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Walkin’ Roll Poker Run Fundraiser On August 16

Hickory - Walkin’ Roll Activities League, Inc., a non-profit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary is hosting their 2nd Annual Poker Run Fundraiser on Saturday, August 16th.

Over the past twenty years the League has provided free activities for area children and adults (from 2 years to 60+) with developmental disabilities. Walkin’ Roll’s mission statement “…a league of abilities, not disabilities…” is adhered to with pride because everyone’s a winner while they play ball, dance, bowl or sing in the choir. “Sometimes we take a look at people for face value and we see all the things they can’t do. These guys will absolutely amaze you at what they can do!” stated Sharon Barlow, Walkin’ Roll Program Director.

This year’s fundraising goal of $20,000 will provide additional activities, sports equipment, team t-shirts and allow Walkin’ Roll to expand into a new facility. Last year’s fundraiser was so successful Barlow stated, “This was the first time in 20 years we’ve been able take 75 people to a Lenior-Rhyne football game.”

Poker Run registration is 9:30am at Blue Ridge Harley Davidson, Hickory. Purchase one hand for $15 or, three hands for $25. Run ends 3:00pm at American Legion Post #48 Hickory Fair grounds where the Celebration Singers choir will perform at 3:30pm. A fun, family festival is planned and children under 12 are admitted free. Adult’s $15 admission and free hotdog, or hamburger plate. Music by DJ Mark Day, 50/50 drawing, NAWA wrestling, motorcycle and car show, dune buggy rides, ice cream and kettle corn. Texas auctioneer David Fenoglio will be hosting the live auction.

Duane Gibbs and Sherrill Baxter, Marketing Directors, suggest several ways to help Walkin’ Roll reach its fundraising goal. Poker Runs, Golf Tournaments, or donate directly to Walkin’ Roll Activities League Fund via www.WalkinRoll.org. “My single most inspiring moment has been finding Walkin’ Roll and being able to help these kids.” Gibbs stated.

For further information contact Duane Gibbs at 828-781-7989, or Sherrill Baxter at 828-962-2580

www.facebook.com/Walkin Roll Fundraiser Poker Run www.WalkinRoll.org

Beaver Library Hosts Senior Bingo On Aug. 14

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is ready to bring back Senior Bingo. Senior Bingo will occur weekly, the next one is on August 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

The emphasis of our time is to have fun in a friendly environment so prizes are minimalistic. Play is at a relaxed pace making it perfect for people of all playing levels.

Join us with friends or join us on your own and meet new people in our community. The main sponsor of Senior Bingo is Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s Friends of the Library.

This program is free and open to senior citizens. Registration is not required.

For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Friends Of Catawba County Library Book Sale, Aug. 14-16

Newton, NC - Friends of Catawba County Library will conduct their big annual book sale Aug. 14-16 at 115 W. C Street.

The three-day extravaganza includes a members-only night on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and sales to the public Friday from 10 to 4 and Saturday from 10 to 2.

Customers will pore over deleted library materials and as well as many donations from the public. Some of these are like new priced at $1.50 for hardbacks, 50 cents for paperbacks and $2 for CDs and DVDs. Expect reduced pricing that last day. Patrons are asked to park behind the building for easy access to the sale on the ground floor.

Annual memberships will be sold at the door for $10 per individual, $15 per family and $25 for businesses. Memberships will be sold at the door during the preview sale on Aug. 14 as well as on Aug. 15 and 16. All members qualify for a 20 percent discount at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, in addition to first dibs on the annual book sale. What a deal!

Special this year is a raffle of J. K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard Collector’s Edition. The volume is valued at more than $200. Tickets are $1 each and may be purchased at the sale or at various library branches from now through the book sale.

The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 16. Customers must present their portion of the ticket as proof of winning. All proceeds from the raffle and book sale will benefit Friends of the Library the supports and advocates the entire county library system. Locations in addition to Newton are Claremont, Conover, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford and Southwest (Mountain View).

ACAP: Turning Elder Care Into A Win-Win Situation On Aug. 12

Hickory - ACAP-Hickory will present “Learn to Manage Guilt and Turn Elder Care Responsibility into a Win-Win Situation” on Tuesday, August 12, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory.

“I see Mom almost every day, for several hours each time – but it’s never enough, and she makes sure I know it’s never enough for her.” “I promised Dad I would never place him in a nursing home, but that's where he is now. I just can’t take care of him in his condition, but I feel like I’ve failed him.” “Between my spouse and kids, my job and my aging parents, I am going crazy! How am I supposed to do it all?” “Mom was always there for me. It’s now my turn to be there for her. I just don’t know how long I can keep going like this.”

Regardless of how much we do, sometimes we feel like we just aren’t doing enough for our aging parents. Or, we feel like we haven’t done “it” quite right – regardless of what “it” is. While we may assume the role of caregiver out of love, respect, gratefulness, compassion, or simply a feeling of responsibility, sometimes – even without recognizing it – guilt may influence our decisions about and interactions with our parents.

The August ACAP addresses issues of guilt often experienced by adult-child caregivers. Presenter Sara Stevenson, Ph.D., brings her training and professional experience to the program as well as her first-hand insight about adult-child caregiving gained through the years her aging mother lived with Dr. Stevenson’s family. ACAP attendees will become better aware of various types of guilt and the importance of managing it, learn strategies for managing recurring guilt and its accompanying stresses, gain confidence in the ability to reconcile demands of elder care with realities of personal needs and limitations, and discover ways to create a win-win relationship with aging parents.

Hope you will join us for this important program. Feel free to invite a friend. Please let us know to reserve you a seat by emailing us at info@ACAPcommunity.com, registering via www.ACAPcommunity.com or calling, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Sponsored by BAYADA Home Health Care, this ACAP program is Tuesday, August 12, 5:30-7:00 pm, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2780 N. Center Street, Hickory. To get to the fellowship hall and parking: From N. Center Street / Hwy. 127, turn beside the church onto 28th Ave. NE. Park in the parking lot at the back of the church, and enter the fellowship hall via the door under the portico.

