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February 22, 2018

Seniors Morning Out In March: Cooking & Nutrition Classes

Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in March including cooking class and nutrition education.

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

Other program highlights are as follows.

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: Mar 1, Hearing Loss with Audiologist Bill Beck from Mountain Ear Hearing; Mar 5, Shopping at Walmart and Lunch at Gold Mine Café; Mar 8, Hoarding with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; Mar12, Cooking Class-Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip; Mar 13, Is Your Indoor Air Healthy? with Ann Simmons from Catawba County Cooperative Extension; Mar 15, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!-wear green and bring green snacks-Fred Wilson to sing; Mar 20, Sentimental Journey to perform; Mar 22, Movie Day: “A Quiet Man”; Mar 26, gospel group John 3:16 to perform; Mar 27, Effects of Medication on Diabetes with Annette Nichols; Mar 29, Bowling at Pin Station and shopping at Family Dollar then Lunch at Pizza Hut. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133 at least two days in advance.

At the West Hickory site, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: Mar 1, Trivia with Lisa and Piano performance by Kathy Miner; Mar 5, Shopping at Walmart; Mar 6, Legal and Financial with Julie Cook-Walker from the Alzheimer’s Association; Mar 8, Family Feud and Sentimental Journey to perform; Mar 12, Twisters and polygons! What do I Do? With Karen Youssy, Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator; Mar 14, Craft Class-Blarney Stones; Mar 15, Cooking Class-Irish Potatoes and Saving Your Vision with Greg Morgan from Services for the Blind; Mar 19, Movie Day: “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” at the Patrick Beaver Library; Mar 20, Hoarding with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; Mar 21, Breakfast at Hardees then Mindful Eating with Ann Simmons at the Newton Library; Mar 22, Gospel Music by John 3:16; Mar 28, Breakfast at Bojangles, the Change Your Protein: Meal Planning with Ann Simmons at the Newton Library.

Don’t miss the Senior Health and Wellness Fair on April 5 from 9:00am –noon. Information will be shared by these organizations: Adult Life, Life Transitions, Are you Ok?- Sheriff’s Department, Alzheimer’s Association, Catawba County Cooperative Extension, NC Lions Club, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Catawba Regional Hospice. RSVP by March 28 and call 323-8746 as a free lunch will be provided. If you would like to participate in any of other site activities, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: Mar 1, Eating for A Healthy Colon: Colon Cancer Awareness; Mar 6, Breakfast at Bob Evans and Shopping at Walmart; Mar 7, Sentimental Journey to perform; Mar 13, St. Patrick’s Day Party with Suzy Killian; Mar 14, Shopping at Hamrick’s and Lunch at Red Lobster; Mar 15, Why They Say An Apple A Day with Ruthie Hill; Mar 20; Plant a Flower in a Pot for the First Day of Spring with Ruthie Hill and Rita; Mar 21, Medicare Fraud with Diane Trainer; Mar 22, Shopping at Walmart; Mar 27, Cooking Class-Low Sugar Watergate Salad; Mar 29, Birthday Party. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Rita Pritchard at least two days in advance by calling 828-320-5963.

At the Catawba site, located at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 2211 Hopewell Church Road, Sherrills Ford: Mar 1, Chronic Fatigue Awareness and Treatment with Lupe Avalos from CVMC; Mar 6, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Mar 8, Healthy Hearing for the Elderly with Bill Beck from Mountain Ear Hearing; Mar 13, Bowling at pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Mar 14, Sentimental Journey to perform; Mar 15, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; Mar 20, Getting to Know My SMO Friends; Mar 21, Cooking Class- Making Spinach Dip for National Chip and Dip Day; Mar 22 Craft Class-Making Spring Centerpieces; Mar 27, Hoarding by Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; Mar 29, Shopping at Dollar Tree and Lunch at Harbor Inn. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434 at least two days in advance.

