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November 26, 2015

HMF’s 1940’s Old Fashioned Christmas Radio Hour, Dec. 12

Hickory - The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) hosts an old fashioned 1940’s Christmas Radio Hour at SALT Auditorium (243 Third Avenue NE Hickory, 28601) Saturday December 12, 2015. This third annual 1940’s Christmas Radio Hour is HMF's primary fundraiser of the year. The live performance features The Hickory Jazz Orchestra, actors in period costume, skits, and music and revives the spirit of the mid 1940s when families gathered 'round the wireless for news and entertainment. In our digital age, the chance to experience a live radio show is rare, unique and inventive. It's a perfect way to recapture a bygone era around the holidays; as well as help fund the exceptional community programs of The Hickory Music Factory.

"One of our goals at Hickory Music Factory is to preserve the history of music," explains executive director Tony Eltora. Eltora and assistant director, Rick Cline, along with the board of directors at the Hickory Music Factory, put their heads together and came up with the idea for a live 1940’s Christmas Radio Hour, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that incorporates the group's music preservation goal, features local musicians and recaptures an era of radio history.

"We wanted to reach out to a diverse population; people who remember and appreciate the historic days of radio, as well as those who are interested in the preservation of music art forms," says Eltora. "Our show is an interactive experience and we encourage our audience to dress in period attire for added fun. In a world of instant gratification and speed, the 1940’s Christmas Radio Hour encourages people to slow down, enjoy the season and make a special evening out of the event." The VIP package is especially enticing as a fine way to enjoy the night. A VIP ticket includes preferred seating, a special pre-show VIP area with drinks and Hors d'oeuvres and a post-show meet and greet with the actors and musicians.

This year's 1940’s Christmas Radio Hour is produced in conjunction with Hickory's own WHKY radio station, which has been on the air since1940 and celebrates their 75th year.

General admission tickets for the 2pm matinee show are $15 and for the 7pm evening show are $15 18yr and under (must be bought at the door), $25 general admission and $40 limited VIP seating. Tickets can be purchased at Larry's Music & Sound (266 Union Square, Hickory 28601) or online at

For more information:

(828)-308-5659 or

Christmas Trees Sold By Boger City UMC Youth, Nov. 27-29

Lincolnton, NC - Have you been thinking about purchasing your Christmas Tree? Would you like to help a church youth group raise funds and Christian Ministry of Lincoln County?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, then you have an opportunity to accomplish all of these goals at the same time.

The Youth of Boger City United Methodist Church will be selling Christmas Trees on their front lawn located 2320 East Main Street on November 27th, November 28th and November 29th.

Proceeds from their Christmas Tree sales will benefit the Youth Mission Fund and Christian Ministry.

For more information, please call 704-735-7513.

Marine Reserve Toys For Tots Drop-Off Sites In Newton

Newton, NC – The Catawba County Marine Corps Reserve is seeking donations of toys for local children to help make their holidays a little brighter this year as coordinators begin the 2015 Toys for Tots campaign.

The city of Newton has two convenient drop-off locations for the Toys for Tots project. Residents, churches, businesses, and others who wish to donate may drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Newton Police Department, located at 411 North Main Ave., or at the Newton Fire Department Headquarters, located at 119 South Brady Ave.

There are more than 90 donation locations throughout Catawba County.

The toys will be distributed by the Catawba County United Way. Children have registered through the school system and various other agencies to participate in the Toys for Tots project. The deadline for donations is Dec. 23.

For more information, contact the Police Department at 828-465-7430 or the Fire Department at 828-695-4315. You may also visit

Hickory PD’s Cops For Tots Sets Guidelines & Deadlines

Hickory - The Hickory Police Department has started collecting toys and monetary donations for the Cops for Tots “Christmas Wish House”. The program began in the early 1980’s by serving only about twelve families. It has expanded over the years and in 2008 almost 2300 children benefited from the Cops for Tots program.

The location of the Christmas Wish House will be the Winkler Park Activity Center (next to the Hickory Crawdads stadium) on Clement Blvd. The dates will be December 14th, 15th, and 16th. The hours of operation are from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm each of those days.