The mission of ACAPcommunity is to support adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. Monthly educational programs offer information, resources, support and community. ACAP programs are on the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. For further information about ACAP, please visit www.ACAPcommunity.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

HSCC Offers Seventeen Summer Sizzlers & Specials In August

Newton, NC - All August, Humane Society of Catawba County is featuring “Seventeen Summer Sizzlers”, 17 dogs and cats available at both the Newton and Hickory shelters, for a half priced adoption fee, with an approved adoption application.

Visit www.catawbahumane.org for photos and information on these featured pets. Or stop by the shelters to meet them, Newton shelter: 201 Government Services Drive, Monday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm, 828-466-7171 or the Hickory shelter: 3224 20th Ave SE, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, 828-464-8878.

Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic and HSCC are also continuing to offer $25 male cat neuter surgery paid in August.

Call 828-464-8878, Monday-Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm for surgery appointments.

Parade Of Cans Food Drive For The Corner Table, August 17

Newton, NC – This August during the week of the annual Old Soldier’s Reunion Parade (August 17-22), you can make a difference for kids and families in our area by participating in the annual “Parade Of Cans” food drive to benefit The Corner Table.

The Corner Table serves approximately 200 hot meals a day, five days a week, and hands out “To-Go-Bags” at the end of each week to men, women, and children in need in our community.

“We started the campaign last year due to a decrease in donations during the summer months, and an increase in the number of guests we were serving. We wanted to host something that could work around Old Soldier’s Reunion week since there are so many people in downtown Newton, and at the same time, we wanted to create a campaign that people would remember year after year,” stated Summer Jenkins, Executive Director.

“This year we have set our goal at 2,014 pounds,” stated Stockroom Volunteer, Jim Graham.

“The Corner Table is happy to receive any items that are in date, but items we could really use are chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, canned meat, Chef Boyardee products, kids drinks, pudding snacks, individual chips, saltine crackers, and peanut butter crackers,” said Jim.

Donations collected in support of The Corner Table guests can be dropped off at The Corner Table located on 122 North Main Street, Newton, NC 28658 during Old Soldiers Reunion Week starting August 17-22nd. Collection times are Sunday 8/17 (11am-5pm), Monday-Friday (9am-4pm).

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Summer Jenkins at slee@thecornertable.org, or 828-464-0355, or visit them online at www.thecornertable.org.

The Corner Table, Inc. is a soup kitchen outreach ministry provided by the people of our community for the hungry in our community. Our primary purpose is to provide nutritious meals in a comfortable environment for any men, women or children who are in need in the Eastern Catawba County area. Located in downtown Newton, The Corner Table has served more than 425,000 meals since its inception in 2002.

For more information, please visit The Corner Table online at www.thecornertable.org.

Catawba Libraries Offer Several Craft Programs, Through August 28

Newton, NC - Catawba County Library will offer several opportunities involving the arts and crafts during the month of August.

Adults and kids alike will find free sessions to suit their taste as follows:

Making Thaumatropes –School-aged children will craft these moving devices from paper and string. Thaumatropes are toys associated with 19th century attempts to create motion pictures. The session will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8 at St. Stephens.
Piet Mondrian Neo-Plasticism—This session for ages 6-12 will draw inspiration from the 20th century French master of geometric art.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at St. Stephens.

Binary Jewelry—St. Stephens Branch is the place to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 when teens will construct beaded jewelry using binary math principles.

Pinterest Party—Ages 13 to adults will try their hands at two popular crafts on the Pinterest social networking site. Supplies will be provided free. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Conover.

Story Camp—Bring a pillow, blanket and flashlight for an after-hours cap out. Families are invited to build a fort, snuggle and listen to campfire stories. Snacks and a craft will be provided. All ages are welcome. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Conover.

For more information about any session, contact the appropriate location: Newton at 465-7938, Conover at 466-5108, Claremont at 466-6817, or St. Stephens at 466-6821.

Lincolnton Lions Sponsor Aug. 9 Collection Of School Supplies

Lincolnton, NC - In keeping with our 2014-2015 Lions Club International President Joe Preston’s theme Strengthen The Pride and Lions Children First Project, Lion Faye Poovey, President of the Lincolnton Lions Club, emphasized due to the positive response from last year’s two school supply collection projects. “Our local Lions Club is committed to putting children first and providing them with essential school supplies to become successful students.”

“We will be sponsoring and collecting an assortment of school supplies for Lincoln County grades kindergarten through 5th for our local elementary schools on Saturday, August 9th in front of Big Lot’s of Lincolnton, located at 1555 North Aspen Street in Lincolnton. After the donated school supplies have been sorted by grade level, they will be delivered to the various elementary schools for their teachers to distribute to their needy students throughout the 2014-2015 school year. We would like to thank everyone who contributed and supported our past and future school supply projects,” said Poovey.

During the Lincolnton Lions Club School Supply Collection, they will be distributing a list of needed school supplies from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Some of the school supply items needed in alphabetical order include the following:

• Battery or electric pencil sharpener (for teachers)
• Big Pink Erasers
• Blue, Black, and Red Ink Pens
• Black Sharpies or Markers
• Blunt edge scissors
• Book bags-( no rolling book bags
• Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
• Bottles of Liquid Soap
• Boxes of 8, 12, 16, or 24 crayons
• Boxes of colored pencils (any size)
• Boxes of Kleenex
• Boxes of non-medicated adhesive bandages (ex. Band-aids)
• Boxes or Packs of # 2 Pencils
• Clear Sheet Protectors
• Composition Notebooks (1 Subject- Spiral Type)
• Construction Paper (All Colors)
• Containers of disinfecting wipes (ex. Lysol, Clorox, etc.)
• Dry eraser markers (any color)
• Earbud headphones for listening devices
• Elmer’s Glue (any size)
• Erase Board Cleaner
• Glue sticks (large and small)
• Highlighters (different colors)
• Kindergarten handwriting tablets
• Packs of Sticky Notes (different colors)
• Packs Of White Index Cards (lined or unlined any size)
• Package of Tab Dividers
• Pencil Boxes (for pencils and crayons)
• Pencil case (with 3 holes to keep in binder)
• Pencil erasers
• Pencil sharpeners (individual, hand held)
• Plastic storage bags (i.e. Baggie or Zip Lock in quart, gallon, and sandwich size)
• Protractor (a semi-circle measuring tool)
• Rolls of Paper Towels
• Two Pocket Folders
• Three Prong Folders (green and blue)
• 3 Ring Binders (1” or 2”)
• Wide Rule Notebook Paper