At the Maiden site, located at the Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street, Maiden: Mar 1; Diabetic Management and Empowering with Doreen King, Diabetes Education Specialist; Mar 5, Cooking Class- Healthy Green Salad; Mar 6, Hoarding with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; Mar 7, Can Allergies Be Harmful?; Mar 12, Craft Class- St. Patrick’s Day Wreath; Mar 13, Shopping at Hamrick’s and Lunch at Bob Evans; Mar 14 St Patrick’s Day and Easter Party; Mar 19, Jason Myers to play piano and sing; Mar 21, Words That Confuse Us; Mar 22, How To Eat Healthy When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking with Ann Simmons from Catawba County Cooperative Extension; Mar 26, Does Our Diet Affect Cancer?; Mar 27, Sentimental Journey to perform. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966 at least two days in advance.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services and is in need of volunteers to assist with the program between 8:30am and noon, Monday – Thursday. Please call 695-5617 if interested. In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. The program is also conducting its annual fund-raising drive at this time. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at, or visit their website at

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

Sunrise Rotary’s St. Patrick’s Day Dance Is Set For March 17

Hickory - The Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club has announced that it will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at Moretz Mills, located at 74 8th Street SE, in Hickory, NC. The event is the latest in a series of popular and successful holiday-themed fundraising dances sponsored by Tarheel Wealth Management.

The doors for the dance open at 7:00 pm, with DJ Eric Bowman playing from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, followed by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.. A full meal, dancing, a cash bar, and shag lessons will be included with the price of admission, which is $30.00 per person. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships to CVCC for economically challenged students who otherwise would not be able to attend classes.

A member of Rotary International District 7670, the Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered on November 7, 2000, and has grown to become the most diverse Rotary club in western North Carolina. A small, friendly club with nearly 30 members, the Hickory Sunrise Rotary focuses on educational initiatives and the needs of the homeless and veterans in our community. The club also embraces the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self," and specializes in having fun while serving others. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:00 am in the Fireside Room at Lenoir-Rhyne University. For more details, please call Bob Steiger at 828-303-0057 or visit

CVCC Offers Free Social Media Seminars Throughout March

Hickory - The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center is presenting a series of social media seminars to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses market and build their business.

On Monday March 5 the Small Business Center will present “FaceBook for Small Business” from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center. Participants will learn the basics of setting up a Facebook business page as well as information about promotions and using FaceBook to build online business.

On Thursday March 8 the Small Business Center will present “Instagram for Small Business” from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center. Participants will learn how to use photos to promote their business on Instagram and use this platform to market their business.

On Monday March 12 the Small Business Center will present “Using Paid On-Line Ads to Grow Your Business” from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory. This session explores options to advertise using online resources through major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, as well as Google AdWords.

On Wednesday March 14 the Small Business Center will present “YouTube and Videos for Small Business” from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center. This seminar shows small business owners how to set up their YouTube account and make effective videos with a small business budget.

There is no charge to attend these seminars, but pre-registration is required. Participants can register for individual seminars, or the entire series. To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit to register on-line.

WPS Conductor John Gordon Ross Speaks

Wed., Feb. 28, At Alex Lee Lecture Series At LRU

Hickory – The next speaker scheduled as part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2018 Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series is music expert, John Gordon Ross, director and conductor of Western Piedmont Symphony. He will share his experience and insight as a successful leader on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Fintel Room (room 213) of the McCrorie Center.

When he was 15, Ross began conducting a church choir and has been directing ever since, including nine years in various northeast Ohio positions and 10 years as conductor of the Kingsport (Tennessee) Symphony and Youth Orchestras and Symphony Chorus. Since 1991, Ross has been the music director and conductor of the Western Piedmont Symphony and Youth Symphony. After 27 seasons, he will officially retire on July 1 with plans to appear as guest conductor at some non-Masterworks concerts through fall 2018. He will also serve as interim music director of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra in Ohio during summer 2018.

John Gordon Ross

At LRU, Ross has served as an adjunct instructor in the music department and led the A Capella Choir for two semesters during the tenure of Paul D. Weber, Ph.D. He is also a regular community performer with both the LRU Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble.

The 2018 Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series will continue with the following speakers:

March 21, David Moore, president of Hickory Mechanical, Inc.;

March 28, Sheree B. Watson, chief executive officer of Graystone Eye; and

April 11, Alan Barnhardt, executive director of the Catawba Science Center.

The Alex Lee Leadership Lecture Series, sponsored by the LRU Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics in partnership with the Alex Lee Foundation, offers a unique opportunity to attend MBA level lectures and to learn from influential professionals both locally and nationally. The series is designed to help participants understand the dynamics of leadership and identify their own administrative traits and capabilities.

All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, contact Clem Geitner, LRU professor of business, at or 828.328.7346.

