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May 26, 2016

Alanna Royale At Sails Music Series Friday, May 27, 6pm

Hickory – Friday, May 27, the City of Hickory’s 2016 Sails Original Music Series will feature Alanna Royale from Nashville, Tennessee. Musically inspired by funk, Motown, and pop, this band is a mix of soul and rock. Royale has made appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, and Music City Roots, as well as featured in Garden & Gun, Nashville Lifestyles, and on NPR.

Sails Original Music Series Coordinator, Bob Sinclair describes Alanna Royale as a “six piece power party band with horns, a banging rhythm section, and powerhouse pipes.

Alanna Royale

Alanna’s vocals remind me a bit of Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes.

I am not sure the Sails Stage will be left intact by the end of the show, but I am going to be there to watch what happens!”

The show begins at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Old Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of the following sponsors: Bob Sinclair Music, Crowne Plaza, Focus, Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau, The Hickory Wine Shoppe, Larry's Music & Sound, Olde Hickory Brewery, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law,, and WHKY 1290 AM.

Friends of the Sails Music Series include Cafe Rule, Community Relations Council, Hickory Museum of Art, Silver Fork Winery, WNCW (88.7 FM), and WNNC (1230 AM)/WAIZ (630 AM).

The Sails Original Music Series will run every Friday evening in May, June, and September, beginning at 6 p.m. each night.

Northview PTA Sponsoring Free Educational Event 

“Making Sense of Social Media” On May 31

Hickory - Author, educator, and social leadership strategist Michelle Icard will be the featured speaker at free event entitled “Making Sense of Social Media,“ Tuesday, May 31, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Northview Middle School, located at 302 28th Ave. NE, in Hickory, NC. The purpose of the event is to help adults feel more confident about guiding kids through the tween and teen social world.

“When it comes to educating kids about social media, many adults are led by panic,” Icard explained. “They either bury their heads in the sand for fear they don't know enough, or they saturate kids with anxiety about everything that can go wrong. The most helpful path lies somewhere in between.”

During her presentation, Ms. Icard will explore the pros and cons of social media use, what kids really do online, why social media is an effective parenting tool, and how to teach kids to be social leaders, solve their own problems, and become more resilient.

This free event for parents, educators and students in grades 3 –12 is sponsored by the Northview Middle School PTA, with the support of local sponsors including Allen Finley Advertising; Jump Start Counseling Services; Solutions Of Hickory, PA; Steve White Motors; Voya Financial Services; and Active Energy Outlet Store. This event is not affiliated with the Hickory Public Schools system.

Michelle Icard is an educator, social leadership strategist and author of the book, Middle School Makeover: Improving The Way You And Your Child Experience The Middle School Years (Bibliomotion 2014), which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Her social leadership programs, Athena’s Path & Hero’s Pursuit, have been implemented at schools in nine states and she has also authored other national programs for adolescents, including Girlology and Girls Rock the House. She regularly speaks at schools and parenting events around the country. Her work has also been featured in national media outlets including, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor and The Huffington Post.

Newton Parks Volleyball Camps

Newton, NC – The Newton Parks and Recreation Department and Team Life Volleyball Club will sponsor two summer camps at the Newton Recreation Center this year.

The camps will be held Monday, June 13-Wednesday, June 15 and Tuesday, August 2-Thursday, August 4.

The camps will be held from 8a.m. to 12p.m. The camps are open to girls 9-16 years old. The fee for each camp is $100.

The camps will be led by Jenny Ellis, director of Team Life Volleyball Club. The camps will consist of specific skill training, drills, and competitive play. Each athlete will have the opportunity to focus on improving their fundamentals while being exposed to more advanced skills.

Please mail registration and payment to TLVC, 2425 North Center Street, No. 108, Hickory, NC 28601. Attendees should bring a water bottle, knee pads, shoes, and a great attitude. For more information or to register, call Team Life Volleyball Club at 828-572-3367 or e-mail at

Hickory Jaycees’ Conover Alive! Concerts Are Every Friday In June

Conover, NC. – The Hickory Jaycees are excited to announce the return of their summer concert series! Conover Alive! will be held every Friday night in June from 7pm to 11pm at Conover Station, located in downtown Conover. The concert series is free to the public, there will be food and beverages for sale, all shows are rain or shine. The City of Conover is extending the Splash Pad hours to 9pm during the concerts. The Jaycees will also be collecting pet food, toys and blankets to donate to the Humane Society of Catawba County and the Catawba County Animal Shelter.

