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HSCC Low-Cost Pet Health Clinic Sat., Sept. 20

Hickory - Hickory offers low cost vaccines, heartworm tests, and pest solutions for pets. The upcoming clinic is Saturday, September 20th, 9 am– 2 pm.

Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention are available for purchase during normal business hours.

To make an appointment for vaccines or a heartworm 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.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Opens Friday, Sept. 5 At HCT

Hickory - It’s fun for all ages as Ariel, one of Disney’s most beloved heroines, takes the stage of the Jeffers Theatre this weekend as the Hickory Community Theatre opens its production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Friday September 5 at 8 PM.

The play features the award winning musical score from the hit motion picture. It has been translated to the stage with all the bright characters from the movie.

With a multi-generational cast of over 30 actors, ages 6-56, the action is fast-moving and colorful.  Choreographer LeAnna Bodnar has cooked up some wonderful dance surprises too.

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” plays on the Jeffers Theatre Mainstage, September 5-21 2014 with performances at 8:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Thursdays (Sep 11 and 18), and 2:30 PM on Sundays (Sep 14 and 21).  Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $18, reserved seating, with $2 off for seniors (60 and over) and $8 off for youth (18 and under).  Thursday show tickets are $14 for adults 18+, with a $4 discount for youth, 18 and under.  Tickets may be purchased online at or call the box office at (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.  Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is co-produced by Catawba Valley Medical Center, in association with Dr. S. Kimberly Jones, DDS.  This is the opening show of the 2014-2015 Season, brought to you by Paramount, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

PHOTO: (L-R) Steven Clark, Ryan Sanford, Jennifer Canterbury and Heather Osterer star in “The Little Mermaid” opening Friday, Sep 5 for a 10 performance run at the Hickory Community Theatre.  Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information.  Photo is by Ken Burns.

Auton Reunion September 14

Lincolnton, NC - The J.H. Auton family Reunion will be held at 1pm on Sunday, September 14th, at McKendree Methodist Church, located at 3537 Maiden Highway in Lincolnton, NC. Please bring old family photos to share.

For more information call Chucky Auton at 704.735.3556 or Chris Beal at 704.732.3139.

Hickory Kiwanis Golf Tourney Is Sept. 11

Hickory - Hickory Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Club of Western Catawba County are pleased to announce our annual golf tournament to benefit children.

The golf tournament will be held Sept. 11th at the newly renovated Ole Stille Gold Course, 1157 Players Ridge Rd. Hickory (Oliver's Landing) Lunch and registration is at 11:30 AM. Tee off is 1:00 PM Captain's Choice.

Entrance fee is $200 per team. $60 per person.

Main sponsor is Jim Armstrong Subaru- hole in one sponsor. $100 hole sponsors names will be placed a tee box.

The many programs of the Kiwanis Clubs will be the recipients of the tournament proceeds.

For over 80 years the Kiwanis Clubs have been involved in different activities in the local community. The Kiwanis Clubs sponsor:

Terrific Kids in the Elementary Schools; Key Club at HHS and SSHS; Circle K at CVCC and LRU.

Kiwanis Foundation gave four $12,000 scholarships, three $1000.00 and two Zahra Baker scholarships to area high school students in our area this year alone.

Other projects include: Zahra Baker playground; Learning for Life; Boys and Girls Club; Dictionaries for 3rd graders in Hickory and Catawba County; Teen Up; Salvation Army; Children's Advocacy Center; Longview Elementary School and Aktion Club at CVCC. For more details call Helen Devlin 828-244-3665 or; Tom Devlin 828-324-0524; Danny Seaver 828-312-4140; Bill Wiggs 828-850-9088 or Steve Aaron 828-446-0480

September 11 Remembrance Ceremony Set For 5:45 PM

Hickory – The City of Hickory and the community will be remembering 9/11 at a Patriots Day Remembrance ceremony on Thursday, September 11, 2014 under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory. Music begins at 5:45 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

“The City invites the community to come together on September 11 at this annual ceremony to remember 9-11 and the events that occurred on that day that forever changed our lives,” said Mayor Rudy Wright.

WHKY 1290 am First Talk program host Hal Row will emcee this ceremony, as he has done in years past. Additional participants include Mayor Wright, Hickory Police and Fire Departments, Hickory High School Band, Morningstar Baptist Church Pastor David Roberts, and Pastor Bill Howell, Associate Pastor at Corinth Reformed Church. The special guest speaker is Tony Henderson, a United States Air Force and 9/11 Pentagon survivor. The Hickory High School Band will be performing at 5:45 p.m., prior to the ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

“We encourage military and able veterans to attend, so we can thank them for their service to our country and their endless courage,” added Mayor Wright.

Music Scholarships Available

Hickory - The Hickory Music Factory (HMF) is now accepting scholarship and work study applications for music lessons.

HMF offers a limited number of scholarships and work study programs to students ages 5-18 years of age. These are awarded on a quarterly basis. Applications need to be submitted before September 15th 2014 to be eligible for this scholarship/work study cycle.

Financial need is assessed through written applications by the HMF board of directors. Funding for the scholarships are made possible through the Mark Weaver Scholarship Fund that helps provide lessons and programs to youth in the community who may not have the means to do so. Call (828) 638-0939 or

Free Computer Classes Offered By Library In September

Newton, NC - Local adults can upgrade their computer skills at no cost, thanks to free 60-minute sessions at Catawba County Library. Pre-registration is required. Sessions on the roster include:

Thursday, Sept. 4 at Claremont.

One-on-One Sessions Q&A—Let a librarian become your computer tutor. Offered 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at Newton.

Exploring the Internet—Learn how to effectively navigate the world-wide web and its many offerings. Offered Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at the St. Stephens Branch.

Money Management Banking—Get a better handle on personal finances with this non-commercial workshop. Offered at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Newton.

Job Searching with NC Works—Check out the options available free to NC residents. The learning begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Southwest.

Email Basics—This beginner session will show you how to set up an email account, sent, receive and store messages. The learning begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Newton.