Due to the increasing demand, we are limited to serving families in the following areas:

•City of Hickory (residents can attend on the 14th)

•Catawba County (residents can attend on the 15th)

•Hickory addresses in Burke, Caldwell, or Alexander counties (can attend on the 16th)

You will be required to show proof of address such as a utility, cable, or phone bill. Also, those families who are serviced by the Christmas Bureau in 2015 will not be able to shop at the Christmas Wish House.

Hopefully this will allow more children in need to receive toys. A parent or guardian of the child must present a photo ID of themselves along with the birth certificate or Medicaid card for each child. Children from birth to 12 years of age are eligible to receive toys. No social security cards will be accepted. No children are allowed inside.

Collection boxes for new or slightly used toys have been placed at the following locations: Lobby of Hickory Police Department; Davidson, Holland, Whitesell & Co. on 13th Ave. Pl. NW; Foothills Gymnastics, 920 29th Ave NE; Hickory Martial Arts, 2063 Main Ave SE; Lou Lou’s, 202 Union Square; Scruples H.A.I.R, 1132 LR Blvd. SE and the UPS Store at 2425 N. Center St.

Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cops for Tots, Hickory Police Department, 347 2nd Ave. SW, Hickory, NC 28602. Make checks payable to “Cops for Tots”. Even with the amount of donated toys, there is always a need to purchase more. 100% of the monetary donations are used to purchase additional toys. Additional information on requirements for the Cops for Tots program may be obtained by calling 828-261-2691.

Christmas Bazaar, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Is Set For Sat., Dec. 5

Lawndale, NC - From 7am till Noon on Saturday, December 5, Zion Hill Baptist Church, will hold its Christmas Bazaar.

Have breakfast and shop for crafts, quilts and baked and canned good.

8173 Old NC 18 Highway, In Lawndale, N C 28090

For more information, contact Joie Lovelace, 704-538-9224.

#Shop Small Selfie Event In Downtown Hickory, Sat., Nov 28

Hickory - Like taking selfies of you and your friends? Come to Downtown Hickory on Saturday, November 28, for a #Shop Small Selfie Event. Downtown businesses will be offering giveaways and in-store discounts for customers posting selfies on social media. Gather at the Sails at NOON for a "community selfie" and become part of history!

The last Downtown Farmers Market for the season brings more than fall vegetables to #Shop Small Saturday. The Newton-Conover Auditorium’s cast of “You're A Good Man Charlie Brown” performs at 11am on the Sails stage. Following the community selfie at noon, the Exodus Works Prodigal Sons & Daughters will sing holiday tunes. The downtown shops and the market open at 10am. Come celebrate in the heart of our community with great specials from our local businesses!

Hickory Downtown Development Association and the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market host the #Shop Small Selfie Event. Participating businesses are: Aqua B, Bisque n Beads, Bottega~a soulful place!, Ella Blu, Fan Fair, Foot Solutions, Hickory Wine Shoppe, Lou Lou's Corner, The Natural Olive, Tracy's on the Square, and Turnip the Arts. For more news about downtown Hickory, visit

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Hickory Downtown Development Association is downtown’s Neighborhood Champion during this year’s Shop Small Saturday event.

Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Support local independent businesses on November 28 when you #Shop Small in Downtown Hickory!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Stage Show Is December 4-6, Newton

Newton, NC - Newton-Conover Auditorium will bring the classic animated television special, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.

This presentation of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS by Charles M. Schulz is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson with stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

Show dates and times are Friday December 4 at 7:30 pm, Saturday December 5 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday December 6 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members and $8 children 5 and under.

This special show is sponsored by Catawba Valley Medical Center. Newton-Conover Auditorium, 60 W 6th St., Newton, NC 28658, (828) 464-8100. More information can be found at

PLEASE NOTE: Newton-Conover Auditorium uses Brown Paper Tickets to process their ticket handling. To purchase tickets to any of their events online, please follow each individual show link to the Brown Paper Tickets site found on You may also call 1-800-838-3006 to purchase tickets over the phone. Members of Newton-Conover Auditorium may call the Auditorium office to book tickets.

