Catawba County's week ahead

Holiday events abound this week in Catawba County with a homes tour to benefit education, a duct tape crafts workshop, a visit by Santa Claus to Sherrills Ford and a concert at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The week also includes a World AIDS Day ceremony in Hickory and a Hmong New Year Celebration at Catawba Valley Community College.

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The Catawba Valley Community Chorus will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The concert is open to the public. For more information, contact Jane Echerd at 828-465-0986.

The next session of Catawba County Cooperative Extension and Catawba Valley Medical Center's diabetes education series will be Thursday at 6 p.m. in meeting room A at the Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 South Brady Ave. in Newton. The topic at the session will be “Nutritional Management of Diabetes” and will be led by Patti Moore, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.

A World AIDS Day program will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 629 8th St. NE in Hickory. It will feature local art and a memorial to AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance founder Steve Yount.
Following the reception, there will be a memorial service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. featuring renowned speaker Linda Smallwood and performances by Exodus Missionary Outreach Church Choir.
The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil remembering lives lost to AIDS and those who continue to persevere.

Newton-Conover Education Foundation will sponsor its annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
The tour will be in Newton’s historic districts. Ticket cost for the tour is $15 per person, and proceeds benefit teacher grants, educational trips and scholarships within the Newton-Conover City Schools system.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Newton Conover City Schools Administrative Office, 2 Pink Magnolias, Conover City Hall, The Observer News Enterprise, Shops on Main and Zander’s Coffeehouse.
The inclement weather date is Dec. 5.

Catawba County Library System will host a holiday workshop with duct tape crafts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Main Library in Newton.

The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present “Small Business Taxes, A-Z” on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. on CVCC’s East Campus.
There is no charge to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is required.  To register or for more information, contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, extension 4117.

The Sherrills Ford branch of the Catawba County library will host a tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Santa Claus is expected to arrive by fire truck with a bag of surprises for children.

The Catawba Valley Community College Office of Multicultural Affairs will hold its Hmong New Year Celebration from 2-7 p.m. Friday in the CVCC Student Center.

The third in the five-part Multicultural Series celebrating diversity on the campus and in the community, the Hmong New Year Celebration will feature food, entertainment and informative displays about the Hmong culture.

National Gourd Lady Margaret Sparkman will exhibit her unique gourds at the Hickory Metro Convention Center from Friday-Sunday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir, College Singers, Brass Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble will present this year’s “Christmas at L-R” concert on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory.