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November 20, 2014

Local Libraries Accepting Food For Fines, December 1-12

Newton, NC - Local libraries will accept canned goods in place of payment for overdue fees for two weeks next month, from Dec. 1-12. Food for Fines Amnesty Weeks will offer library customers a break with overdue fines while helping the hungry.

Catawba County Library and Hickory Public Library systems are partnering to allow patrons to pay their fines with canned goods at the rate of one item for each dollar in fines. The food will benefit local food pantries.

Fines will be waived on any overdue materials returned no matter how long ago the materials were due. However, donated food may not be used to pay for lost or damaged items.

Customers need not have outstanding fines to participate in the food collection. Receptacles will be placed in each location of both library systems. Acceptable food should be nonperishable and in date (not expired). Welcome items include canned meat, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, boxed cereals, grits, dried beans, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, baby food, Jell-O, jams, or small bags of flour or sugar.

Also welcome are individual-serve pop-top cans and other ready-to-eat foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking such as peanut butter, cheese/cracker combos and individual fruit cups.

All public library locations in Catawba County and Hickory are taking donations: Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Library in Hickory and any location of Catawba County Library System: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Southwest and Sherrills Ford-Terrell. For more information about the library amnesty weeks, contact your local branch.

Various Libraries Offering Free Healthcare Help Sessions

Newton, NC - Catawba County Library will host free learning sessions about Affordable Health Care act starting this month through the end of December.

A representative of Catawba Family Care of Hickory will show participants how to access the Affordable Care website, and how to understand what is being offered.

Sessions are planned as follows:

Newton: Mondays starting Nov. 17 from noon to 8 pm

St. Stephens: Mondays starting Nov. 17 from noon to 8 pm

Sherrills Ford: Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 from noon to 8 pm

Conover: Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 from 4 to 8 pm

Claremont: Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 from noon to 3:30 pm

Maiden: Wednesdays starting Nov. 19 from 9 am to 6 pm

Southwest: Fridays starting Nov. 21 from 9 am to 6 pm

To enroll for Affordable Care Act insurance, participants must provide their Social Security Numbers, W-2 forms or paycheck stubs, policy numbers of any health insurance policies, employer contact information. The data should be gathered before attempting to sign up for Affordable Health Care coverage.

Librarians are available at any library location to help customers find information and navigate the Affordable Care website. Those who do not have an email account may set one up for free at the library.

Hickory’s Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Is Friday, Nov. 21!

Hickory – The streets throughout Downtown Hickory will be a flurry of festive floats, people and music this Friday, November 21.
At 5:30 p.m. the LR Brass Ensemble will begin playing music on the Sails on the Square stage in Downtown Hickory, so people can enjoy the music while they wait for the Hickory Christmas Parade to come through Downtown Hickory.

The Hickory Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the intersection of North Center Street and Main Avenue, NE. All parade entries will be announced by Christmas Parade Hosts City Manager Mick Berry and Deputy City Attorney Arnita Dula. They will be by the red, green and white balloon arch at the intersection of N. Center Street and Main Avenue.

James & Dorothy Best, this year’s Grand Marshals

The parade route is about 1 mile. The route is listed below:

* Turn right on N. Center Street (in front of City Hall)

* Turn left on 1st Ave., NW (up the hill toward the banks, going toward downtown)

* Turn left on 3rd Street, NW (by McGuire’s Pub and Hickory Community Theatre)

* Turn left into Union Square West Parking Lot

* Continue through Union Square, cross over 2nd Street, NW (Hong Kong Café)

* Parade ends where it begins at the intersection of North Center Street and Main Avenue

Mr. & Mrs. Claus will close the parade & greet
children on the Square afterward

James and Dorothy Best, who moved to the Hickory area a few years ago, will be the Grand Marshals of this year’s parade. They recently starred in Hickory Community Theatre’s “On Golden Pond.” James Best is known as Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the Dukes of Hazard, Jim Lindsey, the guitar player on the Andy Griffith Show, and he starred in many other westerns and movies over his career. Dorothy is in HCT’s upcoming “Shrek” and will be the wicked witch and a dancing rat.

