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Water Aerobics Classes Aug. 24, 26 & 31

Newton, NC - The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will offer water aerobics classes on Monday, Aug. 24, Wednesday, Aug. 26, and Monday, Aug. 31.

The classes will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Swimming Pool at 23 South Brady Ave. and are open to participants 16 years old and older.

Each class will offer non-weight-bearing exercises to improve muscular endurance, core strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular conditioning. The classes, which are a great exercise for pregnant women, help participants burn calories while keeping the body cool in a fun environment.

Cost is $3 per class. Refunds will not be issued. For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit www.newtonnc.gov.

SF-360’s Warm The Babies Seeks Yarn To Make Blankets, Hats

Newton, NC - Members of SF-360, a local community service organization, are collecting baby yarn donations that will be used to make blankets and hats for preemie babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

A collection box will be located in the Sherrills Ford-Terrell library branch throughout August and September. SF-360 is also seeking volunteers to knit and crochet for Warm the Babies.

If you would like to help but don’t know how to knit the library will be hosting knitting/crochet classes in September. Exact dates and times for classes will be published in the September issue of the library newsletter. Bring your family and friends along with you and help your community! For additional information, call or text SF-360 at (704) 340-5672, or “Like” Warm the Babies on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Warm-the-Babies.For the latest in library news, visit the library’s news site at http://enewsletter.catawbacountync.gov/library or stop by your local branch.

Shannon Underwood Stars In HCT’s Legally Blonde, Sept. 4

Hickory - A young Hickory native who recently completed a season as a featured performer at Dollywood has been tapped to play the leading role of Elle Woods in the Hickory Community Theatre’s first show of the 2015-2016 season,“Legally Blonde the Musical.”

Shannon Underwood grew up in Hickory and at the Hickory Community Theatre, where she first appeared at age 10 in “Charlotte’s Web” as a narrator. Fast forward seven years later and she had the leading role of Natalie in “All Shook Up” in which she got to rock the music of Elvis Presley. She has also showed off her dancing skills as a Kit Kat girl in “Cabaret” and played a high strung middle-schooler in the comic musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

It was her combined talents as an actress, dancer and singer that landed her a performing job at Dollywood in 2014, where she worked performing three shows a day for seven months.

That experience serves her well in “Legally Blonde,” because her character is on stage for almost the entire two-and-a-half hour show, with brief breaks only to change costumes.

When asked about playing this role, Underwood replied, “This is like a dream come true for me. I loved the movie and have been dying to play this part ever since the musical debuted on Broadway.”

Performances of “Legally Blonde” begin on September 4th and continue through September 20th. Tickets go on sale on August 20th. For more information call (828) 327-3855 or click hickorytheatre.org to see the full schedule of dates and times.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Legally Blonde” produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and is part of the 2015-16 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

Photo: Shannon Underwood has the leading role as Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde the Musical” opening September 4th in the Jeffers Theatre.

For more information call (828) 327-3855 or click www.hickorytheatre.org.

Harper School Of Performing Arts Classes Begin On Sept. 21

Lenoir, NC – The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts is proud to present Music Together®, weekly music classes for children birth to 5 years old and the adults who love them. Start date for this program is Monday September 21, 2015.

Music Together Classes Start Monday September 21, 2015, at
Harper School – 10 classes 5:30 – 6:15 PM on
September 21, 28 / October 5, 12, 19, 26 / November 2, 9, 16, 23.

Tuition $170.00 (includes CD, songbook and parent guide), plus $20 registration fee.

Music Together weekly classes will start at the Harper School on Monday September 21, 2015 and run for 10 weeks.

This fun-filled musical program is designed for children birth - 5 years old and the adults who love them. Music Together® classes are focused on nurturing the basic music competence of each child in hopes that they will excel in many fields as a result of their musical development. This basic music competence can be defined as engaging in musical experience, specifically being able to sing in tune and move in a coordinated way with the rhythms of music. The Music Together® program is grounded in the notion that all people have a music aptitude that can be developed when nurtured and that this development can assist them socially, intellectually and vocally.

The James C. Harper School of Performing Arts was founded in 2006 and is named in honor of Captain James C. Harper, the nationally acclaimed Lenoir High School Band Director. The Harper School is to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds would carry on Captain Harper’s tradition of excellence in music education and performance.

The goal of the Harper School is to provide children and adults the opportunity to experience the joy of music and music related activities. We believe that “ Music Matters” and is an avenue to healthy living and that through music and music related activities, we can help participants stay active and involved in day to day life both physically and mentally and that we can help children develop a lifelong love of music and the arts through one-on-one and group participation in musical activities. The Harper School offers musical instruction in voice and all musical instruments including Suzuki violin, viola and guitar and we hold public recitals and performances throughout the year.

We invite you to stop by the school and experience “The Magic that Happens at the Harper School.”

For more information on the Harper School, contact us at 828-754-2297, visit our new website www.theharperschool.org and “Like” our Facebook page.

Building A Small Business On Etsy At CVCC Thursday, Aug. 27

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Small Business Center will present “Building Your Small Business on Etsy” on Thursday August 27 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies with more than thirty million members. In this fast-paced seminar, participants learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Participants share the story of their craft in their on-line profile, photos, and shop banner.

Participants also plan their Etsy business strategy and get an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools so they can succeed online. There is no cost to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117. To register on-line, visit the Small Business Center website at http://sbc.cvcc.edu.

Catawba Valley Harley Owners’ Poker Run For

Children’s Advocacy Is Saturday, August 29

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Harley Owners Group will host a poker run Saturday, Aug. 29 to benefit the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 30.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson. The first bike out will be at 10:30 a.m., and the last bike out at noon. The last bike in will be at 2 p.m. A meal will be served by Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and music. The first 25 registered bikes will get a free event tee shirt. Drawings for door prizes will be held at 2:30 p.m. The best hand will win $200, and the worst hand $50. The cost to participate is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger.

For more information about the poker run, contact Billy Dagenhart at 828-850-3275 or Blue Ridge Harley Davidson at 828-327-3030

The CAPC is a non-profit organization that works to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse. It coordinates the efforts of Catawba County Social Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney's office.

More information about the CAPC is available on its website at www.catawbacountycapc.org. You may call the center at 828-465-9296.

2nd Chance Prom To Benefit Caldwell Veterans, Sat., Sept., 12

Lenoir, NC - The American Legion Post 29 would like to invite you to Caldwell County’s first 2nd Chance Prom. You don’t have to be in high school to put on some fancy clothes, bust out some fancy moves, and have a blast with your friends! This prom promises to be a great time for all!

Feast on heavy hors d’oeuvres while listening to a top notch DJ from Charlotte. Dance your tail off to The Electric Slide, the Cha-Cha Slide or the Cupid Shuffle. There will also be a professional photographer to capture your special moment! Brown bagging is permitted if you want to partake. No separate purchase necessary inside the prom.

This prom is for adults 21 and over. No tux or prom dress is required. The dance will be held on September 12th, from 7:30 pm to 12 am, at the American Legion Post 29 building located at 104 Main St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Call 828-493-2927 or visit the American Legion Building from 8:30am to 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A VIP package is also available for $200. This includes 6 tickets, a reserved table up front, two premium parking spaces, and a complimentary bottle of wine.

This is a fundraising event for the American Legion Post 29 and the activities they support. Proceeds are to benefit the veterans of Caldwell County. This is a great cause, our veterans deserve our HELP! We serve those who served!

It doesn’t matter which decade you are from, come party with us at The Legions 2nd Chance Prom on September 12th!

Hickory Downtown Art Crawl Is Thursday, September 17!

