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Thirteenth Annual EmergeOrtho Oktoberfest 5K

Footrace & Fun Run Is Sat., October 14, 8am

Hickory - The Thirteenth Annual EmergeOrtho Oktoberfest 5K Footrace and Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 14, at 8:00 am in downtown Hickory as part of Downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest.

The Fun Run (1 city block) will begin at 8:00 am with the 5K starting at 8:30 am near the corner of Main Avenue NW and Center Street. The 5K begins on Main Avenue and guides runners through Union Square and downtown Hickory. The route takes runners past Lenoir Rhyne and finishes back on Center Street. For a complete map of the 5K course visit RacingToes.com and click on the race link. The 5K course is USATF certified.

Proceeds from the EmergeOrtho Oktoberfest Footrace will be split equally between the four Hospices in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. Using a holistic approach, Hospice serves the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the terminally ill and their family members. EmergeOrtho believes in supporting their local communities and the organizations, such as Hospice, that continue to serve patients and their families during one of life’s most difficult phases.

Registration is available online at RacingToes.com through October 11, 2017. The 5K registration fee is $20 plus a $2.50 signup fee and the Fun Run is $10.00 plus a $2.50 signup fee. Participants under the age of 18 and seniors (70+) may take advantage of a reduced registration fee of $10.00 plus a $2.50 signup fee. Paper registration forms may be picked up and turned in at EmergeOrtho offices and at Fleet Feet in Hickory until October 11, 2017. Race day registration is available on site from 7:00 am to 7:45 am in the parking lot across from City Hall.

Race packets may be picked up on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Oktoberfest Main Stage area next to the VIP tent in the parking lot across from City Hall. Five minute parking will be available for race packet pick-up on Center Street across from City Hall. Race packets will also be available for pick-up on race day, Saturday, October 14, from 7:00 am until 7:45 am at the registration site.

The top three overall male and female runners and top three male and female masters will receive a plaque. Overall winners will not be eligible for age group awards. The top three male and female finishers in the following age groups will receive an award. Age groups are: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Parking for the event is located between City Hall and the railroad tracks at the southeast corner of Main Avenue NW and North Center Street.

To sign up or for more information visit: http://www.racingtoes.com/2017-events/

For more information on Oktoberfest 2017, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website www.hickoryoktoberfest.com and click on vendor applications or email info@downtownhickory.com.

Elks’ Lodge #1654 Backpack Program Calls For Donations!

BBQ Chicken Dinner Is Nov. 4

Hickory – Hickory Elks Lodge #1654 annual food and funds drive for the Catawba County Backpack Program is well underway! This very important community program serves our children from elementary school to high school by providing a backpack full of healthy food for the weekend throughout the school year. The Backpack Program relies on donations from local individuals, churches, businesses and service organizations. Their sole mission is to remove hunger as a barrier to good education and reduce the impact of poverty on children and families.

This year is the Hickory Elks 6th Annual Backpack Program Fund and Food Drive. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that “Elks Care and Elks Share.” “The Backpack Program touched our hearts several years ago and our commitment to this very worthy cause speaks to what we do as fellow Elks. Sometimes we forget how much need there is in our own community. 100% of your donation goes directly toward feeding the children,” said Carole Anderson, Committee Chair for the Elks Lodge Backpack Program. Last year the Elks exceeded their goal again by donating $25,000 in food and funds to the program. Food donations are accepted through September and October at the Elks Lodge along with monetary donations. You can drop off donations Mon – Thur & Sat any time after 3PM and Fri & Sun after 1PM. A $120 donation will sponsor a child for an entire school year.

The culmination of the Elks collection efforts ends with a dinner and dance evening. This year’s event will feature a “BBQ Chicken Dinner Night” with Entertainment by The Cameron Matthews Band. The event will be held November 4th at 6PM at the Hickory Elks Lodge at 356 Main Ave NW. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any Elk member or directly from the Elks Lodge. Take out dinners will be available. The community is welcome to join the event and get in on the Silent Auction and Door Prizes.

To find out more information about the event and to donate to The Catawba County Backpack Program with the Elks please contact Committee Chair, Carole Anderson at caroleanderson@charter.net or call the Elks Lodge at 828-312-7476.

1969-1972 Hickory High School Class Reunion Is

Set For October 20 & 21; Events & Dinner Planned

Hickory - Graduates and others attending Hickory High School from 1969 to 1972 will gather for their 45th reunion on October 20 and 21. Several events, beginning with a casual house party HS Class of 1972 on Friday and ending with a semi-formal dinner at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, have been planned by the reunion organization committee.

The Class of 1972 was the last class to graduate from the original Hickory High School. Formerly known as Claremont Central High School, the facility now serves as the Catawba Valley Arts and Science Center.

For more information regarding Class of 1972 reunion activities, contact bobbywbush@charter.net or call 828-381-5746.

Photo: 1969-70 HHS Boy’s Junior Varsity Basketball Team

Newton Council On Aging Offers Flu Shots Friday, October 13

Newton, NC – The City of Newton Parks and Recreation Department and the Catawba County Council on Aging will offer a flu shot clinic on October 13.

The clinic will be 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 13, on the lower level of the Newton Recreation Center, located at 23 South Brady Ave. No appointment is necessary.

Medicare Part B recipients and Medicare Advantage Plan members who present their Medicare cards will receive the vaccination at no cost. Other insurance plans may be accepted the day of the clinic. If your insurance plan is not accepted, you may pay the day of the clinic and submit to your insurer for possible reimbursement. The out-of-pocket vaccination cost is $20.

For more information, call the Catawba County Council on Aging at 828-328-2269 or the Newton Recreation Center at 828-695-4317.

Free Job Fair For Veterans On Thursday, Oct. 26, Charlotte

Charlotte, NC - RecruitMilitary helps military veterans and military spouses connect with employers that seek to attract, hire and retain America’s best talent.

RecruitMilitary and DAV will host a Veterans Job Fair on Thursday, October 26, 11am - 3pm. This is a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and military spouses.

The Job Fair will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Charlotte, NC 28027.

