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March 15, 2018

LRU’s Visiting Writers Mar. 21 Are Dublin Writers The Heaney’s

Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) will present Marie and Catherine Heaney, writers who were born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday, March 21 in Belk Centrum from 7 to 8 p.m.

Marie and Catherine Heaney are the wife and daughter respectively of the late Seamus Heaney, a Nobel Prize for Literature award recipient. Both are dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and legacy of Seamus Heaney.

Traditional Irish songs will be played by Martha Geouge Hill, a harpist for the Blue Mountain Harpers Society in Asheville, and Stone’s Throw, a local Celtic quartet. Hill was awarded the 2017 Clan Donald Land Trust’s Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for best senior harper at the Scotland County Highland Games in October 2017. Marie Heaney will read poems during musical interludes.

Catherine Heaney

Marie Heaney has written numerous books including the highly-acclaimed, “Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends.” She wrote and illustrated a children’s book on the same topic titled, “The Names Upon the Harp.” Marie Heaney has edited several anthologies, including “Heart’s Mysteries: 50 Poems from Ireland to Touch the Soul” and “A Sunday Miscellany.” Her most recent anthology, “All Through the Night: Night Poems & Lullabies,” was published in 2016. The book was written in memory of Seamus Heaney, whose favorite song was Johannes Brahms, “Lullaby,” and was dedicated to their three grandchildren, Anna Rose, Aibhín, and Síofra.

Marie Heaney

Catherine Heaney received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trinity College Dublin. She works as a freelance writer and editor, most recently editing a volume of essays, “Trinity Tales,” published by The Lilliput Press in 2016. She is a director of the Seamus Heaney Estate and works with publishers and various institutions to continue promoting his works around the world. Catherine Heaney previously worked as an editor at European based publishing houses, Fourth Estate and Faber and Faber, and she directed the creative-writing school at Faber Academy. She currently lives in London.

The series will continue with the following authors:
March 22, 2018
Zadie Smith and Nick Laird
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.
April 14, 2018
Robert Beatty
P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 12 – 1 p.m.
April 19, 2018
Terry Gifford
Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

The VWS has provided outstanding literary arts programming that is free and open to the public for the past 29 years. Each year, the VWS invites authors to tell the stories behind their own works in a relaxed environment before an audience filled with campus and community members. The Writers Series’ mission is to build a community of readers, because it believes a community that reads is a more creative, open, and tolerant community. The VWS believes the beauty and power of words help people make sense of the world. Children’s writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, and novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word.

High School Students Set To March In Hickory

To Demand End To Gun Violence: Sat., March 24

Hickory - Leading a call to action in the wake of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, students from Hickory-area local high schools will hold a march in demand of government action toward safer schools. To be held the same day as the larger event in Washington, D.C. and similar student-led marches across the country, March For Our Lives Hickory will begin at 10am March 24, 2018 at the YMCA Teen Center where speakers, including former mayoral candidate Will Locke, prominent local educators, and student organizers will address those in attendance. After the speakers, demonstrators will march from the YMCA to Union Square downtown.

From March for Our Lives’ mission statement: The mission and focus of March for Our Lives is to create a reality in which all students, faculty, and educational administrators feel safe, secure, protected, and valued attending school.

We demand governmental action to reach this goal. We believe in the right of a quality education for all and see the rampant gun violence plaguing our country as a horrific violation of that right.

Every day, an average of 7 children and teenagers are killed by guns in the United States. How many children have to die before we take action? We refuse to stand idly by while our lives and the lives of our peers are threatened and senselessly taken each and every day. We cannot, in good conscience, allow our leaders to sit in comfortable complacency while they deprive us of the very right to life they are sworn to protect. We demand the U.S. Congress and the North Carolina Legislature to:

1. Pass a comprehensive and effective bill requiring universal background checks nationwide. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of this critical legislation.