Hickory NC: Hickory NC: As September brings cooler weather, it also brings downtown Hickory alive with artists, music and fun. On Thursday, September 17, the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl will bring artists indoors and outside of businesses around the Square and Downtown Hickory. Live Music may be heard throughout the Crawl. There will be artists’ demonstrations in various locations and lots of activities for young and old alike!! The Art Crawl starts at 5:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm.

The Kick Off Party will be held at the Fanjoy/Labrenz Studio, located at 215-A First Avenue SW. The first 20 people to visit the Kick Off Party will be given $5.00 in Downtown Dollars to be used at participating businesses on the night of the crawl. Grab a map and start to Crawl!

To add to the excitement, the Farmers’ Market Tastin’, Tunes and Tomatoes will be happening under the Sails on the Square with Strictly Clean and Decent performing.

The Downtown Hickory Art Crawls are sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate and the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The United Arts Council of Catawba County is committed to advancing the cultural life of Catawba County through grants, marketing, fundraising and facilities management. The council strives to provide awareness of the cultural activities in our area, as well as grant and contribution opportunities. http://www.artscatawba.org/ . Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Real Estate specializes in sales, leasing, and management of industrial and commercial real estate.

For more information on HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email info@downtownhickory.com. Please visit the website, www.downtownhickory.com.

Funding For Good Grant Writing & Research Class, CVCC, Sept 14

Hickory - Funding For Good is pleased to offer a two-day Grant Writing & Research Workshop at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory, NC September 14-15, 2015. If you are new to grant writing and research, or find yourself with experience writing grants without receiving funding, this is the class for you. This two day class is designed for beginners, as well as practiced grant writers who need to understand the elements of a proposal and how to successfully integrate each into a successful proposal, as well as the process for successful grant research.

We are thrilled to announce guest speakers from The Duke Endowment and The Wells Fargo Foundation who will present on building relationships with foundations as a bonus! CEU credits are available for this class. For detailed class information, visit www.fundingforgood.org. Date:September 14-15, 2015; Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Location:CVCC Corporate Development Center | 2664 Hwy 70, Hickory, NC 28602

Cost:$297 Contact: Funding For Good at mandy@fundingforgood.org or visit www.fundingforgood.org to register today.

Hickory Public Library’s Let’s Talk About It Begins Tuesday, Sept. 8

Hickory - Hickory Public Library will again host the “Let's Talk About It” book discussion program at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. 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.

The program features a different topic and selection of books each year. The theme for this year's series is " Divergent Cultures: The Middle East in Literature." The novels in this series are as follows:

·A Perfect Peace, Amos Oz
·Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Geraldine Brooks
·Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz
·Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi
·Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin

The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings on September 8th and 22nd, October 6th and 20th, and November 3rd from 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Sessions are led by scholars who will encourage community members to explore how selected materials illuminate a particular theme. The main discussion leaders will be Leon Lewis from Appalachian State University, author Cathy Pickens, Emory Maiden from Appalachian State University, and Roxanne Newton from Mitchell Community College.

Registration for the “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion program is required. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, call 304-0500 ext. 7235 or register in person at the Reference Desk at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Upon registration, participants will be able to pick-up the book for the September 8th program. Subsequent books will be handed out at each session and books for the current session will be collected. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.

Caldwell Arts’ Hues & Brews Fest Is Saturday, November 7

Lenoir, NC – Spend your day in Caldwell County enjoying all the crafts of the region on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

The HUES & BREWS STUDIO TOUR will feature artists and crafters opening their homes and studios throughout Caldwell County for visitors 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pick up your studio tour brochures at the Caldwell Arts Council and plan your tour. The studio tour is FREE of charge.

Continue the fun in downtown Lenoir where Artists, Crafters, and Craft Brewers will gather at the corner of Boundary Street and Harper Avenue for the HUES & BREWS FESTIVAL 2-6 p.m. Craft Brewers from Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga, and Burke counties will be offering tastings of their craft brews, while artists and crafters display and demo their beautiful work. Artwork will be for sale and live music fill the air. Food vendors will include JD’s Smokehouse Barbecue with all the fixings, and Lenoir’s own Grill & Brew Club grilling wings & frog legs.

Children’s art activities will also be provided. The festival is FREE. Your craft beer tasting ticket, including a collector tasting glass, is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Tickets are available at the Caldwell Arts Council, and can also be purchased on the website www.HuesAndBrews.org.

Register For Newton 101 Citizens Academy By September 7

Newton, NC – Register now for Newton 101 Citizens Academy, which returns for its seventh year on Thursday, Sept. 10. Newton 101 is a free program for city residents to learn more about how the City of Newton operates, the services it offers, and the history of the city.

Newton 101 features tours of all city departments, including tours of facilities such as Newton City Hall, the Newton Recreation Center, the Newton Police Department, the Newton Fire Department, the Newton Water Treatment Plant and the Newton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The academy runs for seven consecutive Thursdays beginning Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 9 p.m. The program is free. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. The deadline to register is Sept. 7.

•Session 1 (Sept. 10): Meet and greet at Newton City Hall. Attendees will meet the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Department Heads. Participants will learn about the history of Newton.

•Session 2 (Sept. 17): Public Works and Utilities. Participants will tour the raw water intake at the Jacob Fork River, the water treatment plant, and the wastewater treatment plant.

•Session 3 (Sept. 24): Newton City Hall. Participants will tour City Hall including the Administration, Police, Human Resources, Planning, Information Systems and Finance departments. They also will learn more about the city’s electric distribution system, as well as other Public Works services and facilities.

•Session 4 (Oct. 1): Public Safety at Fire Department Headquarters. Citizens will learn about the fire and police departments and the many ways they work to protect and serve the citizens of Newton.

•Session 5 (Oct. 8): Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems at the Historic Newton Depot. Participants will learn about the inner workings of municipal government finance, personnel and information systems.

•Session 6 (Oct. 15): Newton Parks and Recreation and Planning at the Newton Recreation Center. Participants will learn about the many activities and resources offered by the Newton Recreation Department. This session also will explore the Planning Department and economic development projects.

•Session 7 (Oct. 22) Graduation at Newton City Hall. Participants will enjoy a brief social event, followed by a question-and-answer session with the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Department Heads. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion at the final session.

For more information or to register, contact Newton Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

Bethlehem Fest Sept. 19 Features The Catawba Bluegrass Band

Bethlehem, NC - The Bethlehem Community Development Association announces the 6th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival and Classic Car Cruise In set for Saturday, September 19th, 2015 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM will feature The Catawba Bluegrass Band. The Catawba Bluegrass Band is comprised of four musicians with over twenty years of performing experience.

Each member has deep roots in playing bluegrass, rock and folk-rock music. Band members include Alexander native Joe Price, Doug Davis from Wilkes County, and Linzey Ham from Catawba County. The group is unique in having two lead vocalists as well as a diverse use of multiple instruments.

Bethlehem Day will be located in same NEW location as last year at the crossroads of Shiloh Church and Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem (Alexander County).

The annual fall event features live music, entertainment and activities for children, arts & crafts, food & drinks. Craft and food vendor applications are $25. All applications are available at www.Bethlehemcda.org or can be requested at bethlehemday@gmail.com. Applications with fees made out to BCDA should be mailed to BCDA, PO Box 6370, Hickory, NC 28603.

For more information contact Bud & Judy Caywood at 828-495-1057, or bethlehemday@gmail.com.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Lost Hollow

Music Fest Is October 17 & 18, Belmont, NC

Belmont, NC – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s first Lost Hollow Music Fest to be held on Oct. 17 and 18 will feature six performances by specially-selected old time, bluegrass and Americana bands including Grammy winner David Holt and Nashville mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull.