Meet New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Matthew Diffee Mar. 2

Hickory – Hickory Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Matthew Diffee for an evening of laughs and art on Friday, March 2. The evening will feature a two-part ticketed event beginning with the exhibit reception with the artist in HMA’s 2nd floor Coe Gallery from 6 – 7:30 PM. A second ticketed opportunity to interact with the artist will take place in The SALT Block’s Drendel Auditorium at 7:30 PM where the artist will discuss his creative process and motivation. The evening will culminate in a book-signing where ticket-holders will be encouraged to return to the Coe Gallery to spend more time with this versatile exhibit installation. An Evening with Matthew Diffee is presented in conjunction with his exhibition One Man Group Show: The Cartoons and Other Art of Matthew Diffee which opens officially on March 3 and runs through July 8.

Artist reception, talk, and book signing tickets are $30 for HMA Members and $50 for non-members. Tickets for the just the artist talk and book signing are $10 for HMA Members and $20 for non-members. Student tickets to the talk and book signing are $5; a valid student ID is required at door. Custom Cartoon Raffle tickets are also available for a chance to win a custom New Yorker-style cartoon by Matthew Diffee based on winner’s life. To purchase tickets or raffle ticket online, go to or if preferred, purchase in person at the museum.

Matthew Diffee was a painter first, of landscapes and abstractions, but then he became a cartoonist for The New Yorker Magazine. He kept painting but no one ever saw that work until now (unless you came to his house for some reason and looked under the bed). In One Man Group Show, Diffee shares his best cartoon art and the other art he’s been doing for the past twenty years.

Far from cartoony, Diffee’s cartoons stand out for their draftsmanship and aesthetic design. His single panel black and white cartoons appear in The New Yorker magazine. He also does long-form cartooning for Texas Monthly and Esquire, as well as illustrations for bluegrass bands like Punch Brothers and books by Stephen King.

One Man Group Show includes the original drawings for the cartoons and illustrations that have graced your coffee table and night stand. And for the first time, Diffee will exhibit his more traditional artistic endeavors: realist landscapes, abstract paintings, and collages.

Finally, an art museum exhibition where you’re encouraged to laugh at the art...well, some of it.

Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944 to collect, foster, and preserve American art. Eight works were collected that year. Today, almost 75 years later, the museum has evolved into an arts center featuring an extensive permanent collection of art objects across all mediums as well as a variety of education classes for all ages. Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit or call 828-327-8576.

LRU’s 5K On April 7 Celebrates Hickory; Early Sign-Up Til Mar. 27

Hickory - Lenoir-Rhyne University is proud to present the third annual LRU 5K on its main campus in Hickory, on Saturday, April 7 at 8:30 a.m. This exciting event is intended for community members of all ages and celebrates the bond between LRU and the City of Hickory.

The 5K features prizes for top-finishers, post-race refreshments, live music by singer-songwriter Casey Clark, giveaways, and other offerings from local business vendors.

Participants are welcome to run or walk the course at their own pace. The 5K route will start and finish in the heart of LRU’s campus on 7th Street NE, leading participants through the streets adjacent to the University. Early registration is open now through noon on Tuesday, March 27, and includes a T-shirt with the event’s vintage LR logo. While LRU will strive to provide all 5K participants with a T-shirt, those who do not sign up before the March 27 deadline will not be guaranteed a shirt. Additional T-shirts will be for sale at the event. Event day registration will be held between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Please visit to register.

LRU is thankful for the support of this year’s title sponsor, the University City Commission (UCC). The UCC is aimed at strengthening and broadening the relationship between the University and the City of Hickory. Its board seeks to grow LRU’s student body presence and interaction in Hickory, while also increasing the young adult population, enhancing the collegiate atmosphere, and promoting school pride throughout the community.

For more information on the 5K or to sponsor the event, contact Allie Bentley at or 828.328.7979.

Catawba Regional Hospice Seeks Volunteers

For March 24 Training Session In Newton

Newton, NC - Catawba Regional Hospice is seeking compassionate volunteers to offer friendship and companionship to patients and their families (no direct, hands on care required). Greeters are also needed to welcome visitors to our Catawba Valley and Sherrills Ford hospice houses. Patient support volunteers are needed throughout our 12-county service area.

The next volunteer training session will be held at Catawba Regional Hospice’s Catawba Valley campus, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton NC 28658 on Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no fee for the training.

The session is designed to educate volunteers on communicating effectively with patients and families, to showcase what hospice is, and to clarify the role of hospice volunteers.

To register for the March session or for more information about other upcoming training opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 828.466.0466 or via

Caldwell Co. Actors Play Major Roles In HCT’s The Hobbit, Mar. 9

Hickory - In The Hobbit, coming March 9th to the Hickory Community Theatre, the two major characters who drive the plot are Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield. In the Hickory production these roles are played by actors from Caldwell County.