2. Pass legislation banning the sale of assault weapons to civilians nationwide.

3 Raise the legal age for the purchase of firearms.

4. Require and enforce mental health reporting to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in all states.

5. Allocate and prioritize proper mental health care resources for schools and communities. In addition to calling for comprehensive gun control legislation, we wish to start a conversation about improving the mental health care system in America.

All concerned citizens, regardless of age or political orientation, are encouraged to attend. Wantto get involved? Connect with March For Our Lives Hickory on Instagram(@marchforourliveshickory) or Facebook. Want to contribute? Check out our GoFundMe page at

For more information about March For Our Lives Hickory, please email Brock Pate at:

For more information regarding the nationwide demonstration, visit

Pinwheels For Prevention Is Wed., April 4, At Zahra’s Playground

Hickory - You are invited to participate in our upcoming Pinwheels for Prevention/Vigil to Remember Ceremony. It will be on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at noon at the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground in Kiwanis Park. The park is located at 805 6th Street SE, Hickory, NC. The ceremony will begin at noon and last about an hour.

We will have one of the largest Pinwheel Gardens in North Carolina with 2000 pinwheels planted at the playground. These are available for purchase, and we encourage you to buy some and take them back to plant at your home or office. They are $2 each.

The Vigil portion of the ceremony will remember all the children in North Carolina who died in 2016 as a result of abuse and/or neglect at the hands of a parent or caregiver. Teresa Bentley’s art students at Hickory High School have hand painted an age appropriate t-shirt for each child. These will be hung up on a clothes line as each name is read and the bell rings. This should be a very meaningful ceremony that will include an original piece of music written just for this event by Peter Corneliussen called “Rescue Me.” It will be performed by Peter and sung by Caroline Collins.

For more information, contact Connie Engart, Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center Outreach and Education Coordinator: Call 828-465-8162 or visit

Long View Lions’ Annual Bass Fishing Tourney Is March 24

Lake Hickory - The Long View Lions Club will host their 2nd Annual Rotary Drill Classic Team Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, March 24th from 7am to 3pm at Lake Hickory- Wittenburg Access in Alexander County. The tournament is named in honor of their 1st and 2nd Place and Big Bass Pot cooperate sponsor and is not affiliated with the Rotary Club. Proceeds from the fishing tournament will be used to support Long View Lions Club charities.

Entry fee on day of the event is $90 cash only. All tournament rules should be read carefully before signing and completed entry form and fee when registering. Entry fee includes Big Bass Pot and Skeeter Real Money Available. Guarantee Prizes include:

First Place-$1000; Second Place-$500;

Third Place-$300; Fourth Place-$200; Big Bass Pot-$500
Second Biggest Bass-$200; Top Adult/Child Team-$150.
Top Senior Team-$150.
Top Husband & Wife Team-$150.

The Long View Lions Club would like to thank their sponsors including Rotary Drive Service; Vessco Toyota Life, Steve White Motors; Dickinson Service Center; Cargo Transporters; and Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. Without the generous support and sponsorship from these businesses, it would have been impossible for the Long View Lions Club to host their 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament.

Who are the Lions? Where There Is A Need... There's a Lions Club.... When it comes to meeting the challenges, Lions Club International, response and motto is "We Serve." Founded in 1917, Lions Club International, the world's largest coeducation service organization, has over 1.4 million members in over 47,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographic area throughout the world. The Long View Lions Club was organized on May 9,1950 and chartered on June 30, 1950.

For more information regarding locating your local Lions Club, please check out the following websites and facebook pages:

Lions Club International: NC Lions, Inc., or telephone: 1-828-478-2135. Also, Long View Lions Club Facebook page..

Post-Polio Meet-up On Monday, March 19, 6pm, In Shelby

Shelby, NC - At this month's meeting, Mr. Tom Forney will give a program about his life experiences. The date is Monday, March 19th, at 6pm. Everyone attending should bring their meal. Coffee, and water will be provided. If you are a polio survivor and would like to attend, we would love to see you there! Feel free to bring a caregiver with you. For more information you may call Wanda-Greg Horne at 704-482-8807 or Dianne Garner 704-434-4928.