After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the Christmas Tree in Downtown Hickory, then visit with children until 8:30 p.m. On the Sails on the Square stage Rick Cline and Nathan Hefner will perform after the parade until about 7:45 p.m., and then the LR Percussion Ensemble will play until 8:30 p.m.

There are more than 75 parade entries this year, go to to see all the participants of the parade.

Christmas Lights Display Opens Nov. 25 In Valdese

Valdese, NC - The 17th Annual Christmas Lights Display at the Waldensian Trail of Faith is Tuesday Nov 25th - Saturday Dec 28th, 2014, 6 pm - 9 pm (every night) The address is: 401 Church Street NW, Valdese NC 28690.

No admission fee, but donations are accepted. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be available for $1 per cup.

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will be with there on Friday, December 12th from 6:00 pm until 9 pm.

For more information, call 828-874-1893, visit or email:

Adopt A Senior Pet Month & Seniors For Seniors At HSCC

Hickory/Newton, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County knows senior pets still have so much love to give, and to celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet month, the following shelter dogs and cats will have a $25 adoption fee, with an approved adoption application, throughout November: HSCC-Hickory: dogs- Mattie, Duncan, Private Ryan, Tiger and Friend, cats- Mickey, Tigger, Serafina, Savanna G, Peanut and Tiger HSCC-Newton: dogs- Grayson, Bowser, Charlie and Coffee, cats- Tessa, Rosan and Gargamel.

The HSCC’s dog adoption or cat adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchip identification, deworming, heartworm test (dogs), FIV/Felv test (cats) and a free veterinary exam certificate. In addition these shelter animals will get their next annual vaccines free through our Wellness Clinic.

HSCC is beginning a new program, “Seniors for Seniors”, now until the end of the year.

Tiger is available for adoption

The criteria for this program are as follows:

• Classification of a “Senior” adopter will be a person over the age of 60 years old.

• If adopting a shelter animal 8+ years, the adoption fee (with an approved adoption application) will be waived.

• If adopting a shelter animal up for general adoption (some exceptions apply) the adoption fee will be reduced by half.

Go by during business hours, at the Newton shelter: Monday - Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm, 828-466-7171 and the Hickory shelter: Monday - Saturday from 11am to 6pm, 828-464-8878; or visit the website,, to see a listing of all available dogs and cats.

A Mancini Christmas Concert Sat., December 20, At HCT

Hickory - Award-winning vocalist Jackie Finley, national recording artist Nathan Hefner, award-winning percussionist Rick Cline, Jennifer Canterbury [lead actress in The Little Mermaid] and Allen Finley will present their ninth annual“A Mancini Christmas Concert” at 8 pm December 20 in the newly renovated, award-winning Hickory Community Theatre. The event will showcase music by world-renowned composer Henry Mancini, such as “Moon River,” “Pink Panther” theme, “Peter Gunn” theme and “Days Of Wine & Roses,” as well as traditional Christmas music.

Finley has opened for country music stars Travis Tritt and JoDee Messina; performed at Nashville’s World-Famous Tootsie’s Orchid; won the 2007 NFDA Idol competition in Las Vegas; and holds six Kay Awards for acting.

Hefner performed at Reese Witherspoon’s wedding and has opened for music star Patti Page.

Sponsors for this year’s show include: A. Sign Co, ABS Legacy Partners, CopyMasters, Darlene’s Catering, Century Services, Equipment Ltd, Finley Advertising, Food Matters, Graystone Eye, Highland Ave. Restaurant, Martin Starnes CPAs, Reflections Furniture, Roll-Tech, Turf Pro/Fence Pro, and many others. Additional Sponsorships and Program Ads are still available.

Individual tickets are $22, and are available at Hickory Community Theatre,, 828 328 2283; Finley Advertising 828 324 6700; 828 322 4738 or Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Photo of Jackie Finley & Nathan Hefner courtesy of Fanjoy-Labrenz Photography

Photo: Jennifer Canterbury

Hickory Youth Council Seeks Art For Teen Art Wall, Due 12/12

Hickory – The Hickory Youth Council and the Hickory Public Library are seeking submissions of teen artwork for the rotating exhibit showcasing Teen Art at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. This is the second call for teen art work since the Teen Art Wall was unveiled at the library in May.

This exhibit offers teens an opportunity to display their work in a location that will be seen by hundreds of people each day.