RecruitMilitary has held 25 events in Charlotte, drawing 8,437 attendees and 862 exhibitors. “Last year, 52% of veteran job seekers expected to secure an interview following a DAV RecruitMilitary job fair. Employers were expected to extend as many as 40,300 interviews and more than 12,560 job offers,” said RecruitMilitary Senior Vice President of Sales Rob Arndt. “DAV RecruitMilitary job fairs offer the opportunity to meet a variety of veteran candidates face-to-face, assess their skills, and even interview them on the spot for available positions.”

Oxford Firemen’s Fall Fish Fry Is Saturday, Nov. 4, 11am-6:30pm

The Oxford Firemen’s Fall Fish Fry will be held Saturday, November, 4 at the Oxford Fire Department, Station 1.

Proceeds from the Fish Fry benefit the Fire Department.

Beginning at 11am and continuing through 6:30pm, Carry Out meals are available at $10 each. Adult meals are $10, Children’s meals are $6.

Join the Fire Department for a good time and good food for a worthy cause. Station 1 is located at 5688 Oxford School Road, Claremont, NC, 28610.

Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer,

At HMA On Sat., Oct., 14, For Talk & Booksigning

Hickory – Catawba Valley Camera Club and Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) present An Evening with Joel Sartore on Saturday, October 14. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ENDANGERED: Joel Sartore Retrospective, on view through February 25, 2018 at HMA.

An Evening with Joel Sartore will feature a two-part ticketed event beginning with the exhibit reception with the artist in HMA’s 2nd floor Coe Gallery from 6 – 7:30 PM. A second ticketed opportunity to interact with the artist will take place in The SALT Block’s Drendel Auditorium at 7:30 PM where the artist will present his most iconic animal photographs. The evening will culminate in a book-signing where ticket-holders will be encouraged to return to the Coe Gallery to spend more time with this striking exhibit installation.

Artist reception, talk, and book signing tickets are $40 for HMA or Camera Club Members and $60 for non-members. Tickets for the just the artist talk and book signing are $15 for HMA or Camera Club Members and $20 for non-members. Student tickets to the talk and book signing are $8; a valid student ID is required at door. To purchase tickets online, go to www.hickoryart.org or if preferred, purchase in person at the museum.

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic.

Joel Sartore

Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving. He is the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year documentary project to save species and habitat. In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”

Joel has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky, and Let’s Be Reasonable. His most recent book, The Photo Ark is now available wherever books are sold.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects.

Butterfly Migration, ©Joel Sartore

Joel and his work are the subjects of several national broadcasts including National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range, and a regular contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. He is also featured in a three part series on PBS titled: RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark.

ENDANGERED: Joel Sartore Retrospective features 55 photographic prints and 75 projected images from his extensive career. Half of the prints and all of the projected images are from The Photo Ark – studio-style portraits of the world’s captive species (species under human care) photographed against a white or black background. Sartore writes, “Isolating the animals against black and white backgrounds allows us to look them in the eye and see that these creatures contain beauty, grace, and intelligence.”

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.hickoryart.org or call 828-327-8576.

Catawba Science Center’s American Adventure

Shows Life In US’ Early Years; Closes March, 2018

Hickory – Catawba Science Center is excited to announce its new featured exhibition, American Adventure. The exhibit, which opened September 22 and continues through March 4, 2018, brings to life early America in an exciting new way.

American Adventure puts visitors into the shoes of the original Jamestown colonists. This exhibition is located in CSC’s Carpenter Hall in the North Lobby and is sponsored by von Drehle Corporation. Reminiscent of one of the most popular video games of all time, Oregon Trail, this realistic role-play adventure presents one great challenge: To survive for one year. Sound easy? Think again…

Of the original 104 settlers who arrived in the spring of 1607, fewer than 40 survived the first twelve months. Visitors wind their way through interactive galleries in this challenging 2500 square foot maze, while struggling to overcome demands on their knowledge and decision-making skills. A telltale Life Chart hanging around each visitor’s neck reveals their health is starting to suffer. Earning or losing points at each turn of the maze, the goal is to make it past more than two dozen tests spread out over 4 seasons. Also featured in Carpenter Hall, are timeline pieces from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences about the early settlers in America.

In addition to American Adventure in Carpenter Hall, there is a complementary Early America exhibit adjacent to the Naturalist Center including various artifacts, tools, and animal mounts from the time period. There is also a live eastern box turtle touch tank for visitors to enjoy.

Created by Seattle-based Minotaur Mazes and the Virginia Living Museum, American Adventure blends history, science, nature and fortune in a challenging interactive experience.

The cost to visit American Adventure is free to CSC Members and $1 in addition to general admission for non-members. There are several special programs and events in the works to accompany this featured exhibition, so be sure to check CSC’s website and facebook for updates.

American Adventure provides an illuminating window into the tough, bewildering natural landscape that bedeviled so many of America’s first English settlers. With a little luck, and most likely a few attempts, visitors may just make it out alive!

Catawba Science Center is located on the SALT Block at 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC. Visit www.CatawbaScience.org or call 828.322.8169 for hours, admission prices, and much more!

Hudson’s Annie, Oct. 19-28, Adds A Show On Sunday, Oct. 22

Hudson, NC - The Town of Hudson is presenting its 24th dinner theatre production, the iconic, classic musical, “Annie.” The show will play at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th.

A very few tickets remain on opening and closing nights, but due to the demand for tickets and a potential complete sellout, a Sunday matinee has been added for Sunday, October 22nd at 2:30 PM.

This added show will be for the show only. No meals will be provided. All tickets are $17.50 and seats are still assigned, so the sooner you order your tickets, the nearer you will sit toward the front of the house. Just as with the regular performances, there are no ticket exchanges or refunds.

Director Keith Smith says this is an ideal opportunity for church groups and also for elderly patrons who do not drive at night.

To purchase tickets, please call 828.726.8871.

Service League’s Antiques Fair Is Oct. 12-14, At Moretz Mills

Hickory - Service League of Hickory, NC, Inc. announces its Hickory Antiques Fair!

The dates are Thursday, October 12, 10am - 8pm; Friday, October 13, 10am - 6pm and Saturday, October 14, 10am - 4pm. The location is Moretz Mills at 74 8th Street, SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

Antique selections include fine silver, oriental rugs, glassware, jewelry, books, dolls, linens, toys, paintings and furniture. All dealer exhibits for sale. Also, art restoration, doll repair, crystal, glass and porcelain repair.