Please do not donate any mechanical pencils, pencil grippers, trapper keeper notebooks, and any rolling book bags. Thank you for your generosity.

The Lincolnton Lions Club members perform numerous hours of community service every year without receiving any monetary compensation. The best form of payment our local

Lions Club receives is seeing that the final product of a job well done and knowing that we have helped our city, county, state, and world be a better place. The Lincolnton Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Medical Plaza I’s Elm Classroom @ Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln. For more information about the Lincolnton Lions Club, please contact Lion Faye Poovey at fayepoovey@yahoo.com

For the record as of May 31, 2014, Lions Club International, the world’s largest coeducational service organization, has 1.39 million members in 47,713 clubs in 208 countries and geographic areas, provides opportunities to network, to work together, and to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions make every effort and seize the opportunity to perform random acts of kindness and service within their community each and every day. For more information about Lions Club International and to contact information regarding a Lions Club in your community, city/town, or county, please visit their website @ www.lionsclubsinternational.org

City Of Newton Sponsors Soldiers Reunion Programs, Aug. 15 - 20

Newton, NC – The City of Newton Parks and Recreation Department is proud to again offer several athletic events to complement the annual Soldiers Reunion celebration in downtown Newton. Additional planning is under way for special events to mark the 125th Annual Soldiers Reunion.

Follow us on Facebook or visit www.newtonnc.gov as these special events are confirmed.

Start the celebration early this year with the purchase of a commemorative poster and t-shirt recognizing the 125th Annual Soldiers Reunion. Artist Kenrick Leung is designing a poster to embody the spirit and origins of Soldiers Reunion. The poster and shirts will are on sale at the Newton Rec Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., and Newton City Hall, 401 N. Main Ave. Posters are $30 and shirts are $8-10.

Newton Parks and Recreation events begin with the Senior Citizens Dance at 7 p.m. at the lower level of the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave. From August 15 to August 16, compete in the Men’s Softball Tournament at Northside/Broyhill Park. On Tuesday, August 19, head to the Newton Rec Center to toss a beanbag to victory in the Cornhole Tourney. And on Wednesday, August 20, get your pets in on the action at Pet Mania beginning at 7 p.m. on the west side of the Courthouse Square. After the Soldiers Reunion Parade on Thursday, work out some energy at the Horseshoe Tourney beginning at 7 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.

The premiere events for the week take place the weekend following Reunion Day. The Newton Rec Center serves as the beginning of the 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday. The Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. On Sunday morning, join fellow cyclists for the 30-60-100 Bike Ride. The mass start begins at the Newton Rec Center.

For more information or to register for the events, call the Newton Rec Center at (828) 695-4317.

Hickory Public Libraries Close For Staff Training On August 15

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library will be closed Friday, August 15, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for annual staff training.

The libraries will re-open for regular hours at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16.

 

Hickory Residents Invited To Free Neighborhood College, Aug. 25

Hickory – The City of Hickory offers an annual program to its citizens that opens the door to every City department, and introduces the staff and elected officials that run vital services for the City. The 2014 Neighborhood College program is a series of professionally led sessions, designed to teach citizens about the City of Hickory and the services it provides. The class is an educational experience that will give participants insight into how the City operates on a day to day basis, as well as how it plans for the future.

If you are interested in local government and want to learn more, you have ever wanted to tour a fire station or learn about the police department and its innovative approaches to community policing, you find yourself wanting to learn about day to day activities of City departments, like parks and recreation, the public libraries, or the airport, you are curious about how all of the trash and recycling is handled, or how the City collects and distributes mulch and compost to residents, this class is for you. The best part...IT IS FREE!

This will be the City's 15th class, graduating more than 264 citizens from the course. Many of the graduates are now leaders in their neighborhood and/or business organization or are on one of the city's boards and commissions.

You must be a City of Hickory resident to attend. The class is limited to 20 and seats fill up quickly. All classes meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City facilities on 11 Monday nights. The classes will begin August 25 and run through the graduation on November 18 skipping Labor Day. A graduation ceremony is tentatively scheduled for November 18, in conjunction with the Hickory City Council meeting.

If you are interested in local government and want to learn more, go to Hickorync.gov, click on Quick Links, and Neighborhood College for an application. For more information, contact Dana Kaminske, Communications Specialist, at dkaminske@hickorync.gov or calling (828) 261-2289.

Seniors 60+ Invited To August Seniors Morning Out Activities

Hickory - Seniors 60+ from throughout Catawba County are invited to attend any of the following activities at Seniors Morning Out, held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at five convenient locations four days a week. Transportation is available on limited bus routes.

August activities will include attending a play at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, shopping at the Hickory Farmers Market, and musical entertainment. In addition, participants will enjoy a balanced hot lunch. There is no charge to participants, but you must contact the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot. Anyone who is 60 or better and who lives in Catawba County is invited.

All SMO participants will travel to St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Aug. 7 to watch a play called "Malice in the Palace" performed by area children. The seniors will travel to the Hickory Farmers Market to shop on Aug. 20. Participants will also visit the Prime of Life Senior Expo at the Hickory Metro Center on Aug. 26.

