Enter Art About Women Exhibit And Competition On Mar. 6 & 7
Hickory - Full Circle Arts is calling all artists in the area to participate in its 14th annual competition and exhibition, “Art about Women.”
Up to three art works may be entered Thursday or Friday, March 6 or 7, 11 am-5 pm or Saturday, March 8, 11 am-2 pm.
All media are acceptable.
For more information or a registration form, contact FCA at 828-322-7545, or email@example.com.
This will be the first major exhibition in Full Circle Arts’ new location, 42-B Third Street NW. The gallery is located beside McGuire’s Pub, down the spiral staircase, or in back, off First Avenue NW. According to board member Claudia Bujold, “It is a very attractive space, with lots of room for all kinds of display. We have paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, woven tapestries and more.”
The members are not waiting for “Art about Women”, which opens with a reception March 20 and continues to April 19. Art by twelve of FCA’s Exhibiting Members can be seen right now during regular hours. All of the items are hand-made by artists in and around Hickory. Shop local.
FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our website at www.fullcirclearts.org
Photo: Last year’s winner Matt Robbins, with his painting "Alas, She Has No Speech".
Vote For Top Rotarian Idol
Contestants On March 15
Hickory - Hickory Rotary Club has announced the Top-20 contestants for its musical fundraiser, “ROTARIAN IDOL”. The event will be held Saturday, March 15, at 7 pm in PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. McKenzie Anderson, Mary Elisabeth Ballard, Lark Bodnar, Mark Bodnar, Serena Cain, Jennifer Canterbury, Jordan B. Cook, Matthew Duane Cook, Emily Cornett, MuSunday Cumberlander, Amber-lee Garcia, Krystal Heffinger, Lindsey Jones, John Randall, Virginia Rush, Savannah Michelle Spencer, Kristopher Wayne Stephens, Jordon Stone, Alex B. Swanson, Lauren Wasmund will compete for $7,500 in total prize money.
First Place wins $5,000, Second Place $1,500, Third Place $500; and $500 is awarded to the Audience Favorite. The singers will be judged by a panel of three music industry professionals. A popular feature was added to the event last year: The public will be able to vote on-line for their favorite contestant during the show or on-line at www.hickoryrotary.org.
100% of the money raised will be used to benefit educational needs throughout Catawba County and other humanitarian causes that Rotary supports.
This year’s Title Sponsor will again be Lenoir-Rhyne University. Other Major Sponsors are: Catawba Valley Medical Center, Charter Media, Frye Regional Medical Center, Graystone Eye, Greer Allergy Immunotherapy, HEICO Fasteners, Hickory Daily Record, KICKS 103FM, Mike Johnson Hickory Toyota, Roasted Tater Restaurant, Shuford Credit Union. “Education is very important to our club, and has been since 1921”, “ROTARIAN IDOL” committee member Lamar Mitchell said.
John Rambo, Co-Chair expects this year’s IDOL event to raise at least $75,000. In past years the Hickory Rotary Club has raised nearly $1 Million through live TV and silent auctions. Sandi Fotheringham, Co-Chair, also stated, “This year’s event will also feature a small Silent Auction on the mezzanine of the main lobby”.
To reach this goal, the Rotary Club will sell 1,000 adult tickets at $20 each, and 450 children / students tickets at $10 each.
Advertisements for the Show Program will be sold at $500 for a full-page ad, $250 for a half-page ad and $150 for a quarter-page ad.
“It’s exciting to know that we’ve already made a $235,000 impact on education for everyone in the county”, Allen Finley, Founder and PR Chair said.
For more information, visit www.hickoryrotary.org, call John Rambo, Co-Chair, at 327-3855 x 103 or email@example.com. Allen Finley at 324-6700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at area select Lowes Foods locations.
Caldwell Arts Council Hosts Opening Reception On Mar. 7
Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the March exhibit “The Realism of Ward Nichols” featuring oil paintings by North Wilkesboro artist Ward H. Nichols.
The exhibit will be on display March 7-28, and there will be an opening reception March 7, 5-7pm, free & open to the public.
Ward Nichols (1930- ) was born in West Virginia. A self-taught artist, he painted his first oil painting on Christmas Day in 1943.
Nichols says ”Although the rural scene has attracted a great deal of my attention, I feel a variety of subjects is essential for growth. I appreciate the differences and the challenge presented by each.
The Stourbridge Lion by Ward Nichols
I find that an abstract nature, a strong pattern, contrasts in color or shape influence what I paint. Currently, I am involved in experiments in the use of light and have added additional colors to my palette. Documenting the structures of our rural heritage remain a goal, and the older barns, homes and out-buildings of this area are featured in this pursuit. I have chosen oil paint as my primary media because I feel it is most expressive, and is more adaptable for the detailed work I prefer, as well as having proven durable qualities.” Ward Nichols is represented by Blue Spiral 1 of Asheville, NC.
The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue in Lenoir, and is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm. For more information, please call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or visit their website at www.caldwellarts.com.
Caldwell Arts Council exhibits are supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Artists: Apply For Don Gibson
LP Shelby Project By March 7
Shelby, NC - LP Shelby is a public arts project sponsored by the Don Gibson American Music Foundation. The mission of LP Shelby is to provide increased awareness and interest in Shelby, NC, and the surrounding Cleveland County area. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to arts in education for Cleveland County Public Schools and the Don Gibson Theatre.
The project will last for approximately five-six months, ending in the fall of 2014. We will feature a well-balanced exhibit with all styles and types of materials. Created by a range of artists; locally, regionally, and nationally.
HOW IT WORKS:
Eleven fiberglass albums, three feet in diameter, will be painted by local, regional, and national artists plus one high school student. These albums will be mounted on a stand and displayed throughout Cleveland County, NC. Each sculpture will feature one of Don Gibson’s hits. A selection committee will choose the eleven artists.
