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2018 Sails Original Music Series

Kicks Off Next Friday, May 4

Hickory – Friday, May 4, the City of Hickory and Bob Sinclair Music will kick off the 2018 Sails Original Music Series, which is being presented by Lowes Foods. The series will feature music from national and international touring acts, performing every Friday night in May, June, and September under the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“The Sails Original Music Series continues this year with a great line-up of bands, coordinated by Bob Sinclair,” said Hickory’s Communications and Marketing Manager Dana Kaminske. “Every year, we look forward to seeing the bands that will be coming to Hickory to perform. Bob has knocked it out of the park again this year.”

Sam Reider and The Human Hands

“We have found that this music series is something special for our community. It provides a great opportunity for unique and talented musicians to provide great entertainment for the Hickory area, but, at the same time, people are coming from all over to see these bands, who have quite a following. We have had bands from all over the world play the Sails Stage for this series,” Kaminske added. “If you haven’t experienced the Sails Original Music Series, make a point to grab your lawn chairs or blankets on Friday nights in May, June, and September, bring, or stop by, one of the great downtown restaurants for some food and beverages to enjoy, and just relax, outside, at the Sails on the Square. It is an experience you don’t want to miss.”

"We think the quality of original music offered by the series will impress and attract people," says Bob Sinclair, Event Coordinator for the Sails Music Series. "Our 2018 line-up features artists from all around the country and music from around the world. We will have rock, salsa, bluegrass, singer/songwriters, R&B, jazz artists – something for everyone, I think. People are very excited about this series.”

The Sails Original Music Series fits perfectly with the City of Hickory’s brand, Life. Well Crafted. "The series builds on the idea that Hickory is a place where people can find something unique, inspiring, youthful, and fresh. These events have become a musical destination, where people come to spend an evening in Hickory, enjoying a peaceful and family-friendly night out. And once people see all Hickory has to offer, we think they will come back for more!” said Sinclair.

This year’s series begins with Sam Reider and The Human Hands. Reider, a San Francisco-born classical and jazz piano prodigy turned roots accordion virtuoso, will be accompanied by a stellar crew of Brooklyn acoustic musicians called The Human Hands. Sinclair says Reider plays the accordion “like a thunderstorm, like Miles Davis, like no one else.”

Blending sounds with Reider’s innovative stylings on the accordion, The Human Hands ensemble features Roy Williams on guitar, Alex Hargreaves on violin, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Dave Speranza on bass. “This band is smokes!” added Sinclair. Deeply rooted in American folk and jazz, Sam Reider and The Human Hands are the perfect group of talented musicians to kick off an incredible music series.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors. The presenting sponsor of the series is Lowes Foods, while the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau is the premier sponsor for the month of May, in conjunction with their 31 Days of May Campaign, celebrating tourism in North Carolina.

The Hickory Wine Shoppe is the premier sponsor for the month of September. Additional sponsors include: Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Brewery, and Crowne Plaza. Media partners include WNNC 1230 AM/WAIZ 63 Big Ways, WNCW 88.7FM, and FOCUS Newspaper.

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Olde Hickory Brewery will sell beer in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

For more information about the Sails Original Music Series and upcoming bands, please visit the Sails Music Series Facebook page –

NC Blackberry Festival Is July 12-14 In Downtown Lenoir

Lenoir NC - The 17th Annual North Carolina Blackberry festival will take place from July 12th-14th in Downtown Lenoir. Bring the whole family for a "jam" packed weekend with live music, food, blackberry themed cuisine & beverages, local and regional beer, shopping, and of course, loads of blackberries!

For more information please contact Candice Simmons by phone: 828-726-0616 or email:

Children’s Advocacy Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser

Is This Sat., April 28, At Broken Arrow Farm

Claremont, NC - The Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center is hosting our annual Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser at the Broken Arrow Farm on Saturday, April 28th! Broken Arrow Farm is the place for great memories and beautiful sunsets! Situated on a knoll with a panoramic view of the countryside, this 185 acre agritourism farm, where family fun, farm life, agriculture and tourism intersect, is located just outside the city limits of Claremont, NC. This is a fun event filled with entertainment, a huge raffle of wonderful items, and great food!

Rebecca Hart’s Band will provide music for the evening. Her band has a large following in the area, and the CAPC is excited to have her this year.

