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July 24, 2014

Motorcycle, Truck & Car Show Saturday, July 26, Newton

Newton, NC – Start your engines! The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Motorcycle, Truck, & Car Show Classic at Southside Park on Saturday, July 26. The gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. with a $2 general admission fee. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. Concessions will be available.

For show participants, the pre-registration deadline by mail was Friday, July 18, 2014 with a $12 entry fee. Registration the day of the show will be allowed until 3 p.m. for a $15 fee. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. for all classes. Three (3) trophies will be given away in each class for “winner,” “runner-up,” and “best of show.” Special club participation trophy awards will include: “farthest distance,” “best dressed,” and “most members.” All motorcycle or car clubs must have six (6) or more members to be considered for these awards.

A variety of special activities are planned for the event from noon to 3 p.m. A “Horsepower Shoot-Out,” featuring dyno testing, courtesy of Max Power Mobil Dyno Service of Concord, will be a special highlight. Dyno testing will be free until 3 p.m.; a $10 fee will be charged after that time. In addition, the Christian Motorcycle Association will sponsor “Motorcycle Games” with the Harley Davidson Riders vs. Sport Bike Riders. Special performance by the band “Stone Relics.”

Show exhibitions will include: Kawasaki Yamaha Suzuki of Hickory, Blue Ridge Harley Davidson & Buell of Hickory, Honda Yamaha and Suzuki of Statesville, Benson’s Cycle Salvage of Newton, AutoZone Auto Parts of Newton, O’Reilly Auto Parts of Newton, NAPA Auto Parts of Newton, Advance Auto Parts of Newton, Subway of Newton, The Shop of Newton and Amalfi’s Pizza of Conover.

For more information, contact Newton Recreation Program Coordinator Charles James at 828-695-4317.

Kastner Family Bible Goes On Display On July 29

Dallas, NC - The Kastner Family Bible Opening July 29 and running through August 16, 2014 at the Gaston County Museum is The Kastner Family Bible. This display will feature a spectacular 450-year-old German bible. Each year, the museum exhibits the Kastner (Rhyne) family bible for three weeks in August.

This exhibit coincides with the local and national Rhyne Family Reunions. To aid in its preservation, and keep up interest, a different page containing a woodcut illustration is exhibited. This year we will be featuring an illustration from the book of 1st John – The Depiction of John as an Eagle. A print of this woodcut will also be released this year, and will be available in the Museum Gift Shop.

The Kastner (Rhyne) family bible is a German language bible printed c. 1564. It is a corrected version of Martin Luther’s first translation of the bible into German. Adam Kastner brought the bible to America in 1745. The Kastner family intermarried with the Rhyne family of this area and the bible was handed down through the Rhyne family until it was donated to the Gaston County Museum. There are over 730 pages in the bible and a woodcut illustration appears about every seven pages, on average. The woodcuts include full illustrations as well as decorative scrollwork and other accents. Some illustrations are duplicates. Woodcuts which depict general scenes such as war, debauchery, plague, or angels were reused by the publisher rather than having new ones made.

The Gaston County Museum of Art & History is located near Gastonia, NC at 131 West Main Street, Dallas, NC 28034 on the historic square.

Museum hours:

Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM,

Contact: Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator 704.922.7681 x105 or Museum’s website –

CBTC Opens Grease Saturday, July 26, With A Local & Pro Cast

Hickory - A-Womp, bop a looma a womp bam boom!

You’ve just been invited to the biggest event of the year! Several members of the original GREASE movie and the Original National Tour production are having a reunion in Hickory with the express purpose of seeing Carolina Broadway Theatre Company’s production of GREASE and meeting local fans. This once in a lifetime Black-Tie Event is sure to knock your bobby socks off.