LP Shelby is open to professional and amateur artists of all backgrounds. Artists may submit up to 10 digital images in jpeg form of their portfolio, including 1 jpeg of the proposed design for the LP Shelby project, Applications and proposals are due by March 7, 2014. Committee will make artist selection on March 10, 2014, and artists will be notified on March 7. The sculptures must be delivered to Shelby, NC, by June 12, 2014.
Cleveland County Arts Council - 111 S. Washington St., Shelby, NC - 704-484-2787.
Wellness Clinic Offers Low Cost Pet Care, Mar. 15 & 28
Hickory - Foothills Wellness Clinic at HSCC offers low cost vaccines, heartworm tests, and pest solutions for pets. The upcoming clinic dates are Saturday, March 15th, 9 am– 2 pm; and Friday, March 28th, 12 – 4 pm.
Simmons is ready for adoption
Both March clinics will offer a vaccine combo special: Feline or Canine Distemper Vaccine and Rabies Vaccine for only $20. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention are available for purchase during normal business hours.
To make an appointment for vaccines or a heartworm test, call (828) 464-8878, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.
Crouse UMC Spring Marketplace Fundraiser, March 8
Crouse, NC - Crouse United Methodist Church will host a Spring Marketplace on Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds from the food sales and a portion of each vendor’s sales will support the mission work of the church.
The Marketplace will feature an Ultra Chic Prom & Bridal Boutique with New Brand-Name Gowns and Dresses from $9.99 to $199.99 with Unique Accessories, a Nail Salon, Mary Kay Products and more. Also available will be Easter and Mother’s Day gift baskets, handmade crafts and pottery. Homemade baked goods and hot dogs will also be sold.
Crouse UMC is located at 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse, NC 28033 just off Old Hwy 150 on Main Street in Crouse - across from the Post Office. For more information please call Mildred at (704) 472-0032.
The Lion In Winter Opens On March 28 At HCT
Hickory - A cast of seven has been announced for the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter by the play’s director Charles E. Jeffers.
Featured in the historical drama by James Goldman are Carys Bowen, Christopher Honsacker, Donovan Harper, Simon Kinder, Meredith Potter, Joshua Propst and Silas Waugh.
The play, an international theatrical success in London and on Broadway, follows the family drama surrounding King Henry II selecting a successor in the year 1160. The play was made into a hit movie in 1968, starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn that was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It won two of those, Best Actress for Hepburn (her third) and for musical score.
Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM March 28 – April 19 in the Firemen’s Kitchen. Thursday performances are on April 3 and 17 with a 7:30PM curtain time.
Tickets are $14 and are available at the Theatre box office in person or by phone at (828) 328-2283, Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5. Online ticketing is available through the Theatre website at www.hickorytheatre.org.
HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Lion in Winter is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. Delores Hammer, DDS.
Photo: The cast of “The Lion in Winter” are (from left) Christopher Honsaker, Carys Bowen, Donovan Harper, Joshua Propst, Silas Waugh, Simon Kinder and Meredith Potter.
Performances begin March 28 and continue through April 19. Call (828) 328-2283 or visit www.hickorytheatre.org for tickets and information. Photo is by Christopher Reidell.
CVCC Hosts Job Fair On Mar. 11
Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College will host its annual Job Fair Tues., March 11, 1 to 5 p.m., in CVCC Tarlton Complex on the Main Campus located at 2550 Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.
More than 70 employers, including manufacturers, healthcare, retailers, insurance companies, camps, and other companies, are planning to attend. A list of employers is available online at www.cvcc.edu/Job_Fair.? More employers are expected to attend.
Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring a current resume. More than 700 people attended last year's Job Fair.
The CVCC Job Fair is a collaborative effort between CVCC, The Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions, Catawba County Social Services, Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Catawba Co. Chamber of Commerce.
There is no admission for job seekers. Registration is required either prior to or the day of the event. Registration can be completed in advance online.
Editor Of Writer’s Market Leads Workshop On March 11
Hickory - The next Poetry Hickory will feature award-winning poet, Pat Riviere-Seel, of Asheville, and Robert Lee Brewer of Atlanta, editor of "Writer's Market."
Brewer, author of "Solving the World's Problems," will also lead a workshop titled "Get Your Poetry Published." The workshop will begin at 5:30, will cost only $10 per person, and is limited to 12 participants.
Riviere-Seel is the author of two chapbooks of poetry and her new full-length collection, "Nothing Below But Air," from Main Street Rag. Riviere-Seel is a Pushcart nominee and previous winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Award for NC's outstanding book of poetry.
Brewer and Riviere-Seel will read from their new books at 7:00, and their readings will be followed by an Open Mic. Open Mic participants must register to read by 7:00. Contact Scott Owens at Taste Full Beans, 828-325-0108, for more information. www.scottowenspoet.com
Early Reading Workshop For
Parents & Teachers, Mar. 6 & 13
Newton, NC - Catawba County Library System will offer two free workshops on early childhood literacy in March.
The sessions emphasize the library’s mission to foster reading readiness and lifelong learning.
Parents are encouraged to attend an hour-long session on early reading skills at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at Claremont Branch Library, 3288 E. Main St. Parents are welcome to bring their young children with them.
To pre-register, call 466-6817.
A two-hour workshop on March 13 is geared toward teachers who work in childcare centers and for home-school parents. Included will be strategies and tips to make reading skills learning effective and fun for young children.
Kayla Lavigne, child reading specialist with the library system, will facilitate this adults-only class.
The library is partnering with Catawba County Partnership for Children. Teachers who wish to receive credit for the class should register with the Partnership at 828-695-6590.
LRU Hosts Evening With NC Poet Laureate On March 6
Hickory - Professor, poet and author: Joseph Bathanti will speak at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Thursday, March 6, in Belk Centrum at 7 p.m.
