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Charles E. Jeffers: Director, Actor And Loving Father Dies At 82

July 2, 2015

HSCC Cautions Owners On Hot Weather Danger To Their Pets

Hickory/Newton, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County wants to remind everyone to remember their outdoor family during these especially hot days of summer. Please be sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure your pets have a shaded space in the cool grass, or keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. A puppy pool is great to have for cooling too. Hot concrete and pavement can easily burn paw pads, test the temperature with your own palms before deciding it's safe to go for a walk, and limit walking times to earlier in the morning and later in the evening. Never leave pets, even for a quick minute with the windows down, in a car or truck. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Here is how quickly a car can heat up in 80-degree weather: • 99 degrees in 10 minutes; • 109 degrees in 20 minutes; • 114 degrees in 30 minutes; • 118 degrees in 40 minutes; • 120 degrees in 50 minutes; • 123 degrees in 60 minutes.(Source: National Weather Service)

And always be certain to have proper identification on your pets, as unexpected storms and 4th of July fireworks can lead to frightened, lost pets.

Humane Society of Catawba County is offering $15 microchips for pets every Monday all summer long. Jane Bowers, Executive Director of HSCC stated “Microchipping is the best source of pet identification. Particularly during drastic weather, we would love to see more pets with microchips in place.”

When lost or stray pets are scanned by an animal organization or business, such as animal shelters or veterinary clinics, these identification chips are able to provide the owner’s contact information and are then able to reunite beloved pets with their owners.

Visit HSCC - Hickory or HSCC - Newton, through July 3rd or on Mondays between 12-4pm for $15 microchips. No appointment is necessary. For more information call 828-464-8878 during regular business hours, Monday- Saturday 11am-6pm or visit

Fireworks & Too Much Sylvia At Family Friday Night July 3!

Valdese, NC - Valdese will celebrate Independence Day as part of the Family Friday Night Summer Series on July 3rd, 2015 featuring Too Much Sylvia.

The Main Street will begin closing at 5:00pm and over 150 antique and classic cars will line the streets so visitors can take a close look at these refurbished beauties.

At 7:00pm it will be time to put your dancing shoes and head to the stage area and listen to the sounds of Too Much Sylvia. Back by popular demand, Too Much Sylvia continues in their long tradition of offering the MOST variety of music. The ultimate in musical variety in a tradition of excellence sums up TOO MUCH SYLVIA, a group of entertainers who have quickly become a Carolina favorite. Rick Lee, Ed Howie, Steve Long and Lee Kelley combine their talents to form a classy four member show and dance act that features a diverse repertoire appealing to every musical taste. Their musical menu includes the best of the 50's and 60's oldies and classic rock, 70's disco, Carolina beach and today’s hot Top 40 dance tunes. This is flavored with pop country, rhythm & blues and standards. Vocals are also a strong suit with each of the four accomplished entertainers being lead vocalists who blend together in tight vocal harmonies. With the desire to please and play something that everyone will enjoy, the boy's fun and contagious personalities will touch everyone. They love to entertain and play only the hits from yesterday to today.

Fireworks will begin at approximately 9: 40pm. Regarded as one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the area, the Town of Valdese sponsors this Independence Day Celebration with fireworks that burst at a lower altitude which allows for a more brilliant display and fireworks that contain a variety of swirls and explosions. The evening will conclude with Too Much Sylvia returning to the stage and providing another hour of great dancing music.

Concessions will be available and provided by the Valdese Merchants Association and several downtown shops will remain open later.

Valdese Family Friday Nights in sponsored by the Town of Valdese, The Valdese Merchants Association and The Morganton News Herald.

Full Circle Arts’ Call For Tiny Art Show Entries, July 16-18

Hickory - Full Circle Arts will be presenting a big exhibition featuring tiny art. The Tiny Art Show will open Thursday, July 23 with a reception between the hours of 6 and 8 in the evening, awards will be given at that time. Artists work will be on display through August 28.

The show is open to all artists and Full Circle is looking forward to a big turn-out again this year for the Tiny Art Show. Artists wishing to enter work may deliver their work to Full Circle Arts, 42-B Third Street NW,m Hickory, (next door to McGuire's Pub), Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17 between the hours of 11 AM and 5 PM, and Saturday, July, 18 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Pieces in all media with dimensions no greater than 12 inches in any direction including frame or pedestal are eligible. This year Full Circle Arts will collect a tiny fee for Tiny Art, $5 for up to 5 works. Full Circle Arts will ask for a 35% commission on work sold for non-members and 30% commission for members. Exhibiting members will pay their usual commission.

This has proven to be a fun and interesting show with art that may be more affordable.

For more information about Tiny Art and Full Circle Arts, please contact them at or call (828) 322-7545.

