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October 30, 2014

Oasis Shriners’ Sat., Nov. 1 Event Includes Hickory Parade, 2pm!

Hickory - “Honor our Youth and Veterans” is the resounding theme of Oasis Shriners’ big meeting in Hickory, NC, Saturday, November 1, 2014. More than 1,000 Shriners will convene in and about the Hickory Metro Convention Center in colorful fezzes and costumes to recognize the outstanding youth and veterans of the great Hickory area, to conduct shrine business including induction of a number of new members, and to stage a highly entertaining parade through downtown Hickory.

Oasis Shriners is the largest of the 195 chapters of Shriners international with nearly 6,000 members from the 50 western counties of North Carolina. Oasis Shriners is also the biggest contributor of the 195 Shriners international chapters to Shriners’ hospitals for children “the world’s greatest philanthropy.” Oasis Shriners contributed $1,400,000 to the hospitals in 2013 and is on track to make an even larger contribution for 2014.

Shriners hospitals for children treat 124,000 active patients for orthopedic problems, burns, spinal conditions, cleft lip, cleft palate, cerebral palsy and other serious physical problems. A number of Shriners’ hospitals for children patients live in the Hickory area. Oasis provides, through a dedicated group of volunteer Shriners, the Oasis tripsters, free transportation for children and parents to state of the art specialty hospitals to provide the best possible care. Shriners hospitals for children spent over $850,000,000 in the past year on treatment and research conducted at 20 national and two international hospitals dedicated to treating young people.

Oasis Shriners are also raising money to help the many wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Oasis, partnering with Charlotte Bridge Home is currently providing service “comfort” dogs to traumatized veterans of these recent wars.

The Oasis Hickory meeting will start with a rousing welcoming program at 8:30 am at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The general public is invited to this stimulating program. Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright, Senator Kay Hagan, Congressman Patrick Mchenry, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, speaker of the North Carolina house of representatives Thom Tillis, and Hickory members of the North Carolina senate and house have been invited to attend this program and to participate in the Shriners 2:00 pm Parade through downtown Hickory.

Before the parade Oasis Shriners chief executive officer David Sumpter, a Murphy, NC Attorney, and notable guests will give brief greetings from a speakers platform on the parade route in downtown Hickory at 1:30 pm. Sumpter will honor Shriners’ hospitals patients and parents on the parade platform. Sumpter will also give special recognition and contributions to Hickory High school students, St. Stephens high school students and Lenoir-Rhyne college students on this platform during the parade.

Oasis Shriners has invited the Hickory High school band, football team and cheerleaders, the St. Stephens high school band, football team and cheerleaders, and the Lenoir-Rhyne pep band to participate in a blockbuster parade through downtown Hickory.

The parade will star international award winning Shriner units including the Oasis scooter patrol, the Sand T’s, the Mountain Buggies, the Oasis Dunecats, the Oasis Nascarts (mini nascar cars), the Oasis Gator Patrol (lots of gators with steam and flashing eyes ridden by hearty Shriners), the Surry Mini Truckers, the daredevil antics of the Oasis 500’s and the Piedmont Pistons, the madcap antics of the Oasis hillbillys, the colorful Oasis patrol and drum and bugle corps, the bagpipes of the Oasis Highlanders, the exotic tunes of the oriental band, the patrotic marches of the Oasis band, the fun of the Oasis keystone cops, the Oasis desert rangers, the big rigs, the classic cars of the Oasis oldies and the Oasis ragtops, and the flamboyant ritualistic cast.

Many other Shrine leaders, unit and club members will participate in the parade. There will also be colorful participation by local Masonic lodges, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the York Rite of Freemasonry. All Shriners are Freemasons but not all Masons are Shriners.

Bring in the clowns, let the fun begin! The wonderful Oasis clowns will be present throughout the parade giving small tossing small footballs and giving coveted “fezzy bears” to children along the parade route.

Oasis Shriners CEO Sumpter enthusiastically states “We want this to be a great celebration of the Hickory area and our many fine members from this outstanding part of our wonderful state. We hope that many local residents will come out and join the fun of this celebration.”

