Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in May including Mother’s Day celebrations and cookouts.

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or better is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 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: May 1, Planning for a Funeral with Mitchell from Burke Mortuary; May 3, Shopping at Walmart; May 7, Medicare Fraud and Scams with Diane Trainor; May 10, Antidepressant Medications with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; May 14, Mother’s Day Waffle Breakfast and performance by Damascus Road; May 15, Trip to Mt. Airy, NC: May 17, Stress Relieving and Exercise with Kathy Campbell from Brookdale Senior Living; May 21, Intro to 6 week Diabetes Course with Dorene King; May 24, Cooking Class-Fresh Black Bean Salad; May 29, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; May 31, Cookout with entertainment from Cameron Matthews. 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: May 1, Dementia Conversations with Julie Cook-Walker from Alzheimer’s Association; May 3, Tornado Awareness and Prevention with Terri Byers from Hickory Fire Department; May Vision Presentation with Greg Morgan from Services for the Blind. May 10, Mother’s Day Celebration with Sentimental Journey; May 14, CPR Training with Melanie Sigmon from Catawba County EMS; May 15, Antidepressant Medications with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; May16, Craft Class- Colorful Coasters; May 21, Cooking Class-Granola Breakfast Bars with Shanda Nichols; May 23, Music by Damascus Road; May 29, Gospel Music with Barbie Hollar and Friends. 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 Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: May 2, Music by Sentimental Journey; May 3, Antidepressants with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; May 7, Shopping at Walmart and Lunch at 321 Café; May 8, Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer and Making Lotion with Ruthie Hill; May 10, Mather’s Day Rainbow Tea-ladies wear your hats; May15, Trip to Mt. Airy, NC; May 16, Create Chocolate Flowers with Denise Fuchs from Bloombaes; May 22, Cooking Class- Vanilla Pudding for National Vanilla Pudding Day; May 30, Electric Slide for National Senior Health and Fitness Day with Ruthie Hill. 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: May 1, Celebrate Older Americans Month by giving back-bring canned goods!; May 8, Bowling an Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; May 9, Medicare Fraud with Diane Trainor; May 10, Mother’s Day Strawberry and Ice Cream Social; May 15 Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; May 16, Benefits of Lemon Water and Lemon Treat Tasting; May17, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; May 22, Medical Conditions of the Ear with Bill Beck from Mountain Ear Hearing; May 24, Movie Day: “Fun with Dick and Jane” at the Sherrills Ford Library; May 29, Music by Sentimental Journey. 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: May 1, Bingo with Fara and Lille, May 3, Honor Mothers and Kick Ball; May 7, All About Eggs and Cholesterol; May 8, Shopping at Dollar General and Lunch at Untouchables; May 9, Craft Class-American Flags for Memorial Day; May 14, How To Take Care of Your Feet with Annie Williams; May15, Cooking Class-Red White and Blue Pancakes; May 16, Are you Older, Wiser, or Wider?; May 21, Nutrition and the Elderly; May 23, Medicare Fraud with Diane Trainor; May 24, Senior Games Fun Walk and Cookout in Maiden Park; May 29, Antidepressants with Terry Spencer with Vaya Health. 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. 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