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August 28, 2014

Labor Day weekend events at The Sails on the Square

Hickory - “Labor Day weekend events under the Sails on the Square will be a great kick off for the return of the Friday night Music under the Sails Series in September,” said Mandy Pitts, City of Hickory’s Communications Director and Brand Manager. “We are mixing it up by adding Improv Comedy, with drum circles, as well as three churches will perform praise and worship music.”

“We have been listening to the community's desire for a variety of entertainment and it's happened because of partnerships,” added Pitts.

Friday, August 29, Hickory Arts kicks off the weekend with Improv at 6 p.m. with ‘Now Are the Foxes.’ This event is improvisational comedy that is made up of fresh, original scenes, based on audience input. Saturday, August 30, the Hickory Music Factory is bringing their monthly drum circles for anyone that would like to join in at 4 p.m.

To wrap up the weekend, Sunday, August 31, Hickory Arts is bringing three church groups, Sandy Ridge Baptist in Hickory, Day 3 Church in Granite Falls, and Renaissance Bible Church in Concord, to perform at 5 p.m.

"We're pleased to be able to bring something different to the Sails Stage this summer with the Improv event,” said Carol Anne Hartman with Hickory Arts. “As an organization that teaches both music and acting, being able to bring an element of acting and comedy downtown is a great break from the norm."

The community is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs to these events and enjoy some of the food and beverages from the local establishments, while relaxing with this free entertainment at The Sails on the Square.

These events wouldn't be possible without help from the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Arts, Hickory Music Factory, and Bob Sinclair. In addition, funding partners, include the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Frye Regional Medical Center, and organizations that are vital to The Sails on the Square’s success, like the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market, Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory Downtown Development Association, and the Hickory Jaycees.

The Green Room’s Guys & Dolls Opens Friday, September 5

Newton, NC - It’s time to kick off The Green Room Community Theatre’s 2014-2015 season with the fast-paced, fun-filled musical Guys and Dolls. Travel with us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, and even into the sewers of New York. The show is filled with favorite songs like “Luck Be a Lady,” I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”

Guys and Dolls is produced by Corning Optical Communications and Automated Machine Design. It is directed by Sylvia Schnople with musical direction by Cathy Banner and choreography by Sara Lane. Performance dates are September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2014. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (828) 464-6128 Wednesdays – Fridays throughout the run of the show. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. All ticket prices include NC sales tax. This show is rated PG.

For questions about season tickets, auditions, or any of our other programs, please call The Green Room’s main office at (828) 464-6583 or visit our NEW website:

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

Cast Photo
Seated (L-R): Lindsey Jones, Brooke Baldwin, Leah Henkel, Cassia Sherrill, Stephanie Peek, Emma Hamlyn, Davis Byrd, Kathy Ray
Kneeling (L-R): Daniel Breuer, Coley Johnson, Minyon Thomas, Donovan Harper, Bill Morgan, Jeremy Whitener, Michael Brooks
Standing (L-R): John Gann, Laura Rhinehart, Kelly Dowless, David Townsend, Guillermo Prada, Pam Farnsworth, Allison Andrews, Jonathan Ray, David Ingle, Mark Matlock, Chad Schuermeyer
Not Pictured: Eric Hauss, Allie Hedrick, Jana Sales, Paulie Sales, Michelle Shepherd, Jared Wachsmuth
Photo by Richard McGee

View Stars, Planets & The Moon At L-RU, Friday, August 29

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University in conjunction with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club will resume “Public Observing Night,” on Friday, August 29 in the LR Observatory on top of Minges Science Building. This free event will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will conclude approximately 11:00 p.m.

The public is invited to come to the top of Minges Science Building where several telescopes will be set up in addition to the 12.5 inch Cassegrain telescope in the observatory dome. To access the rooftop observatory, enter the building then take the elevator to the 4th floor and come up the steps.

During this viewing, participants will be able to see a waxing crescent moon, Mars, the red planet, and Saturn and its rings. If you come early you may catch a glimpse of Mercury. If visibility is clear, participants may also be able to see several impressive star clusters.

