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Tax strategies workshop: Jerome Simpkins of JS Tax Service will offer a tax planning workshop 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Ridgeview Branch Library, 706 First St. S.W., Hickory. Simpkins will also talk about Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care.

The program is free and open to the public, no registration is required. For details, call 828-345-6037.

Livestock Club meeting: Youth ages 6 and older and their parents are invited to attend the January meeting of the Catawba County 4-H Livestock Club at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton. The meeting will focus on youth livestock show and project opportunities. Registration is requested.

Speakers will include 4-H members who have raised and shown animals in the past year with the heritage turkey, dairy steer and market hog projects. Families can also learn about livestock judging and the 4-H Livestock Club and get details on the space, time and cost requirements for project animals.

The 4-H Livestock Club is for youth ages 5-18, but ages required for livestock projects vary. For details or to register for the Jan. 5 program, contact Donna Mull at the Catawba County Cooperative Extension at 828-465-8240 or

Rotarian Idol auditions: Auditions for the Hickory Rotary Club’s sixth annual Rotarian Idol musical fundraiser will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 10, both at the SALT Block Auditorium, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory.

Rotarian Idol will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, 775 Sixth St. N.E., Hickory.

For details, visit or contact John Rambo at 828-327-3855 ext. 113 or, or Allen Finley at 828-324-6700 or

Free computer classes: Free 60-minute computer skills classes are available this month at the Catawba County Library System. Registration is required.

Register for the classes at the appropriate location or call 828-465-7938 for Newton, 828-466-5108 for Conover, 828-466-6817 for Claremont, 828-428-2712 for Maiden, 828-466-6821 for St. Stephens; 828-466-6818 for Southwest and 828-466-6827 for Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

The topics include:

Keyboard practice: 10 a.m. Jan. 7, St. Stephens Branch Library, 3225 Springs Road N.E., Hickory

Internet job searching: 10 a.m. Jan. 7, Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover; 2 p.m. Jan. 8, Claremont Branch Library, 3288. E Main St., Claremont

Intro to eBooks: 10 a.m. Jan. 9, Southwest Branch Library, 2944 N.C. 127 S., Hickory

Using Hoopla and Overdrive apps: Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 9, Maiden Branch Library, 11 S. A Ave., Maiden. Bring your tablet and learn how to access movies, music and books for free with your library card.

Intro to computers: 6 p.m. Jan. 13, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell

Resumes: 10 a.m. Jan. 21, Main Library, 115 W. C St., Newton

NC Works: 10 a.m. Jan. 14, Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover; and 2 p.m. Jan. 15, Claremont, 3288 E. Main St., Claremont

Job searching with NC Works: 2 p.m. Jan. 14, Southwest Branch Library, 2944 N.C. 127 S. Hickory

Email basics: 10 a.m. Jan. 21, St. Stephens Branch Library, 3225 Springs Road N.E., Hickory

Rocket Languages: Learn Chinese, German, Spanish, French and more online for free. 10 a.m. Jan. 21, Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover; or 2 p.m. Jan. 22 Claremont 3288 E. Main St., Claremont

Intro to Word: 6 p.m. Jan. 27, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell

eBooks and the NC Digital Library: 10 a.m. Jan. 28, Main Library, 115 W. C St., Newton

Seniors Morning Out activities: January activities at Catawba County’s Seniors Morning Out locations will include musical entertainment, bingo and cooking programs. Seniors Morning Out will be closed Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Any county resident who is age 60 or older may attend the half-day programs, held Monday-Thursday except for holidays at five locations throughout Catawba County. In addition to entertainment and information, the program provides a free hot lunch. There is no charge and no income requirements.

For details about locations and programming, call the Senior Nutrition Services office at 828-695-5610. Anyone wishing to attend must make reservations with the appropriate site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance. Site supervisors are: West Hickory, Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746; Newton, Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133; Maiden, Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966; East Hickory, Rita Pritchard at 828-320-5963; Claremont, Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434.

Yoga of Awareness: Frye Regional Medical Center and Through Healing Eyes will offer the eight-week Yoga of Awareness course for cancer survivors 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 7-March 11 at FryeCare, 1781 Tate Blvd. S.E., Suite 101, Hickory.

The course is open to all ages and will focus on health and well-being. The program includes gentle yoga and guided relaxation, mindfulness practices, group sharing, guided meditation, breathing exercises, course materials and audio CDs. To learn more or to register, visit or email to Compiled by Gina Smith