The band line-up is:
June 3, 2016: Tony Bailey & the Electric Rodeo
June 10, 2016: The Logic
June 17, 2016: Chad Triplett & Two Lane Blacktop
June 24, 2016: Night Move Band

The Hickory Jaycees are a young professionals’ civic engagement organization. Through business projects, we gain professional experience while raising funds to support community projects like Christmas for Teens with Department of Social Services, GrandPals through Meals on Wheels, NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke Cancer Center and the Boys & Girls Homes of NC at Lake Waccamaw. We also work with local food pantries, soup kitchens, housing programs and animal shelters to raise funds and awareness about local needs to make our community a better place to live and work. For more information, please contact the Hickory Jaycees at

Valdese Family Friday Hosts Shakedown, Friday, May 27

Valdese, NC - Valdese will feature Shakedown, a six piece band from the foothills of North Carolina, as part of their Family Friday Night Concert Series this Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm.

Combining a mixture of both “past and “present” in both talent and music variety, Shake Down provides an enjoyable evening for the family. Specializing in genres such as beach, rock and roll, funk, Motown, country and Top 40 this group will play what the crowd wants to hear.

Matt Schrum is a natural born singer. Having performed in such groups as Lenoir Rhyne Youth Chorus, ACHS Madrigal Choir, and Lenoir Rhyne Accapella Choir, he is Shake Down's lead singer and saxophone player.


Meredith Schrum is a student at Appalachian State and plays the trumpet and sings backup and lead vocals in Shake Down. Having been born into a musical family, Meredith began playing the trumpet at a young age and has performed with the ACHS and College of Charleston Wind Ensembles, as well as the Appalachian State Concert Band. Zach Tyner is an all-around music man. Not only does he play keyboards and sing backup for Shake Down, he also manages a music store in Taylorsville, and teaches guitar and keyboards. Having played drums for over 90% of his life, Roger Icenhour now plays drums and sings for Shake Down. Harry Schrum is a natural born musician. Even as a nine year old, his older brothers would ask his help chording out songs. Harry continues to use his musical talents to play the guitar, sax, and sing in the Shake Down band. Bill Rose plays bass and provides vocals but also entertains the audience as Shake Down’s Master of Ceremonies.

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 828-879-2129.

Meet the Leads Of HCT’s Blithe Spirit, Playing June 16-26

Hickory - Two teachers and a retired Air Force colonel head up the cast of the Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Noel Coward’s ghostly comedy, “Blithe Spirit.” The play is presented by the Theatre’s program for seniors, the Encore Players, and will be on stage June 16-26 in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

The comedy is about one husband coping with the conflict between two wives – the ghost of his first wife and his very much alive second wife.

A familiar face to Theatre audiences, John Koval, has the role of the beleaguered husband, Charles Condomine. Koval has been in over 20 shows at the Theatre, starting with “Wit” in 2002, and most recently as Max in the dramatic comedy “Superior Donuts.” He’s a career Air Force veteran, who retired as a full colonel prior to relocating to Hickory with his wife, Karin. A native of Bloomfield, NJ, he holds an BS in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an ME in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and now runs his own computer networking firm here in Catawba County.

Jill Heafner, who is playing Ruth Condomine, Charles’ lively second wife, is in her second outing with the Encore Players. Last year she had the plum role of Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Heafner is a retired Special Education teacher and North Carolina native who resides in Crouse, NC. She holds three degrees, a BA in Music from UNC Greensboro, a Masters in Music from Appalachian State, and a Masters in Special Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She’s very active with the Lincoln Theatre Guild, where her favorite roles were Abby in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and the ex-Russian Grand Duchess in “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Elvira, the enigmatic ghost of Charles’ first wife is played by Donna Nichols, a Caldwell County native who is making her return to the stage after a 17 year absence. She took that hiatus after the birth of her children, Morgan and Jacob. During her previous time on stage, before the kids, her favorite roles were Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?” and Anna in the outdoor drama, “From This Day Forward.” Nichols teaches fifth grade at Dudley Shoals Elementary in Granite Falls, has a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education Technology, both from Appalachian State.

Performances of “Blithe Spirit,” are Thursdays through Sundays, June 16-26, at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $14 with general admission seating. For tickets call 828-327-3855 or go to

Photo: (L-R) Donna Nichols, John Koval and Jill Heafner star in “Blithe Spirit,” playing June 16-26 at the Hickory Community Theatre. Photo by Chris Reidel.

