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April 17, 2014

HMA Kicks Off Art á la Carte On May 3; Luncheon Is May 5

Hickory - Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) Guild kicks-off an exciting two-day event in conjunction with its annual Art a la Carte luncheon as HMA celebrates its 70th anniversary with a “through the decades” theme.

A Preview Reception on Saturday, May 3 from 6-8 PM will feature period decorated tables, vintage fashions and retro art and music. Guild members will be sporting period clothing from the 40’s on, and guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite vintage fashions. This event is free to HMA members. A five dollar donation is suggested for non-members. Cash bar and alcoholic beverages courtesy of Olde Hickory Station and complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Hickory Career and Arts Magnet School and the HMA Guild will be offered.

The Luncheon and Fashion show follows on Monday, May 5, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM in the Coe Gallery with a lunch catered by L&L Catering and served by St. Stephen’s Key Club volunteers. Homemade desserts reminiscent of popular sweets from 1940 through 1970 will be supplied by the Museum Guild. Local realtor Suzanne Williams is providing vintage clothing for the event, and Jackson Group Interactive Director Mary-Margaret Baker will deliver the commentary.

Art a la Carte table, 2013

The Monday, May 5 Art la Carte reservations are $30 and include luncheon, dining at designer-decorated tables and the fashion show. All proceeds benefit the Hickory Museum of Art. Seating will be limited, so register early; deadline is April 22. Call Chrissy Schramm, Development Manager, at (828) 327-8576 or email

Coe Gallery is named for Mickey Whitener Coe, who with her husband Paul Whitener, helped establish HMA in 1944, and the fashion show will feature several garments belonging to Mickey Coe when she was Museum Director.

Among table designers are The Potted Red Geranium, Resource Warehouse, The Sally Company, and Whitfield’s by Design, as well as Museum Guild, staff and members. It is not too late to decorate a table, and you are encouraged to call Chrissie Schramm at the Museum.

The Guild was founded in 1970 as the hospitality arm of the Hickory Museum of Art. Today’s Guild focuses on planning fundraising events, assisting with receptions, serving as docents, and volunteering in the Museum office and HMA Galleria. The Guild meets monthly for event planning, art-related programs, and fellowship. For more information, contact Chrissy Schramm as listed above.

CVCC Singular Sensation Show Is April 25 & 26

Hickory - Due to inclement weather, Catawba Valley Community College’s Singular Sensation show choir presentation originally scheduled for Feb. 14 and 15 has been rescheduled for April 25 and 26. Each show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets purchased for the February shows will be honored.

Featuring a variety of Broadway and pops musical selections, both shows will be held at the CVCC Tarlton Complex on the Main Campus located at 2550 Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.

Tickets are $10 per person or $8 with a CVCC student ID and are available for purchase in the CVCC Business Office on the main campus in Hickory. Tickets may be purchased in person Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4276.

WPS Auditions To “Sing For The Phantom” Are On May 5 & 6

Hickory - To kick off its 50th anniversary season, the Western Piedmont Symphony is holding auditions for local singers to perform selections from Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera with the symphony, featuring guest artist Franc D’Ambrosio, the longest-running “Phantom” in the history of the Tony Award-winning musical. D’Ambrosio will also choose the two finalists who will “Sing For The Phantom” onstage at the Western Piedmont Symphony’s premiere Pops Concert of the 2014 season, Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm.

“ ’Sing For The Phantom’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local singers to learn and sing for a performer of Mr. D’Ambrosio’s caliber,” explained Denise Filip, Marketing Chairperson for the Western Piedmont Symphony Board of Directors. “We are thrilled and honored to have Mr. D’Ambrosio share his time and talent with the community to help us celebrate the Western Piedmont Symphony’s 50th anniversary.”

Those who audition to “Sing For The Phantom” will be competing for the roles of Christine and Raoul from The Phantom of the Opera and should be prepared to sing “All I Ask of You.” Copies of the audition song are available at the WPS office, and an accompanist will be provided for the audition.

Auditions will be held May 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the SALT Block in the Hickory Choral Society’s rehearsal room at 243 Third Ave. NE. All candidates should arrive no later than 6:00 pm. After receiving an audition number, candidates will enter in groups of five to audition. There is no age limit, nor restrictions on amateur or professional singers. However, any singers under the age of 18 at the time of the audition must have written parental consent to enter the competition. One parent or guardian must also accompany minor singers at all rehearsals and the evening of the concert if selected.

