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October 20, 2016

RiverRun Retro Film Fest Is Friday, Nov. 4, With Star Of Anne Frank

Winston-Salem, NC – RiverRun International Film Festival today announced the launch of a film series entitled RiverRun Retro. RiverRun Retro will be a year-round initiative of RiverRun International Film Festival spotlighting individuals and films, which have contributed to the cultural and commercial fabric of motion pictures.

The inaugural RiverRun Retro: An Evening with Millie Perkins will take place Friday, November 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at Hanesbrands Theatre, with special guest, Millie Perkins, in an on-stage interview by Foster Hirsch. The program will show clips of Perkins’ extensive acting career and focus primarily on her role of Anne Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a reception with Millie Perkins to follow, featuring light hors d’oeuvres from Mooney’s Mediterranean Café, beer from Hoots Beer Co. and wine from McRitchie Winery. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children and student (with valid student ID). Tickets are available online at

The RiverRun Retro program is the brainchild of the new executive director of RiverRun, Rob Davis. Davis has vast experience with the genre of classic Hollywood film.

“With film, as with other art forms and industries,” said Davis, “to understand where we are and where we may be headed, we need to understand where we have been.”

By bringing in special guests to discuss their careers, RiverRun Retro will pay tribute to those who have influenced the medium, and audiences will be exposed to the fascinating history and backstory of the art form as a supplement to RiverRun International Film Festival, which takes place annually in April.

Millie Perkins in Diary of Anne Frank, 1959

Millie Perkins is a film and television actress best known for her film debut as Anne Frank in George Stevens’ production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” (20th Century-Fox, 1959). Subsequently, Perkins was placed under contract to Fox, but it was a tumultuous relationship with Perkins being suspended for refusing to appear in “Tess of the Storm Country.” After appearing as Elvis Presley’s girlfriend in “Wild in the Country,” Perkins left Fox to appear in “Ensign Pulver” and Jack Nicholson’s existential Westerns, “The Shooting” and “Ride in the Whirlwind.”

More recently, Perkins has appeared as Jon Voight’s ex-wife in “Table for Five,” Sean Penn’s mother in “At Close Range,” Charlie Sheen’s mother in “Wall Street,” Andy Garcia’s mother in “The Lost City,” and as Ruth Kramer in the film adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Chamber.“

Foster Hirsch, the evening’s moderator, is a film professor at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theatre including his highly acclaimed biography of Otto Preminger. Hirsch has hosted programs for the American Film Institute, the American Cinematheque, Film Forum, the National Arts Club and many film festivals around the country and abroad.

Now in its 19th year, RiverRun International Film Festival will run March 30 – April 9, 2017, in downtown Winston-Salem. To become a member and view more information about the Festival, visit

ABOUT RIVERRUN: The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories.

BLOCKtober Festival For Families Is Sat., Oct. 22, On SALT Block

Hickory - The SALT Block Foundation’s “Blockheads”, Alex Lee, Lowes Foods and MDI will present BLOCKtober Festival: An Afternoon of Family Fun and Movie night on Saturday, October 22nd on the SALT Block North Lawn in Hickory. Event partners include Catawba Science Center, City of Hickory, Hickory Convention Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory Public Library, SALT Block Foundation and Western Piedmont Symphony.

The events are free and open to the public. Afternoon activities including inflatables, balloon art, face painting, games, arts & crafts, music and more will begin at 2:30pm and are presented in celebration of Alex Lee’s 85th birthday. The featured movie, “Ratatouille”, presented by the BLOCKHEADS, begins at 6:30 pm.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day and evening. Proceeds will benefit the SALT Block Foundation. Join the fun with friends and family--bring your lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the activities will be presented in the adjacent buildings.

The mission of the “Blockheads” is to enhance the sustainability and long term success of the SALT Block Foundation (SBF) by raising awareness of the Foundation and its role in supporting the residents of the SALT Block—the Catawba Science Center, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Museum of Art, United Arts Council and the Western Piedmont Symphony. The SALT Block Foundation oversees the operation of the Block and provides the funding of the occupancy costs for the resident organizations. This arrangement allows these organizations free to do what they do best-provide the wonderful programs, exhibits and activities that enhance our community’s quality of life.

