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February 26, 2015

Spay-ghetti & No Balls Sunday, March 1, At Crescent Moon

Hickory - Snowy weather did not stop Foothills Clinic on Tuesday, February 24, and World Spay Day surgeries proceeded as planned at HSCC-Hickory. Dr. Deidre Sesan and HSCC Board Chairman, Randy Truitt, pause (photo) during a surgery break to show their support for ending pet overpopulation.

$10 spay/neuter vouchers were given out Tuesday to anyone calling in for surgery or stopping by to sign up their pet. Foothills Spay/ Neuter Clinic offers surgery Monday-Friday at HSCC Hickory.

Spay-ghetti & No Balls, this Sunday, March 1, Crescent Moon

Go by to make an appointment or call (828) 464-8878 during business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. HSCC and Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic services are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.

On Sunday, March 1st HSCC is celebrating another successful Spay/Neuter Awareness month with a “Spay-ghetti & No Balls” dinner at Crescent Moon Café from 4-7pm. $25 ticket includes spaghetti dinner (dine-in or carry-out), two wine or craft beer tokens and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit spay/neuter education and programs at HSCC. Tickets can be purchased at both shelters and Crescent Moon Café. Visit for more information.

Darkness To Light Prevention Training Rescheduled To Mar. 2

Hickory - The Darkness to Light training originally scheduled for the evening of Feb. 24 at Carolina Theater in Hickory has been postponed due to expected inclement weather.

The training will be offered on March 2 instead. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and training will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare will be available. No registration is required; any adult is invited to attend on a first come, first served basis.

Leadership Catawba and the Children's Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County are offering this free training. This program, Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light, is designed to train adults in how to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse.

A free kids' movie will be shown during the training for children 5 or older who are accompanying their parent or other adult. The children's entertainment will be shown in the upstairs theatre with child care provided. Children will also receive a free drink and popcorn.

This event is made possible through support from the following: the United Way, Crawford Sprinkler Company, Lenoir-Rhyne University Schools of Education and Counseling, On The Level Home Services, and Renaissance Financial Partners of North Carolina, LLC.

The Children's Advocacy & Protection Center is seeking to train 6,000 adults in Catawba County in Darkness to Light. Research has shown that this number is a tipping point that will result in a change in community awareness and response to the sexual abuse of children.

For more information about this event or Darkness to Light training, contact Kate Landry at or call the CAPC at 828-465-9296.

Writer/Pastor Bolz-Weber At L-RU Thursday, March 5

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning in partnership with LRU’s Visiting Writers Series will present non-traditional Lutheran pastor and author, Nadia Bolz-Weber on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. The event is open to the public and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Reverend Bolz-Weber (pictured at right) is the founding Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO. The church is a mission congregation that is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television and the New York Times bestselling theological memoir Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint, a narrative about an unconventional life of faith. She is also a contributing writer for several Christian publications such as the Christian Century and Sojourners. She has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast, and on CNN.

Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence, says of Bolz-Weber, “She has probably done more than any pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly-churched Christianity and Christians. The passion behind her words, however, is as deeply pastoral as it is God-drenched and liberating.”

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “a culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. Programs are directed at Christians of all traditions. In its 26th season, the Visiting Writers Series brings world-renowned authors to the LR campus and community. Sponsors of the 2014-2015 Series include: Crowne Plaza--Hickory, WFAE 90.7-FM, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the United Arts Council of Catawba County and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

RugBugs’ Dragon In Disguise Opens Saturday, Feb. 28

Hickory - In life it is important to be true to yourself. Youngsters get a playful version of this lesson in the latest RugBug Theatre production, “Dragon in Disguise,” opening this weekend at the Hickory Community Theatre. A cast of seven young actors presents this original play, written by Artistic Director Pamela Livingstone.

Performances are in HCT’s Council Chambers Theatre on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with two shows each day at 2:30 and 4:00pm, February 28-March 9. All seats are $4, general admission at the door. For more information call (828) 327-3855.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The RugBug Theatre at HCT is a sponsored project of the Hickory Rotary Club. This production is part of the 2014-2015 Season brought to you by Paramount Automotive.

