Hickory – Participants in Catawba County’s Seniors Morning Out programs will enjoy holiday parties, crafts and musical entertainment during the month of December.

Seniors Morning Out is a half day of activities Monday through Thursday. A hot balanced lunch is included. There is no charge to participants, although donations are accepted. Any county resident who is 60 or better is invited to attend. Bus transportation to and from the program is available in some locations. If you wish to attend, please contact the site supervisor at least 48 hours in advance to reserve your spot.

All program sites will be closed Dec. 22-29 for the Christmas holidays.   A special event, “A Caribbean Christmas” with a performance by Pan Jive Steel Drum Band  led by Rick Cline, will be held  at 9 a.m. Dec. 13  at Huntington Hills Church of God.  Seniors 60 and better are invited to attend with a reservation by Dec. 6.  Call 695-5610 to reserve a spot. On Dec. 6 there will be  a performance of “Mountain Wit and Grit” by singer/songwriter/storyteller Michael Reno Harrell at Maiden Seniors Morning Out starting at 9 a.m. These 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.

fsanta-claus-deer-fun-christmas-hd-wallpaperSome of the program highlights include the following:

At West Hickory SMO, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Dec. 5: Making Paint Brush Santas; Dec. 7: Cold Weather Safety with Rik Covalinski of Home Instead; Dec. 13: “Caribbean Christmas” with the Pan Jive Band at the East Hickory SMO; Dec. 15: Shopping at Walmart and making Christmas gift tags from old Christmas Cards; Dec. 21: Singing Christmas Songs with Nancy Frady and Christmas Party. To reserve your place, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

At East Hickory SMO, located at the Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: Dec. 1: Making Christmas Cards with Suzy Killian; Dec. 8: Christmas sing along with Frances McGill; Dec. 13: Performance of “Caribbean Christmas” by the Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 14: Learn to Make Christmas Chex Mix with Suzy Killian; Dec. 21, Christmas Party and Dancing. To reserve your place, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

At Newton SMO, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 North Main St., Newton: Dec. 1, Family “Health” Feud with prizes for the winners; Dec. 6: Making Wooden Snowmen and board games; Dec. 12: Learn to make Triple Layer Cracker Toffee Bars; Dec. 13: Christmas Party at the East Hickory SMO with Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 15: Habitat Repairs and Maintenance for Catawba County Homeowners with Gail Bowman; Dec. 20: Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your place, contact Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

At Catawba SMO, located at Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road; Dec. 13: Christmas party at East Hickory SMO site with Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 20, Music by the Bunker Hill High School Chorus; Dec. 21: Relaxation Exercises and Christmas Party and Gift Exchange. To reserve your place, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

At Maiden SMO, located at Maiden Community Center, East Second Street at Klutz Street, Maiden: Dec. 1, Music by West Side Baptist Church; Dec. 6: Mountain Wit and Grit; Dec. 7: Music by Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church Choir; Dec. 13: Christmas Party at East Hickory SMO site with Pan Jive Steel Drum Band; Dec. 15: Pizza Christmas Party with entertainment by Sentimental Journey; Dec. 19: The Story of Patrick Henry performed by Randy Vanderweit. To reserve your place, contact 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. 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 http://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at http://www.MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.org.