Victorian Candlelight Christmas Tours At Harper House, Dec. 7-8
Hickory - Let the Catawba County Historical Association spark up your Christmas Spirit! The Victorian Splendor: Candlelight Christmas Tours will take place on December 7th & December 8th from 5:30pm until 9:00pm.
Tickets are $10 per person and will be available to the general public on the nights of the tours. The tours will be held every thirty minutes and advanced tickets will be required to reserve a specific time slot. Visitors will enjoy holiday music and light refreshments in the historic Lyerly House and will have a special opportunity to tour the Harper House at night, decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration.
At the beginning of the 1800s, Christmas was barely celebrated at all, but by the end of the century many of the Christmas traditions that we know and love today like caroling, card giving, and tree decorating were firmly established. Much of this transformation can be attributed to a drawing of Queen Victoria’s family in 1848 that pictured them with a decorated Christmas tree, a tradition common in Prince Albert’s native Germany and one which caught on rapidly in both Britain and America. As the Victorian Age progressed, families began to decorate trees with small presents, homemade ornaments, candles, fruit, and candies. Christmas cards also grew rapidly in popularity in the late 1880s as color printing technology improved.
Tours of the Harper House will be focused on Victorian Christmas traditions that would have been celebrated by the occupants of the house in the late 1880s and 1890s. Visitors on the candlelight tours will learn how the Victorians transformed Christmas into a very family centered celebration.
They will learn how the residents of Harper House would have prepared for a Victorian Christmas through the various decorations and greenery in the house, the wrapping and giving of presents, the practice of giving Christmas cards, the parlor entertainments, and the preparation and eating of the traditional Christmas feast.
The general public is welcome to the Victorian Splendor: Candlelight Christmas Tours on December 7th & 8th from 5:30pm-9:00pm at the Harper House/Hickory History Center. Come discover the magic and wonder of a Victorian Christmas and enjoy some holiday music and refreshments too.
The Harper House will remain decorated for Christmas throughout the month of December and tours are given between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM Thursday thru Saturday and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.
The Hickory History Center is located at 310 North Center Street Hickory, NC and also houses changing exhibitions on local history. For questions about the Candlelight Christmas Tours, please call (828) 324-7294.
The Catawba County Historical Association, Inc. is an educational institution dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the stories, objects and places that document the rich heritage of Catawba County and its role in the development of the Western Piedmont of North Carolina.
CVCC Celebrates Hmong New Year On December 5
Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College Office of Multicultural Affairs and sponsor BB&T announce the Hmong New Year Celebration Thurs., Dec. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the CVCC Student Center.
The third in the five-part Multicultural Series celebrating diversity on campus and in the community, the Hmong New Year Celebration will feature special speaker Jennifer Yang who will discuss the Hmong Culture.
The CVCC Drama Play Production class will present a dramatic reading of the play “The Soul of Chi’en-Nu Leaves Her Body,” written by Cheng Teh-Hui. Challenger Early College High School Hmong Dancers will perform.
The celebration also includes a fashion show, musical entertainment by the Rev. Raymond Hollis and Raymond Hollis III, food, games and prizes, educational displays and exhibits.
The five-part series encourages students, staff, faculty and the community to celebrate and become more aware of a wide variety of cultures, our differences and what we share in common. There is no charge for admission. For more information about the Multicultural series, contact CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 828-327-7000, ext. 4578.
HCT Holds Auditions For Female Actress On Dec. 9-10
Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre has announced auditions for the new play, “Trying.”
The auditions are being held December 9 and 10 at 7:00 in the in the Firemen’s Kitchen, on the lower level of the Theatre’s building at 30 3rd St NW in Downtown Hickory.
Casting is for one woman, age 17-37 to play opposite Charles E. Jeffers in his first stage role in 14 years.
The play is scheduled for the Firemen’s Kitchen January 31 through February 22, 2014.
HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
“Trying” is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc.
Tri-City Baptist Church Presents The Promise, Dec. 6-15
Conover, NC - Come take a journey through the life of Jesus Christ, experience His birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension as Tri-City Baptist Church presents "The Promise" 2013.
This will be unforgettable experience as flying angels proclaim His birth, live animals proceed down the aisles and a cast of over 200 bring to life the Greatest Story Ever Told! The Promise will be offering seven exciting performances.
This will be Tri-City's 17th year of the Drama Known as The Promise. It has become a Holiday tradition for many of the viewers in the immediate and surrounding areas as well as neighboring states. People come every year to share in the experience of the realism that the drama creates, to feel as if they have been to the manger themselves and have seen His birth, walked to market, or simply were part of the crowd that witnessed His healings first hand.
Come join us and sit back and watch as the Lords supper takes place right before your very eyes. As a member of the audience you will feel the pain of His journey to the cross, and then to find yourself lost in the joy of his Resurrection. There are 8,000 to 9,000 people each year and no matter what their reasons are the cast of over 200 practice to make each viewers experience a unique and special event. When asked which scenes seem to be the most popular, Director Rhea Pettis will tell you the scene that's the most dear to her heart is the Healing scene, others will say its when Jesus beats Satan, and the young children will say its all about the animals.
Without doubt each person leaves with their own special memory of the performance as The Promise offers something for all ages.
The Promise changes every 2 to 3 years, some new scenes are added, some taken out, so if you have not seen it in awhile or maybe the last time you had the opportunity to see it was on the LR stage, it is time to come back. There have been some major changes that have taken place especially the opening. And to answer those of you that may have seen The Promise before, Yes... The Monks, which are always a crowd favorite, are still part of show you can see them at the end of each performance.
Each cast member is a church member of Tri-City Baptist Church, and there are tryouts for each part, even the soloist parts. The animals are live and are from Buffalo Beal's Animal Park in Maiden, N.C.,
Scene From The Promise, 2012
It’s very different experience to watch a horse being ridden in front of you in a church or to look over an see a camel walk down the aisle right beside you, along with those animals you may see many sheep, a donkey, doves and yes a snake (a large Albino Python) who appears while Satan tries his very best tempt Jesus. Tri-City tries to make this production as real as possible, and goes to great lengths to make props as real as they can by seeking experts in those areas, the backdrops and larger props where created by Wrightworks Inc., Dallas, Texas. Along with them Roger Carroll also helps in the painting and touch ups of those beautiful back drops and props. The Costumes are from Heaven Sent Designs, Jacksonville, Florida. And we have Sherry Peckhause and her seamstress team available at all times for fittings, adjustments and mending. The traps that fly the angels are from Foy Invetnerprizes Inc. Las Vegas, Nevada, who fly out every year to install them and to make sure they are being properly used. The Photographer used for all pictures and DVD's is Shane Greene Photography, Hickory, N.C and can be viewed on his web site. The Promise has specialty lights for an arrangement of different effects and those are done by Light Design & Production Services, Greensboro, N.C. Each cast member must go through the make up team to have there make up apply just right for the stage lighting, can you imagine doing make up for 200 or more people, that's a lot of make up and people. The cast members also have a lunch team that makes sure the cast and crew are fed, and a parking lot team to make sure your parking needs are meet. With that being said it takes a large dedicated mass of people to make sure the Production goes on with out a hitch. Media night will be held at the 1st opening night Friday, December 6th at 7 pm, come out and spend some time with radio stations in this area as well as Charlotte.
The Director - Rhea Pettis along with the Production Team comes together every year as early as February, right after the production has ended, to discuss the following year so those who think its just a December production, for Tri-City it is year round and takes a lot of planning to pull of such an event (an $80,000 dollar event) I'll assure you its no small task. The Promise is a Drama that started 17 years ago and was preformed for the church members, it became so big it was moved to LRU for many years and then Tri-City finished the building of the new sanctuary in 2003.
The Promise took a year off but resumed in 2004 and has come to rest back at home on the stage that was built to support such a large production, with more capabilities of future changes, also a lot more room to work with when it comes to holding so many cast and crew members and the storing of all the props and costumes.
The Promise has also been taken to some very interesting places.It was preformed in Haiti for 2 years, it has also been taken to the Alexander Maximum Prison for many years, although at each of these advents it was a smaller version of The Promise, the message was still the same and just as powerful.
The lead role of Jesus will be held by Eric Gentry, this will be his 9th year in this role, but before he became to be lead to this role he was a disciple, and the role of Satan is played by Zack Hansley, this will be his 3rd year in this role, but he has been part of the production for 15 years in other roles such as the demoniac, thief on the cross, and a shepherd. Jonathan Beal will play the part of Pete, and Steve Beasley will be the Janitor. Both of them are Narrators and have been part of the production for many years in different roles, both are also soloists. There are many cast members who have been in the drama from the beginning and who continue on to share with the public the Greatest Story Ever Told.