Resume Builders—Free individual instruction on how to best sell yourself on paper. Call ahead for your time slot at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Conover or 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in Claremont.

How to Use Hoopla—Hoopla, the amazing new streaming service, offers free access to movies, eAudiobooks and music through the library website. See how to use it at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at St. Stephens.

Intro to eBooks— A beginner’s session for navigating the world of electronic reading. Held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Southwest.

To sign up for any workshop, contact the appropriate location: Conover, 466-5108; Newton, 465-7938; Southwest, 466-6818; St. Stephens, 466-6821.

Beaver Library To Host Local Author Fair Sat., October 18

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host a Local Author Fair on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This fair will offer local authors the opportunity to promote their published work(s), meet and greet the public, sign books, and network with other local authors.

The application for local authors interested in participating is now available. Authors representing children, young adult, and adult literature are encouraged to apply. To request an application, email Linda Campbell at or ask for an application at the Reference Desk of the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Applications must be completely filled out and returned to Linda Campbell by Monday, September 15, 2014. The application may be emailed to Linda Campbell at or returned in person to the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s Reference Desk.

For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.

Seniors Morning Out Features Patrick Crouch In September

Hickory - All persons 60 or better who live in Catawba County are invited to learn more about North Carolina's string music heritage as musician Patrick Crouch performs for the Seniors Morning Out Program.

This program is only one of many offered four days a week in five convenient locations throughout the county. Besides entertaining and informative programs, Seniors Morning Out provides a hot balanced lunch. The program is free to participants, although donations are accepted. Seniors Morning Out will be closed Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day.

The performances by Patrick Crouch are supported by a grant from 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 support for arts programming at Seniors Morning Out is provided by community donors.

"I had a guitar in my hands from the time I was two years old, but I didn't really get serious until around age 11," Crouch wrote about his musical heritage. He was born in 1956 in Lenoir, where his parents worked for local textile and furniture companies. Crouch took band classes in school and later earned a music education degree from Appalachian State University. He learned to play bass, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, lap dulcimer and dobro, as well as other musical instruments. He will talk about North Carolina's string music heritage and play traditional tunes.

In addition, participants in Seniors Morning Out will shop at the Hickory Farmer's Market on Sept. 17. Anyone wishing to participate in any of the SMO programs is asked to call the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance to reserve their spot.

Musician Patrick Crouch

West Hickory SMO program highlights are as follows: Sept. 9, Make a Pinecone Birdfeeder; Sept. 11, Bingo and Music by Damascus Road; Sept. 16, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 23, How Aging Parents Can Communicate with Adult Children About Sensitive Issues by Rick Covalinski of Home Instead; Sept. 30, Stroke Awareness and Blood Pressure Checks with Carolyn Thompson of Catawba Valley Medical Center. To reserve your spot, call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

Newton SMO highlights include: Sept. 3, Celebrate National Biscuit Month with Biscuits for Breakfast; Sept. 4, Learn to Make Greeting Cards with Nancy McKay; Sept. 9, Shopping at Hamricks; Sept. 10, Learn to Make Baked Rice Pudding; Sept. 15, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 22, Author Joyce Hostetter Shares "The Miracle of Hickory;" Sept. 30, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Honey's Grocery. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Maiden highlights include: Sept. 8, Vision Problems in the Elderly with Peggy Messick of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Sept. 22, Patrick Crouch String Instrument Program; Sept. 24, Bingo and Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

East Hickory SMO activities include: Sept. 10, Learn to Make Pizza Bread with Anne Niedermeir; Sept. 16, Stretch Band Exercise and Healthy September Veggies; Sept. 23, Autumn Craft; Sept. 25, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 30, Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Claremont highlights include: Sept. 10, Understanding and Managing COPD with Peggy Messick of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Sept. 18, The Flu and You with Lynne Meyer of Bayada Home Health; Sept. 23, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 29, Celebrate National Biscuit Month with a cinnamon and honey biscuit. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

For more information, call the Senior Nutrition Services office at 828-695-6510. You may make a donation by writing a check to Catawba County Social Services and putting Senior Nutrition Services in the memo line. Mail your donation to Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 286758. You may also make a secure donation online by going to and clicking on the red "Donate Now" button. For the latest updates on this program, like us on Facebook at

Rock Barn To Host NC Lung Cancer Golf Tourney Sept. 26

Conover, NC - Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate, colorectal and liver cancers combined; yet it is the least-funded. The five-year survival rate is a mere 16%. Most blame smoking as the sole cause and the stigma that lung cancer patients deserve their disease prevents them from getting the care and attention they need. The fact is that lung cancer is not a smoker’s disease; it’s a disease for people with lungs. And there is hope; major advances in lung cancer screening, research into genetic mutations and new, improved treatments are emerging as we speak. These efforts need public support to gain momentum and ensure that lung cancer doesn't get the last word.

On September 26th, the 2nd Annual NC Lung Cancer Golf Tournament in Memory of Harold Morrow & Susan C. Hicks will be held at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. The inaugural year was a tremendous success and the families are excited to surpass it.

This community event is the first in the Greater Catawba County area to raise funds for lung cancer, and many local businesses are coming together to support it, including Tournament Sponsor, Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation. Backstreet Bar & Grill will once again provide lunch. The event is held in memory of two local individuals who lost their battles against lung cancer.

On August 30th, Lowes Foods, located at 1405 29th Ave DR NE, at the intersection of 29th and Sandy Ridge Road, will once again sponsor a hotdog fundraiser in front of their store from 11:00am to 5:00pm. All funds will go to the golf tournament. Members of families and friends that have been impacted by lung cancer will also be there that day to raise money for local research.

Susan Hicks, wife and mother, fought a short battle after diagnosis. She was not only active in her church but was also elected to the Newton Conover City School Board where she served as Vice Chairman at the time of her death. Susan’s family saw how hard she fought and wanted to continue her legacy. Susan C. Hicks Hope Charities has long partnered with the Lung Cancer Initiative of N.C. to raise awareness and funds.

