Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in September, including Cooking classes, farmer’s market visits, and a performance by 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 Sept. 12th, participants at the Maiden and Catawba locations will enjoy a performance by the eclectic jazz band, Blue Tulip. The Charlotte, NC band consists of experienced female musicians performing jazz and blues from the 20s through today with a unique, upbeat style. The performance will be held at the Maiden Community Center.

The Blue Tulip Jazz 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: Sept. 5, Auction fundraiser for the site-bring your donations; Sept. 7, Cooking Class-making zucchini fries; Sept. 13, 5 Activities That Relieve Joint Pain Caused by Arthritis; Sept. 19, Music by Sentimental Journey; Sept. 20, Visit Hickory Farmer’s Market; Sept. 28, Flu Shot Clinic with Rite Aid. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133 at least two days in advance.

SMO_bananabitesAt the West Hickory site, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Sept. 6, Gospel Sing Along at Trinity Village Chapel; Sept. 11, Easy Tai Chi with Diane Christensen; Sept. 14, Visiting Public Health Farmer’s Market; Sept. 19, Benefits of Dragon Fruit; Sept. 21, Music by Sentimental Journey; Sept. 26, Cooking Class with James Patterson-  chocolate covered banana bites. 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: Sept. 6, Dancing to music by Sentimental Journey; Sept.13, Visiting the Farmer’s Market; Sept. 14, Decorating a framed cork board with Debbie Zimmerman; Sept. 19, Effective Communication with Jeff Dula; Sept. 26, Cooking Class with Janice Rogers-easy trifle. 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 SMO site, located at Hopewell United Methodist Church , 2211 Hopewell Church Road, Sherrills Ford: Sept. 5, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Sept. 7, Cholesterol and Seniors with Lupe Avalos of CVMC; Sept. 12, Performance by Blue Tulip; Sept. 21, Crafts with Tonya Jarnac; Sept. 26, Celebrating National 5 A Day Month with recipes and vegetable sampling; Sept. 27, Visiting the Farmer’s Market. 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: Sept. 6, Comedy Movie Day at Maiden Library- Going in Style; Sept. 11, Cooking Class and Donut Tasting; Sept. 12, Performance by Blue Tulip; Sept. 14, Visiting Public Health Farmer’s Market; Sept. 20, Symptoms of Emphysema; Sept. 26, Music by Sentimental Journey; Sept. 28, History of Maiden with Dr. Amber Albert and Jo Duckworth. 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. 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 – Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at .

Chocolate covered banana bites