“We are encouraging everyone to bring the family and enjoy a day on the BLOCK”, says Blockhead Special Events Committee member, Tara Bland.

For more information, contact SBF Marketing Assistant, Pam Walters, or Executive Director, Tara Bland at 828-324-4906 or go to

Organize, Don’t Agonize, Free At Beaver Library, Sat. Oct. 22

Hickory - Certified Professional Organizer Melinda Smith will present a home organization class “Organize…Don’t Agonize,” at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00 am. Join Melinda to learn how to simplify, organize, and beautify your home.

When clutter starts to accumulate, it affects your life in four ways: time, money, productivity, and energy! Give yourself the gift of a Saturday morning workshop to learn:

The Importance & Benefits of Organizing

How Organized Are you at Home

Organizing 101 - Basics of Organizing

Dealing with Paper vs Stuff

Creative Solutions

Dream, Plan, Do!

Melinda Smith is one of the first 200 certified professional organizers in the nation. She is the founder of Balance & Harmony 360², Inc. and the author of The Complete Guide for Balance & Harmony. A book signing will follow immediately after the program from noon until 1:00 pm.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Dr. Gary Freeze On Post-War St. Stephens Area, Mon., Oct. 24

Newton, NC – The Catawba County Library will be hosting a special evening with local historian, Dr. Gary Freeze, author of The Catawbans historical series, at the St. Stephens Branch Library on Monday, October 24th at 6 pm. This will be a great opportunity to learn about unique local history and to meet one of the most prominent historians in the region.

Dr. Freeze will present a talk on the history of the post-war St. Stephens area. He will also have the third and final volume of The Catawbans available for purchase and signing.

Dr. Gary Freeze

Dr. Freeze, a professor of history at Catawba College, earned his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill and was a teaching assistant to the state historian, the late Bill Powell. Dr. Freeze was commissioned by Catawba County to capture our county’s history in black and white resulting in the publication of a three volume series titled The Catawbans. Volume one: Crafters of a North Carolina County, 1747-1900 and volume two: Pioneers in Progress are available to check out today from the library. The third and final volume of the The Catawbans was recently released in September.

The St. Stephens Branch Library is located at 3225 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory NC 28601. Call 828-466-6821 for more information.

For the latest in library news, visit or stop by your local branch.

High School Juniors & Parents Invited To LRU, Thurs., Oct. 27

Hickory — Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold an information session on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. for high school juniors and their parents interested in the University’s High School Scholars Academy. The session will be held in Room 213 of the McCrorie Center on the LRU campus.

The High School Scholars Academy, which began in 2007, is designed for high school students who wish to pursue a more advanced academic program for their senior year of high school. Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to enroll in English IV Honors plus three college classes in the fall and AP English (or an approved online class based on availability) plus three college classes in the spring.

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due on February 1, 2017. First preference for admission will be given to students enrolled in the Catawba County, Hickory Public, or Newton-Conover school systems. If space is available, the University will also consider students from private schools, home schools, and other school systems.

Factors considered for admission include (but are not limited to) high school GPA, courses taken in high school, SAT, ACT, PSAT or PLAN scores, high school or community involvement, and interview.

A second information session will be held on January 26, 2017 for those unable to attend on Thursday. The information session does not require advance registration. For more information, contact Bradleigh Uthe, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at or 828.328.7392. Additional information about the High School Scholars Academy can be found online at

Beaver Library Hosts Super Foods Class On Thursday, Oct. 27, 6pm

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will have a workshop about super foods on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. Learn how a food earns the title “super” and how to figure out which ones are right for YOU. The presenter, Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach Robyn Diamond, will share many of her favorite superfoods, what benefits they offer, and how to fit them into your everyday life.