Make The Promise part of your holiday to share with friends and family.
Tickets are now on sale and do sale out so we encourage you to get your tickets in advance and at a cheaper price, Tri-city also offers special group rates and tickets make great gifts.
For information on tickets call Tri-City Baptist Church at 828-465-6644 ext. 203 or visit www.tcbc.org to buy tickets on line.
Seven different shows and times: December 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7 pm; December 14 at 2 pm; December 8 and 15 at 5pm.
HMF Presents A 1940’s Christmas Radio Hour On Dec. 14
Hickory - Hickory Music Factory presents a "1940’s Christmas Radio Hour" featuring the award winning Hickory Jazz Orchestra and more..
Journey back in time to a live 1940's Christmas radio broadcast in the style of Bing Crosby and Jack Benny. Enjoy nostalgic Big Band Christmas music performed by the Hickory Jazz Orchestra and narration by the host and voice of Hickory, Hal Rowe.
The performance will be a recreation of a radio show broadcast with a live audience as it often was in the 1940's. Experience holiday short stories and musical interludes, as well as, commercials relevant to that era with guest vocalists Russ Wilson, Nathan Hefner, Jackie Finley, and guitarist Troy Conn. The performance date is Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7pm, and will take place in the 1940’s Hickory High School Auditorium, now known as the Arts and Science Center Auditorium or SALT Block.
The semi-formal event will be open to the public. Sponsors include the Smithson family in memory of G.E. Smithson, the Battiston Family, Pepsi-Cola of Hickory, Unifour Pain Clinic, Dr. Gunter and Graham DDS, Hampton Heights, The Burns Family, The Brandes Family, Raymond James, and Protection Products Inc.
This event serves as a main fund raiser for HMF to provide scholarships and programming for the community. Tickets are $25 general admission and $50 VIP and can be purchased at Larry's Music & Sound (downtown Hickory) or online at www.hickorymusicfactory.com. Parking shuttles will be running for those needing assistance.
For more information about the 1940's Christmas Radio Hour or the Hickory Music Factory, please call 828-308-5659. The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is a non-profit organization that builds futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach. HMF is a proud sponsor of Swinging Under the Stars with the Hickory Jazz Orchestra, which was the recipient of the 2009 “Best Outdoor Event for North Carolina”.
Directors are Rick Cline and Tony Eltora. Board members include Michelle Hunt, Brian Hargreaves, Dr. Rand Brandes, Krista Burnes, D.D. Weaver, Wayne Oram, Charlie Zagaroli.
Photo: Rick Cline, Jackie Finley, Nathan Hefner, Russ Wilson
Donate To Help Neighbors In Need During The Holidays
Hickory - Catawba County residents may help their neighbors by donating to a variety of special funds at Catawba County Social Services. These funds pay for unmet needs that are not covered by government programs.
The Backpack Program is coordinated by Catawba County Social Services, in partnership with Eastern Cooperative Christian Ministry. This program provides supplemental food to school children in need on the weekends. Last year, 1,159 students at 31 sites received food through this program.
Senior Nutrition Services operates the Meals on Wheels, Seniors Morning Out, Frozen Meals and Nutritional Supplements programs. Meals on Wheels and Frozen Meals provide home delivered nutritious meals to seniors who are unable to shop or prepare food for themselves. The Seniors Morning Out program provides activities and lunch for seniors at five locations throughout the county. Nutritional Supplements are delivered to seniors who have a doctor's note indicating they are necessary. These Senior Nutrition programs are available to all county citizens, without regard to income. Last fiscal year, these programs served 1,469 county residents.
The Foster Children's Expense Fund pays for "extras" that make life memorable for children in foster care. These include school pictures, yearbooks, money for school field trips, band instruments, and equipment for team sports. There are 203 children in foster care at this time. There has been a 8 percent increase in the number of children entering foster care compared to the last fiscal year.
The Grace McLeod Fund helps senior and disabled citizens obtain needed items and services that are not covered by Medicaid or other government sources. These items can be as simple as a "grabber" tool to help someone in a wheelchair reach a high shelf, or an electric can opener for a person with severe arthritis.
LINKS is a program that helps youth age 13-21 with independent living skills. The program now serves 84 young people who have aged out of foster care, been adopted, or reunified with their parents. Donations are used for things such as clothes, rent deposits, furniture, food, gas, luggage, etc.
The Teen Up program helps at-risk teen cope with the challenges of adolescence through fun and service-oriented activities. This after-school and summer program served 415 teens last year.
The Children's Book Station provides free books to children who accompany their parents to Social Services. Children are invited to select a book to read and take home. Donations of new or gently used books suitable for children are also welcomed.
The Gretchen Peed Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for children in foster care who wish to attend college.
Donations to any of these programs may be made online at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/dss. Just click on the red "Donate Now" button and complete the form. Tax-deductible donations may also be made by writing a check to Catawba County Social Services and writing the name of the fund in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Catawba County Social Services, P.O. Box 669, Newton, NC 28658. Please include your name and address to receive a gift acknowledgement letter.
Missions Craft Sale At Crouse UMC, Saturday, Dec. 7
Crouse, NC - Crouse United Methodist Church will host a Missions Craft Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.
Many local crafters will be there as well as breakfast biscuits, baked goods and hot dogs for sale during the day. Door Prizes and lots of fun!
Proceeds from the food sales will benefit church missions projects.
The church is located at (GPS address) 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse, NC 28033. For more information call the church office at (704) 735-2443.
Caldwell Arts Council Hosts Satie’s Holiday Sale On Dec. 6
Lenoir, NC - Everyone is invited to attend the public opening of the annual Satie's Holiday Sale at the Caldwell Arts Council, Friday December 6th.
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 24, we will be open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.
More than 50 local crafters and artists will provide hand-crafted & artistic gift 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: www.caldwellarts.com.
Festival Of Trees, Pajama Night With Santa & More! Dec. 6-22
Lincolnton, NC - The Arts Council of Lincoln County has an exciting holiday season planned. Public participation in the ACLC Third Annual Festival of Trees is welcome during the month of December 2013, held at the former CMC-Lincoln Medical Center located at 200 Gamble Drive in Lincolnton. The proceeds generated from this event will supports many art programs and provide a multitude of benefits for all citizens of the county.
The Festival of Trees has a brand new concept this year. Take a trip down memory lane as the former CMC-Lincoln Medical Center is transformed into a "Christmas Past." Hallways and corridors will be named after Lincolnton streets. This year's festival will feature "Snapshots from the Past," in cooperation with the Lincoln County Historical Association. This exhibit is the Clyde "Baby Ray" Cornwell Collection from the 1940's – 1950's. It includes photographs of numerous Lincolnton families around their Christmas trees. The ACLC will also feature another exhibit of photographs called "Christmas in High Shoals" from the collection of Steve Bailey and Christmas photographs from the Crouse Community History and Photo Project.
The holiday event will again feature a dazzling array of personalized Christmas trees, a Preview Party, Kids Pajama Night with Santa, live local music performances, Canned Food Drive for Christian Ministries, and a bake sale. The ACLC has opened a much larger wing for the Antiques and Artists Market and are currently seeking antiques dealers and artists of all varieties to come and sell their wares. One Rule: Everything must be handmade by the artist or must be an antique.
Says Laurie Bostian, Executive Director of ACLC, "The public will again have the opportunity to vote on their favorite display. Groups, businesses, individuals, churches and organizations are invited to decorate trees that best represent their group, organization, etc. Share your passion in a creative way! You will be given a specific number of passes to use during setup, event nights, and take-down. Signs will be provided for each tree with your title and the name of your business, organization etc."
Festival of Trees Schedule:
Preview Party- Dec. 6 • 7-10pm; Event Dates- Dec. 7 •5-9pm and Dec. 8 • 2-5pm; Event Dates- Dec. 13, 14 • 5-9pm and Dec. 15 • 2-5pm; Senior Citizens Day- Dec. 16 • 10am-12pm, $2 tickets for seniors; Kids Pajama Night- Dec. 20 • 5-9pm; Event Date- Dec. 21• 5-9pm; Community Stories of Christmas Past- Dec. 22 • 2-5pm.
Admission: (Does not include Dec 6 Preview Party)General $5; Student/Senior $4; Children 5 and under FREE; Group Rate (10 or more) $2 each.