Franc D’Ambrosio, Broadway’s Phantom

Following the auditions on May 6, four soprano and four tenor/baritone finalists will be selected for the final audition with Mr. D’Ambrosio at a Master Class on Friday, May 9, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Finalists will need to select a song from a Broadway musical that shows their soprano or baritone/tenor range. Mr. D’Ambrosio will select the winners during the class.
The two singers chosen to “Sing For The Phantom” will rehearse with the orchestra on Saturday, May 10, at 2:00 pm, then perform with the symphony during the Pops Concert, Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 pm, at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Winners will also receive four additional tickets to the May 10 performance. A fee of $25 cash or a $25 check made out to Western Piedmont Symphony must be received the day of the audition. This audition fee covers the audition, the Master Class by Franc D’Ambrosio on May 9, and entry to the symphony’s Pops Concert on May 10.

Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. Affectionately known as Phantom's "The Iron Man of The Mask" Franc D'Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the "Worlds Longest Running Phantom," a title he has held for more than a decade. His resume also includes performances in the Academy Award-nominated film Godfather III, an Emmy Award-nominated television show, a four-time Tony-nominated Broadway show, two Grammy considerations, and a National Theatre Award nomination.

For More Information, Please Contact: Denise Filip, Marketing Chairperson, Western Piedmont Symphony Board of Directors, 828 322 6261 or 828 267 6850 or 828 324 8603 WPS Office. Email

Easter Sunrise Service At Waldensian Trail Of Faith

Valdese, NC - This is our 14th annual Easter Sunrise Service. This year, River of Life Church, and Welcome Chapel Missionary Baptist Church have combined to bring us a wonderful drama, music, and message for the service. Following the service, East Valdese Baptist Church will be providing refreshments for anyone who didn’t get a bite before leaving out so early.

The drama includes the full crucifixion of Christ and the thieves on the crosses, and of course the resurrection. The backdrop for the drama is the cave exhibit on the Trail which makes an incredible backdrop for the event. Everyone is invited to attend at 6:45 Easter morning. The entire service will last less than an hour.

Date: Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at 6:45 am; Location: 401 Church Street NW, Valdese NC 28690

3rd Annual Foothills Veterans Stand Down Is Friday, April 25

Newton, NC - The 3rd Annual Foothills Veterans Stand Down will be held at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Opening ceremonies for the Stand Down will begin promptly at 8:00 am.

The term “Stand Down” was coined during the Vietnam War, and it referred to the time to provide battle weary soldiers a retreat in a safe environment. The purpose was for soldiers to take care of personal hygiene, enjoy hot meals, medical care, send and receive mail, as well as, be part of the camaraderie of fellow soldiers. Today, “Stand Down” is a grassroots, community-based intervention designed to help homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. It offers homeless veterans a “hand up”, not a hand out. The Stand Down provides an opportunity for veterans to renew their spirits, health, and overall sense of well-being while connecting with other veterans who care.

The Foothills Homeless Veteran Stand Down covers twelve counties including Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes. All veterans are invited to attend the Stand Down, but only those who are eligible for or are in the Veterans Administration (VA) services and identified as homeless will receive military surplus items. Non-Veterans Administration services will be available to all veterans regardless of their discharge status. Individuals will need to prove they are a veteran, and the VA will be able to assist in verification of veteran status during the event. Transportation will be available and provided to the event to any veteran who needs it.

The 2013 Stand Down was a huge success due to the many contributors and volunteers that supported the operation.

Foothills Veterans Stand Down 2013

Food, clothing, medical, dental and other services were provided to over 200 needy veterans. Medical services were provided by 11 volunteer doctors/nurse practitioners, and all veterans in attendance were able to access the medical care.
Dental services were provided by 9 volunteer dentists, their assistants, and hygienists allowing 56 veterans the opportunity to receive essential dental services. Veterans from 13 different counties were in attendance.

Again in 2014, Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center will generously support the event with medical volunteers and needed medical supplies. Lenoir-Rhyne University nursing program, Caldwell Community College ophthalmic program, and Catawba Valley Community College dental program plan to be a part of the event this month. Many other medical professionals plan to provide their time and expertise for the much needed treatment to veterans during the Stand Down. Approximately forty community resource agencies will be in attendance to provide information and referrals for a variety of services including housing, mental health, employment, veteran only services, tax concerns, and other personal needs

The Veterans Administration will be on site and offer available services to needy and at-risk veterans. The following Veterans Service Organizations are involved in planning and making the Stand Down a success; American Legion Posts 48 and 16, V F W Posts 1957, 5362, and 5381, D A V Chapters 6, 34, and 90, the Marine Corps League # 1197, the National Guard and Army Reserve units from Hickory and Lenoir.