The festival will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 17 with Riverbend at 10 a.m., David Childers & the Serpents at noon, and headliner Sierra Hull at 2 p.m. It will continue on Sunday, Oct. 18 at noon with Darin & Brooke Aldridge, followed by Underhill Rose at 2 p.m. and headliner David Holt & Josh Goforth at 4 p.m.

In addition to this fantastic lineup of top-notch performers, the Catawba River Bluegrass Association will hold jam sessions throughout the weekend on the acoustic stage. Our State magazine will be on-site October 17 distributing complimentary issues of the magazine and a raffle prize giveaway and Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina will be on-site Oct. 18 to provide information about music born in the mountains of the Carolinas and the rich music traditions of the region. Other highlights include a cornhole tournament and fun for the whole family. Young music enthusiasts can make their very own canjos and youngsters will also enjoy activities in the Kiddie Corral while parents sit back and relax during the concerts. Food trucks will be onsite offering delicious lunch and snack options and a selection of craft beer and other beverages will be also be available for purchase.

Garden members receive free admission to the festival and additional discounted tickets according to their level of membership. Discounted Hillside Theatre Packages are also available to members. A One-Day Hillside Theatre Package includes a concert blanket, a bottle of wine or six beer tickets and a $10 voucher that can be applied to membership renewal for $35.44. A Two-Day Hillside Theatre Package also includes two food vouchers for $56.24.

The festival is free to the general public with Garden admission. Admission is $12.95/adult, $11.95/senior 60+, $6.95/child 2-12, and free for children under age two. Discounted two-day passes are available at $19.43/adult, $17.93/senior 60+, and $10.43/child 2-12. A One-Day Hillside Theatre Package including one ticket is available for $47.25 and a Two-Day Package for $74.99.

Tickets and limited-time packages are available in advance online at www.DSBG.org. Hillside Theatre Packages can also be purchased over the phone by calling 704-829-1252. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Bands Featured in Lost Hollow Music Fest:

David Holt, who some may recognize as the host of PBS’s long-running series Folkways, will perform with Josh Goforth, a fiddling virtuoso who learned to play from some of the great innovators of music in the mountains of North Carolina. Holt performed with the late, great Doc Watson for 16 years, has won numerous awards including four Grammys and has dedicated his life to music and telling the story of the music of the Southern Appalachians.

The 23-year-old Hull first picked up the mandolin at age 8. By the time she was 11, Allison Kraus called to ask her to perform with her on the Grand Old Opry stage. Two years later she signed a record deal and released her first album at 16. She’s played the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and will appear on the Lost Hollow stage with her trio.

To view this and other press releases, visit our newsroom: http://www.dsbg.org/events/news

Don Tilley Memorial Race Set For Saturday, August 29, Charlotte

Hickory – Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson is supporting the first-ever Don Tilley Memorial Half Mile Flat Track Race on Aug. 29 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tickets to attend the race can be purchased at the dealership through Motorclothes® for $55 plus tax. Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson is also organizing a dealer ride to the event to show their support.

The race will honor Don Tilley, a Harley-Davidson racing icon who passed away last August in a motorcycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Originally from Statesville, Tilley began racing in the 1960s and became well known as a Harley-Davidson dealer and race bike builder. During his career, Tilley led several championship racing teams and he maintains the record as one of the most successful racing builders in AMA history.

The AMA Pro Flat Track provides a thrilling event in two diverse classes, the GNC1 and GNC2. The GNC1 premier class is presented by Vance & Hines and is comprised of expert riders who have traveled the country competing on four different styles of tracks. The GNC2 class represents up-and-coming flat track competitors. Each class will be running twin-cylinder motorcycles for the race.

The Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson ride will leave the dealership at 12 p.m. Practice for participants will begin at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the opening ceremonies will kick off at 6 p.m. Famous riders Jay Springsteen, Gene Church and Tripp Nobles will be special guests at the event and will be available to sign autographs for fans.

For additional information, contact Steve A. at stevea@sfe-us.com or (828) 327-3030.

Please visit www.BlueRidgeHD.com or call (828) 327-3030 for details on other dealership activities.

Second (Indianhead) Division Sets Sept. 22-26 Texas Reunion

Fox Lake, IL - The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

For information about the association and our 94th annual reunion in San Antonio, Texas from September 22 - 26, 2015, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at 2idahq@comcast.net or 224-225-1202.

Free Southern Women’s Show Tickets While They Last

Hickory - Focus Newspaper has some free tickets to the August 28-30 Southern Women’s show in Charlotte.

Readers willing to take FOCUS’ Reader Survey and follow these directions may receive up to four free tickets:

EMAIL (please do not call the office) your full postal mailing address to focusnews@embarqmail.com We’ll email back to you a Reader Survey link. Take the Survey - that’s it! We will mail your tickets to you. Be SURE to specify the number of tickets you’re requesting, up to four, or your request will be ignored — sorry! FOCUS gets hundreds of requests for free tickets to a variety of events, and the above guidelines must be followed to save time, confusion and our nerves!

Please be aware that the tickets are first come/first served and multiple requests from the same email or to the same street address will not be processed. The guideline is one set of up to four tickets per email/family/street address.

Thanks for reading FOCUS!

ACLC Seeks Entries In The Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition

Lincolnton, NC - Call for entries! The ACLC would like to extend a call for entries for our annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition. The public is invited to view the exhibit in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. The exhibit will be on display October 5th – October 30th.

PROSPECTUS

Eligibility: All artists 18 years and older who are ACLC members may submit up to 3 entries for $15.

Non-members pay $30. Join ACLC today and receive discounted entry fees throughout the year.
Membership available at www.artslincolnnc.org .

Painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography, printmaking and fiber are eligible.

Presentation: All work must be properly framed or gallery wrapped with sides properly finished (no staples on sides), over an inch width, and properly wired for hanging. Mats must be neat and clean. 3D work must sit solidly on flat surface or be properly mounted. All works should be prepared in a simple, professional manner and be ready for display. Works should not exceed 48” in any direction. 2D works on paper should be matted and wrapped or framed under glass. Large oils or acrylics on canvas do not need to be framed, but should be stapled on the back and have painted edges, no saw tooth hangers, NO WET ART. Three-dimensional works will be limited to 200 lbs. and the artist is responsible for assembling and positioning heavy or large pieces.

Specifications: Works may be available for sale. A commission of 30% will be retained on all sales. All works will be juried by a judge. Artists will notified by phone to pick up any declined work by October 3th, 2015. Sold pieces will be removed at the end of the exhibit. Each artist will carry their own insurance if desired. Questions and concerns: Contact Shelly Johnston at 704 732-9044 or artslincolnnc@gmail.com.

Liability: The ACLC will do everything possible to keep each piece safe. However, submission of an entry is at the artist’s own risk. Only a limited amount of insurance is provided. The declared value of the work must be reasonable and in line with the artist’s previous sales. It is suggested that an artist wanting more protection insure their own sales (some homeowner’s policies may include protection and should be checked).

Awards: 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100, 3 Honorable Mentions $25 each.
Dates:
Thursday, October 1, 2015 Entries Accepted from 10-2, 4-6
Friday, October 2, 2015 Entries Accepted from 10-2,
Friday, October 9, 2015 Opening reception at LCC 6-8pm, awards presentation 7pm
October 5 – October 30, 2015 Exhibition dates
October 30- Nov. 3, 2015 Pick- up works not sold in show from 10-2

3rd Annual Lung Cancer Golf Tourney Honors Morrow & Hicks

Conover, NC - On September 25th, the 3rd Annual NC Lung Cancer Golf Tournament in Memory of Harold Morrow & Susan C. Hicks will be held at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. The first two events were a tremendous success due to the community involvement and the families are excited to surpass it. This community event was the first in the Greater Catawba County area to raise funds for lung cancer, and many local businesses are coming together to support it, including Tournament Sponsor, Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation. Backstreet Bar & Grill will once again provide lunch. The event is held in memory of two local individuals who lost their battles against lung cancer.