Bathanti, a creative writing professor at Appalachian State University, first came toNorth Carolina by what some might consider an unorthodox path. In 1976 Bathanti graduated from college and joined Volunteers in Service to America (the domestic branch of the Peace Corps). As a volunteer with the VISTA program he was assigned to teach and mentor prisoners in the Huntersville Prison work camp in north Mecklenburg County. It was during his VISTA training that he met his wife of 35 years.
Bathanti has continued his work with prisoners for more than three decades while going on to publish two novels, a collection of short stories a non-fiction book and six volumes of poetry. In 2012 North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue named Bathanti the state’s seventh Poet Laureate, a post he has held from 2012 until 2014.
At Appalachian State University Bathanti serves as Director of Writing in the Field and Writer-in-Residence in the University's Watauga Global Community. He’s also the former chair of the N.C. Writers’ Network Prison project.
“I can’t imagine a better place in the United States to be a writer than North Carolina,” Bathanti said in an interview with the N.C. Arts Council. “There is no place richer in literature and no place has celebrated writers in quite the same way as our state does.”
Bathanti is a two-time recipient of Literature Fellowships from the N.C. Arts Council (1994 and 2009) and received the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award, made to an outstanding North Carolina writer, from the N.C. English Teachers Association.
This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.
Prevention Training Program For Child Sexual Abuse, March 6
Hickory - “Darkness to Light” is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
The program is designed for parents and organizations concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.
All participants receive a certificate of completion.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley is hosting this free training program on Thursday, March 6, 6pm-8:30pm. The church is located at 833 5th Street SE, Hickory NC 28602
For more information, contact Kate Landry at the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center email@example.com or phone 828-465-8162. www.uuhickory.org
Tickets On Sale For Three Shows At The Green Room
Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre is pleased to announce three upcoming shows for the young and the young at heart. The musical Miss Nelson Is Missing plays March 7 – 16. Next up is a weekend of One Acts called Children for Dinner playing March 27 – 30. The classic fairy tale The Frog Prince finishes out the trio April 4 – 13. Box Office for all three shows opens to the public Friday, February 28, 1014.
Miss Nelson Is Missing is based on the popular children’s book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. With music and lyrics by Joan Cushing, this is a delightful retelling of the book. Students who just won’t listen push the gentle, long-suffering Miss Nelson over the edge. The students are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher who assigns terrible homework and wields her ruler like a sword. Can the children find Miss Nelson and bring her back?
Miss Nelson Is Missing is directed by Robby Fulton-Hofelich. Performance dates are March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16, 2014. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 pm and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. This show is rated G.
Children for Dinner is a collaboration between The Green Room’s own Green Bean Players and three area high schools: Bandys, Bunker Hill, and Fred T. Foard. This multicultural festival will bring four One Act plays, each from a different country, to life on stage depicting clever children who must use their brains to get out of some pretty sticky situations and avoid being the main course. (Think Hansel and Gretel.) Show dates are March 27, 28, & 29, at 7:00 pm and March 30 at 3:00 pm. This show is rated G.
Children for Dinner is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Tickets for this production are only $6 at the door. No reservations are required, and seating is general admission.
The Frog Prince is the story of a selfish princess who loses her golden ball. She strikes a deal with a frog but gets a lot more than she bargained for! It is a timeless tale of inner beauty, being true to your word, and unexpected friendships. Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, this production is directed by Sara Lane and adapted to the stage by Dalton Isaac and Sara Lane.
The Frog Prince is produced by The Light Place and Once Upon A Time Books and plays April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, 2014. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 pm and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. This show is rated G.
Tickets for these shows go on sale to the public on Friday, February 28, and can be purchased by calling (828) 464-6128 starting on that date. The box office will then be opened Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. All ticket prices include North Carolina sales tax.
If you have any questions, please call The Green Room Community Theatre main office at (828) 464-6583 or visit our website: www.the-green-room.org.
The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
Photo: Cast of Miss Nelson Is Missing. Photo by The Green Room.
LRU’s Institute For Faith And Learning Speaker Series, Mar. 13
Hickory – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Institute for Faith and Learning will welcome Dr. Guy Nave to campus on Thursday, March 13.
Dr. Nave will be speaking in the Belk Centrum on campus at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Nave's presentation is titled: “‘Jesus loves hates me this I know, for the Bible tells me so’: Scripture, Christianity, and the Construction of Meaning.”
It will examine how scriptural “meanings” are socially constructed. While there is often much debate among Christians regarding which socially constructed meanings are “right” and “wrong,” this talk will examine how the socially constructed meanings we embrace say far more about our beliefs and us than they say about either God or the Bible.
Dr. Guy Nave
Dr. Nave is a professor of New Testament at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, his interests range from the Gospel of Luke to race, politics and social change.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “A culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. This institute’s programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.
For more information on the Institute for Faith and Learning Series, contact Dr. David Ratke at 828-328-7183 or Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert at 828-328-7184.
Yogurt Bar Holds Fundraiser For Meals On Wheels, March
Hickory - Friends of Meals on Wheels of Catawba County are encouraged to cast their spoons for the organization that delivers meals to homebound senior citizens.
di'lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar of 883 Highland Ave. SE at Hollar Mill will be have a fundraising event to benefit local charities. With each purchase between March 1 and May 31, customers will receive a spoon, which they can place in a container to vote for one of three charities. The organization receiving the most spoons will receive $500; second place will receive $300; and third place will receive $200.
"We want to give back to the community, and this is the way we let our customers participate," said Fran Paradine of di'lishi. "The charities on our Giveback Wall change every quarter so we are able to donate to 12 deserving local organizations each year."
Jan Shaffer, supervisor of Catawba County Meals on Wheels, said, "We appreciate di'lishi and all our other business partners. Without their help, we would not be able to serve our seniors who are unable to shop or prepare their own meals. In addition to donations, we also need volunteers who are willing to spend approximately one hour a month delivering meals."