The event could not be possible without the Stand Down Committee members who include veterans, veteran agencies, community service agencies, and other interested parties. If any agency, business, or individual is interested in being part of the Stand Down, donating to the event, or want information, visit the website at or call Ric at 828-302-0293 or Larry at 828-320-2842. The Foothills Homeless Veteran Stand Down could not exist without the massive support received from local area businesses, individuals, and churches.

USA Boxing Junior Olympics Match Is April 19th In Hickory

Hickory - All Things Percussive and Atlantic MMA & Boxing are proud to present the 2014 USA Boxing Junior Olympic State Championships to the Hickory community.

The best amateur boxers ages 8-16 in the state will be participating in the Junior Olympic event, with hopes of advancing to the Regional and National Championships. Additional adult Novice and Open division amateur bouts will follow the JO’s. Live music will be performed by All Things Percussive/Hear4Your Entertainment and gift bags will be given away to the first 100 in attendance at the event. The event will be located at Hickory High School in Hickory, NC on April 19th at 6pm. General admission is $15 at the door with free admission to children under 7. Visit to purchase tickets. Use coupon code JOTICKETS to receive $5 off General Admission. Elected officials and those seeking office in the May 6th Primary are expected to be in attendance as VIP guests.

World Book Night Book Givers To Bestow Freebies On April 23

Hickory - If you’re out and about on Wednesday, April 23, a stranger may give you a free book.

It’s part of World Book Night, an effort to put more books into the hands of potential readers.

Locally, several book givers will fan out from Catawba County Library locations to distribute some of their favorite reads to passersby on the street, in buses, area soup kitchens, waiting rooms and the like. You may be one of those recipients.

World Book Night is a world-wide initiative that involves authors, publishers, literary agents, booksellers, librarians and readers of all sorts who are willing to hand out 20 copies of a favorite book on a particular Wednesday in April. This year it’s the 23rd.

World Book Night copies may not be sold. They are not to be given to family, friends, book clubs or to patrons at the library. The idea is to promote a book to someone who is unlikely to otherwise read that book.

Some of the titles to be given away this year: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; The Dog Stars by Peter Heller; Hoot by Carl Hiaasen; Pontoon by Garrison Keillor; Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan; Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee; Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean; This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff and Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan.

The volunteers chose the book to give away from a preselected list of 33 titles including popular recent best-sellers, classics and well-regarded fiction and nonfiction books.

World Book Night began as a round table discussion at London’s Book Industry Conference in May 2010.

The purpose was to imagine a way to encourage more adults to read. The winning idea was to spread a love for reading by passionate readers who would go out into their communities and share copies of their favorite books with those who don’t regularly read.

World Book Night was first celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2011. In 2012, it was also celebrated in the United States and Germany.

Catawba County Library System is excited to spread the movement in Catawba County this year.

Blue Ridge’s April 26 Bunny Run Benefits Sipes Orchard Home

Hickory, NC – Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Bunny Run benefitting Sipe’s Orchard Home Saturday, April 26th. This is an escorted parade of motorcycles led by the Easter Bunny from Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson to Sipe’s Orchard Home to deliver Easter baskets to the children who attend school and the Tyndall Pre-K Center.

The Tyndall NC Pre-K center located at Sipe’s Orchard Home has been selected as Blue Ridge H-D’s Blessings in a Backpack program beneficiary. Blue Ridge H-D has committed to supplying backpacks of nutritional appropriate food for the at-risk Pre-K students who attend this school.  All proceeds from the Bunny Run will go directly to the purchase of food for this program.

 Registration for the ride is $10 per person and includes a BBQ chicken lunch provided by Iron Thunder at the After-Party back at Blue Ridge H-D at the conclusion of the ride.  Registration is at Blue Ridge H-D from 9AM-10:30AM.  Live entertainment will be provided by Soul Watt from 12-3PM at the After-Party.

A big bunny will lead the Bunny Run at BR HD

Blue Ridge H-D is also organizing a school supply drive for the classrooms located at the Tyndall Center as well as a clothing drive for the teens residing at Sipes.  Blue Ridge H-D will be accepting clothing and supply donations at the dealership leading up to the ride and encourages the community to stop by and drop off donations.  A listing of requested donated items can be found on or our Facebook page under the Bunny Run event listing.