Not Your Mama’s Bingo Returns On Friday, September 18

Hickory - September 18, 2015 has been set as the next extremely popular Not Your Mama’s Bingo event, produced by ALFA and HG Fitness. The aptly named Bingo Bunch met recently at the home of David Zealy and Derrick Wright, to begin the process in staging the second Bingo event this year.

The September Bingo theme will be Not Your Mama’s Bingo presents The Circus: Under A Big Top.

”One of the most important parts of the process is possibly selecting the theme for each Bingo,” said ALFA Board member and Bingo Liaison Thom Hutchens. “Staging these events is a cooperative effort between the Not Your Mama’s Bingo BVD’s (Bingo Verifying Divas), HG Fitness group, and ALFA.” Each one of the BVD’s selects a circus character to portray, always a most unusual and creative way.

“The BVD’s select their character, pick the music to accompany their act, and then are cut loose to present their character as creatively as possible,” comments David Zealy, the BVD leader and NYMB coordinator.

While following guidelines for North Carolina sanctioned bingo games, the NYMB goes one better in always presenting a full musical show.

“A new and easier ticket purchase process will be implemented very soon,” said Megg Lail, ALFA Director of Programs and Events. “We sold out the last Bingo, and hope to do the same for September. We will be publishing the process within the next two weeks,” said Lail.

According to Courtney Gates, Director of HG Fitness, and responsible for staging the event, “We will ensure every audience member is entertained the entire evening.” Courtney and the HG Fitness members are also responsible for the prizes presented to each winner of the nine game event.

Each of the games also has a sponsor, coming from ALFA’s nine county service area, and that business or organization also has the honor of joining Queenie Gabor on stage as an official “Ball Puller” for their game.

The Bingo Bunch will be meeting over the next two months to put together the production and will be rehearsing each Saturday at La Rumba De Cache, located at 534 Hwy 70 SE in Hickory, also the location of NYMB, The Circus: Under A Big Top on Friday, September 18, 2015.

Photo: Planning the September Bingo are members of HG Fitness, Not Your Mama’s Bingo and ALFA.

Newton Pool Has Dive-In Movie On July 2 & An Event On July 3!

Newton, NC – Break out your swimsuits and towels and head to the Newton swimming pool for this year’s Dive-in Movie and 4th of July Splash Blast. The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, with a Dive-in Movie showing of “Dolphin Tale 2.” Admission is $2 per person or $5 for a family of four.

The 4th of July Splash Blast is 1-5 p.m. Friday, July 3. Pool games, karaoke, ice cream and family fun for all ages will be offered by the Newton Parks and Recreation Department. Admission is $1 for children 5 and younger, $3 for children 6-17 years old, $4 for adults, and $2 for seniors 62 and older. The Newton swimming pool, located at the Newton Recreation Department at 23 South Brady Ave., features two water slides, picnic tables, lounge chairs and wireless Internet access.

For more information, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

Oktoberfest 2015’s Juried Arts & Crafts & Vendor

Applications Are Now Available

Hickory - Be a part of Downtown Hickory’s 30th Annual Oktoberfest!!

Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2015 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors. Celebrating its 30th year, this annual festival will be held October 9, 10, and 11, 2015 in Downtown Hickory NC. Estimated attendance is 100,000 for the three day event.

Hickory's Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October.

It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest’s Juried Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. The Arts & Crafts area includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, jewelry, photography and more. Booth spaces are 10 x 10 and limited to one craftsperson per booth. Registration will be accepted until Thursday, August 1, 2015. Booth fees are $200.00 for all three days with electricity available for an additional $25.00.

Applications and guidelines are available on line at

Other vendors include foods from around the world, commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Applications for Commercial and Non-Profit vendors are available online at Food vendors are welcomed into the festival by invitation only. No applications are provided online.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2015, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website and click on vendor applications or email

Eastern Band Of Cherokees’ Annual Powwow Starts July 3

Cherokee, NC – The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 40th Annual Powwow kicks off July 3 and runs through July 5 at the Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center.

The Powwow is a yearly three-day explosion of authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. The event features dance competitions offering more than $60,000 in cash prizes, plus hand drumming, tribal sports, tiny tots, fireworks, and special contests all weekend long.

Gates open Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5 at 12 p.m. Daily admission is $12, or $10 a day with a Food Lion Card (MVP). Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

Dancer at a Powwow

For information, contact: Frieda Huskey, or 828-359-6492; Angela Hernandez, or 828-359-6479; or Daniel Tramper, or 828-399-0835.

Visitors can also contact the Cherokee Welcome Center: 800-438-1601 or by email at

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 15,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville and at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Beginning July 6, CVCC Offers Adult High School 100% Online

Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College’s Adult High School Program will soon be offered in a 100 percent online format for the convenience of students. And, there is no fee.