Photo: Cookie (Emma Snyder) has a spoon duel with Yankee (Joseph Snyder) in “Dragon in Disguise,” the next RugBug Theatre production opening this Saturday, February 28 at the Hickory Community Theatre. For more information call (828) 327-3855.

Bethlehem Friends Of Library Set March 19-21 For Book Sale

Bethlehem, NC - Book lovers of all ages: mark your calendar for the fifth annual Friends of the Library used book sale on March 19-21. Sponsors are the Bethlehem Friends of the Library. Location is the Bethlehem Fire Department, 7373 NC Highway 127, in Bethlehem.

Donations are currently being sought for gently used books. Such items can be taken to the Bethlehem Branch Library, 45 Rink Dam Road or call the library office at 828-495-8753. Items that cannot be accepted are encyclopedias, magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or books that are badly worn and water damaged.

Special hours on Thursday, March 19 are arranged for those who are members of the Bethlehem or Taylorsville Friends of the Library. Those hours are 9-12 noon. Individuals who purchase a Friends membership at the time of sale can take advantage of those special hours, as well as book dealers for a $25 donation to the Friends.

Regular book sale hours are Thursday, March 19, noon to 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Reasonable prices on all items with special bargains available on Saturday.

Bethlehem Friends members encourage the public to use this sale as an opportunity to keep books out of the landfill by donating books for the sale and then purchasing low cost, current books.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support literacy by enhancing services for children and adults at the Bethlehem Branch Library.

Special thanks to the Bethlehem Fire Department for use of their facilities.

Current library officers include Sandy Moore, President; Janie McCall, Vice President; Barb Beck, Treasurer and Margo Mosley, Secretary. Friends’ one year memberships can be purchased at the library prior to the sale or at the sale. Membership is $10 for individuals, $15 for family and $8 for seniors.

Long View Lions’ Chili Cook Off Is This Sat., Feb 28

Long View, NC - Long View Lions Club is having a Chili Cook-Off And Silent Auction with Musical Guest The Gospel Tones. Saturday, February 28th, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm At Bethel United Methodist Church.

Located at: 80 28th ST North West, Hickory. $6.00 all you can eat chili, includes cornbread or crackers, and drink.

Proceeds to benefit Long View Lions Club projects and other community needs.

For more Information Contact: Eric Killian 828-455-4936

Woodcrafters Meet This Saturday, Feb. 28

Hickory - Local expert wood finisher Mike Ziegler will offer demonstrations of wood finishing techniques at the February 28 meeting of the Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club. The meeting will be held February 28, 9:30 a.m. at Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory and is open to anyone with an interest in woodworking.

Ziegler’s demonstrations will include, among others, the use of oil finishes, finishes for natural wood, rubbed-out finishes, and a version of a French polish finish.

Time will be allowed for questions from meeting attendees.

The Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club consists of about 70 hobbyist and professional woodworkers of all skill levels from throughout the Unifour area.

The club meets once each month, except for a combined November/December meeting, at the Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory to hear speakers and to see demonstrations of woodworking equipment, projects and techniques.

Further information can be obtained by calling 828-495-3029.

Top 20 Contestants Selected For Rotarian Idol On March 14

Hickory - Hickory Rotary Club has announced the Top-20 contestants for its musical fundraiser, “ROTARIAN IDOL”. The event will be held Saturday, March 14, at 7 pm in PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

100% of the money raised will be used to benefit educational needs throughout Catawba County and other humanitarian causes that Rotary supports.

This year’s Title Sponsor will again be Lenoir-Rhyne University; other Major sponsors are Charter Media, Graystone Eye, WBTV3, WHKY, KICKS 103.3FM, Catawba Valley Medical Center, The Hambrick Foundation, Hickory Daily Record, FOCUS, and Lowes Foods. The successful fundraiser will be co-chaired by Rotarians John Rambo and Sandi Fotheringham; Ticket Sales will be chaired by John Rambo; Advertising / Major Sponsor Sales chair will be Past-President Allen Finley. Other committee members are: President David Moore, Bruce Bumbarger, Steve Mull, John Olson, Lamar Mitchell, Lynn Loehr, Kathy Greathouse, Neill McGeachy, and Linda Lutz.

“Education is very important to our club, and has been since 1921”, “ROTARIAN IDOL” committee member Lamar Mitchell said.