Robyn Diamond is Board Certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and owner of HealthHappyYou. Diamond found her way to Health Coaching after overcoming her own personal health challenges. She is experienced with coaching individuals and groups as well as leading workshops on healthy living and nutrition. Her mission is to help others find their path to a healthy and happy life. More information about Diamond may be found at

This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Women Of St. Timothy Lutheran Donate Newborn

Caps To Remind Parents Of The PURPLE Period

Conover, NC – The women’s group of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Conover, in collaboration with the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center, recently donated 74 purple knit caps to Catawba Valley Medical Center to reinforce the message of the Period of PURPLE Crying.

Joyce Boger and Jane Eckerd of St. Timothy delivered the purple newborn caps to Rachel Pitts, RNC-OB, BSN, director of the Birthing Center at CVMC. The caps serve as a gentle reminder of the Period of PURPLE Crying, which usually occurs between the ages of two weeks and four months. During this time, an infant’s crying can last for hours, with the parent or caregiver not being able to soothe the baby. The frustration that a parent feels at this time can potentially trigger the parent or caregiver to shake the baby. The Period of PURPLE Crying educational materials help parents and caregivers understand infant crying and how to cope with it so that infants are never shaken.

Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) is a term used to describe the effects of violently shaking the head of an infant or small child. Violent shaking for just a few seconds has the potential to cause severe injuries or death. While shaking may cause injury to children of any age, children are most susceptible to being injured during their first year of life. Up to 80 percent of surviving victims of SBS/AHT suffer lifelong disabilities and 25 percent of victims die.

Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Birthing Center, in partnership with the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center, ensures that the Period of PURPLE Crying DVD is viewed by new parents prior to hospital discharge. For more information about the Period of PURPLE Crying, please visit If you or your organization would like a Period of PURPLE Crying DVD or would like to knit purple caps, please contact Kate Landry, community education and outreach coordinator of the CAPC, at

Photo: Kate Landry, community education and outreach coordinator, Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center, and Rachel Pitts, RNC-OB, BSN, director of Birthing Center at Catawba Valley Medical Center, show one of the newborn purple knit caps created to remind parents of newborns about the Period of PURPLE Crying.

Halloween Spooktacular Is Sat., Oct. 29, In Downtown Newton

Newton, NC – Looking for a howling good time this Halloween? Head to Downtown Newton and join the celebration at the Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the Ghouls & Goblins Costume Contest for youth and adults beginning at 5 p.m. on the east side of the 1924 Courthouse.

The Ghouls & Goblins Costume Contest will feature winners in each of the following groups:

0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, 8-12 years old, 13-17 years old, and 18 and older. Winners in each age group will be selected for best handmade costume and best commercial costume.

Goody bags and prizes will be available to all contest participants.

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

Hickory Sunrise Rotary Sets Sat., Oct. 29 For Halloween Dance

Hickory — The Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club has announced that it is hosting a Halloween dance on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at Moretz Mills, located at 74 8th Street SE, in Hickory, NC. The event is sponsored by Tarheel Wealth Management.

The doors for the dance open at 7:00 pm, with DJ Eric Bowman playing from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, followed by The Band of Oz from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Costumes are welcome and there will be a contest for the best and most uniquely dressed. A full meal, dancing, a cash bar, and shag lessons will be included with the price of admission, which is $30 per person.

The Hickory Sunrise Rotary will use the funds raised to benefit local children who need a helping hand to attend CVCC.

A member of Rotary International District 7670, the Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered on November 7, 2000, and has grown to become the most diverse Rotary club in western North Carolina.

A small, friendly club with about 24 members, the Hickory Sunrise Rotary focuses on educational initiatives and the needs of the homeless and veterans in our community. The club also embraces the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self," and specializes in having fun while serving others. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:00 am in the Fireside Room at Lenoir-Rhyne University. For more details, please call 828-303-0057 or visit

Playwright Molly Bass Is Onstage In The Revival

Of Junk, At HCT Now Through October 30

Hickory - Playwright Molly Bass has taken on the crucial role of The Mermaid in “Junk,” which is now running in a MainStage revival production at the Hickory Community Theatre.