The contest is open to all current High School and Home School students located in City of Hickory or Catawba County. Artwork will be judged by representatives from the Hickory Youth Council and the Hickory Public Library.

The qualifications for submittal include that all artwork must be the original work, created and submitted by the high school student. Artwork my may not be drawn from any existing artwork (i.e. photograph, painting, etc.) not created by the student. All artwork must be at least 8 ½” X 11” but not larger than 36” X 36”. Students may only submit one piece of artwork. All entries must be accompanied by a completed Entry and Liability Release Waiver Form. The Hickory Youth Council and the Hickory Public Library reserve the right to reject any submissions deemed inappropriate for display at the library.

All artwork is due to David Leonetti in the Planning and Development Department at City of Hickory City Hall by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 12. The Art Wall details and entry form can be downloaded from the Youth Council page on, under Boards and Commissions, under Your Government.

Please submit artwork directly to David Leonetti, City of Hickory Youth Council Advisor, by mail at PO Box 398, Hickory, NC 28603. You can drop off the artwork in person to 76 North Center Street, Hickory City Hall Planning Department, Hickory, NC 28601. Please direct all questions to David Leonetti, Hickory Youth Council Advisor, at (828) 261-2227 or

To see the Teen Art Wall unveiling video, go to the City’s You Tube channel from the City’s Home page on The bottom right corner is the icon for You Tube. Once there, click on Videos and the Hickory Public Library Art Wall video. ( (FOCUS readers can access this video at, within this story on the News page.)

Thriller Manuscript Has Final Three Shows This Week At HCT!

Hickory - “Manuscript,” the Hickory Community Theatre’s latest stage thriller, presents its three final mind bending performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 20, 21 and 22 in the Council Chambers Theatre, 30 3rd St NW in downtown Hickory.

Described as Hitchcock-like in type, the play opens with three college students sharing a winter break, immersed in a personal adventure. As the action tightens, suspense propels the plot to its shocking conclusion. Audiences have been universally surprised at the final twist.

Performances of “Manuscript” continue through November 22 in the Council Chambers Theatre, Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $14, general admission seating and available online at or by phone at (828) 328-2283. The play is rated R for adult language and situations.

“Manuscript” is produced by the Guild at HCT. The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. This production is part of the 2014-2015 Season, brought to you by Paramount, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

PHOTO: Kelsey Perry and Tylan James in the thriller, “Manuscript,” in its final weekend of performances Nov 20-22 at the Hickory Community Theatre.

Call (828) 327-3855 or click for information and tickets.

Photo is by Ken Burns.

Youth Symphony’s Fall Concert Is Monday, November 24

Hickory - The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will perform their Fall Concert on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. in the SALT Block Auditorium. General admission with open seating is $7 per person or $20 for family of 4four (includes NC sales tax). The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony is celebrating 42 years of music and music education.

These young and talented musicians have been hard at work preparing for their first concert of the season. Directed by John Gordon Ross, the Youth Symphony boasts a full complement of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Student conductor, Stephen Mayo, will be assisting the Maestro. The Youth Symphony is sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center with additional support from the von Drehle Corporation, Wells Fargo, and Shurtape. Come and support our young musicians.

Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily.

Contact the Business Office at (828) 324-8603 for concert box office schedule or for more information. Visit the Symphony’s website at or on Facebook.

Newton Rec’s Senior Christmas Dance Is Thursday, Dec. 4

Newton, NC - The Newton Recreation Department is sponsoring its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Dance for those age 55 and older on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the lower level of the Newton Recreation Department. Music will be provided by "Billy Rose," a variety band with more than 25 years of experience.