Telescope views will be streamed live to room Minges 107 to be viewed on a large screen.

Should weather not permit observing, an alternate program will be offered in room Minges 118 for those interested.

Talented Poets To Mark Poetry Hickory’s 7 Year Birthday Party

Hickory - On September 9, Poetry Hickory will celebrate its 7th anniversary, and award-winning poet, Becky Gould Gibson, and editor, M. Scott Douglass, will be the featured writers for this celebratory event.

Poetry Hickory was started by Hickory poet and teacher, Scott Owens at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in 2007 as a monthly reading series. A few months later, Main Street Rag editor and publisher, M. Scott Douglass, became co-sponsor of the series. And not long after that, the NC Writers' Network added its Writers' Night Out to the monthly event.

Since then, Owens has published a dozen books, Main Street Rag has become NC's largest publisher of poetry, and Poetry Hickory has hosted a wide range of poets from across the South, including such dignitaries as current NC Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Anthony Abbott.

Becky Gould Gibson

Becky Gould Gibson is this year's winner of the Lena Shull Award from the NC Poetry Society as well as a previous winner of the X.J. Kennedy Prize and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. She is the author of 6 collections of poetry and a 2-time Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet. She recently retired from a 20 year teaching career at Guilford College. NC Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, says of Gibson's book, "Heading Home," She holds up to the light things we have seen all our lives and they shimmer and shape-shift into a wholly, often blinding, wildly imagined new world replete with cameos by Pericles, Churchill, Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, Swift, Wallace Stevens and Yeats.

M. Scott Douglass is the founding editor of Main Street Rag and publisher at Main Street Rag Publishing Company. He is also the author of 5 collections of poetry, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of a NC Arts & Science Emerging Artists Grant. His lifetime contributions to NC poetry was recognized by the Poetry Council of NC in 2012 when they dedicated their annual anthology of poetry to him. Bathanti, says of Douglass' new book, "Hard to Love," The language's vernacular precision--its unerring homage to who we are, what life is like, how time passes relentlessly as we cling frantically to its bucking back--is wonderfully, wholly authentic.

M. Scott Douglas

The September 9 event will begin at 5:30 with a workshop led by Gibson called "Silencing the Censor: How to Fill the Blank Page." The workshop will cost just $10 and is limited to 12 participants. Contact Scott Owens at 828-234-4266 or to reserves a spot.

The workshop will be followed by readings from Gibson and Douglass, which will then be followed by an Open Mic. The readings are free and open to the public. Registration for the Open Mic ends at 7:00.

Dementia Expert Teepa Snow Speaks Sept. 2, In Shelby

Shelby, NC - Are you ready to learn more about Dementia to help your loved one?

Join us at the Life Enrichment Center on Tuesday, September 2 , 5:30 – 7p.m., for a special video series featuring Teepa Snow, Dementia Expert.

The Life Enrichment Center is located at 222 Kings Mountain Blvd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

A free sitter service is available but must make reservation by August 29. Call 704-739-4858.

Janisse Ray On Seed-Saving & Heritage Plants, Thurs., Sept 4

Newton, NC - Janisse Ray’s wake-up call came in the 1970s, when she realized her seed saving hobby was more than a passing fancy. Her campaign has become far more than a plea to eat local. It’s a movement to preserve plant varieties and our biodiversity—a movement with global implications.

You can meet her on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Main Library in Newton when she discusses her book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free, thanks to sponsorship by Friends of Catawba County Library. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Because of hybridization and genetic engineering or agriculture, we no longer enjoy the flavorful unique varieties of fruits, vegetables and grains our ancestors once did. In addition, modern varieties are not as nutritious. Today’s farmers lose control of the ability to save seeds year after year and to breed plant varieties ideally suited to a place.

Beginning in the 1930s, American agriculture began a winnowing process to grow only the sturdiest, most marketable varieties of fruits, grains and vegetables, reducing biodiversity exponentially. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the loss of variety is already staggering: 95 percent of vintage cabbage, 96 percent of field corns, 94 percent of peas and 81 percent of tomatoes. And that’s just the beginning.