The location is the Life Enrichment Center off Hwy 18 North or 110 Life Enrichment Blvd, Shelby, NC 28150.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, This

Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, At Belk Centrum

Hickory - Carolina Broadway Theatre Company (CBTC) is proud to present the classic Off-Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown this weekend at The Belk Centrum Theatre on Lenoir-Rhyne University’s campus.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a delightfully infectious musical that has charmed audiences for close to 50 years. From the trials of first loves and little league championships to battles with book reports and kite-eating trees, audiences are invited to spend a day in the life of the inept but ever-hopeful Charlie Brown as he searches for what it means to be a good person, finding unexpected answers from his friends Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, and Snoopy.

The cast of Charlie Brown, playing this weekend only

This is the inaugural production by the students of theHUB@CBTC. TheHUB is a Performing Arts homeschool co-op for Middle and High School students. In addition to their homeschool curriculum, these students gather for performing arts electives, such as Shakespeare, Music Theory, and Songwriting.

This production will be competing for the Blumey Awards to be awarded in May at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. The mission of the Blumeys is recognize, reward and encourage talent and achievement in musical theater among high school students in the greater Charlotte area. The Blumey Awards highlight the importance of musical theater and arts education.

This production is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina.

Performance dates and show times: Friday, March 16 at 7pm and Saturday March 17 at 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling our box office (828) 330-0182. Adults $15; Seniors $10; Students $8. Group discounts are available.

Rotarian Idol Contest Set For Sat., March 24, At PE Monroe

Hickory - The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory has announced dates for its musical fundraiser, “ROTARIAN IDOL.” The event will be held Saturday, March 24, at 7pm in PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory is grateful for the tremendous financial support provided by area businesses for our 2018 fundraiser. Event sponsors include Lenoir Rhyne University, Catawba Valley Community College, 1290 WHKY Talk Radio, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Focus Newspaper and Kicks 103.3 FM, Hickory Toyota, Hickory Crawdads, Vesco, Robert Abbey and Frye Regional Medical Center.

With the tremendous outpouring of support by local artists performing in the event, by area residents attending the event and event sponsorships and ad sales promoting local businesses, The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory has raised more than $500,000 through Rotarian Idol competitions in the last eight years, and the bulk of the proceeds have remained in the community, supporting vital educational programs such as Imagination Library, student scholarships and annual Teacher of the Year recognition.

Ticket Sales Locations Announced

Tickets for this year’s event are $20. One child, 12 and under, admitted with each paying adult. Each ticket includes a coupon for a free oil change and filter at Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota. Tickets may be purchased from any Hickory Rotary Club member or at three convenient locations.

Purchase Tickets On-Line or at the following locations:
Hickory Public Schools Administrative Offices, 432 4th Ave SW in Hickory, 828-322-2855.
Hickory Community Theater, 30 3rd Street NW (Downtown), 828-327-3855.
Office Furniture USA, 1427 2nd Street, NE (Viewmont HWY 127), 828-345-6200.

Please spread the word about Rotarian Idol to others. Also, if you are interested in purchasing an ad ($500, $250, $150) in the 2018 Rotarian Idol program, please contact Lynn Loehr at 828-310-7648, e-mail or Sandi Fotheringham at 828-320-9429,

Fan Club Thursday At The Hobbit, 6:30pm At HCT! It’s Elf Ear Time!

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s fantasy adventure drama The Hobbit continues its performance run this weekend in the Jeffers Theatre, starting off with a very special “Fan Club Thursday” event March 15th at 6:30pm, just for fans of the stories of Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins will be there for a meet and greet with the guests.