Harold Morrow courageously fought an 18-month battle before passing on in August 2012. Harold, owner of a painting company here in Hickory, a husband, a father and a PawPaw, realized that his only chance for survival was to undergo chemotherapy and participate in clinical trials. His determination and positive attitude of “it is what it is” was infectious to all that he met. The Morrows and the Hicks are co-chairing this tournament again, and Susan and Harold’s fight continues through them.

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is a local non-profit that specializes in connecting lung cancer patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. Their mission is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, and education and access programs across North Carolina.

Since April, 2013, their state-wide Access to Care Gas Card Program has provided 27 lung cancer patients in Catawba County alone with gas cards to help them get to and from treatment. Their upcoming research program will fund cutting-edge research here in North Carolina at four different institutions across the state.

There are many ways that you can be a part of this local event. Visit the website at where you can go to the events tab and find the tournament. You will be able to become a sponsor or participate. Contact Khaki Stelten at with any questions.

The hope of this tournament is to make a difference in the fight against this deadly disease. As the Lung Cancer Initiative firmly believes, together, there is always something we can do.

Call For Artists: Hues & Brews Tour & Festival In November

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council is now accepting applications from Caldwell County & surrounding counties’ artists and crafters who want to participate in the new Hues and Brews Studio Tour, Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can set up in their Caldwell County homes or studios or set up in a local business to display, demonstrate and sell their work. Registration is $30.

Following the countywide Studio Tour, the event will culminate with the Hues and Brews Festival, Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside Howard Brewing in downtown Lenoir. The outdoor event will feature visual art displays, craft beer tastings, food vendors, live music and children’s art activities. Artists, crafters and food vendors may apply for space at the Hues and Brews Festival; 20 separate artist spaces and 3 separate food vendor spaces are available at this location. Artist/crafter registration is $30.

The registration deadline has been extended to September 5th at 5pm; all applications are available on the Caldwell Arts Council website:


The Caldwell Arts Council has announced a new twist on its annual Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour, expanding it to a daylong festival and adding another popular art form to the popular event.

In recent years, the Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour has featured Caldwell County artists and crafters who open their homes and studios for a celebration of local artwork of all kinds. This year, the Caldwell Arts Council is expanding the event and inviting brewers from Caldwell, Catawba and Burke counties to join with visual artists in a central location for a fun, new event with proceeds going toward the Caldwell Arts Council.


The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Located at 601 College Avenue SW near downtown Lenoir, hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail list, please call 828-754-2486 or The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

Girl Scouting: Want To Join? List Of Express Events Here!

Colfax, NC – You know that feeling when you just can’t wait for tomorrow? It’s back-to-school time and with that comes the anticipation for girls to join Girl Scouts!

In Girl Scouting, girls are always counting down to the next adventure! Maybe it's artistic. Maybe it's an experiment. Maybe it's getting outside or helping the community. Either way, girls will make new friends and have many new experiences that show the excitement of each day!

Girls can become a member for $15. Girl participation in program events is immediate but placement in a troop is based on availability. Specifically, Girl Scouts are in need of dedicated adults to take on the role of troop leaders. Each troop is led by at least two non-related registered leaders.

Girls and parents are invited to attend one of the following Express Events to learn more.

·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Banoak Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Oxford Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Southwest Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Webb Murray Elementary
·September 16, 6 p.m. - Tuttle Elementary
·September 23, 6:30 p.m. - Snow Creek Elementary

For more information, visit or contact local recruitment manager Lisa Stainbrook at 828-328-2444 or e-mail

About Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont: Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 15,000 girls and approximately 7,000 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains three camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit

Not Your Mama’s Bingo Visits Oz Friday, Sept. 19, For ALFA

Hickory- It’s that time again! Queenie Gabor and her fabulous BVD’s (Bingo Verifying Divas), in association with HG Fitness, are inviting everyone to a different and entertaining version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz…Bingo.

On Friday, September 19, 2014, the gang will ride a tornado of comedy with Dorothy and Toto into La Rumba De Cache Night Club, located at 534 Hwy 70 SE, in Hickory NC, 28602, where they will meet all of the familiar Oz characters, in slightly different presentations.

Not Your Mama’s Bingo is a semi-annual event with all proceeds going to support ALFA, a United Way partner agency and HIV/AIDS awareness organization offering with free medical case management, HIV testing and education, and volunteer opportunities. ALFA’s nine county service area includes Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga, and Wilkes counties.

Tickets to Not Your Mama’s Bingo are $20 each, which include admission, game sheets and daubers. All game winners will receive prizes, collected and provided by HG Fitness. A special 50/50 game is played, for an additional $5, which is the only game played for money. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for The Wonderful World of Oz Bingo are available at:

•ALFA office, 1120 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Suite 28, Hickory NC 28602

•La Rumba De Cache, 534 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory NC 28602

•Tasteful Beans, 29 2nd Street NW, Hickory NC 28601

•For Credit Card ticket purchase, please contact ALFA directly at 828-322-1447 ext.222.

According to Glinda, Good Witch of the East, aka Queenie Gabor, “We guarantee everyone a joyous and wonderous adventure with the funky Scarecrow, TinLady, Wicked Witch of Everywhere, the Lioness, and slutty Dorothy, to a place beyond every possible rainbow."

Carolina Cycle Challenge To Benefit Pediatric Cancer, Oct. 5

Hickory – Hickory supports the Carolina Cycle Challenge as it exemplifies Hickory’s Active. Well Crafted. initiative and fits the Life Well Crafted brand perfectly.

The Carolina Cycle Challenge (CCC) is our area’s premiere bike ride to benefit the fight against pediatric cancer.

This event is treasured in the community for a variety of reasons. The bike race first originated to honor Brett Gosnell, a local young man diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Over time the event grew in size and popularity due to the extreme efforts of Jim Powers (former GE Plant Manager), Mark and Mary Ann Gosnell (Parents of Brett, and local business and professional leaders) and other dedicated community members.

The CCC is powered by over 350 Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Catawba Valley, The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, The Rotary Club of Newton-Conover. Other organizations involved are Hickory Velo Club, the YMCA and the City of Hickory. Bill Shillito, Chairman of CCC points out that, “…the entire community is involved and touched by this event.”

