Hickory – Participants in Catawba County Seniors Morning Out will enjoy a variety of fun and informative activities during the month of August. Some of these include trips to the local Farmers Market, Patrick Beaver Library, Prime of Life, music performances and health programs. 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: August 10: Music by Sentimental Journey; August 17: Trip to Patrick Beaver Library to watch “Sully the Untold Story of the Miracle on the Hudson”; August 22: Prime of Life Expo; August 29: Blood pressure checks; August 31: Birthday party and singing by Bob Hollar. 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: August 14: Celebrating National “Creamsicle Day by making Creamsicle Floats; August 15: Gospel Sing a Long with Charles Ballard; August 16: Farmer’s Market; August 22: Prime of Life Expo; August 28: Move to the beat and Bingo; August 30: Cooking Tomato sandwiches with Rita, 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: August 14: Bone Health with Kendal McAuliffe, from OsteoStrong Hickory Wellness Center; August 15: Music by Sentimental Journey; August 22: Prime of Life Expo; August 23: Farmer’s Market; August 29: Bowling at Pin Station; August 31: Music by Fred Wilson. 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: August 10: Music by Seniors on the Move; August 16: Cooking Class on Making ice cream in a bag; August 17: 70’s Birthday Celebration; August 22: Prime of Life Expo; August 23: Food Safety for seniors by Ann Simmons; August 24: Craft with Tonya Jarnac; August 30: Farmer’s Market. 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: August 10: Blood pressure checks; August 17: Neurocognitive Disorders by Terry Spencer with Smoky Mountain Behavioral Health; August 21: Presenting “Bryte Cloud” book with Camila Fogle; August 22: Prime of Life Expo; August 23: Music By Sentimental Journey; August 31: Group Walking and Singing. 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 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.