Tickets will be $8.00 at the door; no advance tickets will be sold. This will be a festive holiday event, so mark this date on your calendar. Everyone attending is asked to bring finger foods. Soft drinks will be provided.For further information, please contact the Newton Recreation Department at (828) 695-4317, or visit

Arts Council Of Lincolnton Amateur Photo Contest

Lincolnton, NC - The Arts Council of Lincoln County is once again sponsoring its annual Amateur Photography Competition. Entries will be accepted 10am until 4pm Friday January 2 and Monday January 5th at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. For additional arrangements, please call (704) 732-9044 or email us at The show will be on exhibit in the Carolina Mills and Cochrane Galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center from January 11th through January 30th.There will be an opening reception and awards presentation for the artists and public on Friday evening, January 9, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

All entrants must be 18 years or older and must engage in photography for pleasure rather than financial gain or professional reasons. Entrants must not hold a photographer’s license or make their living at photography. Photo entries should be original photographs that have not been reproduced for public sale and have not been exhibited in any Arts Council of Lincoln County events in the past. Entry fee is $20.00 for up to 3 photographs with a limit of 2 entry fees per participant. Categories for photographs are: plant life / landscapes, people, animal life, abstract / special effects, miscellaneous and black & white. All entries must be framed and ready to hang. No saw tooth hangers, hooks or desktop frames allowed. All frames must have wire hangers. All work must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Judging will focus on mood, impact, composition and quality. Awards are: $125 Best of Show, $25 1st place, $15 2nd place and $10 3rd place in each category.

For more information, please contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at (704) 732-9044 or email

This project is supported in part by a grant provided through the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.

Funds Available For Low-Income Persons To Pay Energy Bills

Hickory - Low-income elderly or disabled persons in Catawba County may apply for help paying their heating bills at the Salvation Army in Hickory beginning Dec. 1.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is offered each year, with low-income elderly or disabled persons receiving first priority. Even those who have received LIEAP funds in the past must reapply each year.

Households including elderly or disabled persons have first priority and may apply Dec. 1- March 31, or until the funds are exhausted. Only households containing an elderly person age 60 or older, or a household with a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to apply during this priority period. Disabled persons are defined as those receiving SSI, SSA or VA disability.

Payments will be sent directly to the primary heating provider, such as the electric, gas, or heating oil company.

Assistance is based on household income and the number of persons living in the household. To be eligible, households must have total resources of $2,250 or less. "Resources" may include checking and savings accounts, cash, certificates of deposit, etc. The household must be responsible for paying the heating bill.

Eligibility is based on income. The income of everyone in the household is counted. For example, if there is one person in the household, the maximum monthly countable income must be $1,265 or less; two persons, $1,705 or less; three persons, $2,144 or less; four persons, $2,584 or less; five persons, $3,024 or less; six persons, $3,464 or less.

Low-income households that do not include an elderly or disabled person may apply for LIEAP funds Jan. 2-March 31, if funds are still available at the time.

To apply, you must bring verification that you meet these criteria to the Salvation Army. You should bring identification, Social Security numbers for everyone in the household, verification of income/resources and your most current heating bill. Those applying under the early deadline must also bring proof of age, disability, and services received from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. For additional information about this program, contact Catawba County Social Services at 828-695-5625.

ALFA Hosts The Last One On World AIDS Day, Tuesday, Dec. 2

Hickory - “The Last One” will be performed to commemorate World AIDS Day 2014 at Conover Station on Tuesday, December 2nd from 6 – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A free dinner will also be provided.

Attendees are encouraged to wear red in support of HIV/AIDS awareness. The evening will end with a candlelight remembrance ceremony. Please contact Annie Earle at (828) 322-1447 ext. 223 to request more information or to RSVP.

AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) is a United Way member agency providing Medical Case Management, Prevention Education, HIV Testing and Counseling as well as Volunteer Opportunities. Its mission is to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing. ALFA serves Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. For more information about ALFA’s services, please visit

HCT’s Shrek, The Musical Features Familiar, Gifted Actors

Hickory - As rehearsals continue for the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of the Broadway hit “Shrek, The Musical,” they showcase the popular and energetic talents of actors Jairo Pereira and Kelly Dowless.

Pereira is a veteran of four HCT productions, three of them musicals. He was featured in the Kay Award-winning ensemble of “The Full Monty” as the weight conscious dancer Dave Bukatinsky. Most recently he appeared in HCT’s popular production of “Les Miserables.” Off stage he is the credit manager at Kimbrell’s Furniture of Lenoir and likes to spend his spare time working on music.

When asked what drew him to this role, Pereira replied, “I love that it's not your classic fairytale. It shows people that even through adversity, you can still find love.”

The role of Princess Fiona makes full use of the effervescent Kelly Dowless.