Seniors Morning Out Events For November In Catawba County

Hickory - Seniors in Catawba County are invited to participate in a variety of activities during November at the five Seniors Morning Out locations in the county.

Seniors Morning Out is open to any county resident who is 60 or better. There is no charge to participate, although donations are accepted. In addition to the activities, a hot, balanced lunch is served. This program operates Monday through Thursday mornings. All locations will be closed Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you would like to attend one or all of the programs, contact the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance. Some of the program highlights are as follows.

Maiden SMO: Nov. 3, Food Borne Illness and How to Safely Prepare Your Thanksgiving Turkey; Nov. 11, Thanksgiving Recipe Contest and Color Turkeys for Contest; Nov. 12, Animal Program by the Catawba Science Center; Nov. 26, Bingo and Thanksgiving Lunch. The Science Center program 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. Additional support for arts and science programming at Seniors Morning Out is provided by community donors. To reserve your spot, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

East Hickory SMO: Nov. 12, Music by Sentimental Journey; Nov. 13, Honoring Our Veterans and Bingo; Nov. 17, Learn to Make Cheese Biscuits with Faye Floyd; Nov. 20, Sing Along and Laughs with the Clontz Family; Nov. 26, Making Christmas Crafts and Bingo. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

West Hickory SMO: Nov. 5, Movin' and Groovin' to the Golden Oldies, Brain Games and Trivia with Meghan Lawton of the Alzheimer's Association, and Hand Bells with Bev Hall; Nov. 11, Join Newton SMO for lunch and music by Damascus Road; Nov. 12, Pain Free with Vitality for Seniors by Dr. Elizabeth Beadle, Chiropractor and Acupuncturist; Nov. 17, Helping Your Birds Survive Winter with Judy Bransford of Wild Birds Unlimited; Nov. 18, National American Indian Heritage Month Craft (Making a Dream Catcher). To reserve your spot, call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

Newton SMO: Nov. 5, Bingo and Facts on Food Borne Illness; Nov. 6, Make Christmas Greeting Cards with Nancy McKay ($5 for class); Nov. 12, Performance by the Ridgeview Sliders; Nov. 17, Craft Turkey Lapel Pins; Nov. 19, Learn to Make Gingerbread Cake; Nov 26, Shopping at Goodwill and Thanksgiving Meal at Cracker Barrel. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Claremont SMO: Nov. 4, Travel to Israel Program with John Polinski; Nov. 10, Alzheimer's, Dementia and Normal Aging by Meghan Lawton of the National Alzheimer's Association; Nov. 13, Performance by the Ridgeview Sliders; Nov. 24, Performance by the Clontz Family Singers; Nov. 25, Fall Festival with Games, Crafts and Snacks. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

For more information, call the Senior Nutrition Services office at 828-695-5610. You may make a donation by writing a check to Catawba County Social Services and putting Senior Nutrition Services in the memo line. Mail your donation to Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658. You may also make a secure donation online by going to and clicking on the red "Donate Now" button. For the latest updates on this program, like us on Facebook at

Nov. 14th’s Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl Has Been Cancelled

Lincolnton, NC - The Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl Committee has regretfully cancelled the November 14, 2014 Art Crawl. Due to lack of artist participation which is essential for the event, our fall Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl has been cancelled.

Please join us for our annual spring Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl on March 13, 2015.

For more information or to register as an artist, please email the Arts Council of Lincoln County at

So, You Think You’ve Got Talent? The Green Room Wonders, Too!

Newton, NC - Registration is NOW OPEN for the 1st Annual Green Room Community Theater’s “So You Think You’ve Got Talent” talent completion, January 9th (semi-finals) and January 16th (finals), 2015. The competition is a fundraiser for The Green Room Community Theatre.

Contestants will be competing to win the following cash prizes: 1st place $2500, 2nd Place $1000, Audience Favorite $500. Visit our website at and click on the green “So You Think You’ve Got Talent” button at the bottom of the page. There you will find all the details and the registration form.