Last year in its inaugural race CCC individually donated $50,000, which was matched by the Leon Levine Foundation, to total a $100,000 donation to Levine Children’s Hospital. Shillito appreciates, “the fact 100 percent of the net proceeds goes to find a prevention or cure for childhood cancer...” which he says is, “…icing on the cake.”

CCC Benefit for pediatric cancer is Oct. 5

Each year the race features a #1 Rider who is an individual from the community that has been diagnosed with pediatric cancer. This year’s #1 Rider will be 12-year-old Chole Scott, who is a rising 7th grader at Hickory Christian Academy.

This year’s race will take place on October 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Hickory YMCA. A 10, 31, and 55 miles (plus the Tot Zone for the little ones), riders of all ages and skill levels can participate. Shillito notes, “…our most popular ride is the 10 mile, whereby many families enjoy the day together on a family adventure that they can cherish forever.”

Opportunities are also available to volunteer in the planning aspects and on race day. Last year CCC had over 350 volunteers assisting with the ride.

In addition to the riders and volunteers the race wouldn’t be possible without the generous sponsors. By sponsoring the event companies have the opportunity to promote their company or corporation by becoming Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze level sponsors. Individuals are also encouraged to pledge their financial support.

Shillito encourages everyone to participate because, “This is a fun event. This is a family focused event. Come see your neighbors and meet friends through the joy of contributing at the same time as having fun.”

“Hickory’s Life. Well Crafted. brand has many positive spin offs with one being the Active. Well Crafted. initiative,” said Mandy Pitts, City of Hickory’s Communications Director and Brand Manager. “This ride promotes the importance of staying active, is an excellent example of how the entire community works together to make this event happen, and to top it off, it benefits children fighting pediatric cancer.”

For race registration and other information visit

Western Piedmont Symphony Announces 50th Season

Hickory/Lenoir, NC - Under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony will be celebrating their 50th year of beautiful music. World renowned banjo master, Béla Fleck, will open this very special season. Fleck has received 15 Grammy awards for his banjo performances.

The Masterworks Series
September 26, 2014 Broyhill Center, Lenoir—Banjo Constellation with Béla Fleck
World Premiere of “Terminal Star” by our own violinist/composer, Dr. Luke Benton.
November 1, 2014 PE Monroe, LRU—Blast from the Past with Violinist, Kevin Lawrence
Guest Conductor, Martin Bellar, 2nd Conductor of WPS

Grammy winner Béla Fleck

February 14, 2015 PE Monroe, LRU—Love & Death, WPS orchestra performing Romeo & Juliet.
Special Event for Valentine’s Day
March 28, 2014 PE Monroe, LRU, Classical Coffee House with Pianist Ursula Oppens

April 25, 2014 PE Monroe, LRU—Resurrection featuring the Hickory Choral Society

Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through, or email at, or call Symphony box office at 828.324.8603 from 10am-4pm M-F. Additional information can be found at

The 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. Business hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Sails On The Square Music Series!

Hickory – In just a few short weeks, The Sails on the Square will come to musical life on Friday nights, once again, with the September Sails Music Series. The organizers of the series are working to ensure that Hickory, North Carolina will continue to be a unique Friday destination for the musically adventurous citizens of the area.

The Sails Music Series kicked off in May and jammed through the month of June. This community event takes a break during the hottest summer months, July and August, and resumes in the month of September. Every Friday night in September, starting at 6 p.m., a variety of musical talents will perform.

All the groups included in the lineup are family friendly, which creates a fun and laid-back atmosphere for all.

These musical talents are traveling to Hickory from Portland, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and the musicians all bring different stylistic element to the stage that are sure to be unique.

“The idea behind the entire series is to expand on Hickory, NC as a destination place,” said Bob Sinclair, Music Coordinator for the series. "Our city is quickly becoming known as a place where people find something unique, inspiring, youthful and fresh.  This musical series builds on that and is attracting a youthful audience - coming to Hickory from all across the region.  They come to see the music, but they see all the other good things that Hickory has to offer – The Sails, our brew pubs, our revitalized warehouses, our great restaurants, and the lake, just to mention a few.”

The Sails events have attracted families who have strolled along Union Square, watched their children play in the grass, eaten in downtown restaurants, enjoyed a glass of wine, and shopped in the retail stores.  It has become a destination event where people have come to spend an evening in Hickory, enjoying a calm and friendly musical event.

September 12, Greg Trooper

This singer/songwriter grew up in Little Silver, New Jersey and found himself inspired by the rich music scene in the nearby New York City. He looked to Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams for inspiration and found that his music was influenced by all three. Since 1986, he has released 12 albums and his most recent was Incident on Willow Street. The album dabbles in a variety of musical styles with its root in country, a touch of edginess, and an element of rock and roll.

September 19, Fruition

This string infused quintet was originally brought together by each member’s desire for adventure. The Portland, Oregon group has traveled the United States playing at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival. In 2013, the quintet released their first album, Just One of Them Nights, but not before overcoming some adversity. Fruition is comprised of nomadic independent musicians who didn’t have the funds to create a high caliber album. So, the group utilized a popular online fundraising tool, Kickstarter, and surpassed their $20,000 fundraising goal to make the album a reality. The album then debuted at #11 on Soundcan’s Bluegrass chart.

September 26, Adam Levy Trio

Guitar playing and excellent songwriting are what made Levy a sought after artist. Growing up, he was no stranger to iconic tunes. His grandfather, George Wyle, penned the theme for TV’s Gilligan’s Island. To create a name for himself, he traveled, internationally, and played his music for the past 30 years as a member of Norah Jones’ Handsome Band. During this time, he was also playing guitar in recordings for other successful artists. In ’07, he left Jones’ band to concentrate on his songwriting.

Women’s Resource Center Needs Daily Volunteers

Hickory-Women’s Resource Center is seeking women volunteers who have a passion for giving back to their community and supporting women who are undergoing life-changing transitions.

