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June 23, 2016

HSCC Warns Of Danger To Pets In Hot Weather;

Microchips For $15, June 27-July 1

Hickory/Newton, NC - Humane Society of Catawba County wants to remind everyone to remember their outdoor family during these especially hot days. Please be sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure your pets have a shaded space in the cool grass, or keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. A puppy pool is great to have for cooling too. Hot concrete and pavement can easily burn paw pads, test the temperature with your own palms before deciding it's safe to go for a walk, and limit walking times to earlier in the morning and later in the evening.

Never leave pets, even for a quick minute with the windows down, in a car or truck. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Here is how quickly a car can heat up in 80-degree weather:

• 99 degrees in 10 minutes
• 109 degrees in 20 minutes
• 114 degrees in 30 minutes
• 118 degrees in 40 minutes
• 120 degrees in 50 minutes
• 123 degrees in 60 minutes

(Source: National Weather Service)

And always be certain to have proper identification on your pets, as unexpected storms and 4th of July fireworks can lead to frightened, lost pets.

Humane Society of Catawba County is offering $15 microchips for pets June 27th – July 1st and every Monday all summer long. Unlike identification tags on collars, which can sometimes be lost or removed, microchipping is a permanent source of pet identification. When lost or stray pets are scanned by an animal organization or business, such as animal shelters or veterinary clinics, these identification chips are able to provide the owner’s contact information and are then able to reunite beloved pets with their owners.

Visit HSCC - Hickory or HSCC - Newton, June 27th - July 1st or on Mondays between 12-4pm for $15 microchips. No appointment is necessary.

For more information call 828-464-8878 during regular business hours, Monday- Saturday 11am-6pm or visit

Family Fun Night Carnival Friday, June 24, At Dallas Park

Dallas, NC - Gaston County Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Family Fun Night Carnival on Friday June 24, 2016 to kick off National Parks and Recreation Month.

The Carnival will be held from 6pm-9pm at Dallas Park. Highlights of the event include, rides provided by R&D Amusements, games, bouncy house, music, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos and Pelicans Snoballs. Admission to the event is free.

For additional information please contact Gaston County Parks & Recreation at 704-922-2164 or visit the County’s website at

Dallas Park is located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034. Admission is free.

The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department, 704-922-2160.

The Fretless Featured Friday, June 24, At Sails Music Series

Hickory - Friday, June 24, the City of Hickory’s 2016 Sails Original Music Series will feature The Fretless, a unique band that is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. Musically, the goals of the group are to expand the rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangement style of the many folk genres that play using only string instruments.

Sails Music Coordinator, Bob Sinclair, said of the band, “As always, you can expect high quality talent. They will put unique twists on some of your favorite tunes. It will be a fun show!”

The Fretless play in downtown Hickory Friday, June 24

The show begins at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Olde 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 show, beginning at 6 p.m., is the last Sails Original Music Series concert until September 2.

FCA Announces Winners Of Their Members' Art Show

Hickory - Congratulations to Harold Humphrey who took first place at the Full Circle Arts Members’ Show, with his alabaster sculpture entitled “Trinities”. Harold works with stone and wood, along with producing digital art. He began serious sculpting in 1972, while a student at Cal Poly. He went on to graduate with a degree in architecture in 1974. In addition Harold has published two books: “Transformations”, and “Heaven’s Songs”. You can find his work on the Facebook page entitled: Art By Harold.

Other winning works of art include: 2nd Place, “Field Ready” by Richard Sinclair, and 3rd Place, “Daly Awaits the Whistle” by Tom Helfert. Works receiving Honorable Mention are: “The Thunder Rolls” by Jan Jackson; “Tempest” by Clay James; “Desert Landscape” by Meredith Janssen; “untitled” by Ellen Schwarzbek; “Abstract Plate” by Varian Lee Swieter; and “Small Town Gathering Places” by Zan Thompson.

Harold Humphrey with his winning sculpture, Trinities

The prizes were chosen by Lise Swensson, Director of the Hickory Museum of Art.

The Full Circle Arts Members’ Exhibit will run through July 2nd.

Full Circle Arts is dedicated to offering artists in the Hickory area the opportunity to show their finest and most creative work in a gallery setting.

FCA is a non-profit 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. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Please visit our website at

Catawba Valley Medical Center Sponsors Foothills Folk Art Festival

Newton, NC – Foothills Folk Art Festival organizers have announced support from Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) as the festival’s presenting sponsor. The inaugural festival, featuring local and regional folk artists, will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Downtown Newton, NC.

“Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Foothills Folk Art Festival,” said J. Anthony Rose, CVMC President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited about the renewed vitality the festival will bring to the Downtown Newton area and the outreach opportunity it provides us to highlight our role in improving the health of this community."

Additional festival sponsors to date include Abernethy Laurels, Robert Abbey, Inc., Moose Holding Company, Bassett Furniture, and Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites, Hickory.

“We are very excited to have these initial sponsors,” said Susan Hunsucker, member of the festival’s executive committee. “The sponsorships will help cover the cost of putting on a first-class folk art festival, which we believe will draw many visitors to Downtown Newton.”

The festival–formerly known as Lake Norman Folk Art Festival–is making Downtown Newton its new home thanks to a partnership between Downtown Newton Development Association and Hickory Museum of Art.

The family friendly festival, which is expected to draw around 3,000 visitors, will showcase a variety of local and regional contemporary folk artists–whose work will be for sale–as well as artist demos, hands-on art activities for kids, two stages of live music, food from area restaurants and food truck vendors, beer gardens and more. Proceeds from the festival will support Hickory Museum of Art and Downtown Newton Development Association.

Opportunities remain for additional sponsorships. For more information about becoming a festival sponsor, go to or call 828-327-8576.

There is still time for artists to apply for participation in this juried contemporary folk art festival. Any artist who is primarily self-taught is encouraged to apply. Applications are available for download from the festival’s website and can be requested by calling Hickory Museum of Art at 828-327-8576.

Volunteers are also being sought to help with the festival. Additional information about becoming a volunteer is available at

Valdese Family Friday Night Hosts OnceBlind On June 24

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature OnceBlind this Friday, June 24, beginning at 7:00pm, located in the Town Parking area.

OnceBlind plays a mixture of rock, Motown, beach, rockabilly and Americana. They play hits from the past and future, spanning seven decades of music. They describe themselves as “a band dedicated to entertaining music lovers aged 10 to 100.”

The group is from Charlotte, NC, and is comprised of Shannon Roschke, lead vocals, Cindy Cook, vocals and keyboard, Bob Beck and Dave Colozzi on guitar, Noel Estabrook, bass, and Jamie Kincaid, percussionist.

OnceBlind plays Friday, June 24

Roschke was a finalist on CMT’s Nasheville Star, as well as a finalist on Gimme the Mic Charlotte in 2007. The band members all have diverse musical backgrounds ranging from Bachelors degrees in music, to decades of musical knowledge and experience.

OnceBlind will bring a toe-tapping experience to the stage on Friday night. They play a variety of audience favorites that are sure to bring enjoyment and nostalgia to music lovers of all ages.

Concessions will be available and provided by the Valdese Merchant’s Association. Myra’s cruise in will begin every Friday night at 6:00pm and downtown shops will remain open later. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Night’s Concert Schedule to

Lincoln-Catawba Songwriters Alliance To Host

Round Robin For Musicians On Tuesday, July 19

Lincolnton, NC - The Lincoln-Catawba Songwriters Alliance is hosting a monthly Round Robin for all songwriters, musicians, singers, lyricists and listeners. The next Round Robin will be held at the Southwest Branch Library Community Room on July 19th at 6 PM.

The purpose of this get together is to provide an opportunity for songwriters and musicians to network and to share music.

Songwriters Alliance co-founder Lisa Thurman

Those who have original songs, instrumentals, covers or just lyrics are all welcome to participate. A keyboard will be provided and musicians are encouraged to bring their guitars and other instruments. A workshop for songwriters will be held after the music for those that would like to participate. This event is free and open to the public.

Co-founders of the Lincoln-Catawba Songwriters Alliance, David and Lisa Thurman, are members of the Blackberry River Band. They have been playing venues for over ten years and have recorded three studio albums, all on i-tunes. Their songs have been played on over 80 community radio stations and in over thirty countries. They feel fortunate to have been able to continue sharing their music and want to be able to give back. They would like to build membership in the alliance and facilitate other songwriters and musicians' involvement in creating a supportive community for songwriters, anywhere on their journey. In addition to the monthly Round Robin, the Alliance plans to have songwriter showcases and a songwriting contest.

For more information about monthly Round Robins call 980-429-2192 or go to

Two Carolina Poets Headline Tues., July 12, Poetry Hickory

Hickory - Dr. Robert Lee Kendrick of Clemson, SC, and Helen Losse of Winston-Salem will headline Poetry Hickory on July 12 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery.