“We started “Fan Club Thursdays” in January to celebrate our loyal patrons and encourage newcomers,” said Pamela Livingstone, Artistic Director. “This time around we’re reaching out to the fans of Tolkien’s books with a special offer. We’re encouraging Hobbit lovers to dress up as their favorite character or even just pop on some elf ears. Those who do will be rewarded with a special Hobbit related goodie.”

Since not everyone might have a Hobbit costume, patrons have the option of bringing in a copy of any of Tolkien’s books for Bilbo to autograph. Thursday night is also the Theatre’s discounted admission night, with adult tickets just $14.

Performances of The Hobbit are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (Mar 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: Matt Finch is Gollum, a strange creature who threatens Bilbo Baggins in the Hickory Community Theatre’s production of the Hobbit, continuing this weekend in the Jeffers Theatre. Go to or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information. Photo by Ken Burns.

Free Karma Yoga Classes At Library Each Wednesday At 6pm

Hickory - Join Yoga Instructor Ms. Pradnya (aka Swati) at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library for free Karma Yoga classes every Wednesday at 6:00 pm. Prior yoga experience is not necessary and classes can be joined at any time. Simple, safe and practical yoga stretches and movements are taught to help the Karma yogis relax as well as strengthen the mind-body-spirit. Pradnya offers modifications to people with little to no mobility. The pay it forward class put emphasis on mindfulness and universal meditation based on the concept of good 'Karma' (deeds). This class is NOT a substitute for any medical or mental health issues. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Pradnya began offering free Karma Yoga classes to the community at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Wednesdays 8 years ago as part of her pay it forward service. She has been practicing yoga since the age of 5 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. She holds E-RYT, RCYT & YACEP Yoga Alliance credentials and has over 20 years of teaching experience. Pradnya has been helping people to enhance their overall wellness with practical yoga solutions through her therapy practice at Yoga Reflection. Pradnya also offers yoga workshops and classes for children and adults at the City of Hickory's Neill Clark Recreation Center. For more details, visit

Karma Yoga is offered at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm. The class is free and open to adults and teens and to children 10 to 16 with an accompanying adult. For more information, please call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235.

Piedmont Percussion Spring Concert Is Sunday, March 24

Hickory - The Piedmont Percussion Program is excited to announce their Spring Concert on Sunday, March 25 at 4pm at First United Methodist of Hickory beside the SALT BLOCK. The concert will be in the CLC and is free and open to the public.

The concert will followed this spring by a day tour of performances to 3 schools including Longview Elementary, St. Stephens Lutheran School, and Clyde Campbell Elementary.

P3, under the direction of Rick Cline, is a nationally recognized community percussion program with over 50 kids ages 5 to 18 from the surrounding area. Participants get to learn and perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments from timpani, snare, mallets, drum set, African drums and so much more. Rehearsals are one hour on Sundays for 12 wks Aug - Nov. and Jan - April, at the SALT block. In addition P3 has 2 community steel drum bands, Pandemic (for teens) and Steel Groovin' (adults).

The concert will be filled with fun percussion ensemble pieces and will also have an appearance by the Pandemic steel drum band, the Hickory High percussion ensemble, and the Styx and Stones percussion group.

P3 will offer a workshop on African Drumming June 18-22, 7:30-8:30pm and a workshop on Steel Drums, June 18- 22, 6-7:30pm. For more information please visit or text 828-320-2959.
P3’s 2017 Concert

FOCUS Seeks Models For Its 40th Anniversary

Swimsuit Issue! Enter By April 12, Details Below!

Hickory - Celebrating 40 years in print this year, FOCUS announces its annual Swimsuit & Summer Guide issue, on the stands Thursday, May 24!

The deadline to submit a photo to be a swimsuit model in FOCUS’ 2017 Swimsuit/Summer Guide Issue is Thursday, April 12th, at midnight.

The contest is presented by Michelob Ultra.