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

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

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

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is a local non-profit that specializes in connecting lung cancer patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. Their mission is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, and education and access programs across North Carolina. Since April, 2013, their state-wide Access to Care Gas Card Program has provided 27 lung cancer patients in Catawba County alone with gas cards to help them get to and from treatment. Their upcoming research program will fund cutting-edge research here in North Carolina at four different institutions across the state.

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

Humane Society Offers Discount For Cat Spaying In August

Hickory/Newton, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County is offering a $10 off “Spay Today” discount for female cat spay surgery paid August.

“Now it the time to have those spring kittens spayed, by four months of age is recommended,” said HSCC’s Executive Director, Jane Bowers. Foothills Spay/ Neuter Clinic offers low-cost spay and neuter surgery Monday-Friday and feral cat surgery Monday-Thursday at Humane Society of Catawba County.

Pets are dropped off at 8 am on their scheduled surgery day and picked up the same evening with post operative instructions.

Feral cats must arrive in humane traps. Come by to make an appointment or call (828) 464-8878 during business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.

Photo: Calypso is available for adoption.

HMA Seeks European Classic Cars For Sept. 12 Autolawn

Hickory – Hickory Museum of Art is seeking European classic cars for the third annual Autolawn Party, set for Sept. 12 on The SALT Block lawn, 243 Third Avenue N.E., Hickory. The Autolawn Party is a celebration of the road’s number one traveler – the automobile. The intention is to provide a wide range of high-quality, original vehicles in an intimate, yet informal setting, without the pressure of traditional Concours events. This year’s event highlights the Volkswagen brand.
Entry classifications include: German, Italian, British, other European makes and European motorcycles. Registration forms and additional information are available on the event’s website at www.theautolawn.com.

All registrants will be guaranteed lawn parking for their vehicles, but space is limited. Early registrant fees are $35 for the first car, and $25 for each additional car. Benefits for early registration include: one complimentary event hat for the first entry, early check-in and reduced set-up times. Registration fees received after August 17 are $35 for the first car, and $30 for additional cars, based on space availability.

New for this year, entrants will be judged by their peers. Prizes will be awarded for first place and runner-up in each class. Additional awards will be given for Spectator’s Choice, Longest Distance Traveled, Best of Featured Brand (Volkswagen), and Best in Show (Overall).

Last year’s Autolawn Party on The SALT Block

The car show will be held 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sept. 12, and is presented by Porsche of Hickory and Paramount Classic Cars and Trucks. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for spectators.

This year’s event features a youth judging program, new vehicle test drives courtesy of Paramount Motors, beer garden, music, event memorabilia for sale, and raffle prizes. Attendees can also vote for their favorite classic car. In honor of The Autolawn Party, Youssef 242 is donating a portion of sales on Sept. 12 to the Hickory Museum of Art. Make a reservation at 828-324-2005.

While on The SALT Block, car show spectators are invited to visit Hickory Museum of Art’s new exhibit – Unexpected Beauty: Views from the Lens of Steve McCurry, which opens Sept. 12. This exciting exhibit features the works of universally recognized photojournalist Steve McCurry, whose stunning, colorful images tell the beautiful and tragic stories of cultures and conflicts around the world. Admission to the museum is free.

For more details about The Autolawn Party or to register for the car show, visit www.theautolawn.com. Additional information can also be found by emailing theautolawn@gmail.com, contacting Kit Cannon, event co-director, at 828-312-2494 or by calling Hickory Museum of Art at 828-327-8576.

The Hickory Museum of Art is located on The SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue N.E., Hickory. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Caldwell Arts Show: Figuratively Speaking, In August & Sept.

Lenoir, NC - During the months of August and September, visitors to the Caldwell Arts Council will experience an exhibit of original artwork created by figure painters and sculptors from all over the United States, including Tom Bartel (Athens OH), Ivan Carmona (Portland, Oregon), Naomi Dalglish (Bakersville NC), Tim Ford (Boone NC), Anita Funston (Hendersonville NC), Arthur Gonzalez (Almeda, California), Laura Jean McLaughlin (Pittsburgh PA), Aubree Ross (Darlington SC), Shoko Teruyama (Marshall NC), and Kelly Thiel (Bend OR) and artwork from the personal collection of Jerry Jackson, deputy director of Penland School of Crafts.

“FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING” will be on exhibit in the Caldwell Arts Council Gallery (601 College Ave SW, Lenoir) August 7-September 26, 2015. All Caldwell Arts Council Gallery exhibits are admission-free and open to the public during the Arts Council’s operating hours, which are Tuesday - Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday August 7, 2015, 5pm-7pm; light refreshments will be served and you may meet several of the artists.

To learn more about Caldwell Arts Council events and programs, please visit www.caldwellarts.com, email info@caldwellarts.com , or call 828-754-2486.

Photo Caption: “Library Science” by Arthur Gonzalez

GKN Golf Tourney On Sept. 12 Will Benefit The Corner Table

Newton, NC - GKN Driveline of Newton, NC will host their 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Larkin Golf Club in Statesville at 1:30PM. Chosen by the Pay It Forward Committee at GKN, all proceeds from this tournament will be donated to The Corner Table Soup Kitchen located in downtown Newton.

The Corner Table provides hot nutritious meals five days a week to hungry men, women, and children who are in need in our community. “The Pay It Forward Committee felt passionate about their mission and the services they were offering to this community. We know that food insecurity is a growing problem in Catawba County, and we wanted to contribute to helping those in need,” stated BJ Sheaves, Tournament Chair.

The tournament will be Four Person Captain’s Choice with a Hole In One Grand Prize of $10,000 and three other great prizes for longest drive, longest putt, and closest to pin. Dinner, Silent Auction, and Awards will follow the tournament at 7PM.

Support from the event will be generated through Sponsorships ranging from $8,000-$100, In-Kind Donations, Monetary Donations, and Individual and Team Registrations. Individual Golfer Fee is $75, and the Foursome Fee is $300. Both registrations include dinner and a goody bag. Dinner only tickets are available for $25. Registrations can be made online at www.thecornertable.org/golf-tournament/ or by contacting GKN at 828-428-5271.

For additional information, or questions, please contact BJ Sheaves, Tournament Chair at bj.sheaves@gkndriveline.com or 828-428-5271.

ABOUT THE CORNER TABLE

The Corner Table, Inc. is a soup kitchen outreach ministry provided by the people of our community for the hungry in our community. Our primary purpose is to provide nutritious meals in a comfortable environment for any men, women or children who are in need in the Eastern Catawba County area. Located in downtown Newton, The Corner Table has served more than 465,000 meals since its inception in 2002. For more information, please visit The Corner Table online at www.thecornertable.org.

ABOUT GKN DRIVELINE

GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline components – for use in the smallest ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the most complex driving dynamics. GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 22 countries at 45 manufacturing locations employing approximately 24,000 people. GKN Driveline Newton employs more than 800 people, supporting machining and assembly of high prescision products for demanding AWD applications . GKN Driveline has a rich history in North Carolina, specifically in Catawba County. The company plans to create more than 200 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2018 and invest more than $100 million in the location.