Janisse Ray

In 2012, Ray published her book is a voyage to the country of seed-saving driven by stories, from individuals and groups who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America. They’re fighting a battle to preserve what’s left of our traditional cornucopia of food.

Ray’s writing has been described as calming, wise and strong for she is on a mission: to educate the public about the harm that’s being done by corporate food providers that have left us with less flavorful, less nutritious food that is in danger of disaster should pests or disease wreak havoc on vast fields of one crop. Anyone remember the Irish potato famine?

I discovered Ray through her 2000 memoir, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. It’s a well-crafted, readable account of growing up in a junkyard in a poor white fundamentalist household. And when I learned she had published The Seed Underground and the library was embarking on a garden project, I had to invite her to Newton.

Seed Underground has received several “green” accolades, the Nautilus Gold Book Award from Better Books for a Better World, American Horticultural Society Book Award and the American Society of Journalists & Authors Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference.

Ray is a down-to-earth sort who travels the country giving talks, conducting workshops and advocating for sustainable, organic food that is not only good for us, but good for the world in general. Her Newton appearance is open to the public. Come be part of the discussion.

~ By Tammy Wilson

Contact Tammy Wilson at the library,

Full Circle Arts 6th Annual Silent Auction Is Thurs., Sept 4

Hickory - Full Circle Arts opens its Sixth Annual Silent Auction with a reception on Thursday, September 4, 6:30pm-8:00pm. The public is invited to begin bidding for the auction items on display.

Full Circle Arts has collected a wide variety of paintings and prints, as well as pottery, jewelry and other items. Most everything was created locally. Viewing continues until the Grand Gala Finale Thursday, October 2, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Full Circle Arts is a non-profit cooperative that provides a place for its members, local artists, to display and sell their work. This includes paintings, photographs, fiber art, jewelry, paper quilling, sculpture and pottery. The organization also presents several competitive exhibitions annually, such as the recent “Tiny Art Show”, that are open to everyone.

Photo: watercolor painting by Pat Viles.

Proceeds from the auction will fund Full Circle Arts’ ongoing expenses. The goal is to help both developing and experienced local artists and provide an exciting art experience to the public. It depends on memberships and donations to keep going.

Viewing is free. Tickets to make bids are $5 per person and are available at Full Circle Arts Gallery, 42-B Third Street NW.

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. FCA members are present at the gallery Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 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

37th Miller Lite Golf Tourney For Family Care Center Is Sept. 5-7

Maiden, NC - The 37th Annual Miller Lite Golf Tournament will be held September 5-7 at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Maiden. Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Inc. will be the recipient of the tournament proceeds. The agency provides housing and services to homeless families with dependent children in their transition to self-sufficiency and independence. Primary sponsors for the tournament are Glen Oaks Golf Club, United Beverages of North Carolina, LLC and Newton-Conover Rotary Club. Driving Range sponsor is Best Value Hearing Care Center.

Putting Green sponsor is Catawba Ridge Child Development Center. Additional sponsors include Mast, Evans & Isenhour, LLP, Bass-Smith Funeral Home, Century Services, Cargo Transporters, First Security Insurance, Fotheringham & Associates Insurance, Hickory Saw &Tool, HydroTex Lubricants, ServePro of Hickory, Newton Family Physicians, Stratton Electric, 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating and Dwayne Wilson Insurance.

Golfers will enjoy three days of play in a 2-man best ball format and other activities in the new clubhouse at Glen Oaks. Hickory Crawdads are providing a hole in one or closest to the pin prize package. Anyone wishing to enter the tournament may contact Dennis Henry at Glen Oaks Golf Club at 828 428-2451, ext. 23 or For additional information, contact Family Care Center at 828 324-9917.

Photo: Recently Completed New Clubhouse at Glen Oaks

Beaver Library To Host Local Author Fair Sat., October 18

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host a Local Author Fair on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This fair will offer local authors the opportunity to promote their published work(s), meet and greet the public, sign books, and network with other local authors.