HMA’s 1980’s Black Friday Night Benefit Nov. 27 Celebrates Art,

Fashion, Live Music & More!

Hickory – Neon colors, acid wash jeans, stirrup pants and big hair are totally welcome from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 27 during Black Friday Night at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), on the SALT Block, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. The fundraising event for HMA will feature live music from 8-10 p.m. by ‘80s rock cover band Graffitti, in addition to the unveiling of the McFarland Fall 2015 Line, a locally manufactured all-knit clothing line for men and women. Fashion designs created by Scott Ian McFarland will be shown on models in an interactive setting throughout the evening.

HMA will also debut it’s first-ever sock, designed by local artist Lance Turner and event sponsor DeFeet. HMA socks will be for sale that evening. Event-goers are encouraged to dress in ‘80s-inspired attire. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes.

Granite Falls Brewing Company will be pouring its award-winning Hoppalachia IPA and a new craft beer – Chocolate High Heel Stout with Hickory Smoked Sea SALT – brewed exclusively for this event, and to commemorate The SALT Block and the City of Hickory. Pizza and snacks will also be available.

Event admission is free for HMA members. For just $5, nonmembers can secure a reservation in advance by visiting or calling 828-327-8576. Cost to attend will be $10 at the door. Nonmembers will be able to apply cost of event admission towards an HMA membership for future savings on events, summer camps and art classes for youth and adults.

About Graffitti

An ‘80s-era cover band, Graffiitti plays songs by REM, U2, The Clash, Simple Minds, The Cure and more. Band members include Shane Cooper (bass/vocals), Greg Simmons (drums/vocals), and Jonathan Birchfield (guitar/vocals). Stuart Garmon, an original fourth member, lives in Michigan and performs with the band occasionally. Graffitti first formed in 1985 and played on college campuses along the southeastern United States during the next two years, ending with a final performance at Duke University in 1987. In 2004, the band initiated a reunion tour and played shows in Las Vegas, Montana, Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. The band continues to be a popular favorite at community events and fundraisers in the area.

About Scott Ian McFarland Knitwear

Scott Ian McFarland Knitwear is a knitwear manufacturing company located in Conover, N.C. A formally trained sculptor, McFarland translated his skills to knitwear design while studying at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His experience with three dimensional shapes, colors and textures leads him to experiment with a variety of fibers and knitting techniques. His pieces have been shown at New York Fashion Week, San Francisco Fashion Week and most recently, at Asheville Fashion Week.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 Third Avenue N.E., Hickory. Admission to the Museum is free. For more information about this and other events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Photo (top): Black Friday Night at Hickory Museum of Art will include an unveiling of the McFarland Fall 2015 Line of knitwear for women and men. Models will display designs by Scott Ian McFarland in an interactive setting throughout the event. Photo (bottom): 80s-rock cover band Graffitti will play from 8-10 p.m. during the fundraising event Black Friday Night at Hickory Museum of Art on Nov. 27.

Cockman Family Christmas Benefit Concert Is Friday, Dec. 4

Hickory - Making Spirits Bright Christmas Concert features the award winning bluegrass/gospel band, The Cockman Family.

The concert will held at the Salt Block in Hickory on December 4th at 7pm. General admission tickets are $15 and tickets for groups of 20 or more are $10.

Making Spirits Bright has also also partnered with churches and businesses to raise items for Highways & Hedges, a ministry for the needy and homeless in Catawba County. To learn how to get involved, visit our facebook page at

Advanced tickets are on sale now. Call or email today to reserve yours. or 828-244-7348

Annual Trail Of Lights On Display Through Dec. 24, In Valdese

Valdese, NC - The Waldensian Trail of Faith is proud to announce the 17th annual Trail of Lights display with over 100,000 old-fashioned, large-bulb lights on display arranged in numerous scenes depicting everything from ice skaters to the manger scene.