Auditions For The Elephant Man Coming Up At Foothills Arts

Lenoir, NC - Auditions for the role of John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Foothills Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Males auditioning for the role of John Merrick must come prepared with a monologue at least 1 minute in length. Monologues should be no longer than 2 minutes. The disfigurement of Merrick is portrayed solely by physicality and unnatural positions of the body. The nature of the role demands that these positions be held for long periods of time, so physical character work will be conducted as a group after the monologues.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance is based on the real-life story of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century British man living with a rare skin and bone disease which horribly disfigured him

. A renowned doctor by the name of Frederick Treves agrees to treat and care for him after discovering him in a freak show. Befriended by the famous actress Mrs. Kendal, the rest of Victorian high society develops an interest in Merrick, making the normal life Merrick desires seem out of reach.

For more information about the show, visit the show's webpage at the Samuel French website or review the information from the recent Broadway revival starring Bradley Cooper at the www.Broadway.com webpage.

Auditions for all other roles will be Monday, September 14, 2015 at 7:00-9:00 pm and Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Both audition dates will be in the FPA Studio Theatre located on campus at CCC&TI in Building B, facing HWY 321 near the flag poles.

Dream Salon Offers Free Haircuts In August For Kids

Hickory - Let's face it, the first day of classes can be hair-raising without worrying about having a bad hair day. Dream Salon has discovered a unique way to give back to the back to school students: Free haircuts during the whole month of August.

The free back to school haircut program for children is aligned with Dream Salons mission of civic engagement and Paul Mitchell’s culture of giving. Dream Salon, a PM Focus Salon, is encouraging families to take advantage of the free haircuts. The stylists at Dream Salon believes in reaching out to help people to have a positive impact on the community.

Over the years, Paul Mitchell and Paul Mitchell Schools have donated millions of dollars to hundreds of philanthropic causes, from environmental protection to children’s charities and human rights. But we don’t just give with our checkbook-we mobilize our entire Paul Mitchell community to get involved and lend a hand. Be part of a culture that’s helping to change the world, one good deed at a time.

Dream Salon owner Rita Fair and stylists alike have come together to volunteer their time and individual talents for a cause that they deem more than worthy. They helps kids face the prospect of school with a smile on their faces. When trusting our salon with your services, you get more than just a quality product. You’re supporting a Business that gives back. We are a culture of giving.

The event will be held from August 1- 31 2015 at Dream Salon located at 2404-A North Center Street (HWY 127) in Hickory, NC, located next to the new Food Matters healthy food market.

Simply sign up for a free haircut appointment at www.dreamsalons.com to schedule your new back to school fresh look today.

Area Artists’ Work Sought For Hickory Museum’s

Holiday Open House Sale; October 1 Deadline

Hickory – Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) Galleria seeks area artists to display and sell their works as part of its Open House and Holiday Sale on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The annual open house is the official kick-off to the Galleria museum store’s holiday season.

“December is our biggest month of sales as people come in to find that unique, locally-crafted gift,” said Clarissa Starnes, HMA Galleria Manager. “Involvement from area artists will not only benefit them, but also the Museum. Shopping local and supporting local artists benefits the entire community, so their partnership is greatly appreciated.”

Cost to reserve booth space is $50, with artists retaining 100 percent of self-managed sales.

HMA will provide one round table for displaying sale items. Additional display items must be provided by artists. Artists already featured in the HMA Galleria are encouraged to bring additional items for self-sell that day, since they will be asked to leave merchandise in the gift shop for register sales.

Deadline to reserve space is Oct. 1. Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve booth space, contact Clarissa Starnes, HMA Galleria Manager at 828-327-8576, ext. 210.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Catawba Co. Hospice’s Annual Tennis Benefit Is Sept. 25-27

Newton, NC – Catawba Regional Hospice’s 13th Annual Benefit Tennis Classic will be held on September 25, 26, and 27, 2015, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, NC. The presenting sponsor is Medicap Pharmacy.

The tournament is a men’s/women’s doubles and mixed doubles event. Registration for the first event is $30; for a second event, the cost is $20. Registration includes tournament play, food, drinks, and player gifts. The deadline for players to register is September 21, 2015.

Proceeds from the tournament ensure that medical care, spiritual support, and other services are provided to patients cared for by Catawba Regional Hospice. The Hospice mission pledges to support all those in need, regardless of their financial means or lack of insurance coverage.

 

To register for the tournament or to get more information, contact Sue Mulay, community development coordinator for Catawba Regional Hospice, at 828-466-0466, ext. 2357. Players may also register online at www.TheTennisClassic.com.

For specific questions regarding tournament rules, please contact Scott Nestor, tennis pro at Rock Barn, at 828-459-3630 or snestor@rockbarn.com.

About the Organization:

Catawba Regional Hospice, established in 1979, is a community-based organization providing hospice medical care, patient and family support, and spiritual comfort throughout the multi-county Catawba region. From Lake James to Lake Hickory to Lake Norman, we serve patients and families regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, faith, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay. CRH is licensed by the state of North Carolina, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, and nationally accredited. For more information about our programs of service, call 828-466-0466 or visit www.CatawbaRegionalHospice.org.

Photo: A player from last year’s Tennis Classic positions herself for an aggressive swing.

Bethlehem Day Festival Seeks Vendors By September 11

Bethlehem, NC - The Bethlehem Community Development Association is now accepting applications for the 6th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival to be held on September 19th, 2015 at the crossroads of Shiloh Church Road and Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem (Alexander County).

Food and vendor applications are $25 and MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED by September 11th. For more information contact Bud & Judy Caywood at 828-495-1057.

All applications are available at www.Bethlehemcda.org or can be requested at bethlehemday@gmail.com.

August Senior Mornings Out : Music, Shopping & Prime Expo

Hickory - Catawba County Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a performance by Eclectic Winds, shop at the Hickory Farmers Market and attend the Prime of Life Senior Expo during the month of August.

Seniors Morning Out is a free program offered to any Catawba County resident who is 60 or better. The program operates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at five locations throughout the county. There are daily activities, plus a balanced, hot lunch. Bus transportation is provided for those who cannot drive. If you would like to participate in Seniors Morning Out, please contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance. You may attend one or all of the programs offered.

All SMO participants will travel to Huntington Hills Church of God to watch the Eclectic Winds perform on Aug. 6. This 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. Additional support for art and science programming at Seniors Morning Out is provided by community donors. Eclectic Winds is a woodwind trio consisting of flute, clarinet and bassoon. Eclectic Winds offers a repertoire that extends from the baroque to the late 1900’s. Its members are all accomplished musicians.

SMO participants will also travel by bus to shop at the Farmers Market in Hickory on Aug. 19. Another highlight of the month will be attendance at the Prime of Life Senior Expo to be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center on Aug. 25. A large variety of companies and non-profits with services and products of interest to seniors will be providing information at the expo. Other activities will vary by location.