The application for local authors interested in participating is now available. Authors representing children, young adult, and adult literature are encouraged to apply. To request an application, email Linda Campbell at or ask for an application at the Reference Desk of the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Applications must be completely filled out and returned to Linda Campbell by Monday, September 15, 2014. The application may be emailed to Linda Campbell at or returned in person to the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library’s Reference Desk.

For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., Opens Friday, Sept. 5 At HCT

Hickory - As rehearsals for the Hickory Community Theatre musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” enter their final phase, the three actors playing best friends and advisors to the leading characters of Ariel and King Triton have come to enjoy the conflict the roles bring.

Heather Osterer is Flounder, Ariel’s closest friend, a timid little fish wary of the bigger ones in the ocean. Steve Austin plays the seagull Scuttle who names the “human” objects found by the mermaid, Ariel. His hysterical misidentifications are a delight for the audience. On the other hand Steve Clarke as Sebastian, warns Ariel’s father, King Triton against her “human curiosity.”

Steve Austin as Scuttle is a long time actor with HCT. He has been a Kay Award winner as Outstanding Supporting Actor for each of the past three seasons. A longtime volunteer with the Theatre, he was named HCT Volunteer of the Year in 1994. He has appeared in dozens of local productions since the 1980’s.

As Flounder, Heather Osterer makes her HCT debut. She is newly arrived from Winston-Salem, but is not new to theater. She has appeared in more than 75 productions. She is also an accomplished equestrian.

The scheming Sebastian, who advises the King against the efforts of Scuttle and Flounder, is played by another Unifour newcomer, Drexel resident Steven Clarke. He says “We moved here to raise our kids in one of America’s best communities.” He has appeared in “From This Day Forward.” He is Director of Music Education at Drexel’s First United Methodist Church.

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” plays on the Jeffers Theatre Mainstage, September 5-21 2014 with performances at 8:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Thursdays (Sep 11 and 18), and 2:30 PM on Sundays (Sep 14 and 21). Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $18, reserved seating, with $2 off for seniors (60 and over) and $8 off for youth (18 and under). Thursday show tickets are $14 for adults 18+, with a $4 discount for youth, 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at or call the box office at (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.

PHOTO: (L-R) Steve Austin, Heather Osterer and Steven Clark play Ariel’s friends and guardian in The Little Mermaid, opening September 5th at the Hickory Community Theatre. The musical fairy tale plays for ten performances in the Jeffers Theatre. Please visit or call (828) 327-3855 for tickets and information.

Libraries Closed Labor Day

Newton, NC, - Catawba County Library System will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 1. All seven library locations will be opened normal hours on Saturday, Aug. 30. Regular business hours resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2. The Catawba County Library System is headquartered in Newton.

Seniors Morning Out Features Patrick Crouch In September

Hickory - All persons 60 or better who live in Catawba County are invited to learn more about North Carolina's string music heritage as musician Patrick Crouch performs for the Seniors Morning Out Program.

This program is only one of many offered four days a week in five convenient locations throughout the county. Besides entertaining and informative programs, Seniors Morning Out provides a hot balanced lunch. The program is free to participants, although donations are accepted. Seniors Morning Out will be closed Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day.

The performances by Patrick Crouch are 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 programming at Seniors Morning Out is provided by community donors.

"I had a guitar in my hands from the time I was two years old, but I didn't really get serious until around age 11," Crouch wrote about his musical heritage. He was born in 1956 in Lenoir, where his parents worked for local textile and furniture companies. Crouch took band classes in school and later earned a music education degree from Appalachian State University. He learned to play bass, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, lap dulcimer and dobro, as well as other musical instruments. He will talk about North Carolina's string music heritage and play traditional tunes.

In addition, participants in Seniors Morning Out will shop at the Hickory Farmer's Market on Sept. 17. Anyone wishing to participate in any of the SMO programs is asked to call the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance to reserve their spot.

