Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in February, including musical performances and craft classes.

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or older is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8am and 12pm. 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 Feb 19th, seniors 60 years or older are invited to attend a performance by the Just Friends Jazz trio, at Lifepoint Church Hickory from 9:30am-12:00noon. Registration is required by calling 828-695-5610 by Feb 12th. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

The Just Friends Jazz trio 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: Feb 4, Shopping at Roses then Lunch at Captain D’s; Feb 5, Craft Class- Paint a LOVE plaque; Feb 7, A Matter of Balance with Sarah Stamey, Area Agency on Aging (Every Thursday in February); Feb 11, Movie Day: “Though None Go With Me”; Feb 13, Cooking Class- Make Your Own Mug Cake; Feb 20, Come hear Bob Hollar Perform; Feb 26, Breakfast at Four Peas in a Pod and then Bowling at Pin Station; Feb 27, Bipolar- Extreme Mood Variation: Is There Stability with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health. 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: Feb 4, Matter of Balance with Sarah Stamey, Area Agency on Aging (Every Monday in February); Feb 5, Foodborne Illness- Suspect, Identify, Treat, and Report; Feb 7, Shopping at Walmart; Feb 12, Steve Townsend to perform; Feb 13, Decorating Salt Dough Hearts with Shanda Nichols; Feb 14, Sentimental Journey to perform and Family Feud; Feb 26, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Invisible Scars with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health; Feb 27, Cooking Class- Roasted Cauliflower and its health benefits. 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 Lifepoint Church Hickory, 2123 Fifth St NE, Hickory: Feb 6, Dancing with Sentimental Journey; Feb 7, Good for you Fruits and Cooking Class- Heart Healthy Snacks Using Whole Grains; Feb 12, PTSD: Invisible Scars with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health; Feb 13, Fire Safety 101 with Teri Byers, Hickory Fire Department; Feb 14, Valentine’s Party and Dance; Feb 18, What Are The 5 Major Foodborne Illnesses; Feb 19, Just Friends Jazz trio to perform; Feb 26, Craft Class- Tea Cup and Saucer Bird Feeders. 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 Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Rd, Catawba: Feb 5, Bowling at Pin Statin and Shopping at Walmart; Feb 7, Keeping Your Heart Healthy with Lupe Avalos, CVMC; Feb 13, Celebrating Black History Month with Minister Gavin Gabriel; Feb 14, Valentine’s Day Party; Feb 21, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; Feb 26, Music by Lonesome Road; Feb 27, Cooking Class- Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Their Benefits; Feb 28, PTSD: Invisible Scars with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health. 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, 207 E Klutz St, Maiden: Feb 4, How Common Are Falls Among the Elderly?; Feb 5, PTSD: Invisible Scars with Vaya Health; Feb 6, Cooking Class- Apple Slices with Caramel Dip; Feb 7, Preventing Germs While Cooking; Feb 12, Dementia Basics with Karen Phoenix, WPCOG; Feb 13, Healthy Valentine’s Party; Feb 18, Gout and Diet, Are They Related?; Feb 26, Sentimental Journey to perform. 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 8:00am and noon, Monday – Thursday. Please call 828-695-5617, 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.

To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition Services at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at 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 www.ccunitedway.com