The Trail of Lights display has become a family tradition not only in Burke County but also from regions all around the state. Adults who visited the Trail as children with their parents are now bringing their own families to enjoy the Christmas spirit. The Trail of Lights will be open from 6-9 PM every evening running from November 24th through December 24th In addition, guests can find $1 cups of hot apple cider, chocolate, and coffee inside the visitor center along with many Christmas gift opportunities from the Trail’s one-of-a-kind gift shop with savings as great as 50-75% off. Those who come to view the lights may also take the opportunity to learn about the Waldensian story and share the rich history and faith by which they stood for centuries. What better way to spend an evening with family and friends than to share in lights, fellowship and tradition? There is no charge to attend the Lighting of the Trail Ceremony or to view the lights, but donations are always appreciated.

Should Consumers Go Out Of Their Way To Shop Small Business?

(From Fundivo) Big box stores are a staple in America today. You cannot drive more than a couple of miles without seeing a Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or Home Depot. You may shop at them without thinking about it. But, are they the best place to spend your money? Should Consumers Go Out of Their Way to Shop at a Small Business?

Small businesses care about what happens in the community and its citizens.

The simple answer is “Yes”. You should take the extra time to find a small business. However, just saying that is not going to convince you. But, we will show you that there are many benefits of shopping at a small business.

Small businesses care about consumers

In other words, small businesses care about you. They do not have the large name recognition of the “big box” stores. They realize that each customer is important to them. That means you are important to them. When was the last time you walked into a store like Best Buy or Wal-Mart and they knew your name? When was the last time you could even find someone to help you? You don’t have to worry about this at a small business. They want to get to know you. Their employees are reminded that each consumer is very important.

Let us share with you a personal example: One of our colleagues here at Fundivo was shopping at a locally owned cell phone store. They offered the same phones as the corporate store down the street. They offered the same plans. So, why go out of my way to buy from the local store? Well, she started there because shes believes in shopping at locally owned businesses.

But, the experience that she received went beyond any of her expectations. The representative not only explained the plan and the new phone to her (we’re sure the corporate store does the same) but he also gave her his personal cell phone number. He told her that she could call him anytime day or night with questions. Try to get that level of service at a corporate store.

Small businesses care about the community

“Big box” stores are located in a community but they are rarely part of the community. They may write a check to a few non-profit groups but their community involvement ends there. Small businesses are owned by someone who lives in the community. They care about what happens in the community and its citizens.

You are able to get custom products

When was the last time you tried to get Wal-Mart to order something that they didn’t normally carry? You probably never have. You know that you would get laughed out of the store. Small businesses are more willing to work with customers to find custom order products.

Your money stays local

We all want better roads, schools, and parks. That is why we pay taxes, right? But, these public services are also based upon how you spend your money. If you spend money at Wal-Mart then that money is sent to another state or country. Small businesses spend their money locally because they are part of the community.

The bottom line

Should consumers go out of their way to shop at a Small Business? Should you spend the extra time to go to a locally owned small business? That depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a small business that values you, want to help your local community with every dollar you spend, and even want to have better public services then the answer is a resounding “yes.” You should seek out locally owned stores whenever possible.

Saturday, November 28, is Small Business Saturday! Shop locally, shop at a small business whenever possible!

Genealogy Workshop At Beaver Library, Thurs., Dec. 3, 7pm

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering a Genealogy Workshop on Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Join Peggy Mainess, Hickory Public Library’s Genealogy Librarian, in a presentation about using modern research techniques in genealogy research.

This workshop will focus on the use and evaluation of internet resources, on how social media can assist researchers, and how DNA studies contribute to genealogy/family history research. This workshop is part of a genealogy series designed to help both beginner and advanced researchers to improve their skills.

The 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.

Meet The Music Man’s High Society ‘Pick-a-Little’ Ladies

Hickory - Some of the funniest characters in “The Music Man,” opening December 4th on the Jeffers stage at the Hickory Community Theatre, are the high society women most known for the “Pick-a-Little” song. The number skewers the ladies' penchant for gossip but is also a musical marvel with its tempo and counterpoint to “Good Night Ladies” sung by a barbershop quartet.