Subtitled “a play about a yard sale and a mermaid,” the show does feature a mermaid who acts as a sort of spiritual guide for the main character, Karissa. Items from Bass’ own extensive collection of all kinds of mermaids, from bric-a-brac to wall hangings, are actually part of the on stage yard sale.

“I have always loved mermaids,” said Bass, “but it was actually when I came across a statue of a mer-man at a yard sale that I was inspired to write this script.”

Performances of “Junk” are Thursdays (Oct 20 & 27) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (Oct 21, 22, 28 & 29) at 8pm, and Sundays (Oct 23 & 30) at 2:30pm.

Tickets for Friday through Sunday performances are $20, with a $2 discount for seniors and half price for students and for youth 18 and under. Adult tickets for Thursday night performances are $16; students and youth 18 and under are $10. For online tickets click or visit the Theatre box office, which is open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday, in person or by phoning 828-328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Junk is the second show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by King Hickory and Commscope.

Photo: Molly Bass plays The Mermaid and Allison Andrews (right) is Karissa in “Junk,” book by Molly Bass with music and lyrics by Molly Bass and Jeff Hartman. The play is on stage this weekend, Oct 20-23, at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-328-2283 for tickets and information. Photo by Ken Burns.

The King And I, Oct. 20-29

Hudson, NC - The King and I runs October 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson NC 28638. Box Office (828)726-8871. Dinner at 6:30, Show at 7:30. Tickets $35 for dinner and the show, $17.50 for the show only. Photo: Ballet dancers: From left to right standing: Abby Guptill, Mariah Culpepper, Mati Glynn, Melody Martinez, Anissa Briggs, Cecilia Shoup, Elizabeth Edwards, Emma Thomas – Kneeling Caroline Cook

Time To Time Warp! Rocky Horror At HCT, Saturday, October 29!

Hickory - Reserved seating tickets are now on sale for the Hickory Community Theatre’s annual screening of the cult classic move, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which takes place at Midnight on Saturday, October 29th.

The film screening is an audience participation event and “props” are provided by the Theatre.

Tickets are $15, including props, and are available at the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283, Wed-Sat from 12-5. Or go to and purchase online.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Photo: Tossing bathroom tissue into the air, as the characters on screen exclaim “Dr. Scott,” is one of the fun audience participation activities with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” playing at the Hickory Community Theatre at Midnight on October 29th. For tickets and information click or call 828-328-2283.

Evening For The Arts Benefit Is Nov. 12 - Reserve Tickets Now

Hickory – Hickory Museum of Art’s Guild is taking reservations for its 42nd Annual Angels of the Arts (AOA) fundraising event to benefit Museum educational programs and offerings. AOA presents Evening for the Arts 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Lake Hickory Country Club, 430 17th Ave. N.W., Hickory.

This year’s fundraiser is new and improved, and although it will not be a brunch like previous AOA events, it will feature live and silent auctions. Featured live auction items include a Bald Head Island Fishing Trip, Sky Diving Experience, Disney World Park Hopper Tickets, Wine Tasting Experience for Six with Dr. Ismo Kaariainen and more. Live auction items can be viewed under the Guild tab on the Museum’s website at Items will be updated on a regular basis during the weeks leading up to the event. This year’s live auctioneer is Sandra Pait-Clay.

The silent auction consists of quality, one-of-a-kind gifts, primarily donated from local small and family businesses. Guests will have the opportunity to browse through and bid on silent auction items while enjoying cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

This year’s AOA event also includes a raffle prize drawing for a Royal Caribbean four- or five-night cruise for two to Bermuda, Bahamas or the Caribbean. Raffle tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at

Reservations to attend AOA’s Evening for the Arts are $50 per person and can be made securely online at Cost includes two drink tickets. For more information about this fundraising event, contact HMA at 828-327-8576.

