Hickory – Participants will enjoy a variety of activities in December including holiday programs and craft classes.

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 2, Christmas Music on Piano with Barbara Hollo; Dec 7, Holiday Wreath Decorating; Dec 9, Reminisce with Erica Derr, Newton Library; Dec 13, Volleyball; Dec 20, Christmas Movie: “The Christmas Carol”; Dec 21, Cooking Class- Christmas Trail Mix and Hot Chocolate; Dec 22, Depression and the Holidays with Vaya Health. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Victoria Ramseur 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 1, NC BAM Resources with Angie Gryder Gregg; Dec 6, Cooking Class- Christmas Cookie Decorating; Dec 9, Depression and the Holidays with Vaya Health; Dec 15, Snowflake Christmas Ornament Painting; Dec 16, Dandy Don Cowboy Western Entertainer; Dec 20, Holiday Bingo and Christmas Sing Along; Dec 22, Christmas Party. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Danielle Hicks at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at First United Methodist Church, 311 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601: Dec 1, Christmas Movie: “Polar Express”; Dec 2, Making Christmas Ornaments; Dec 7, Christmas Bingo and Luncheon; Dec 8, Cooking Class- Grinch Kabobs; Dec 9, Quilt Exhibit at Hickory Museum of Art; Dec 15; Christmas Carol Sing Along; Dec 21, Resistance Band Exercise with Lupe Avalos, CVMC. 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 Center United Methodist Church, 4945 Sherrills Ford Rd, Catawba: Dec 1, Hands Only CPR with Melanie Sigmon, EMS; Dec 8, Christmas Trivia; Dec 9, Craft with Tonya Jarnac; Dec 15, Decorating Christmas Cookies with Gina Schantz; Dec 16, Mill Creek Middle School Handbell Choir; Dec 21, Christmas Party; Dec 22, Christmas Sing Along. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact 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 1, Pine Cone Wreaths with Lisa and Suzan; Dec 2, Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments with Lisa and Suzan; Dec 7, Winter Health Tips for Seniors; Dec 8, Band Exercises with Lupe Avalos, CVMC; Dec 14, Cooking with Teresa- Holiday Cheeseball; Dec 16, Epsom Salt Luminary with Lisa and Suzan; Dec 22, Christmas Party. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please call Lisa Adams 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 828-695-5610, 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 1.5 hours a month. The program is also conducting its annual fundraising drive at this time. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition Services at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 4 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.