The deadline to register is Monday, December 1, 2014. Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 14 and Monday, December 15 from 5:00-9:00 pm each day. These are the only audition dates. No exceptions will be made. A $5 entry fee per person will be collected at the Auditions on December 14 or 15.

Twenty acts will be selected to participate in the Semifinal Competition on Friday, January 9, 2015. Ten acts will advance to the Final Competition on Friday, January 16, 2015. Contestants are required to attend dress/tech rehearsals. See our website for all required dates.

Performers may compete in (but are not limited to) the following performance categories: singer, actor, musician, dancer, rapper, comedian, magician, ventriloquist, circus skills performer (i.e. juggler, clown, etc.). Each act must perform a minimum of two minutes and must not exceed four minutes. Material must be family friendly. Please visit our website at to get ALL the details. If you have any questions after reading all the guidelines, please call The Green Room at 828-464-6583.

ALFA To Host World AIDS Day Event On Tues., December 2

Conover, NC - Each year, December 1st is designated as World AIDS Day. To commemorate the impact of AIDS locally and around the world, ALFA is hosting an event on December 2nd at Conover Station from 6 – 8 p.m. The venue will include a production on HIV/AIDS entitled, “The Last One” produced by James Kellogg of Gastonia as well as a reading of the names of individuals lost to the virus. Dinner is provided at no charge.

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

Alligator Man Creeps Through Final Duck Hunter Performances

Hickory - The half-man/half-alligator is a creature seldom glimpsed, except on the stage of the Hickory Community Theatre where it follows the action of the Mitch Albom comedy, “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.” The identity of the man behind the monster is a surprise for the audience.

The play that has been bringing belly laughs to the Jeffers Theatre begins its three final performances on Thursday October 30th at 7:30 PM. Additional performances are Saturday November 1 at 8:00 PM and Sunday November 2 at 2:30 PM.

The comedy steps aside Halloween night to make way for two screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 9pm and Midnight.

“Duck Hunter” follows the fumbling misadventures of two Alabama duck hunters, as told by a NYC supermarket tabloid journalist who tracks them through the swamps to get their story. Along the way the reporter’s memory returns in time to his early career in the south and his romantic adventures there.

This production is rated PG-13 due to adult language.

Tickets are $18 for adults ($2 off for seniors) and $10 for youth 18 and under. On Thursday nights all adult seats are just $14. Purchase tickets online at or call (828) 328-2283.

“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is produced by TRUMPF Inc. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2014-2015 Season is brought to you by Paramount Automotive, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

PHOTO: Lenny, the publisher of a supermarket tabloid (played by Silas Waugh, right) is aided by the mysterious half-man/half alligator in “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” at the Hickory Community Theatre, on stage for its final performances this weekend.

Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information.

Photo is by Ken Burns

Monday, Nov. 3, Beaver Library Class Shows How

To Convert 45’s, Albums & Tapes To MP3 Files

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is providing a Converting Albums, 45’s, and Cassette Tapes class on Monday, November 3rd from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Ron Dees will be the instructor for this class.

Dees will show you how to use the ION Turntable to convert your 33 rpm LP albums, 45 rpm records, cassette tapes, and reel to reel tapes into MP3 computer music files. You will learn how to copy these songs onto CD's or a portable flash drive and manage them in your computer using free iTunes software.

You will also learn how to transfer the songs to an IPod or any other portable player for your listening pleasure. Don't let all that good music sit in your closet, attic, or on a shelf. Join us to see how to computerize it so you can enjoy it in your home, car, or on the go.

The workshop is free but registration is required. To register, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Downtown Shuck & Peel Party Nov. 8 — Shrimp & Oysters!

Hickory - The smell of steamed oysters and fried shrimp, the taste of locally crafted beer, the sounds of Caribbean steel drums amid the ambiance of the park-like setting of Union Square are combined for a one-day party in Downtown Hickory. The Shuck & Peel Party is a mouth-watering extravaganza. This outdoor event will heighten the senses with a day of delicious food, great drink, and fun entertainment.

The party is free to attend. Food and beverages may be purchased with cash only.

