Hickory – Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in September, including cooking classes and musical performances.

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or older is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8am and 12pm 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.

On Sept 18, seniors 60 years or older are invited to attend a performance by the gospel group, The Reggie Saddler Family, at Lifepoint Church Hickory from 9:30am-12:00noon. Registration is required by calling 828-695-5610 by Sept 11. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

The Reggie Saddler Family performance is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Other program highlights are as follows.

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: Sept 4, Shopping at Hamrick’s and Walmart; Sept 6, Exercise Circle using bands; Sept 11, Breakfast at Four Peas in a Pod and bowling at Pin Station; Sept 13, Fortune Cookie Day and Volleyball; Sept 17, Cooking Class-Apple Dumplings for National Apple Dumplings Day; Sept 20, Movie Day: “The Great Train Robbery”; Sept 25, Craft Class-Water Bottle Spirals; Sept 26, Trip to Farmers’ Market and Lunch at Snack Bar; Sept 27, Flu Shot Clinic. 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: Sept 4, Best Care Practices with Emily Jaynes; Sept 5, Cooking Class-Candied Bacon for National Bacon Day; Sept 6, Trip to Public Health Farmers’ Market; Sept 10, Movie Day “I Can Only Imagine” at Patrick Beaver Library; Sept 12, Music by Sentimental Journey; Sept 13, Shopping Trip to Gaffney, SC; Sept 17, Hepatitis C Education and Training with India Richard; Sept 19, Show off your Fall Hat for National Fall Hat Month; Sept 20, Dementia Specific Medications with Jeff Dula, Vaya Health; Sept 26, 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: Sept 5, Music and Dancing with Sentimental Journey; Sept 6, Shopping at Walmart; Sept 11, Nutrition in Oranges with Ruthie Hill; Sept 12, Cooking Class-Nutritional Wheat Cracker Snack; Sept 17, Charles Ballard Gospel Sing Along; Sept 19, Trip to Farmers’ Market; Sept 20, Cholesterol Awareness with Sandy Austin; Sept 25, Breakfast at the Hen and Egg and Shopping at Walmart; Sept 26, Silent Auction and Family Feud. 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: Sept 4, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Sept 6, Blood Pressure Checks and Healthy Aging with Lupe Avalos; Sept 11, Bowling at Pin Station and Shopping at Walmart; Sept 12, Trip to Farmers’ Market; Sept 13, Disaster Preparedness with David Pruitt, Catawba County Fire Marshall Office; Sept 19, Cooking Class-Honey Spiced Muffins for National Honey Month; Sept 20, Craft Class with Tonya Jarnac; Sept 25, Music by Lonesome Road; Sept 27, Birthday Celebration. 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: Sept 5, Line Dancing with Cecil Campbell; Sept 10, Cooking Class- Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Cream Cheese; Sept 11, Dementia Specific Medication with Vaya Health; Sept 13, Shopping at Walmart and Lunch at Boxcar Grille; Sept 17, Nutrition Fact or Fiction for the Elderly; Sept 20, Mosaic Art Project with Debra Zimmerman; Sept 24, Healthy Senior Nutrition; Sept 25, Music by Sentimental Journey; Sept 27, Trip to Farmers’ Market and Lunch at Pizza Hut. 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 8am 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. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at 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.