Jordan A. Randall, a resident of Granite Falls, has the role of Gandalf, the wizard who persuades Bilbo Baggins to take an unexpected and perilous journey. Randall is a professional singer who studied theatre performance at Appalachian State University and has been a featured entertainer and actor at Tweetsie Railroad since 2013. Some of his favorite theatre roles are Jesus in The Darkest Side of Midnight, Poseidon in The Trojan Women and being part of Ensemble Christmas with Ensemble Stage for three consecutive seasons.

Thorin, the exiled ruler of the kingdom of dwarves, is played by Jill Roberts. She commutes from Lenoir where she works as a medical office assistant at Granite Falls Family Medical Care Center. This is her second season at HCT and her first leading role. Last year she was Marcellus and the Player Queen in Hamlet and a member of the ensemble for Rent. Her favorite roles with other theatres include Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Mrs. Pearce in Pygmalion.

HCT’s production of The Hobbit is a stage adaptation of the famous story that has enthralled millions of readers the world over. It’s the tale of a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who goes on a grand adventure with the powerful wizard Gandalf, and a band of unruly dwarves who want to reclaim their home from a fearsome dragon.

Performances of The Hobbit are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (Mar 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24); Thursdays at 7:30pm (Mar 15 & 22); and Sundays at 2:30pm (Mar 18 & 25.)

All seats are $18, seniors age 60+ are $16 and tickets for students and youth 18 and under are $10. On Thursday nights all adults and seniors are $14. Tickets are now on sale online at or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Friday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Hobbit is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Sunbelt Furniture Xpress.

Photo: Jill Roberts is Thorin Oakenshield and Jordan A. Randall is Gandalf in The Hobbit at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances begin on March 9th in the Jeffers Theatre. Click or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.
Photo by John Koval.

TAB Movie Screening This Sat., Feb. 24, At Ridgeview

Hickory - Grab your pillows and blankets and join the Ridgeview Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for a special movie screening on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 1 pm. The movie this month will be Lady and the Tramp and is open to individuals ages 10-14. Light refreshments will be provided.

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 1st Street and 7th Avenue SW, beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Nicole Morse at the Ridgeview Library, 828-345-6037 or or visit the library’s website at

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Is March 10 At Gallery 27 In Lincolnton

Lincolnton, NC - The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a Gallery 27 tradition. The purpose of this exhibit is to challenge artists to create outside their comfort zones, and provide collectors with fun and quirky original works of art. The participating artists are given mysterious prompts, or weird rules to ensure each exhibit is unpredictable in nature and a one-of-a-kind event.

This year’s challenge began with five initial artists who were invited to a secret group. They were then presented with this year’s theme and each was asked to invite five additional artists. Those artist invitees were then asked to invite five more artists; creating a viral “rabbit hole” effect. We are always excited to see which artists will join us on this annual artistic adventure.

The theme given for this year’s event is Wanderland: A Fairytale Forest and was inspired by a twist on Lewis Carroll’s fictional Wonderland. It’s hard to imagine a traditional fairy tale without an ancient forest. Create a work of art inspired by magical and timeless forests, real or imaginary. Let the woodlands inspire you by its ever changing environment; brimming with sounds, smells, and textures. Let the light and shade of the forest, spooky silhouettes of gnarly branches, darkest corners of sunlit clearings, and the stirrings of mythical creatures as your guide. Wanderland is waiting for you, so travel with your imagination.

Join us for the Tea Party on opening night and see what these artists have created. All work is available for purchase and will be sold in a silent auction. The auction will begin during the opening reception on March 10, from 7-9pm, and run until the last day of the show April 18, 2018. Gallery 27, 808 Highway 27 West, Lincolnton NC

LRU’s Institute Of Faith Hosts Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah On Mar. 1

Hickory - Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) will conclude its 2017-18 Speaker Series with a presentation by the Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel.

A sought-after speaker and a major voice of today’s evangelical social justice scene, Rah’s presentation titled, “The Necessity of Lament in a Broken World,” will provide a narrative of hope and healing for God’s people in a nation that is deeply divided and in a social reality that is profoundly broken.

Rah is Milton B. Engebretson professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. He was founding senior pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in Cambridge, Mass. Additionally, he was part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C., area, worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston, and mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches.

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah speaks March 1

He serves on the boards of Catalyst Leadership Center and Sojourners/Call to Renewal. He has been an active member of the Boston Ten-Point Coalition, an urban ministry working with at-risk youth, and is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers.