Highlights at the Newton SMO include the following: Aug. 4, Crime Prevention with Officer Jeff Longstreet; Aug. 5, Understanding and Managing COPD by Peggy Messick of Health First; Aug. 18, A Virtual Trip to Greece with Hamp Shuford Jr.; Aug. 25, Keeping Your Eyes Healthy with Dr. Matthew Davis of Newton Vision Center. On Aug. 21, participants will meet at Callahan's Restaurant for breakfast and then watch Soldiers Reunion activities. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Highlights at the Maiden SMO include: Aug. 6, Laughter is the Best Medicine with Brittany Gibbs, Bayada Home Health; Aug. 14, Group Exercises and Group Singing; Aug. 21, Spelling Bee and Bingo; and Aug. 27, Bingo and Quiz Bowl Trivia Game. To reserve your spot, call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

Highlights at the East Hickory SMO include: Aug. 4, Oil Painting Demonstration by Bill Pressley; Aug. 5, African Dance by Betty Primus; Aug. 13, Learn to Tie-Dye (Bring Your Own Shirt); Aug. 27, A Colorful Diet by A.J. Kerley with Comfort Keepers. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Highlights at the Claremont SMO site include: Aug. 6, Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wendy Thomas; Aug. 11, Game Day with UNO, Dominoes, Cards and Checkers; Aug. 12, Cataract Awareness with Tracey Paul of the Health Department; Aug. 14, Senior Mental Health Game with Lynne Meyer of Bayada Home Health; Aug. 19, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Honey's IGA Grocery. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Highlights at the West Hickory site include: Aug. 5, Breakfast at Cracker Barrel and Shopping at Dollar Tree; Aug. 6, Financial Planning with Rita Purvis, Consumer Counselor with Family Guidance Center; Aug. 12, Music by Sentimental Journey; Aug. 13, Tai Chi Exercises and Karaoke with Jessica Stewart; Aug. 14, Benefits of Beekeeping with John Furmage of The Catawba Valley Beekeepers; Aug. 19, Medicare Fraud, Abuse and Scams by Diane Trainer. To reserve your spot, contact Lisa Adams at least one day in advance by calling 828-323-8746.

Seniors Morning Out is part of Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services. There are no income limits to participate; everyone who is 60 or older is welcome. This program relies on donations from the community. To make a donation, you may go to www.catawbacountync.gov/dss and click on the "Donate Now" button. You may also make out a check to Catawba County Social Services and write "Senior Nutrition Services" in the memo line. Your check should be mailed to Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658. For information about this program, call 828-695-5610 Monday through Friday.

Free MOVE! Classes For Veterans, Aug. 19 - 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 http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

For more information, call 1-800-469-8262, ext. 4958/4960/4937/4315. VA outreach activities are posted on the events calendar at www.salisbury.va.gov/calendar.asp. For more VA information, visit www.salisbury.va.gov or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VASalisbury or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SalisburyVAMC.

Local Radio Show Seeks Pledges For Camp Kemo By August 24

Newton, NC - Local Beach Show on WNNC To Aid Camp Kemo. Camp Kemo is a very special camp to many kids afflicted with Cancer.

The Camp works with the patients, their caregivers and siblings to help them cope with this dreaded disease while doctors attempt to find a cure.

The Carolina Beach Sounds program heard every Sunday night from 7-9 PM on WNNC (1230 am), is teaming with beach programs on radio stations throughout the southeast in raising money for more child cancer victims to be able to take advantage of the programs at Camp Kemo.

Carolina Beach Sounds ( North Carolina’s longest running weekly beach show) will hold a special 2 hour telethon on Sunday August 24 to allow listeners to call in their pledges to aid Camp Kemo. Host, Mike Sherrill and his crew will take pledges to add to those taken on other stations that day to hopefully make a big impact for those wanting to attend the camp.

If anyone would like to send in a pledge ahead of time, it would be greatly appreciated. You can make out your check to: Palmetto Health Foundation-Camp Kemo and mail it to: WNNC, P O Box 430, Newton, NC 28658-0430.

Host Mike Sherrill says he hopes we can make a good showing of support for Camp Kemo from here in the Hickory Metro.

You can listen to Carolina Beach Sounds each Sunday night for more information on the project.

Seeking European Classic Cars For Autolawn Party On Sept. 6

Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art is seeking European classic cars for the second annual Autolawn Party on Saturday, September 6, on the SALT Block lawn at 243 Third Avenue NE. Entry classifications include: German (Pre-1974), Italian (Pre-1974), British (Pre-1974), other European makes (Pre-1974), and all European makes (Post-1973). Registration forms and additional information are available on the event’s website at www.theautolawn.com.

All registrants will be guaranteed lawn parking for their vehicles, but space is limited. Early registrant fees are $35 for the first car, and $25 for each additional car. Benefits for early registration include: one complimentary event hat per first entry and dash plaque for each car, early check-in, and reduced set-up times. Fees for registrations received after August 18 are $35 for the first car, and $30 for additional cars based on space availability.

Prizes will be awarded for first place and runner-up in each class. Additional awards will be given for Spectator’s Choice, Longest Distance Traveled, Best of Featured Brand (Ferrari or Maserati), and Best in Show (Overall).

The car show will be held 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 and is presented by Foreign Cars Italia and Paramount Classic Cars and Trucks. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for spectators. The event features a children’s trike/bike show, food and beer garden, music, event memorabilia for sale, and raffle prizes. Attendees can also vote for their favorite classic car.

Later Saturday night, the Asheville trio Red June will be in concert in the SALT Block Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, or $18 at the door.

In honor of The Autolawn Party, Youssef 242 is donating a portion of sales on September 6 to the Hickory Museum of Art. Make a reservation at 828-324-2005. Vehicles will be on display in the parking lot courtesy of Porsche of Hickory and Maserati of Charlotte.