The ladies are led by the mayor’s wife, Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn, played by Dorothy Collier Best. She is committed to upholding a high moral standard in the community and determined to cleanse the library of “questionable materials." Her allies in the cause are: Ethel Toffelmier, played by Diane Albers; Mrs. Squires, played by Shirley “Cookie” Laws; Alma Hix, played by Crystal Leigh; and, Maude, the youngest of the group, played Logan McGowan.

Albers and Best are familiar to local audiences and were on stage together in the Theatre’s last Mainstage production, “The Game’s Afoot.” Laws is new to the stage but has been “theatre mom” for a couple of productions and came to auditions to support her daughter. Leigh, a resident of Granite Falls, is a newcomer to the Theatre as well. McGowan is also new to the Hickory Theatre but not to the stage, having performed in many productions in her native Dallas, TX before moving to Hickory last year.

Performances of “The Music Man” are December 4th through 20th in the Jeffers Theatre; Fridays and Saturdays (December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (Dec 10 and 17) at 7:30pm, and Sundays (Dec 13 and 20) at 2:30pm.

As an added bonus, there will be a drawing at the first six performances (Dec 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 and 13) for a pair of tickets to the opening of “Star Wars – the Force Awakens” at the Carmike Theater on December 17th.

Regular price tickets are $20, with $2 off for seniors and half price for students or youth 18 and under. Thursday is discounted, adult tickets are $14 and youth are $10. Tickets are available online at or at the box office, in person or by phone at (828) 328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “The Music Man” is produced by Catawba Valley Medical Center and VONDREHLE Corporation, and part of the 2015-16 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

PHOTO: (front) Diane Albers, Dorothy Collier Best, Crystal Leigh (back) Shirley Laws and Logan McGowan are the “Pick-a-Little Ladies" in “The Music Man,” opening December 4th at the Hickory Community Theatre. Go to or call (828) 328-2283 for information and tickets. Photo is by Thom Hutchens.

Satie’s Holiday Sale, Caldwell Arts Council, On Friday, Dec. 4

Lenoir, NC - Everyone is invited to attend the Grand Opening of the annual Satie's* Holiday Sale at the Caldwell Arts Council, Friday December 4th. We will be open until 7:00pm that evening, with refreshments served by our friends from the Caldwell Women's Club beginning at 5pm.

Then, through December 23rd, we will be open Monday through Friday 9am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm. More than 75 crafters and artists will provide locally hand-crafted & artistic gift and food items to satisfy everyone on your gift list this year. Buy American-made -- made right here in Caldwell County! Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW in Lenoir. For more details, call 828-754-2486 or visit our website:

*Satie & J.E. Broyhill raised their family in the home now occupied by the Caldwell Arts Council. The gift shop and the annual holiday sale are named in honor of Mrs. Broyhill.

A Christmas Story Parade, Tues., Dec. 1, 5:30pm, Morganton

Morganton, NC - Downtown Morganton invites you to experience our Christmas Story with the annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Morganton Downtown Development Association.

Join us at 5:30pm on Tuesday, December 1st on the Courthouse Square for an extra special treat. Over 600 students from all four area high schools will perform collectively before the parade’s start at 6:00pm.

This year’s parade theme is “A Christmas Story” and will include many floats, characters and bands.

Get a cup of hot chocolate or a snack from the food vendor on site and enjoy the parade as it winds through Downtown along Green and Sterling Streets. The parade will be broadcast on CoMPAS throughout the holiday season.

For more information please call 828-438-5252 or email

A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas, Dec. 6-8, Tickets Now On Sale

Hickory – Attending A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas has become a heartfelt holiday tradition on campus and for families of Hickory and surrounding communities. The event is presented each year by LRU’s A Cappella Choir, College Singers, Brass Ensemble, and Handbell Ensemble. Those planning to attend are encouraged to reserve tickets now for this year’s event, scheduled for Sunday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 8 each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Chapel.