Dr. Robert Lee Kendrick

Kendrick is the author of "Winter Skin," a new collection of poetry from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Poet and editor, William Wright, says of Kendrick's new book, "These poems explore what it means to be a human, but they achieve the sublime by acknowledging the beauty that flows under and through even the most harrowing of circumstances."

Some of his titles include "I used to work in a slaughterhouse" and "Driving across Georgia I Stop at the Remains of a Topless Diner."

Losse is the author of 6 collections of poetry, including her most recent, "Every Tender Reed." Formerly Poetry Editor of "The Dead Mule," Losse is now Associate Editor of "The Kentucky Review." Losse's poems have been anthologized in "Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont" and "The Southern Poetry Anthology." Patricia Gomes, Poet Laureate of New Bedford, MA, describes Losse's new book as "Penance in poetry--honoring the reader as much as the Creator."

Helen Losse

Poetry Hickory is in its 9th year of monthly readings under the supervision of Hickory poet and Lenoir Rhyne professor, Scott Owens. The readings begin at 7:00 and will be followed by an Open Mic. For more information contact Owens at 828-325-0108

Story Lady Sharon Clarke At Bethlehem Library Tues., July 12

Bethlehem, NC - Sharon Clarke, "The Story Lady" is scheduled to appear at the Alexander County Library, Bethlehem Branch on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:00 pm. She will entertain with her unique blend of music and storytelling. Her visit is being sponsored by the Bethlehem Friends of the Library, as a part of the library’s ongoing Summer Reading Program. There is no charge for the event. Refreshments will be served.

Sharon Clarke, also known as "The Storytelling Troubadour" is a mother, grandmother, storyteller, songwriter, entertainer and educator. She has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout the southeast for over 15 years.

Sharon Clarke

She worked in early childhood education and in Youth Services Programming for the Public Library System before venturing out into storytelling full time. She is a member of the North Carolina Storytellers Guild, The National Storytelling Network and is the owner/director of Mini-Minstrels Music for Kids.

The "Story Lady" performs at preschools, libraries, elementary schools, day cares, summer camps, festivals, bookstores, picnics, churches, birthday parties. She brings with her a variety of instruments, props and sometimes puppets to actively involve the audience in each performance.

The Alexander County Library, Bethlehem Branch is located at 45 Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem. For further information about this storytelling event, contact the Branch office at 828-495-8753.

East Newton Heritage Festival Is This Sat., June 25, 9am-8pm

Newton, NC – Planning for the 26th annual East Newton Heritage Festival is underway.

The East Newton Heritage Festival Committee is thrilled to invite the public to be part of the East Newton community’s big event while celebrating the homecoming of families and friends of Central High School. This unique event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the East Newton ball field, located off N.C. Highway 16 at 301 Stadium Drive.

The East Newton Heritage Festival Committee has worked hard this year to set up exciting entertainment to fill the beautiful grounds surrounding the East Newton ball field, including gospel singing, step teams, praise dancers, the East Newton Heritage Festival Basketball Tournament, a church kick ball tournament, a petting zoo, an NAACP membership drive, face painting, a car show, and a community parade.

The East Newton Heritage Festival will have booths available for craftsman, food vendors, artists, churches, civic organizations and any individuals with talent to share.

A special award courtesy of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department will be given to the church with the most participation during the festival.

For more information please contact Charles James at 828-695-4350 or 828-217-4446 or Linda McCorkle at 828-465-7477.

Just Four More Shows Of HCT's Classic Comedy Blithe Spirit

Hickory - The final performances of Hickory Community Theatre’s production of the witty comedy, “Blithe Spirit,” are this weekend, June 23-26 in the Firemen’s Kitchen.

“Blithe Spirit” performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16th through Saturday, June 25th and 2:30pm on Sunday, June 26th.

Tickets are $16 each and may be purchased in advance online at, by phone at 828-327-3855 or at the door one half hour before performance time. There is no reserved seating for this show.

Photo: Donna Nichols (left,) John Koval, Jill Heafner and Christine Levy in “Blithe Spirit.” The funny comedy plays this weekend, June 23rd through 26th at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets call 828-327-3855 or go to Photo is by Ken Burns.

Ridgeview's Free Genealogy Workshop, Is Monday, June 27

Hickory - Do you enjoy looking into the past and hearing stories about how your ancestors lived or where they came from or other aspects of their lives that you did not know about? If yes, then join Peggy Mainess, genealogy assistant at Hickory Public Library for a genealogy workshop on Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgeview Branch Library.

