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Events to salute our nation's veterans lead off the week ahead in Catawba County.
Memorial Day activities are planned in Hickory, Conover and Claremont.
For more details on those and other happenings in the county this week, read on.
Pick up the print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, throughout the week for the latest on events in the Greater Hickory Metro.
The American Legion and other regional service organizations host a Memorial Day Service at 6 p.m. on Union Square in Uptown Hickory.
The event includes special music, speakers and the reading of departed service members. If it rains, the service will be at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
A dedication ceremony for a memorial for Noah and Elijah Simmons, Catawba soldiers killed in battle, is at 1:30 p.m. at Simmons Cemetery off County Home Road in Conover.
For more information, visit http://www.catawbascv.org/SimmonsCemetery.htm
The Claremont Veterans Committee will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at the veterans memorial in Claremont City Park at 11 a.m.
If it rains, the ceremony will move the Claremont Elementary School gym.
N.C. Cooperative Extension will offer a free class, "How to Build a Rain Garden," at 6:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center in Newton.
Call 828-465-8240 to register.
Catawba County Cooperative Extension hosts a backyard rain garden-building program at 6:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center in Newton. To register, call 828-465-8240.
The 2012 Foothills Regional Parent Educator Conference is 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center on South Brady Avene in Newton.
Cost is $15, and registration is required by May 25. Call 828-465-8240 for more information.
An auto and bike show at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds raises money to help a 6-year-old girl's family pay her medical bills.
Zoe Hildebran, of Valdese, needs chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Gates open for show participants at 11 a.m. and the public at noon.
Car clubs are welcome to participate, and registration is $15 per vehicle. Plaques will be awarded to vehicles for best-in-show.
The event also includes a cake walk, raffle, face-painting and inflatable rides.
For more information, contact Stephanie Longfellow at 828-994-0055.