Rah’s latest book, Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning, was published in January 2018. He is also the author of Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Cultural Captivity, and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, winner of an Outreach magazine book award. Rah co-authored Return to Justice: Six Movements that Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience and Forgive Us.

A graduate of Columbia University, Rah received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and history/sociology. He earned his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, his Master of Theology from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Rah lives in Chicago with his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah.

The event is free and open to public. For more information, visit or contact Jonathan Schwiebert, LRU professor of religious studies, at or by calling 828.328.7184.

The IFL Speaker Series invites prominent religious figures and authors to share their work and beliefs with audiences at LRU and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). The IFL at LRU, in conjunction with the Academy for Faith and Leadership (AFL) at LTSS, endeavors to provide programming that contributes to and enriches a culture of the intellect that is theologically based. Its programs are directed to Christians of all traditions.

Catawba Co. Senior Nutrition To Take Part In

16th Annual March For Meals Celebration

Newton, NC - Catawba County Senior Nutrition Program announced today that it will be participating in the 16th annual March for Meals – a month-long, community-by-community celebration of Meal on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home. Catawba County Senior Nutrition known as Catawba County Meals on Wheels will celebrate with various activities throughout the month of March, including “Spirit Night” March 21 at Atlanta Bread (1756 Catawba Valley Blvd SE) and Salsarita’s (944 2nd Street NE) from 5 – 9 pm. Proceeds will go to purchase meals for seniors. March 23 will be an Open House at Senior Nutrition Services from 1-3 pm with refreshments, a drawing to win a $100 gift card from Café Rule if you come and sign up to be a volunteer or if you are a current volunteer and bring a new volunteer. Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is located at 507 Boundary Street Conover, NC. During the month, city and county officials will be delivering meals to MOW recipients to show their support of our homebound seniors and the Meals on Wheels Program.

”The services that we provide the seniors of Catawba County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Jan Shaffer, Senior Nutrition Manager, of Catawba County Senior Nutrition Program. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Catawba County Senior Nutrition served 1528 Catawba County seniors and provided 139,823 meals during FY 2016-2017 through several nutrition programs: Seniors Morning Out, a half day congregate meal program, Meals on Wheels, Special Frozen Meal Program and the Nutritional Supplement Program. More than 1000 dedicated volunteers help with the programs and the nutrition program could not operate without their support.

The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs will rally their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's most at-risk seniors all year long,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With the demand for Meals on Wheels increasing along with our country’s senior population, we need to ensure that seniors are not forgotten.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Catawba County call 828-695-5610.

Help Others, Give Blood In March At These Locations

Hickory - Give blood and help save local lives! Donate blood with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Call 1-888-59-BLOOD or visit to make an appointment at any location.

More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website CBCC has donation centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, and Greensboro ( for center hours).

March 2, 2018
AMC Hickory 15, 2000 Catawba Valley Blvd Southeast, Hickory, NC 28602. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Free ticket voucher for donors!
March 11, 2018
Hickory Church of Christ, 1218 Fairgrove Church Rd SE, Conover, NC 28613, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
March 17, 2018
AMC Hickory 15, 2000 Catawba Valley Blvd Southeast, Hickory, NC 28602. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Free ticket voucher for donors!
March 17, 2018
Hickory Crawdads, 2500 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory, NC 28601. 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Online Job Searching On Thurs., Mar. 1, At Ridgeview Library

Hickory - Are you trying to re-enter the work force or move forward in your career? Nicole Morse, Branch Manager of the Ridgeview Branch Library, is hosting a course on Thursday, March 1, beginning at 5:30 pm to offer tips and tricks for online job hunting. Most employers today post their open positions online. Do you know the best ways to find them? This program will help you learn how to navigate the strongest online job searching tools available and how to recognize which postings are authentic and which are misleading. Space is limited, so please call to register by Monday, February 26th.

Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 1st Street and 7th Avenue SW, beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Nicole Morse at the Ridgeview Library, 828-345-6037 or or visit the library’s website at

RockyFest Trail Races April 21, Register By April 8, Save Money

Alexander County, NC - RockyFest 2018 is just around the corner, set for Saturday, April 21 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area. To kick off the event, there will be 4.5-mile, 9.0-mile, and 13.5-mile trail races beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Alexander County residents, as well as active and retired county employees, emergency service personnel, military, and teachers may participate for FREE this year. Free registrations should be done via the PDF registration form and submitted via mail, email, or in person.  If you don’t fall into one of these categories, the fee for either race is only $25 if postmarked by April 8, with an additional $10 fee at a later date, including race day. T-shirts are not included with free or paid registrations, so please include $10 more if you want a race t-shirt. Visit to learn more about the race, view the course map, and register. Please note that even those running for free must register.