For more information about Meals on Wheels of Catawba County, call 828-695-5610 or go to www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/adult/nutrition.asp.
For the latest updates, like the program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.
March Seniors Morning Out
Activities For Seniors Over 60
Hickory - Computer tablet lessons, Celtic music and other activities are planned for Catawba County's Seniors Morning Out program in March.
This program provides activities and a balanced lunch for persons age 60+ who live in Catawba County. There are no income requirements. Anyone in this age range may attend these free programs by contacting the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance.
Performances by Tapestry, a harp and flute duo who perform Celtic music, are supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Arts and science programs at Seniors Morning Out are also supported by Affordable Dentures of Conover/ Larissa M. Mastro, DDS.
West Hickory site participants will enjoy Mardi Gras-themed activities on March 4. They are asked to bring embellishments for masquerade masks. They will also make and try some Kings Cake. Other activities will include: March 11, bingo and "Maintain Your Brain" by Meghan Lawton of the Alzheimer's Association; March 12, "Life of a King" personal story by Eugene Brown and hand bell practice; March 18: exercise and music by Tapestry; March 31, "Premier Night" with the Computer Tablet and hand bell practice. To reserve your spot, call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.
East Hickory will have the following activities: March 11, music by Sentimental Journey; March 13, performance by Tapestry; March 18, "Train Your Brain" by Debi Lowman of Hickory House Cross; March 20, "Premier Night" with the computer tablet; March 25, "Nutrition Benefits from Dry Beans" and blood pressure check by Unifour nursing. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.
The Newton site will enjoy the following: March 3, "Diabetic Foot Care and Shoes" by Ryan Kelly of Foot Solutions; March 6, "Premier Night" with computer tablets; March 17, St. Patrick's Day party and music by The Troubadours; March 19, "Variety of Orchids and Care" by Ironwood Estates; March 27, "The Secret Love Life of Birds" by Wildbirds Unlimited. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.
Maiden activities will include: March 4, "Premier Night" with computer tablets; March 19, "Simplify Your Meds" by pharmacist Tony Eason; March 24, Pictionary game and "Possible Causes of Poor Nutrition in the Elderly"; March 25, music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.
The Claremont location will enjoy: March 5, "Irish Tea Cake" with Wendy Thomas; March 10, "Premier Night" with computer tablets; March 11, music by Tapestry; March 19, African American Dance by Betty Primus; March 24, "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" by Tracey Paul of the Public Health Department. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.
There is no charge to participants for these programs, but donations are accepted. Seniors Morning Out and other Senior Nutrition Programs rely on grants and donations to provide these services.
Volunteers who are willing to assist at the sites or provide programs are also needed. To find out more about all Senior Nutrition Programs, go to www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/adult/nutrition.asp or call 828-695-6510.
For the latest updates, like the program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.
CVCC Offers Certification For Auto Professionals, March 8
Hickory - The Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Development Innovation Center is offering several training opportunities in March for automotive professionals. Complete listing:
Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection - Initial, Sat., March 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CVCC's Main Campus, VSL209. The cost is $88.
Escort Vehicle Operator Certification, Mon., March 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CVCC's East Campus, Room 958. The cost is $70.
Auto Dealers Renewal Training, Tues., March 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CVCC's East Campus, Room 958. The cost is $75.
Auto Dealer Prelicensing - Initial, Wed./Thurs., March 12 & 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CVCC's East Campus, Room 1001. The cost is $200.
Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection - Recertification, Sat., March 15, 8 a.m. to Noon at CVCC's Main Campus, VSL209. The cost is $88.
To register for any of these automotive courses, call Janet Lail, 828-327-7000, ext. 4116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Free Tax Help At The Library On Tuesdays Through April 15
Newton, NC - If you’d like some free help to prepare your tax return, you’ll need to make an appointment.
AARP tax volunteers will be on hand Tuesday mornings at Main Library in Newton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but residents must first make an appointment by calling 828-333-4240 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
Due to the volume of requests, walk-ins are not accepted.The AARP tax service will continue on Tuesdays through April 15.
Federal tax forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms are available at Main Library in Newton as well as branches in Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford, St. Stephens and Southwest (Mountain View).
Specialized tax forms from the IRS website may be copied at the library for 10 cents per sheet.
Register Now The For Hickory Corporate Challenge, Mar. 1-25
Hickory - The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Hickory Jaycees announce that registration is now underway for the 2014 Greater Hickory Corporate Challenge.
The Corporate Challenge is an opportunity for local companies, professional organizations, associations or churches to compete in a fun event that promotes fitness and wellness and also encourages team building through friendly competition.
Teams will compete in a wide variety of events including kickball, disc golf, corn hole, 3 on 3 basketball, bowling and musical chairs.
The 7th Annual Challenge will be held from March 1 – 25 at area locations including the Highland Recreation Center, the Neill Clark Recreation Center, Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park, L. P. Frans Stadium, and Pin Station.
For more information please contact Senior Recreation Programmer, Angela Smith at 828-324-6990 or email@example.com or contact Derek Wright at 828-781-2804 or Derek.firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: 2013 winning team, Broome Associated Insurance - Discover Wellness team
When A Loved One Has Cancer Support Group For Kids, Mar. 11
Hickory – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has announced new dates for its ongoing cancer support program for children. PALS, an acronymn for Providing Awareness, Love and Support, offers emotional support to kids aged 5-12 beginning with a series of 6 weekly consecutive sessions called CLIMB® (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery). Both PALS, offered monthly and CLIMB, scheduled twice a year, pair specially trained health professionals with children whose parent or grandparent has received a cancer diagnosis.