Admission is $7 in advance at Bumblebee Interiors, Carolina Office & Equipment and Jenny’s Gifts, or $10 at the door. Tickets are valid for all three days of the event. Traditional Service League Antiques Fair homemade menu items from the League's Market to Market Cookbook will be available for purchase, including turkey salad sandwiches and plates, pea salad, homemade vegetable beef soup and delectable homemade cakes and pies.

A ticket is not required for take-out orders. Food orders may be placed by phone at 828.569.0066 or by emailing antiquesfairtakeout@gmail.com.

All money raised will enable the League to continue our mission of Charity, Public Service & Education and will be used to support programs in our community. Since 1937, the Service League of Hickory, NC, Inc. has served those in need and has been instrumental in the origins of The Community Ridge Day Care Center, The Family Guidance Center, and The Creative Museum for Youth later named The Catawba Science Center. The League has supported through dollars and volunteer hours the Back Pack Program, YMCA, CCM, DSS Child Advocacy Center, Family Care Center, Safe Harbor, Salvation Army and many other notable community organizations. Since 1954, the League has helped over 200 area students achieve their college education goals through our annual scholarships, grants and merit awards. We proudly fund nine scholarships through our Scholarship Endowment Fund, The Glenn C. Hilton Endowment Fund and The Beulah Mae Jones Mitchell Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The Service League of Hickory, NC, is at 506 3rd Avenue, NW Hickory, NC 28601. Phone: 828-327-2481.

Seniors Morning Out For October Features Comedy,

Music & Halloween Parties

Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in October, including Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or better is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at five convenient locations. A hot, balanced lunch is served each day. Programs are free to participants, who may pick and choose which days to attend. Bus transportation to and from the sites is available in some locations.

On Oct. 10, seniors 60 years or older are invited to attend a performance of the Jazz Street Band at Huntington Hills Church of God Family Life Center from 9:00am-12:00noon. Registration is required by calling 828-695-5610 by October 3.

Jazz Street Band

Lunch will be provided at no cost. The Jazz Street Band performance is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Other program highlights are as follows.

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: Oct 3, Cooking Class-parmesan roasted cauliflower; Oct 12, Trip to Shatley Springs; Oct 16, Shopping at Roses and lunch at Captain D’s, Oct 17, performance by Sentimental Journey; Oct 23 Bowling at Pin Station and lunch at The Hen and Egg; Oct 24, Craft Project-Ghost Wind Sock; Oct 26, Movie Day-New “Beauty and the Beast”; Oct 30, Harvest Festival. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133 at least two days in advance.

At the West Hickory site, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Oct 2, The Frog Prince; Oct 4, Breakfast at The Hen and Egg; Oct 11 Saunders Family Farm and Hannah’s BBQ South; Oct 12, performance by Sentimental Journey; Oct 17, Diabetes Education with Robin Tallent; Oct 19, Acoustic folk rock singer/songwriter Thomas DelGraco to perform; Oct 23, Cooking Class-Homemade Ice Cream; Oct 31, Halloween Party. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: Oct 4, Singing and dancing with Sentimental Journey; Oct 10, performance by Jazz Street Band; Oct 16, Dancercise and Bingo; Oct 18, Cooking class- chocolate cupcakes with Anne Niedermeier; Oct 19, Trip to Shatley Springs; Oct 23, Shopping at Walmart; Oct 25, Craft- Fall Windsock with Suzy Killian; Oct 31, Halloween Birthday Party. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Rita Pritchard at least two days in advance by calling 828-320-5963.

At the Catawba site, located at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 2211 Hopewell Church Road, Sherrills Ford: Oct 3, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Oct 12, Trip to Shatley Springs; Oct17, Senior Trivia and Volleyball; Oct 19, Crafts with Tonya Jarnac; Oct 24, Fall Festival; Oct 25, Cooking Class-two ingredient pumpkin cookies; Oct 31, Music by Lonesome Road.

Ma Ma Susie

If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434 at least two days in advance.

At the Maiden site, located at the Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street, Maiden: Oct 2, Flu Shot Clinic; Oct 4, Corn Hole Game and Arthritis Treatment; Oct 9, Cooking Class-Halloween Shish Kabobs; Oct 12, Decorate a Framed Cork Board with Debra Zimmerman; Oct24, performance by Sentimental Journey; Oct 26, Mama Susie, Christian Comedian, to perform; Oct 30, Halloween Party and Bingo. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966 at least two days in advance.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services. In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. The program is also conducting its annual fund-raising drive at this time. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at http://www.MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.org.

Photos: The Jazz Street Band will perform on October 10 at Huntington Hills Church of God- Seniors Morning Out program. Christian Comedian, Ma Ma Susie will be at Maiden Seniors Morning Out on October 26.

Craft & Bake Sale At Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sat. Oct. 14

Hickory - Our Savior Lutheran Church’s Stewardship Committee is sponsoring a day of fall fun featuring handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, a large indoor/outdoor garage sale, and a hot dog lunch on Saturday, October 14 beginning at 7 a.m. Numerous items will be available for the yard sale including housewares, furniture, kids toys, and more. No clothing.

The hot dog lunch will include a grilled hot dog with your choice of fixings, a bag of chips, and a drink or bottled water for $5 per person.

Please follow the signs to the back of the building. The church is located at 2160 35th Avenue Dr. NE in Hickory off Kool Park Road and opposite Clyde Campbell Elementary School. Please mark your calendars to join us for a fun time, rain or shine. All proceeds from this event will benefit the church’s building fund.

Contact: Sherry Craig, 828.781.1137, Our Savior Lutheran Church.

www.oursaviorlutheranchurchhickory.org

HMA Guild Presents AOA’s Evening For The Arts On Nov. 11

Hickory – The 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts (AOA) Fall Fundraiser will be held on November 11, 6:00 pm -9:00 pm, at Lake Hickory Country Club in Hickory, NC. The Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) Guild is currently planning its silent and live auctions for attendees as well as a raffle for a choice of trips that will be open to anyone. In the raffle sales leading up to the event, a choice of three trips will be offered to the winner of the $35-per-ticket drawing: Caribbean cruise for two; Scottsdale, AZ golf and spa trip for two; or Chicago Saks Fifth Avenue, $1000 shopping spree for two. Raffle tickets will be sold separately from event reservations. The winner does not have to be present.