All donated items will be delivered to the students and residents on the day of the event.  Once participants arrive at Sipe’s Orchard Home, Blue Ridge H-D will be providing Easter baskets to the students and residents.  Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny will be provided for all students attending as well.

The NEW Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson is located at 2002 13th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory, right next to the Hickory Convention Center. Please visit or call (828) 327-3030 for details on this and other dealership activities.

Catawba Regional Hospice Needs Patient Volunteers

Newton, NC – Catawba Regional Hospice is seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to serve as valued members of the Hospice team and to offer welcome support for patients and families.

CRH has been invited to serve patients in a 10-county region, including Lincoln, Gaston, and Catawba counties. The need for patient support extends throughout the area and offers residents an excellent opportunity to help their neighbors. If you are willing to bring comfort and assistance to families dealing with advanced illness, your participation would be greatly appreciated.

The next volunteer training session will be held at Catawba Regional Hospice’s main campus (3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658) on Saturday, May 17 (8:15am-5pm) and will continue on Sunday, May 18 (12:30pm-5pm). There is no fee for the training.

The session is designed to educate volunteers on communicating effectively with patients and families, to showcase what hospice is, and to clarify the role of hospice volunteers. After completing the class, volunteers will be able to supply administrative support, provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship to patients, and help in other meaningful ways.

To register for the May session or for more information, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 828.466.0466.

About the Organization:

Catawba Regional Hospice, founded in 1979, is a community-based organization providing hospice medical care, patient and family support, and spiritual comfort throughout the multi-county Catawba region. From Lake James to Lake Hickory to Lake Norman, we serve patients and families regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, faith, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay.

CRH is licensed by the state of North Carolina, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, and nationally accredited.

For more information about our programs of service, call 828-466-0466 or visit

Three More Chances To See Hit Comedy The Lion In Winter

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s classic comedy/drama, the Tony and Oscar winning “The Lion in Winter,” begins its final weekend of performances Thursday night, April 17th, at 7:30pm in the Firemen’s Kitchen cabaret theater.

It’s all about royal misdoings in the court of England’s King Henry II. The play tells the story of Henry and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, their three sons, Richard the Lionheart, Geoffrey and John as they fight for succession to the crown.

Their squabbles lead to scenes of drama and comedy as they fight for the future of the kingdom, heightened by the usual tension of holidays: it’s Christmas. Early on, Henry II asks of his family, “What shall we hang, the holly or each other?”

Thrown into the mix of family fun is Henry’s mistress, French Princess Alais and her brother, French King Philip.

‘Lion,’ written in 1966, is not often seen on any stage, though it represents a type of drama and comedy that is timeless.  It was most recently on Broadway in 1999. Due to its title and subject matter, it’s sometimes assumed to be Shakespeare-like in style of language. In fact, though beautifully written, the characters speak in plain language while they struggle to find a way to get along - like any family, anywhere, today.  It’s a contemporary comedy/drama that happens to be set at in 1183, in France!

The final two performance dates for “The Lion in Winter” are Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm, April 18 and 19, in the Firemen’s Kitchen.      

Rated R for adult situations. Tickets are $14 and are available at the Theatre box office in person or by phone at (828) 328-2283, Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5.  Online ticketing is available through the Theatre website at

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.  “The Lion in Winter” is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. Delores Hammer, DDS.

PHOTO: Young Prince John (Simon Kinder, left) and his brother, Prince Geoffrey (Silas Waugh) debate the likelihood of either of them ever becoming king, in “The Lion in Winter” at Hickory Community Theatre. 

Final performances begin this Thursday night at 7:30 and continue through Friday and Saturday, April 18 & 19, at 8pm.  Call (828) 328-2283 or visit for tickets and information. 

Photo is by Ken Burns.

April 26: Newton Clean-up Day

Newton, NC - Earth Day is just around the corner, so work on brightening your corner of the world by joining the City of Newton for its annual Clean Up Event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Engage in this great opportunity for your club, team or community group to get together, clean up Newton and earn community service hours.

Volunteers will be assigned to streets inside the Newton City Limits, but a group can volunteer to clean a specific street by request. The City will provide bags, gloves, t-shirts and safety vests for all volunteers. On the day of the event, volunteers must report to Southside Park to sign-in and pick up their supplies. A hot dog lunch will be provided at noon at Southside Park.

Register to participate by contacting Angie Harris-Ramseur at 828-695-4288 or

Family Fun: Earth & Arbor Day Event On The SALT Block, 4/26

Hickory - Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, along with family-friendly activities at the SALT Block.