We need support during our regular daily business hours. WRC Business Hours are 9:00am—4:00pm,Monday through Thursday.

Women’s Resource Center empowers women through Workforce Development, Advocacy, Enrichment Programs, and Community Partnerships.

If interested, please contact Cindy Rose, Executive Director at 828-322-6333 or email

Lincolnton Arts News: Grant Offered & Crawl Needs Artists

Lincolnton, NC – Applications for the Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) are now available. The grant provides funding for individuals and unincorporated groups of artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.

The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development fee, or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Applications are available by contacting the Arts Council of Lincoln County at 704 732-9044 or and must be submitted online by noon on Friday, September 19, 2014.

The RAPG is funded in part by Arts Council of Lincoln County, arts councils in nine North and South Carolina counties, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blumenthal Endowment.

Artists Sought!

Lincolnton, NC - The Lincolnton Art Crawl Committee extends an open call for local artists who would like to participate in our fall art crawl. Join us as Downtown Lincolnton hosts our next art crawl on November 14, 2014.

Restaurants and businesses will open their doors for a special evening of art, food, music and dance. These merchants will host Lincoln County’s artists and craftspeople who will showcase a wide variety of fine art and craft mediums including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, metal smithing, wood turning, and more.

For more information or to register as an artist, please email the Arts Council of Lincoln County at

Free Swim Lessons To Be Offered In Fall, Watch For Dates

Hickory – The City of Hickory Parks and Recreation Department provides Hickory residents the benefit of free swim lessons at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.

“The City of Hickory and the YMCA are committed to teaching the community to swim,” said City of Hickory Parks and Recreation Director Mack McLeod. “The Hickory Foundation YMCA and the City of Hickory swim program partnership is a great example of how working together provides top-notch programs for the community. This partnership started in 2009 and has been gaining popularity ever since.”

“We love the partnership with the city,” said Angela Chapman, the executive Director at the YMCA. “As it grows, we’re glad to be teaching the community how to swim together.”

During summer session one, which ran June 16 – 26, 292 verified City of Hickory residents participated in the swimming lessons. More than 500 City residents are expected to participate in the four summer sessions. Participants ranged in age from eight months to 50 years old.

“I love my swim lessons!” Easton Teague (5) exclaimed. He had not taken swim lessons before, but now, after three sessions, he has moved onto a second level swimmer with the YMCA. Easton’s mother, Emily, said, “It is fantastic that the program is open to every Hickory resident.”

Amber Weeks, mother of three, relayed a similar message, “The program really is for everyone.

For safety reasons, there is no excuse to avoid learning how to swim.”

Drowning is still a serious problem in the United States. Every day approximately ten people drown, which totals over 3,500 annually.

Pamela Clark, a mother of two participants, believes that the instructors are great. One of those instructors is Jessica Burgess, who has been teaching kids to swim at the YMCA for three years. Burgess is a junior swim team member at Pfeiffer University, and is used to seeing experienced swimmers, however, she noted, “It is so rewarding to see them improve by blowing bubbles, kicking their feet, or using their arms for the first time. The little things are really significant.”

Summer session registration has closed. The next swim session is the Fall Session 2, which begins in October. Registration dates have not been set yet, but more information will be posted on, once those dates are announced.

City of Hickory residents who complete a Residency Verification Form will be able to participate at no cost when the next swim sessions are available. City residents will, also, need to provide a birth certificate for anyone under the age of 18 and parents must sign up their own children.

Residency verification forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Offices, Highland Recreation Center, and Ridgeview Recreation Center. Once a City resident has the verification form, they will register their child at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.

For more information, please contact Senior Recreation Programmer Angela Smith at (828) 324-6990 or

Swim lesson at the YMCA

CCCTI’s Culinary Arts Sets Menu, Dates For Caldwell Cuisine

Lenoir, NC - Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts program has announced the dates and menus for its fall semester installment of Caldwell Cuisine. Each of the meals will be served at 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir and are priced at $21 plus tax per person. The events are open to the public, but diners are required to purchase tickets prior to the event.

In addition to providing an opportunity for the community to enjoy the gourmet food at a reasonable price, the events also provide CCC&TI’s Culinary Arts students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge.

Following are the dates and menus for the events:

Thursday, September 25 – Farm to Table

Farmer’s Chowder featuring charred corn, sweet pepper, leeks, Yukon Gold potatoes, thyme and Grand Marnier; From the Field: Salad with arugula, baby beets, cherry tomato, gorgonzola, candied pecans and blue cheese vinaigrette; Choice of Entrée: From the Range – Roasted airline chicken breast, jalapeno-corn hoe cakes, braised local greens, local baby carrots and paprika jus OR From the Stream – Cornmeal dusted N.C. Trout, braised fennel, root vegetables, confit of tomato, nage; For the Sweet Tooth: Buttermilk chess pie, berry compote and zest of lemon.

Example of cornmeal dusted trout

Thursday, October 30 – Oktoberfest

Apple-Celery Root Slaw with Granny Smith apples, celery root, carrots, endive, creamy vinaigrette and chives; Kartoffelsuppe, a potato soup with leeks, onions, celery, parsley and crispy bacon; Choice of Entrée: Scheweinebraten – Braised pork roast, caraway-cabbage and apples, kartoffelpuffer (potato cakes) with apple sauce and chive crème fraiche OR Schupfnudeln – Potato dumplings, seared teres major, root vegetables, mixed mushroom, white wine reduction, rich thyme demi; Apple Dumplings with salted caramel ice cream.

Thursday, November 13 – Spanish Tapas Night

Ensalada: Local greens, confit of artichoke, white asparagus, marcona almonds, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette. Setas Al Ajillo: Crimini, oyster and shitake mushroom, shallots, thyme and 30-year sherry. Ceviche: Scallop, shrimp, lime, mint, cilantro and sweet corn. Patatas Bravas: Crispy potatoes, tomato brava sauce, saffron aioli and cilantro. Pincho Moruno: Skewered lamb, Moorish spices and house pickles. Postres: Chocolate flan, berries and cardamom cream.

