Art Crawl: The Downtown Hickory Fall Art Crawl will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, and will feature artists showing and selling their art.
The crawl kick-off party will be held at 5 p.m. at Full Circle Arts, inside of Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, 29 Second St. N.W. The party will include a silent art auction and live music by Wooway. Tickets to make bids at the auction are a $5 donation per person. For details, call 828-322-7545 or go to www.fullcirclearts.org.
From 5 to 6:15 p.m., the students of the Suzuki School of the Arts will perform under the Sails on the Square. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Chigger Ridge, a local bluegrass band, will perform. Also under the sails, the Hickory Museum of Art will have activities for children
The Warehouse Resource Center will have creative crafts for all near the Flag Court on Union Square.
The Olde Hickory Tap Room will have live music at 9:30 p.m. with no cover charge.
New board member: The N.C. Social Services Commission recently appointed Arnita Dula, a staff attorney for the city of Hickory, to a three-year term on the Catawba County Social Services board of directors.
Dula received her law degree from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law and was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 2001. She was a teacher and principal in the Caldwell County and city of Hickory public school systems before returning to college to study law.
Dula serves on the board of directors of the N.C. Municipal Attorneys Association, ALFA and the Women’s Resource Center of Hickory and is past president of the Catawba County Bar Association. She also belongs to the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the N.C. Bar Association.
AARP Driver Safety Program: The Newton Parks and Recreation Department, the Catawba County Council on Aging and AARP will offer the AARP Driving Safety Program Course to drivers age 50 and older 12:30-5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave.
Participants must have a valid driver’s license to enroll. The program is free to veterans and dependents of veterans. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Registration and payment are required by Oct. 11. Participants may get a discount on auto insurance. For details or to register, contact the Catawba County Council on Aging at 828-328-2269.
Flu shot clinics: The city of Newton Parks and Recreation Department and the Catawba County Council on Aging are offering flu shot clinics 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 a.m. - noon Oct. 29 at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave. No appointment is necessary.
Cost is $30. Vaccinations are free to Medicare Part B recipients with valid Medicare card and those on Humana Gold and Partners Advantage Plans. Other insurance plans may be accepted the day of the clinic. For details, contact Mary Mode at the Catawba County Council on Aging at 828-328-2269 or the Newton Recreation Center at 828-695-4317.
Book signing events: North Carolina author Julia Ebel and storyteller Orville Hicks will present a book signing and storytelling event in conjunction with the Newton ArtFEST event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At 2 p.m., author Steve Butler will sign his books. Both are on Sept. 21 at Once Upon a Time Books, 24 E. First St., Newton. Also at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21, author Libby Bagby will sign copies of her children’s book about the North Carolina state dog, the Plott Hound, across the street from the bookstore at the Catawba County Museum. For details, call 704-325-3434.
Chair-ity Event: The Longview Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association will hold a Chair-ity Event auction to raise money to buy playground equipment for a new elementary school. The auction takes place 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Hickory Museum of Art, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory and will feature wooden chairs, desks and more decorated by local artists. Much of the furniture was originally from the old Grandview Middle School and was made by Southern Desk Co., formerly located in the Longview community.
Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the Hickory Museum of Art; Longview Elementary School; Thrifty Lion Resale Store, 2505 First Ave. S.W., Hickory or at the door the night of the event. For tickets by mail, send a self-addressed envelope and a check for $10 per ticket to Longview Elementary PTA, 2430 Second Ave. S.W., Hickory, NC 28602. Ticket sales at the door may be limited. Refreshments will be served.
A preview party for school students and families on Sept. 26 at the school and the public can preview pieces 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Hickory Museum of Art. Chairs not sold during the auction will be for sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the museum. Admission is free. To see photos of the items for sale, visit www.hickoryschools.net, www.facebook.com/Thrifty Lion or email@example.com. For details, call Anita Freund at 828-328-9963 or Diane Knapp at 828-328-6798.
ArtFEST: The ninth annual ArtFEST will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21 in downtown Newton. The festival will feature demonstrations by local artists, food vendors, live music and dance performances, storytelling, a children’s art exhibition, train rides and free children’s art activities.
A sidewalk chalk art contest will take place around the 1924 Courthouse Square. The contest is free to students and $5 for adults. The fee includes chalk. Prizes will be awarded. The children’s art exhibition will run for a month beginning Sept. 21 at The Studio on East B Street. All art media are welcome and the art may be marked for sale. Works should be submitted ready to hang to The Studio by Sept. 20. There is no fee to display the art.
Artist vendor applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and are available at www.newtonnc.gov. For details, email NewtonFestivalAndEvents@gmail.com or call Jessica Setzer at 828-578-0127. For updates, go to “City of Newton Festival and Events Committee” on Facebook.
Newton Nights concert: In conjunction with ArtFEST, the Newton Nights Concert Series will feature a performance by Praline Betty 6 - 9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the East First Street side of the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton. The Newton Elk’s Lodge will host a beer garden, with proceeds to help women in need and buy dictionaries for local elementary schools. The event will also offer children’s activities and free inflatables.
Fishing tournament: The Home Builders Association of Hickory-Catawba Valley will hold its 11th annual Fishing Tournament at 7 a.m. Oct. 5 at Wittenburg Access Area on Lake Hickory. Registration and check-in will start at 5:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $130 per team, which includes the $10 Big Bass Pot fee. Cash prizes will be awarded along with prizes for the top husband-and-wife team and top adult-and-child team. Participants will also have a chance to win a 2014 Ranger bass boat. Starting positions are in order that the paid application is received. There are no restrictions on size or type of boat or size of motor, but all boats must have at least one aerated live well.
Proceeds will benefit the Home Builders Association’s Vocational Education Award, which annually provides a local high school teacher with a $1,000 grant for their school’s Construction Technology department. For details, call 828-322-6482. Register at www.hickoryhba.com.
Cruise-In: A cruise-in and block party will be held 5 p.m.-dusk Sept. 20 at Abernethy Laurels retirement community, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature displays of vintage cars and tractors, live music, an ice cream vendor and a cake walk. Grace United Church of Christ of Newton will sell barbecue to raise money for the United Church Homes and Service Foundation Campus Enrichment Fund which supports programs and projects for Abernethy Laurels residents.
Awards will be given for residents’ favorite car, staff members’ favorite car and overall favorite tractor. Preregistration is not required. Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 car entries. For details visit “Abernethy Laurels” on Facebook or go to www.abernethylaurels.org.
Youth sports sign-ups: The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for youth basketball and indoor soccer. Basketball registration runs Oct. 1-18 for returning players and city residents. Late registration and sign-ups for nonresidents is Oct. 21- Nov. 8. Players must be at least 4 years old before the last day of registration and cannot have turned 16 before Aug. 31 of this year.
For youth indoor soccer, registration runs Oct. 1 - Nov. 29. Players must be 7 years old before the final day of registration, and cannot turn 16 before Oct. 15 of this year.
To register, players must submit a completed registration card; have a birth certificate on file with the recreation department; have notarized emergency medical treatment and consent forms on file; have a signed parental code of ethics on file and return any loaned equipment from a previous sport. Nonresidents of the city of Newton must pay a $30 nonrefundable, nonresident fee. For details, contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.
Compiled by Gina Smith
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