Dr. Paul Weber, Director of the A Cappella Choir, is serving as organizer and conductor of the event for the 17th year. Accompanists for the choir will be Jeana Neal Borman, collaborative artist, and Dr. Vince Crist, university organist, for LRU.

The program will be performed through, without applause, and will include diverse music performed by the ensembles and seasonal carols sung by the audience. The Brass Ensemble, under the direction of LR Professor of Music, Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, and the Handbell Ensemble conducted by Mr. Cory Westby ’08 will perform the prelude music. Choral works to be performed include pieces by Sweelinck, Vaughan Williams, Duruflé, Britten, Busto, and carol settings by the late Sir David Willcocks. The LR College Singers will contribute Herbert Howells, “A Spotless Rose” and Helvey’s “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing.” The feature piece will be Dr. Weber’s “Magnificat 1997” performed this year with the A Cappella Choir, Brass Ensemble, guest oboist Anna Morris, soprano Mara Hall ’13, and student organist Andrew Barbour ’17.

The climax of each year’s program is the candle lighting ceremony led by the choir as they sing seasonal music and traditional selections of the A Cappella Choir. The audience is invited to join in singing “Silent Night,” and the candle lighting ceremony will conclude with F. Melius Christiansen’s powerful eight-voice setting, “O Day Full of Grace.”

A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas is free and open to the public though guests are encouraged to make a donation to a goodwill offering at the conclusion of the program. Tickets (a maximum of four per person) can be reserved by visiting the LR Box Office, located in P.E. Monroe Auditorium, or calling (828) 328-7206. Tickets for all concert dates may be picked up at the LR Box Office, opened Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., through December 4. The box office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Guests are asked to return unused tickets to the box office an hour prior to each concert which will be made available to the public at that time. For more information, visit

Founded during the 1935-36 academic year by Kenneth Lee, the A Cappella Choir celebrates its 80th Anniversary this academic year. All choir alumni are invited back to campus for Alumni Weekend, April 22-23, 2016 to present a program with this year’s A Cappella Choir on Saturday, April 23 at 2:30 pm. In addition, the 20th Anniversary of the sacred music program will be celebrated in a campus-wide service in Grace Chapel on Friday, April 22, at 4:30 pm, and with a Service of Morning Prayer on Saturday, April 23, at 8 a.m. in Grace Chapel.

PHOTO: A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas performance, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird Auditions Are Dec. 7 & 8, At FPA Theatre

Hudson, NC - Foothills Performing Arts will hold open auditions for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” on Monday & Tuesday, December 7 & 8; from 7-9 pm at the FPA Theatre. Parts are available for at least 11 men, 6 women, 3 children and extras.

The story is about Scout Finch and her older brother, Jem, who live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama. The children spend much of their time with their friend Dill spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.

When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written by Christopher Sergel, based on the novel by Harper Lee, and published by The Dramatic Publishing Company. The production, directed by Carla Robinson, is rated PG. Show dates are February 12-14 & 19-21, 2016. There will be a performance for area schools on the morning of February 19, 2016. Anyone cast in a speaking role must be available to attend all performances.

FPA is located in Bldg.-B on the campus of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in Hudson on Hwy 321. For more information, call 828-726-2318 or visit our web site

HMA’s 41st Angels Of The Arts Brunch Benefit Is Saturday, Dec. 5

Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art Guild presents its 41st Annual Angels of the Arts Holiday Brunch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at Lake Hickory Country Club, Hickory. The fundraising event includes a holiday brunch, and silent and live auctions, including the chance to win a Gourmet Experience in Napa Valley and Rome for Art Lovers trip. All proceeds benefit Hickory Museum of Art educational programs and exhibitions.

Featured live auction items include two trips: a four-day, three-night Gourmet Experience in Napa Valley and a six-night, seven-day Rome for Art Lovers adventure.

