crystal Coast
Beaufort’s Fourth of July
Fireworks, July 4, 6-9:30 p.m.; Gallant’s Channel, Beaufort

The event will feature live music throughout the evening, while food and drinks on sale will benefit the Beaufort Fireman’s Association. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Admission: free.

4th of July Fireworks
Off the Pier, July 4, 9 p.m.; Bogue Inlet Pier, Emerald Isle

Fireworks will illuminate the sky above the pier, and will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Admission: free.

Outer Banks
24th Annual Independence
Day Celebration
July 4, 5-9 p.m.; Historic
Corolla Park, Corolla

Celebrate America's independence with live music by the Tidewater Drive Band and a fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks. The event will also feature food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon-eating contest and children’s games. Admission: free.

Town of Manteo Fourth
of July Celebration
July 4, 3 p.m.; Manteo

Celebrate Independence Day with small-town flair, and participate in a wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest and more. Then after the sun goes down, enjoy the fireworks show. Admission: free.

Topsail Area
Camp Lejeune July 4th Celebration, July 4; W.P.T. Hill Field, Camp Lejeune

Platinum-selling country music star and North Carolina native Kellie Pickler will headline the concert that highlights this celebration. Members of the U.S. Marines, their families and the general public will enjoy a patriotic-themed event. Admission: free.

Fireworks by the Sea &
Boardwalk Blast
Thursdays, June 2 - Aug. 25; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina Beach

Get an early and festive start to the weekend each Thursday night here on the beach. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: free.

Pre-Independence Day Fireworks, July 3, 6:30 p.m.; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina Beach. Celebrate Independence Day early with live music, followed by fireworks after sunset. Arrive early to grab a spot at the gazebo or on the beach. Admission: free.

City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 6-10 p.m.; downtown Wilmington, NC
Experience historic downtown Wilmington while being entertained by live music and enjoying local food vendors. Fireworks will begin at 9:05 p.m., being launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River. Admission: free.

July Seniors Morning Out Plans Picnic & Visit To Farmers Market

Hickory – Participants in Catawba County’s Seniors Morning Out program will enjoy a picnic, visit the farmers market, and learn about a variety of subjects during the month of July.

Seniors Morning Out is a four-day-a-week program held in five different locations throughout the county. Any county resident who is 60 or better is invited to attend at no charge. In addition to entertaining and informative activities, the program provides a hot, balanced lunch. Activities vary by location. If you plan to attend, please notify the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance to reserve your place. Transportation to and from the sites may be available.

All SMO sites will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All locations will travel to the farmers market on July 27 to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of the other program highlights, listed by location, are as follows.

West Hickory SMO, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: July 5: Picnic with East Hickory SMO at Winkler’s Park with entertainment by Sentimental Journey; July 11: Laughing Yoga with Judy Stowe, Ice Cream Sundae Social and Sing-Along with Mabel Gabor; July12: Healthy Living with Meghan Lawton of the Alzheimer’s Association; July 14, Dancing to the Music of Sentimental Journey; July 19, Creating a Butterfly Haven; July 26, Cornerstones of Good Health with Carolyn Thompson, RN, of Catawba Valley Medical Center. To reserve your place, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

East Hickory SMO, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: July 5, Picnic with West Hickory SMO at Winkler’s Park with Entertainment by Sentimental Journey; July 13: Game Day with Horse Shoes, Ring Toss and Basketball; July 19, Sing Along with Slim Jim Phillips; July 20, Dancercise and Bingo; July 25, Block Walk and Bingo. To reserve your place, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main St. Newton: July 5: Birthday Party: Wear Red, White and Blue and Bring Snacks, the Rev. Daniel Brank to Sing; July 7, Shopping at Valley Hills Mall; July 12: Walk and Stretches and Family Feud; July 14, Homemade Ice Cream (Bring Toppings) and Frisbee Golf; July 19, Music by Sentimental Journey; July 20, Bingo with Agape Day Camp from St. Paul’s Lutheran; July 28: Forgetfulness: When Should You Be Concerned? By Tammy Jacobs and Rik Covalinski of Home Instead. To reserve your place, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba: July 5: Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Honey’s IGA; July 13, Depression and Aging by Tammy Jacobs of Supportive Solutions; July 19, Music by the Clontz Family and Friends; July 21: Blood Pressure Checks and Exercises for Seniors by Jackie Saunders of Bayada Home Health; July 26: Music by Lonesome Road; July 28, Pizza Party (Cost $3) with Cornhole, Horse Shoes and Birdie Toss games. To reserve your place contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Maiden SMO, located at the Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street, Maiden: July 6: Bingo and Group Walking; July 11: Vegetable Bouquet with Thu Ngo and Group Exercise; July 14: Group Walking and Lunch at Newton Carillon; July 18: Living with Diabetes: Do You Know How to Eat Right? with Robin Tallent of Catawba Valley Medical Center: July 21: How to Pet a Porcupine: Don’t Get Stuck with Stress by Marsha Lynn, RN, of Hospice; July 25: Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know with Rik Covalinski of Home Instead and Tammi Jacobs of Supportive Solutions; July 26: Sentimental Journey Band and Group Singing. To reserve your place, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