Learn about what it means to “be green” in Catawba County during the sixth year of “Growing a Green Future” event. In addition to “Growing a Green Future,” for the second year, the Catawba County Partnership for Children will be hosting their 18th annual Family Fair in conjunction with this event. This combined event will be held on Saturday, April 26, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the “Green” between the Arts and Science Center and the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd Street, NE, Hickory. The rain date is Sunday, April 27 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“More than ever before, in the history of the plant, being stewards of the environment is paramount,” said Maria Goldstein with GoGreen Hickory. “Young and old inhabitants of our planet must be actively practicing responsible stewardship each day and every day. Each year in the month of April our community comes together to become aware of how we can be part of “making every day earth day.”

As in previous years, more than 20 groups will be represented at “Growing a Green Future” and they will be providing educational information, and demonstrations, focusing on preserving the earth, supporting nature, or any environmental product, practice or service offered in the area.

Many organizations come together to bring this event to the community, including The City of Hickory, the Catawba Science Center, the Catawba County Partnership for Children, Catawba County, Greenway Public Transportation, Keep Catawba County Beautiful, Hickory Museum of Art, and Republic Services.

“Education about recycling and waste reduction and how to take care of our environment is making a real difference,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County Waste Reduction Coordinator/Educator. “Catawba County is pleased to have the distinction of being ranked #1 in the state for recycling which reflects the dedicated efforts of our citizens, businesses, school systems and our cities and towns.”

In addition to “Growing a Green Future,” Family Fair, also, provides a wide variety of fun, free activities for all families in the community. This year is focused around “Reading Takes You Places.” Many agencies and organizations will provide information about their services, as well as fun activities for children of all ages. They will have literacy activities, as well as face painting, balloon animals, games, Foothills Gymnastics, Hickory Public Library, and Safe Kids Catawba County, just to name a few.

The Catawba County Partnership for Children works collaboratively with other child serving agencies to ensure that children start school healthy and prepared for success. A nonprofit agency since 1995, the Partnership for Children is located at Sweetwater Early Childhood Education Center in Hickory.

The City of Hickory’s Community Appearance Commission (CAC) and Landscape Services will be handing out tree seedlings again this year. The trees are Laurel Oak, Catalpa, and Crape Myrtle. The community is encouraged to stop by the City of Hickory’s booth to pick up a tree seedling to plant.

Air quality improvement and the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere is a benefit of trees. Also, a healthy mature tree will increase property value and the larger the tree the higher the value. This is especially important for resale and will increase yearly as the tree grows. All of these reasons should be an incentive to plant trees. By keeping mature trees healthy by proper pruning and not topping trees, not only will it increase the value of a property and save money on energy costs, but, it, also, helps provide a benefit of cleaner air and reductions in storm water problems.

In addition to all the other activities during this event, the Catawba Science Center will be hosting the Eco Transportation Show that will be located in the parking area adjoining Carpenter Hall on the South Side of the Green. Mike Johnson Toyota, Paramount Auto, and Everett Chevrolet are the sponsors for the Eco Transportation Show, which enables all visitors to come to the Science Center Exhibits for free during this event. Each of these sponsors will be bringing energy efficient vehicles for display. Also, on display will be an Army Utility Vehicle that runs on used cooking oil, as well as other possible displays such as bicycles, canoes, kayaks, and more.

For more information on the City’s Community Appearance Commission, go to For more information about Catawba County Partnership for Children, call 828-695-6505 or go to For more information about Family Fair, please call 828-695-6506.  

World Book Night April 23: FREE Books, 9am-2pm At CVCC

Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College will participate in World Book Night on April 23 by offering students, faculty, staff and the community free books. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Wing Commons on the CVCC Main Campus in Hickory.

Sponsored by the English Department, World Book Night is an ambitious campaign to encourage reading by light and non-readers. A half million free paperbacks will be handed out across America all on one day—April 23—to promote reading.

The 35 titles to be given away on World Book Day were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians, with input from last year's givers. This year's book selection is more diverse than ever, including a graphic novel, a university press pick, and the first book by an Asian-American author. There are books in English and Spanish, and two of the picks will also be available in large print editions.

Book descriptions, guidelines, and the online application are at

World Book Night in the U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. World Book Night U.S. is supported by UPS, authors, publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, and a dozen printers and paper companies.