“This is non-threatening environment where families can deal with feelings during a time of great uncertainty and helps them know they are not alone,” said Barbara Starck, Oncology Social Worker. “We saw a need to help equip children with coping mechanisms and we are committed to continue offering the PALS program.”
PALS 2014 Schedule: For Kids Whose Parent or Grandparent Has Cancer - for Ages 5-12.
March 11, CLIMB Session 1
March 18, CLIMB Session 2
March 25, CLIMB Session 3
April 1, CLIMB Session 4
April 8, CLIMB Session 5
April 15, CLIMB Session 6
May 13, PALS
June 10, PALS
July 8, PALS,
August 12, PALS
Sept. 23, CLIMB Session 1
Sept. 30, CLIMB Session 2
Oct. 7, CLIMB Session 3
Oct. 14, CLIMB Session 4
Oct. 21, CLIMB Session 5
Oct. 28, CLIMB Session 6
Nov. 1, PALS
To park, pass the Emergency Department and follow signs to Pavilion Center for Women and Children.
All PALS/CLIMB sessions are held on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the CVMC Comprehensive Cancer Center Infusion Center, 810 Fairgrove Church Rd SE, Hickory, NC 28602. Sessions are free and include a light meal. Participants are asked to pre-register by contacting Barbara Stark - 828/326-3397 or email@example.com.
About Catawba Valley Medical Center - Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC has received three Magnet designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized with three Women’s Choice Awards, being named one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012 and 2013, a 2013 Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics and one of America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 by WomenCertified®. CVMC received the 2013 QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier, recognizing a reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs, while improving the patient experience and delivering evidence-based care.
For more information, please visit www.catawbavalleymedical.org.
LRU Hosts Fundraiser Featuring Beach Boy David Marks, May 17
Hickory - Two students Clarke Martin, a University Christian High School (UCHS) senior, and Jack Shannon, a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill, have taken the idea of community service around the world to Uganda and all the way back to Hickory. Now they are working to help Ugandan villagers build a medical clinic by organizing a fundraising concert featuring original Beach Boy David Marks and the Surf City Allstars on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Every year Tim Shannon, who is President of Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure and Jack’s father, travels to a remote Ugandan village named Nnkoknjeru to to help BrightEyes Uganda in the village.
Clarke Martin, David Marks & Surf City Allstars
In the past, BrightEyes Uganda have added wiring to buildings in the compound for electricity and re-built a cafeteria center now known as "Shannon’s Hall" that serves hot lunches to all of the 550 students every day. “It’s gratifying to see the smiles on these kids’ faces,” Tim Shannon said “It’s a completely different living environment than in America. Kids here don’t realize how good they have it just to be able to open a refrigerator and get some food.”
Tim Shannon invited Clarke Martin and his father Tom to share his experiences and join him and Jack on their mission trip to Uganda in August, 2012. "Uganda was not on my summer vacation agenda,” Tom Martin joking said, a Vice President at Allen Finley Advertising. But the serious idea of helping the Nnkoknjeru villagers was one the Martins couldn’t forget. “If I couldn’t go to Uganda, then I was going to do something to help them,” Clarke Martin said. “And since my dad has worked with the Beach Boys for 30 years, I figured a concert was a great way to raise awareness and money for BrightEyes.”
The 2014 touring Beach Boys band with Mike Love and Bruce Johnston were unavailable. Clarke suggested booking Original Beach Boys founding member David Marks to perform.
Marks agreed to perform with the Surf City Allstars. Every member of the Surf City Allstars have played and sung lead vocals for both the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean over the years. 20/20 Rock Band will be the opening act. 20/20 is comprised of eye doctors and one near-sighted lead singer. (Hence the name 20/20.) Sorry Beach Boys fans, it is not a tribute to the 1969 studio album by the Beach Boys. But 20/20 has performed with former Beach Boys Band member Adrian Baker, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys founding member, David Walker. The group played to an audience of 12,000 at the Hickory, NC Oktoberfest, and made it through three rounds of America's Got Talent.
David Marks just finished a World tour in 2012 with the Beach Boys and is featured on The Beach Boys new CD, "The Beach Boys — Live: 50th Anniversary.” Marks and every member of the Surf City Allstars have played and sung lead vocals for both the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean and the band is endorsed by original Beach Boys Mike Love, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson. In 2014, Marks and two other founding members of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson & Al Jardine, are touring the country as a trio singing the hits of the Beach Boys.
Area businesses including Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, Brown & Neuwirth Oral & Cosmetic Surgery Center, Steve White Motors, Granny's Country Kitchen, Taylor & Viola Structural Engineers, Hops & Grapes, Geppeto’s Pizza, Charter Communications, Sherrill Furniture, Focus Newspaper, HSM (formerly Hickory Springs), Graystone Eye, Law Offices of Lyndon Helton and Allen Finley Advertising have become sponsors to help cover costs of the concert.
Bright Eyes Uganda is a private, nonprofit, non-denominational, all-volunteer organization dedicated to caring for the indigent and underserved people of Uganda by improving the infrastructure of rural villages with clean water, nutritional food, accessible health care and quality education.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, founded by NASCAR Champion and ESPN Annalist Dale Jarrett, is the ONLY racing school and driving experience where speeds over 170 MPH. Drivers make unforgettable memories with high-speed laps at Talladega Superspeedway, or a variety of other NASCAR race tracks around the country. Visit www.RacingAdventure.com for more information.