This convenient new distance learning option will be available beginning July 6. Computer labs on campus will be staffed at advertised hours to also provide students with an opportunity for personalized instruction.

The new online format accommodates more students, and allows them to work toward their diploma on their schedule at their pace.

There are no required class days. Students are also able to work on assignments in CVCC’s Adult High School computer lab during set hours.

Orientation for new students will be held July 6, noon to 1 p.m. and July 23, 7 to 8 p.m.

A new series of classes starts every two weeks.

To qualify for the online format, students must present an official high school transcript.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the online format are encouraged to schedule official transcripts and assessment/advising appointments in July. Contact Tina Fredell at 828-327-7000, ext. 4353, to schedule an advising appointment to get started.

68th Craft Fair Of The Southern Highlands, Asheville, July 16-19

Asheville, NC - Join us for the 68th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, NC, July 16 - 19 and October 15 – 18, 2015. Nearly 200 juried artists of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be selling works of clay, metal, wood, jewelry, fiber, paper, natural materials, leather and mixed media. With styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, the Fairs showcase the rich talent, diversity and craft mastery of Guild members.     

The Craft Fairs have a proud tradition and history of excellence by representing the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit organization formed in 1930.

The exhibit floor of the Craft Show

The Fairs began in 1948 as a way to provide a regional market for the mountain craftspeople. Since that time, the Craft Fairs have set the standard for fine craft shows across the country. Each year in July and October craft collectors and gallery owners from across the country come to Asheville to see the show. They are joined by western North Carolina residents who appreciate the quality and history of the show, knowing it is an ideal destination for shopping and inspiration. Nearly 20,000 visitors to the Fairs each year invest in the regional and local economies while supporting artists working in the Appalachian mountains, and by spending a summer or fall weekend in beautiful Asheville, NC.     

In addition to providing a retail market for juried members, the Guild also hosts craft demonstrations during the Fairs. A strong part of the Guild’s mission is to educate the public about the history of crafts in this region, various craft techniques, and an appreciation for fine crafts. Visitors have the opportunity to see artists using traditional methods of handmade craft.

By Greg Magruder

Beginning on Friday during each Craft Fair, mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage. Since the first fair in Gatlinburg in 1948, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience. From old time to bluegrass, this tradition is kept alive today. Visit for a complete list of performances.

US Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC

Thursday - Saturday:  10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Admission: $8; Two day pass: $12; Children under 12 free  

“Creating a world in which craft and other native talents can flourish – this is the Guild’s legacy. The craftspeople of Southern Appalachia are always aware of tradition and forever renewing themselves from the old sources of nature, family, spiritual life and the desire to share one’s gifts with others.”

By Linda Caristo

Jan Davidson, Director, John C. Campbell Folk School

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Craft Fairs are one of the ways in which the Guild fulfills its mission. To learn more about Guild programs, visit Info: 828-298-7928.

10th Annual Edith Pirkle 4th Of July Parade In Maiden

Maiden, NC - The 10th Annual Edith Pirkle 4TH of July Parade is Saturday July 4, 2015.

Everyone is welcome, it’s free to attend!

The schedule is: 10am, Assemble at the Maiden Library and at 10:30 am, the Parade begins! The Parade ends at Cornerstone FLC parking lot.

At 11:15 am, the program begins in the FLC.

Join us for the festivities and patriotic music!

The Grand Marshall is Mrs. Edith Pirkle, founder of Maiden’s July 4th Parade. Be sure to dress in your patriotic best! Awards will be given for the Best Child Costume, Best Adult Costume, Best Vehicle, and Best All-Round.

Help Local Youth Groups by purchasing food for sale at the end of the Parade.

You can participate if you walk, ride a scooter, golf cart, skateboard, 4-wheeler, or horse, drive a vintage car, wagon, stroller, jeep, convertible or motorcycle! Helmets are required for children under 16 driving in the parade.

Mike ‘Lightnin’ Wells At Blues Out Back On Friday, July 10

Dallas, NC - The Gaston County Museum will host the performance of Mike “Lightnin” Wells, as part of their 17th Annual Blues out Back free summer concert series on the lawn behind the museum. The concert is Friday, July 10, from 6:30-8pm. It is sponsored by The Town of Dallas & GSM Services, Inc.

With his experience, knowledge, and well-honed performance skills, Mike “Lightnin’ " Wells has established himself at the forefront of the traditional blues revival. He is a life-long student and devotee of the pioneering performers in the piedmont blues tradition which once thrived in the Carolinas.

Lightnin’ Wells

Mike has taught blues guitar throughout the country and has served for years as a board member for the Music Maker Relief Foundation which assists elderly blues and old-time musicians to meet their basic needs. His musical style is personal and energetic yet remains true to the original root form. Lightnin’ Wells goal is to entertain and educate using a variety of sources, influences, and techniques to express his dedication, respect and pleasure in presenting this unique American art form.