Again this year, women and men of all types, sizes and ages over 18 are encouraged to submit a photograph and try for a chance to be a part of this famous issue of FOCUS.

Email your photo—it can be just a clear cell phone photo, waist up, with a big smile on your face—to Include your home, business and or cell phone number as well as your address. You will receive a response from FOCUS to confirm your entry. If you don’t receive a response within a day or two, please call the FOCUS office to let us know.

All FOCUS models chosen to appear in the issue will be notified via email or telephone by the end of the day Monday, April 16th. Call FOCUS at 828-322-1036 for more information. See the ads on page 15 and 11 this week.

If you were chosen to model for FOCUS in 2016 or before, feel free to enter again! Models chosen for 2017’s issue will have to wait a year to re-enter the contest.

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

The 16th Annual Hickory Hops beer festival will be held on April 21, 2018, from 1 till 6pm. The festival is organized by Hickory Downtown Development Association and hosted by Olde Hickory Brewery at 232 Government Ave. SW, Hickory, NC 28602.

It offers plenty for everyone, from inexperienced beer novices to hardened beer fest veterans anxious for something unusual. The festival will feature live music and will take place rain or shine. No one under 21 will be allowed to enter, including non-drinkers/designated drivers; no coolers, no children, and no pets please. Tickets to sample beers are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the festival.

Tickets are on sale at Amos Howards Restaurant & Brew Pub and online at Designated driver tickets are $10. Hickory Hops is sponsored by R.H. Barringer, United Beverages, Focus Newspaper and First Security Insurance. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

Hickory Community Theatre’s current production is The Hobbit, playing through March 25. FOCUS recommends this production, it’s very good. Thursdays (beginning March 15) 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 and Sundays (beginning March 18), 2:30pm. Rated PG for surly dwarves and the quite scary Golum.

Ticket prices are Adults, $18 ($14 Thursdays!); Seniors, $16 and Youth & Students $10. For tickets go to or call 828.328.2283.

Feeling a little shy about posing in a swimsuit, but really want to enter? No worries, Hickory area professional photographer & sponsor Spencer Huffman of Pixelated Perceptions will photograph our models for the Swimsuit/Summer Guide, and he’s a great man to work with. The models always say they have so much fun!

Photographs may also be mailed to Focus Contest, P.O. Box 1721, Hickory, NC, 28603.

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

FOCUS’ Summer Guide is a handy reference for things to do & see - festivals, historic sites, amusement parks, conventions, all within a day’s drive of Western North Carolina. Be sure to pick up this issue on May 24th to plan a great summer!

Remember, the email address is! FOCUS is looking forward to hearing from you!
Photo by Spencer Huffman

Benefit Used Book Sale Is March 22-24 At Bethlehem Fire Dept.

Bethlehem, NC - Mysteries, romance, westerns and more! That’s just a few of the categories you’ll find among the thousands of used books for sale next week at the eighth annual used book sale. The sale will benefit the Alexander County Library, Bethlehem Branch, and is scheduled for March 22-24. The location is the Bethlehem Fire Department, 7373 NC Highway 127, in Bethlehem. Sale sponsor is the Friends of the Library, Bethlehem Branch.

Special hours on Thursday, March 22, are arranged for those who are members of the Bethlehem or Taylorsville Friends of the Library. Those hours are 9-12 noon. Regular book sale hours are Thursday, March 22, noon to 6pm, Friday, March 23, 9am to 6pm and Saturday, March 24, 9am-2pm. Reasonable prices on all items with special pricing available on Saturday.

Individuals who purchase a Friends’ membership at the time of sale can take advantage of early shopping hours. Book dealers can also come during special hours for a $25 donation to the Friends. A one your membership can be purchased at the library prior to the sale or at the sale. Membership is $10 for individuals, $15 for family and $8 for seniors.