We have a huge selection of raffle items – this is always a highlight of the evening. There are several pieces of beautiful furniture, some wonderful lamps, nice art pieces, yummy restaurant gift certificates, classy jewelry, amazing clothing, and stylish rugs. We also have items to pamper like a weekend getaway, spa gift certificates, and hair salon gift certificates and products. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Lastly, there will be lots of food and drinks! Yes, there will be a WHOLE HOG for the picking! In addition, the CAPC Board Members will serve barbeque chicken, great sides, and homemade desserts.

Please go on our website to purchase tickets today! You can also find and like us on Facebook!

Contact the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center (CAPC) today by emailing: or visit our website:

The Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County is a non-profit organization that offers care to child victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse by providing forensic interviews, medical examinations, mental health therapy, victim advocate services, prevention education through Darkness to Light classes, support for non-offending caregivers, and a multi-disciplinary team that includes law enforcement, social services, and prosecution in addition to the center’s expert staff.

Some of this weekend’s raffle items

Caldwell Arts Calls For Visual Artists For June Competition

Lenoir, NC- The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition scheduled for June 22-July 28, 2018.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the opening reception June 22, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

This competition is open to 2-D (paintings, collage, etc.) and 3-D (pottery, small sculpture, etc.) visual artists 18 years of age or older who reside, work, attend school or take art classes in Caldwell County. Photography is excluded from this competition; however, Caldwell Arts Council will host a new photography competition in January 2019!

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 entitles each artist to display two works of art. Artwork must be delivered either June 15 (9am-5pm), June 16 (10am-2pm) or June 18 (9am-5pm).

All the details and prospectus are available on the website: or by calling 828-754-2486.

Dramatic Comedy True West Has Final Four Shows This Week

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre will present the final four performances of True West, a dramatic comedy by Sam Shepard, this weekend, April 26th through 29th in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

Set in the California desert during the 1980s, the play centers around the conflict between two brothers, Austin the family man and Lee, a petty thief and drifter. Their sibling rivalry erupts like a volcano when Lee shows up unexpectedly while Austin is housesitting for their mother.

The final performances of True West are Thursday April 26th at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday April 27th and 28th at 8:00pm and Sunday April 29th at 2:30pm. This production is rated R for strong adult language.

On Thursday night the box office and concessions will open at 6:30pm and early arrivals will have a chance to peek into the Jeffers Theatre to watch the set go up for the Theatre’s upcoming production of Ragtime the Musical.

Tickets are $16 for adults. Seniors, students and youth (18 and under) are $14. Tickets are now on sale online at or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Friday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. True West is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. George Clay, DDS.

PHOTO: Hollie Sherrill as Mom, Joshua Propst as Lee and Joshua Yoder as Austin in the dramatic comedy True West, at the Hickory Community Theatre. Final performances are this Thursday, April 26th through Sunday, April 29th. Go to or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.
Photo by Ken Burns.

Scotts Pitch, Hit & Run Skills

Contest In Gastonia, Tues., May 8

Gastonia, NC - Gaston County Parks and Recreation will host a free Pitch, Hit, and Run skills competition on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30pm on field #4 at George Poston Park. Pitch, Hit, & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide kids with an opportunity to compete for free in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition. These levels include the Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the MLB All-Star Week. The individual Pitching, Hitting, and Running champions, along with All-Around Champion in each division age group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/wavier form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact local coordinator Brian Rogers at 704-922-2163.

George Poston Park Baseball Field #4, 1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056

Spring Art At The Farm Is Set

For Saturday, May 5, 10am-5pm

Hickory - The 20th Annual Spring Art at the Farm will be held at the Farm, located at 5726 Grace Chapel Road in Hickory, NC, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Stop by to share refreshments and browse the works of these artists:

Kathy Blackwelder: Functional pottery glazed in the colors of mother earth; Diane Adams: Homemade goodies; Raleigh Avery: Traditional crafted custom knives; Ollis Baggett: repurposed metal wearable art; Wil Baker: Nature inspired items and jewelry; Dick Covalinski: One of a kind decorative assemblages and stained glass; Anne Fredley: Jewelry and paintings; Laura Hampel: Macramé Designs; Charles Kismo: Jewelry and painted furniture; Carolyn Lyerly: half-hitch macramé jewelry; Pam and Jerry Miller: Festive outdoor glass art; Ann Marie: Leather goods, quilts, fabric art; Marie McCall: Handmade bags; Bill Reed: Freedom Farms Soap; Ricardo Ramirez: Handcrafted wooden utensils and cutting boards; Arsenio Sanchez: oil paintings; Tracy Sherrill: Homemade Journals; Dick Sinclair: Stone and recycled metal sculpture; William (Bill) Stronach: Wood /mixed medium sculpture; Cathy Stryker: Jewelry and wood sculpture; Tom Vislay: Paintings, and Reilly Yount: Stained infused glass art.

Music by Mike Willis and Neal Davenport.

For information or assistance, call 828-228-2412. Hosted by Lynn Blackwelder and Rick and Mary Berry.

Treehouse Adventures Opens This Friday, April 27, At CSC

Hickory - Catawba Science Center is thrilled to announce the opening of its recently renovated pre-k exhibit area, Treehouse Adventures! The area formerly known as Explore it! has undergone wall-to-wall renovation and will be officially open to the public on April 27th, following the members only grand opening event. CSC Members are invited to the grand opening event on Thursday, April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. A separate VIP Donors Reception is set for early May.

Designed and fabricated by Design Dimensions, Inc. of Raleigh, NC. Treehouse Adventures is perfect for CSC’s youngest guests with exciting and colorful hands-on activities. The entrance of the exhibit starts off in Autumn, and takes guests through all four seasons of the year, exploring different activities in each section. Kids can climb in a sail boat, explore hide and seek panels, build a snowman, and more in the Autumn and Winter sections. In the Spring and Summer sections, kids can ride a tractor, plant and harvest crops, take them to the market, and even dress the part! The treehouse itself is complete with maps, binoculars and more where kids can use their imagination and creativity to take them on their own treehouse adventure! The exhibition also has features such as sight words, books, and puzzles that parents can use to help teach their children about things like seasons, colors, and wildlife.

CSC would like to thank the Treehouse Adventures task force, and Design Dimensions Inc. for their help in making this exhibition come to life. Treehouse Adventures is sponsored by the Gwendolyn M. Candler Estate, The Service League of Hickory, NC, Inc., NC Science Museums Grant Program, Lowes Foods, Alex Lee, and MDI, John and Eileen Leach, Benny and Cherrie Yount, Richard and Jan Higgins, Viewmont Animal Hospital, Dr. Gary & Carolyn Pope, Dr, Franklin, Amanda, Samuel, Tyler, and Scarlett McGuire, and the contributors to CSC's 2017 Italian Dinner Fund-a-Cause.

The new Treehouse Adventures exhibition is located in the main building of CSC, on the SALT Block at 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.The cost to visit is included in general admission for nonmembers, and is free to CSC Members. Call 828-322-8169 or visit for more information on Catawba Science Center’s hours, admission, and membership opportunities. CSC’s annual membership drive is currently underway. Visit CSC’s website to find out more about new benefits, other members only events, and discounts on programs such as the Summer Fun Science camps.

Funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County. CSC is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory.
A garden at Treehouse Adventures, at CSC

Caldwell Arts Council Printmaking

Workshop Is May 8-June 12

Lenoir, NC - Learn a mixed media approach to printmaking in a fun, engaging environment. Energetic, dynamic teachers lead the 6-week course while participants create prints on an intaglio press. The class is open to all adults 18 and up, and all experience levels are welcome. Classes will be held 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, May 8 – June 12, 2018 at the Optimist Club House on Mulberry Street in Lenoir across from Mulberry Recreation Center.

Thomas Thielemann is an award-winning mixed media artist and is the director of visual arts at CCC&TI. Damon Hood is a talented artist based in Lenoir.

Registration fee is $130; register by May 1 by calling 828-754-2486 or visiting

CVCC Announces Summer

Continuing Ed. Pottery Classes

Hickory - Resolve to get your hands dirty this summer, with Catawba Valley Community College Continuing Education Pottery Classes. Cultivate your creativity and progress your personal style with CVCC’s non-credit pottery classes. No experience necessary, and the only requirements for students are a tool kit, purchased at the CVCC bookstore or local craft store, and a desire to create. All classes are $166.25, and include $125 registration fee, $40 supply fee and $1.25 insurance fee.

