Gaston & Catawba

Holiday concerts, movies abound

Christmas concerts: The Catawba Valley Community Chorus will present a series of Christmas Concerts this month. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Cory Westby directs the chorus, whose 40 members come from around the Unifour area.

The Christmas concerts are scheduled as follows:

• 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive N.W., Hickory

• 4 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Stephens Lutheran Church ELCA, 2259 12th Ave. N.E, Hickory

• 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. N.E., Hickory

• 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton

A Mancini Christmas Concert: Vocalist Jackie Finley, recording artist Nathan Hefner, percussionist Rick Cline, actress Jennifer Canterbury and Allen Finley will present their ninth annual A Mancini Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hickory Community Theatre, 30 Third St. N.W., Hickory.

The event will showcase music by composer Henry Mancini, such as “Moon River,” “The Pink Panther Theme,” “The Peter Gunn Theme” and “Days of Wine and Roses,” as well as traditional Christmas music.

Tickets are $22 each and are available at Hickory Community Theatre,, or by calling the theater at 828-328-2283 or Finley Advertising at 828-324-6700. Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Sponsorships and program ads are available.

Holiday movie marathon: The Twelve Days of Christmas Movie Marathon will be held Dec. 8-20 at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford. The series will include a Mickey Mouse movie marathon on Dec. 13. Free snacks will be available at all screenings and related books will be available for checkout.

The movie schedule includes:

“Elf”: 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: 5 p.m. Dec. 9.

“The Santa Clause”: 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

“Arthur Christmas”: Noon Dec. 11.

“Miracle on 34th Street”: 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

Mickey Mouse Marathon: 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

“A Christmas Story”: 3 p.m. Dec. 15.

“Santa Buddies”: 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

“The Polar Express”: 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

“Home Alone”: 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

“Home Alone 2”: 3 p.m. Dec. 19.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: 3 p.m. Dec. 20.

Merry Monday Movies: Classic holiday movies will be shown during Merry Monday Movies 4-6 p.m. Mondays in December at the Catawba County Public Library, Main Branch, 115 W. C St., Newton. Titles include “Polar Express,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol.” Films are suitable for all ages.

The movie series is one of several holiday activities planned at the library. For details, call 828-465-8668 or visit

Holiday festival: The Catawba County Public Library’s Youth Services Department will host a free holiday festival at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Main Library, 115 W. C St., Newton. The event will feature a visit from Santa plus holiday crafts, games, music, refreshments and a story time for all ages.

There will also be a visit from three therapy dogs who are a part of the library’s Read To A Dog sessions for reluctant readers. For details, call librarian April Green at 828-465-8668.

Harmony Arts Market: Artist and events producer Ellen Ball will host the Harmony Arts Market – Winter Edition, a new fine art and craft market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13 in the lobby and Keiser Community Room of the SALT Block’s West Wing, 243 Third Ave. N.E,. Hickory.

The market will feature work by regional artists and crafters, including knives and chain maille by Brock Martin, glass and mosaic assemblages by Laurie Childres and Sandi and Wayne Bowers; jewelry by Ellen Ball, Ana Cristina Godoy and Laura Hampel ; paintings by Steve Brooks, Camille Inman, Joe Lafone and Terrell Miller; sculpture by Harold Humphrey; pottery by Lynn King, Alison Mackey and Varian Swieter; mixed-media fibers by Beverly Mihelich; hammocks by Jeffrey Childres; turned wood by John Inman and furniture by Jarrett Soles.

Dates for the Harmony Arts Market – Spring Edition will be announced in early 2015. For details, visit or look for Harmony Arts Market — Winter Edition on Facebook.

Girl Scout Leadership Institute: Summer Fulbright and Ashley Velazquez, both of Hickory, were among six girls to represent Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute that was part of the recent 53rd National Girl Scouts Convention and 2014 National Council Session in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Velazquez is the daughter of Armand and Shari Velazquez of Hickory. Fulbright is the daughter of Mike and Christy Fulbright of Hickory.

GSLI is a triennial conference that presents girls age 14 and older with three days of leadership skill-building activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls chose from among seven issues, the worked with experts in those fields to come up with solutions; learn techniques for innovation, advocacy and planning; and design projects that will enable them to make a difference in their home communities. The institute ran concurrently with the National Council Session, and the girls joined the larger group for the opening and closing ceremonies and Conversations of Consequence.

Free computer workshops: The Catawba County Library System is offering free one-hour computer workshops for adults this month. Preregistration is required. To register, contact the appropriate location: Newton at 828-465-7938, Conover at 828-466-5108, Claremont at 828-466-6817, Southwest at 828-466-6818, Sherrills Ford-Terrell at 828-466-6827 or St. Stephens at 828-466-6821.

Classes are as follows:

Computer and e-reader questions drop-in session: 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 30, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford.

Electronic Christmas cards: 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford.

Intro to Publisher: 10 a.m. Dec. 12, Southwest Branch Library, 2944 N.C. 127 S., Hickory

Intro to Hoopla: 10 a.m. Dec. 17, St. Stephens Branch Library, 3225 Springs Road, Hickory. Hoopla is the library’s new streaming service for music, audiobooks and movies.

Open computer question forum: 10 a.m. Dec. 17, Main Library, 115 W. C St., Newton.

Intro to Microsoft Word: 10 a.m. Dec. 19, Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover, and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Claremont Branch Library, 3288 East Main St., Claremont

Intro to Pinterest: 6 p.m. Dec. 23, Sherrills Ford-Terrell, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford.

Good Citizen Awards: The John Hoyle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held their November meeting and announced the winners of this year’s DAR Good Citizen Awards. The winners were Cassey Cha of Bunker Hill High School, Antonio Hernandez of Maiden High School and Landis Looper of South Caldwell High School.

Cha is the daughter of Mai and Lou Cha and is ranked number one in the senior class. She plans to attend Brown University where she will major in medicine with hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist. Hernandez is the son of Blake and Angela Murphy and is student-body president and an athlete. He plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill to become a pathologist. Looper is the daughter of Wesley pand Dixie Looper and is president of her school’s Future Farmers of America club. She plans to attend NC State and major in crop science with hopes for a career in agriculture.

The awards recognize and reward high school seniors who display good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Honorees are chosen based on completion of a questionnaire, essay, scholastic record and a letter of recommendation. For details, visit

Photo contest winners: The Catawba Valley Camera Club has announced the winners of its photographic competition for the club’s Nov. 19 meeting. The competition was for projection images with the assigned topic of “Field Trip Images.”

The Accomplished Division winners were: first place, Doreen Sugierski with “Hunting Island Lighthouse with Star Trails;” second place, Stan Bolton with “Koala Portrait;” third place, Ed Lane with “Green Tree Snake;” honorable mention, Ed Lane with “Live Oaks.” The Intermediate Division winners were: first place, Chip Young with “Plantation Row;” second place, Dennis Hacker with “Husband and Wife;” third Place, Cindy Martin with “Getting Air;” honorable mention, Dean Powell with “Lioness.”

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 are open to the public; membership is not required. For details, visit or call Mike Morrison at Viewmont Camera, 828-327-2959.


New employee: The city of Newton recently hired Alex Frick of Hickory as its new public information officer. Frick leaves his position as a multimedia journalist with the Hickory Daily Record where he worked for the last two years providing news coverage on police, courts, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Frick joined the staff effective Nov. 24.

A native and lifetime resident of Catawba County, Frick is a 2006 graduate of St. Stephens High School. He also is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College where he received a bachelor’s degree in English.

Compiled by Gina Smith