To purchase tickets for the concert featuring original Beach Boy David Marks and the Surf City Allstars, call (828) 404-2159 or visit www.SurfCityAllstars.com/Tickets.html
Artists: Apply By March 21 For Downtown Statesville Art Crawl
Statesville, NC - Applications are now being accepted from artists who wish to participate in the Friday, April 11, 2014 Downtown Statesville Art Crawl. Deadline for consideration is Friday, March 21. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-878-3436 to get an application. The Artist Fee for this juried event is $20.00 and artists are responsible for all items required to display artwork in their assigned location. For more information visit www.downtownstatesvillenc.org
The 2014 Downtown Statesville Spring Art Crawl is set for Friday, April 11 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm (rain or shine). The Art Crawl is a juried art exhibit that will showcase as many as 50 artists in 30 different shops and restaurants scattered throughout the heart of Downtown Statesville. It is self-guided and you can begin the Crawl at any location. A program guide directing attendees to all the locations and listing all participating artists will be available.
The concept is simple – come downtown and walk from location to location, meet the artists and enjoy their work (maybe make a purchase), browse through the shops hosting the artists while enjoying refreshments and entertainment, possibly pause to refresh yourself in one of our restaurants or bars, all the while enjoying the social mingling with hundreds of others out to have a fun time.
For more information contact Downtown Statesville at 704-878-3436 or email: email@example.com.
Jewish Film Festival Features Special Guests, Feb. 12-Mar. 9
Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival (CJFF) celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year with a full slate of award-winning, entertaining and thought-provoking films. Thirteen movies are included in the 2014 Core Series. Additional screening opportunities have been created through partnerships with the Mint Museum, GayCharlotte Film Festival, UNC Charlotte International Film Series and CPCC-Sensoria. The CJFF has also expanded its presence in the Lake Norman area with a "Mondays at the Lake" series that will feature encore screenings of CJFF highlights, as well as an additional screening at Davidson College.
“We are very excited about what we are giving to the whole Charlotte community with this impressive roster of films and events,” commented CJFF director Rick Willenzik.
The 2014 CJFF’s Opening Night Celebration (Saturday, February 22, 7:30 PM, Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5) will feature the hilarious and heartwarming crime drama Hunting Elephants (directed by Reshef Levi ) which tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who concocts a plan to enact revenge on the bank that ruined his family. His crew consists of three senior citizens, including Sir Patrick Stewart in a hilarious turn as an eccentric British Lord.
The evening is sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah and will start with a light hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30. Following the conclusion of the film, Diamonds Direct will host a Diamonds and Dessert themed event as the CJFF celebrates the start of its 10th Anniversary milestone achievement.
The full line-up of 17 films and 21 events includes all genres from comedy to drama to documentary. Some of the highlights of the 2014 CJFF are:
• Life in Stills (directed by Tamar Tal) will be presented in collaboration with the Mint Museum to complement the Mint’s exhibit Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handleman Meyer. (Handleman Meyer is a Charlotte resident.). Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 PM, Mint Museum Randolph
• Out in the Dark will be presented in collaboration with the GayCharlotte Film Festival and director Michael Mayer is scheduled to appear. Thursday, February 20, 7:00 PM, Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
• When Jews Were Funny will be a night of laughs and memories. Comedian Marc Klein will perform live before the start of the movie and director Alan Zweig is scheduled to lead a Q&A with the audience immediately following the film. Sunday, February 23, 7:00 PM, Temple Israel
• The Jewish Cardinal (directed by Ilan Duran Cohen) will include a post-film discussion and panel that Jill Blumenthal and Mecklenburg Ministries are organizing. Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 PM, Temple Israel
• Side Dishes – A Night of Shorts is being sponsored by Hearst Service Center and will feature a night of award winning, entertaining short films, including The Cake Lady (director Adam Hirsh is scheduled to appear). Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 PM, Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park
• 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus will have a separate screening for approximately 200 plus high school students that have been invited to attend. The NC Council on the Holocaust and Charlotte Yiddish Institute are providing tickets to the students free of charge. Hearst Entertainment is sponsoring the night which will also include post-film discussions and panels (being organized by Harriet K. Meetz) that will include the documentary’s director, Steven Pressman.
Thursday, March 6, 7:00 PM, Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park *** general audience
Thursday, March 6, 7:30 PM, Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park *** high school students
• Igor and the Cranes’ Journey (directed by Evgeny Ruman) will have a dessert reception sponsored by Chai Expectations following the film. Saturday, March 8, 7:30 PM, Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
• Cupcakes (directed by Eytan Fox) will be the 2014 CJFF Closing Night film. The evening is being sponsored by the Levine JCC and NCBT is sponsoring the dessert reception as the CJFF winds down its 10th Anniversary milestone celebration. Sunday, March 9, 7:00 PM, Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Visit www.charlottejewishfilm.com for a complete listing of all 2014 CJFF events from February 12 – April 6 and for ticketing information.
Catawba Valley Pottery And
Antiques Festival, March 29
Hickory - The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival has been bringing potters and antiques to the Catawba Valley area for over 15 years. This year the event is held on Saturday, March 29 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Each year more than 115 potters and vendors offer their wares and antiques for purchase to the public. Items include historical pottery, textiles, baskets, furniture and miniature items; with contemporary potters selling items ranging from coffee mugs to amazing works of art. Tickets to the Festival are $6.00 per person, ages 12 and under $2.00, and can be purchased at the door.
The Festival on Saturday also includes featured programming such as pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest. This year’s lecture will be given by Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton, Ph.D., the Curator and Historical Archaeologist of the Cultural Resources Program for the Department of the Army at Fort Bragg will speak on “Recovering Redwares in the Catawba Valley: An Exploration of Jacob Weaver’s Kiln and Pottery.” She will share experiences as an archaeologist from her excavations involving Catawba Valley pottery including her most recent findings about the potter, Jacob Weaver. The lecture is at 11a.m., and is included in the Saturday ticket price.
East Fork Pottery
Prior to Saturday’s event, a preview party will be held Friday, March 28, from 7p.m. to 10p.m. This unique fund-raising event not only offers guests an early buying opportunity, but also offers a catered Southern Supper and live music by the Sigmon Stringers. Tickets are $40.00 per person, and must be purchased in advanced by March 21.