Darkness To Light Child Abuse Prevention Training June 21

Hickory - As parents, you make choices every day to protect your kids. You cover them with sunblock in the summer to protect them from burns. You bundle them up in the winter to protect them from the cold.

But how do you protect them from sexual abuse? You might think it can’t happen in your family, town, or youth serving organization. And that’s what everyone likely thinks – until it happens.

One in ten children are sexually abused before their 18th Birthday, 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older or more powerful children.

Every adult who cares about children will learn something from the Darkness to Light two hour training program led by a trained Facilitator who uses an interactive workbook and training video which prepares you with simple, proactive steps.

This traing is FREE, thanks to Catawba County United Way.

The training is at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 624 First Street SW, Hickory, NC 28602 on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Register to attend by emailing Virginia Wright at or Kate at

ACAP Offers Program On Elder Abuse & Fraud, Tues., June 14

Hickory - ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) presents "Elder Abuse and Fraud." The program will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 5:30-7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 N. Center Street, Hickory). Presenter for the program is Lauren Benbow, J.D., NC Secretary of State's Office, Securities Division, Investor Education Program.

Vulnerable elders are some of our most manipulated and exploited citizens, particularly when it comes to their finances.  How can we best ensure the financial safety of our elder loved ones?  What are the "red flags" that something is wrong?  What can we do if financial abuse is suspected?

Lauren Benbow, attorney with the NC Secretary of State's Securities Division Investor Education Program, our June ACAP-Hickory presenter, will help attendees recognize the scope and reach of elder financial abuse, learn the consequences of elder financial abuse (emotional, mental and physical), become aware of the warning signs and red flags of elder financial abuse, and identify the resources available for reporting elder fraud and financial abuse.

For more information or to reserve a seat for this free program, please contact Frances Hall at or 1-877-599-ACAP (877-599-2227). ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges Springs of Catawba, sponsor for the June 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 we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. 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). Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all who are interested.

For more information about ACAP-Hickory, including the 2016 monthly program schedule, please visit

Newton-Conover Bach’s Lunch ‘N’ Listen Tickets On Sale Now!

Newton, NC - ?The Newton-Conover Auditorium is offering 2016-2017 season tickets for the popular lunchtime concert series, Bach's Lunch 'N' Listen. As a season ticket holder, you will have the privilege of reserving tickets for any Bach’s Lunch ‘N’ Listen concert before ticket sales open up to the public.

With the ten punches on your season ticket, you have the flexibility to reserve one punch for each concert or use multiple punches for one concert. At a cost of $120, it is the equivalent of getting two FREE tickets. Below are the concert dates for the 2016-2017 season. Performers will be announced July 1st.

August 19th, 2016; September 16th, 2016; October 21st, 2016; November 18th, 2016; December 16th, 2016; January 20th, 2017; February 17th, 2017; March 17th, 2017; April 21st, 2017;;May 19th. 2017. To purchase a season ticket, call the Newton-Conover Auditorium at 828-464-8100.

L-RU Hosts Free Classic Music Concert This Saturday, May 28

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University will host a performance of accomplished musicians from the Western Piedmont Sister City of Altenburg, Germany. The concert offers an evening of classic music and is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in Grace Chapel. LRU has been a music partner of the Western Piedmont Sister Cities since its inception 23 years ago, and works in conjunction with the association to bring prominent music professionals to cities throughout the Unifour.

The concert will feature classical favorites by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla, Clifford Demarest, Franz Schubert and Maximillian Kreuz. Works will be performed by organists Dr. Felix Friedrich and his wife, Irmtraut, joined by three of their most accomplished students: Anna Heitsch (12) playing piano, Anne-Sophie Bruchmüller (15) on violin, and Felix Schirmer (16) on the accordion. The performers are part of an official 11 person delegation of the Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association led by Mrs. Michaele Sojka, Chair of the Altenburg County Commissioners.

An Evening of Classical Music is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. A second performance of the same program is scheduled for Sunday, May 29 also at 5 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church, located in Morganton.

For more information, contact Gabriele Weinberger, LR Professor of Literature and Language Arts at or 919.641.1545.

Photo: Pictured are Dr. and Mrs. Friedrich and students Anna Heitsch (seated), Anne-Sophie Bruchmüller, and Felix Schirmer.