Major sponsors of AOA Presents: Evening for the Arts are: David E. Looper & Company, Alex Lee/MDI/Lowes Foods, and Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L. George. Other sponsorship levels are still available. Call Kelly Smith at HMA of Art 828-327-8576.

In advance of the event, Talbot’s is partnering with the HMA Guild for a special fashion night on October 27 with a percentage of sales to benefit the museum. There will be discounts for shoppers who want to make purchases for Evening for the Arts and other fall events. Details will be announced in HMA emails and communications.

The featured music for Evening for the Arts will be provided by Charlie Zagaroli and Jeff Arditti.

Invitations to Evening for the Arts will include artwork designed by the graphic design class at Catawba Valley Community College. The invitations will be mailed in early October to museum members and past attendees. Others wanting to attend or anyone who wants to reserve early may visit HMA’s website, www.HickoryArt.org or may call Kelly Smith at 828-327-8576. Reservations are $50 and include two drinks.

Raffle tickets for the trip for two may be purchased at the same website or from a HMA Guild member.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Satie’s Holiday Sale Calls For Artists & Crafters: Oct. 3 & 31

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Arts Council is seeking artists & crafters to participate in our annual Satie’s Holiday Sale, December 1-23, when the entire Arts Council is converted to a gift shop full of locally handcrafted items for holiday sales.

New items for the holiday sale will be juried by our Satie's Holiday Committee. All items must be handmade of quality materials and construction, and the most successful items each year are those priced less than $50. We are always looking for a variety of exciting new gift items, toys, soft goods, and food items.

Please bring a few samples of your product to the Caldwell Arts Council by 5pm on one of the following two dates: October 3 or October 31; you will be notified within a couple of days regarding acceptance.

Visit our website for submission guidelines: http://www.caldwellarts.com/6-saties-gift-shop-and-holiday-sale/

For more information call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or visit the website www.caldwellarts.com.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue (corner of Norwood Street) in downtown Lenoir.

HMA Hosts Self-Taught Artists Sept. 23-Jan. 7, Shuford Gallery

Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C., will present the exhibit “New Horizons: Self-Taught Art in the 21st Century” in the Shuford Gallery from September 23, 2017, through January 7, 2018.

The exhibit is guest curated by Robert J. Allen and Margaret Day Allen, author of the book When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South. The Allens serve on the Advisory Committee of the Folk Art Society of America and are past presidents of the North Carolina Folk Art Society.

Retreat, by Ashley Pierce

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a musical performance by David Thomas Roberts, a composer and performer of modern ragtime music whose visual art is a part of the exhibit. A reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The museum is located on the SALT Block in downtown Hickory at 243 Third Ave. NE. The museum also has a permanent exhibit of folk and self-taught art on the third floor.

The exhibit will feature work by nine artists from the United States and one from Norway who make self-taught art in a contemporary style. These artists include: Ab the Flag Man (Roger Lee Ivens) of Georgia; LaVon Van Williams, Jr., of Kentucky; Bruce New of Kentucky; Della Wells of Wisconsin; J.J. Cromer of Virginia; David Thomas Roberts of California; Ashley Pierce of Ohio; Kari Eig of Norway; Dapper Bruce Lafitte (Bruce Davenport, Jr.) of Louisiana, and Stacy Lambert of North Carolina. Several of the artists plan to attend the opening reception. Many of the artworks in the exhibit will be for sale. The exhibit is made possible with donations by the City of Hickory; Albert Keiser, Jr.; and the North Carolina Folk Art Society.


Two Phases of the Moon Cycle, by Bruce New

Pottery & two-dimensional works by Stacy Lambert are being presented in conjunction with this exhibition in HMA’s Local Artist Gallery.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free.

For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

We Are Singing Jacob’s Song, by Della Wells

 

AARP Meets The First Tuesday, Monthly, At First Baptist Church

Hickory - The Hickory-Catawba Chapter of the AARP has its regular monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month in room 163 at the First Baptist Church, Hickory, NC.

Please use the entrance on First Avenue NW, entering through the double doors.

Our programs begin at 2pm with a social time and the meeting following at 2:30. People are invited to enjoy old-fashioned group singing and a time to meet and greet old friends and make some new friends. Each meeting consists of a program with differing types of presenters from library information, musical talent, tax information, Bingo; all of interest to the population of 50 in Catawba County and older.

For more information, call Kathy Miner at 828-256-0147.

Many Kid-Friendly Events Planned For Fall At AMC Hickory

Hickory - The AMC Hickory 15 movie theater will have many amazing events going on this Fall. Here is just a taste of what’s to come.

AMC Hickory 15 plays host to Classroom Connections, an organization that provides supplies to area teachers free of charge. You may drop your donations of school supplies by any time through September 9 during theatre operating hours.

AMC Hickory 15 will be launching our Sensory Friendly Shows beginning in September. AMC's partner for Sensory Friendly Films is a national organization, which exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They increase public awareness of autism, advocate for appropriate services and provide the latest information on treatment, education, research and advocacy. These shows run the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, will be the first show of the day, and are matinee priced. Saturday shows are G, PG and some PG 13 while Tuesday shows are rated PG, PG13 and R.

For a schedule of upcoming movies please go to the AMC Hickory 15 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MoviesMayhemMore. First on the schedule will be Leap!

Disney will be re-releasing some of its fan favorites beginning in September. Showtimes will be at 2 pm and 6 pm each day.

Brave - Oct. 13-19.

The AMC Hickory 15 movie theater Facebook page has information for upcoming Meet and Greets with Princesses, Super Heroes and more. Come take a picture with them - it's free!

Jazz, America’s Art Form, At Let’s Talk About It

At Beaver Library, September 5 - October 17

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is sponsoring a six-week “Let’s Talk About It” film viewing and discussion series. The series is entitled “Looking at: Jazz, America’s Art Form.” The series sessions are Tuesday evenings on September 5, 12, 19, and 26, and October 10, and 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Let’s Talk About It” programs are made available through the North Carolina Humanities Council in order to encourage scholars and community members to explore how selected materials illuminate a particular theme. The current series explores the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form invented in early 20th century America. It has evolved into an enduring expression of creativity and innovation. The history of jazz is much more than the history of an extraordinary musical genre - it is also the story of central social, political and cultural issues of the 20th century that continue to play a part in our fledgling 21st. The scholars are Dr. Bruce Dick and Dr. Leon Lewis, Department of English professors at Appalachian State University.