A popular favorite on the local stage, she took home a Kay Award for her debut performance as Alice Beane in “Titanic” in 2009.

A resident of Cornelius, she’s made many regional appearances as well, most recently as Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” at the Green Room in Newton, in “Unnecessary Farce” with Davidson Players and in “Life as We Know It” at the Warehouse PAC.

When asked about choosing to audition for “Shrek” she relied, “I think Fiona is the Princess who all little girls (and women) should look up to and not feel pressured to look a certain way, but rather be comfortable in your own skin.”

“Shrek the Musical” is presented November 28-December 14 in the Jeffers Theatre. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (828) 328-2283 or online at

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Shrek, the Musical” is produced by Alex Lee, Inc. This production is part of the 2014-2015 Season, brought to you by Paramount, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

Photo: Kelly Dowless and Jairo Pereira star in “Shrek the Musical.” The show plays Nov 28-Dec 14 in the Jeffers Theatre at Hickory Community Theatre. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for show times and tickets.

Exodus Homes’ Mangum Honor Cards Available For Holidays

Hickory - The Exodus Homes’ 2014 William Mangum Honor Card “Eternal Hope” is now available for the holidays. North Carolina watercolor artist William Mangum is a hands-on advocate for homeless people, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make The Honor Card one of the most well leveraged charitable programs in the country. When someone buys an Honor Card for $5.00 or more, it is given to a friend or loved one to acknowledge that a gift has been made in their honor to Exodus Homes. Each card has information about Exodus Homes, and The Honor Card program.

The Honor Card program has raised more than $5 million dollars over the past 26 years for agencies serving homeless people in thirteen cities across North Carolina. It is funded by Mangum, Wells Fargo, Piedmont Graphics, and the Kearney family with 100% of the proceeds from sales going to support recipient programs like Exodus Homes.

Each year, The Honor Card features a contemplative painting by Mangum, one of the most respected and collected artists in the United States. This year's painting is "Eternal Hope", and he hopes 2014 Honor Card sales will help Exodus Homes continue to do great work as a United Way agency providing faith based supportive housing to homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison.

Eternal Hope by William Mangum

"Hope is a universal force…As we draw near to another holiday season I can’t help but reflect on those who are struggling to maintain some remnant of hope. All around us are people whose lives have seemingly derailed. How do they gain traction or keep moving without the flicker of light or a bit of hope? That light and hope are provided by Exodus Homes’ to our homeless friends in need. Our “Eternal Hope” is in the Creator that made us. What better way to celebrate your holiday season than by giving an Exodus Homes "Eternal Hope" Honor Card to your family and friends to share your bounty and blessings with less fortunate people?" asks Mangum.

Churches and businesses are welcome to pick up packets of cards and displays at the Exodus Homes office. Money raised and any unsold cards left will be collected the week of December 29th. Individuals can buy cards and send them, or request an order form and Exodus Homes will send the cards for them.

"Eternal Hope" Honor Cards and order forms are available at the following locations, or on the Exodus Homes website at

Exodus Homes, 122 8th Ave Dr. SW, Hickory 28602
Exodus Works, 510 1st Ave SW, Hickory 28602
SALT Block Art Museum Gift Shop
Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, 29 2nd St. NW Hickory 28601
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, 1055 Southgate Corporate Park, Hickory 28602

ReasonCon 2015 Tickets On Sale Now For April Event

Hickory – “It was beyond anything I would have imagined for such a small town. To see what these groups pulled together-created for themselves-was an inspiration. In fact, every time I turned around, I felt inspired this weekend. The people, the event, the attitudes and dedication-were all inspiring,” Tracie Harris, speaker at ReasonCon One in 2014.

ReasonCon is an event to showcase the existence of a secular community in the southeastern United States. It is a gathering of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, believers, and everything in between to join the conversation about what it means to be secular, and the benefits for all in the continued and vigilant separation of church and state.

This is also an opportunity for people in the Hickory area to learn more about what it means to be an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, etc. This year, ReasonCon 2015 is being hosted by the Hickory Humanist Alliance, a local chapter of the American Humanist Association with 2 affiliate groups of their own, which gather in the Hickory area once a month.