Volunteers are greatly appreciated! We welcome your ideas and hope that you will join us in making this event one to be remembered. Arts Council of Lincoln County, Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, North Carolina. Phone 704-732-9044, email email@example.com
Tickets for the Preview Party on December 6th can be purchased online, from an ACLC board member, or from Laurie Bostian at the Arts Council at her office in the Lincoln Cultural Center. Email or call Ms. Bostian at firstname.lastname@example.org) or mobile/text: 828-238-6648.
General admission tickets for the event are purchased at the door.
Seniors Morning Out Programs Throughout December
Hickory - Catawba County's Seniors Morning Out program will have a variety of activities in December, many related to the holiday season.
Any county resident who is 60 or better is invited to participate in the half-day program, held Monday through Thursday at five locations throughout the county. Participants enjoy different activities each day, and a balanced lunch. There is no charge to participants, and no income requirements. To participate, please make your reservation with the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance. All locations will be closed Dec. 23-26 for the Christmas holidays and Jan. 1 for the New Year's holiday.
Performances by the Acappella Fellas are supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding for this and other arts activities is provided by Affordable Dentures of Conover (Larissa Mastro, DDS).
The West Hickory SMO is located at the West Hickory Senior Citizens Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory.
Activities include: Dec. 3, Low Income Energy Assistance Program by Karen Hefner of Social Services; Dec. 4, Christmas carols with Beverly Hall; Dec. 5, shopping at Walmart; Dec. 11, caroling by the Ace Home Schoolers; Dec. 12, Acapella Fella's Quartet; Dec. 17, Pinecrest Hand Bell Choir and Christmas party. To reserve your spot, call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.
The East Hickory SMO is located at Highland United Methodist Church, 1020 12th St. Place NE, Hickory. Activities will include: Dec. 10, Making Christmas Cards with Suzy Killian; Dec. 11, Christmas Crafts with the Hickory Jaycees; Dec. 19, Christmas party. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.
The Newton SMO is located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main St., Newton. Activities include: Dec. 5, Find Yourself with the Computer Tablet by Richard Griffin of the Newton Library and Low Income Energy Assistance Program with Karen Hefner; Dec. 9, blood pressure check with Sandy Austen of Dudley Health Care and bingo; Dec. 10, exercise with Sherry Bruner of the Conover YMCA and Bible Trivia game; Dec. 12, music by The Melodears; Dec. 16, Foothills Line Dancing; Dec. 17, music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.
The Maiden SMO meets at the Maiden Community Center, 207 E. Klutz St., Maiden. Activities include: Dec. 2, music by Rev It Up (a band of local church pastors); Dec. 3, What You Need to Know About Alzheimers by Meghan Lawton of the Alzheimer's Association; Dec. 9, What to Do in an Emergency by Jim Dickerson of Catawba County Emergency Management; Dec. 16, Christmas party with music by Westside Baptist Church; Dec. 31, Find Yourself with the Computer Tablet with Philip Overholtzer of Maiden Library. To reserve your spot, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.
The Claremont Seniors Morning Out program is held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3214 Catawba St., Claremont. Activities include: Dec. 10, music by Sentimental Journey; Dec. 11, Cholesterol: Understanding the Numbers by Annie Williams; Dec. 16, Find Yourself with the Computer Tablet by Richard Griffin of the Newton Library; Dec. 17, Christmas party with the East Hickory SMO and a play by The Claremont Players. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.
For additional details, contact the site supervisor or call 828-695-5610. For the latest information, "like" the program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty. The program is free to participants. However, local donations are needed, since government funding only pays a part of the cost. You may donate online by going to www.catawbacountync.gov/dss and clicking on the "Donate Now" button. You may also write a check payable to Catawba County Social Services and write "Senior Nutrition Services" in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658.
Waldensian Trail Of Faith Christmas Lights Til Dec. 28
Valdese, NC - 15th Annual Christmas Lights Display at the Waldensian Trail of Faith through Saturday Dec 28th, 6 pm - 9 pm nightly. 401 Church Street NW, Valdese NC 28690. No admission fee, we will accept donations.
We are so excited to have Mr. & Mrs. Claus with us on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 5:30 pm until 9 pm. Jolly old St. Nick will be listening to kids of all ages that evening.
Toys For Tots Drop Off Location Added
Hickory - This holiday season marks the second year that Drs. Darab, Richardson & Hill, wisdom teeth and dental implant experts, are serving as a drop off location for The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.
Everyone is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of their offices in Hickory, Lincolnton, and Statesville, during regular business hours now through December 13th. The collected toys will be distributed by program volunteers as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our communities to help them experience the joy of Christmas.
To find out more about the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program, visit their website at www.toysfortots.org/, or visit Drs. Darab, Richardson & Hill’s website at www.omsdrs.com.
Tour Of Homes To Benefit Robin’s Nest On Dec. 7
Lenoir, NC - The 3rd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will be on Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Featured homes include Georgian colonial, federal, 1804 historic, and mid-century modern styles along with Open House at Robin’s Nest Children’s Advocacy Center (1051 Harper Avenue in Lenoir). Area musicians will be performing seasonal selections at each location.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $25 each and can be purchased in Lenoir at Abigail’s Gifts (210 Main St. NW), the Caldwell Senior Center (650 SW Pennton Ave.), and the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce (1909 SE Hickory Blvd.) as well as the Gold Mine, 645 Main Street, Hudson.
Proceeds benefit Robin’s Nest. For more information, visit https://facebook.com/robinsnestoflenoir, www.robinsnesrcac.org , or call (828)754-6263. Robin’s Nest CAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to justice, hope, and healing by providing services for child victims of severe physical or sexual abuse.
Significant Praise Festival On Dec. 7
Statesville, NC – Horizon Church, in association with The Special Delivery Group, will be hosting the first annual Significant Praise Festival, an indoor Christian music festival complete with live performances by local and regional musical acts; dance performances; and short, inspirational messages by special guest speakers.
A kids area has been designed with fun games/activities and Santa Clause will be making a special pre-Christmas appearance. In addition, food and craft vendors will be selling at the event.
This exciting festival will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Doors open at 12:00 noon) inside Horizon Church located at 316 Signal Hill Drive in Statesville, NC 28625.
The church website is www.horizonchurch.net and the phone number is (704) 873-5250.
BlueGrass At The Rock Concert
On Dec. 6
Valdese, NC – The Blue Grass at the Rock Concert series will showcase the sounds of Lorraine Jordon & Carolina Road and Lou Reid & Carolina on December 6th at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased by calling 828-879-2129. Tickets also available at the following locations: The Goldmine in Hudson, The Music Center in Lenoir and Larry’s Musical Madness in Hickory. For more information regarding events in Valdese and the Old Rock School go to www.visitvaldese.com.
December Blood Drives
Hickory - Community Blood Center of the Carolinas December 2013 Blood Drives – Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba Counties.
December 6- Lenior Moose Lodge, 1100 Moose Lodge Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645, 3:00 - 7:30 pm. Sydney Hannah Student Drive.
December 12- Fiber-Line, 280 25th St Dr SE, Hickory, NC 28602, 6:30 am - 9:30 am
December 12- Bank of America, 141 Wilkesboro Blvd., Lenoir, NC 28645, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
December 13- Burkes Outlet, 175 River Bend Rd, Granite Falls, NC 28630, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
December 13- Carmike Cinemas, 2000 Catawba Valley Blvd Southeast, Hickory, NC 28602, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Free Movie Ticket!
December 19- Health First Center at Valley Hills Mall, 1960 Hwy. 70 SE (lower level beside Belk), Hickory, NC 28602, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
December 21- Blue Ridge Harley Davidson, 2002 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory, NC 28602, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Taylor Honsaker Student Drive.
December 27- Carmike Cinemas, 2000 Catawba Valley Blvd Southeast, Hickory, NC 28602, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Free Movie Ticket!
Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) for the Ninth Annual ‘Puppies for Patients’ program running through Dec. 31, 2013.Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
Olde English Christmas With Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone, Dec. 7
Lenoir, NC - On Saturday, Dec. 7 the Civic Center will present Dinner and a Show featuring An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served prior to the show at 6:15 p.m. and will feature a menu of roast turkey breast with giblet gravy and cranberry, orange and pecan relish, dijon glazed ham with raisin sauce, cornbread stuffing, rosemary roasted potato medley, sweet peas, cauliflower and carrots and fruity Christmas pudding with whipped cream and brandy sauce flambé.
Tickets for the show are $27.50 for adults, $10 for children and $10 for CCC & TI students with a valid student ID. Cost for dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Please call at 828.726.2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.
Holiday Musical Willy Wonka Jr. At HCT Through Dec 15
Hickory - Willie Wonka, Jr, the Hickory Community Theatre’s holiday musical, opened Friday November 22 at 8 PM for a thirteen performance run on the Jeffers Theater mainstage.