The “Let’s Talk About It” programs are made possible through the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. “Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form” is a Film and Discussion project for non-profit organizations and libraries from National Video Resources and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the American Library Association.

The “Let’s Talk About It” film and discussion series sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235.

All sessions are held at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library which is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

TEDxHickory At Belk Centrum On Saturday, Nov. 18, 10am

Hickory - The sixth anniversary of TEDxHickory will be coming to The Belk Centrum at Lenoir-Rhyne University November 18th. This independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature a combination of live speakers and TED Talk videos that is sure to elevate the thinking and broaden the perspective of all who participate. And we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s theme:

NEXT.

What’s next? Exactly. That’s what we’re all trying to figure out. At all times. Anywhere. Everywhere. And for any aspect of our lives. And it makes sense, it’s human nature – just think about how far everything around us has come during our lifetimes. Color TV, more than one channel, the internet, the internet of things, Facebook, Twitter, News, Fake News, SpaceX, baby monitors, smart homes, virtual reality, you name it! What we see today we couldn’t have imagined it 10, 20 or 30 years ago. And the digital revolution has only exacerbated this constant evolution.

So, what’s to come? And what’s next for Hickory? We’re not a little town anymore. We’ve grown, we’ve evolved, and we’re at the cusp of figuring out what’s next for us and our community. So, what is it? And how do we get there? And looking beyond that, what’s next regionally? Nationally? Internationally? And how do we get to next?

And what’s next is not just an innovative product, or something so truly special that it becomes an industry, or even a revolutionary service or thought. Who’s next? Where’s next? When’s next?

Whatever next you’re looking for – technology, medicine, science, exploration, astronomy, philosophy, economics, education, music, writing, media, risk-taking – come explore it with us at the 6th annual TEDxHickory.

The event will be held from 10am to 4pm (doors open at 9:00am), with presenters speaking for no more than 18 minutes each. There will be breaks in-between sessions for discussions on the topics presented.

Those wishing to attend TEDxHickory will need to purchase a ticket from the event’s web site (TEDxHickory.com). Tickets will be $30.00 each through September 30th and $40.00 each thereafter. A ticket covers attendance for the full day, lunch, and a TEDxHickory gift. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to purchase their ticket soon.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the independent TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including the one being held in Hickory, are self-organized. TEDxHickory has been organized by local members of the community.

For more information about TEDxHickory or to purchase a ticket for the event, visit the web site at www.TEDxHickory.com.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (Subject to certain rules and regulations).

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

Performers, Artists Sought For Nov. Faith & The Arts Festival

Hickory - A Festival of Faith and the Arts celebrates living creatively and faithfully. On November 4 and 5, Unity Lutheran Church, 3025 Falling Creek Road, invites artists, artisans and crafters to purchase a space for only $15 for the weekend, Saturday 10-3, Sunday 9-4.

The festival will include “Light,” a juried art exhibit interpreting the scripture verse John 1:5 - “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” On Saturday, musicians and storytellers are invited to perform in the sanctuary and will receive a percentage of the goodwill offering collected throughout the day. All art, music and performances may or may not be faith based, but must be suitable in language and substance for a sacred setting.

For details on renting space, submitting art for “Light,” or performing, please contact Unity Lutheran Church, 828-324-1533, unitylutheranoffice@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook.

Arthur Frymyer, Jr., Stocks Food Pantry And

Invites Those In Need To Help Themselves, 24/7

Hickory - There's a new food pantry in town. This one is the result of a NPR feature story Arthur Frymyer, Jr. heard on the radio. “The broadcast talked about needy folks feeling shame and judgment when asking for help at many traditional food banks,” says Frymyer. “Charity shouldn’t hurt.”

Taking his cue from a food bank idea mentioned in the article, Frymyer came up with a similar plan. The food pantry is housed in a shallow shed-like structure outside of his church, A Place to Talk (1546 Brookford Church Road, Hickory) under the left portico as you face the church. It is self-serve, open to everyone, and available 24/7.

“If someone needs food they just come get it. If people wish to donate food they can come by any time and leave food (canned or dried goods) on the shelves.” The process involves no applications, no rejection and no shame.

Presently Frymyer is working to get the word out to both those who might want to benefit from the food the pantry houses and those who might be willing to contribute food. One additional need is for signage so people can find the food pantry easily. If anyone is willing to help with that expense they can get in touch with him.

Frymyer is excited about the potential to help others in need and for the opportunity it presents for people to give back.

“Just neighbors helping neighbors.” Isn’t that the way it should be?

Toastmasters Club Meets At Transportation Insight, Thursdays

Hickory - Catawba Valley Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday, 6-7pm, at the new Transportation Insight Corporate Campus (two story brick building with large glass windows) at the corner of 127 North & 1st Ave, SE, in Hickory, the actual address is 310 SE Main AVE Way Hickory, NC 28602.

They meet at the back entrance on the north and east side of the building - the “3rd Street SE” end of the building. The entrance door will be to the far left, (facing the building), the NE corner. Look for the collection of cars parked and the Toastmasters sign in the door.

Meetings help to effectively formulate, organize and express your ideas to others. Do you want to be more confident in public speaking or giving presentations? Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Open to public.

http://catawba.toastmastersclubs.org/

Email for more info: vppr-649666@toastmastersclubs.org

Register Now For Sat., December 9th’s Mel’s Jingle Run 5K,

Benefiting WRC & Operation 300

Hickory – Saturday, December 9, the third annual Mel’s Jingle Run 5K will be held in Downtown Hickory in support of Operation 300 and the Women’s Resource Center.

Mellow Mushroom Hickory is teaming up with RunTimeRaces to create the area’s premier Christmas-themed 5K run/walk. The timed race is family friendly, with all ages invited to participate, and will have entertainment for kids as well, like Becki the Balloon Lady and Mel the Mushroom.

In addition to medals awarded to those who place in the race, there will also be awards given for the most “jingled out” or festive costumes and race apparel.