The 42nd Annual AOA Event Evening for the Arts is sponsored by Shurtape, Alex Lee, MDI and Lowes Foods, and Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L. George. Additional sponsors can be found at

About the Guild

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Piedmont Percussion Program Fall Concert Is Sunday, Nov. 6

Hickory - The Piedmont Percussion Program is excited to announce their Fall concert on Sunday, November 6, at 2pm at the SALT Block in the Drendel Auditorium under the direction of Rick Cline. This season's concert will feature exciting percussion music all on a wide variety of percussion instruments.

Also featured will be the Pandemic community steel drum band. The free concert will be fun for kids and families.

P3 is a nationally recognized as a highly unique community percussion program with around 50 kids ages 5 to18 from the surrounding area. No other programs for percussion exist like P3 anywhere in the world and Hickory's support for the arts is the envy of many larger cities. P3 Participants get to learn and perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments from timpani, snare, mallets, drum set, African drums, and so much more.

Rehearsals are one hour on Sundays for 13wks at the SALT block. In addition P3 has the Pandemic community steel drum band that performs around the area throughout the year. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:45. For more information please visit or text 828-320-2959.

Choral Society Sets Season & First Concert Is Sunday, Oct. 23

Hickory - The Hickory Choral Society opens its 39th concert season on Sunday, October 23rd. Performed in the First Baptist Church of Hickory at 3:00 pm, the concert includes several new works that highlight young and talented Scandinavian composers. The sounds are haunting, yet soothing. Along with a number of newly composed works, the Choral Society is going to bring back some of older well-known lighter selections, including “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “She'll be Comin' Round The Mountain,” “Cindy” and “Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier.” A concert of dramatic contrasts, the Fall Concert welcomes instrumental accompaniment on several works. Duo violinists, oboe, soprano sax, and classical guitar add spice to the performance.

Second in the Choral Society's season is Christmas, always a special time to celebrate new holiday music and revisit some of the cherished ones that are traditional but with new and exciting arrangements: “Away in The Manger,” “Silent Night,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and a lively work by Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Morman Tabernacle Choir and former HCS guest conductor, “Christmas is Coming.” The Christmas concerts will be on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at 8 pm and on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th at 3 pm.

Now in its fourth year, the children's Cookies and Carols Concert has become a favorite for both our singers and the family audience. Open and free to all, the date is Saturday, December 3rd in Corinth Reformed Church at 11:00 am.

Hickory Choral Society in concert, First Baptist Church, Hickory

The Spring Concert highlights three well known 21st Century British composers: John Rutter, widely acclaimed as the most prolific choral composer over the past twenty-five years; Will Todd, a young composer known for a wide variety of both sacred and secular repertoire; and Patrick Hawes, known for extensive major choral/ orchestral works. These three composers bring wonderful choral music to this concert. The Spring concert will be on Sunday, March 26th at 3 pm in First Baptist Church, Hickory.

The Hickory Choral Society is pleased to return to downtown Hickory's Under the Sails on Sunday, May 21st at 5 pm. This cozy venue presents a casual, wonderful outdoor occasion in which to enjoy well known music from different eras.

As a strong supporter of music education in our schools, the Hickory Choral Society will host the fourth Children's Choral Camp during 2017's summer months. Please contact the Hickory Choral Society office for more information, 828-322-2210. HCS continue to support music education in Catawba Valley area school music program with financial support from our endowment.

Since the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society continues to delight audiences with excellent choral music literature, providing the community with a series of exciting and well-attended concerts. The all-volunteer group, made up of 110 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties, is well known throughout North Carolina for its annual Christmas Concerts. The group has also been noted for numerous concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, a concert at Lincoln Center in New York, and a trip that included concerts in Portsmouth and London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl & Costume Contest Oct. 28!

Hickory - It’s time to start planning that special costume for the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl and Costume Contest. From 4 to 5:00 pm on Friday, October 28, costumed kids ages 12 and under will be treated to goodies from downtown businesses.