A family favorite, the musical is the stage adaptation of the popular film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which starred Gene Wilder. It uses the same musical score including the hit song The Candy Man and over a dozen new tunes.
The familiar story is based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film that followed became an international success.
Willie Wonka Junior is a wild and colorful adventure, stream lined for today’s audiences, with a fast paced story appealing to all ages.
Willy Wonka Junior is presented in the Jeffers Theater November 22 to December 15, 2013. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and children and may be purchased at the Theatre box office from 12-5pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, in person or by phoning (828) 328-2283. Online tickets are available 24/7 through the Theatre’s website at www.hickorytheatre.org.
Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Willy Wonka Junior” is produced in part by the Von Drehle Corporation, David E. Looper & Company and S. Kimberly Jones DDS, in association with Hamilton & Herring Orthodontics, ABS Legacy Partners and Plastic Packaging, Inc..
Photo: Willy Wonka (Donovan Harper, center) charms the visitors to his factory (L-R) Mike Teavee (Marcus Phillips), Mrs. Teavee (Hollis Whalen), Mr. Salt (Murilo Artese), Veruca Salt (Lark Bodnar), Violet Beauregard (Anisa Briggs), and Mrs. Beauregard (Karla Woggon) in the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka Junior” opening Friday.
Call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information or visit www.hickorytheatre.org. Photo by Ken Burns.
ALFA Commemorates World Aids Day, Gala Is Dec. 8
Hickory - World AIDS Day, December 1, 2013 is an HIV/AIDS awareness day to commemorate those we have lost and celebrate victories in treatment and prevention services. This international event focuses on raising public awareness on specific issues related to HIV/AIDS, especially stigma, discrimination and the disproportionate impact of HIV on youth, women, and minorities.
"The theme for 2013 is Getting to Zero. Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.” said Lisa Hamby, ALFA President and 2013 World AIDS Day Committee Chair. “This year we are offering events focused on HIV education and awareness with a goal of increasing HIV testing and reducing stigma to zero for those living with HIV/AIDS in our region.”
It is estimated that 33 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, 95 percent live in developing countries. Approximately one million people in the USA are infected and it is estimated that 33,000 people are living with HIV in North Carolina.
This year’s World AIDS Day event will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at Conover Station located at 409 4th Street, SE in Conover. A reception will take place from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM featuring free food and beverages for attendees. Following the reception there will be a commemoration program from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM debuting a new film produced by ALFA and performances by area choirs. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil celebrating the lives of those who have gone before us and those who continue to persevere.
ALFA is a United Way member agency providing Medical Case Management, Prevention Education, HIV Testing and Counseling and volunteer opportunities. Its mission is to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing. ALFA serves Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. For more information about ALFA’s services and World AIDS Day activities, please call Kevin Gwynn, Executive Director at 828-322-1447 ext. 233, email email@example.com or visit www.alfainfo.org.
• Winter Gala December 8, 6:00 pm at Youseff 242, Eleventh Avenue NE, Hickory.
The 16th annual Winter Gala will honor Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Legacy Award recipients, Ken Wilkinson and Allen Wood and will feature a four course meal with wine pairings prepared by Executive Chef David Robbins. For tickets or information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to www.alfainfo.org.
Catawba Valley Camera Club Photo Contest, Enter By Dec. 16
Hickory - The Catawba Valley Camera Club, in conjunction with the Hickory Museum of Art , is pleased to announce their 7th Annual Photography Competition. This is an open competition for Non-Professional and Amateur Photographers ages 18 and older and a Youth Division for young photographers aged 13 to 17. The entry deadline to submit up to two black and white or color prints is December 16, 2013.
A reception for the winning photographs will be held at the Hickory Museum of Art on January 10, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show plus First, Second and Third Place winners per each Adult and Youth Division.
In addition, the winning entries will be exhibited in a gallery of the Hickory Museum of Art for one month beginning January 10, 2014.
For further information, Entry Rules and Forms, visit our website at www.cvcameraclub.org.
The Green Room Presents Peter Pan, Nov. 22 - Dec. 15
Newton, NC - Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan this weekend as The Green Room Community Theatre opens its holiday production Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Old Post Office Playhouse.
Meet all J.M. Barrie's familiar characters including Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Michael, John, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his Pirates, Indians, and, of course, that scary crocodile as we recreate this beloved story onstage. Enjoy favorites such as “I Gotta Crow,” "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land" as you become a part of this musical adventure.
Peter Pan is produced by McCreary Modern. It is directed by John David Brown, III and David Townsend with musical direction by Cathy Banner and choreography by Sara Lane. Performance dates are November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, December1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2013. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (828) 464-6128 Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm throughout the run of the show. (The box office will not be open Thanksgiving Day, November 28.) Ticket prices are $14 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. This show is rated G.
If you have any questions, please call The Green Room Community Theatre main office at (828) 464-6583 or visit our website: www.the-green-room.org.
The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Photo (L-R): Brooke Baldwin as “Wendy,” Bethany Mansfield as “Peter Pan,” and Caleb Sigmon as “Captain Hook.” Photo by The Green Room
HSCC Offers Holiday Half Price Adoption Special
Hickory - This holiday season, Humane Society of Catawba County’s dressiest, the black and black & white dogs, cats and kittens are available for a half-priced adoption fee, with an approved adoption application.
Adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchip identification, deworming, heartworm testing (dogs), FeLV/FIV testing (cats) and a free veterinary exam certificate. Dogs provide companionship, increased opportunities for outdoor activities, and socialization. Cats provide low-maintenance companionship for people in all stages of life.
Sparks is ready for adoption!
Research has shown owning a pet offers health benefits and encourages physical activity. Come by during business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit HSCC’s website www.catawbahumane.org to see all available shelter pets.
CHS Holiday Cards Available
Greensboro, NC - Support the Children’s Home Society’s work for children and families by purchasing custom-designed holiday greeting cards. This year, the CHS holiday card features the inside message of, “May your home be filled with warmth and wonder this holiday season.”
Cards are available in sets of 20 cards and envelopes for $25 (includes tax and shipping).
Purchase at www.chsnc.org, or by calling 1-800-632-1400.
The artwork on the front of this card was created by Katherine Dayton. Using only a blank piece of paper and colored pencil, Katherine likes to make memories come alive. One pencil mark becomes thousands as she creates memories to hold dear.
Since 1902, Children's Home Society has been one of North Carolina’s leading resources ensuring that every child has a permanent, safe, and loving family. CHS works with public social service agencies and many community partners to help parents create a safe, positive setting for children to grow and thrive, to preserve families, and when necessary, to provide children with a healthy family setting through foster care or adoption. CHS is committed to our vision of being a leader in transforming families and communities so children can thrive. CHS staff and programs serve children and families in 60+ North Carolina counties each year. For more information, please visit www.chsnc.org.
Garden Offers Christmas Tea And Santa’s Workshop, Dec. 1-14
Belmont, NC – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will offer special events to delight both children and adults as part of its annual event, Holidays at the Garden. Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Tea both offer unique ways to enjoy the holiday season.
A yearly favorite, Santa’s Workshop allows some lucky little ones to spend some time with the jolly old elf himself. Activities will include a sing-along, story time and a ride on the Garden Express tram. Garden elves will be on hand to help children create a special gift for someone on their list, decorate cookies and more. A professional photographer will be available to take pictures for an additional fee.
Santa’s Workshop will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. This event includes admission to the Garden and is $20 for Garden members and $25 for non-members. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling the Garden at 704-829-1252.
Holiday Tea offers guests a chance to take a break from the stress of the holiday season with a traditional English tea. In addition to trying and learning about different teas, visitors will be able to pair their teas with scrumptious snacks. Holiday Tea is brought to you by Savannah’s Tea Room located in Historic Fort Mill. Gift baskets and other tea-related items will also be offered for sale.
Holiday Tea will be held Sunday, Dec. 1 and 8. Each day will offer two different serving times, 1 - 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 - 4 p.m. This event includes admission to the Garden and is $22 for Garden members and $25 for non-members. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling the Garden at 704-829-1252.
These events are part of the Holidays at the Garden celebration Nov. 22 through Dec. 31. The organic rhythms of nature and abundant fascinations come together to create a new holiday Harmony this year at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. This year, the Garden’s annual holiday display weaves together a special tapestry that creates a natural winter wonderland that includes a contemporary –yet elegant – lighting display, tasty s’mores enjoyed beside a glowing fire and a 30-foot-tall Frasier Fir harvested from the North Carolina mountains and one of the largest live, cut Christmas trees on display in the state.
