Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in December, including craft classes and holiday parties.

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or older is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 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: Dec 3, Movie Day: “Christmas Choir”; Dec 4, Cooking Class-Pineapple Cream Cheese Pecan Snowball Cookies; Dec 6, Melodears to perform; Dec 11, Christmas music with Seniors on the Move; Dec 13, Christmas Party and Lunch at the Highland Rec Center; Dec 17, Craft Class- Painting Christmas Masks; Dec 19, Christmas Lunch at Western Steer with Gift Exchange and entertainment by Sentimental Journey; Dec 20, Trip to Wytheville, VA. 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: Dec 3, Christmas Stories and Songs with Nancy Frady; Dec 4, Christmas Party- bring $1 gift for Dirty Santa; Dec 5, Cooking Class- Crockpot Hot Cocoa for National Hot Cocoa Day; Dec 6, Substance Abuse in Older Adults with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health; Dec 10, Movie Day at Patrick Beaver Library: “The Preacher’s Wife”; Dec 12, Craft Class- Fingerprint Art; Dec 13, Sentimental Journey to perform; Dec 19, Christmas Breakfast at Hart and Soul the Shopping at Walmart. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at Lifepoint Church Hickory, 2123 Fifth St NE, Hickory: Dec 4, Craft Class- Christmas Cards with Suzy Killian; Dec 5, Sentimental Journey to perform; Dec 10, Dealing with the Loss of a loved One with Sandy Hood, Carolina Caring; Dec 11, Red Lobster for Lunch and Shopping at Valley Hills Mall; Dec 12, Cooking Class- Chex Merry Grinch Mix; Dec 13, Craft Class- Reindeer Candy Jars with Suzy Killian; Dec 18, John 3:16 Sing Along; Dec 19, Christmas Gift Exchange. 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 Rd, Sherrills Ford: Dec 4, Shopping at Hamrick’s and Lunch at Harbor Inn Seafood; Dec 5, Catawba County Senior Health Needs Assessment by Bria Gadsden, Catawba County Public Health; Dec 6, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; Dec 11, Stress Management During the Holidays with Lupe Avalos, CVMC; Dec 12, Cooking Class- Peanut Butter Blossoms and Christmas Music Quiz; Dec 13, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Dec 18, Christmas Party and Trivia; Dec 19, Music by BHHS Chorus. 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, 207 E Klutz St, Maiden: Dec 3, Bingo and Can Topical Joint Creams Be Harmful? with Annie Williams; Dec 4, Christmas Shopping at Hamrick’s then Lunch at PDQ; Dec 5, Cooking Class- Christmas Trail Mix and Christmas Family Feud; Dec 6, West Side Baptist Church Choir to sing; Dec 11, Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders with Vaya Health; Dec 12, Craft Class- Christmas Wreaths; Dec 17, Christmas Pizza Party with entertainment from Cameron Matthews; Dec 19, Christmas Bingo. 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 8:00am and noon, Monday – Thursday. Please call 828-695-5617, 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 http://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at http://www.MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.org.

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 www.ccunitedway.com
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