Catawba County's week ahead

Dinosaurs, wedding planning and Habitat housing opportunities await this week in the region.

The Catawba Science Center's new dinosaurs exhibit opened Saturday in Hickory.

Wedding specialists will gather Sunday afternoon in Conover to help brides and grooms prepare for the big day.

Habitat for Humanity will hold a meeting Tuesday for citizens interested in housing assistance.

For the details on those events and more, check out Catawba County's week ahead below. For additional information about area events, check out the Your News page daily in The O-N-E and activities listings every Thursday inside Outlook.

Catawba Science Center's "Dinosaurs" exhibit opened Saturday and continues daily during center hours.

The exhibit features half-sized roaring robotic dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and more.

For more information, visit the science center online at or call 828-322-1585.

Rock Barn Golf & Spa will host the 2012 Winter Wedding Showcase from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Whether you’re well submersed in the planning process or you’re just getting started following your holiday engagement, professionals will be available to provide advice and services for upcoming wedding planning and ceremonies.

Auditions for The Green Room Community Theatre's spring Black Box comedy "Greater Tuna" are at 7 p.m. at the Old Post Office Box Playhouse in Newton.

The cast calls for two males, 18 or older. Those who try out will read from the script.

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley will hold an applicant information meeting for people interested in owning Habitat homes.

The meeting is at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library from 6-7:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call 828-328-4663, extension 310.

Elementary school Battle of the Books teams will meet for practice rounds of competition at Conover Library at 6:30 p.m.

Catawba County will offer its citizens a free opportunity to properly dispose of computers, televisions and other electronic devices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blackburn Landfill, off N.C. 10 west of Newton.

Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley will offer volunteer training sessions from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The center currently serves patients in Catawba, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell and Lincoln counties.

Sessions are designed to educate volunteers on how to effectively communicate with patients and families, an overview of hospice and the role of volunteers. For more information, call the volunteer department at 828-466-0466.