For a complete schedule of events visit our website at www.dsbg.org/events.php
HMA Presents Angels Of The Arts Brunch And Auction On Dec. 7
Hickory - “People who are angels are always giving” believes Hickory artist Sandra Froedge. For 25 years Sandra has donated an angel doll for the Hickory Museum of Art Guild’s Angels of the Arts Holiday Brunch and Auction. This year’s event is December 7, 2013 at Lake Hickory Country Club.
Growing up in Ashland, KY, Sandra was mentored by her fourth grade teacher, Sylvia Burnett, who recognized her abilities. She went on to receive an Art Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University and taught art for several years. In honor of Ms. Burnett’s influence and friendship, Sandra is naming this year’s angel “Sylvia”.
An even greater inspiration was Sandra’s mother, Beatrice Kelley Reed, who practiced her art in every-day ways. “She made unbelievable clothes, and once her sewing and craft entries in a fair won her a big plastic bag of prize ribbons of every color“, Sandra recalls. Sandra learned to sew because it made her feel closer to her mother.
Sandra’s trademark is the bumblebee, and she stays as busy as one, darting from one project she loves to another. She’s happiest oil painting, gardening, sewing, helping others and being with her family that now includes a beloved granddaughter.
Sandra’s 18” Angels of the Arts doll is dressed in beaded bridal lace over creamy caramel-colored satin and is trimmed with lavish ribbon, a headpiece encrusted with pearls and gold braid, and real feather wings. Her angel dolls are porcelain and always wear a delicate golden cross on a chain around the neck.
It takes up to two months for Sandra to make a doll, depending when she finds the right materials, and the doll evolves from there. Over the years, she has made more than 120 dolls for museums or private collectors, and they sell from $500-700 each.
When asked why she has donated a doll to Hickory Museum of Art for the last 25 years, Sandra responds “I love this museum and want it to continue. It is such an asset to the community. What other small town has a museum like this?” Sandra has volunteered with the Museum since 1974 and recently exhibited her dolls there.
Raffle tickets for the angel doll are being sold in the Museum Galleria for $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets. A drawing will take place at the Angels of the Arts Brunch and Auction on December 7 at Lake Hickory Country Club, and you do not need to be present to win.
At the Brunch, enjoy holiday shopping with a live and silent auction, delicious food and a chance to socialize with others who support the arts. This is the Museum Guild’s major fundraising event, and all proceeds benefit Hickory Museum of Art exhibitions and educational programs for children and adults.
Tickets to attend the Angels of the Arts Brunch and Auction are $30. Reserve your seats by calling Chrissy Schramm at the Hickory Museum of Art. 828.327.8576.
Newton Rec Hosts Senior Christmas Dance, Dec. 5
Newton, NC – The Newton Recreation Department is sponsoring its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Dance for those age 55 and older on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. on the lower level of the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave. Music will be provided by "Midnight Flyers," a variety band with more than 25 years of experience.
Tickets Are $8 at the door; no advance tickets will be sold. Make sure to mark this festival holiday event on your calendar. Attendees are asked to bring finger foods. Soft drinks will be provided. For further information, contact the Newton Recreation Department at (828) 695-4317, or visit www.newtonnc.gov
HCT Announces Cast Of
Thriller The Seamstress
Hickory - The cast has been announced for the Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production of the prize winning play “The Seamstress.”
Featured in the mystery drama are Steve Austin, Connie Bools, Christy Rhianna Branch, Mary Howell, John Koval, and Joshua Propst.
The play is a surprising thriller and a winner in the American Association of Community Theatre’s National PlayFest. It was written by Cece Dwyer.
The production in January 2014 at the Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director Pamela Livingstone, is a world premiere.
Performances are January 10-26, 2014, in the Jeffers Theatre. Tickets are $16. There is a $2 discount for seniors and youth (18 and under) and students (of any age) are half price. Box office hours are 12-5, Tuesday through Friday. Tickets can be purchase in person, by phone at (828) 328-2283 or online at www.hickorytheatre.org.
“The Seamstress” is sponsored with a Projects Pool grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County and a grant from the American Association of Community Theatres. Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
PHOTO: (back L-R) Steve Austin, Mary Moretz-Howell, John Koval, Joshua Propst; (front L-R) Connie Bools, Cece Dwyer and Christy Branch star in “The Seamstress,” coming soon to the Hickory Community Theatre. The award-winning play is being produced by the Theatre, Jan. 10-26, 2014.
For tickets and information call (828) 327-3855 or click on www.hickorytheatre.org.
Lions Club Recycles For Sight; Donate Glasses & Hearing Aids
Lincolnton, NC - Do you have unwanted recyclable eyeglasses and hearing aids in your dresser drawers, closet, attic, or basement? But don’t know what to do with them.
Throughout the year, the Lincolnton Lions Club collects used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses and unwanted workable hearing aids as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. Prescription and non-prescription children and adult sunglasses are desperately needed in countries located close to the Equator.
“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses. We have noticed a recent shortage in used children eyeglasses lately, ” said Fay Poovey, Denver resident and President of the Lincolnton Lions Club. “ Unfortunately, due to state and federal public health laws, used eyeglasses can not be reused in the USA. Instead, all eyeglasses collected will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible” emphasized Poovey.
The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups. To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located at in Lincolnton, and Denver.
Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, and Vision Care Offices
Advance Family Eye Care- 7547 Water Loop Road ( Denver)
Carolina Eye Care- 231 North General’s Blvd. ( Lincolnton) or 324 North Highway 16 (Denver)
Lincoln Eye Center- 110 Doctor’s Park ( Lincolnton)
Graystone Ophthalmologist- 2311 East Main Street ( Lincolnton)
Super Wal-Mart Vision Center- ( Lincolnton location)
EF Drum Funeral Home- 210 North Academy Street ( Lincolnton)
Warlick Funeral Home- 125 Dave Warlick Drive ( Lincolnton)
Government & Non-Profit Agencies
Lincolnton Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling News Release
Lincoln County Senior Center- 2nd Floor- Gaston College- Lincoln Campus- 511 South Aspen Street ( Lincolnton)
Good Neighbor’s Shop- 118 South Academy Street ( Lincolnton)
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest coeducational service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information about Lions Club International visit our website at www.lionsclubs.org. If you are interesting in learning more about the Lincolnton Lions Club, please call Lion Robert Tomlinson @ 704-735-8514.
Give Christmas Cheer Through Be A Santa To A Senior Program
Catawba, Burke, And Caldwell Counties - This season, holiday shoppers in Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell counties can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.
The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.
An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone.
Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees through Dec. 6 that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at Walgreens, Hickory, 2915 N. Center St., 2700 S. NC 127 Hwy, 2427 Springs Rd., 210 US Hgwy 70, Connelly Springs, 3062 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, Wal-Mart, Hickory 2525 US Hwy 70 SE, Conover, 201 Zelkova Ct., NW,Hickory, Olive Garden 2261 US 70 Hickory NC, Taste Full Beans, 29 2nd St. NW, Hickory, Food Lion (East) 576 E Fleming Dr. Morgantown, NC 28655, Food Lion (West) 120 Bost Rd, Morgantown, NC 28655
The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.
“Be a Santa to a Senior gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influence on our lives,” said Susan Vincent, owner at the local Home Instead Senior Care office. For more information about the program, visit www.BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 828-256-0184.
Newton Rec Canned Food Drive Now Through December 22
Newton, NC - The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a canned food drive to benefit the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) Hunger Prevention Program. The campaign will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 22.
The rec will accept non-perishable food items such as canned fruits, canned soups, canned vegetables, boxes of grits, macaroni, rice, oatmeal, dried beans and more. The food collected will help local residents who may be disabled or handicapped and those in need in the community. Last year, the campaign collected 520 pounds of food. This year, the City hopes to surpass this total to help those in need throughout the community.
Donation locations and hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Newton City Hall, 401 N. Main Ave.; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Newton Rec Center, 23 S. Brady Ave.; and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Central Rec Center on S. Ervin Ave. City offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.
For more information, contact the Newton Rec Center at 828-695-4317 or the Central Recreation Center at 828-465-7477.
CBCC Announces Puppies For Patients Program, Now - Dec. 31
Charlotte, NC - The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) has unleashed its Ninth Annual ‘Puppies for Patients’ program that runs now through Dec. 31, 2013.
Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays. Since 2005, CBCC has delivered thousands of stuffed toy puppies to children.
“‘Puppies for Patients’ has become a wonderful tradition for our donors, supporters and community partners who have made this program a huge success over the past eight years,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of CBCC.
