Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in November, including cooking classes and performances by Christian comedian, Mama Susie and Jazz Trio Blue Tulip.

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

On November 7, seniors 60 years or older are invited to attend a performance by the Christian comedian Mama Susie at Huntington Hills Church of God Family Life Center from 9:00am-12:00noon. Registration is required by calling 828-695-5610 by October 31.  Lunch will be provided at no cost. On November 8, seniors 60 years or older are invited to attend a performance by jazz trio Blue Tulip at the Maiden Community Center at 9:00am. Registration is required by calling 828-695-5610 by November 1. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

The Mama Susie and Blue Tulip performances are supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Other program highlights are as follows.Blue Tulip

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: November 2, Eat Smart Be Active with Cameron Forbes-Intern with Cooperative Extension; November 9, Craft class with Debra Zimmerman-decorate a framed cork board; November 13, Essential Oils in the Bible with Allison Leatherman-make hand sanitizer with essential oils ($5); November 15, Shopping at Walmart; November 22, Celebrate Thanksgiving with Elvis at Western Steer; November 28, Bowling at Pin Station and Lunch at Fat Bax Cafe; November 30, Christmas with the Melodears. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133 at least two days in advance.

At the West Hickory site, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: November 1, Craft Class-Mason Jar Scarecrow-bring you own mason jar; November 2, Cooking Class with James Patterson-Apple Cream Cheese Crunch Bars; November 8, Chair Zumba with Angela Cates and Shopping at Walmart; November 14, Prevention and Management of Diabetes with Annette Nichols with Too Sweet for Diabetes; November 20, Movie at Patrick Beaver Library: “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”; November 29, Craft Class-Making Angels with Shanda Nichols. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: November 1, Music by Sentimental Journey and Dancing; November 6, Shopping at Walmart; November 7, Christian comedian Mama Susie to perform; November 9, West End BBQ and shopping at Roses; November 15, Cooking Class-Turkey Cookies; November 22, Safety Tips when Preparing Turkey; November 28, Anxiety Disorder with Jeff Dula- Vaya Health. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Rita Pritchard at least two days in advance by calling 828-320-5963.

At the Catawba site, located at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 2211 Hopewell Church Road, Sherrills Ford: November 2, Lifeline and Fall Prevention with Carol Robinson-CVMC; November 14, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; November 15, Music by Sentimental Journey; November 16, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; November 21, Cooking Class- Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and Healthy Skin Tips; November 29, Holiday Food Safety with Ann Simmons-Cooperative Extension; November 30, Breakfast at Fat Bax and Shopping at Dollar Tree. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434 at least two days in advance.

At the Maiden site, located at the Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street, Maiden: November 2 Fall and Fire Prevention in the Elderly with Melanie Sigmon; November 8, Blue Tulip to Perform; November 9, Sleep Management with Matt from Aeroflow; November 14, Craft Class-Thanksgiving Placemats; November 20, 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s with Julie Walker-Alzheimer’s Association; November 21, Food Choices for Diabetes with Annette Nichols; November 22, Cooking Class-Thanksgiving Blessing Mix; November 28, Music by Sentimental Journey. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966 at least two days in advance.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services and is in need of volunteers to assist with the program between 8:30am and noon, Monday – Thursday.  Please call 695-5617 if interested.   In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610.

Photo: Blue Tulip is an all female eclectic Jazz-Blues band in Charlotte NC. The band consists of experienced seasoned musicians performing jazz and blues from the 20s through today.