Ms. Mainess will provide participants with an overview of research techniques, identify resources for your study and help you locate materials. The emphasis will be on how to use these genealogy research tools to trace African American family heritage and how to overcome the unique challenges faced by researchers.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Submit Nominees For Hickory Beautification Award By Sept. 12

Hickory – The streets of Hickory are lined with numerous landscapes and spaces that have been beautifully renovated or restored. Each year, the City of Hickory’s Community Appearance Commission (CAC) takes nominations for its annual Beautification Awards Program, which highlights these attractive areas.

Beautification Awards are presented to individuals and groups who have made an outstanding effort in crafting, developing, and maintaining a beautiful property either through landscaping or renovations and/or restorations to a building within the City of Hickory limits. The five awards will be presented in the following categories:

•Residential Landscape

•Residential Renovation and/or Restoration

•Non-Residential Landscape

•Non-Residential Renovation and/or Restoration

•Special Award – Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop, non-profit organization, etc.

Strong nominations will include landscapes that are visually appealing, inviting, and utilize materials creatively. Overall enhancement to the neighborhood should also be considered, as well as whether plants are drought-tolerant and native or locally-adapted. It is important to note that any topped trees on a property will disqualify a project.

Non-residential renovation on 2nd Ave., NW

Nominations for the Renovation and/or Restoration Projects Award, in the Buildings and Structures category, should consist of properties with improvements that maintain and enhance the overall architectural character and integrity of the structure or the neighborhood and reutilize an existing structure.

“We have had fun with this program, being able to recognize the special pride that owners take in their properties.” said Andrew Straw, Chair of the CAC. “We have had both large and small businesses win, as well as individual homeowners.”

Straw added, “We have tried to make the nomination process very simple, and have included a special category for things like Eagle Scout and church group projects in addition to businesses and residences. The CAC members have been active in making nominations in the past, but I hope we can get more participation from the public at large this year. ”

To nominate a property, please submit a nomination form, which can be found at, along with at least one photograph of the property, to the Community Appearance Commission, Attention: Cal Overby, City of Hickory, P.O. Box 398, Hickory, NC 28603.

Nominations may come from individuals outside of Hickory City limits, but the nominated property must be within the City limits. Submittal deadline is September 12. Awards presentations will be made at a reception on October 18, prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Please call (828) 323-7422 for more information.

The mission of the Community Appearance Commission is to enhance the appearance of the City of Hickory by advising on, and implementing programs of general community beautification. Members help coordinate the activities of individuals, agencies and organizations, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of the City.

Green Room Theatre Sets Productions For Next Season

Newton, NC - The 2016-2017 Season celebrates The Green Room Community Theatre’s 30th year with big-name musicals, touching dramas, Southern comedies, and more. All productions will be in the Old Post Office Playhouse on the main stage in the McCreary Theatre or in the smaller, more intimate Black Box Theatre. The Old Post Office Playhouse is located in historic downtown Newton at 10 South Main Avenue.

This season features six mainstage productions and opens with the well-loved musical, West Side Story. This innovative and heart-wrenching drama is often called a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story with two young lovers caught between two street gangs battling for territory and respect. This beautiful musical runs September 9 - 25, 2016. Next, Southern Fried Nuptials, playing October 7 - 16, 2016, will leave you laughing at the antics of the Frye family as they deal with a crazy assemblage of family while planning a wedding.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, is the third show of our 30th Anniversary Season. This “tale as old as time” is Disney’s classic retelling filled with all the characters and songs of the Academy-Award-winning animated feature. Experience this enchanted world from November 18- December 11, 2016 as it comes to life on stage in a production perfect for the whole family.

Our annual all-youth production is Treasure Island, a thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, playing February 17 - 26, 2017. Join Jim Hawkins as he discovers a treasure map in a dead pirate’s sea-chest in this legendary tale of piracy and heroism.

Leading Ladies, March 31- April 9, 2017, is a hilarious comedy based on two English Shakespearean actors who try to pass themselves off as heirs to a fortune. Will they be able to pull it off, or will they blow their cover?

The mainstage season ends with All Shook Up, inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, playing May 5 - 21, 2017. This upbeat musical will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such Elvis classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

We are proud to present two very different shows in our Black Box Theatre this season. First – a thriller. An apartment of a blind woman becomes the site of a terrifying game of cat and mouse in Wait Until Dark, January 20 - February 5, 2017. Who will have the upper hand in the dark? The season ends with the dramatic comedy Boeing Boeing playing June 2 – 18, 2017. This is the story of a French bachelor and his three lovely female flight attendants. He has always been able to juggle these women due to their flight schedules, but what happens when they all end up at his apartment on the same day? Will he be able to keep up this charade, or will a disaster occur?