As the primary blood supplier to 21 hospitals in the region, CBCC relies on volunteer blood donors and local organizations to help fulfill the need for blood for local patients. In fact, one local children’s hospital alone requires nearly 300 red blood cells and more than 200 platelet units each month. CBCC is asking anyone in generally good health, over the age of 16 and who weighs at least 120 pounds to donate blood this holiday season and help save the lives of local patients, many of them children.
Businesses, churches, organizations and schools interested in hosting a blood drive can call Kim Jones 704-972-4727. Individuals interested in donating blood can do so at a community blood drive or at one of CBCC’s donor centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia or Hickory. To sign up, visit www.carolinadonor.org or call 704-972-4700.
Follow the CBCC on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BloodCenter and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBCCarolinas.
Hickory City-Wide Shoe Drive To Benefit Soles4Souls; By Dec. 30
Hickory - Soles4Souls Inc., a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing, just announced it’s 2013 city-wide drive in Hickory, NC. The shoe drive, spearheaded by local author Dallas L Dixon, encourages individuals to clean out their closets and donate their new or gently worn footwear to make a tangible positive difference in the world.
Experts estimate that approximately 300 million children worldwide – almost as many as the entire U.S. population – live without shoes on their feet.
Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well being. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation. With the help of Dallas and the city of Hickory, Soles4Souls is working to end this cycle of poverty.
Residents can bring their donations from now until Dec 30, 2013 to 1891 Plaza Dr. Hickory, NC 28602.
The shoes donated will be given a second life through direct donations and micro enterprise programs that provide job opportunities in developing nations. To date, Soles4Souls has distributed over 20 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. This city-wide shoe drive will directly impact organization’s reach.
“We should always leave people better than we found them.”- Dallas L Dixon
“We are very excited to see the results of this city-wide shoe drive,” said Soles4Souls Chief Executive Officer Buddy Teaster. We know that Dallas is working hard to help us end the cycle of poverty by collecting shoe donations and we couldn’t be more proud. Thank you Hickory, in advance, for banding together to change the world.”
For more information, please go to www.soles4souls.org/citywide
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. Please visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.
Make It A Happy Christmas By
Donating To Bikes For Tykes
Hickory – The Hickory Fire Department in conjunction with the Christmas Bureau is asking for new and like-new bicycles and tricycles for needy children to be given out at Christmas time.
Hickory Senior Firefighter Marty Kanupp, who spearheads this bike drive, was pleased with the response from last year’s "Bikes for Tykes" project. Kanupp states, "We are very fortunate to be a part of such a caring community, who came out in force, to help us donate bicycles to needy families. We gave away over 500 bicycles (that's double the number that were given out in the previous year), and we’re looking to double it again this year, but we need help from the community.”
"I would love for the community to answer my call for help again this year by donating new or like-new bicycles to any of the Hickory Fire stations. There are some very caring people in our community, and it is absolutely doesn't go unnoticed. So that's why I am asking for new or like-new bicycles. Ask yourself what you would do if it was your child or niece/nephew that was in need, and all they wished for was a bicycle for Christmas,” continues Kanupp.
Hickory Fire Dept. assembling bikes
Kanupp adds, "If you have a bicycle or tricycle that you would like to donate, please drop them off at any of the Hickory fire stations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Persons needing directions or having questions, please call 828-323-7420.”
The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Catawba County Christmas Bureau. The toys will then be distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau at the American Legion Fairgrounds in December.
High School Shakespeare
Monologue Competition, March 8
Lenoir, NC - Caldwell County high school students (public, home and private schools) are invited to participate in the 2nd annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Competition sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council and Caldwell County Schools.
This year’s competitors are expected to memorize and recite a Shakespeare monologue 1-1/2 to 2 minutes in length as if auditioning for a part. Up to $1,000 in cash awards will be presented.
Students should contact their school’s office ASAP to determine the Shakespeare Monologue Competition coordinator in each school, as in-school competitions will begin soon. Home school students should contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or email@example.com. Details of participation are available on our website: http://www.caldwellarts.com/227-shakespeare-monologue-competition
Final competition will be held at 9:30 a.m. on March 8, 2014 in the Hibriten High School auditorium.
HSCC Offers Foothills Wellness Clinic, Dec. 6
Hickory - Foothills Wellness Clinic at HSCC offers low cost vaccines, tests, and pest solutions for pets. Clinic dates are typically scheduled for the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday of each month.
Next available clinic date is Friday, December 6th, 12 – 5 pm. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention are available for purchase during normal business hours.
To make an appointment for vaccines, heartworm test or FIV/Felv test, call 828-464-8878, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.
Hickory Active. Well Crafted. November & December Events
Hickory – Hickory’s “Active. Well Crafted.” continues with many activities until the end of the year. “Active. Well Crafted.” is a pilot program that kicked off on January 1 and continues until December. More than 20 “Active. Well Crafted.” activities have taken place this year and citizens who participate in at least three will receive “Active. Well Crafted.” prizes in December.
“These are established events that people participate in every year and this is a way we can honor those who stay active in our community,” said City of Hickory Communications Director and Brand Manager Mandy Pitts.
November: Month Long Programs
Hickory/YMCA Swim Program: Swim lessons free for Hickory residents’ age 6 months and over. For more information, call (828) 322-7046.
Attend 4 fitness classes during the month at Highland Recreation Center at Stanford Park, 1451 8th Street Drive, NE (828) 328-3997, or Ridgeview Recreation Center at Taft Broome Park, 115 7th Avenue, SW, (828) 324-8077.
Go to www.HickoryNC.gov under Parks and Recreation for the schedule or call the centers.
November 16: Turkey Trot - Fun Run, 5k, and 10k at Hickory Foundation YMCA, 701 1st Street, NW. The Fun Run (1-mile) begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k and 10k begins at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Hickory YMCA. Cost for 5k and 10k- $25 (for YMCA members) and $30 (for non-YMCA members). For more information, call 828.324.2858 or go to http://ymcacv.org/locations/hickoryfoundation/
December 7: Girls on the Run (for girls and running buddies that run with them during run) December 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Downtown Hickory.
More events are scheduled through the end of the year and can be found by going to www.HickoryWellCrafted.com/live and clicking the “Active. Well Crafted.” button that is on the bottom of this page.
Newton Senior Citizens Club Open To New Members
Newton, NC - Are you a senior citizen and looking for more to do in the area? Join the Newton Senior Citizens Club, and you’ll always have a full schedule.
The club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., for good fellowship, an entertaining or educational program and a covered dish luncheon.
There are special events throughout the year such as Seniors Nigh Out, a picnic in the park, ice cream socials and trips.
For further information, call Club President J. T. Sheets at (828) 465-5915.
Agency Helps 500 Homeowners
Hickory - In October 2010 the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) launched a new mortgage assistance program funded through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. NCHFA received $482.8 million with hopes of assisting 21,000 NC homeowners during a three-to-five-year period. The primary program offered through NCHFA’s North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund is called the Mortgage Payment Program (MPP).
Through the Mortgage Payment Program homeowners can receive mortgage assistance if they have lost their job due to no fault of their own or have experienced one of the program-eligible hardships – death, divorce/separation, or illness.
Those homeowners who meet the program criteria can receive assistance for mortgage-related expenses – mortgage payments, taxes, homeowner’s insurance and homeowner association fees – through a zero-interest, deferred loan. Depending on whether the homeowner is searching for work or attending school for retraining the assistance varies from 18 to 36 months with a maximum of $36,000 available for qualified recipients.
If the homeowner continues to live in the home for 10 years after receiving assistance, the loan will be considered satisfied and no repayment will be due.
Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) was one of the three pilot agencies for the Mortgage Payment Program. As of July 2013, the agency has assisted 500 clients, primarily in its four-county region – Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba.
The program is expected to continue offering funding through December 2014.
On July 23, 2013, WPCOG hosted a celebration marking this milestone. The event was held at the WPCOG Administrative Offices. Speakers included A. Robert Kucab, executive director of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency, Sherry Long, WPCOG Community Development Director, and a few homeowners who have been assisted by the program.
For more information about the Mortgage Payment Program, please contact WPCOG at 828.485.4268.
Catawba Humane Society In
Urgent Need Of Donations
Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County has several urgent needs for donations from the community.
Laundry detergent (any variety, liquid or powder) and bleach, HSCC does many loads of laundry each day for the shelter animals and spay/neuter clinic. Donations of Dry Purina One Kitten, Dry Purina One Cat food, Dry Purina One Puppy or Purina Puppy Chow will help feed the many shelter animals each day.
