Catawba County's Week Ahead

Claremont hosts a citywide yardsale, the Greater Hickory Metro hosts the annual Parade of Homes and a barbershop singing group raises money for a Newton crisis-assistance ministry — all this week in Catawba County.

Read on for more details on these and other events in the week ahead. For updated event information throughout the week, pick up the print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and turn to page 3 for a list of what's happening in Catawba County.

N.C. Cooperative Extension will offer a free class, "Gardening for Birds and Butterflies" at 6:30 p.m. at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The class focus is on planting wildlife-friendly trees, shrubs and flowers that will add life and movement to landscapes, and bring birds and butterflies to enjoy.
Call 828-465-8240 to register.

N.C. Cooperative Extension and CVMC’s Health First Center will sponsor "Aging and Elder Care" on the first Tuesday of each month.
The next free session will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Health First Center in Valley Hills Mall. The topic of discussion will be planning ahead for elder care.
Dr. Glennie Daniels, family and consumer sciences agent, will lead a discussion on the vital stage of planning in the elder care process.
Participants will learn about decisions to make on their own and those that require professional assistance.
Call 828-485-2300 to register.

The Catawba County Republican Men's Forum and Women's Club will host a candidate drop-in from 6-8 p.m. at the Sparkman Building behind the Adrian L. Shuford YMCA in Conover. Refreshments will be served. Candidates will drop in at different times and meet with citizens.

"Take Charge of Your Diabetes," an education and support workshop for people with type 2 diabetes, meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Agricultural Resources Center in Newton.
The session will provide guidelines for prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, which often accompanies diabetes.
N.C. Cooperative Extension-Catawba Center and Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Center for Diabetes Control offer the free educational program.
Call the Cooperative Extension office at 828-465-8243 to reserve a seat.

The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open beginning at 8 p.m. for a monthly public observing. The observatory is on the campus of Maiden Middle School on North "C" Ave. The event is free, and participants will observer the moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn.

Maiden High School will present "Legally Blonde the Musical" in its auditorium at 7 p.m. May 4 and 2 p.m. May 5. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, contact Dale Bass at 828-320-3827.

Claremont will hold its citywide yard sale on Main Street beginning at 7 a.m. The Claremont Fire Department will host its annual pancake breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. A hazardous waste collection will also begin at 11 a.m. in the back of the city hall parking lot.

Laura Story, 2012 Grammy winner of Best Contemporary Christian Song of the Year, “Blessings,” will be in concert May 5 at the SALT Block in Hickory. Call 828-855-9511 or visit Cornerstone at 263 3rd Ave. NW, Hickory for tickets.

The 2012 Parade of Homes is scheduled for the Greater Hickory Metro. Visit or call the Home Builders Association at 828-322-6482.

The Carolina Moonlighters, known for excellence in barbershop singing, will present a benefit performance for Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry Inc (ECCCM) at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Conover. Admission is free, and donations will benefit ECCCM.

The Town of Catawba Historical Association will hold its annual meeting at 3 p.m. at the Catawba Town Hall on West First Street.
The program will feature the showing of a video of the 1995 move of an addition from the R.J. Lowrance farmhouse to replace a "lost" structure adjacent to the Dr. Q.M. Little house. The addition is used as the Welcome Center for the museum.