Operation 300 is a non-profit organization that hosts adventure camps for children who have lost their fathers as a result of military service and seeks to honor the families of the Fallen. Operation 300 provides these children much needed encouragement and inspiration. Not only do the kids have fun at camp, but they also bond with other kids who have experienced the same tragedy. For these children to realize that they are not alone is a huge source of comfort.

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) offers assistance to women in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, and Alexander Counties, by offering programs that include workforce development and support, transition and goal planning services, substance abuse support groups, educational and enrichment programs, and help with challenges due to separation, domestic violence, or divorce, among many others. The WRC assists countless women and families in the region, offering help to those in need, affirmation to those in transition, encouragement to those seeking growth, hope to those who are searching, and empowerment to all who desire whole, healthy, and vibrant lives.

To learn more about these charitable organizations, visit www.Operation300.com and www.WRCHickory.org.

Race participants will also be asked to bring an unwrapped, new toy on race day for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. The toys will be presented to Santa Cops, a charity of the Conover Police Department.

The race will begin on December 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory and will finish at the same location. As a RunTimeRaces produced event, this event will be well organized and leave participants with an awesome race experience.

Online registration for this event can be found at www.RunTimeRaces.com.

First United Methodist Church Offers Free & Low-Cost Classes

Hickory - First United Methodist Church of Hickory has the following FREE Health and Wellness programs available to the community.

"Inflammation and Your Diet" Educational program given by Holley Dagenhardt, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Learn dietary strategies that may help decrease inflammation in your body. Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm in Scout Room.

Zumba every Tuesday evening at 5:45pm. This class is a low-moderate intensity level.

Females in Action is an outdoor, peer-led workout with varying levels of intensity and modified to meet your needs. These workouts are offered Wednesday and Friday mornings at 5:30am-6:15am meeting in the parking lot of First UMC of Hickory. Friday mornings at 9:30am at Glenn Hilton park. Saturday mornings at 8:00am in the parking lot of First UMC.

Hopeful Heart Yoga on Monday evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm. A time for gentle stretch and flow yoga. Increase flexibility and gain balance. Suggested donation of $1-$2.

For more information contact First UMC of Hickory at 828-322-6058, located at 311 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, 28601.

In Hickory, First Step Domestic Violence Services Helps Victims

Hickory – If you were the victim of domestic violence, would you know where to find help? Would you even realize that you were being abused?

Surprisingly, some victims do not realize that domestic partners who insult, humiliate, push, kick, slap or threaten them are being abusive, according to Ann Peele, executive director of the Family Guidance Center. This may be because the victim has had her self-confidence destroyed and feels she is causing the problem. The victim may have been raised in an abusive household and may consider such behavior normal. The victim may also be afraid to take action because she fears the abuser or because of financial concerns. For these reasons, domestic violence victims often feel trapped.

The good news is that there is a way out. First Step Domestic Violence Services offers information, counseling and also a shelter that provides a safe place to live while the woman is rebuilding her life and preparing for the future. First Step is a service of the Family Guidance Center, one of the oldest non-profit agencies in the county. It was founded in 1958 to provide the first counseling and mental health services in the county. Over the years, the Family Guidance Center has grown to offer numerous other services, including First Step Domestic Violence Services.

Peele, who has been the Director at the Family Guidance Center since 1985, has seen an increase in the amount of domestic violence as well as an increase in its severity. In the past 13 months, there have been six homicides resulting from domestic violence in Hickory. Another death in the county may have been the result of domestic violence. Domestic violence hurts the entire family, she said. For example, the six homicides in the past 13 months have left eight children without a parent to care for them. Even if they are not themselves abused, children who witness domestic violence in their homes often experience long-term negative consequences.

First Step offers three major services. It provides a shelter for abused women and their children. The shelter can accommodate up to 20 people, but the number depends on the family groups’ composition, since mothers are housed together with their children. Court accompaniment/advocacy is provided to any victim using legal remedies.

First Step also provides a class for women called Life Skills that includes information about domestic violence and what to do about it. Sometimes, when Child Protective Services social workers investigate a report of child abuse, they discover that the woman in the home is also being abused. However, the woman may have become so accustomed to the situation that she may not recognize that she is a victim too. First Step also has a yearlong treatment program for male abusers.

Last year, First Step served over 1,500 persons through its three programs. About 150 of them were served by the domestic violence shelter. Some domestic violence victims served by First Step counseling do not have to leave home due to a court order removing the abuser from the home. In other cases, the victim is able to move in with a friend or relative.
Women who spend time at the shelter are coached in independent living skills and receive counseling to help them deal with the abuse. The goal is to help them heal and prepare them for life on their own, Peele said. Services are also available to male victims of domestic violence, although they report it far less often.

According to First Step, victims of domestic abuse are often:
Emotionally or financially controlled.
Called humiliating names or cursed.
Threatened, pushed or shoved.
Slapped, hit, kicked, beaten or stalked.
Persons who feel they need help with domestic violence may call 828-322-1400. After hours and on weekends, call 828-228-1787.

The Family Guidance Center is a non-profit organization that serves Catawba County with individual and family counseling, consumer credit counseling and domestic violence services. Counseling services are offered on a sliding fee scale. The First Step shelter for abused women never charges a fee for its services. The Family Guidance Center is a partner agency with the United Way of Catawba County. It also relies heavily on donations to continue its important work. For more information about services offered, or how you can help support the Family Guidance Center, go to www.fgcservices.com, or call 828-322-1400. For the latest updates, like the center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thefamilyguidancecenter.

You may also help support First Step Domestic Violence Services by shopping at or donating items to the Purple Ribbon Thrift Store, located at 360 Highway 70 SW Hickory. The phone number there is 828-322-3423. All proceeds from sales at the store benefit First Step’s shelter for battered women.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Is The 1st Tuesday Of Every Month

Hickory - Nine out of 10 car seats are improperly installed. Could yours be one of them? Come talk with a certified technician to learn more about safely installing your seat every time.

Ask about our citation diversion program if you have received a ticket related to a child seat violation.

The Inspection Station will be set up each first Tuesday of the month in the parking lot of Catawba County Health Department, 3070 11th Ave Dr SE, Hickory from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Call the Health First Center at 828-485-2300 ext 6204.