So far this year, HSCC has adopted out 536 shelter pets into loving homes. Various cleaning products and supplies are needed for general cleaning and maintenance: toilet cleaner, comet, etc. (No Pine-Sol please), paper towels and toilet paper.
With the continued increase in adoptions and spay/neuter surgeries, there is a need for more computers.
If anyone has upgraded their computer recently, HSCC needs working computers.
HSCC is a 501(c) 3 non profit, no-kill animal organization serving Catawba County and the surrounding areas. All donations are tax deductible.
HSCC does not receive any assistance from local or national humane agencies. Drop off donations at 3224 20th Ave SE, Hickory, 28602 (GPS: Newton) during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
Urgently Needed Items For Personal Products Pantry At WRC
Hickory - Our Personal Products Pantry, at the Women’s Resource Center, is in urgent need of your generous donations.
The pantry provides personal care and household cleaning supplies to women and their families free of charge. These basics can't be purchased with food assistance programs.
Our pantry is dangerously low in the following items.
Feminine hygiene products, Liquid hand soap, Paper towels, Multi Purpose cleaners, Pinesol cleaner, Liquid dish soap, Laundry detergent, Bleach, Toilet bowl cleaner, & Window cleaner.
If you can help, please drop off your donations between 9am-4pm, Monday - Thursday.
Just think of the difference you'll make in the lives of a family just like yours, who find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Together we can continue to help the Center meet the needs of our clients.
"Changing lives . . . . . . one woman at a time".
Call 828/322-6333 for more information or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cribbage Club Invites New Players To Tuesday Night Games
Hickory - The Hickory Cribbage club “The CRIBBADIERS” is inviting new players to join our weekly tournaments of friendly competition.
The club plays at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Pinecrest Senior Living Community located at 915 29th Ave NE Hickory, NC 28601.
The CRIBBADIERS are a Grass Roots charter of a nationwide network of local cribbage clubs under the overall direction of the American Cribbage Congress. The format is a nine game round robin against nine different players.
Cribbage is a two-handed card game invented in 1609 by Sir John Suckling, an English knight, poet, and playwright.
Members are willing to teach the game to newcomers or to help former players get back into the swing.
For more information call Carole or Dennis at 828-396-2165 Reising@embarqmail.com.
Critical Need For More Foster Parents In Catawba County
Hickory - Catawba County has a critical need for additional foster parents. Foster families help care for children and rebuild families in crisis through mentoring and partnerships with birth families.
An informational meeting for people interested in becoming foster parents is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Family Services Center, located at 3050 11th Ave. Dr. SE, behind Catawba Valley Medical Center.
There is currently a need for 10 families willing to foster sibling groups of three to four children, ages birth through 12 in regular foster care.
There is also a need for 15 families willing to foster children ages 6-16 in therapeutic foster care.
Foster families are provided with training and assistance as they work to meet the needs of foster children, according to Sarah Shumate, a social work supervisor at Family Builders of the Catawba Valley, the foster and adoption unit of Catawba County Social Services.
For more information, please contact Sharon Hamby at 828-695-4553, or go to http://www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/FamilyBuilders/Foster.asp.
HSCC Is Looking For In-Home Heroes To Foster Animals
Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County is looking for people interested in fostering homeless animals.
Fostering is often necessary when animals need a little more time and TLC prior to adoption; for example, mothers with nursing litters, orphaned litters, and shy animals that need extra socializing.
HSCC will provide everything you need; the foster family will only need to bring the animal to the shelter occasionally for medical check-ups.
The time commitment and selected animal(s) are entirely based on what is convenient for the foster family
If you are interested in opening up your home and heart by becoming an in-home hero contact HSCC for more information, 828-464-8878, Monday through Saturday, noon-6:00pm or email email@example.com.
New Hickory Book Club Meets On Wednesday Nights
Hickory - Hickory has a new book club. Open to everyone, the Hickory Readers meets once a month on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble on Rt. 70 in Hickory.
For exact dates and times, and the ability to join online, visit www.meetup.com/hickory-readers.
Come join the fun; learn about new books; and make new friends. For more information, contact Patsye Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Bingo Every Wednesday At Hickory Public Library
Hickory – Weekly Senior Bingo Restarts the first Wednesday in January, 2013. Are you a senior in search of a welcoming environment to have some fun?
If so, meet with friends or new community members at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for Bingo every Wednesday that the library is open from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Doughnuts will be provided and small prizes will be awarded.
For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.
Health-Care Pro Discusses The Many Warning
Signs And How To Spot A Victim Of Domestic Violence
In the United States, women are assaulted or beaten once every nine seconds; worldwide, one in three women have been battered, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to women’s advocacy organizations.
“That means most of us – while grocery shopping, at work or at home – come across several women a day who have either been abused, or are currently enduring abuse,” says Linda O’Dochartaigh, a health professional and author of Peregrine (www.lavanderkatbooks.com). “It’s a terrible fact of life for too many women, but if there is something we can do about it and we care about fellow human beings, then we must try.”
There are several abuse resources available to women who are being abused, or friends of women who need advice, including:
• www.TheHotline.org, National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 1-800-799-SAFE (7223)
• www.HelpGuide.org, provides unbiased, advertising-free mental health information to give people the self-help options to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges
• www.VineLink.com, allows women to search for an offender in custody by name or identification number, then register to be alerted if the offender is released, transferred, or escapes
• www.DAHMW.org, 1-888-7HELPLINE, offers crisis intervention and support services for victims of intimate partner violence and their families
Perhaps the best thing friends and family can do for a woman enduring domestic abuse is to be there for her – not only as a sympathetic ear, but also as a source of common sense that encourages her to take protective measures, O’Dochartaigh says. Before that, however, loved ones need to recognize that help is needed.
Linda O’Dochartaigh reviews some of the warning signs:
• Clothing – Take notice of a change in clothing style or unusual fashion choices that would allow marks or bruises to be easily hidden. For instance, someone who wears long sleeves even in the dog days of summer may be trying to hide signs of abuse.
• Constant phone calls – Many abusers are very controlling and suspicious, so they will call their victims multiple times each day to “check in.” This is a subtle way of manipulating their victims, to make them fearful of uttering a stray word that might alert someone that something is wrong. Many abusers are also jealous, and suspect their partner is cheating on them, and the constant calls are a way of making sure they aren’t with anyone they aren’t supposed to be around.
• Unaccountable injuries – Sometimes, obvious injuries such as arm bruises or black eyes are a way to show outward domination over the victim. Other times, abusers harm areas of the body that won’t be seen by family, friends and coworkers.
• Frequent absences – Often missing work or school and other last-minute plan changes may be a woman hiding abuse, especially if she is otherwise reliable.
• Excessive guilt & culpability – Taking the blame for things that go wrong, even though she was clearly not the person responsible – or she is overly-emotional for her involvement – is a red flag.
• Fear of conflict – Being brow-beaten or physically beaten takes a heavy psychological toll, and anxiety bleeds into other relationships.
• Chronic uncertainty – Abusers often dominate every phase of a victim’s life, including what she thinks she likes, so making basic decisions can prove challenging.
Linda O’Dochartaigh has worked in health care is an advocate for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. She wants survivors to know that an enriched, stable and happy life is available to them. O’Dochartaigh is the mother of three grown children and is raising four adopted grandchildren.
Attention Artists & Photographers! Bethlehem Library
Applications For 2014 Art Exhibits
Hickory - The Alexander County Bethlehem Branch Library is offering visual artists and photographers the opportunity to hang art for two month periods with an opening reception the first Thursday of the opening month. Art and photographs may be priced to sell-library does not take a commission. For more information please contact Bud Caywood at email@example.com for more information. Currently accepting applications for 2014.
Please visit the library at 45 Rink Dam Road, Hickory NC 28601 (Bethlehem) to see the available wall space.
Library hours Monday and Wednesday 9:00AM-2:00PM, Tuesday and Thursday Noon-7:00PM.
Youth Dance Classes Offered On Tuesdays
Hickory - The City of Hickory Parks and Recreation Department announces new Ballet, Jazz, and Creative Movement Dance Classes at the Neill Clark Recreation Center. The classes will be taught by local instructor Bethany Baumgardner- Kirby.
Classes are open to preschoolers (ages 3 and 4) to fifth graders. Classes will be held on Tuesdays. The schedule of classes is:
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Preschool (Three and Four Year Olds)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Kindergarten and First Grade Class
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Second Through Fifth Grade Class
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Kindergarten and First Grade Class
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of dance by learning steps, positions, combinations, and routines in the different styles of dance. Students will learn the elements of dance and have a chance to explore the creative side of movement by choreographing their own dances using music, instruments, and props. The class will be a good source of exercise and will increase self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as teamwork and problem solving skills.