Musician Patrick Crouch

West Hickory SMO program highlights are as follows: Sept. 9, Make a Pinecone Birdfeeder; Sept. 11, Bingo and Music by Damascus Road; Sept. 16, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 23, How Aging Parents Can Communicate with Adult Children About Sensitive Issues by Rick Covalinski of Home Instead; Sept. 30, Stroke Awareness and Blood Pressure Checks with Carolyn Thompson of Catawba Valley Medical Center. To reserve your spot, call Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746.

Newton SMO highlights include: Sept. 3, Celebrate National Biscuit Month with Biscuits for Breakfast; Sept. 4, Learn to Make Greeting Cards with Nancy McKay; Sept. 9, Shopping at Hamricks; Sept. 10, Learn to Make Baked Rice Pudding; Sept. 15, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 22, Author Joyce Hostetter Shares "The Miracle of Hickory;" Sept. 30, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Honey's Grocery. To reserve your spot, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133.

Maiden highlights include: Sept. 8, Vision Problems in the Elderly with Peggy Messick of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Sept. 22, Patrick Crouch String Instrument Program; Sept. 24, Bingo and Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, contact Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966.

East Hickory SMO activities include: Sept. 10, Learn to Make Pizza Bread with Anne Niedermeir; Sept. 16, Stretch Band Exercise and Healthy September Veggies; Sept. 23, Autumn Craft; Sept. 25, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 30, Music by Sentimental Journey. To reserve your spot, contact Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963.

Claremont highlights include: Sept. 10, Understanding and Managing COPD with Peggy Messick of Catawba Valley Medical Center; Sept. 18, The Flu and You with Lynne Meyer of Bayada Home Health; Sept. 23, String Instruments with Patrick Crouch; Sept. 29, Celebrate National Biscuit Month with a cinnamon and honey biscuit. To reserve your spot, contact Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

For more information, call the Senior Nutrition Services office at 828-695-6510. 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 286758. 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

Rock Barn To Host NC Lung Cancer Golf Tourney Sept. 26

Conover, NC - Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate, colorectal and liver cancers combined; yet it is the least-funded. The five-year survival rate is a mere 16%. Most blame smoking as the sole cause and the stigma that lung cancer patients deserve their disease prevents them from getting the care and attention they need. The fact is that lung cancer is not a smoker’s disease; it’s a disease for people with lungs. And there is hope; major advances in lung cancer screening, research into genetic mutations and new, improved treatments are emerging as we speak. These efforts need public support to gain momentum and ensure that lung cancer doesn't get the last word.

On September 26th, the 2nd Annual NC Lung Cancer Golf Tournament in Memory of Harold Morrow & Susan C. Hicks will be held at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. The inaugural year was a tremendous success and the families are excited to surpass it.

This community event is the first in the Greater Catawba County area to raise funds for lung cancer, and many local businesses are coming together to support it, including Tournament Sponsor, Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation. Backstreet Bar & Grill will once again provide lunch. The event is held in memory of two local individuals who lost their battles against lung cancer.

On August 30th, Lowes Foods, located at 1405 29th Ave DR NE, at the intersection of 29th and Sandy Ridge Road, will once again sponsor a hotdog fundraiser in front of their store from 11:00am to 5:00pm. All funds will go to the golf tournament. Members of families and friends that have been impacted by lung cancer will also be there that day to raise money for local research.

Susan Hicks, wife and mother, fought a short battle after diagnosis. She was not only active in her church but was also elected to the Newton Conover City School Board where she served as Vice Chairman at the time of her death. Susan’s family saw how hard she fought and wanted to continue her legacy. Susan C. Hicks Hope Charities has long partnered with the Lung Cancer Initiative of N.C. to raise awareness and funds.

Harold Morrow courageously fought an 18-month battle before passing on in August 2012. Harold, owner of a painting company here in Hickory, a husband, a father and a PawPaw, realized that his only chance for survival was to undergo chemotherapy and participate in clinical trials. His determination and positive attitude of “it is what it is” was infectious to all that he met. The Morrows and the Hicks are co-chairing this tournament again, and Susan and Harold’s fight continues through them.