Rambo expects this year’s event to raise at least $70,000. To reach this goal, the Rotary Club will sell adult tickets @ $20 each, and this year children and students with a valid student ID can purchase tickets for $10 each. Advertisements for the Show Program will be sold at $500 for a full-page ad, $250 for a half-page ad and $150 for a quarter-page ad. Major Sponsorships are $1,000.

A total of 20 contestants were chosen chosen to compete for $5,000 in total prize money. First Place wins $2,500, Second Place $1,500, Third Place $500; and $500 is awarded to the Audience Favorite. Additionally, several door prizes will be given away to lucky ticket holders. Contestants will be judged by a panel of three music industry professionals, and can earn additional points by helping with Rotary service projects prior to the event. A popular feature was added to the event last year: The public will be able to vote on-line at for their favorite contestant.

In past years the Hickory Rotary Club has raised nearly $1 Million through live TV and silent auctions. “ROTARIAN IDOL” replaces the popular “Education Alive” television auction, which the Rotary Club used to raise funds for education for five years. Students continue to utilize monies raised from the successful event.

“It’s exciting to know that we’ve already made a $300,000 impact on education for everyone in the county. Over 70,000 books have been distributed to needy children because of our donations to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,” Finley said.

For more information, visit, call John Rambo, Chair, at 327-3855 x 103 or Allen Finley at 324-6700, or email

Photo caption – Back row from left - Lauren Wasmund, Amanda Harren, Linda Hagen, Josh Costello, Wesley Curtis, Kendra Norwood, Benjamin James, Cristin Cartwright; front row left to right - Autumn Garcia, Hannah Griffin, Ariana Harren, Phuong McKinney, Adriana Harren, Savannah Spencer and Marcus Phillips.

Not pictured: Mark Bodnar, Matthew Cook, Michael Donnelly, Krystal Heffinger, Courtney Keeter, Jordan Kirby

Photo by Rose Mary Cheek

Focus’ Swimsuit Model Contest For 2015 - Enter Now Through

April 17th At Midnight!

Hickory - The deadline to submit a photo to be a swimsuit model in FOCUS’ 2015 Swimsuit/Summer Guide Issue is Friday, April 17th, at midnight!

The contest is presented by Best of Beers, your local distributer of Anheuser Busch and Craft Beer.

Again this year, women and men of all types, sizes and ages over 18 are encouraged to submit a photograph and try for a chance to be a part of this famous issue of FOCUS — it’s the biggest issue of the year!

Photo: Rose Mary Cheek

Email your photo - it can be just a clear cell phone photo, waist up, with a big smile on your face - to

Include your home, business and or cell phone number as well as your address. Don’t miss this opportunity to have the time of your life as a model in Focus’ Swimsuit & Summer Guide for 2015.

Up to four men & four women will win free swimwear & lots of goodies from our sponsors, Kelly & Company Hair Salon, The Olde Hickory Taproom and The Hickory Community Theatre.

Kelly & Co. Hair Salon is providing a free cut or style to each model.

The Olde Hickory Taproom is sponsoring Hickory Hops beer festival in Downtown Hickory on Saturday, April 25th from 1-7pm. Tickets are available now for the Festival. Go to or call 828.322.1121.

Hickory Community Theatre’s next production is Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy centering around a sparring couple of would-be lovers. The play opens on Friday, March 13, in the Jeffers Theatre, on the main stage. For tickets go to or call 828.328.2283.

Hickory area professional photographers & sponsors Spencer Huffman and Rose Mary Cheek will photograph our models for the Swimsuit/Summer Guide, which will be on news stands on Thursday, May 21st.

Photographs may also be mailed to Focus Contest, P.O. Box 1721, Hickory, NC, 28603. All Focus models will be notified via email or telephone by the end of the day Monday, April 20. Call FOCUS at 828-322-1036 for more information.

Photo: Spencer Huffman

Models will also be featured at through the summer as part of our Summer Guide online.

FOCUS’ Summer Guide is a handy reference for things to do & see - festivals, historic sites, amusement parks, conventions - within a day’s drive of Western North Carolina. Be sure to pick up this issue on May 21 to plan a great summer!