Hand Built Pottery Techniques with Evelyn Arnold
Tuesdays, May 29 – July 31, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 3, 2018.
For students of all skill levels, including beginners, this course is designed to teach the many varied techniques and applications for hand building with clay. Students will focus on various ways and tools that can be used to make many forms for utilitarian use. This course will explore the use of molds, slabs and coils with an emphasis on surface design and glazing techniques.

Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold
Wednesdays, May 30 – August 1, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 4, 2018.
This class is designed for the beginner through intermediate level potter. In this course, students will become familiar with turning methods and materials used in creating basic forms with the potters’ wheel. Topics include clay preparation, turning techniques, and basic glaze application. Upon completion, students should be able to center, turn basic forms such as bowls and mugs, apply basic glazes, and be familiar with loading and firing an electric kiln.

Pottery on the Wheel II with Preston Tolbert
Thursdays, May 31 – August 2, 2018; 6pm-9pm No class July 5, 2018.
Designed for experienced as well as beginner level potters, students will learn to create a variety of forms including pitchers, vases and lidded jars. Also included is instruction on how to apply glazes and the proper procedure for loading and firing an electric kiln. Upon completion, students will be familiar with working on the potter's wheel, glaze application and firing techniques.

Class space is limited. For more information about the courses please email Evelyn Arnold at; to register email Cheri Toney at or contact the Continuing Education Department at 828-327-7037.

Full Circle Arts’ Tiny Art Show

Opens May 3; Reception, May 17

Hickory - Full Circle Arts of Hickory would like to invite artists and the public to see its fun and always surprising "Tiny Art Show." The show opens on May 3, 2018 for viewing by the public, but the reception will take place on Thursday evening May 17, 2018 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm in conjunction with the Hickory Art Crawl. Full Circle Arts will be the venue for the Kick-off Party for the spring Art Crawl. This will be the sixth year that FCA has sponsored the "Tiny Art Show" exhibition and it has been well-attended every year. It is one of our most popular shows and many local artists and artisans join us in offering their creations for viewing by the public. Each artist is allowed to submit 5 entries for inclusion in the exhibition so we generally have 80-100 works of art on display. Because they are so small, most of the works will be for sale to the public at very affordable prices. Come on in and see what we have to offer in the way of miniature works of original art to grace your homes and offices. A gift of tiny art is unique and makes a wonderful present to the person who has everything. Almost everyone has some place in their house to put one of these exceptional pieces. Art broadens the mind and feeds the soul so come get your dose of enlightenment and pleasure.

The judge for our show will be Judy Sigmon, "Art for All" Coordinator at the Hickory Museum of Art. We will be awarding beautiful handmade tiny ribbons for First through Third place winners as well as several Honorable Mentions the night of the reception.A total of 75 pieces of art will be on display from May 3, 2018 through June 2, 2018 at Full Circle Arts' gallery 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory during regular hours, Wednesday - Friday 11am-5pm and Sat., 10am - 2pm.

FCA is an artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. Write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Please visit our website at

HCT’s RugBugs Open ‘Rita & The

Gallant Thieves’ On May 5

Hickory—Murray Phillips, guest director for the RugBug Theatre program at the Hickory Community Theatre has just announced the casting for Remarkable Rita and the Gallant Thieves, on stage May 5th through 13th.

The play is a youthful take on the legend of Robin Hood. Featured in the cast are siblings Sophie Heller-Lee and Quentin Heller-Lee, along with Harley Buff, Hayden Everley, Katelyn Sears and Elise Wortman.

The RugBug Theatre at HCT is a “by kids for kids” program where young actors perform for young audiences. Actors’ ages usually range from 6-16 and audiences have children as young as three. The plays are short, 45 minutes to an hour with a 10 minute intermission between acts, which is perfect for young children.

Performances of Remarkable Rita and the Gallant Thieves are Saturdays and Sundays, May 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th at 2:30 and 4:00pm. Admission is just $5 for all ages. Ticket sales are at the door only, first-come first-served.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The RugBug Theatre is produced by Commscope, The Rotary Club of Hickory and Shurtape.

