Hickory – Participants in Catawba County Seniors Morning Out will enjoy a variety of fun and informative activities during the month of July. Some of these include trips to the local Farmers Market, music performances, craft day, and programs provided by Vaya Health.  Seniors Morning Out will be closed on July 4 to observe Independence Day.

Seniors Morning Out operates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in five convenient locations. A hot, balanced lunch is also served. Any county resident who is 60 or better is invited to participate. The program is free to participants, although donations are accepted. Bus transportation is available in some locations for those who do not drive. If you would like to participate in any or all of these activities, contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance.

A few of the program highlights are as follows:

At West Hickory SMO, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: July 3: Patriotic Sing-a-Long with Nancy Frady; July 10: Bingo; July 11: Watercolor with Lisa Adams; July 13:  Farmers Market at Public Health; July 17: Safe Strides with Robbie Anderson from Gentiva Home Health; July 20: Music by Sentimental Journey; July 25: Heath Benefits of Pineapple and blood pressure checks; July 26: Bingo; July 27: birthday party and singing by Charles Ballard.  To reserve your place, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At the East Hickory SMO, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: July 5: Sentimental Journey; July 11: Depression /Suicide in Older Adults by Jeff Dula; July 12: Blood Pressures checks and Nutritional Facts about Pecans; July 17: Gospel Sing a Long with Charles Ballard; July 18: Bingo; July 24: CapTel captioned telephone program with Kristine Beatty, to reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

At the Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: July 5: Music by Fred Wilson; July 11: Blood Pressure checks; July 12: How to Make Cracker Candy; July 17: Painted River Rocks; July 18: music by Sentimental Journey; July 24: Bowling at Pin Station; July 25: Anxiety Disorders by Terry Spencer with Smoky Mountain Behavioral Health; July 31: Movie Day “By Dawn’s Early Light.” To reserve your place, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

At the Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba:  July  3:  Bingo;   July 5:  Bowling at Pin Station; July 6:  Blood Pressure checks and Fall Prevention by Kayla Hefner Catawba Valley Medical Center ; July 13:  Music by Fred Wilson;  July 18: Indoor Beach Party, food and games;  July 19: Cooking Class on Roasting Vegetables;  July 20: Sing- a- long with Camilla Fogle,  July 26: Parkinson’s Disease by Annie Williams;  July 27: Craft with Tonya Jarnac;  To reserve your place, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

At the Maiden SMO, located at the Maiden Community Center at the corner of East Second St. and Klutz Street, Maiden: July 3:  Red, White, and Blue Party;   July 6:  Singing by West Side Baptist Church ;   July 10: Recognition of Pecan Pie Day and tasting;  July 11: Corn hole;  July 13: Trip to Public Health Farmers Market ; July 20:  Personality Disorders by Terry Spencer with Smoky Mountain Behavioral Health;  July 25: Bingo;  July 31: Music time with Camila and Larry Fogle- Victrola and 78 Record Music. To reserve your place, call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services. In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. This program relies on donations by local individuals and businesses. If you would like to make a donation, you may go to www.mealsonwheelsofcatawbacounty.org and click on the red “Donate Now” button. Be sure to choose Meals on Wheels or Seniors Morning Out from the drop-down menu. You may also write a check to Catawba County Social Services and write “Senior Nutrition Services” in the memo line. Mail your donation to Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658. If you or your group would like to sponsor a fund-raising event for Catawba County’s Senior Nutrition Services, contact Jan Shaffer at 828-695-5610.

Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. 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

Photo: Farmers Market