Some of the highlights at West Hickory SMO, located at West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory, are as follows: Aug. 4, Container Gardening with Dr. George Place, Catawba County Extension director; Aug. 5, Bad Bugs of Summer by Peggy Messick, RN, of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Aug. 12, Music by Sentimental Journey; Aug. 27, Birthday Party with Robert Moore, mobile DJ. To reserve your place, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

East Hickory, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory, will include: Aug. 4, Sentimental Journey; Aug. 13, Dancercise and Bingo; Aug. 26, Making Handmade Lotion with Rita Pritchard; and Aug. 231, Bingo and the Importance of Blood Pressure Monitoring with Melissa Walsh. To reserve your place, call Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 701 N. Main St., Newton, will have the following activities: Aug. 4, Cataract Awareness, Tracey Paul, public health educator with Catawba County Public Health; Aug. 11, Music by the Rev. Daniel Brank with God's Gifts Ministry; Aug. 12, The Importance of Immunizations for Adults by Peggy Messick from Health First; Aug. 20, Cooking Class: Making Blueberry Muffins. To reserve your spot, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba, will have the following activities: Aug. 11, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Honey's IGA; Aug. 12, Cataract Awareness and Treatment by Tracey Paul of Catawba County Public Health; Aug. 18, Arthritic Wraps with Magrit Adelman of Faith Medical; Aug. 27, Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Maiden SMO, located at Maiden Community Center, East Second St. and Klutz Street, Maiden, will have the following activities: Aug. 3, Natural Cures for Diseases by herbalist Cindy Robinson; Aug. 12, Recognition Day: Do You Remember the TV Shows? and Scavenger Hunt Game; Aug. 13, The Scoop on Being a Senior: What to Expect as We Age by Julie Packer with Catawba County Hospice; Aug. 24, Music by Sentimental Journey; Aug. 27, bingo and group singing. To reserve your spot, call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966. To reserve your spot, call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

Seniors Morning Out is offered by Senior Nutrition Programs of Catawba County Social Services. All Senior Nutrition Programs are free to participants, but rely heavily on local volunteers and donations. Volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels are especially needed. For more information about Seniors Morning Out and other Senior Nutrition Programs, call 828-695-5610 during regular business hours or visit the website at www.mealsonwheelsofcatawbacounty.org. The latest updates are available on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mealsonwheelsofcatawbacounty.

ALFA’s Dining For Friends Parties For HIV/AIDS Have Begun!

Hickory- It’s party time again for friends and families to join the battle against HIV/AIDS. The 18th year of a fundraising event called Dining For Friends is kicking off, and for the next 90 days individuals, couples, churches, businesses, schools, and civic organizations are asked to host a party.

How it works: These parties can be as formal or informal as you choose. DFF hosts invite guests, who “pay”, (Donate), for their attendance to the party. The donations collected are tax deductible and provide ALFA with necessary funds to assist those living with HIV/AIDS, and to continue HIV testing initiatives and educational outreach throughout our nine county service area.

DFF Hosts are invited to attach a theme to their event, for which awards will be presented for the Most Creative Theme, Most Attended Party, Most Funds Raised. This contest has in the past had such themes as, “Tie One On” (old neckties used in creative ways); “Tickled Pink” (where everything involved is some shade of pink).

There are already five DFF parties being planned with one being themed as a “Masquerade Ball”.

Each DFF guest will receive a ticket to the 2015 Dining For Friends Finale, if they donate at least $30 at a Host Party. The Finale will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Warehouse 18 in Hickory. Tickets for the Finale will also be available at the door for $30. During the Finale, there will be food, cash bar, a silent auction, and winners named and awarded in the three contest categories.

Everyone interested in joining this fun adventure in fundraising for a worthy cause is encouraged to contact the ALFA, (AIDS Leadership Foothills Alliance) office at 828-322-1447, ext 231 (Megg Lail), in order to receive the DFF Host Packet.

Bethlehem Library’s Exhibit Of Posey’s Work Thru Sept. 24

Hickory - Hickory Artist Nancy Posey will exhibit her work at the Bethlehem Branch Library. The exhibition, “Thousand Words” Images & Recollections, will open on Thursday, August 6th with a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with a Gallery Talk by the artist at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be on display to September 24th, 2015. The Exhibiting Artist Series is sponsored by Bethlehem Friends of The Library and Bethlehem Community Development Association. The Library is located at 45 Rink Dam Road, Hickory, NC 28601.

Of all the titles that would apply to Nancy Posey, Lifelong Learner might be best. While teaching English at the high school and community college for twenty-five years, she has continued to explore all her other growing lists of interests. She has always been an avid reader and writer. Her book reviews have been published in the Charlotte [NC] Observer, the Raleigh News and Observer, Y’all Magazine, English Journal, the Wild Goose Poetry Review, as well as her reading blog The Discriminating Reader (http://discriminatingreader.com) and her writing blog Alabama Tar Heel (http://alabamatarheel.com)

Heron by Nancy Posey

Her poetry has appeared in such publications as Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest, Branches, First Light, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Referential Magazine, and more, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook Let the Lady Speak was selected the 2009 winner of the November Chapbook Challenge by Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides.

She has served as a freelance writer for cookbooks, gift books, parenting and devotional books, and celebrity memoirs and biographies. She has also used her writing and editing skills on independent projects for authors of several books of fiction and nonfiction and for area businesses and institutions. A member of North Carolina Writers Network and North Carolina Poetry Society, Nancy continues to work with others to strengthen their writing skills and to complete publishing projects.

Nancy’s interest in art grew from her opportunity to take classes at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute where she taught English. She moved through Basic Design, Digital Photograph, Computer Arts, and Printmaking, giving her a variety of ways to play with images. As a result, certain motifs appear in a variety of media.

Her art has appeared in Branches, the CCC&TI Literary Arts magazine and has been exhibited at Full Circle Arts, Taste Full Beans (Poets as Artists), Caldwell Arts Council, and Hickory Museum of Art.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing the mandolin.

Kiwanis Charity Golf Tournament Is Set For Friday, September 11

Hickory - Calling All Golfer’s: The Hickory Kiwanis and the Kiwanis Club of Western Catawba County will host its annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, September 11, at Ole Still Golf Club, which at one time was known as Oliver’s Landing. The golf course is located out NC 127 north, cross over the bridge and turn to the left at the traffic light.

All proceeds from the event will benefit children’s needs in our schools, the Kiwanis Park/Zahra Baker All Children Play Ground, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, dictionaries for third grade students, Children’s Advocacy Center, Terrific Kids Kiwanis program as well as many other worthwhile programs that benefit children in Hickory and Catawba County.

The tournament will kick off at 10:30 am with registration, range balls will be available and lunch will be at noon provided by Texas Roadhouse.

A hole in one for a new Subaru will be sponsored by Jim Armstrong Subaru of Hickory, and a $400 value hole in one for tires sponsored by Clark Tire of Hickory.

Closest to the pin on all Par 3s will also be sponsored by Clark Tire of Hickory. There will be a 50/50 raffle fundraiser, a mulligan sale and lots of prizes, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team prizes. The SHOTGUN start will be at 1:00 PM.

The tournament is opened for male and females participants. Brochures on the tournament will be at Ole Still Pro Shop and you can call or email the following Kiwanians for brochures and questions. Steve Aaron-828-446-0480, rsteveaaron@yahoo.com; Bill Wiggs-828-460-4423, billwiggs@charter.net;Tom Devlin-828-324-0524, tdevlin944@gmail.com and Bob Roach-828-446-0033, bobgeroach@gmail.com. We are currently accepting applications for the event and team registration will close on Saturday, September 5. Kiwanians are asking all golfers and the citizens of Hickory and Catawba County to come and join our efforts to continue the support of our children’s needs throughout the community.

Fallen Heroes Fundraiser Is Set For Saturday, August 29

Morganton, NC - The Table Rock Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.) is a brotherhood dedicated to furthering training and brotherhood among firefighters. Each year they have a benefit to provide a fund to assist their Brothers and Sisters in Fire-EMS-Rescue and Law Enforcement community when tragedy strikes or needs arise due to injury, illness or death.

The 3rd Annual Fallen Heroes Fundraiser is Saturday, August 29, from 10am to 10pm at Catawba Meadows Park, 701 Sanford Drive, in Morganton, NC.

There will be barbeque dinners for sale, Emergency vehicles (Fire Trucks, Rescue, EMS, local Police and Sheriff's Dept),
bouncy houses for the kids and a Car Show and Cruise-In. Tickets will be sold for prize drawings and Pink Heals will be present with their pink Fire Truck and personnel.

Prizes include a $500 VISA Gift Card, a Glock Model 19, Gen 4, a Ruger 10/22 Takedown and fourth prize is $250 cash. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held the day of the event at Catawba Meadows Park.