The party begins at 1:00 pm and continues until 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The event is free to the public, with food and drink available for purchase. The menu includes steamed and fried oysters and shrimp, clam chowder, and hot dogs & hamburgers, with Craft Beers, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and water available.

The party features beach music beginning with the Caribbean Steel Drums of Pan Jive and then the Coconut Groove Band who plays The Deck, Spanish Galleon, and Fat Harold's in Myrtle Beach.

A special treat for party participants this year will be a silent auction of a Gibson guitar autographed by Edwin McCain. The generous musician donated the autographed guitar to Hickory Downtown Development Association following his headlining performance at Hickory's Oktoberfest this year. Come bid on this fabulous guitar! The guitar will be under the Bark Mobile Tent and bids will be accepted till 4 pm. The winner will need to pick up the guitar and pay with either cash or check by 6 pm.

The Shuck & Peel Party is sponsored by Bark Mobile and The Best of Beers and hosted by Hickory Downtown Development Association. Visit our website to learn more about Hickory’s Shuck and Peel Party.

Uni4Artists Warehouse Show & Sale Is Sunday, November 2

Hickory - The public is invited to the Uni4Artists Warehouse Show and Sale which will take place Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Warehouse, located at 18 2nd Street SE in Hickory, NC 28601.

The show will include original artwork, including paintings, sculpture, quilling, fiber art, pottery, jewelry and much more. This event is free to the public and there is plenty of free parking at the Warehouse. Light refreshment will be served.

Participating Artists include Susan Armstrong , Paul “Buzz” Browning, Rose Mary Cheek, Bob Dennis, Pat Flachbart, Anne Fredley-Nucamendi , Sarah Frisbey , Ronda Hale , Beth Oczkowski, Judy Pautler, Sharon Quinlan, Judy Rider, Johnnita St Clair, Rochelle Walker, Collette Wronek, Ginny Zellmer, Grover Houck, Harold Humphrey, Jan Jackson, Meredith Janssen, Margery Johnson, Araine Koser, Karin Koval, Martha Mauney and Nelson Moretz.

Uni4Artists is an Artists Association designed to encourage and promote visual artists of the North Carolina Unifour area. Uni 4 Artists aims to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Community through the arts. Please email Pat Flachbart at or call 828 244 1889 for more information.

L-RU Alumni Reunite In Thriller Manuscript, Nov. 7 At HCT

Hickory - The three member cast of the Hickory Community Theatre’s thriller “Manuscript,” all share Theatre Arts degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Kelsey Perry and Tylan James, along with fellow cast member Anthony Chambers were classmates at LRU. Chambers is now the Technical Director at the Theatre.

James, whose hometown is Spartanburg, SC, played the title role Romeo in the LRU Playmakers’ production of “Romeo and Juliet.” At his hometown’s Chapman Cultural Center he was featured in “Hairspray.”

Kelsey James, named Best New Actress in 2011 at LRU, also performs in community productions having played Mistress Ford in the Green Room Community Theatre’s production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” She was a member of HCT’s Kay award winning ensemble on “The Full Monty.”

“Manuscript” is a gripping story about the twists and turns in the lives of three college students. There is mystery in their relationships that is revealed as the play. It is being performed in the Council Chamber performance space while the Firemen’s Kitchen is under renovation.

Performances of “Manuscript” are November 7-22 in the Council Chambers Theatre. Tickets are $16, general admission seating and available online at or by phone at (828) 328-2283.

“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 star in the dramatic thriller, “Manuscript,” opening November 7th at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call (828) 327-3855 or click for information and tickets.

Folk Mountain Gospel Sun., Nov. 2

Crouse & Lincolnton, NC - Come visit with either Crouse United Methodist Church or Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 2 to here Folk Mountain Gospel in Concert during their worship services.

The group plays a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, zither, mandolin and guitar as they sing about God’s love and care in a program we know you will be blessed to hear.

They will perform at 9:30 a.m. at Crouse UMC, 2376 Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse (next to fire department) and then travel just a few miles to Pleasant Grove UMC to perform at their 11 a.m. service at 2069 Highway 182, Lincolnton. A love offering will be taken at both churches. For more information please call the church office at (704) 735-2443.