When Producer Robert Clater made the decision to kick-off the first fully professional production for Carolina Broadway Theatre Company he decided to call his friend Barry Pearl to direct GREASE. Barry played Doody in the GREASE movie and thoroughly enjoys directing the show, but he was already booked working with Joey Travolta at his Film Camp for Autistic Children; however, he was eager to be part of the process. He suggested Carol Culver to direct and choreograph. Carol played Patty Simcox in the stage version with Barry and went on to be assistant choreographer and a featured dancer in the movie. But Barry’s support didn’t stop there, he and Robert put their brains and contact numbers together to orchestrate a GREASE reunion for opening night of GREASE on Saturday July 26, 2014. The result is an amazing group coming to laugh, sing and tell stories.

In addition to Barry Pearl we’ll be joined by Susan Bruckner who played Patty Simcox in the movie and continues to act. Jamie Donelly played Jan and will have just wrapped a film with Johnny Depp at the time of the Gala. Kelly Ward who played Putzie is very excited about coming to Hickory. Since his T-Bird days, Kelly has been working with Disney Television Animation directing the Mickey Mouse Club House and teaching Musical Theatre at Univ. of Southern California.


Grease is presented for one week only with a preview performance on Friday July 25. The Official Opening Night is Saturday July 26, followed by the Gala. Gala Tickets must be purchased separately from your show ticket. L & L Catering is providing the culinary delights while The Hickory Museum of Art will provide majestic ambience with an amazing exhibit called “Wolf Kahn: Then and Now.” There is entertainment and of course the chance to mingle, take photos with both the Movie cast members, and the current stars of Grease.

Grease will include actors who are members of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) which is the New York based professional actor’s union to which qualified theatre performers and stage managers belong, including those on Broadway. As in most careers, internships are important to build resume for future work; for an aspiring actor that experience comes from working in an AEA production. Carolina Broadway Theatre Company provides this opportunity for local actors.

The GREASE cast will include professional actors: Amanda Phillips, AEA (Sandy) from New York; Ian Blanco, AEA (Doody) from New Orleans along with local favorites stepping back from NY to perform in GREASE, including, Holden Fox (Danny), Robby Clater, AEA (Kenickie) and Sara Wimmer, AEA (Marty).

These actors will be joining forces with college actors, including Appalachian State University’s Dillon Warren as Johnny Casino; Catawba Valley Community College’s Jonathan Beaver as Sonny; Catawba College’s Allison Andrews as Jan & Jordan Clifton as Vince Fontane ; Muhlenberg University’s Emily Michaels as Frenchy; Western Carolina University’s Elizabeth Wiltcher as Rizzo, Joshua Farrar as Roger, Alex Swanson as Eugene, and Kylee Smith as Patty Simcox; and Catawba Valley Community College graduate Kelsey Fish as Cha-Cha. Teen Angel will be played by Sean Javaherian joining us from Florida.

The local ensemble rounding out the cast is Devin Hatch, Hannah Kevitt, Anna Scarlett Meade, Rachael Roseman, McKenzie Townsend and Danielle Whitman.

GREASE Preview: Friday, July 25, 2014; Performances: July 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 2014. GREASE Gala: Sat., July 26 at the Hickory Museum of Art.

ASL Interpreter:Wed July 30, 2014.

Location: Salt Block Auditorium, 243 Third Ave., NE, Hickory. Cost:$38.50 Adults & $28.50 students/seniors; Groups of 15+: $28.50 per person.Ticket Sales: Or call 828-295-2282 or 828-294-2582 for more information. This project is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, the Hickory Museum of Art and ZF Chassis Components, LLC.

Suzuki Kids In Carolina PianoFest July 26-31, At L-RU

Hickory – Suzuki Kids in Koncert at Lenoir-Rhyne University will be sponsoring the second annual Carolina Suzuki PianoFest beginning, Saturday, July 26 through Thursday, July 31 on the campus of LRU.

Approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Carolina Suzuki PianoFest is one of only a handful of all-piano institutes in North America and provides a fun filled week of intense instruction and opportunities for students, parents and teachers.