The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival began in 1998, with a mission to showcase the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Development and growth have allowed the Festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.
The Festival is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba County Historical Association in Newton, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $300,000 has been donated to the institutions over the past 16 years.
For more information on the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival, please call 828-324-7294, or visit the website at www.catawbavalleypotteryfestival.org.
Applications Accepted For Low Income Energy Assistance
Hickory - Catawba County residents may apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) at the Salvation Army in Hickory. Households including elderly or disabled persons have first priority and may apply now through March 31. All other households may apply Feb. 3 through March 31, or until the funds are exhausted.
To be a priority household, at least one member of the household must be 60 or older, or at least one household member must be disabled (receiving disability benefits from SSI, SSA or VA) and receiving services through the Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Everyone must apply each year. Payments will be sent directly to the primary heating provider, such as the electric, gas, or heating oil company. Assistance is based on household income and the number of persons living in the household. To be eligible, households must have total resources of $2,200 or less. "Resources" may include checking and savings accounts, cash, certificates of deposit, etc. The person requesting assistance must be the person responsible for paying the heating bill.
Eligibility is based on income. The income of everyone in the household is counted. For example, if there is one person in the household, the maximum countable income must be $1,245 or less; two persons, $1,680 or less; three persons, $2,116 or less; four persons, $2,551 or less; five persons, $2,987 or less.
To apply, you must bring verification that you meet these criteria to the Salvation Army. You should bring identification, verification of income/resources and your most current heating bill. Those applying under the early deadline must also bring proof of age, disability, and services received from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. For additional information about this program, contact Catawba County Social Services at 828-695-5625.
Art Class Offered For Ages 6-14,
Feb. 5 Through May 14
Valdese, NC - Art Class offered for ages 6-14. Sponsored by the Rock School Arts Foundation. February 5 through May 14. The class is open to Ages 6-14 and will be held at Studio 101 - Old Rock School, 3:30pm-5pm on Wednesdays.
The class is taught by Heidi Thompson. Tuition is $20 per month, regardless of Holidays or partial months. All materials are included. To enroll please call 828-879-2129 or email Rock School Arts Director Elizabeth Furr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock School Art Galleries I & II will be closed January 8-February 28 for renovations. Visit the Galleries on March 9 - April 17 to view the work of Jackie Deaton, Lucy Folger, Joann Wilfong, and Barry Huffman. www.visitvaldese.com, www.townofvaldese.com
Seeking Artists For Downtown Hickory Art Crawl By April 1
Hickory - The Hickory Downtown Development Association is seeking artists interested in participating in the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The Downtown Hickory Art Crawl is a Juried Show with artists selected by a committee. Artists selected by the Jury will be invited with no participation fees required. There will be room for up to 30 artists.
The Art Crawl is planned from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Artists selected to participate must be at their designated location by 4:30 p.m. unless other arrangements have been made with the business owner hosting them.
Selected artists will be placed in a business that compliments their works. There is no charge to the artist for participation and no commissions are charged on items sold, but artists are required to pay NC taxes.
Artists will need to bring all necessary display items and chairs. Failure to show for the event may lead to being banned from other downtown art events.
For an application, please contact Barbara at email@example.com or Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828 322 1121. Please follow the application process closely as incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.
April 1, 2014 is the deadline for submitting an application to participate in the May 15, 2014 Downtown Hickory Art Crawl.
For more information on The HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email email@example.com. Please visit the website, www.downtownhickory.com.
Library Read Project Honors 450th Birthday Of Shakespeare
Hickory - Eight area library systems have partnered for Whole Lotta Shakespeare Goin’ On, a community reading project focused on the works of William Shakespeare. The project commemorates the 450th birthday of the Bard, and is designed to encourage reading throughout the region.
Hickory Public Library System and Catawba County Library System will focus on the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with performances by the Green Bean Players, a community theatre group based in Newton this April.
Elliott Engel, a popular speaker on Shakespeare and literature, will discuss “William before He was Shakespeare” at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at Main Library in Newton. The program will be free and open to the public. The regional read celebrates the joy of reading and William Shakespeare’s impact on perception of the human condition.
The project strives to promote the power of books and the importance of literature, supporting the library’s mission to foster lifelong learning and cultural appreciation.
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.
How To Get Your Event In Focus
Email a press release for your non-profit event, fundraiser, festival or other community event to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information along with the name of your event, who it benefits, what it features, when the event will take place, and the cost of attending. Please send a text document, not a pdf or jpeg of text information.
Also, please put the name of the event in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you.
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.
Lions Club Recycles For Sight; Donate Glasses & Hearing Aids
Lincolnton, NC - Do you have unwanted recyclable eyeglasses and hearing aids in your dresser drawers, closet, attic, or basement? But don’t know what to do with them.
Throughout the year, the Lincolnton Lions Club collects used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses and unwanted workable hearing aids as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. Prescription and non-prescription children and adult sunglasses are desperately needed in countries located close to the Equator.
“We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses. We have noticed a recent shortage in used children eyeglasses lately, ” said Fay Poovey, Denver resident and President of the Lincolnton Lions Club. “ Unfortunately, due to state and federal public health laws, used eyeglasses can not be reused in the USA. Instead, all eyeglasses collected will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible” emphasized Poovey.
The donated glasses will be shipped to a regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups. To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes located at in Lincolnton, and Denver.
Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, and Vision Care Offices
Advance Family Eye Care- 7547 Water Loop Road ( Denver)
Carolina Eye Care- 231 North General’s Blvd. ( Lincolnton) or 324 North Highway 16 (Denver)
Lincoln Eye Center- 110 Doctor’s Park ( Lincolnton)
Graystone Ophthalmologist- 2311 East Main Street ( Lincolnton)
Super Wal-Mart Vision Center- ( Lincolnton location)
EF Drum Funeral Home- 210 North Academy Street ( Lincolnton)
Warlick Funeral Home- 125 Dave Warlick Drive ( Lincolnton)
Government & Non-Profit Agencies
Lincolnton Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling News Release
Lincoln County Senior Center- 2nd Floor- Gaston College- Lincoln Campus- 511 South Aspen Street ( Lincolnton)
Good Neighbor’s Shop- 118 South Academy Street ( Lincolnton)
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest coeducational service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information about Lions Club International visit our website at www.lionsclubs.org. If you are interesting in learning more about the Lincolnton Lions Club, please call Lion Robert Tomlinson @ 704-735-8514.
High School Shakespeare
Monologue Competition, March 8
Lenoir, NC - Caldwell County high school students (public, home and private schools) are invited to participate in the 2nd annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Competition sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council and Caldwell County Schools.
This year’s competitors are expected to memorize and recite a Shakespeare monologue 1-1/2 to 2 minutes in length as if auditioning for a part. Up to $1,000 in cash awards will be presented.
Students should contact their school’s office ASAP to determine the Shakespeare Monologue Competition coordinator in each school, as in-school competitions will begin soon. Home school students should contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or email@example.com. Details of participation are available on our website: http://www.caldwellarts.com/227-shakespeare-monologue-competition
Final competition will be held at 9:30 a.m. on March 8, 2014 in the Hibriten High School auditorium.
Newton Senior Citizens Club Open To New Members
Newton, NC - Are you a senior citizen and looking for more to do in the area? Join the Newton Senior Citizens Club, and you’ll always have a full schedule. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., for good fellowship, an entertaining or educational program and a covered dish luncheon.
There are special events throughout the year such as Seniors Nigh Out, a picnic in the park, ice cream socials and trips. For further information, call Club President J. T. Sheets at (828) 465-5915.
Agency Helps 500 Homeowners
Hickory - In October 2010 the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) launched a new mortgage assistance program funded through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. NCHFA received $482.8 million with hopes of assisting 21,000 NC homeowners during a three-to-five-year period. The primary program offered through NCHFA’s North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund is called the Mortgage Payment Program (MPP).
Through the Mortgage Payment Program homeowners can receive mortgage assistance if they have lost their job due to no fault of their own or have experienced one of the program-eligible hardships – death, divorce/separation, or illness.
Those homeowners who meet the program criteria can receive assistance for mortgage-related expenses – mortgage payments, taxes, homeowner’s insurance and homeowner association fees – through a zero-interest, deferred loan. Depending on whether the homeowner is searching for work or attending school for retraining the assistance varies from 18 to 36 months with a maximum of $36,000 available for qualified recipients.
If the homeowner continues to live in the home for 10 years after receiving assistance, the loan will be considered satisfied and no repayment will be due.
Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) was one of the three pilot agencies for the Mortgage Payment Program. As of July 2013, the agency has assisted 500 clients, primarily in its four-county region – Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba.
The program is expected to continue offering funding through December 2014.
On July 23, 2013, WPCOG hosted a celebration marking this milestone. The event was held at the WPCOG Administrative Offices. Speakers included A. Robert Kucab, executive director of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency, Sherry Long, WPCOG Community Development Director, and a few homeowners who have been assisted by the program.
For more information about the Mortgage Payment Program, please contact WPCOG at 828.485.4268.
Cribbage Club Invites New Players To Tuesday Night Games
Hickory - The Hickory Cribbage club “The CRIBBADIERS” is inviting new players to join our weekly tournaments of friendly competition.
The club plays at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Pinecrest Senior Living Community located at 915 29th Ave NE Hickory, NC 28601.
The CRIBBADIERS are a Grass Roots charter of a nationwide network of local cribbage clubs under the overall direction of the American Cribbage Congress. The format is a nine game round robin against nine different players.
Cribbage is a two-handed card game invented in 1609 by Sir John Suckling, an English knight, poet, and playwright.
Members are willing to teach the game to newcomers or to help former players get back into the swing.
For more information call Carole or Dennis at 828-396-2165 Reising@embarqmail.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
In some cases, the relatives want to resume the relationship they had before, such as talking with the child on the phone, writing them letters, or visiting with them. In other cases, they might be willing to adopt the child if they cannot be reunited with their parents.
Then the process moves to planning how the relationship might be resumed. If a relative wishes to adopt or become the guardian of the child, he or she must undergo an evaluation process.
It is important to wrap the child in a network of family supporters who are willing to assist them, Daniels said. The goal is to find as many relatives as possible who are willing to participate in the process. Catawba County was one of the first counties in North Carolina to pilot Family Finding, beginning in 2008. Now it has fully embraced the model.
Daniels joined the team last fall. The process can be time consuming, but it is usually completed in three to five months, he said. “The ownership is on the family,” he said. “What do they want to do?”
Catawba County Social Services hopes that reuniting foster children with their relatives can produce a brighter future. Foster children usually age out of care at 18, although they can remain voluntarily until they are 21.
National statistics show that former foster care youths face some daunting prospects if they don’t have a support system in place. Some 49 percent are homeless within three years. Forty-three percent are high school drop outs. Fifty-six percent become unemployed within two years. Forty-two percent, of whom 60 percent are women, become parents within 2.5 years of exiting foster care.
Former foster youth are found to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at two times the level of U.S. war veterans. Fifty percent have used illegal drugs. One in four will be incarcerated within 2.5 years of leaving foster care.
Daniels believes his work can help change those statistics for local youths. That’s why he keeps on calling, emailing, sending Facebook messages, knocking on doors and meeting with family members of children and youths in foster care. He sees his job as finding “who’s going to love this kid no matter what.”
For more information, call 828-695-5600 or visit our website at www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/f&csvs/familyfinders.asp
Or contact Sean Jarman at 828-695-2134 or email@example.com
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.