Again, the email address is

Suah African Dance Theatre At Library, This Sat., February 28

Hickory - Drop in to Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, February 28th from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to learn more about the West African culture through diverse music and dancing. The Suah African Dance Theatre is a professional touring African drum and dance company based in Greensboro, NC.

The mission of the Suah African Dance Theatre is to support and mentor future generations by inspiring in them an appreciation for African culture through diverse styles of dance performances.

Suah is a name from the dialect of Gio from Liberia, West Africa that means “A new era, a new beginning.”

This event is free and open to people of all ages,no registration is required. Info: please call 304-0500 ext. 7279. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Metabolic Syndrome Classes For Vets, March 4-25, Salisbury

Salisbury, NC - The Salisbury VA Medical Center’s Rural Health Integration Program is offering a Metabolic Syndrome class at American Legion Post 65, 2446 Salisbury Highway, Statesville, N.C., Wednesdays, March 4 through March 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Veterans, families and friends are invited to attend this class and learn to how live a healthier lifestyle and ways to prevent diabetes, hypertension and lowering cholesterol. All former and current military members and their immediate family members are encouraged to attend this free class.

VA staff will also provide healthcare registration, education and information services to all non-registered veterans, and assistance in completing enrollment applications, requesting copies of DD Form 214s, and initiating MyHealtheVet online services.

Former military members who are not currently enrolled for VA health care benefits will need to bring a copy of their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to attach to their application for VA health care benefits. Veterans who have lost their DD Form 214, you can request a copy from

For more information, call 1-800-469-8262, ext. 4958/4960/4937/4315. VA outreach activities are posted on the events calendar at For more VA information, visit or find us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Jazz Artist Mother Blues On Friday, March 13, Lincolnton

Lincolnton, NC - The Lincoln County Cultural Center will host Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen Friday, March 13, 2015. She will be performing on the front porch of the Lincoln Cultural Center to celebrate the Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl.

Get ready for a night filled with jazz, blues, and rhythm & blues.

Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen

During her performances, Mother Blues unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music.

She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes, women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James including their music in her shows.

The Lincoln Cultural Center is located at 403 East Main Street Lincolnton, North Carolina. Performance will begin at 6pm. This is a free event. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln Cultural Center, the Arts Council of Lincoln County and the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroot grant program. Contact Lincoln Cultural Center at 704 732-9055 for more information.

St. Stephens’ Empty Bowls Fundraiser Sat., March 7

Hickory - St. Stephens High School will host the 9th annual Empty Bowls Event. Empty Bowls is national event that raises awareness for hunger in local communities.

This year, the event will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 5-7 pm in the SSHS cafeteria.

The event was started at SSHS by Becki Henderson-Gow and her Pottery students and has continued via the current teachers at SSHS. For the past 5 years, Jessica Sherrill, along with Art Teachers, Lori Deal-Flynn and Seana Justice have organized the event. For a donation of $15.00 guests enjoy gourmet soup, homemade yeast rolls, dessert, and a drink as well as a handmade keepsake bowl.

The bowls are made by students and staff at SSHS in addition to local potters. Culinary Arts students make the bread and all soups are donated by local restaurants. Guests are served by students as this teaches our young men and women to give back to the community. ALL proceeds go directed to the soup kitchens. In the past, we have been able to donate over $13,000 to The Corner Table and The Hickory Soup Kitchen!

Tickets are available at the door or you may reserve them in advance by contacting Jessica Sherrill at 828-256-9841 or .

Appalachian Ski Patrol’s Wounded Warrior Event Sat., Feb. 28

Blowing Rock, NC - On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, from 9 am - 4 pm the Appalachian Ski Patrol and Appalachian Ski Mtn. will proudly host the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Event, a one day event to honor, support, and raise awareness for our military’s wounded warriors.

All donations go to benefit the Wounded Warriors participating this day and in planned future events.

Please join us in supporting our nation’s heroes and their families for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.

To make a donation or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact a member of Appalachian Ski Patrol today c/o Ski Patrol - P.O. Box 106 Blowing Rock, N.C. 28605. 828-295-0789

Lincolnton Art Crawl Deadline Is Friday, Feb. 27

Lincolnton, NC - The Lincolnton Art Crawl Committee extends an open call for local artists who would like to participate in our annual spring art crawl and studio tour. Join us as Downtown Lincolnton hosts our next art crawl on March 13, 2015 and our first annual studio tour March 14, 2015. Restaurants and businesses will open their doors for a special evening of art, food, music and dance. Merchants will host Lincoln County’s artists and craftspeople who will showcase a wide variety of fine art and craft mediums including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, metal smith, wood turning, and more.