Catawba Co. Public Health Offers Women Free Or

Low Cost Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings

Hickory - Even though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, women should not forget about getting checked for the deadly form of cancer that the state estimates will kill more than 1,400 women statewide this year.

In North Carolina, 9,320 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 – that’s more than 25 women a day! In 2014, 1,308 women in North Carolina died of breast cancer, and the state projects 10,052 women will be diagnosed in 2016 while 1,416 will die from it this year alone.

Any woman can get breast cancer, but as women age their chances increase. The good news is that the earlier cancer is found and treated, the better the chance for living for many more years. Although fewer people were diagnosed with breast cancer in Catawba County, 15 out of every 100 cases diagnosed in 2014 were in stage III or IV. Diagnosis at a later stage can make successful treatment more difficult. From 2009-2013, one in five breast cancer patients died of the disease.

Since 2011, Catawba County has seen an increase in the number of breast cancer deaths, which is one reason why early detection and treatment is critical. For some women, though, getting access to preventive care can be a challenge. That’s why Catawba County Public Health offers free or low-cost screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program (BCCCP).

This program highlights the importance of early detection as the best protection against breast and cervical cancers. Established in 1991, the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers the following services: clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, pap tests and HPV tests, diagnostic procedures (mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies) if screening results are abnormal, medical consultations, and referrals to treatment if cancer is found. Women who are enrolled in BCCCP and who are found to have cancer during their screening are eligible to receive free or reduced cost treatment with special Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid funds.

Through a partnership with Catawba Valley Medical Center, women in the BCCCP program are able to obtain screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds at the best rates possible. The hospital even brings their mammogram bus to the Public Health parking lot to provide services at a location that is comfortable and convenient to clients.

Each year, more than 12,000 women in North Carolina receive breast and cervical screenings through the BCCCP program. In Catawba County, more than 175 women received BCCCP screenings, with the majority of them falling between the ages of 35 and 54. More than a third of the women accessing services primarily speak Spanish.

In order to be eligible for the services offered in Catawba County, women must be:

· Uninsured or underinsured

· Without Medicare Part B or Medicaid

·Between the ages of 40-75 for breast screening services

·Between the ages of 21-64 for cervical screening services

·Have a household income below 250% of the federal poverty level

·Must reside in Catawba County

To learn more about the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program at Catawba County Public Health or to make a screening appointment, call (828) 695-5800.

Catawba County Public Health promotes and protects the health of all Catawba County residents through preventive services, innovative partnerships, and community health improvement initiatives. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth.

Can You Help? Women’s Resource Center

Needs Items For Emergency Pantry

Hickory - We are very grateful for your past support in donating items for our Emergency Pantry. These items are provided to women and families who are undergoing financial hardship and unable to afford them. Our pantry is getting low in the following products and we hope you can help us.

Laundry Detergent, Bathroom Cleaner, Liquid Hand Soap, Window Cleaner, Fabric Softener, Disinfectant, Dryer Sheets, Mouthwash, Bleach, Body Wash,

Dish Detergent, Hair Spray/Gel/Mousse, All Purpose Cleaner (409,etc), Hair Conditioner, Paper Towels, Q-Tips, New Makeup & Skin Care Products.

Donations can be dropped off at Women's Resource Center between 9AM and 4PM, Monday thru Thursday. For more information on our Emergency Pantry, visit http://www.wrchickory.org/product-pantry/

Every donation is appreciated and will help the women and families we serve.

The Women’s Resource Center is located at 125 3rd St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Yoga For Seniors Each Thursday, 10am, At Newton Rec Center

Newton, NC - The Newton Parks and Recreation Department and the Catawba County Council on Aging offer Yoga for Seniors every Thursday at the Newton Recreation Center.

The classes are held on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person per class. Each class is specially designed for those 50 years old and older. The Newton Recreation Center is at 23 South Brady Ave.

Participants are introduced to basic postures and techniques used in yoga to relax the body and calm the mind.

Instructor Marjorie Blubaugh is certified to teach yoga and has more than 20 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga. She provides individual attention to physical limitations presented by each class member and offers alternative movements to prevent discomfort. For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit www.newtonnc.gov.

Newton Elks Lodge #2042 Bingo Games Each Wed., 6 & 7pm

Newton, NC - Newton Elks Lodge #2042 will host a weekly BINGO program every Wednesday. The Lodge, located at 402 East J Street in Newton, will open its doors at 5:30 PM and begin Early Bird Games at 6 PM.

The “Regular Bingo Program” will begin at 7 PM. The total prizes for the regular program will exceed $2,000 each night, with additional prizes for the Early Bird games and other special games within the regular program. The bingo program is presented completely by the members of Newton Elks Lodge #2042, house rules will be posted at the door.

No smoking is allowed in the Lodge, and all children must be supervised at all times.

For additional information or questions, please call the Newton Elks Lodge #2042 at 828-464-1360 after 4 PM.

The Newton Elks Lodge invites you and your friends to join us every Wednesday for a fun night of bingo.

SAFE Connect Offers Resource Website To Assist Homeless

Hickory - While there are many groups working on the issue of homelessness in Catawba County, it has often been difficult to locate the help needed in specific cases.

A new website hopes to correct that problem, providing a virtual portal for citizens, law enforcement, or nonprofits to quickly refer persons experiencing homelessness to resources and information. It can be accessed at http://safeconnectcatawba.com. A multi-disciplinary team worked on the SAFE Connect project throughout 2015. The word "SAFE" in the name refers to the services that are often needed: shelter, assistance, food, and emergency care.

Now anyone with a computer or smart phone can access the site and immediately learn about available services and where they are located. The service can also use GPS to identify the closest service.

A person using the site selects the types of services they need and a series of links pop up listing the choices available in that area and how to contact them. Users of the service may also click on a button for immediate assistance, and a message is sent to a local person who can provide personalized information and assistance.

"We hope that governmental and non-profit groups in our area will use this site to refer persons experiencing homelessness to the most appropriate services," said John Eller, director of Catawba County Social Services. "Concerned citizens and persons who are experiencing homeless can also use the service if they have access to a computer or smart phone. The service is also a valuable resource when a person is at-risk for becoming homeless. This will be a great complement to United Way's 211 system and we will even have the 211 link visible so those interested can see their robust database should they want to obtain information other than homeless services."