For more details about The Autolawn Party, please visit www.theautolawn.com; email theautolawn@gmail.com; or contact Kit Cannon, Event Co-Director at 828-312-2494 or Chrissy Schramm, Hickory Museum of Art Development Manager at 828-327-8576.

The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. For more information please visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Caldwell Arts Council Offers Art Classes, August 8 - 28

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to offer the following art workshops in August:

Friday August 8 (5-8pm) and Saturday August 9 (9am-12noon) – Methods & Materials 2-part art class with instructor Andrew Atkin at the Caldwell Arts Council. Learn to utilize non-traditional materials along with acrylic paints to create a unique piece of artwork on canvas. $50/person, materials list provided upon registration. Call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. Registration and prepayment required.

Monday August 11, 9:30-12noon – Learn One-Stroke Painting with instructor Cathy McCoy at the Caldwell Arts Council; $30/person, all materials provided. Call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. Registration and prepayment required.

Thursday August 14, 5-7:30pm - Learn One-Stroke Painting with instructor Cathy McCoy at the Caldwell Arts Council; $30/person, all materials provided. Call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. Registration and prepayment required.

Wednesdays August 20-September 10, 9:30am-12:30pm – Explore Colors in Painting with instructor Nora Mosrie at the Caldwell Arts Council; $130/person; materials list provided upon registration. Call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. Registration and prepayment required.

Thursday, August 21, 5-8pm – Learn the art of making cheese (mozzarella and feta) from goat milk with Caldwell County’s own Thankful Goat, Dawn Mathews at the Caldwell Arts Council. $35/person. Call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. Registration and prepayment required.

Thursday, August 28, 5:30-7:30pm – Learn the ‘art’ of making water-based soap with Caldwell County’s own Thankful Goat, Dawn Mathews at the Caldwell Arts Council. $35/person. Call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com. Registration and prepayment required.

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 www.NCForeclosurePrevention.gov. 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.

Local Artists’ Work Exhibited At Taste full Beans, Thru Aug. 23

Hickory - Local artists Bud Caywood, Leslie Hamlin, Charles Kimso, Amanda Dobbins, Megan McKinney, Regina Carpenter, and Christine Brown will be featured in an exhibit at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory from July 19 to August 23.

Artist, poet, and furniture designer, Bud Caywood has been creating art and word in North Carolina for more than forty years and has received numerous awards in all three areas, including the Daphne Award of Merit by The Hardwoods Association and the Pinnacle Design Award by the American Society of Furniture.

By Leslie Hamlin

His career as a furniture designer has allowed him to work with creative people in many parts of the world, including Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, China, and Italy. His own creativity has been nourished and influenced by the cultures of these unique places. His art has won awards judged by Juan Logan, Toni Carlton, Jim Kellough, and others and was recently featured at the Hickory Museum of Art. His poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including Wild Goose Poetry Review, Referential Magazine, and Pinesong. He will also be the featured poet at the August 12 Poetry Hickory at Taste Full Beans.

Leslie Hamlin creates unique jewelry, decorative art, books and yard art from a tasteful blend of new, reclaimed, and repurposed materials. She is best known for her original painted designs on reclaimed windows. Her jewelry has been featured in Stampington & Company's publication "Belle Amoire's Jewelry." She has art in galleries and private collections throughout the US and abroad.

Amanda Dobbins is Taste Full Beans' "Resident Potter" and well-known for her hand-crafted and painted mugs, vases, pitchers, flasks and bowls. A lover of pop-art and art deco, these two styles are reflected in much of her work.

By Amanda Dobbins

Charles Kimso is a widely-known Hickory artist who creates furniture, watercolors, oils, abstracts, landscapes, and jewelry and teaches art at various locations in the area. He was recently named Taste Full Bean's "Resident Jeweler," meaning his jewelry will be available at the shop for the remainder of 2014.

Megan McKinney uses watercolors and acrylics to create a sense of serenity through incorporating natural elements and calming scenes in her paintings. She sees painting as a way of escaping and enjoying a quiet moment away from the demands of everyday life. She hopes to extend that opportunity to the viewer through the body of her work.

Regina Carpenter expresses herself using both graphite and acrylic mediums. Her favorite projects feature bold colors and texture. She has exhibited at Full Circle Arts, Hickory Art Crawl, and the Hickory Furniture Mart.

A civil engineer by profession, Christine Brown enjoys a variety of media and subjects, including oils and acrylics, portraits and architectural figures.

By Bud Caywood

A reception will be held for the artists on July 31 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.

For more information, contact Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse at 828-325-0108.

Caldwell Arts Sculpture Celebration - Artists Welcome!

Lenoir, NC – Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, N.C., in partnership with Tri State Sculptors Association, announces the 29th Annual Sculpture Celebration to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Circle in Lenoir NC.

The Celebration will feature sculptural artwork by artists from across the eastern United States who will compete for cash prizes totaling $11,000.00. Realistic and abstract, traditional and contemporary, movable and stationary, indoor and outdoor – sculptures of all types will be on display. The juror for this year’s event is Asheville artist Randy Shull.

Lenoir’s Annual Sculpture Celebration is recognized as the longest-running sculpture competition in the Southeast and a driving force in the area's sculptor-friendly environment. The event started small but now attracts artists and visitors from across the United States. "This is a great show for both experienced artists and for a first-time art experience," says Lee Carol Giduz, Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director.

First Place 2013: Standing Still, By Mary-Ann Prack

Food vendors, children’s art activities, and live music from the Sylvio Martinat Swing Band and Strictly Clean and Decent will be featured throughout the day

Blue Jeans Preview Party Friday, September 5

Many sculptors arrive early to install larger sculptures and to pick the best spot for their artwork. A buffet dinner will be held to welcome them and to introduce the judge and sponsors of the event on Friday, September 5 beginning at 7pm. This event is free for registered sculptors, $20 in advance for guests.

Artists May Register Now

Registration for Sculpture Celebration is open to any 3-D artist up to the day of the event, and each sculptor may present up to three sculptures.