Over 400 people attended ReasonCon One, as it was called, in May of 2014. The event took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel and featured a day full of speakers talking about everything from using analogies in explaining secularism to the question of the authenticity or existence of an historical Jesus.

ReasonCon 2015 will take place on April 24th and 25th, with a VIP dinner on Friday night at which attendees can meet, chat, and dine with the event’s guest speakers, and then a full lineup of speakers and other events throughout the day on Saturday.

Guest speakers will include: Tracie Harris and Beth Presswood of the Austin Atheists, both of whom frequently appear on The Atheist Experience television show; Ryan Bell, the pastor who decided to try a “year without God”; Heina Dadabhoy, a feminist secular humanist author and blogger; Phil Ferguson, founder of Champaign Urbana Freethinkers and investment advisor; and David Fitzgerald, author, activist, and co-founder & director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival.

Tickets for ReasonCon 2015 are on sale at Early Bird prices will last between November 1 and December 20, 2014, and give attendees a discount for purchasing tickets early. (All ticket prices will be listed on the website.) Those who purchase tickets after December 20, 2014 will pay full price. Official ReasonCon T-shirts will be available for separate purchase at a later date. In the meantime, follow @HickoryHumanist on Twitter, or Hickory Humanist Alliance on Facebook to get further updates, watch for #ReasonCon2015, see the ReasonCon 2015 trailer, and see sneak previews of the events.

Youth Work Permits Now Online For Parent’s Convenience

Hickory - For the convenience of the public, Youth Work Permits can now be completed online. Using the online option allows parents to avoid a trip to their county's Social Services office to obtain a signature.

These permits are required for any worker who is younger than 18. These youths may be restricted to certain types of jobs.

Youth Work Permits, also known as Youth Employment Certificates, are available at the NC Labor Department website, Just click on the link to "Youth Work Permits/Youth Employment Certificates." The youth should have a definite job offer before completing the form. It is best to complete the form at the employer's location to make sure the job description and other details about the work environment are completed accurately.

You must have your browser's pop-up blocker turned off to access the online form. Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher is required to display and print the YEC. The employer, parent, and youth must all sign the certificate. The completed and signed certificate must be given to the employer on or before the first day of work.

The employer must verify the youth's age, proposed job duties, and any restrictions noted on the certificate. The certificate must be maintained by the employer for two years after employment ends or until age 20, as appropriate.

If the form is completed online, and then printed out, a representative from the county's Social Services does not have to sign it. However, if the form is printed out first, and then completed, it must be signed by a Social Services employee.

The online-only option is offered as a convenience. If completing a paper (pre-printed) form, parents must obtain a signature from Catawba County Social Services, which is located at 3030 11th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory (behind Catawba Valley Medical Center). The entire form must be completed and signed by the employer before bringing it to Social Services. The youth and the parent/guardian must both come to the Social Services office since the youth must sign the form in the presence of the Social Services worker, and present proof of age.

If you have any questions or problems with the online process, please call 1-800-NC-LABOR (1-800-625-2267) Monday through Friday.

Spectacular Cherokee Holiday Event Opens Friday, Nov. 28

Cherokee, NC – The annual Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas event is coming to the Cherokee Indians Fairgrounds in Cherokee, N.C. beginning Nov. 28, 2014.

The annual holiday celebration will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm – 9:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00-10:00pm through January 3, 2015. The event will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will open longer hours on New Year’s Eve from 5:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and will feature New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Cherokee Lights and Legends features a custom-designed light show by Holiday Artisans designed to reflect Cherokee stories that were traditionally told during the winter months. There will also be synthetic ice skating, carnival rides, a holiday bazaar featuring local craftsmen, local food vendors and, of course, Santa Claus. There will also be live nightly entertainment.

Admission: Adults 13 years and older $5, children ages 6-12 $3 and children 5 and under free. The cost of admission includes the light show and nightly entertainment. The Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds is located at 545 Tsali Blvd. in Cherokee, N.C.

For group rates and for more information please call the Cherokee Welcome Center at 828-554-6490. You can also visit the website: and the Visit Cherokee Facebook page for more information.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 14,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville, NC and at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Taste Full Beans’ Artists’ Work On Display Through 2014

Hickory - Taste Full Beans' most popular artists of the year will be featured in a double-length "Encore Show" at the downtown coffee shop and gallery throughout November and December.

