Home-repair program: The city of Hickory has funding available through the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Urgent Repair Program to provide home repairs to very low-income families.
Up to $5,400 is available to qualified homeowners to alleviate housing conditions that pose a threat to the life or safety of the homeowner, or to provide accessibility modifications and other repairs to prevent displacement of very low-income homeowners who have special needs.
Income limits are based on family size and range between $11,800 and $22,250. Applicants must be age 62 or older, handicapped or disabled, a single parent with at least one dependent child in residence, a family of five or more, or have a child age 6 or younger with an elevated blood lead level.
The house must be within the city limits of Hickory. For details, contact the Hickory Community Development Department at 828-323-7414.
Climate change documentary: A free screening of the documentary “Chasing Ice” will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Catawba Science Center, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. After the viewing, Appalachian State University professor Gregg Marland will facilitate a discussion and answer questions about global warming.
The film uses time-lapse videos from the Arctic Circle by National Geographic photographer James Balog to explore climate change. Marland is a research professor at Appalachian State’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics. He has served on several national committees on global warming and is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change.
Questions for the discussion should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pen and paper will also be available at the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
Leaf collection: The city of Hickory will do curbside leaf pick up Nov. 11-Jan. 17. Each collection area of the city will have two pickups, and time allotted in each area is based on the number of mature trees and size of each collection area. Delays may occur due to weather.
City crews are already collecting leaves placed in clear plastic bags or 32-gallon trash containers marked “yard waste” and placed by the curb on garbage collection day.
To help make leaf collection run smoothly, rake all leaves to the curb by the first collection day of your quadrant; keep leaves away from storm drains and out of the street; never park a vehicle on a leaf pile; do not mix leaves with junk, trash, rocks or brush, as this will damage equipment; and use caution when operating motor vehicles near leaf collection crews. For details call 828-323-7500.
Collection dates are:
• Northwest A Quadrant (boundaries are city limits on the west, North Center Street on the east, north of Southern Railroad and south of 12th Avenue Northwest): Nov. 11-15 and Dec. 16-20.
• Northwest B (boundaries are city limits north of 12th Avenue Northwest, Sixth Street Northwest, 16th Avenue Northwest and west of North Center Street): Nov. 18-22 and Dec. 23-27.
• Southeast and Southwest Quadrants: Nov. 25-29 and Dec. 30-Jan. 3.
• Northeast Quadrant: Dec. 2-13 and Jan. 6-17
New Black Box comedy: The Green Room Community Theatre has announced the cast for the first Black Box show of the 2013-14 season, “The Smell of the Kill,” a comedy about three malicious wives and their unloving husbands. The husbands are never seen, only heard from offstage, during the play. Playing the roles of the wives are Lindsey Jones, Laura Rhinehart and Elise Yaussy. Their husbands are played by Dalton Isaac, Coye Kidd and David Townsend.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7; 8 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9; and 3 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. For tickets call 828-464-6128. The box office is open Wednesdays-Fridays throughout the run of the show. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. The show is rated PG-13. For details call 828-464-6583 or visit www.the-green-room.org.
Southern Christmas Show discount: The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is selling discount tickets for $9 for the 2013 Southern Christmas Show. Discount tickets are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., Newton. No children’s discount tickets are available locally.
The show is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesdays, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Nov. 14-24 at the Park Expo and Conference Center (formerly known as the Charlotte Merchandise Mart), 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. For details contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.
Children’s activities: The Catawba County Public Library is offering free Halloween activities for children as follows:
Halloween magnet craft: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Sherrills Ford Branch, 8456 Sherrills Ford Road. Details: 828-466-6827.
“Monsters University” movie showing: 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Conover Branch, 403 Conover Station. Open to all ages. Free popcorn.
Trick-or-treat time: 4 p.m. to closing Oct. 31. All locations will participate.
Language learning: The online Rocket Language program is available free through Catawba County Public Library’s website at www.catawbacountync.gov/library. Library customers may set up an account through a link on the main web page.
Rocket Languages helps people learn or brush up on languages using game components and audio/visual modules. The system offers learning in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic and sign language. For details contact Regina Reitzel at 828-465-7938.
Honor Troop flag: Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont recently presented Girl Scout Troop 02237 of Catawba County with the Honor Troop flag. This honor is given to each troop that collectively contributes $150 or more to the Partnership for Girls campaign.