The weekend continues with the first annual Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is a self-guided tour of a number of local artists’ studios where visitors will enjoy tours, discussions of artists’ work, as well as affording you the opportunity to purchase art. Brochures with locations of artists’ studios will be available at the Art Crawl, as well as locations in Lincolnton such as the Lincoln Cultural Center, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, and UMAR. Deadline for artist registration is February 27 to be listed in promotional material. Late registration will be accepted. For more information, please email the Arts Council of Lincoln County at or 704 732-9044. To register as an artist go to

2015 Artists Studio Tour:

Gallery 27, Jerry Bartusch, Laurie Bostain, Lincoln Art Center - UMAR, Lincoln Cultural Center, Michael Plunkett, Robert Hovis, St Luke’s Episcopal Church

National Day Of Dance® Set For Saturday, March 14, YMCA

Hickory – Frye Regional Medical Center welcomes families to the National Day of Dance for Your Health event on Sat., March 14 at the Hickory Foundation YMCA from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with mobile health unit screenings beginning at 8 a.m. Everybody Dance Now is a program of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network held in 70 communities and attended by more than 70,000 people across the US. This year celebrates the 11th Annual National Day of Dance and is the biggest dance party in the United States to increase overall health for women and their families.

“Everybody can benefit by incorporating dance into their exercise routine, so we invite you to join with families in our community by dancing to a variety of music for all generations at Day of Dance. Frye Regional Medical Center is thrilled and proud to participate in this nationwide, fun, overall health initiative in Hickory,” said Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services Tish Moran.

Screenings, heart disease education, performances and activities that will get you moving will be offered. Dr. Steven Isserman of Hickory Cardiology Associates also will be on hand to provide educational information. And learn more about our Cardiology, Oncology, Vascular, Surgical Weight Loss, Unifour Pain Treatment Center, Women and Children, Rehabilitation and FryeCare service lines.

“By attending Everybody Dance Now, you will learn and understand your personal risk factors for heart disease and stroke, all while practicing the latest dance moves and spending time with family and friends.

Day of Dance is a fun, unique program bringing together doctors, community leaders, media, and businesses to teach families about overall health that they can easily incorporate into their daily lives,” said Tanya Abreu, President and Chief Vision Officer of Spirit of Women.

Day of Dance educates consumers on a variety of cardiovascular conditions and overall health. Coronary heart disease, which causes heart attacks, is the leading cause of death for Americans. When done on a regular basis as a form of exercise, dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, or riding a bike.

“It turns out that all the things that keep your heart healthy are the same things that are good for your overall health. Dancing can help with weight maintenance and weight loss, decrease your blood pressure, manage your cholesterol, and even improve your memory skills. It also makes you feel more energetic, decreases depression, increases coordination and muscle strength, and builds confidence. Every Body Dance Now is a fun way to stay fit and improve your entire family’s overall health. People of all ages, shapes and sizes receive a wide range of physical and mental benefits by dancing on a regular basis,” said Dr. Steven Isserman.

The 2015 National Day of Dance is presented by Frye Regional Medical Center, the Spirit of Women Hospital Network and Good Housekeeping magazine. Join Frye to celebrate your family’s overall health. Everybody dance now!

About Spirit of Women

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit

Good Housekeeping magazine—together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal—has become synonymous with the gold standard of quality and integrity. Visit to learn simple ways to stay healthy and to find an event near you.

Hibriten High School Hosts Poetry Competition, Sat., Feb. 28

Lenoir, NC - Twenty-five middle school students in grades 6-8 from across Caldwell County are preparing for the 10th Annual Middle School Poetry Recitation Competition sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council, in conjunction with Caldwell County Schools.

Recitation is an exciting way for students to increase their appreciation for language and to demonstrate their mastery of public speaking.

This year’s competitors are expected to memorize and recite a classic poem 2 to 3 minutes in length by poet born before 1900. Cash prizes totaling $1,150 are awarded to the top finishers.