Second Place 2013: Limestone Bench, Todd Frahm

Cost to register the day of the Sculpture Celebration is $80; significant discounts are available for early registration. Details of participation are available on the website www.caldwellarts.com.

Lenoir, North Carolina is located in Caldwell County in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, off Hwy 321 between Hickory and the Blowing Rock / Boone area.

For further information about the Sculpture Celebration contact the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486, info@caldwellarts.com, or visit www.caldwellarts.com. The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

NC State Bluegrass Festival Is for August 14, 15 & 16, In Marion

Marion, NC - Adams Bluegrass, LLC, has announced that the 40th Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival will again be held on August 14, 15 & 16 at Tom Johnson Rally Park and Camping Center at 1885 U.S. Highway 70 West in Marion, NC.

The three-day event begins Thursday, August 14th at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:00 p.m. daily. Open Stage daily from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Daily & Vincent

Thursday’s lineup features Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, The Marksmen, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Russell Moore (IBMA Male Vocalist 2010-2012) & IIIrd Tyme Out.

Other featured artists include, Rhonda Vincent (Queen of Bluegrass and IBMA Female Vocalist seven straight years) and The Rage. Also featured will be country music legend Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band performing one 90-minute show at 8:30 p.m. with special guest, Rhonda Vincent.

Friday’s lineup of talent begins at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:00 p.m. featuring Appalachian Express, The Primitive Quartet, Goldwing Express, The Gibson Brothers (IBMA Entertainers of the Year 2013), The Seldom Scene and Nothin’ Fancy.

Saturday’s lineup begins at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:00 p.m. featuring Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Comedians, The Moron Brothers and Dailey & Vincent (IBMA Entertainers of the Year 2008-2010) will perform one 90 minute show beginning at 7:30 pm. Jimmy Fortune will perform at 7:00 pm (formerly with The Statler Brothers and Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame winner) and again with Dailey & Vincent at 9:00 pm.

Rhonda Vincent, Queen of Bluegrass

The Tom Johnson Camping Center and Rally Park has 532 hookups, including water, electric, most with sewer, bathhouses, as well as RV sales and service. Also a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch with other hot food concessions are on site. Bring lawn chairs (no high back chairs). This is a family show and no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the concert area. Security will be on duty.

The show goes on rain or shine under a covered pavilion, with tickets available at the gate. Daily ticket prices are $30.00 for adults in advance until August 4th, then $35.00 at the gate. A 3-day adult ticket is $75.00 in advance and $85.00 at the gate. Children ages 6-13--$15.00 per day or 3 days for $40.00 in advance, $45.00 at the gate. Children under 6 are free when accompanied by parents. Tickets may be ordered online at www.adamsbluegrass.com. Sound by Blue Ridge Sound, Sherry Boyd, M.C. For more information: www.adamsbluegrass.com, Phone: (706) 864-7203 or Tom Johnson Rally Park (1-800) 225-7802.

Lincoln County Arts Accepting Sub-grant Applications

Lincolnton, NC - The ACLC is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants through August 15, 2014. Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Lincoln County serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding sub-grants to local organizations for arts programs in Lincoln County.

Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Lincoln County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Projects must occur between July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available at www.ncarts.org. For questions or more information, contact the ACLC at 704-732-9044 or email artslincolnnc@gmail.com

Caldwell Arts Accepting Grant Applications Till August 15

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Arts Council announces that Grassroots Arts Program Grant Applications are now available.

Applications must be submitted to the Caldwell Arts Council by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014. Allocations will be announced in mid-September.

These grants are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and are available to non-profit organizations for cultural arts programming in Caldwell County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.

The application is available on the website www.caldwellarts.com. For questions or assistance with the application, contact the Caldwell Arts Council by calling 828-754-2486 or email at info@caldwellarts.com.

About 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 info@caldwellarts.com. 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.

CVCC Offers Wide Array Of Pottery Classes In August

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Community College's Potters' Workshop is pleased to announce a variety of classes beginning in August. Whether you have never touched a ball of clay, or have knowledge turning a pot, the Potters' Workshop has a class for every skill and interest level.

Intermediate Pottery I- Wheel Throwing with Po-Wen Liu
August 18 – October 13, 2014 Mondays, 6 to 9 pm
This class is designed for the intermediate level potter. This course focuses on refining wheel throwing skills and exploring possibilities on potter's wheel. Students will learn to turn various functional forms. Glazes and surface design techniques, such as slip carving, inlay, and slip trailing will also be covered in this class. Upon completion, students should be able to produce a variety of functional forms, trim, apply glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing a kiln. No class on 9/1/14.

Handbuilt Pottery I with Evelyn Arnold
August 19 – October 14, 2014 Tuesdays, 9 am to noon
This class is designed to provide the basics for a strong foundation in hand built pottery forms. Build and enhance your skills through demonstrations and individual instruction. Hand building will focus on pinch, slab and coil construction to create one of a kind unique pottery forms without the use of a potters' wheel. All levels are welcome.

Pottery on the Wheel I with Evelyn Arnold
August 19 – October 14, 2014 Tuesdays 1 to 4 pm
This class is designed for the beginner through intermediate level potter. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters' wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.

Catawba Valley Pottery I with Kim Ellington
August 20 – October 15, 2014 Wednesdays 9 am to noon
Designed for those who have prior experience working on the potters' wheel, this class will focus on the methods, materials and history of the local Catawba Valley pottery tradition. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, glaze application, and the firing process. Upon completion, students will be able to make basic forms on the potters' wheel and have an understanding of glazing and firing pottery.

Handbuilding Pottery I with Po-Wen Liu
August 20 – October 15, 2014 Wednesdays 6 to 9 pm
This hands-on class inspires experiments with forms and methods of construction. Geared toward creative expansion, we use handbuilding techniques, such as coil, pinch and soft slab construction to generate a variety of forms without the use of a potter's wheel. Development of the surface through texture, inlay, and slip trailing will also be covered in this class.