Bethany D. Baumgardner-Kirby is a pre-kindergarten teacher; dance teacher; a specialist in children’s creative movement, music, and drama; and an advocate for all the arts.
The Neill Clark Recreation Center is located at 3404 6th Street Drive NE in Hickory.
For more information, please contact Bethany Baumgardner- Kirby at 828-759-6942 or 828-962-7206 or Senior Recreation Programmer Steve Jones at 828-324-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Family Finders Helps Foster Kids
Connect With Extended Family
Hickory - “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,” wrote poet Robert Frost.
But many foster children and youths have lost that type of family support system. Sid Daniels, who works with the Family Finding Program in Catawba County, will tell you that foster children are often very lonely because they have lost contact with their extended family. The longer they are in foster care, the more likely this is to happen. It’s his job to change that reality.
“We don’t want a kid feeling lonely — where the only people in their life are the ones that get paid to be there,” he said. Staff members go home at the end of their shift. Family members can form a lifelong bond. The Family Finding Program in Catawba County is a partnership between the Children's Home Society of North Carolina and Catawba County Social Services. Family Finders is a national program, developed by Kevin Campbell, that has shown strong results in many states.
Daniels' job as a Family Finder is part detective, part negotiator and part counselor. He first has to identify and contact family members who have lost their connection to the foster child. These could include grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, as well as parents and step-parents.
After he identifies these relatives, he tries to gauge their interest in reconnecting with the child in foster care. If they express an interest, he invites them to a couple of meetings. At the first one, he shows them a “video journal” of the young person talking about themselves and what they want in life. They discuss how the relatives may play a role in the child’s future.
In some cases, the relatives want to resume the relationship they had before, such as talking with the child on the phone, writing them letters, or visiting with them. In other cases, they might be willing to adopt the child if they cannot be reunited with their parents.
Then the process moves to planning how the relationship might be resumed. If a relative wishes to adopt or become the guardian of the child, he or she must undergo an evaluation process.
It is important to wrap the child in a network of family supporters who are willing to assist them, Daniels said. The goal is to find as many relatives as possible who are willing to participate in the process. Catawba County was one of the first counties in North Carolina to pilot Family Finding, beginning in 2008. Now it has fully embraced the model.
Daniels joined the team last fall. The process can be time consuming, but it is usually completed in three to five months, he said. “The ownership is on the family,” he said. “What do they want to do?”
Catawba County Social Services hopes that reuniting foster children with their relatives can produce a brighter future. Foster children usually age out of care at 18, although they can remain voluntarily until they are 21.
National statistics show that former foster care youths face some daunting prospects if they don’t have a support system in place. Some 49 percent are homeless within three years. Forty-three percent are high school drop outs. Fifty-six percent become unemployed within two years. Forty-two percent, of whom 60 percent are women, become parents within 2.5 years of exiting foster care.
Former foster youth are found to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at two times the level of U.S. war veterans. Fifty percent have used illegal drugs. One in four will be incarcerated within 2.5 years of leaving foster care.
Daniels believes his work can help change those statistics for local youths. That’s why he keeps on calling, emailing, sending Facebook messages, knocking on doors and meeting with family members of children and youths in foster care. He sees his job as finding “who’s going to love this kid no matter what.”
For more information, call 828-695-5600 or visit our website at www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/f&csvs/familyfinders.asp
Or contact Sean Jarman at 828-695-2134 or email@example.com
How To Get Your Event In Focus
Email a press release for your non-profit event, fundraiser, festival or other community event to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information along with the name of your event, who it benefits, what it features, when the event will take place, and the cost of attending. Please send a text document, not a pdf or jpeg of text information.
Also, please put the name of the event in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Humane Society Of Catawba
County Needs Guardian Angels
Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County offers the opportunity to give wings to their cats and dogs through the Guardian Angel Program.
A sponsorship helps offset the costs of a thorough medical exam, vaccinations, testing and treatment for parasites, spay or neuter surgery, and microchipping for a cat or dog and gives them wings by paying the adoption fee for your “angel” to go to its “forever home” when an adoption application is submitted and approved.
Laurent Needs An Angel
Guardian Angels will receive a certificate from their sponsored angel with a photo and biography, a Guardian Angel magnet, a shirt recognizing them as a Guardian Angel, and the love of knowing they are having a positive impact on the life of a homeless dog or cat in their community. A recognition tag will be added to the Guardian Angel Appreciation Board at the shelter with your name, the animal’s name, and the date of sponsorship.
Call (828) 464-8878 or come by HSCC during business hours, Monday through Saturday 12am-6pm for more information and to sign-up. Sponsorship information is also available on the website www.catawbahumane.org.
No-Kill Animal Shelter Needs
In-Home Hero Foster Families
Hickory - Humane Society of Catawba County always needs families willing to foster homeless animals. This time of year the need increases substantially. HSCC does not adopt out kittens or puppies to families until they have their spay/neuter surgery, and they have to grow big enough for surgery.
Lynne At HSCC
HSCC, being a no-kill shelter, is only able to take in kittens & puppies as space allows, but the length of their stay also keeps the shelter from being able to take in adoptable adult pets. HSCC will provide everything you need; the foster family will only need to bring the animal to the shelter occasionally for medical check-ups. The time commitment and selected animal(s) are entirely based on what is convenient for the foster family.
If you are interested in opening up your home and heart by becoming an in-home hero contact HSCC for more information, 828-464-8878, Monday through Saturday, noon-6:00pm.
Volunteers Needed To
Deliver Meals On Wheels
Claremont, NC - There is an urgent need for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens in the Claremont-Catawba area of Catawba County.
Volunteers pick up the meals at Bethlehem United Methodist Church-Claremont between 10:50 and 11:15 am Monday through Thursday. You can volunteer as little as one hour a month and make a difference in the life of a senior citizen.
Volunteers are also needed to deliver meals in the East Hickory, West Hickory, Maiden and Newton areas. For details about how you can help, contact Vickie Redden, volunteer coordinator of Catawba County Meals on Wheels, at 695-5610.
Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Nutrition Services, a division of Catawba County Social Services. It relies heavily on volunteers and local donations to serve more than 1,000 seniors through home delivery of meals, Seniors Morning Out and related programs.
For more information about these programs, and how you can help, go to www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/adult/nutrition.asp or find the Meals on Wheels of Catawba County program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/MealsOnWheelsOfCatawbaCounty.
Loving Our Enemies
By Rev. Susan Smith
Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
A week ago, my son woke me up to tell me Osama Bin Laden was dead. I got up and listened to president Obama tell the nation that our terrorist enemy had been killed by a special forces Navy Seals team. I felt sad. Sad for the pain and misery he has caused all over the world. Sad for the victims of 9/11. Sad that a shy, deeply devoted Muslim boy could grow into a mass murderer of innocent people in the name of holy jihad. I went back to bed, not realizing that people were dancing in the streets to celebrate that Bin Laden was dead.
I have heard many say since that justice was done. Really? The definition of justice in this sense is “the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.” As a person of faith against the death penalty, I do not see this as “justice”. Killing people who kill people to prove that killing people is wrong is not justice. It might help us feel that we have gotten the revenge we want for his horrific acts, but the Bible tells us that vengeance belongs to God.
If we dance in the streets to celebrate the fact that we shot an unarmed man in the head in front of his wife – are we any better than all those who burn the American flag, hang effigies of our president, and chant “Death to America”? God is the only one who can see all the pain caused by war in humanity as a whole. The causes and effects of global, generational hatred and bitterness stemming from the murder of civilians in the crossfire of war has poisoned international relations to the point where it is almost impossible for any country to claim innocence. We have all been murderers.
No, I would not call killing Bin Laden justice, but I would say that it was necessary to prevent the murder of more innocent people. We hope that his death will decrease worldwide terrorism, but only time will tell. Instead of dancing in the streets, we should have been praying that God would help us love our enemies. We should have been praying for his soul, his family, his people, and all those in the Muslim world who looked to him as a hero. They are truly our enemies because they have declared a holy war against us. His death will not end that. Loving our enemies is the hardest thing Jesus commanded us to do, and 2000 years later we have still not learned how to do it. Consider the words of the sermon “Finding Forgiveness” delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church on Christmas of 1957:
“Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.
"So when Jesus says 'Love your enemies,' he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil-hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
For the complete text of this incredibly Christ-like message, go to: www.findingforgiveness.blogspot.com/2009/01/martin-luther-king-on-forgiveness.html.