The public is invited to watch these talented students at the Hibriten High School auditorium, 1350 Panther Trail in Lenoir Saturday, February 28, 9:30am-12 noon, free of charge.

If wintry weather causes traditional schools to be closed for the entire day on Friday, we will move the Poetry Recitation Competition event to Saturday, March 7th, with judges arriving at 9 a.m., competitors arriving between 9-9:15 a.m. & competition starting at 9:30 a.m. at Hibriten High School

If there is any school on Friday (delayed opening or otherwise), we will go on as planned for THIS Saturday, February 28, same times at Hibriten High School.

The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. These programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

To learn more about Caldwell Arts Council events and programs, please visit, email , or call 828-754-2486.

Bumgarner Signs Leadership Book At Ridgeview, Sat., Feb. 28

Hickory - Hickory native, Chad Bumgarner will be at the Ridgeview Library on Saturday, February 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a book signing of his new book “Chad’s Playbook to Effective Leadership”. Copies of his book will be available for sale.

Chad grew up in Hickory, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an experienced technical project manager, public/motivational speaker, author, leadership and team building consultant.

Chad Bumgarner

He has been the featured speaker for the Motivational Monday segment for the National Society of Leadership and Success and has been added to Marsha Wright’s “Speakers to Watch in 2015”.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Ridgeview Branch Library 828-345-6037.

“Gently Used” Accessories Sale At Ridgeview, March 7

Hickory - The Friends of Ridgeview Library will be having a “Gently Used” Hats, Purses & Accessories sale on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ridgeview Library.

Donations of gently used hats, purses and other accessories such as jewelry, belts and scarves will be greatly appreciated. Items may be dropped off at the circulation desk at Ridgeview and Patrick Beaver libraries during business hours prior to March 7.

This is a fundraising event for the Friends and all proceeds will benefit the Summer Reading Program.

For more information call 828 345-6037. The Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st St., SW.

Romantic Comedy Much Ado...Features Witty Lovers At Odds

Hickory - In the gallery of Shakespeare’s lovers, Beatrice and Benedick are top-ranked for their wit and rapid fire barb throwing. Those caustic exchanges set a merry pace in “Much Ado About Nothing.”

In the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of the romantic comedy, these iconic roles are played by Beth Woodard and John Rambo.

Since moving to Hickory to teach at South Caldwell Elementary School, Beth has become a fixture in regional theater productions. For HCT she has appeared in “Les Miserables,” “Macbeth” and “King Lear.” She won a Kay Award for her portrayal of of Lady Macbeth. Regionally, she has appeared in “Ghosts” and “The Mad Woman of Chaillot” at Foothills Performing Arts. Blowing Rock saw Beth in the Ensemble Stage Company’s “The Moon Over the Brewery.”

John Rambo is another transplant for employment. He moved from California in 2005 to become HCT’s Managing Director. Playing Benedick is his first time on stage here since playing the Man-Baby in 2012's “Flared Nostril” by Molly Bass.

Beatrice & Benedick (Woodard & Rambo) of Much Ado...

This is not his first brush with Shakespearean romance, nor with playing a reluctant lover. Previously, in 1995 at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, he played Biron in “Love’s Labours Lost,” a character similar to Benedick. Rambo is also a Kay Acting Award recipient, for his work in “The Streets of Hickory.”

As the play opens, the audience learns that Beatrice and Benedick are long acquainted and that a “merry war of wit” exists between them. Their attraction is palpable but their individual resistance is strong until their friends conspire to trick them into confessing their feelings.

“Much Ado About Nothing” opens March 13, on the main stage in the Jeffers Theatre. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28), Thursdays at 7:30pm (March 19 and 26) and Sundays at 2:30pm (March 22 and 29).

Regular price tickets are $18, seniors are $16, students and youth are $10. Thursday nights all adults and seniors are $14. For tickets, call (828) 328-2283 or click

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Much Ado About Nothing” is made possible by a Projects Pool grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County with funding from the NC State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts . This production is part of the 2014-2015 Season brought to you by Paramount Automotive.

PHOTO: Beth Woodard and John Rambo play reluctant lovers in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The romantic comedy plays March 13-29 at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information. Photo is by Christopher Reidel.


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