Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in January including cooking classes and musical performances.

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.

Other program highlights are as follows. At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: Jan 2, Arthritis Management with Jolene Christians, YMCA; Jan 4, Shopping at Walmart and Lunch at Harbor Inn; Jan 11, Mental Health with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health; Jan 16, Movie Day: “The Butler”; Jan 18, Game Day and Craft Class-Sock Snowmen and Penguins; Jan 22, “What’s in Your Cabinets?” Diabetes Management Part II with Annette Nichols; Jan 23, Cooking Class-Olive Garden’s Pasta and Fagioli; Jan 25, Praise Music with Fred Wilson; Jan 30, Bowling at Pin Station, Shopping at Family Dollar, and Lunch at Dixie’s Fish and Chicken. 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: Jan 2, Alzheimer’s Association and Statistics with Julie Cook-Walker; Jan 4, Craft Class-Crafting with Coffee Filters with Shanda Nichols and Lisa Adams; Jan 8, Celebrate Elvis’ Birthday with Elvis Trivia, Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, and Elvis Tribute Artist, Ed Smith; Jan 3, Shopping at Walmart and Lunch at McDonald’s; Jan 11, Dance in the New Year with Sentimental Journey; Jan 16, Mental Health 101 with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health; Jan 18, Gospel Music with Ron Robinson; Jan 23, Cooking Class-Candy Cane Fudge and Adult Coloring; Jan 24, Shopping at Ollie’s and Dollar Tree then Lunch at NY Hibachi Grill; Jan 29, Decorate a Framed Corkboard with Debra Zimmerman. 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: Jan 3, Sentimental Journey and Dancing; Jan 4, Shopping at Walmart; Jan 9, “Is Your Thyroid Secretly Hurting You?” with Rita Pritchard; Jan 10, Craft Class- Rock Painting in observance of Old Rock Day; Jan 11, Heather Smather’s Gospel Sing Along; Jan 16, Cooking Class-P-Nut Butter; Jan 23, Breakfast at IHOP and Shopping at Ross, Cato’s, and Rack Room Shoes; Jan 24, 60 Second Vacation and Penny Ante; Jan 30, “Are You Okay?” with John Helton, Catawba County Sherriff’s Office; Jan 31, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Discovering The Art In You. 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: Jan 2, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Jan 10, Basketball and Family Feud; Jan 11, Movie and Popcorn at Sherrill’s Ford Library: “Max”; Jan 16, Music by Sentimental Journey; Jan 18, “Losing Your Taste” with Char from Home Instead; Jan 23, Enhanced Fitness with Jolene Christians, YMCA; Jan 24, Cooking Class- Cinnamon Toast and Slow Cooker Recipes; Jan 25, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; Jan 30, Decorate a Framed Corkboard with Debra Zimmerman; Jan 31, Music by Charles Ballard. 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: Jan 2, Bingo and Avoiding Stress; Jan 4, Diabetics Management and Empowerment with Dorene King (continues every Thursday of the month); Jan 8, Cooking Class with Salvatore Atkins, Lowe’s Foods-Warm Pimento Cheese Dip with Ritz Crackers; Jan 9, Mental Health 101 with Terry Spencer, Vaya Health; Jan 17, Remembering Maiden with Christine Rykhus, Maiden Middle School Class, Joe Duckworth and Dr. Amber Albert with the Historical Society; Jan 23, Music by Sentimental Journey; Jan 29, Group Walking and Bean Auction. 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 http://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at http://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 online at www.ccunitedway.com
Elvis Trivia & Tribute Artist Ed Smith, Jan 8