Bunker Hill High’s Hope 4 A Cure 5K Race Is Saturday, May 3

Claremont, NC - Bunker Hill High School’s 3rd Annual HOPE 4 a Cure 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Claremont Park in Claremont NC. HOPE 4 a Cure is a club at Bunker Hill High School that donates time and raises money to help fight Cancer, Heart Disease, Autism, Anencephaly, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, MS and many others. HOPE also helps the homeless of Catawba County by collecting clothing and food, donating time to help at soup kitchens, just by offering encouragement and support. HOPE supports our furry friends by collecting items for the Humane Society.

The event will be held rain or shine.

7:00 AM Race Day Registration/Packet Pick up

8:30 AM Invocation and Opening Balloon release

8:45 AM HOPE 5K Timed Race and non-competitive walk

9:00 AM 1 mile Fun Walk

9:15 AM DJ/Dissent

Photo: Race route

Following race - Awards for the 5K and Raffles

Sponsors include Dr. Darryl L. Hatchett, D.D.S, City of Claremont, Bunker Hill Optimist, Cargo Transporters, Countyside Pet Hospital, Shurtape, Thomas-Bain Leather Inc, Big Dog’s Shop, Charles Reed Carpet Cleaning, Genesis 127 Salon and Spa, Inc, Medicap Pharmacy in Conover, Michael Pannell, People’s Barber Shop, Steve White Motors, Inc, Smokey D’s and Timmerman Manufacturing Company. HOPE students and parents, the BHHS Faculty and Mr. Jeff Isenhour, principal, of BHHS. Without Mr. Isenhour’s support and encouragement, HOPE would not be able to have this event.

Timing provided by: Right on Time, Asheville, NC

For more information or for a registration form, please contact Angie Sigmon, Bunker Hill High School 828-241-3355 ext. 2203 or 828-234-6701.

WPS Free Concert Under The Sails On April 27

Hickory - Join the Western Piedmont Symphony orchestra for another FREE musical extravaganza on the square in downtown Hickory under the sails. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 5-7 pm. Rain location will be the SALT Block Auditorium. Enjoy show tunes, TV and movie themes, beach music and much more.

It’s been a long, cold winter. Invite your family and friends and spend a beautiful spring day listening to beautiful music.

Bring a lawn chair, pack your own picnic or visit one of the downtown restaurants. This free concert is sponsored by the City of Hickory, Hickory Metro Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Frye Regional Medical Center and CenturyLink. Enjoy Music--Well Crafted. Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box office hours are 10:00 am until 4:00 pm daily. Visit the Symphony’s website at or contact them at 828.324.8603 or

Once Upon A Mattress Opens April 26 At Old Rock School

Valdese, NC - Will Prince Dauntless ever find a princess who can pass his Queen mother’s test so he can be married? Could that princess be Winnifred, nicknamed Fred? What will the test possibly be this time? IF Fred passes, will the royal marriage happen in time for Lady Larken and Sir Harry? Will the King remain mute under the curse, or will he finally speak again?

Find out by coming to Clater Kaye Productions’ spring show, Once Upon a Mattress! A hilarious retelling of the Princess and the Pea, a show filled with secrets, intrigue, singing, dancing, swooning, even swimming, and then….there’s the pea.

Rachael Roseman

Carolina Broadway Theater Company (CBTC) is a non-profit, professional theatre company that uses equity performers in conjunction with local talent from the very young through those of college age. Clater-Kaye Productions(CKP) is the division that focuses on school aged, amateur performers. The cast of Once Upon a Mattress consists of 40 local youth as cast and crew for this family charmer.

Starring in the show are; Rachael Roseman as Winnifred, Anna Meade as Queen Aggravain, JB Beaver as Prince Dauntless, Dillon Warren as King Sextimus the Silent, Hannah Kevitt as Lady Larken, and Devin Hatch as Sir Harry.

“Join me in remembering this classic comedy, as Carol Burnett crawled over the castle walls to find her prince,” says Lesia Kaye, executive director of CKP. “Before Fiona in Shrek, Winnifred was the unexpected Princess with whom we all fell in love. This production will prove to be a great outing for the whole family with visual humor for the little ones and typical old school humor for the adults.”

Anna Meade

Get group tickets and bring your family and friends to rediscover the story of the Princess and the Pea. Come join in the fun and see if Princess Winnifred can make it from the marsh, through the moat, to the mattress, and on to matrimony!

Performances are April 26th and 27th, and May 3rd and 4th at the Old Rock School in Valdese. Saturday night shows are at 7:30 pm, Sunday afternoons at 3 pm.

Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $10.00 for students & seniors. For groups of 15 or more, tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.00 for students & seniors.

For more information, call 828-294-2582 or visit








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