The troop members are Girl Scout Brownies in second grade and are led by Laura McPherson. The trop has planted flowers at the Harper House in Hickory, have worked in the community garden at Abernathy Memorial in Newton and have sung at hospice during Christmas. It is the troop’s second consecutive year to receive the Honor Troop flag.
Angel doll donation: Hickory artist Sandra Froedge has donated one of her handmade 18-inch porcelain angel dolls to be raffled off at the Hickory Museum of Art Guild’s Angels of the Arts Holiday Brunch and Auction, to be held Dec. 7 at Lake Hickory Country Club. It takes up to two months for Froedge to make a doll, and they usually sell for $500 to $700 each.
Raffle tickets for the angel doll are $5 each or $20 for five, and are available in the Museum Galleria at 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. The drawing will take place at the Angels of the Arts Brunch and Auction, but you need not be present to win.
Besides the raffle, the brunch will feature holiday shopping, live and silent auctions, food and more. Tickets are $30. For details or tickets contact Chrissy Schramm at 828-327-8576.
Photography winners: The Catawba Valley Camera Club has announced the winners of its photographic competition for the Oct. 2 meeting. The competition was for print images with the assigned topic “Black and White Image Processing.”
Winners in the Accomplished Division were: First place, Wink Gaines with “Running Horses;” second place, Donny Teague with “Night under the Bridge;” third place, Tom Devlin with “Ready to Go” and honorable mention, Stan Bolton with “Ravenel at Night.”
Winners in the Intermediate Division winners were: First place, Judy Young with “Baby Elephant;” second place, Judy Young with “Did you Hear the Joke About…;” third place, Chip Young with “West from Hickory” and honorable mention, Cindy Martin with “Descent into Madness.”
The Catawba Valley Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month in the North Annex of the Arts Center, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. Meetings consist of competition among members and lectures. Meetings are open to the public. For details visit www.cvcameraclub.org or call Mike Morrison at Viewmont Camera 828- 327-2959.
Fire hydrant testing: The Newton Fire Department is doing annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing on the hydrants in the city’s northeast quadrant (north of A Street and east of Main Avenue) for the next few weeks.
Residents in this area may experience water discoloration because minerals inside the underground water lines are being disturbed. Allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate discoloration.
The N.C. Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings. For details or concerns call 828-695-4314.
Charity initiative: Furniture brand and domestic upholstery specialist Wesley Hall will launch the first in a series of charitable initiatives at the upcoming High Point Market in the company’s showroom at 310 N. Hamilton St., Space 106, Hickory.
Beginning this month, Wesley Hall is partnering with nonprofit housing organization Habitat for Humanity of Catawba County. Wesley Hall will debut its newly designed “Habitat Trunk” as part of the company’s introduction of occasional products at the upcoming market. The trunk provides storage while also functioning as an end or side table, and it may be customized in more than 1,000 fabric and 100 leather cover options.
The item will be available through the company’s distribution network of furniture retailers, trade showrooms and designers. A portion of the proceeds for each sale will be donated to the Habitat organization.
Local Elected Leaders Academy: Newton Mayor Anne Stedman was recognized recently at the North Carolina League of Municipalities annual conference for achieving the Practitioner level of the Local Elected Leaders Academy.
Stedman attended the Academy’s Advanced Leadership Corps program in Chapel Hill Sept. 22-27. The Local Elected Leaders Academy is a partnership between the UNC School of Government, the N.C. League of Municipalities and the Association of County Commissioners.
Stedman was elected mayor in 2011. She is the owner and operator of the Trott House Inn Bed and Breakfast and is on the boards of directors of Green Room Community Theatre, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, the Downtown Newton Development Association and the Newton Human Relations Commission.
Flu-shot clinic: The city of Newton Parks and Recreation Department and the Catawba County Council On Aging will offer a flu-shot clinic 10 a.m.-noon Oct. at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., Newton. No appointment is necessary.
The vaccination will cost $30. Medicare Part B recipients and those on Humana Gold and Partners Advantage Plans will receive the vaccinations at no cost. Other insurance plans may be accepted the day of the clinic. Those whose plans are not accepted may pay at the clinic and request reimbursement from the insurance company. 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.
Yoga for Seniors: The Newton Parks and Recreation Department and the Catawba County Council on Aging will offer Yoga for Seniors for ages 55 and older 10-11 a.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 14 and 21 at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., Newton. For details call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit www.newtonnc.gov.