Space is limited at each event. For tickets visit or call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407.

For more information about CCC&TI’s Culinary Arts Program, contact Director Chef Keith Andreasen at or 726-2478.

Hudson’s Fiddler Tickets Are Now On Sale For October Show

Hudson, NC - The Town of Hudson announces that tickets for the upcoming dinner theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof” went on sale as of Monday, August 11th, at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB).

Show dates are Thursday through Saturday, October 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th. “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of a small Russian Jewish village, threatened by the crumbling of tradition from within and political pressure from without.

Set in 1905 and revolves around a poor milkman named Tevye who has 5 daughters, 3 of marrying age. They want to marry for love and nor because their spouses are selected by a matchmaker. “Fiddler on the Roof” is one of the most beloved, longest running shows in Broadway history, with musical selections such as “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Do You Love Me?” and many more.

The meal is catered by Dan’l Boone Inn. Tickets for dinner and the play are $30.00. Tickets for the show only are $15.00. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM with the show to follow at 7:30 PM.

Purchase tickets by calling (828) 726-8871, or you may go by the HUB in person during business hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM.

The box office is closed from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM each afternoon for lunch.

The plays are performed in the HUB Auditorium. The address is 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson, NC 28638. Hudson dinner theatre is sponsored by the town and by the Hudson Community Development Association, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization.

Free MOVE! Classes For Veterans, Thru Sept. 16

Taylorsville, NC - Members of the Rural Health Integration program team from the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury will provide free MOVE! Weight Management classes at the Alexander County Senior Center, 730 7th St. SW, Taylorsville, N.C., every Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Sept, 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join the Rural Health Integration team and your fellow Veterans to learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices and improve the quality of your life! During classes, the team will provide you with self- management tools needed to help you reach and maintain your goal weight. Veterans can take part in five weekly group sessions that emphasize nutrition, behavior modification, exercise, and choosing a support system. Those who meet their weekly goal will receive a prize!

The classes are open to all Veterans currently using VA health care and to those veterans possessing a DD-214 and a valid photo ID.

VA staff will also provide healthcare registration, education and information services to all non-registered veterans, and assistance in completing enrollment applications, requesting copies of DD Form 214s, and initiating MyHealtheVet online services.

Former military members who are not currently enrolled for VA health care benefits will need to bring a copy of their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to attach to their application for VA health care benefits. Veterans who have lost their DD Form 214, you can request a copy from

For more information, call 1-800-469-8262, ext. 4958/4960/4937/4315. VA outreach activities are posted on the events calendar at For more VA information, visit or find us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Foreclosure Prevention Effort Extends To Vets On GI Bill

Raleigh, NC – This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – more commonly known as the “GI Bill.”

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is marking the anniversary by offering financial mortgage prevention help to veterans attending school under the GI Bill. It is a second step in less than a year to make the Agency’s successful N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund more user-friendly for the state’s important military population. Earlier, it ensured that returning veterans enrolled in vocational training or rehabilitation programs would be eligible.

Designed to help North Carolina homeowners recover from job loss and other temporary hardships, the Fund has made mortgage payments for more than 16,000 homeowners while they look for employment or retrain. Funds are available to assist an additional 4,000.

Making the foreclosure assistance available for veterans is particularly important in North Carolina, which is home to 10 percent of all active-duty military personnel in the U.S. (115,000, the most per-capita of any state) and more than 771,000 veterans.

“The transition from military to civilian life can be a challenge,” said A. Robert Kucab, executive director of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. “It’s especially important that veterans be able to participate fully in these foreclosure prevention benefits. Our agency is working closely with the VA and veterans groups across the state to make sure military families know that help is available for those who need it.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund makes mortgage payments for up to 36 months ($36,000) while the homeowner looks for work or completes a job search or training program. It was created in North Carolina in 2010 because of high unemployment, which continues to exceed the national average in three-quarters of North Carolina counties.

The assistance is offered as a zero-interest, deferred loan, with no payments due as long as the homeowner lives in the home. Veterans who study on the GI Bill or participate in a VA-approved vocational training program are eligible for the maximum 36 months of assistance, as long as their mortgage payments exceed 25 percent of their household income.

To qualify for assistance through the Fund, a veteran must be separated from service on or after Jan. 1, 2008, provide a DD214, have a VA-issued Certificate of Eligibility for the GI Bill and provide proof of enrollment in school or a vocational retraining program. Homeowners do not have to be delinquent on mortgage payments to qualify.

Veterans and civilians can apply for assistance from the Fund through more than 40 HUD-approved counseling agencies statewide, or by going online at Information is available on the website or by calling 1-888-623-8631.

The N.C. Housing Finance Agency is a self-supporting public agency. It has financed nearly 215,000 affordable homes and apartments statewide since its creation in 1973.

Newton Animal Shelter Is In Urgent Need Of Supplies

Newton, NC - Opening the new animal shelter in Newton provides the opportunity to rescue so many more animals, but it also requires many more supplies. Between the Newton and Hickory shelters, Humane Society of Catawba County now cares for approximately 275 animals.

HSCC 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, and canned dog food will help feed the many shelter animals each day. Cat litter, inexpensive and non-clumping, is needed to accommodate the 115 cats and kittens staying at both shelters. Various cleaning products and supplies are needed for general cleaning and maintenance: window cleaner and OxiClean powder.

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 deductable. HSCC does not receive any assistance from local or national humane agencies.

Drop off donations at the Newton shelter: 201 Government Services Drive, during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm, 828-466-7171 or the Hickory shelter: 3224 20th Ave SE, Hickory, 28602 (GPS: Newton) during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, 828-464-8878.

15th Annual Komen NC Foothills Race For The Cure Is Oct. 18

Hickory - The Fifteenth Annual Susan G. Komen NC Foothills Race for the Cure® will be on Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. for the 5K Race/Walk and 8:10 a.m. for the One Mile Fun Run/Walk at Lenoir Rhyne University. Participants and teams can now register on-line at

In honor of our 15th Annual Race, Race registration will be only $15 on-line for adults for the first 15 days of July. After July 15, the on-line registration fee is $20. Registration will close on October 14. Paper registration and team packets can be downloaded from the website. The paper registration fee is $25 until October 13. The website will also list in-person registration dates and sites, including Race Day and the entry fee for children.