Registration for the Costume Contest begins at 3:30pm and ends at 4:45 m. The Costume Contest, will be held under the Sails from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There are three Categories for participants, 0 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years and families. Winners in each category will receive tickets for a family of four to attend the HCT holiday performance of Peter and the Star Catcher. The Hickory Community Theatre Guild will judge the Costume Contest.

Hal Rowe of WHKY's First Talk will be the emcee for the festivities. A good time is always had by all. The past Costume Contests have shown how creative our community is!

The Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the Downtown Hickory Candy Crawl to promote safe trick-or-treating in downtown Hickory. For more information on The Hickory Downtown Development Association, membership, businesses, events and downtown Hickory, please call 828 322 1121 or email, please visit the website,

Photo: Last year’s winners (L-R): Kacie Kehoe, Ian Parsons family, and Gabriel Betancourt.

Reception For Foothills Painters’ Different Strokes

By Different Folks Is This Friday, Oct. 21, At HMA

Hickory – Meet a diverse collective of area artists while viewing the new exhibition DIFFERENT STROKES BY DIFFERENT FOLKS: Works by the Foothills Painters 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.21 at Hickory Museum of Art, 243 Third Ave., N.E., Hickory. The exhibition featuring works from more than 15 area artists will be in the Museum’s Regal & Gifford Galleries through Feb. 12, 2017.

Pat Flachbart Utterly Urban

The focus of the Foothills Painters group is to enhance the art of each member artist by utilizing positive feedback based on established guidelines. The group also aims to explore venues for exhibiting members’ artwork and to promote and support the art community in the Hickory area.

The exhibition DIFFERENT STROKES BY DIFFERENT FOLKS: Works by the Foothills Painters will showcase all new, previously unseen and never-before exhibited paintings. Participating artists include Buzz Browning, Pat Flachbart, Anne Fredley, Susan Grant, Diane Guelzow, Ronda Hale, Meredith Janssen, Araine Koser, Karin Koval, Molly LaFontaine, Shirley Lee, Martha Mauney, Sharon Quinlan, Susan Vance and Carl Zwingli.

Susan Grant, Yin & Yang

The artist reception on Friday, Oct. 21 is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

Local Actress In The Flick At HCT Got Her Start There As A Child

Hickory - Elisabeth Bokhoven, a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at both Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University, has the role of Rose in “The Flick,” a dramatic comedy opening November 4th in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

A native of the Netherlands, Bokhoven relocated to Hickory when her parents moved here in the early 1990’s. Having been introduced to theatre in Dutch school, she began taking classes at HCT shortly after her arrival and had the role of Roo in the 1996 production of “The House at Pooh Corner.” Following this first experience, Bokhoven began participating in any theatre activity she could find. From auditioning for community theatre and school plays to attending summer theatre camps at the UNC School of the Arts, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge Massachusetts.

She was drawn to “The Flick” because of a recent experience with a script by the same playwright.

“I directed Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation" at LRU last year,” she said, “and completely fell in love with her work. Baker has such a gift for character and dialogue - it's an actor's dream!”

Elisabeth Bokhoven

The writer’s gift that Bokhoven describes is evident in “The Flick.” With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Performances of “The Flick” are November 4th through 20th in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. Tickets are $16 and go on sale October 10th. Call 828-327-3855 or click

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Flick is the first Firemen’s Kitchen show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World, and is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc.

Photo: Elisabeth Bokhoven plays Rose, the projectionist at a run-down movie theatre in “The Flick,” opening November 4th in the Firemen’s Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-327-3855 or click

Photo is by John Koval, shot on location at the Carolina Theater in Downtown Hickory.

Leaf Collection Begins Monday, Oct. 24 In Newton

Newton, NC – Autumn is here and the leaves are beginning to fall. The City of Newton offers curbside leaf collection, which helps citizens dispose of their leaves while ensuring that storm drains remain unclogged. Leaf collection is scheduled to begin Oct. 24 and is expected to end Jan. 13.