Workshops: The Newton Parks and Recreation Department and Catawba Valley Community College will present three workshops at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave., Newton. The fee for all workshops is $25.
For details contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7000 ext. 4320 or email@example.com, or contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit www.newtonnc.gov.
Workshops are as follows:
Quilting: Back to the Basics Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, Nov. 4-25. A continuation of the Back to the Basics Quilting course. For beginning and intermediate students.
Needle Fun Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Nov. 5-26. A continuation of the Needle Fun Class course. For beginning to intermediate students.
Oil and Acrylic Painting: 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 7-Dec. 5. A continuation of the Oil and Acrylic Painting class. For beginning students.
Business and Careers
“Business. Well Crafted.” Award: Shurtape Technologies received the Business Development Committee’s “Business. Well Crafted.” award at the Oct. 15 Hickory City Council meeting. The award was presented by Dave Paist of the Business Development Committee to Stephen Shuford, president and chief executive officer of Shurtape.
Shurtape Technologies is a Hickory-based, fifth-generation adhesive tapes company. It was started in 1880 and is now a global corporation with facilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Peru, United Arab Emirates and China.
The city of Hickory established the “Business. Well Crafted.” award to honor businesses that have been in the Hickory area and operating for at least the last 75 years.
Awards: Newton is among more than 20 cities and towns that received Public Power Awards of Excellence, which were announced at the 2013 ElectriCities Annual Conference. Newton earned three awards this year in the following categories: energy efficiency, financial stability and service excellence.
The Energy Efficiency award recognizes efforts by the city with energy-efficient building programs, energy education and energy audits. The Financial Stability award recognizes customer options throughout the billing process, community partnerships to help customers in need and the implementation of new technology within the electric system. The Service Excellence award recognizes outstanding efforts to communicate with customers, emergency communications and community public power celebrations.
ElectriCities is the service organization that provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government relations and legal services to public power communities. Newton is a member of NCMPA1, which has 19 member cities in the western part of North Carolina.
Graphic design award: Matt Everley, of Hickory-based graphic design studio m.e.designlab was recently awarded a 2013 American Graphic Design Award by a nationwide panel of judges. The award recognizes excellence in communication and graphic design.
The competition was presented by Graphic Design USA Magazine. Fifteen percent of the more than 8,000 entries were honored this year. Everley’s winning entry was for the design and development of a responsive website for KGP Logistics, a national distributor and logistics solutions provider for the telecommunications industry. The selected piece and design credits will be featured in GDUSA’s December issue, “2013 Design Annual” and can be viewed online at www.gdusa.com.
Everley has won numerous awards for logos, websites, direct mail and corporate identity systems including several previous American Graphic Design Awards over the last 11 years. He lives in Hickory with his family. His portfolio can be viewed at www.medesignlab.com. For details call 828-441-0010.
New antique mall: Vendor spaces are still available at Ageless Treasures Antique Center at 100 Somerset Drive N.W., Conover. The 20,000-square-foot space features more than 50 vendors selling antique furniture, clocks, toys, costume jewelry, glassware, local pottery, lamps, handmade crafts and shabby-chic items. Owners Bob and Shannon Cline have collected antiques for more than 15 years. For details contact Ageless Treasures at 828-322-1974 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or look for “Ageless-Treasures-Antique-Center” on Facebook.
Youth sports sign-ups: Registration continues for basketball and indoor coed soccer leagues through the Newton Parks and Recreation Department. A registration drive will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Academy Sports+Outdoors, 2162 U.S. 70 S.E., Hickory. New participants must have a birth certificate on file or may visit the Newton Recreation Center at 23 S. Brady Ave. for a registration packet. There is a $30 nonresident fee for players who don’t live in Newton. Space is limited. For details call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317
Youth basketball players must be at least 4 before the last day of registration, and cannot turn age 16 before Aug. 31 of the current year. Leagues include: Mighty Mites coed, ages 4-6; Bantam Boys, ages 7-8; Bantam Girls, ages 7-9; Midget Boys, ages 9-10; Midget Girls, ages 10-12; Little Boys, ages 11-12; Junior Boys, ages 13-16 and Junior Girls, ages 13-16.
Youth indoor coed soccer players must be at least 7 before the last day of registration, and cannot turn age 16 before Oct. 15 of the current year. Leagues include: Bantam ages 7-8, Midget ages 9-10, Little ages 11-12 and Junior 13-16.
Compiled by Gina Smith
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