Decorative Pottery: Surface & Form with Raine Middleton
August 21 – October 16, 2014 Thursdays 1 to 4 pm
Students will explore various decorating techniques and the relevancy to the pottery form. Techniques will include sprigging, stamping, carving, slip trailing and sgraffito. Students should bring throwing tools, brushes and carving tools, and be prepared to share ideas, processes, glazes, pictures, and demos. Basic wheel throwing & handbuilding skills are needed.

Pottery – Beginning & Intermediate with Evelyn Arnold
August 21 – October 16, 2014 Thursdays 6 to 9 pm
This class is designed to provide the basics for a strong foundation in wheel thrown and hand built pottery forms. Build and enhance your skills through demonstrations and individual instruction. Wheel throwing will focus on centering, shaping and creating basic vessel forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls & mugs. Hand building will focus on pinch, slab and coil work to create one of a kind unique pottery forms. All levels are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Potters' Workshop, contact at 828-327-7000, ext. 4032 . To view the entire schedule or register online, visit www.cvcc.edu/Potters_Workshop. To register by telephone, contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7037 or email at ctoney@cvcc.edu.

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 www.komenncfoothills.org.

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 gsmith@caldwellcountync.org

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
sandy.freeman@dhhs.nc.gov

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

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

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

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
tammy.loukos@dhhs.nc.gov

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 marian.corn@dhhs.nc.gov
marian.corn@rutherfordcounty.nc.gov

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 @
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dsb/contacts/swcontactbycounty

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 www.Bethlehem-cda.org or can be requested at bethlehemday@gmail.com.

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.

Weather Tips & Microchips: News From The Humane Society

Newton, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County wants to remind everyone to remember their outdoor family during these especially hot days of summer. Please provide plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun or keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. Never leave pets, even for a quick minute with the windows down, in a car or truck. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Here is how quickly a car can heat up in 80-degree weather:

• 99 degrees in 10 minutes
• 109 degrees in 20 minutes
• 114 degrees in 30 minutes
• 118 degrees in 40 minutes
• 120 degrees in 50 minutes
• 123 degrees in 60 minutes

(Source: National Weather Service)

And always be certain to have proper identification on your pets, as unexpected storms and 4th of July fireworks can lead to frightened, lost pets.

Humane Society of Catawba County is offering $15 microchips for pets every Monday all summer long. Jane Bowers, Executive Director of Humane Society of Catawba County stated “Microchipping is the best source of pet identification. Particularly during drastic weather, we would love to see more pets with microchips in place. It’s also very important that pet owners keep their microchip contact information updated in order to properly reunite the lost dog or cat to their owner”.

Unlike identification tags on collars, which can sometimes be lost or removed, microchipping is a permanent source of pet identification. When lost or stray pets are scanned by an animal organization or business, such as animal shelters or veterinary clinics, these identification chips are able to provide the owner’s contact information and are then able to reunite beloved pets with their owners.

Visit HSCC - Hickory, or the new location, HSCC - Newton, on Mondays between 12-4pm for $15 microchips. Microchips will also be $15 at the July Wellness Clinics. For more information call 828-464-8878 during regular business hours, Monday- Saturday 11am-6pm or visit www.catawbahumane.org. Photo: Kane is available for adoption

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 www.CatawbaScience.org.

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

tonyeltora@gmail.com

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: info@downtownhickory.com. Website: www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

Free Lunches For Area Kids Through August 18

NC: Through the week of August 18, Cove Church of Mooresville will be sponsoring free lunches, five days a week, Monday through Friday, throughout this area for kids who might not otherwise have enough to eat.

The lunches are distributed at each site, except for Rowan County, from 11:30-12:30. In Rowan County, the sites’ time is 10:30-12:30.

To volunteer for this project or get more information, email gobananas@covechurch.org or call Cove Church at 704-655-3000.

The neighborhood lunch sites are:

Catawba Valley:
Lyle Haven
Lylehaven Dr, NW Conover, NC 28613

Mooresville:
Magla Park
93 Spencer St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Liberty Park
225 East Iredell Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115

Selma Burke
781 Agape Dr, Mooresville, NC 28115

North Mecklenburg:
Smithville Park
19710 S Ferry St, Cornelius, NC 28031

Rowan County:
Matika
1010 Airport Road, Salisbury, NC 28147

Oak Mountain
Oak Mountain Rd Salisbury, NC 28147 [Map]

Statesville:
Abernathey Park
1325 Alexander St, Statesville, NC 28677
East Broad Crossing Apartments, 2150 Deer View Circle, Statesville, NC 28625.

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 www.postadoptionsuccesscoach.org or call 828-695-4428. The Child Wellbeing Project and Success Coach Post-Adoption Services are a service of Catawba County Social Services.

Contest To “Paint The Town Red, White & Blue” In Newton

Newton, NC – Residents and businesses in the City of Newton are invited to decorate their homes, yards and businesses with a patriotic theme for Reunion Day on August 21. To celebrate the 125th Annual Soldiers Reunion, the Newton Appearance Commission is sponsoring the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue contest to encourage the community to show off its patriotic spirit.

Decorations must have a patriotic theme and must be visible from the street.

There is no fee to enter. Judging will take place from August 18 to 20, and a business and a home each will be selected to receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card.

The winners will be announced on the Appearance Commission’s Facebook page, the City of Newton website and at the Appearance Commission’s booth on Reunion Day.

Registration is required to participate. Forms are available at the Newton Rec Center, City Hall, the Newton location of the Catawba County Library and at www.newtonnc.gov. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. August 15, and forms may be submitted to a drop box at City Hall or emailed to newtonpatriotic@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Collette Touchette at newtonpatriotic@gmail.com.

Shindig On The Green In Asheville

Asheville, NC – The celebrated mountain tradition Shindig on the Green, which showcases the region’s rich heritage through its traditional musicians and dancers. This year’s Shindig on the Green will be held on August 16, 23, and 30. Shindig on the Green is free.

Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, to enjoy the stage show and informal jam sessions throughout the park. The stage shows take place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville. Highlights include performances by The Stoney Creek Boys, the long-standing house band for Shindig on the Green; newly formed and long-standing bands from throughout the mountains; and an extensive line-up of dance teams.

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Shindig 2013 Photo: Paul Howey

Between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evenings for free throughout the summer. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.

Shindig on the Green is made possible thanks to the talent and generosity of its volunteer musicians and dancers who span several generations much to the delight of those in attendance. From young children perfecting their square dance steps to great-grandmothers singing ballads passed down through the years, the region’s wealth of traditional talent takes center stage. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2014 Shindig season are: a D-16 Adirondack acoustic guitar by C.F. Martin & Co.; and a 75” x 75” handmade quilt from a 19th century quilt pattern, created by local quilting collaborative Mountain Jam Circle. Raffle tickets are available at each Shindig evening and the winning tickets are pulled at the end of the summer Shindig season.

Food: Concessions are offered by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Café.

Rules: By city ordinance, dogs, alcohol, and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park. Parking: The College Street Parking Deck is conveniently located next to Shindig, directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse, and is $1.00 per hour. Parking is also available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary).

Public Transit: There is a major transfer point on College Street for public transit. Check www.ridetheart.com for maps and schedules, or call 828-253-5691.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival: Shindig on the Green takes a break from its regular Saturday schedule just twice during July and August: once on July 26th; and again on August 2nd when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The 87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre, takes place nightly at 7:00pm Thursday through Saturday, July 31, August 1 & 2. Tickets are available now through the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office at 828-257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.

Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County. For more info about Shindig on the Green, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Dance Team Line-Up* For 2014 Shindig On The Green

• August 16th: Dixie Darlin’s; Avery Smooth Dancers; Green Grass Cloggers

• August 23rd: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Bailey Mountain Cloggers

• August 30th: Little River Cloggers; Mountaineer Cloggers; Cole Mountain Cloggers

*2014 Shindig Dance Team line-up is subject to change at any time.

Friends Of Catawba Co. Library Book Sale Is August 14-16

Newton, NC - Heads up, book lovers! The next big Friends of Catawba County Library book sale is Aug. 14-16 at in Newton. The event, in its 16th year, aids the community in a variety of ways.

“The sale helps residents save money and keeps materials out of the landfill,” said Libbie Lynn, Friends vice president. Proceeds will help us support literacy by purchasing new library materials and funding programs, including author visits, workshops and Summer Reading for young people.

As in years past, the three-day event will include a members-only sales opportunity on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4-7 p.m., with sales to the public on both Friday and Saturday. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and 10 to 2 on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Special bargain pricing will be available on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Annual Friends memberships are priced at $10 per individual, $15 per family and $25 for businesses, including booksellers. Memberships will be sold at the door.

The annual sale will consist primarily of materials donated by the public, but deleted library materials will also be sold. Customers may choose from paperback and hardback books, audio books and DVDs.

New or gently used materials may be donated at any library branch. However, the group does not accept video tapes (VHS), magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest collections or textbooks. Badly worn, mildewed or outdated materials should not be donated. The Catawba County Friends group continues its ongoing book sale in the Main Library lobby and the Conover Branch. Specially marked sale racks contain hardbound books priced from 25 cents to $1.50. Audio/video materials are $2 each.

Friends group serves as a community liaison and support organization for the entire county library system. The group welcomes interested members of the community.

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 www.TuckersBarn.com.

For more information about the school, visit www.TheHarperSchool.org. 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 www.caldwellcountync.org/county-history/

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 www.kcbs.us

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 dsheets@catawbacountync.gov.

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

Jaycees Announce First Fridays Free Concert Series For 2014

Hickory - The Hickory Jaycees are pleased to announce the 24th season of Hickory Alive! Hickory Alive is an annual, free concert series located in the City Hall Parking Lot in downtown Hickory. In 2014, Hickory Alive is adopting a new FIRST FRIDAYS schedule with events on the first Fridays in June, July, August, and September. Hickory Alive FIRST FRIDAYS will kick off on Friday, June 6th from 6pm – 10pm and will include the following dates:

• Friday, September 5th

In addition to the free concert, food, beverage, and craft vendors will be on hand at the event. For those over the age of 21, United Beverage will provide adult beverage sales during the event.

Live entertainment will run from 6pm to 10pm. Be sure to come out and enjoy the fun this summer!

The Hickory Jaycees is a non-profit organization composed of enthusiastic volunteers aged 21-40. The primary purpose of the Hickory Jaycees is to foster the development of young leaders. Monies raised from Hickory Jaycees business projects, including Hickory Alive FIRST FRIDAYS, fund membership and individual development projects, and also community projects including the Greater Hickory Corporate Challenge, Hickory Children’s Easter Egg Hunt (now in its 27th year), Hickory Holiday Parade, Christmas for Teens, Adopt-a-Street, Pay It Forward, GrandPals - Meals on Wheels, and more.

Want to learn more about the Hickory Jaycees? Visitors are welcome at General Membership Meetings, which take place the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Jaycee Development Center located at 470 U.S. Highway 70 SW, Hickory, NC 28602.

For more information about Hickory Alive FIRST FRIDAYS or the Hickory Jaycees, contact the Jaycees at (828) 322-2080, hickoryjaycee@yahoo.com, or visit www.hickoryjaycee.com.

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 www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/adult/nutrition.asp or find the Meals on Wheels of Catawba County program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/MealsOnWheelsOfCatawbaCounty.

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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 http://www.catawbacountylibrary.gov/library 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 cheryl@catawbahumane.org.

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.

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 www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/f&csvs/familyfinders.asp
Or contact Sean Jarman at 828-695-2134 or sjarman@catawbacountync.gov

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.

 



 

 

 

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