With 2,195 participants, the Komen NC Foothills Race for the Cure® raised $129,585. Up to 75% of the funds raised remain in Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties for breast cancer education, screening, and treatment. In April 2014, $100,000 was granted to seven local agencies. A minimum of 25% of the money goes to the Susan G. Komen Grants Program for research. Research is the only way to create a world without breast cancer.

Register and/or start your team now and save money while saving lives in our community.

Social Workers Partner With Lions Clubs To Help The Blind

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses. For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.

Unfortunately, due to the current economic situation, many people are forgoing scheduling annual eye examinations and purchasing new eyeglasses. That's why County Social Worker's with NC Division of Services For The Blind have established a partnerships with their Lions Clubs in the county to refer children and adults who need financial assistance in securing an eye examination and purchasing eyeglasses who meet their local Lions Club eligibility guidelines.

If Alexander, Burke, Caldwell,Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford County residents needing assistance with eyeglasses and eye examinations should contact these County Social Workers For The Blind with NC Division of Services For The Blind listed below , then they will forward their names and contact information to a Lions Club in their county:

Alexander & Caldwell County Social Worker For The Blind
1. Gary Smith
604 7th Street, SW
2345 Morganton Boulevard, Suite A, Taylorsville, NC 28681 Lenoir, North Carolina 28645
Telephone: (828) 632-1080 Telephone: 828-426-8316

Burke & McDowell County Social Worker For The Blind
2. Sandy Freeman
700 E. Parker Road
207 East Court Street
Morganton, NC 28680 Marion, NC 29752
Telephone: (828) 764-9704 Telephone: 828-659-0844

Catawba Social Worker
for the Blind
3. Greg Morgan
PO Box 669
Newton, NC 28658

Cleveland County Social
Worker For The Blind
4. Lucy Plyer
130 South Post Road
Shelby, North Carolina 28150
Telephone: 704-487-0661 ext. 317;

Gaston Social Worker
for the Blind
5. Charity Patterson
330 N. Marietta Street
Gastonia, NC 28052
Telephone: (704) 862-7622

Iredell & Lincoln County
Social Worker for the Blind
6. Tammy Loukos
549 Eastside Drive
1136 East Main Street
Statesville, NC 28687
Lincolnton, N.C. 28092
Telephone: (704) 924-4111 Telephone: 704-732-9024

Polk & Rutherford County
Social Worker For The Blind
7. Marian Corn
231 Wolverine Trail
389 Fairground Road
Mill Spring, NC 28756 Spindale, NC 28160
Telephone: (828) 894-2100 Telephone: 828-287-1241

To secure names, and contact information of other NC County Social Worker’s For The Blind not listed, please check out the NC Division of Services For The Blind website @

Bethlehem Day & Classic Car Show Set For September 27

Bethlehem, NC - The Bethlehem Community Development Association announces the 5th Annual Bethlehem Day & Classic Car Show is set for Saturday, September 27th, 2014 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. at a NEW LOCATION.

Bethlehem Day will be located at the crossroads of Shiloh Church and Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem (Alexander County).

The fall event features live music, entertainment and activities for children, arts & crafts, food & drinks and a classic car & truck show. Pre-registration for the Classic Car & Truck Show is $15 until September 16th. Day of event is $15. Craft and food vendor applications are $20. All applications are available at or can be requested at

Applications with fees made out to BCDA/Classic Car Show should be mailed to BCDA, PO Box 6370, Hickory, NC 28603. For more information contact Bud & Judy Caywood at 828-495-1057.

Catawba Science Center’s Free Fridays Will Continue

Hickory - Catawba Science Center is pleased to announce the continuation of the Free Friday admission program thanks to a $7,500 gift from the Unifour Foundation, a foundation associated with the NC Community Foundation.

The Free Friday program provides free admission to all individuals on the third Friday of each month, thus eliminating barriers caused by admission fees. This program was created with the intent of providing access to science experiences for financially challenged families and children.

Alan Barnhardt, Executive Director of Catawba Science Center stated, “We are fortunate that individuals and organizations in our region understand the importance of engaging children in science.

We see many instances where this has influenced their future choice of careers. The experience these children encounter at Catawba Science Center promotes problem-solving skills and promotes inquiry-based thinking.“

Last year over 130,000 individuals took part in programs at Catawba Science Center. This includes over 53,000 students and teachers from 24 counties in the Foothills and western part of our state.

The NCCF is a statewide community foundation serving NC and has made nearly $68 million in grants since it inception in 1988. For more information on Free Fridays or science programs visit

2014 Oktoberfest: Teen Talent Sought & New Times Set

Hickory - Oktoberfest, held October 10, 11, and 12, 2014 is looking for The Best of the Best local Teen Talent. Pull the band out of the garage, house or practice studio and get on stage! The selected artists/bands will play on the Hickory Music Factory Stage at this years Oktoberfest in downtown Hickory.

Interested artists/bands should be between the ages 12 and 25. To apply, send your info (bio, picture, music) to:

Tony Eltora

Please include name, address, email address and phone number of the person to contact if the band is chosen for more information. Parental consent must be obtained for musicians under the age of 18 years old.

The annual Oktoberfest is held on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment in all genres, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games. The event hosts more than 100 vendors; including, a Juried Arts and Crafts Show, food from around the world, commercial vendors and non profit organizations.

In 2014, there are new times for each day of the event: Friday October 10 (5:00 pm to 10:00 pm), Saturday October 11 (10:00 am to 10:00 pm) and Sunday October 12 (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

To learn more, contact Hickory Downtown Development Association at 828 322-1121 or P.O. Box 9086, Hickory, NC 28603. Email: Website:

Child Wellbeing Project Offers Post Adoption Support

Hickory - The Child Wellbeing Project is expanding to assist adoptive families in an eight-county region of North Carolina.