Please join us for this free concert as we celebrate the summer with some Blues!

For more information about this program please contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at to reserve your seat. Space is limited.

Through July, Catawba Humane Society Has A Kitty Special!

Hickory/Newton, NC - Throughout July, Humane Society of Catawba County kittens will have a $30 adoption fee, or adopt 2 kittens for $50, with an approved adoption application.

And cats (6+ months) will have a $25 adoption fee, or adopt 2 for $40, with an approved adoption application (some exceptions apply). Cat & kitten adoption fees include spay or neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchip identification, deworming, FIV/Felv test, a free veterinary exam certificate and a friend for life.

Boots needs a home!

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 cats.

Both shelters will be closed Saturday for the 4th of July holiday.

Hickory: 3224 20th Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602

Newton: 201 Government Services Dr., Newton, NC 28658

Dylan Thomas Prize Winner At Poetry Hickory On July 14

Hickory - Amber Flora Thomas, winner of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize, Ann Stanford Prize, and Cave Canem Poetry Prize will teach a workshop on "The Consciousness of Revision" and read from her books at the next Poetry Hickory on July 14 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse & Gallery in downtown Hickory.

Thomas's published work includes EYE OF WATER: POEMS (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005) and THE RABBITS COULD SING: POEMS (University of Alaska Press, 2012).

Amber Flora Thomas’ workshop is 7/14

Most recently, her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and numerous other journals and anthologies.

She is a Cave Canem Fellow and Faculty member. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the East Carolina University. She was born and raised in northern California.

Thomas will be joined by Durham publisher, editor, teacher, and poet, Ross White. White is the author of How We Came Upon the Colony (Unicorn Press, 2014), and his poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2012, New England Review, Poetry Daily, and The Southern Review, among other publications.

Ross White, poet & teacher

With Matthew Olzmann, he edited Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series (Bull City Press, 2012). He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, edits "inch" magazine, and is the publisher at Bull City Press.

Thomas's workshop begins at 5:30. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. To register, contact Scott Owens, owner of Taste Full Beans at 828-234-4266.

The featured readings begin at 7:00, and are followed by an Open Mic. Participants in the Open Mic must be registered by 7:00 that night.

Game Truck For Kids & Teens, At The Library On Thursday, July 9!

Hickory - What is Game Truck? It is the ultimate video game party for kids and teens packaged in a self-powered, climate-controlled, 50-foot truck. The truck is filled with flat-screen HDTVs, enhanced sound, and more than three dozen of the latest multiplayer games for X-Box 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. They even provide a Game Coach to manage fair play.

Basically, it’s a party on wheels for video game fans and it is coming to Hickory Public Library! Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will be hosting two 55-minute sessions of gaming fun from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, July 9th. The first session will be for kids ages 8-11 and the second is for ages 11-17. Game selections will be made at the time of the party.
There are four easy ways to earn a seat on the Game Truck. Simply complete one of four specific activities: draw a 6-panel cartoon, write a poem, draw a superhero or build a model robot out of ordinary household items. Then trade it in at the Hickory Public Library for a free pass to one of the gaming sessions. This is a great chance to try out new games and have loads of fun playing with your friends.

Space is limited to 16 kids per session, so pick an activity and get started today.

For siblings and those who don’t earn a Game Truck ticket the library’s meeting room will be open for group play on the PlayStation during the hours of the Game Truck party.

For more information contact the Youth Services Department at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library at 828-304-0500, ext 7271.

Legally Blonde Auditions At HCT Are July 13 & 14, 7pm

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre is holding auditions on Monday and Tuesday, July 13th and 14th at 7:00pm. for the first show of the 2015-2016 season, “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

The musical follows the story of how Harvard’s beloved blonde proves she has the right stuff to succeed in the legal world. This energetic musical takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery.

Those auditioning should prepare a song and dress in comfortable clothes and shoes for dance auditions. The show has roles for at least 21 men and women, ages 18 and up. See more about the show at:

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Legally Blonde” is part of the 2015-16 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive.

RugBug Auditions For Magic Unicorn Are July 6 & 7, At HCT

Hickory - The RugBug Theatre@HCT is holding the first round of auditions for its summer series.

The first play is “The Magic Unicorn of Many Colors.” Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, July 6th and 7th at 1:00pm.

“The Magic Unicorn” is the story of Alegria, a magical unicorn who is causing all kinds of problems who needs the help of a human child to solve them.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The summer RugBug Theatre series is sponsored by the Hickory Rotary Club and Shurtape. The RugBug Theatre is also part of the 2015-16 season sponsored by Paramount Automotive. HCT is at 30 3rd St. NW, Hickory.

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