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

Bright Star Celebrates Women In Sat., Mar. 17 Show At Library

Hickory - March is Women’s History Month and Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is celebrating with an inspiring performance by Bright Star Theatre on Saturday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. This nationally acclaimed children’s theatre company will present We Can Do It! American Women in History, an exploration of the lives and work of some notable American women. From Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony, this play celebrates the courageous women who have helped shape our country. The whole family is sure to enjoy this enlightening and entertaining production.

This program is free and open to the public. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Town Of Hudson’s NC Butterfly Festival Is Fri. & Sat., May 4 & 5

Hudson, NC - The oldest festival in Caldwell County, the North Carolina Butterfly Festival, will kick off at Redwood Park in Hudson with a 5K Butterfly Run and Caterpillar Crawl at 8 AM. The Arts and Crafts Festival will run from 9 AM until 4 PM on Central Street in Downtown Hudson.

There will be one quarter mile of vendors, with booths for food, arts and crafts. There will be a beer and wine garden and there will be entertainment and games for kids. There will be a butterfly release at Noon.

Following the festival, from 5 – 7 PM, the Extraordinaires will provide a free concert in Hickman Windmill Park, behind Hudson Town Hall. The Extraordinaires perform soul, beach and pop music. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs.

On Friday, May 4th, there will be a Cruise-In from 5 – 8 PM in front of the Local Bean on Central Street.

For more information, you may call Hudson Town Hall at 728-8272. Vendor applications are currently being accepted by going on line at, by calling 828.726-1009 or by going by Gold Mine Jewelers on Main Street of Hudson.

Former Death Row Inmate Ray Hinton Speaks Tues.,

March 20, At CVCC And At Newton Courthouse

Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read Committee will hold the “Just Mercy” capstone event by hosting keynote speaker Anthony Ray Hinton on Tues., March 20.

Hinton was on Alabama’s death row when Bryan Stevenson’s book “Just Mercy” was first published. His experience of being exonerated for crimes he did not commit is nearly identical to those of the individuals about whom Stevenson writes.

Hinton will appear Tues., March 20, at 11 a.m., in the Tarlton Complex located on the main campus in Hickory. He will also appear at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton at 6 p.m. Both appearances are free and open to the public.

Ray Hinton

Stevenson and attorneys at the Equal Justice Initiative worked tirelessly to free Hinton after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row. Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973 and the sixth in the state of Alabama. Hinton will speak about his experiences during his incarceration and how he is adjusting to life outside prison walls.

During the college’s year-long examination of “Just Mercy,” students from various core disciplines were challenged to consider themselves as part of a larger community and society. The experience highlights diversity through critical thinking, study and research. The college also partnered with the Catawba County Library to provide programming that has focused on the criminal justice system.

The project is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County, the CVCC Quality Enhancement Plan, and generous donations by sponsors and attorneys at law Joel C. Harbinson, Robert E. Campbell, and Kimberly S. Taylor.

Individuals with a disability needing accommodations should contact CVCC’s Counselor for Students with Disabilities at least 72 hours in advance to allow time to arrange the services at 828-327-7000, ext. 4222, or

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Group At WRC Monday, 3/19

Hickory - The Hickory Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group resumes from its seasonal hiatus on March 19, 2018. The monthly meetings will be held at Women’s Resource Center on the third Monday of each month from 1:00-2:30 PM. Registration is not required to attend.

If you or a family member, friend or significant other are living with the challenges of chronic pain related to fibromyalgia or some other health related condition, joining the group should be beneficial to you.

Membership is free. Members benefit from the SUPPORT and encouragement gained from other members of the group, access to information about recently published research, medications, and techniques for pain management, and empowerment strategies for managing their personal lives and interpersonal relationships. The support group will be facilitated by psychologist, Dr. Sara E. Stevenson, PhD. Guest speakers from various health disciplines will also be invited to share valuable information with the group.

WRC is located at 125 Third St. NE. If you have questions please call 828/322-6333 or e-mail inquiries to

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