Michelle Oxenberg Jordan

Local artists Leslie Hamlin, Beth Oczkowski, Amanda Dobbins, Charles Kimso, John David Brown, Michelle Oxenberg Jordan, and Maria Headrick were well-received by area art buyers in their first shows at the shop earlier this year and will bring amazing diversity to the Encore Show. Acrylics by Brown and Kimso will be joined by Dobbins' pottery, Hamlin's painted windows and felted dolls, Ockowski's quilling, Headrick's mosaics, Jordan's digital images, and Kimso's furniture and jewelry.

Maria Headrick works in Mosaic using a variety of materials including tile, stained glass, colored mirror, beads, broken china, and found objects.

Charles Kimso

Amanda Dobbins makes beautiful hand-thrown and painted mugs, vases, pitchers, bowls, flasks, and serving ware in a variety of colors.

Creative Director of the Green Room Theater, John David Brown’s acrylics on repurposed theatrical prop and set remnants are known for their bright colors and sense of whimsy.

Charles Kimso makes remarkable handmade jewelry, furniture, and acrylic art.

Beth Ocskowski is known as the area’s most prolific and polished practitioner of quilling, the art of paper filigree.

Leslie Hamlin is best known for her images created on repurposed house windows. She also uses tin, other types of metal and repurposed materials, and creates felted dolls.

Leslie Hamlin

Michelle Oxenberg Jordan’s digital graphic arts give already resonant imagery a sense of timelessness.

Full Circle Arts Holiday Happening Is Nov. 22!

Hickory - Full Circle Arts is decked out for the holidays for the annual “Holiday Happenings” Show. Please join us on November 22 from 10am to 4pm for an Open House to get the Happenings started. With artworks by FCA’s numerous and diverse members on display, there is sure to be something for everyone. Can’t decide on that special item? Gift certificates are also available.

“Holiday Happenings” will be on display through January 2, 2015. FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. New hours for the gallery are Tuesday, through Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Please visit our website at

Making All Things New

Newton, NC - A drama will be performed at Startown First Baptist Church, 2615 Sigmon Dairy Road, in Newton, N.C. 28658.

The dates and times for this production are Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 10:00am, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00am, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 5:00pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 10:00am and Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Please come and join us for this dramatic production of “Making All Things New.” For more information, call 828-465-0196.

Legal Aspects Of Separation & Divorce, WRC Workshop, Nov. 25

Hickory - Hickory attorney Gary Young will lead a workshop on the “Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce” at the Women’s Resource Center in Hickory Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.

The program is designed to educate women on how to evaluate their legal and financial settlement choices when a marriage ends.  Topics covered include dividing assets, real estate, wills, power of attorney and other legal documents designed to protect the rights of women and children during a settlement.

Registration for the workshop costs $5 and seating is limited.  Call WRC at 828-322-6333 to register.  More information is available at

WRC is located at 125 3rd St. NE in Hickory.  Mailing address is P.O. Box 1608, Hickory, NC 28603.  For more information, call 828-322-6333, or contact Executive Director Cindy Rose at

Auditions For Good Ol’ Girls Nov. 23 & 24

Newton, NC - Auditions for The Green Room Community Theatre’s Black Box musical, Good Ol’ Girls will be held Sunday, November 23 & Monday, November 24, 2014, at 7:00 pm each night. You only need to attend one night of auditions. All those auditioning must be available for all performances of Good Ol’ Girls which are scheduled for January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, February 1, 6, 7, & 8, 2015, as well as a producer’s night (date to be determined). This show is directed by Jeanne Laws and musically directed by John Coffey.

The cast of Good Ol’ Girls calls for five women from age 16 and up. As always, all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Please prepare a song (about 2 pages worth). Note - the show has a definite Southern and country flair. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist. A cappella auditions are discouraged. If you can play the guitar, please be prepared to demonstrate your talent. Auditions will also consist of a cold reading from the script.

All auditions will be held at the Old Post Office Playhouse located at 10 South Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658. Please enter at the lower level door at the back of the building (on South Ashe Avenue).

If you have any questions, please call The Green Room Community Theatre at (828) 464-6583 or visit our website:

The Green Room Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.










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