Photo: (left to right, back to front) Sophie Heller-Lee, Quentin Heller-Lee, Elise Wortman. Katelyn Sears, Hayden Everley, and Harley Buff are the cast of Remarkable Rita and the Gallant Thieves, on stage May 5th through 13th at the Hickory Community Theatre in the newly remodeled Council Chambers Theatre. Call (828) 328-3855 for more information. Photo by Ashleigh Walker.

Seniors Morning Out In May Will Include

Mother’s Day Celebrations & Cookouts

Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in May including Mother’s Day celebrations and cookouts.

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or better is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at five convenient locations. A hot, balanced lunch is served each day. Programs are free to participants, who may pick and choose which days to attend. Bus transportation to and from the sites is available in some locations.

Other program highlights are as follows.

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: May 1, Planning for a Funeral with Mitchell from Burke Mortuary; May 3, Shopping at Walmart; May 7, Medicare Fraud and Scams with Diane Trainor; May 10, Antidepressant Medications with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; May 14, Mother’s Day Waffle Breakfast and performance by Damascus Road; May 15, Trip to Mt. Airy, NC: May 17, Stress Relieving and Exercise with Kathy Campbell from Brookdale Senior Living; May 21, Intro to 6 week Diabetes Course with Dorene King; May 24, Cooking Class-Fresh Black Bean Salad; May 29, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; May 31, Cookout with entertainment from Cameron Matthews. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133 at least two days in advance.

At the West Hickory site, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: May 1, Dementia Conversations with Julie Cook-Walker from Alzheimer’s Association; May 3, Tornado Awareness and Prevention with Terri Byers from Hickory Fire Department; May Vision Presentation with Greg Morgan from Services for the Blind. May 10, Mother’s Day Celebration with Sentimental Journey; May 14, CPR Training with Melanie Sigmon from Catawba County EMS; May 15, Antidepressant Medications with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; May16, Craft Class- Colorful Coasters; May 21, Cooking Class-Granola Breakfast Bars with Shanda Nichols; May 23, Music by Damascus Road; May 29, Gospel Music with Barbie Hollar and Friends. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: May 2, Music by Sentimental Journey; May 3, Antidepressants with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; May 7, Shopping at Walmart and Lunch at 321 Café; May 8, Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer and Making Lotion with Ruthie Hill; May 10, Mather’s Day Rainbow Tea-ladies wear your hats; May15, Trip to Mt. Airy, NC; May 16, Create Chocolate Flowers with Denise Fuchs from Bloombaes; May 22, Cooking Class- Vanilla Pudding for National Vanilla Pudding Day; May 30, Electric Slide for National Senior Health and Fitness Day with Ruthie Hill. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Rita Pritchard at least two days in advance by calling 828-320-5963.

At the Catawba site, located at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 2211 Hopewell Church Road, Sherrills Ford: May 1, Celebrate Older Americans Month by giving back-bring canned goods!; May 8, Bowling an Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; May 9, Medicare Fraud with Diane Trainor; May 10, Mother’s Day Strawberry and Ice Cream Social; May 15 Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; May 16, Benefits of Lemon Water and Lemon Treat Tasting; May17, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; May 22, Medical Conditions of the Ear with Bill Beck from Mountain Ear Hearing; May 24, Movie Day: “Fun with Dick and Jane” at the Sherrills Ford Library; May 29, Music by Sentimental Journey. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434 at least two days in advance.

At the Maiden site, located at the Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street, Maiden: May 1, Bingo with Fara and Lille, May 3, Honor Mothers and Kick Ball; May 7, All About Eggs and Cholesterol; May 8, Shopping at Dollar General and Lunch at Untouchables; May 9, Craft Class-American Flags for Memorial Day; May 14, How To Take Care of Your Feet with Annie Williams; May15, Cooking Class-Red White and Blue Pancakes; May 16, Are you Older, Wiser, or Wider?; May 21, Nutrition and the Elderly; May 23, Medicare Fraud with Diane Trainor; May 24, Senior Games Fun Walk and Cookout in Maiden Park; May 29, Antidepressants with Terry Spencer with Vaya Health. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966 at least two days in advance.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services and is in need of volunteers to assist with the program between 8:30am and noon, Monday – Thursday. Please call 695-5617 if interested.