The city will have two trucks operating this leaf season. Collection will begin at the south end of the city and the trucks will travel in a grid pattern. The trucks will run a route through the entire city and then will restart at the beginning of the route. The process will continue until leaf season is over. City staff anticipates a route will require three weeks to complete.

Residents are asked to ensure that tree limbs, sticks and metal are removed from the leaf piles. Yard debris other than leaves will clog or damage the machine, slowing down the collection process. Also, please keep leaves out of the roadway by raking them behind the curb. Leaves should be placed in the utility strip adjoining your property. Leaves placed behind the sidewalk or in ditches will not be collected. Please note that the vacuum truck cannot reach leaves that are raked beside parked cars. For more information, call the Newton Public Works and Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.

LRU’s Visiting Writer Series Hosts Sarah Vowell On Thurs., Oct. 27

Hickory – As part of the 2016-17 Visiting Writers Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome New York Times’ bestselling author, Sarah Vowell, on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Vowell will be interviewed on-stage by WFAE’s Mike Collins for a future broadcast on Charlotte Talks.

Vowell is an American author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress. She is the author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. Vowell was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International from 1996 to 2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program's live shows. She was also the voice of Violet in the animated film The Incredibles.

Her most recent book is entitled Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (2015), an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington's trusted officer and friend, teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette. Chronicling General Lafayette's years in Washington's army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War.

Sarah Vowell speaks on Oct. 27

Her previous book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011) is the intriguing history of our 50th state, Hawaii, annexed in 1898. Replete with a cast of beguiling and often tragic characters, including an overthrown Hawaiian queen, whalers, missionaries, sugar barons, Teddy Roosevelt and assorted con men, Unfamiliar Fishes is another history lesson in Americana as only Vowell can tell it – with brainy wit and droll humor.

LRU’s Visiting Writers Series will continue its season with the following writers:

November 17, 2016, Marie Howe, Belk Centrum

January 19, 2017, Leslie Rindoks, Belk Centrum

February 9, 2017, Denise Kiernan, Belk Centrum

February 23, 2017, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Belk Centrum

March 9, 2017, Erik Larson, P.E. Monroe Auditorium

April 1, 2017, Dan Santat (The Little Read author), P.E. Monroe Auditorium

All events begin at 7 p.m., with the exception of Dan Santat who will present at noon.

Sponsors of the 2016-17 Series include:

Sponsors of this year’s Visiting Writers Series include Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza-Hickory, Hickory Public Library, National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Our State: North Carolina, The Beaver Family Foundation, Inc., and WFAE 90.3 FM. The series is also sponsored and supported by 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.

All events are open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Men’s Day 2016 At Mt. Pisgah AME Is Sunday, Oct. 23

Lenoir, NC - Mt. Pisgah AME Church will hold its annual Men’s Day celebration on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:00am. The theme for the celebration is “Man’s Growing Relationship with God”. The Reverend Keith Banner will be the guest speaker.

Rev. Banner graduated from West Caldwell High School in 1984. He was called into the ministry in Iraq in 2003. He was ordained in the AME Church Conference in 2012. Rev. Banner is engaged to Dr. Deidre Horton of Lenoir, NC.

Mt. Pisgah AME Church is located at 618 1st Street SW, Hickory, NC. Rev. Kim E. Moss is the pastor.

The public is invited.

Studios Available At Harmony Arts Near Downtown Hickory

Hickory - Harmony Arts Collaborative has art studio spaces available for rent. Conveniently located near downtown Hickory, they are appropriate for most 2-D and some 3-D mediums. Artists will find good lighting, plenty of outlets, a utility sink, new heat pump, and double steel doors for easy loading.

The various sized spaces range from $70 to $150 a month. Rent includes all utilities, basic HArts business cards, and marketing for two Open Houses a year. No deposit is required and while a one-year commitment is preferred, short-term agreements are available at a slightly higher rate.

If you are creative, enjoy artistic synergy, and work well in a shared space, call Ellen Ball at 828-320-2005 to learn more.

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