The start and finish line for all races is at the new multipurpose building at Rocky Face Park, which is located at 3645 Rocky Face Church Road in Hiddenite.

The 2018 RockyFest course is new this year, but it is very beautiful and challenging. Runners will start at the multipurpose building and continue on Grindstone Trail, turn right at the campground area, and up the popular but difficult Stairway to Heaven Trail. At the intersection at the top of the hill, turn right onto Hollow Rock Trail, up the loop, turn right on Short Cut Trail, back down to Hollow Rock Trail, turn right and travel to intersection of Grindstone and Prison Camp Trail. Then runners will turn right and travel Prison Camp Trail to the bottom, turn left on Buzzard Loop Trail up to Hollow Rock Trail, then turn right on Grindstone Trail back to the finish line. That’s one lap which equals 4.5 miles. If you choose the 9.0-mile event, complete the course twice, and three times for the 13.5-mile event.

Since it is a new course this year, there will be new course records. Any runner who can complete one loop in less than 40 minutes, two loops in less than 80 minutes, or three loops in less than 120 minutes will receive a refund of their registration fee (t-shirt cost not included).

The RockyFest Trail Races are included in the Alexander County Running Points Challenge. Special awards will go to the top three (3) overall males and females in each race. Masters awards will be presented to the first male and female (age 40+) in each race. All finishers will receive a custom medal.

Race numbers and t-shirts may be picked up at the Rocky Face Park Multipurpose Building on Friday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on race day from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Late registrations will also be accepted at those times.

For more information, visit or contact race director Rick French at or (828) 632-9332.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on April 21, RockyFest 2018 will continue with live music, children’s activities, free rock climbing and rappelling classes, food, arts/crafts vendors, and more. The music lineup will include Gap Civil at 10:00, Spencer Branch at 11:00, Cane Mill Road at 12:00, Crooked Road Ramblers at 1:00, The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters at 2:00, and Five Mile Mountain Road at 3:00 p.m. Flatfoot dancer Rodney Sutton will be performing throughout the day.. There will also be a picking tent, so bring your instrument and join in the fun. For more information about the RockyFest 2018 event, contact Alisha Stamey at or (828) 632-1308, or visit

Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber Classics III

The Tesla Quartet: Past & Present

February 17, 2018
By W. Gerald Cochran

Hickory - The Tesla Quartet presented their third concert of the season in the Drendel Auditorium of the Catawba Valley Arts and Science Center Saturday with a concert featuring works old and new and in between. The concert opened with a transcription of four madrigals by Don Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613) arranged by Ross Snyder, one of the violinists in the Tesla Quartet. Gesualdo is best known for his madrigals, which are secular songs for multiple voice parts, and were very common in the Renaissance. Gesualdo’s music was very experimental for his era, and many of his harmonies were centuries before their time. The four played at this concert share a theme of darkness and despair.

The fourth madrigal played – Sospirava il mio core – became the foundation for the next work performed, “Portrait of Gesualdo,” String Quartet No. 4 by Matthias Pintscher (born 1971). Pintscher is a German composer and conductor, currently living in New York. To the “classical” ear, his works are very modern, and this quartet is no exception. It consists of many sounds, some musical and some not, in varying tempos and rhythms, with a melodic phrase, a quotation from the original madrigal, inserted every now and then. On the whole, while this quartet may have been an aural assault to some, there were many in the audience who liked the piece, and certainly, everyone appreciated the difficulty of the composition and the work and energy that were required to play it. In that, the Tesla Quartet performed stunningly.

The program concluded with the String Quartet in D by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Respighi was an Italian composer who is probably best known for his tone poems about Rome, and who has an extensive catalog of other compositions. The quartet is in the traditional form of four movements. It is based on romantic themes, and was a pleasant conclusion for the concert. Of course, it, too, was played with lush beauty by the members of the Tesla Quartet.

As an encore, they played the first movement of String Quartet No. 4 by Hugo Kauder (1888-1972). Kauder was an Austrian composer who spent some time in 1945 at Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, NC. Although composed in 1927 in Vienna, it was first presented at the college in 1945. This was a very enjoyable and lovely movement, with hints of fiddle music here and there, and played with expertise and zeal. The Tesla Quartet will be presenting the entire work at the Black Mountain Museum and Arts Center in Asheville on February 23rd.

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