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

Greater Hickory Junior Singles Tourney Is July 15-17 At City Park

Hickory - The 2016 Greater Hickory Juniors Singles tournament will be held July 15 – 17 at Hickory City Park. The tournament invites all young tennis players ages 8 to 18 to compete, make friends, gain playing experience, and have fun. Players must register no later than July 11. This Level 4 tournament is a great way to expose young players to the competitive world of tennis while allowing the experienced juniors to continue their growth.

You must be a USTA member to register. If you already have a USTA membership, register online at Click on Tennislink (in red), then click on ‘Tournaments’ and enter the tournament ID# 700133815. Follow the rest of the instructions on the site to complete your registration. For free Membership for children 10 & under, go to this link: (

For junior players competing in their first USTA tournament (L4 or L5), the NCTA will pay the entry fee for that participant. This gives young players a free opportunity to experience the excitement of tournament tennis.

Junior Team Tennis players should contact Sara Worth ( to get their free entry vouchers. Players will enter the tournament online and present the voucher to the tournament director at check-in of their first match. The tournament director will send the voucher to the NCTA office so that the player can be reimbursed.

The GHTA appreciates and values all of their generous sponsors and welcomes any donation. The donations are based on the following levels and goals: Lifetime Sport ($500); Build Self-Confidence ($300); Improve Concentration ($200); Social Interaction ($100); Fun Of Tennis ($25); other ($___). To receive proper recognition of the donation, it must be received by July 8. Please make check payable to the Greater Hickory Tennis Association and mail to the following address:

Greater Hickory Tennis Association, Donna Barger, 650 40th Ave. Lane NW, Hickory, NC 28601.

The Greater Hickory Tennis Association (GHTA) is a recreational non-profit organization 501 (c) 3, whose mission is to raise awareness about tennis by creating opportunities for learning, playing and/or promoting the sport. The GHTA has an all-volunteer board of directors that acts as a resource to promote diverse tennis programs development, advocate for USTA League tennis, provide equipment grants, support charitable tennis events, and aid with facility growth.

Auditions For The King And I Are July 25 & 26,

Aug. 1 & 2, In Hudson Uptown Building

Hudson, NC - The Town of Hudson is holding auditions for its 22nd Dinner Theatre Production, the classic Musical Comedy, “The King and I,” on Monday and Tuesday, July 25th and 26th and August 1st and 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Hudson Uptown Building, (HUB), 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson NC 28638.

“The King and I” is the 5th collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Other shows for which they are known are: “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “Cinderella,” “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music.” “The King and I” tells the story of British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, and the King of Siam.

The show is based on actual events and is set in the early 1860s. The King is trying to westernize his country for business and social purposes and he brings in the British teacher to educate his many children about Western culture.

There are many well-known songs in the play, among them, “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance?” Please wear comfortable clothing to auditions, to go through some movement. Having a prepared song is encouraged but is not mandatory. An accompanist will be provided. There will be cold readings from the script.

Roles are available for males and females, ages 8 through elderly adults. In addition to speaking roles, there are parts for an ensemble, the king’s wives and children, courtiers, dancers, etc. The performance dates are: October 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th. For further information, call Director Keith Smith at the Town of Hudson, 728-8272.

The FOCUS App Cash Contest Winners Have Been Chosen!

Hickory - For the past month, FOCUS has advertised a contest offering two $250 cash prizes to folks who download the new FOCUS App, or have already downloaded the App. Those winners were chosen June 27 and they are Lynn Graves and Dawn Triplett, both of Hickory. Congratulations to Lynn and Dawn! Thanks to the many readers of FOCUS, and of the App, for downloading and entering the contest!

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Have a great Fourth of July!

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