Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in December, including Christmas specials and parties, along with a performance by 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 Dec 5, seniors 60 years or older are invited to attend a performance by the jazz trio Blue Tulip at Huntington Hills Church of God Family Life Center from 9:00am-12:00noon. Registration was required by calling 828-695-5610 by November 28, so please call ahead.  Lunch will be provided at no cost.

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

Other program highlights are as follows.

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: Dec 4, Craft Class- Christmas Tree Topper; Dec 7, Shopping at Hamricks and lunch at CiCi’s Pizza; Dec 11, Special Christmas program with Charles Ballard; Dec 14, Christmas Shopping at Walmart; Dec 18, Cooking Class-Crock Pot Rice Pudding; Dec 21, Christmas Celebration at Western Steer. 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: Dec 4, Christmas Special with Charles Ballard; Dec 6, Breakfast at Shell’s BBQ and Sing Along at Trinity Village; Dec 7, Christmas Carols with Homeschooled Children; Dec 11, Christmas Chaos Gift Exchange-bring a wrapped inexpensive gift; Dec 13, Craft Class-Christmas Ornaments with Jennie Ritch and Candy Making with Nancy Frady; Dec 14, Tanglewood Festival of Lights; Dec 18, Christmas Trivia and Jingo; Dec 20, Shopping at Walmart. 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: Dec 4, Craft Class-Christmas Cards and Bingo; Dec 5, jazz trio Blue Tulip to perform; Dec 7, Shopping at Walmart; Dec 11, Christmas Dance with Elvis; Dec 13, Christmas Lunch at O’Charley’s and Shopping at the Mall; Dec 14, Hot Cocoa Day and Craft Class-Christmas Ornaments; Dec 20, Gift Exchange; Dec 21, Christmas Party and Dance. 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: Dec 5, Bowling at pin Station and Shopping at Hamricks; Dec 6, Christmas Music by BHHS Chorus; Dec 13, Cooking Class-Christmas Cookies; Dec 14, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; Dec 20, Christmas Party and Gift Exchange- bring a $5 gift; Dec 21, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart. 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: Dec 5, Shopping at Hamricks and Lunch at Western Steer; Dec 7, Cooking Class- Snowman Dessert Dip with Pretzel Sticks; Dec 11, Group Walk and Lunch at Untouchables; Dec 13, Bingo and Craft Class- Christmas Wreath Center Piece; Dec 14, Westside Baptist Church to sing; Dec 18, Christmas Party and Christmas Bingo; Dec 19, Group Exercise and Christmas Music Game. 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. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. The program is also conducting its annual fund-raising drive at this time. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at www.MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.org.

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is a United Way funded partner. Catawba County United Way’s mission is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
For more information, locate us on Facebook, 828-327-6851 or www.ccunitedway.com