In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at, or visit their website at

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is a United Way funded partner. Catawba County United Way’s mission is to increase the organized capacity of people to help others by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information, locate us on Facebook, 828-327-6851 or

Hickory Parks & Recreation Seeks

Oktoberfest Musicians

Hickory-The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Hickory Music Factory will offer a Musical Showcase at Hickory’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bands and solo artist will have the opportunity to show off their musical talents. Participants will have 20 minutes to set up, perform, and break down.

Interested participants will need to contact Hickory Music Factory 828-308-5659 or Submissions are due by Thursday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.

Teacher Allison Andrews Returns

To HCT For Musical Ragtime

Hickory-Allison Andrews, the drama teacher at Bandy’s High School, is excited to be returning to the Hickory stage as “Mother” in Ragtime the Musical. This compelling and dramatic show will be on stage in the Jeffers Theatre from May 11th through the 27th.

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, the Musical tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia. Although there are many conflicts among these groups, the final message is one of brighter hopes for the future.

Andrews is a familiar face in the local theatre scene. Some recent roles include Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker in Sweeney Todd, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins and Enid Hoops in Legally Blonde. She had the lead role of Karissa in the HCT 2016 reprise of Junk for which she received the outstanding actress award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference in 2017.

When asked about what drew her to audition for this production of Ragtime the Musical, she said, “I chose to audition for this show because it is one of the shows that helped grow my love for theatre. I saw the show several years ago and the music touched me in a way that is almost indescribable. I also adore the compelling story. Even though the musical is set over 100 years ago, there are moments within the plot that mirror moments in society today.”

She went on to express why this role is special to her. “The role of Mother means a lot to me. Even though I have not had any children of my own, I can relate to my character in that I am a teacher and am responsible for helping grow the minds of young people in our community. She also goes through such a strong character arc throughout the show. She starts out meek and afraid of what's to come, but makes bold choices that alter her life for the better. I am excited to take on such a strong woman in a production and look forward to sharing her strength, courage, and love with our community.”

Performances of Ragtime the Musical are Fridays and Saturdays (May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (May 17 & 24) at 7:30pm and Sundays (May 20 & 27) at 2:30pm.

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets for adults and seniors are $16, students and children are $10. Tickets are on sale online at or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. Ragtime is produced by The United Arts Council of Catawba County, The City of Hickory Community Relations Council and David and Susan Walker.

Photo: Allison Andrews plays Mother in Ragtime, opening May 11th at the Hickory Community Theatre Performances run through May 27th on the Mainstage in the Jeffers Theatre. Go to or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information. Photo by John Koval.

WIC Participants Will Soon Have

A Plastic Card To Use For Benefits

Hickory – The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at Catawba County Public Health has taken a new technological step this April, with the transition to eWIC.

The new eWIC is a plastic Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that will replace paper vouchers and can be used like a “debit” card to purchase WIC-approved foods.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental healthy food program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for infants and children up to age five, and pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women.

Catawba County residents may have noticed changes at area grocery stores beginning in mid-April.

Here’s how it works:
· WIC staff will issue one eWIC card per qualifying family.
· Monthly benefit packages will be loaded onto the eWIC card.
· Benefits will be debited from the eWIC account as approved foods are purchased from authorized WIC vendors.

eWIC is simple, safe and convenient. Cards are secured with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and work like a debit card at checkout. The cards will replace paper food vouchers and will be more convenient for families to use while grocery shopping.

“We are excited about the transition to eWIC because of how convenient it is for families,” said Catawba County WIC Director Julie Byrd. “By allowing families to buy only what they need, clients are better able to make food decisions that are right for their families, and reduce food waste at the same time.”

Families will also be able to check out faster and won’t have to separate items at the register at most stores. Participants can view their shopping list and check their balance by requesting a copy at the local WIC office, by calling the automated customer service line, logging on to the participant web portal, checking the last printed grocery receipt, or requesting a balance inquiry at the store. The transition to eWIC is expected to take several months, as not all families will get their cards at the same time.

“Our staff is excited to be part of this transition, which will make WIC even more accessible in Catawba County,” said Byrd.