Catawba Valley Ski Club Hosts Ski Film Nov. 11

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Ski Club and CBS Sports of Morganton present an extreme ski movie, Days of My Youth, on Tuesday, November 11.

The film will be shown at the Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory at 7:30pm.

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Special Olympics. Tickets are $8. Door prizes will be available.

Don’t miss out seeing a great movie and donating to a worthy cause. Contact: for information about the Club’s monthly meetings.

Third Annual Bark Bash Saturday, Nov. 1

Hickory – The City of Hickory’s Parks and Recreation Department will host the 3rd Annual Bark Bash.

The 2014 Bark Bash will be held at Stanford Park’s picnic shelter on Saturday, November 1, from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. This is a family-friendly event, including the family dog, to benefit the Humane Society of Catawba County. There will be contests and presentations by the City of Hickory K9 officers and the Catawba Valley Obedience Club. Contest registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the events beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC) invites all participants to join in the “Mutt Mosey,” a dog walk to benefit the homeless pets at HSCC. Registration is $20.00 and also begins at 9:30 a.m. All dogs participating in the “Mutt Mosey” will receive a treat bag while their humans register for door prizes.

Highland Recreation Center is located at 1451 8th Street Drive, NE. For more information on this program, please contact Recreation Programmer Sherry Morgan at (828) 328-3997 or email or Senior Recreation Programmer Carey Greenwood at (828) 261-2258 or email

For more information on the “Mutt Mosey” dog walk, please contact Beth Hatley at the HSCC Hickory shelter (828) 464-8878 ext. 205 or email

Shiloh Lutheran Hosts Variety of Events

Bethlehem, NC - Shiloh Lutheran Church (NALC), 1011 Shiloh Church Road, in the Bethlehem community,

Alexander County, invites everyone to all upcoming activities.

Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 31, beginning at 4pm until 6pm. Hot dogs, drinks, videos and candy.

Old Timey Country Breakfast on Saturday, November 8 from 7am until 10am. Biscuits, gravy, ham, livermush, sausage, bacon, eggs, jams and jellies, coffee, tea, fellowship all in the church Parish Hall.

Children under 3 are free; youth aged 4 to 10, $3; adults are $6.

Blood Drive to honor veterans in conjunction with the Community Blood Bank, Tuesday, November 11, 4pm until 7pm, in the church Parish Hall. All blood donated will be used by hospitals in our local area.

Morning Praise (Sunday School Opening) is at 9:10 am each Sunday, followed by Sunday School for all ages at 9:30am. The worship service is at 10:30am. A nursery is available.

Shiloh is located across the road from the Bethlehem Library and Post Office with flag flying.

For more information call 828.495.8104.

Dillin’ With Cancer Poker Run Benefit is Sunday, Nov. 2

Hickory - The 2nd Annual Dillin' With Cancer Memorial Ride & Takin' It Home Poker Run, in honor of Elaine Dillingham, is this Sunday, November 2. Registration begins at Noon and continues till 1:30pm at Blue Ridge Harley Davidson in Hickory, which is located at 2002 13th Avenue Drive SE.

Single riders, $15; double riders, $20. 50/50 drawing, food for riders.

Proceeds will benefit the Pink Heals Foothills Chapter. This event is co-sponsored by Blue Knights XI.

Masterworks II – A Blast from the Past! On Saturday, Nov. 1

Hickory - The 50th year celebration continues on Saturday, November 1 with a “Blast from the Past!” The Western Piedmont Symphony presents Masterworks II, under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross. The award winning Western Piedmont Symphony is extremely pleased to welcome back its second Music Director & Conductor—Martin Bellar. Sponsored by Alex Lee, Inc. the concert begins at 7:30 pm at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Violinist, Kevin Lawrence, sponsored by UNC School of the Arts, will be the featured guest artist. The orchestra will perform selections from Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Hausson, Saint-Saens and Brahms.

Tickets are $17-$37, available through, or email at, or call Symphony box office at 828.324.8603 from 10am-3pm M-F. Additional information can be found at

The 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 Monday-Friday.




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