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is a local non-profit that specializes in connecting lung cancer patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. Their mission is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, and education and access programs across North Carolina.

Since April, 2013, their state-wide Access to Care Gas Card Program has provided 27 lung cancer patients in Catawba County alone with gas cards to help them get to and from treatment. Their upcoming research program will fund cutting-edge research here in North Carolina at four different institutions across the state.

There are many ways that you can be a part of this local event. Visit the website at where you can go to the events tab and find the tournament. You will be able to become a sponsor or participate. Contact Khaki Stelten at with any questions.

The hope of this tournament is to make a difference in the fight against this deadly disease. As the Lung Cancer Initiative firmly believes, together, there is always something we can do.

Hickory - Cafe Gouda accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, and will be collecting donations for ALS till August 31st. Cafe Gouda also challenges Mayor Rudy Wright, Glenda Suttlemyre and Danielle Thurman to take the Ice Bucket Challenge or donate one hundred dollars to ALS.

Cafe Gouda is located in Belle Hollow Shopping Center in Hickory.


Actors Needed For Comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

Hickory - Auditions for the Hickory Community Theatre’s southern comedy “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3 at 7:00 pm in the HCT complex at 30 3rd St NW in downtown Hickory.

The play is farcical comedy with a warm heart. Two bumbling Alabama brothers believe they have brought down an angel while hunting for ducks. This funny, and touching, story is brought to humorous life in a script by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie.

The cast calls for seven men ages 30’s to 50's. One actor is African American. There are roles for two women - one a high school senior, the other aged 20's to 30's. Charles Jeffers is directing.

The play will be presented in the Jeffers Theatre October 12-November 2. Perusal scripts are available at the HCT administrative office weekdays 10-5. For information call Pamela Livingstone, HCT Artistic Director, weekdays from 1-5 at (828) 327-3855 ext 104 or email

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.

Aug. 29th Family Friday Night: Vic Wheeler & Gruv Dawgs

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Night Summer Series will continue their season with the dancing music of Vic Wheeler & Gruv Dawgs on August 29th at 7:00pm in the Wells Fargo/Town Parking lot in downtown.

Vic Wheeler, known for his funky rhythm and soulful lead guitar work, is also an accomplished vocalist and has played and sung both lead and background vocals for many professional groups. Band members, Zach Wheeler/saxophonist/keyboard, Kathy Wheeler/vocals, Sarah Jarrell/vocal/guitar and Garry Glowers/drums work together to bring an entertaining evening for the audience.

Vic Wheeler & The Gruv Dawgs

This group provides fun with a very hip vibe offering New & Classic Dance, Funk, Rock, Soul, Motown, Beach and much more.

Myra’s will continue their Friday “Cruise In” with over a hundred classic/antique cars and several of the merchants will remain open to provide an opportunity for those that might want to walk around town and visit the shops.

The Family Friday Night Series is sponsored by the Town of Valdese, Valdese Merchants Association and the Morganton News Herald. For further information regarding events in Valdese, go to or call 828-879-2129.

Call For Artists: Hues & Brews Tour & Festival In November

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council is now accepting applications from Caldwell County & surrounding counties’ artists and crafters who want to participate in the new Hues and Brews Studio Tour, Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can set up in their Caldwell County homes or studios or set up in a local business to display, demonstrate and sell their work. Registration is $30.

Following the countywide Studio Tour, the event will culminate with the Hues and Brews Festival, Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside Howard Brewing in downtown Lenoir. The outdoor event will feature visual art displays, craft beer tastings, food vendors, live music and children’s art activities. Artists, crafters and food vendors may apply for space at the Hues and Brews Festival; 20 separate artist spaces and 3 separate food vendor spaces are available at this location. Artist/crafter registration is $30.

The registration deadline has been extended to September 5th at 5pm; all applications are available on the Caldwell Arts Council website:


The Caldwell Arts Council has announced a new twist on its annual Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour, expanding it to a daylong festival and adding another popular art form to the popular event.