The Catawba County WIC office serves a monthly case load of nearly 4,000 participants. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and all of our services are provided in a welcoming and confidential setting. Read the non-discrimination statement at

Catawba County Public Health promotes and protects the health of all Catawba County residents through preventive services, innovative partnerships, and community health improvement initiatives. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit

Sat., April 28 Spring Concert Of Caldwell Men’s

Chorus Includes Russian Folk Group Lyra

Lenoir, NC - The Caldwell Men's Chorus will present its Spring Concert on Saturday evening, April 28 at 7:30pm at Lenoir Presbyterian Church, 1002 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir. The concert is free and open to the public. Special guests of the Men's Chorus will be LYRA, a professional vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. This ensemble sings Russian folk music and orthodox Russian Church Music in their native tongue, then they discuss the pieces in English. Caldwell Men's Chorus Director, Keith Smith, says, "We are very excited to have LYRA appear with us. Regardless of politics, this is an opportunity for people in our area to have a unique cultural experience with highly artistic music, provided by fine people and fine singers!" LYRA's appearance is made possible by a grant from the Broyhill Family Foundation.

The Russian Folk group Lyra

The Caldwell Men's Chorus will sing an array of eclectic music, including the Scottish Ballad, "Loch Lomond," the four Foster selections, "Camptown Races," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Hard Times Come Again No More," "Beautiful Dreamer," the Beatles' "In My Life," two Barbershop numbers, two spirituals, and "Just a Little Talk with Jesus," a classical Wagnerian piece, "The Pilgrim's Chorus," and the Men's Chorus signature piece, "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The chorus is a 25 member non-profit group, ranging in age from 18-80, serving the Unifour area, especially Caldwell County and most specifically, the Lenoir area. The director is Keith Smith and the piano accompanist is Gregory Knight. No ticket or reservation for the concert is needed, just show up at the doors of the sanctuary to the church. All are encouraged to come early, as the church will fill up fast. For more information, please call 322-3169.

ACAP-Hickory: Caring For My Parent With A Serious Illness

Is On Tuesday, May 8, 5:30pm

Hickory-ACAP Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) presents "Caring for My Parent with Serious Illness: Palliative Medicine and Hospice" on Tuesday, May 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m.. Location of the program (for this program only) is the Family Life Center of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave., NW, Hickory. Speaker for the program is Julie Packer, RN, MSN, Director of Professional Relations, Catawba Regional Hospice.

Having a parent or other loved one who is seriously ill prompts a desire to find the best possible care (medically, physically, mentally and emotionally) for the loved one. One of the newest facets in the health care world is “palliative medicine," the sensitive, comfort-oriented type of care that hospice nurses deliver to patients who are admitted to palliative care or hospice programs. The May 8 ACAP Hickory will offer a deeper understanding of Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care; how the services provide a continuum of medical, physical and emotional support for patients with serious, progressive illness; and how these two programs are similar but distinctive and unique from the other. In addition, program attendees will learn how these services are delivered, accessed and paid for so loved ones may receive a continuum of care, preventing lapses in support and re-hospitalizations. During the program, attendees will gain an understanding of palliative medicine and hospice care, and the unique continuum of care the medical practice model offers for adult patients with serious, progressive illness. In addition, attendees will become familiar with palliative medicine and hospice care services in the Unifour area; how, where, when and by whom care is delivered; how to access the services; and how payment for care received from both of these programs is covered.

We hope you will join us! To register for this FREE program, please contact us at or, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (2227).

ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges Catawba Regional Hospice as sponsor for the May program. ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as they care for their aging parents and for themselves. Cost-free educational programs are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 North Center Street, Hickory, NC), unless otherwise noted. Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all.

For more information about ACAP-Hickory, including the monthly program schedule and audio podcasts that address a variety of topics related to aging and family caregiving, please visit or call us 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Newton PD Offers Self-Defense For Women On Sat., May 5

Newton, NC-Newton police officers will lead a free self-defense class in May for women and female teenagers.

The class will be from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, May 5, on the lower level of the Newton Recreation Center at 23 South Brady Ave. Participants must be 16 years old or older. Participants 16 and 17 years old must have parental permission and be accompanied by an adult.

After a brief presentation, Newton police officers will provide hands-on self-defense instruction to participants.

The class is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. To sign up for the class, email Sgt. M.D. Hopkins at

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