During the PianoFest, local students as well as students from surrounding areas, will participate in daily Master Classes where they will receive one-on-one instruction. Repertoire classes will meet in a piano lab setting so that piano students enjoy the experience of making music with others. Enrichment classes are also a part of the institute experience and participants will enjoy a “Boom Boom Crash Course for Percussion,” led by local instructor, Rick Cline. Students will also enjoy a daily “Mouth Music” class where local instructor Irene Craig of the Suzuki Kids in Koncert faculty, and long-time choral music director, will work with students on singing and musical activities.

National SAA Teacher Trainer, Jane Reed will be a clinician at the institute, instructing teacher training classes for participants who desire to further their education as Suzuki teachers. Reed will also lead a parent forum each day and will teach master classes. Director of Suzuki Kids in Koncert at LRU and piano instructor, Jane Perry will also teach master classes. Irene Craig will teach repertoire classes as well as “Mouth Music” enrichment classes.

For further information contact Director of Kids in Koncert and Carolina Suzuki PianoFest, Jane Perry at

About Lenoir-Rhyne University:

Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 and is a private, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, N.C. Academic programs include more than 50 undergraduate majors and 24 graduate programs, the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, N.C., the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, S.C., and the Lutheran TheologicalSouthern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. The website is

Emily Minor Headlines Valdese Family Friday Night July 25

Valdese, NC – Family Friday Nights in Valdese brings Emily Minor to the stage this Friday, July 25th beginning at 7:00pm located in the town parking lot on Main Street.

North Carolina native, Emily Minor (above), is the fresh new face of country music. Having first grabbed the attention of many as a top fifty finalist of Fox’s hit series, American Idol, Emily quickly realized she belonged in Nashville, TN. Shortly after her time on the show, Emily made the move to Nashville and began writing and recording.

Emily Minor’s self titled EP is a lively collection of convincing stories, undeniable emotions, and astounding vocals that is as honest and lovable as Emily herself. Having penned four of the six songs herself, Emily is quickly catching the interest of new listeners, exciting fans who have been long devoted, and impressing significant members of the music industry. Emily’s vibrant personality and ability to stay grounded and true to herself makes it difficult not to fall in love with her.

“My favorite place to be is on the road. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing familiar faces in the crowd singing your songs with you.” Fans who flock to see Emily perform live can count on a high energy show filled with original songs as well as some of her classic favorites from influential icons.

“Emily performed last year in Valdese and the audience loved her”, states Barbara Hefner, Community Affairs Director for the Town of Valdese. “We are looking forward to having her back!”

Myra’s will continue their cruise in and downtown merchants will keep their doors open late.

For further information go to or call 828-879-2129.

Valdese Family Friday nights is sponsored by the Town of Valdese, Valdese Merchants Association and the Morganton News Herald.

HMF Teen Rock Concert Is Free On Friday, Under The Sails!

Hickory - The City of Hickory and the Hickory Music Factory presents a Teen Rock Concert on Friday July 25th at 7pm under the Sails on the Square (downtown Hickory).

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature some of the areas best teen bands. There will be performances by Ben Pleasant, The Basic Theory, The Charlatan Basement Blues Revue, and Ghost Named Gertrude.

Come out and show your support for our future rock stars.

The goal of the Hickory Music Factory is not only to teach, create and appreciate music but also to “Build Futures Through Music.”

Free Origami Class At Beaver Library Saturday, July 26

Hickory – Join us at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. to learn the art of Origami.

The word Origami comes from the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper). This method of folding paper relies on precision to create successful creations. People attending this two hour class will leave knowing how to fold paper into beautiful gift boxes perfect for giving a small gift for any occasion. The class will be led by Cindy Coleman, an instructor with Catawba Valley Community College.

This program is being offered on July 26th to tie in with the theme for the summer reading program for adults, ‘Literary Elements.’ During the month of July, several special programs for adults and families that are related to the fields of science and technology will be available. The class is free, but registration is required. Class size is limited. To register, call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Final Weekend Of ‘Eager Ogres,’ HCT’s RugBug Show

Hickory - “The Happy Hunchback and the Eager Ogres”, The Hickory Community Theatre’s latest RugBug Theatre production, has its final three performances this weekend at Sonya’s Dance Academy downtown, 258 1st Ave NW.