A free concert, with music beginning at noon, runs until 10 pm. On stage will be the Americana-grass band Wiregrass, Malco Conclusion, Midlife Crisis of Hickory, and the duo of Darren and Justin.

The headliner is Kaleb Hensley from Lenoir and his band. Kaleb lives in Nashville, and his been burning the roads up, touring from Detroit to Orlando to Austin. He returns to the Lenoir/Hickory area as often as he can, and will taking the stage from 8 to 10 pm.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend!

For more information, go to www.tablerockfools.com or Table Rock F.O.O.L.S on Facebook.

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

WP Youth Symphony Is Setting Auditions Now For Aug. & Sept.

Hickory - Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will hold auditions for its 2015-2016 season by appointment only, 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25th - Friday, Sept. 4th (with the exception of weekends) in the Performing Arts Wing of the Arts & Science Center on the SALT Block, 243 Third Avenue N.E. in Hickory. All new and returning members MUST audition.

WPYS Candidates should prepare the following for audition: 2 Major Scales in 2 or more octaves, 1 minor scale (any of the three forms is acceptable) in 2 or more octaves and one prepared solo piece or etude.

Each musician will also be given a short passage of sight-reading.

Those selected to the WPYS have the opportunity to rehearse September-April under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross and perform in two concerts:

The WPYS Fall concert will be 7 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015 at the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory.

The WPYS Spring concert will be a side-by-side, performed with the professional WPS orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, also in Hickory.

Tuition for the 2015-2016 will be $100 per year, with payment plans and tuition assistance available to qualified members. That fee includes weekly Monday night rehearsals, two concert performances, a concert T-shirt and two pre-concert pizza dinners for the students...as well as the opportunity to work with our professional resident string quartet during sectionals and challenges! The first rehearsal will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14th in the Keiser Community Room in the West Wing at the SALT Block.

To reserve your Youth Symphony audition time, call the WP Symphony office at 828.324.8603 or email WPS at info@wpsymphony.org.

Cathy Taylor’s Pigments Of Your Imagination, Through September

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council’s Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital will feature artwork by Lenoir artist & national art instructor Cathy Taylor during the third quarter of 2015.

The Art-in Healing Gallery is located just inside the Mulberry Street Entrance to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, and is open 7am-8pm daily

About the artist: Cathy Taylor Ncs (National Collage Society), ISEA (International Society for Experimental Artists) – Mixed Media Artist And Workshop Instructor

Cathy began her artistic adventure with watercolors, and says, “I loved the beautiful, flowing colors. I studied all the techniques and compositional rules and became a decent painter. I tackled acrylics next, then collage and mixed media; finding the process as intriguing as the product!

“I have authored a book on the subject, ‘Pigments of Your Imagination, Creating with Alcohol Inks’, and I continue to discover new ways of working with this amazing medium.”

Cathy Taylor is an award winning mixed media artist and popular workshop instructor. Her water media artwork is a celebration of the patterns, textures, and color found in the natural environment. Cathy is known for her ability to interpret a subject in a variety of styles. From her colorful detailed alphabetical designs including the Florida "Shell-A-Bet", to her whimsical collages and multi-dimensional abstracts, Cathy's work is represented in museums, nature centers and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Some of Cathy's work is licensed for use on clothing, textiles, and gift items. Her work was represented by a licensing agent in New York City who secured rights for a fine art print of a collage which was distributed nationwide.

Cathy's collages were juried into the National Collage Society's annual exhibition in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012. Her articles, "Anthologies", "The Nature of Art", "Rethink Alcohol Ink", and "Creative Spirits" were featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors art magazine.

Cathy is a featured artist on www.artacademylive.com and has created two DVD's; Watercolor Collage and Mixed Media Collage.

She is a member of The High Country Water Media Society (Past President), SIGNATURE member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (award winner), and a SIGNATURE member of the National Collage Society (award winner).

The Caldwell Arts Council, located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail list, please call 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com.

Hickory FD Golf Tourney Sept. 9 To Benefit Bikes For Tykes

Hickory - Hickory Fire Department will host its 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, September 9, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bikes for Tykes program.

The tournament will kick-off on Wednesday, September 9, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition ceremony will be held.

“All kids, including the less fortunate deserve a gift for Christmas and this tournament is a great way for firefighters and friends to raise money for a wonderful charity that helps to make that happen,” said David Mills, Hickory Firefighter and Golf Tournament Director. “All of the proceeds from this event will go to the Bike for Tykes program.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer, play or sponsor a hole, should contact David Mills at (828) 404-2474 or dmills@hickorync.gov. The early registration date is August 15. About Bikes for Tykes

The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Catawba County Christmas Bureau. Bikes and toys are distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau in December.

15th Blues & Burritos Benefit In Mooresville Is Friday, Sept. 18

Mooresville, NC - The Fifteenth Annual Blues & Burritos will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015. The event is hosted by Homesley & Wingo Law Group PLLC and takes place on the front lawn of the firm’s office in the historic Isaac Harris House at 330 South Main Street, Mooresville. The firm is pleased to have Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Max Drake and Shelia Carlisle as special guest performers joining the Part Time Blues Band.

All costs for the music and beverages are underwritten by the law firm. There is no admission fee but donations are encouraged. Burritos will not be complimentary this year but a variety of food will be available for purchase from food trucks and other vendors.

All donations this year will be given to Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and SCAN of Iredell. The firm has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity by hosting Blues & Burritos over the years. Some other organizations benefitting from the event in the past are the American Red Cross, HealthReach Community Clinic, Friends of the Library, the Dove House, the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Serenity House and the Depot Arts Center.

The featured band, Part-Time Blues Band, with guitarist Rusty Barkley, is second to none in the Blues and Blues/Rock field ( www.parttimebluesband.com ). Mother Blues Cohen will join the band for a special performance. Cohen performed for years on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, moving to North Carolina after Hurricane Katrina.

The law firm provides complimentary beverages from New Belgium Brewing Company, the brewer of Fat Tire and other world renowned beer brands ( www.newbelgium.com ). The event is from 6 until 10 p.m. More information is available from the law firm’s website at www.lakenormanlaw.com and the firm’s Facebook page.

Lincolnton Idol Singing Contest To Award $1500+ In Prizes!

Lincolnton, NC - The ACLC is now accepting applications for our first annual Lincoln Idol Singing Competition. Come perform your heart out with the chance of being named our very first home grown Idol! Our competition will feature celebrity judges and special guest DJs. More than $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winner. Applicants must be at least 14 years old to enter our contest.

Applicants will perform as individuals. Contestant fee is $35 per application. Contestant applications are available at ArtslincolnNC.org. Auditions will be scheduled September 21- 24, 2015. Semi-finals will be September 25, 2015, 7-9pm. Finials will be September 26, 2015, 7-9pm.

Auditions, semi finals and finals will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 403 East Main Street. Admission will be charged at Semi finals and Finals, $10 general admission seating, $5 for ages 4 and under. For more information please contact ACLC at 704 732-9044 or email artslincolnnc@gmail.com

Not Your Mama’s Bingo Returns On Friday, September 18

Hickory - September 18, 2015 has been set as the next extremely popular Not Your Mama’s Bingo event, produced by ALFA and HG Fitness. The aptly named Bingo Bunch met recently at the home of David Zealy and Derrick Wright, to begin the process in staging the second Bingo event this year.

The September Bingo theme will be Not Your Mama’s Bingo presents The Circus: Under A Big Top.