For the young at heart, we will also present The Quirky Quest to Find the Unicorn’s Ukulele, written by The Green Room’s Creative Director, John David Brown, III. This runs March 10 –19, 2017. Join the adventure when the brave knight Sir Circumference sets out on a quest to find an elusive treasure that will save the life of the beautiful Princess Penelope. Come and discover the hidden treasures that lay within each of us.

This season also includes our 11th annual Shakespeare in the Park production. This year, we will present Twelfth Night! Come enjoy Shakespeare’s classic comedy about mistaken identities and the mayhem that ensues. Join us at Southside Park in Newton at one of four free performances – August 7 - 15, 2016.

The Green Room offers two season ticket options to suit your needs: a 6-admission ticket (available for $75 for Adults and $65 for Seniors (60+) and Students) as well as an 8-admission ticket ($100 for Adults, $90 for Seniors and Students). These are FLEX tickets which means you may use one admission per show or more than one admission per show. It is completely up to you!

Season tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased by calling (828) 464-6583 Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm. For more information about The Green Room or any of our programs, check our website: Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook.

Gaston Co. Senior Center To Host Dance On Friday, June 30

Dallas, NC - Gaston County Senior Center will be hosting a Senior dance on June 30, 2016 at 7pm. Admission is $5 per person and the doors will open at 6pm. Entertainment will be provided by “Delmonicos” with light refreshments provided.

For additional information please contact Gaston County Parks & Recreation at 704-922-2164 or visit the County’s website at

Gaston County strives to make its programs, services, and activities accessible to all. If you will require an accommodation we request that you contact our office at least 5 days before the event. The dance will be at the Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034. Doors open at 6pm, dancing starts at 7pm.

Christ United Lutheran Church's 90-Day Spiritual

Fitness Challenge Begins On Wednesday, July 27

Granite Falls, NC - Christ United Lutheran Church, 4681 Grace Chapel Rd., Granite Falls, NC, is hosting a 90 Day Spiritual Fitness Challenge, an extraordinary experience with God’s word!

Part of getting in shape means changing how you live, from what you feed your soul to how you schedule your time. But, what many people forget is that changing everything at once can be so overwhelming that we end up going back to old behaviors!

If you want to make small, daily changes on the road to spiritual well-being, this 90-day challenge is for you. This isn’t a physical weight loss program, but a spiritual conditioning course, an extraordinary experience with God’s Word! You will receive a daily reading plan that will have you read the whole Bible in 90 Days. It is also an opportunity to connect with others on facebook, have your Pastor be your coach and gather in weekly small group discussions. For our second-year participants there is also the opportunity to take a focused study on Philippians, Colossians and Philemon.

We know that you have the desire, but just need an approach that makes sense. You need short-term tasks that let you achieve a long-term goal. So, gives this a try!

What to Expect:

•Inspirational Films & Music Videos will introduce each weekly session.

•Small Groups will gather for confidential, non-threatening discussion and learning.

•Get to know God better through His Holy Word.

•Read the whole Bible in just 90 days or study Philippians, Colossians and Philemon more deeply

Here’s how to get going:

1)Prayerfully consider if this Spiritual Fitness Challenge is for you?
2)Visit with Pastor Heidi and your home church Pastor before registering.
3)Register by emailing
4)Offer a $25 donation, per person, if possible. (Or “sponsor" a participant)
5)Begin the challenge on July 27th, 2016

For your convenience and for purposes of fellowship, you may join us at 6:30pm for a light dinner!

Everyone is welcome, so have a friend register!

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Balloon Lady Donna Pruett At Ridgeview Library, Tues., June 28

Hickory - Donna Pruett, known to her fans across North Carolina as The Balloon Lady, will be performing her dynamic show as part of the Hickory Public Libraries’ 2016 Summer Reading Program On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 28, in the gymnasium of the Ridgeview Recreation Center.

Donna Pruett is a balloon artist who incorporates dance music, motivational speaking, comedy and magic into her balloon crafting program. Audiences of all ages will find themselves smiling, laughing and feeling better about the day after her energizing and uplifting presentation. We can’t wait to see how she incorporates the theme of physical fitness and healthy living into her always entertaining performance.