Performance times are Thursday at 2:30pm, Friday at 11:30am and Saturday at 2:30pm, July 24 through 26. Admission is $4 at to door, general admission.

The KIA Hamster, from Paramount KIA in Hickory, will be there on Thursday only.

The play tells the story of an enchanted land where a child befriended by fairies gets the best of a band of ogres who are eager to make mischief.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The RugBug Theatre@HCT is a signature project of the Hickory Rotary Club and this production is co-sponsored by Shurtape.

PHOTO: The cast of “The Happy Hunchback and the Eager Ogres” (Front: Byron Phillips, Angelina Prendergast; Back left to right: Dalyn Sigmon , Kenna Walton, Bryanna Sigmon, Ashleigh Walker, Caleb Sigmon and Allison Sigmon). 

Photo by Scott Curtis.

The delightful tale for children has four final performances this week,  July 24-26.  Call (828) 327-3855 or visit for more details.

Ridgeview Cultural Review Is Set For Saturday, August 2

Hickory - Bringing the Talent to You!! Visual and performing artists from the Hickory area will be performing in the Ridgeview Cultural Revue on August 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the S.A.L.T. Block Auditorium located at 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory, North Carolina.

The participants are artists who grew up in the Hickory community and made their mark in the professional community in the United States, abroad and in the Hickory area. Local artists will also perform. This year’s artists include: Flutist, Lewis Collins of Baltimore, MD; keyboardist Richard Shade of New York; Classical and Opera singer Linda Childs of New York-all products of Hickory, NC. Comedian and master of ceremonies, Henry Henry of Maiden and other dancers and singers from the Hickory area will perform.

The admission for this affair is $10 for advance tickets and $15 at the door.

Tickets can be acquired from members of the Ridgeview Cultural Committee, H & H Barbershop, and at the Ridgeview Public Library.

The Ridgeview Cultural Committee in partnership with Ridgeview Branch Library are presenting this program.

For more information please contact Al Henry at 828-238-9676.

19th Century Carpentry Tools Featured At July 26 Meeting

Hickory - “What’s in a 19th century carpenter’s tool chest?” is the topic for the July 26, 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Club meeting at Klingspor Woodworking, Hickory. Club member Bob Sauer, user and collector of antique hand tools, is the presenter.

Sauer is a retired (DuPont and Owens-Corning Fiberglas) organic chemist who has been reproducing 18th and 19th century American antiques and restoring 19th century furniture for his own use since about 1964. He has collected a wide variety of antique hand tools for use and because they “called” to him. Sauer joined Western Piedmont Woodcrafters in 2005 after moving to Hickory from central Ohio. He has served WPW as Vice President, President and has been Secretary/Treasurer since 2011.

Sauer notes that 18th century carpenter’s tools consisted mostly of those made of wood with iron blades often made by blacksmiths. The 19th century, however, was a transitional period in which some of the tools were nearly identical with those of the 18th century. But starting around 1830 with the coming of the industrial revolution, metal bodied tools began to appear. So the carpenter’s tool chest of the 19th century probably contained a mix of tool types, depending on whether he was working early or late in that period.

As an amateur woodworker for nearly 50 years who started out working with hand tools and was inspired by his grandfather, also an amateur woodworker born in 1870, Sauer has collected woodworking tools that turn out to have spanned that time period. The program will let the audience handle some of those tools and some of them will be used to attempt to demonstrate what the “old timers” had to do to shape a piece of wood.

The Woodcrafters Club consists of over 80 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, 856 21st St. Dr. SE, Hickory, to hear speakers and to see demonstrations of woodworking equipment, projects and techniques.