The program uses the Success Coach model of post-adoption services. Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources, this service is now being made available to any family who has adopted and is currently living in one of the following counties: Ashe, Alleghany, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga and Wilkes.

Children who have been adopted often struggle with their identity and may have trouble fitting into their new family or adjusting to a new school. Post Adoption Success Coach Services assign a Success Coach to these families, allowing them to receive additional help and support. This assistance is free for the adoptive family.

"We realize that many children who have been adopted continue to have struggles long after the adoption is finalized," said Chrissy Triplett, post adoption care supervisor. "Success Coaches can work with adoptive families to provide helpful information and coaching in how to deal with these issues."

The Success Coach model has been used successfully with a limited number of families in Catawba County. It is now being offered to any family who has adopted in the eight-county region. International adoptions and adoptions through private agencies are included, as well as adoptions arranged by county Departments of Social Services.

The Child Wellbeing Project will work with several private therapy providers to offer Success Coach services. For more information about Success Coach Post Adoption Services, go to or call 828-695-4428. The Child Wellbeing Project and Success Coach Post-Adoption Services are a service of Catawba County Social Services.

Tucker’s Barn Singer/Songwriter Series Is Taking Applications

Lenoir, NC – The Singer Songwriter’s Series at Tucker’s Barn is now accepting registrations for artists to be a part of the inaugural series. Without songwriters, there would be no songs. Therefore, in an effort to celebrate the art of writing and the explosion of the North Carolina music movement, The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts has created the monthly music series as a way to inspire new generations to music as well as build a stronger awareness for the school. Each monthly event will be comprised of approximately four North Carolina artists performing their own unique artistic compilations.

The artists will be performing a wide range of the musical spectrum in approximately thirty minute sets on the stage at the 1841 Café in Historic Lenoir, renamed Tucker’s Barn for the purpose of this music series, on the fourth Thursday evening of each month, June through October.

The Singer Songwriter Series at Tucker’s Barn finale will be on The Square in Historic Lenoir on Saturday, November 8th. All artists are invited to perform at the finale. The series will continue to inspire generations just as many of the legendary artists have inspired today’s musicians. Admission for each event is $5 and will help support student scholarships at The Harper School of Performing Arts. For more information about the series, visit

For more information about the school, visit The singer songwriter series is named “Tucker’s Barn” in consideration of the historic Tucker’s Barn which was the original settlement back in 1765 and the local gathering place and voting precinct for the area. For more information on Tucker’s Barn, visit

Butts & Beans BBQ Challenge Is Sept. 26 & 27, Fairgrounds

Newton, NC – The 4th Annual Butts and Beans BBQ Challenge will bring world-class barbeque into town from September 26 and 27 as championship barbeque teams from multiple states descend on The Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds for prizes, cash and fame.

“We want to encourage folks to come out to Butts and Beans BBQ Challenge and bring a friend,” said Noel Kay. “It is one of our community’s greatest events, providing delicious food and lots of other entertainment for the entire family.” Kids Zone with inflatables and games for all ages. Live music thru out the day and Live Auction with incredible items from area businesses.

Butts and Beans BBQ Challenge is sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society. KCBS is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 10,000 members worldwide. KCBS sanctions almost 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America, where competitions for barbequed chicken, ribs, pork and brisket are served up and judged by Certified Barbeque Judges. To learn more about KCBS, visit

Along with this great event area craft and food vendors will be on hand to add to this family fun day. Local vendors may sign up for this event by contacting

For more information about the Butts and Beans BBQ Challenge call 828 455-8914 or visit

Hickory’s Angel of Hope House Requests Help

Hickory - Angel of Hope House Inc. is a faith based not-for-profit organization that houses women ages 18 and over; who are motivated to recover from alcohol and/or drug abuse. It is a safe stable environment that practices a program of recovery to work and teach women to be independent and successful members of society. Angel of Hope is a spiritually based facility with diverse group of women; however, we all have the same goal: a happy and sober life.

Angel of Hope has partnered with Vision Outreach Ministries in Conover to help with their Homeless Program. Angel of hope helps with the feeding and clothing. Through this we are teaching the ladies humbleness and to give back what was so freely given to them.

Items Needed:

- contributions for utilities
- refrigerator
- deep freezer
- more dependable vehicle
- toiletries
- household cleaning supplies
- office supplies
- pantry items: coffee, sugar, creamer, beans, rice, peanut butter, jelly
- feminine products
- toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags
- sanitizing items: Lysol spray, Bleach, Clorox Wipes
- gas cards
- notebooks, pens, pencils, for step study work
- paper, pens, envelopes, stamps for writing letters to family and children

To make contributions. donations, or any further information please contact: Joyce Crouse (Asst. Director): (828)- 315- 0352 or Kelly Cook (Resident Manager): (828) 322-6211.

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.

For more information about these programs, and how you can help, go to or find the Meals on Wheels of Catawba County program on Facebook at!/MealsOnWheelsOfCatawbaCounty.

How To Get Your Event In Focus

Email a press release for your non-profit event, fundraiser, festival or other community event to 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.

Catawba County Library Offers Free eBooks For Kids

Hickory - Tumblebooks make a great way to keep kids engaged with books over the holidays or anytime.Tumblebooks are on-line eBooks for kids, and are accessible free through the Catawba County Library website. Kids in grades K-6 enjoy animated talking picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, math stories, videos, nonfiction titles, playlists, books in other languages and more. More than 1,000 titles are available.

Find Tumblebooks at and click on the “E-resources” tab.

Tumblebooks can be viewed simply by clicking the blue logo on the left side of the kids’ web page. For more information about this and other services for kids and youth, contact Youth Services at 465-8668.

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

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 ( “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:, National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 1-800-799-SAFE (7223), provides unbiased, advertising-free mental health information to give people the self-help options to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges, 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, 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.

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.

Sid Daniels

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
Or contact Sean Jarman at 828-695-2134 or

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:





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