Donna Pruett

The Ridgeview Recreation Center and Hickory Parks and Recreation have generously agreed to allow us the use of their gymnasium for this event so that larger groups can be accommodated. For more information, please call the Ridgeview Library at (828) 345-6037. The Ridgeview Recreation Center is located at 115 7th Avenue SW; Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 7th Avenue SW and 1st Street SW.

Cline Reunion Is July 1-3, Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Newton

Newton, NC - The Cline Reunion for those who descended from Johann Sebastian Klein (Cline) and S. C. Elizabeth Bieber (Beaver) will be held the weekend of July 1 -3 at Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton. This reunion, which is generally held every two years, will have this church of Sebastian “Boston” and Elizabeth Klein as its main site. The Kleins lived about one-half mile from Old St. Paul’s.

The 2016 reunion commemorates the 300th year since the birth of Sebastian Klein in Postorff, Alsace, Germany (now France). He arrived in America in 1739 and then came from Pennsylvania with his wife and their 4 or 5 oldest children to what is now Catawba County about 1752. The majority of Cline descendants in and around Catawba County can trace their lineage to this couple. Thousands of people with many surnames from all over the nation are now descended from Sebastian and Elizabeth Bieber Klein.

Catawba County Museum of History in Newton will be the location of an opening reception on Friday July 1, 6:30-8:30pm. The event begins the next day at Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 8:00am with a short business meeting. Other activities are scheduled with Cline history and genealogical themes followed by a keynote address from Dr. Gary Freeze. There is an additional talk by Professor Richard Eller, the historian in residence for the Catawba County Historical Association. An on-site catered lunch is provided for those with advance registrations received by June 28. There will be Cline souvenirs and books available. A bus tour of Cline-related historical sites will be available in the afternoon.

The Sunday program begins at 8:00am with a patriotic-themed worship service in St. Paul’s oldest existing building which was built by Henry Cline, grandson of Sebastian, in 1818. He repurposed some of the materials from an even older church. After the service there will be a presentation by David Cline of his trip to Alsace-Loraine. It will be followed by a catered brunch at 10:30 for those who have reserved it in advance. A second bus tour is scheduled at noon.

Participants may attend part or all of the three-day event. For information about attending or registration call Metaleen Thomas at 828-396-1520 or Julie Cline at 828-294-3846. The new reunion website is

Old Salem Museums & Gardens Offer Many Events, July 2-4

Winston-Salem, NC - Old Salem Museums & Gardens will celebrate Independence Day with three days of fun activities for the whole family. Events will take place on July 2 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., July 3 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and July 4 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. throughout the historic district.

On July 2nd and 3rd, Old Salem will kick-off its Independence Day Celebration with a variety of fun activities including patriotic music, period games, and more. On Saturday, July 2, Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist, will be on hand for performances throughout the day. Tracing her roots to the Italian theatrical style of Commedia Dell’Arte, Signora Bella stuns audiences with her feats of balance and her juggling of sharp Turkish swords and flaming torches. Her high energy performances encourage audience participation creating a unique performance every time.

The Independence Day celebration on July 4 will include a Naturalization Ceremony at 10 a.m. The Ceremony will last until 11 a.m. and will take place on Salem Square at South Main Street and Academy Street.

Part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens

The Ceremony will be conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff and will take place on the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration in the U.S. took place in Salem in 1783. This will be the sixth year that Old Salem has hosted a Naturalization Ceremony. There will be special music, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the most moving and inspiring part of the event will be the administration of the Oath of Allegiance and the presentation of certificates to the new citizens. Additionally, there will be speeches by several dignitaries, including one keynote speaker Kay Hagan, former United States Senator. The Naturalization Ceremony is free and open to the public.

Additional events and activities that attendees at the ticketed Independence Day Celebration on July 4 can participate in include (subject to change):

·Listening to patriotic music

·Playing early American games

·Participating in fire engine demonstrations

·Listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence

·Hearing the Psalm of Joy being performed at Home Moravian Church accompanied by a Lovefeast in commemoration of the musical celebration of peace in Salem at the end of the Revolutionary War.

·Enjoying a concert entitled “Celebrate America!” by Leonard Rowe, baritone, at noon at St. Philips. Rowe will be accompanied by David Pegg on piano and the concert will include music by Aaron Copland, patriotic song, U.S. Armed Forces songs, and spirituals.

·Historic Buildings will close at 4 p.m. for all guests to join us at the Square for a 4:15 p.m. commemoration of the 1783 celebration of July 4th by the Moravians in Salem

The activities each day are included with the purchase of All-In-One tickets, which are $27 for adults and $13 for students ages 4-18. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350 or

About Old Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit

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