Further information can be obtained by calling 828-495-3029 or at the club’s web site

Lincoln County Arts Hosts Two Cooking Classes In August

Lincolnton, NC - The Arts Council of Lincoln County will be hosting two cooking classes: Kids R Cooking, a children’s cooking class and We R Cooking, an adult cooking class.

Both classes will focus on helping adults and children develop fun and healthy eating habits by spurring interest in creating homemade food choices using fresh ingredients from local farmers. Our class will be lead by local German chef Sven Frischen-Nocher.

A traditional Bavarian lunch will be prepared by participants and later enjoyed by sharing a meal together at the conclusion of class. Participants will also discuss: balanced daily diet, the importance of using the right ingredients and concerns regarding processed food.

Kids R Cooking!

Age: 8 to 12 years. Cooking Style: Bavarian Tradition lunch including a pasta (All Souls Pastry), vegetable, drink and dessert. Aug.1, 2014, 9:30 to 12:30pm at St Luke’s Episcopal Church Parrish Hall, 315 N. Cedar St in Lincolnton. Cost is $15 per participate.

We R Cooking!

Age: teen to adults. Cooking Style: Bavarian Tradition lunch including drink and dessert. Aug.2, 2014, 9:30 to 12:30pm at St Luke’s Episcopal Church Parrish Hall, 315 N. Cedar St in Lincolnton.

Cost is $25 per participate. To register: contact ACLC at 704 732-9044 or email

Foreclosure Prevention Effort Extends To Vets On GI Bill

Raleigh, NC – This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – more commonly known as the “GI Bill.”

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is marking the anniversary by offering financial mortgage prevention help to veterans attending school under the GI Bill. It is a second step in less than a year to make the Agency’s successful N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund more user-friendly for the state’s important military population. Earlier, it ensured that returning veterans enrolled in vocational training or rehabilitation programs would be eligible.

Designed to help North Carolina homeowners recover from job loss and other temporary hardships, the Fund has made mortgage payments for more than 16,000 homeowners while they look for employment or retrain. Funds are available to assist an additional 4,000.

Making the foreclosure assistance available for veterans is particularly important in North Carolina, which is home to 10 percent of all active-duty military personnel in the U.S. (115,000, the most per-capita of any state) and more than 771,000 veterans.

“The transition from military to civilian life can be a challenge,” said A. Robert Kucab, executive director of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. “It’s especially important that veterans be able to participate fully in these foreclosure prevention benefits. Our agency is working closely with the VA and veterans groups across the state to make sure military families know that help is available for those who need it.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund makes mortgage payments for up to 36 months ($36,000) while the homeowner looks for work or completes a job search or training program. It was created in North Carolina in 2010 because of high unemployment, which continues to exceed the national average in three-quarters of North Carolina counties.

The assistance is offered as a zero-interest, deferred loan, with no payments due as long as the homeowner lives in the home. Veterans who study on the GI Bill or participate in a VA-approved vocational training program are eligible for the maximum 36 months of assistance, as long as their mortgage payments exceed 25 percent of their household income.

To qualify for assistance through the Fund, a veteran must be separated from service on or after Jan. 1, 2008, provide a DD214, have a VA-issued Certificate of Eligibility for the GI Bill and provide proof of enrollment in school or a vocational retraining program. Homeowners do not have to be delinquent on mortgage payments to qualify.

Veterans and civilians can apply for assistance from the Fund through more than 40 HUD-approved counseling agencies statewide, or by going online at Information is available on the website or by calling 1-888-623-8631.

The N.C. Housing Finance Agency is a self-supporting public agency. It has financed nearly 215,000 affordable homes and apartments statewide since its creation in 1973.

Newton Animal Shelter Is In Urgent Need Of Supplies

Newton, NC - Opening the new animal shelter in Newton provides the opportunity to rescue so many more animals, but it also requires many more supplies. Between the Newton and Hickory shelters, Humane Society of Catawba County now cares for approximately 275 animals.

HSCC has several urgent needs for donations from the community. Laundry detergent (any variety, liquid or powder) and bleach, HSCC does many loads of laundry each day for the shelter animals and spay/neuter clinic. Donations of Dry Purina One Kitten, Dry Purina One Cat food, Dry Purina One Puppy or Purina Puppy Chow, and canned dog food will help feed the many shelter animals each day. Cat litter, inexpensive and non-clumping, is needed to accommodate the 115 cats and kittens staying at both shelters. Various cleaning products and supplies are needed for general cleaning and maintenance: window cleaner and OxiClean powder.

With the continued increase in adoptions and spay/neuter surgeries, there is a need for more computers. If anyone has upgraded their computer recently, HSCC needs working computers. HSCC is a 501(c) 3 non profit, no-kill animal organization serving Catawba County and the surrounding areas. All donations are tax deductable. HSCC does not receive any assistance from local or national humane agencies.

Drop off donations at the Newton shelter: 201 Government Services Drive, during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm, 828-466-7171 or the Hickory shelter: 3224 20th Ave SE, Hickory, 28602 (GPS: Newton) during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, 828-464-8878.

Deadlines Near For Youth To Report Summer Reading Totals

Newton, NC - Young readers who have participated in this year’s Summer Reading program at Catawba County Library have a chance to run the bases before the Hickory Crawdads game on July 29.

Participants who have read halfway to their personal reading goal by Monday, July 28 should report their success to their local library branch by get their free ticket to the Hickory Crawdads baseball game. They will be invited to run the bases with Conrad the Crawdad before the Delmarva Shorebirds game. Runners should arrive early at L. P. Frans Stadium—well before the game starts at 7 p.m.

Youth who have logged at least 600 minutes of reading time by Aug. 2 are eligible for grand prize drawings to take place on Aug. 9. There are eight grand prizes including Carowinds tickets and special gift baskets. Winners will be drawn from names submitted no later than Saturday, Aug. 2 at any location of the Catawba County Library System. They include Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford and Southwest (Mountain View).

For more information, contact your local branch or April Green, Youth Services librarian, at 465-8668 weekdays. Summer Reading is an annual reading initiative designed to engage those age 18 and younger in learning when school is not in session.

Fiddler Auditions July 28 & 29

Hudson, NC - The Town of Hudson announces auditions for the fall dinner theatre production of the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” The auditions will be held at the Hudson Uptown Building on Monday and Tuesday, July 28th and 29th at 6:30 PM. The Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) is located at 145 Cedar Valley Road in Hudson, NC 28638. Please note, the role of Tevye has been cast. All other parts are available.

Auditioners are encouraged to bring a resume and a head photo shot if they have one, but they are not required.

Additionally, actors may also bring a one minute prepared monologue if desired. Everyone will be asked to read cold from the script.

The show will be directed and music directed by Mr. Keith Smith and choreographed by Ms. Leanna Bodnar.

For full information, please call 322-3169 or go to

39th Annual Waldensian Fest Set For August 8 & 9 In Valdese

Valdese, NC – The 39th Annual Waldensian Festival will be held on August 8th and 9th, 2014 in Valdese, North Carolina. On the second Saturday of each August, Valdese holds its annual Waldensian Festival to commemorate the return of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689. This event, known as the Glorious Return, is celebrated all around the world by other Waldensian communities. Now, as with the first Valdese celebration held in 1976, we invite you to enjoy the rich heritage and magic of the 39th Annual Historic Valdese Waldensian Festival.

The main street will close at approximately 5:00pm and Jacumin Plaza will host a Festival of Faith organized by writer and musician, Timothy Tron. As in past years, Myra’s will be hosting a cruise in with over 150 beautiful refurbished antique and classic cars. The Main Stage area will be located on the main street and Too Much Sylvia will provide an evening of fun and a wide variety of musical entertainment. For the kids…amusement area just off the main street with plenty of rides for them to enjoy.