”One of the most important parts of the process is possibly selecting the theme for each Bingo,” said ALFA Board member and Bingo Liaison Thom Hutchens. “Staging these events is a cooperative effort between the Not Your Mama’s Bingo BVD’s (Bingo Verifying Divas), HG Fitness group, and ALFA.” Each one of the BVD’s selects a circus character to portray, always a most unusual and creative way.

“The BVD’s select their character, pick the music to accompany their act, and then are cut loose to present their character as creatively as possible,” comments David Zealy, the BVD leader and NYMB coordinator.

While following guidelines for North Carolina sanctioned bingo games, the NYMB goes one better in always presenting a full musical show.

“A new and easier ticket purchase process will be implemented very soon,” said Megg Lail, ALFA Director of Programs and Events. “We sold out the last Bingo, and hope to do the same for September. We will be publishing the process within the next two weeks,” said Lail.

According to Courtney Gates, Director of HG Fitness, and responsible for staging the event, “We will ensure every audience member is entertained the entire evening.” Courtney and the HG Fitness members are also responsible for the prizes presented to each winner of the nine game event.

Each of the games also has a sponsor, coming from ALFA’s nine county service area, and that business or organization also has the honor of joining Queenie Gabor on stage as an official “Ball Puller” for their game.

The Bingo Bunch will be meeting over the next two months to put together the production and will be rehearsing each Saturday at La Rumba De Cache, located at 534 Hwy 70 SE in Hickory, also the location of NYMB, The Circus: Under A Big Top on Friday, September 18, 2015.

Photo: Planning the September Bingo are members of HG Fitness, Not Your Mama’s Bingo and ALFA.

Lincolnton Lions Make Recycling Smart Phones Easier

Lincolnton- Did you, a family member, friends, or coworker receive a new cell phone, smart phone, blackberry, or i-pad as an anniversary, birthday, or graduation gift? Or maybe some of these electronic devices stashed somewhere with plans to dispose of them someday. Unfortunately, what people don’t realize the recycling of these electronic equipment or “e-waste” is just as important as recycling glass, plastic, and paper products to our environment.

According to the wireless industry, Americans upgrade their cell phones, smart phones, i-phones, and i-pads every 12 to 18 months. Many homes have multiple wireless devices left over from their previous service provider. Cellular usage in the USA and globally is approaching 300 million and over 2 billion, respectively. Studies conducted by the US Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) estimates recycling one million cell phones is equivalent of removing 33 cars off the road for one year in terms of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. If all of the discarded cell phones in America were recycled rather than throw away this year, it would save enough energy to power 25,000 US households with electricity for one year.

Recycling cell phones, smart phones, i-phones, and i- pads has become easier in Lincoln County due to the Lincolnton Lions Club strategically placing one of their eyeglasses and cell phone recycling boxes at the following locations throughout Lincoln County:

Lincolnton Locations:
Businesses

1)City Lunch-113 S.E. Court Square; 2)First Citizen Bank- 425 East Main Street; 3)Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce- 101 East Main Street.

Drug Stores And
Health Care Providers

1)The Drug Store- 626 Center Drive; 2)Keever Pharmacy- 102 Doctor’s Park; 3)Carolina Eye Care- 231 North General’s Boulevard; 4)Graystone Ophthalmologist- 2311 East Main Street; 5)Lincoln Eye Center- 110 Doctor’s Park.

Denver Locations
Health Care Providers

1)Advance Family Eye Care- 7547 Waterside Loop Road; 2)Carolina Eye Care-324 North Highway 16
Vale Locations
1)The Drug Store- 9576 NC Highway 10

Lincoln County Government
Departments

1)Lincoln County Senior Center- (2nd Floor) -514 South Academy Street; 2)Jerry Cochrane Computer & Cosmetology Building- Lincoln Campus of Gaston College; 3)Lincoln County Veterans Services- 206 Gamble Drive, Lincolnton. (Please give your recyclable cell phones and eyeglasses to their Office Assistant in their 1st floor office in the former CMC- Lincoln medical office building); 4)Lincoln County Landfill -5291 Crouse Road or any of their convenience sites: a)Airport Road Convenience Site,112 Jack Dellinger Road, Iron Station; b)Car Farm Convenience Site- 815 Car Farm Road; c)North Brook Convenience Site- 616 Highway 274, Vale; d)Optimist Road Convenience Site- 7914 Optimist Road, Denver; e)Owls Den Convenience Site- 701 Owls Den Road, Vale; f)Tin Mine Convenience Site-1879 Tin Mine Road, Lincolnton; g)Webb Convenience Site-7889 Webb Road, Denver.

Before donating, depositing, and recycling your cell phones, smart phones, i-phones, and i-pads in any Lincolnton Lions Club recycling boxes, please erase all personal information. Cell phones will be refurbished and programmed for 911 and donated to needy. Also, i-pads will be refurbished and donated to charity.

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL, the world’s largest coeducational service organization with 1.4 million members in 47,000 clubs and 755 districts in 210 countries and geographic areas will be celebrating 100 years of service in a couple of years. To learn more about LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL, N.C LIONS, INC. or the LINCOLNTON LIONS CLUB, please check out their websites as follows: LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL - http://www.lionsclubs.org; NC LIONS,INC.- http://nclionsinc.org/; LINCOLNTON LIONS CLUB-

Bethlehem Day Festival Set For Saturday, Sept. 19

Bethlehem, NC - The Bethlehem Community Development Association announces the 6th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival and Classic Car Cruise In is set for Saturday, September 19th, 2015 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Bethlehem Day will be located in same NEW location as last year at the crossroads of Shiloh Church and Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem (Alexander County).

The annual fall event features live music, entertainment and activities for children, arts & crafts, food & drinks. Craft and food vendor applications are $25.

All applications are available at www.Bethlehemcda.org or can be requested at bethlehemday@gmail.com.

Applications with fees made out to BCDA should be mailed to BCDA, PO Box 6370, Hickory, NC 28603.

For more information contact Bud & Judy Caywood at 828-495-1057, or bethlehemday@gmail.com.

Footcandle Film Society Sets Its First Film Fest For September

Hickory - The Footcandle Film Society has been screening and facilitating discussions on films in Western North Carolina since its inception in 2008. Through monthly film screenings, discussions, partnerships with various international and educational organizations, and an annual “Oscar Party,” the film society has built a community of over 500 members that support film efforts in our region.

With the growth of the film society over the past six years, and the desire to bring more film-related efforts to the local area, the Footcandle Film Society is announcing its very own film festival: the Footcandle Film Festival! This event will take place between September 25th and 27th, 2015, with plans to become an annual event.

The event will be held at the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory, North Carolina, and is being coordinated through a partnership with the Hickory Museum of Art.

It will be a weekend-long event where between 10-20 films, selected from an open submission process, will be screened for both film society members and the general public. The weekend will also consist of an opening night reception, question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers following select screenings, a roundtable discussion on the future of independent film, and a special closing reception where festival winners will be announced.

Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit their films to be considered for this historic event. For the festival’s first year, there are no limited categories or themes for submissions; all film lengths, types and content matter are welcomed and will be considered for this inaugural year. There will be a “Best of the Festival” award given as selected by our jury, as well as an “Audience Favorite” selected by festival attendees, both with prize money to be awarded.

Filmmakers who want to submit their film should visit the festival’s web site, www.footcandlefilmfestival.com. Submission fees are $10.00, with a deadline of June 1st, 2015. All films will be reviewed by a panel of film society members, with a voting system to determine the best films to show during the festival. Those films selected to be screened at the festival will be notified by early July. Tickets for the festival screenings will go on sale to the general public shortly afterwards.

For any questions about the festival or the submission process, please contact the Film Society at info@footcandle.org or visit the festival’s web site at www.footcandlefilmfestival.com.

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.

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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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