Additional live auction items include a Cork & Fork Napa Style Dinner for 10 at the home of Nancy and David Zagaroli, pottery by Kim Ellington, behind-the-scenes tour of Washington, DC, with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, and a framed underpainting by Paul Whitener (1911-1959), founder and first director of Hickory Museum of Art. The event’s silent auction offers numerous chances to bid on art, gift baskets and other items donated from area businesses.

New this year, the Guild is selling Golden Raffle Tickets for a chance to win a three-day, four-night trip to the destination of choice, including Disney World, Las Vegas or Napa Valley. Golden Ticket purchasers do not need to be present to win. Golden Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased securely online at, or by calling 828-327-8576.

Angels of the Arts Brunch reservations are $30 per person. Combo tickets including Brunch reservation and a Golden Raffle Ticket are $75 per person. Reservations can be purchased at Hickory Museum of Art, or by calling 828-327-8576. Preview live auction items and purchase reservations securely online at

About the Guild

The Museum’s Guild plans events, assists with receptions, serves as docents and volunteers in the office and Galleria shop. The Guild meets monthly for event planning, art-related programs, fellowships and visits to other cultural venues. Annual Guild events include Angels of the Arts Holiday Brunch and Art a la Carte luncheon. Call 828-327-8576 to join the Guild today.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about this and other events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Catawba Valley Chorus Sets Christmas Concerts, Dec. 11-15

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Community Chorus will be presenting their Christmas Concert as follows:

Friday, December 11 at 7:00 PM at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 4420 County Home Rd, Conover, NC

Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 PM at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 2120 Startown Road, Hickory, NC

Monday, December 14 at 7:00 PM at Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. NE, Hickory, NC

Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 PM at Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Ave, Newton, NC

There is no admission charge for the concerts. The Catawba Valley Community Chorus is comprised of members from the Unifour Area.

The Chorus is directed by Cory Westby and accompanists are Kyle McClure and Tim Warren.

Exodus Homes’ Wm. Mangum Honor Card “He Cares” On Sale

Hickory - The Exodus Homes’ 2015 William Mangum Honor Card “He Cares?” is now available for the holidays. North Carolina watercolor artist William Mangum is a hands-on advocate for homeless people, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make The Honor Card one of the most well leveraged charitable programs in the country. When someone buys an Honor Card for $5.00 or more, the card is given to someone to let them know that a gift has been made in their honor to Exodus Homes. Each card has information about Exodus Homes and about the Honor Card program.

The Honor Card program has raised more than $5 million dollars over the past 26 years for agencies serving homeless people in thirteen cities across North Carolina. The Honor Card Program is funded by Mangum, Wells Fargo, Piedmont Graphics, and the Kearney family with 100% of the proceeds from sales going to support the programs of Exodus Homes.

Each year, The Honor Card features a contemplative painting by Mangum, one of the most respected and collected artists in the United States. This year's painting is "He Cares", and he hopes 2015 Honor Card sales will help Exodus Homes continue to do great work in providing faith based supportive housing to homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison. Mangum is passionate about the program saying, "Each year I seek influence for the annual Honor Card painting, and inspiration often comes to me through poignant lyrics such as the ones I found from the great South African singer Johnathon Butler in his song 'I Know He Cares'. God cares about every intricate detail of our lives. In fact, Jesus said, 'Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?' Even in the midst of a difficult situation like homelessness, God wants us to know that He cares. What better way to celebrate your holiday season than by giving a "He Cares" Honor Card to your family and friends to share your bounty and blessings with less fortunate people?"

Churches and businesses are welcome to pick up packets of cards and displays at the Exodus Homes office. Money raised and any unsold cards left will be collected the week of December 29th. Individuals can buy cards and send them, or request an order form and Exodus Homes will send the cards.

"He Cares" Honor Cards and order forms are available at the following locations or on the Exodus Homes website at

Exodus Homes, 122 8th Ave Dr. SW, Hickory 28602

Exodus Works, 510 1st Ave SW, Hickory 28602

SALT Block Art Museum Gift Shop

Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, 29 2nd St. NW Hickory 28601

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, 1055 Southgate Corporate Park, Hickory 28602

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