Catawba County's week ahead

This week, Hickory Metro entrepreneurs can learn innovative ways to improve business, and children can learn elementary Spanish.
Early next week, area groups will host events to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Read on for more about upcoming events in Catawba County. If you have information about upcoming events, send the details to

Starting Tuesday
The City of Newton will offer free mulch from Jan. 10-14 and Jan. 17-21, with trucks to be loaded from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the city’s facility on Boston Road, off N.C. 10 West.

The mulch is available to residents, non-residents and contractors. For more information, call 828-695-4310.

Conover Library will host an adult book discussion of the work of James Patterson at 6:30 p.m. at Conover Station.

John Lane and Tamra Wilson will headline the first Poetry Hickory of 2012 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in Hickory at 6 p.m.

The Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) will host Julia Rush at its 2012 kick-off meeting at noon.

The meeting will be at the Home Builders Association at 3145 Tate Blvd. SE. The public is welcome and invited to bring their own lunch for the casual gathering of local female professionals.

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and North Carolina Partners in Innovation will offer a 2012 Regional Entrepreneur Summit, "Building Entrepreneurial Communities," at the Crown Plaza on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and costs $25 per person.

An R.S.V.P. is required at 828-328-6000, extension 228.

The event will include leaders from throughout the Greater Hickory area and provide information for entrepreneurs, corporate and civic leaders, public and higher education, government and community organizations.

Children in grades K-2 are invited to the Sherrills Ford branch of the Catawba County Library System to learn elementary Spanish beginning at 10 a.m.

Children will learn everyday words and phrases and play word games to reinforce learning.

Parents must pre-register children by calling 828-478-2729.

Jan. 16
The youth of the Hickory Branch NAACP are sponsoring a MLK Community March on Monday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. in front of Shuford Gymnasium at Lenoir-Rhyne University, immediately following a 10 a.m. convocation nearby at P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

The march will end at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, with a brief program presented by the NAACP youth and refreshments.

Jan. 16
James H. Cone will speak on "The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

He will speak in the Belk Centrum on campus.

Jan. 16
Youth from the N.C. Black Reparatory of Winston-Salem will present a play entitled "By Black Hands" at 2 p.m. at Hickory Community Theatre.

Admission is free.