Saturday morning events begin at 9:00am with over 170 craft and food vendors. Walk up and down the main street and find that perfect gift you have been looking for or try some of the yummy festival food. The Main Stage will feature The Little Miss and Master Pageant, local musicians such as Mama’s Remedy, Pan Jive Steel Drum Band, Michelle Leigh and this year we will host a Songwriters’ Showcase The showcase provides an opportunity for local song writers to perform their original music.

For those that are sports minded…check out the Waldensian Footrace or the Bocce Tournaments.

Other activities throughout the day will include a Church Service (11:00am) and traditional Waldensian Meal at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, an Open Art Competition held at the Rock School and the Piedmont and Western Railroad Museum located in lower level of Rock school will host their Open House.

Street concert at sunset

All attractions will be open during the day and a shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors to the different sites. The shuttle bus will be located at the Waldensian Museum on Rodoret St South. The outdoor drama “From This Day Forward” will present their final performance for the season. The evening will conclude with Jim Quick and Coastline providing the ultimate in dance music.

For further information regarding the Waldensian Festival or other events in Valdese, go to or call 828-879-2129.

Hickory Arts’ Broadway Night Is Thursday, July 31, Downtown

Hickory - Hickory Arts presents Broadway Night on Thursday, July 31 in this year's Taste, Tunes & Tomatoes series of Hickory Arts concerts under the sails for Downtown Hickory Farmers Market featuring Lucy Weaver, Charlotte Dick, Savannah Spencer, Clowee Younce, Julie Huffman, Caleb Warren, Sarah Lane, David Townsend, Jeff & Carol Anne Hartman and more—accompanied by John Coffey. Performances begin at 6 pm.

John Coffey returned to Hickory in 2011 from New York City and touring abroad and is available for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Piano lessons as well as theory, acting and vocal coaching at Hickory Arts.

Musician & teacher John Coffey

Hickory Arts is a teaching and production studio dedicated to cultivating up-and-coming artists of all types and ages through a network of working and teaching artists.

The studio has and will be providing entertainment for Taste, Tunes & Tomatoes under the sails every Thursday evening from 6 pm, June 5 through August 28.

Discover more about Downtown Hickory Farmers Market and Hickory Arts by visiting and

Crime Scene Investigating At Beaver Library On July 28

Hickory – Crime Scene Investigators from the Hickory Police Department will be at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. A couple of Hickory’s experienced investigators will discuss and demonstrate how they process crime scenes and what they look for when collecting evidence.

This program is being offered on July 28th to tie in with the theme for the summer reading program for adults, ‘Literary Elements.’

During the month of July, several special programs for adults and families that are related to the fields of science and technology will be available. This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required. 

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

Harry Potter Parties Coming Up At County Libraries July 30, 31

Newton, NC - Attention Harry Potter fans! Mark your calendars now for birthday celebrations at Catawba County Library and a special drawing of a collector’s edition.

Conover and Claremont branches will host celebrations of the world’s most famous orphan on July 30 and 31.

Children age seven and older will make their own wands, duel in a fantastical spelling bee, hunt for magical creatures and snack on wizardly treats. New or gently used “birthday presents” will be collected for children at Barium Springs Home for Children.

Join the fun at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 at Conover Branch or 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at Claremont. Preregistration is not required.

Friends of the Catawba Count Library are offering a Harry Potter raffle next month. J. K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard Collector’s Edition will be given away to a lucky winner at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. The volume is valued at more than $200. Tickets are $1 each and may be purchased at the sale or at various library branches from now through the Friends book sale scheduled in Newton Aug. 14-16.

Ticket holders must present their portion of the ticket as proof of winning. All proceeds from the raffle and book sale will benefit Friends of the Library the supports and advocates the entire county library system. Locations in addition to Newton are Claremont, Conover, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford and Southwest (Mountain View).

For more information about the book raffle please contact April Green in Youth Services, 465-8668. Information about items needed at Barium Springs Home should be referred to Brytani Fraser at 466-5108.
































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