The long term intent is for this service to eliminate the problem of persons contacting multiple agencies trying to find different kinds of assistance.

Hickory Cribbage Club Invites New Players, Tuesdays, 6:15 PM

Hickory - Hickory Cribbage Club “The CRIBBADIERS” is inviting new players to join our weekly tournaments of friendly competition. The club plays at 6:15 p.m. each Tuesday at Unitarian Universalist Church located at 833 5th St. SE Hickory, NC 2860. Members are willing to teach the game to newcomers or to help former players get back into the swing. Contact: Zig (828) 324-8613 or zkryszczuk@yahoo.com

Caregiver Support Program Offers Local Families A Break

Hickory - Caring for an older member of the family, who is ill, can be very rewarding and challenging. Karen Harshman willingly cared for her father John Godfrey during his illness and more so after he had to have surgery. During the time Karen cared for her father, she continued to work and raise her young daughter. Karen was glad to care for her father but found that she needed extra help. She was able to receive help from Health and Home Services of Catawba County through the Family Caregiver Support Program respite grant. Karen states, “The respite program benefited me by allowing me to maintain my employment and not have to take a leave of absence from work. It provided high-quality care for my father in his home, as opposed to putting him in a skilled nursing facility.”

Family members are the major provider of long-term care in the United States, with over 65 million individuals providing care to an older adult. Many caregivers have to remain in their jobs while being caregivers for family members. The responsibilities of caring for a loved one can often leave a caregiver inattentive to their personal health or leave little time for a break from their daily responsibilities. Taking a break from caregiving and focusing on their personal needs often renews the caregiver, allowing them to cope better and continue providing care for their loved one and their responsibilities.

While caregiving can be very rewarding, it can also have an emotional, physical and financial toll on the caregiver. When the stress of caregiving begins to have an impact on the caregiver's health and mental well-being, it is time to seek help and support. The Family Caregiver Support Program is a Federal and state program from the federal Older Americans Act that provides supportive services for those considered caregivers. Program services are available to adult family members who are caregivers for a person age 60 or older and priority given to caregivers providing care and support to persons with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and/or to individuals with disabilities.

Melody Beaty, RN, BSN, Agency Director for Health & Home Services administers a respite program in our area which provides much-needed breaks for caregivers who are caring for a family member. As Melody explains, “Every day hundreds of people are providing care to a loved one in our community. For most they do not even recognize themselves as caregivers. This labor of love can be stressful and overwhelming at times.”

The Family Caregiver Support Program serves Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba County caregivers and services are available to assist caregivers on their journey. It is important for caregivers to take a break or take some time for themselves during the time they are dedicating to caring for a loved one. If you are caring for someone and feel you need assistance or if you know someone who is a caregiver and could use a much-needed break, contact the following organization in your county:

·Alexander County – HomeCare Management Corporation, 315 Wilkesboro Blvd. NE, Lenoir NC 28645. Phone – (828) 754-3665

·Burke County – Handi-Care, Inc., 304 South Main Street, Drexel, NC 28619. Phone: (828) 437-8429

·Caldwell County – HomeCare Management Corporation, 315 Wilkesboro Blvd. NE, Lenoir, NC 28645. Phone – (828) 754-3665

·Catawba County - Health and Home Services, Inc., 910 Hwy 321 NW, Suite 150, Hickory, NC 28601 or by phone at (828) 322-2710.

Photo: Left to right: Jennifer Godfrey, John Godfrey and Karen Harshman

Humane Society Seeks Foster Parents For Special Animals

Hickory/Newton, NC - 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 also has a growing need for short-term foster care, sometimes just a couple of weeks, for healthy dogs awaiting transport to another rescue.

HSCC will provide everything you need; the foster family will only need to bring the animal to the shelter occasionally for medical check-ups or for their transport date.

The time commitment and selected animal(s) are entirely based on what is convenient for the foster family. foster@catawbahumane.org.

Family Guidance Center Offers Support, Insight On Verbal Abuse

Hickory - The mission of Family Guidance Center’s First Step Domestic Violence Program is to provide needed services to victims of domestic violence and to increase the community’s awareness of the problem.

Verbal abuse is a type of abuse that can leave deep wounds. There are no bruises or marks on your body, but verbal abuse pierces you to the core—it is the Hidden Hurt of domestic violence. Some forms of verbal abuse are obvious, such as name calling or sneering, but many more forms are less obvious and not as easy to recognize. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are being verbally abused:

Does your partner speak to you differently in private and in public?

Do you often leave a discussion with your partner feeling completely confused?

Does your partner deny being angry or upset when he/she very obviously is?

Does your partner act as though you were attacking them when you try to explain your feelings?

Does your partner discount your opinions or experiences?

You feel as though no matter how hard you try, you just don’t seem to be able to communicate your thoughts and feelings to your partner as he/she always seems to misunderstand you and/or it always seems to cause an argument no matter how you try to approach the subject?

Do you feel nervous or avoid discussing issues which disturb you with your partner because you ‘know’ that trying to discuss them will just leave you feeling even more upset?

Do you feel as though your self-esteem and your self-confidence have decreased?

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time working out either how not to upset your partner or wondering what you did or said which did upset your partner?

Facts which generally apply to verbal abuse:

Verbal abuse tends to be secretive.

Verbal abuse tends to increase over time.

Verbal abuse discounts your perception of reality and denies itself.

Verbal abuse is usually a part of a pattern which is difficult to recognize and it leaves us with a feeling of confusion and upset without really understanding why.

Verbal abuse uses words (or silence) to gain and maintain control.

From time to time, we may all be guilty of saying something which is nasty or abusive to our partner. But when we realize that what we said was hurtful, we regret it and apologize to our partner. Verbal abusers; however, are not likely to apologize. They are not sorry for what they said because hurting you was their intent!

Contact The Family Guidance Center at 828-322-1400. Located at #17 Hwy. 70 SE, Hickory, NC, 28602. www.fgcservices.com

Women’s Resource Center Needs Daily Volunteers

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

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

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

If interested, please contact Cindy Rose, Executive Director at 828-322-6333 or email
director@wrchickory.org.

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

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.

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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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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