In recent years, the Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour has featured Caldwell County artists and crafters who open their homes and studios for a celebration of local artwork of all kinds. This year, the Caldwell Arts Council is expanding the event and inviting brewers from Caldwell, Catawba and Burke counties to join with visual artists in a central location for a fun, new event with proceeds going toward the Caldwell Arts Council.


The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Located at 601 College Avenue SW near downtown Lenoir, hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail list, please call 828-754-2486 or The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

Suzuki Music School Meet-Up Is Sept. 4 At St. Luke’s Church

Hickory - Suzuki School of the Arts will be hosting the Third Annual Fall Kickoff at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory on Thursday September 4th at 5:30pm in the Family Life Center. Parents will have an opportunity to meet the faculty, listen to Suzuki student performances, and learn more about the school. A hot dog supper will be served and drawings for door prizes will take place.

Enrollment for the academic year is now open and private lessons begin the week of September 9th. Lessons and classes take place at St Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC and at First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, NC.

Suzuki School of the Arts is a 501© 3 non profit organization that offers quality music instruction in the family oriented Suzuki method.

Lessons are available for violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar. Students ages 3-103 are eligible to take lessons. SSA does not discriminate against race, gender, creed or socioeconomic status.

For more information about lessons please call the Suzuki Office at 828 322 2694 or look at the website

Suzuki students pictured:

From back left: Christopher Clark, Bailey Davis, Caroline Clark, Sarah Rodecker, Ruth Rodecker, Faith Carrigan, Sarah Monday

Front left: Nylah Van Allsburg, Brynne Van Allsburg, Hadley Hines, and Karsen Osborne

Girl Scouting: Want To Join? List Of Express Events Here!

Colfax, NC – You know that feeling when you just can’t wait for tomorrow? It’s back-to-school time and with that comes the anticipation for girls to join Girl Scouts!

In Girl Scouting, girls are always counting down to the next adventure! Maybe it's artistic. Maybe it's an experiment. Maybe it's getting outside or helping the community. Either way, girls will make new friends and have many new experiences that show the excitement of each day!

Girls can become a member for $15. Girl participation in program events is immediate but placement in a troop is based on availability. Specifically, Girl Scouts are in need of dedicated adults to take on the role of troop leaders. Each troop is led by at least two non-related registered leaders.

Girls and parents are invited to attend one of the following Express Events to learn more.

·September 4, 6:30 p.m. - Blackburn Elementary
·September 4, 6:30 p.m. - Longview Elementary
·September 4, 6:30 p.m. - Maiden Elementary
·September 4, 6:30 p.m. - Viewmont Elementary
·September 5, 6:30 p.m. - Catawba Elementary
·September 5, 6:30 p.m. - Mountain View Elementary
·September 5, 6:30 p.m. - North Newton Elementary
·September 5, 6:30 p.m. - Oakwood Elementary
·September 5, 6:30 p.m. - St. Stephens Elementary
·September 8, 6:30 p.m. - Jenkins Elementary
·September 8, 6:30 p.m. - Lyle Creek Elementary
·September 8, 6:30 p.m. - Sherrills Ford Elementary
·September 8, 6:30 p.m. - South Newton Elementary
·September 8, 6:30 p.m. - Startown Elementary
·September 9, 6 p.m. - Balls Creek Elementary
·September 9, 6:30 p.m. - Claremont Elementary
·September 9, 6:30 p.m. - Clyde Campbell Elementary
·September 9, 6:30 p.m. - Shuford Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Banoak Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Oxford Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Southwest Elementary
·September 11, 6:30 p.m. - Webb Murray Elementary
·September 16, 6 p.m. - Tuttle Elementary
·September 23, 6:30 p.m. - Snow Creek Elementary

For more information, visit or contact local recruitment manager Lisa Stainbrook at 828-328-2444 or e-mail

About Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont: Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 15,000 girls and approximately 7,000 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains three camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit









































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