Humane Society Off-Site Rabies Clinic Sat., June 4, In Vale

Vale, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County, in collaboration with Catawba County Animal Services, will be offering off-site rabies clinics from May through September. There will be 1 year rabies vaccines available for $7.00. The next clinic is Saturday, June 4th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Banoak Elementary School, 7651 W. NC Hwy 10, Vale. All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner at all times, and all cats must be in a carrier for the safety and security of the cat.

No appointment is necessary. Rabies clinics are available to any member of the public and are not limited to residents of Catawba County.

Auditions For The Renaissance Festival Are June 18 & 25

Concord, NC - The Carolina Renaissance Festival, a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast, will hold open auditions on Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Saturday, June 25th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Cannon School located at 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027.

The Festival is calling for actors, entertainers, musicians, performers and colorful personalities of all types to inhabit the Festival’s make believe Village of Fairhaven. Amateur and professional opportunities are available. Prepared material, head shots, and resumes are appreciated but not required. Auditionees should be age 13 or older.

Audition registration is available online at The Carolina Renaissance Festival returns for its 23rd season on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, October 1st through November 20th, on a 325 acre site minutes north of Charlotte, between Concord and Huntersville, at the junction of NC 73 and Poplar Tent Road. This information and more can be found online at

Charity Yard Sale Saturday, May 28, At Carmike Cinemas -

Make Some $$$ And Help Others!

Hickory - On Saturday, May 28th, Carmike Cinemas in Hickory would like to invite the community to help Children's Miracle Network and Levine Children's Hospital while we help you make a little extra spending money. Our "Sell It Like There's No Tomorrow" Yard Sale will give you an opportunity to clean all that excess stuff out of your way by giving you access to a high traffic area. The Yard Sale will be from 7am to 1pm, Saturday only.

With blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass, to name a few, Carmike customers will be out at record numbers! Spaces will be $10 a piece and all that money goes right into charity - everything else you make is yours. Please email, or call 828.303.7512 to reserve your spaces (you must provide your own tables) and follow our Facebook page for more events in May, including raffles and photo opportunities from Superheroes and other magical characters who are coming to visit.

So far, with your help, we have raised nearly $11,000 for sick children and their families.

Maynard Refrigeration Raffle For A Yeti 125 - Tix $5 Each!

Hickory - Drop by Maynard Refrigeration to purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a Yeti 125 cooler!

The drawing will be held on June 30, 2016, and all proceeds will go to benefit the NC Baptist Children’s Home.

Maynard Refrigeration is located at 215 11th St. SW, Hickory, NC 28602. Phone: 828.358.1711


Apply By June 6 To Speak At Hickory’s TEDxHickory, Aug. 20

Hickory - A group of local volunteers are planning the fifth year of TEDxHickory, a full-day event to be held August 20th, 2016 at the SALT Block Auditorium. The independently organized event —TEDxHickory — is licensed by TED and will feature a combination of live speakers and TED Talk videos that is sure to elevate the thinking and broaden the perspective of all who participate.

TEDxHickory is looking for speakers to present at this coming year’s event, under the theme “(un)common.” To us, (un)common is all the similarities and differences, however big and small, that makes us who we are. It’s the big ideas that have revolutionized industries. Or the tiniest idea that just leads to others. It’s the seemingly small and innocuous changes that have shaped our way of life. It’s the smallest variations that create uniqueness. It’s how we can be so incredibly similar yet so exceptionally different. It’s how, on paper, Hickory can be perceived as just another American small town – but when you look deeper, you uncover the individual and collective differences that makes us truly unique (just ask any of us what makes Hickory, well, Hickory).

Anyone interested in speaking will be asked to provide talks that fall under the (un)common theme – however broad or specific. Per the rules of TEDx, presenters are allowed to speak for no more than 18 minutes each. There will be breaks in-between sessions for discussions on the topics presented.

From now through June 6, 2016, those interested can apply online to be considered as a speaker at this coming year’s event. The application process asks for the topic of your talk, some general points you wish to communicate, and general contact information. The application can be found online by visiting Presentations will be chosen based on how well they fit the idea of TEDx and the variety of the presentations for the day.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the independent TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including the one being held in Hickory, are self-organized. TEDxHickory has been organized by local members of the community.

For more information about TEDxHickory or to purchase a ticket for the event, visit the website at

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at


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