5 Things to do this week

Staff Writer

DNDA Meeting
The City of Newton and Downtown Newton Development Association encourage businesses that call downtown Newton home to attend the DNDA meetings.
The meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the DNDA office above Marie and Twannette’s at 6 p.m.
Artists Exhibit
A number of artists from the Uni4 Artists are featured in an exciting new exhibit on display from August 3 – September 30 at the Lucas Mansion Gallery in the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center. The theme for the exhibit is “Will the Circle be Unbroken”.
The public is invited to meet the artists during a reception on Saturday, August 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 in the afternoon at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center in Hiddenite. Light refreshments will be served. The center is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road, in Alexander County. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be available for viewing Monday – Friday from 10:00 – 4:30, and on Saturday from 10:00 – 3:00. For more information regarding the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center, call them at 828-632-6966, or visit their website: http://www.hiddenitearts.org

Sept. 7
Newton 101
Register now for Newton 101 Citizens Academy, which returns for its seventh year on Thursday, Sept. 10. Newton 101 is a free program for city residents to learn more about how the City of Newton operates, the services it offers, and the history of the city.
Newton 101 features tours of all city departments, including tours of facilities such as Newton City Hall, the Newton Recreation Center, the Newton Police Department, the Newton Fire Department, the Newton Water Treatment Plant and the Newton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The academy runs for seven consecutive Thursdays beginning Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 9 p.m. The program is free. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. The deadline to register is Sept. 7.
Sept. 10
Carolina Style Chorus
The award-winning Carolina Style Chorus is hosting it's semi-annual Guest Night / Open House on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm.  Doors will open at 6:30 at 217 Second Ave NE, Conover (in the Life Enrichment Center at Trinitiy UCC).
All females, 18 and over, who like to sing are invited to attend.  For more information, please contact Dolores Mueller at (704) 325-3247 or visit our website www.carolinastylechorus.org
Carolina Style Chorus is a 45+ member 4 part a cappella women's chorus.  We represent the five state region, Heart of the Blue Ridge, and have qualified to represent our region next fall at International Competition.

Sept. 12
Memorial Dunking Booth
The N-CHS NJROTC will have a field meet at Gurley Stadium at the school from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
This year, in memory of former N-CHS principal Kevin Campbell, there will be a dunking booth set up. All proceeds will de donated to ALS. Please show your support and Red Devil Pride. A $1 donation will get three balls.

Sept. 15
Floral Class
The Catawba Valley Community College Learning & Personal Enrichment Innovation Center will offer Floral Design for the Holidays. This class will be held on Tuesdays, September 15 through November 3, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., in Room 1209, on CVCC’s East Campus.
This class is for the beginner introducing principles and elements of design using fresh and silk flowers. Topics include bow tying, bud bases, corsages, freestyle, bouquets, garden arrangements and wreaths.
A supply list will be provided on the first night of class. Students must be 18 or older to enroll, cost of the class is $70.
For more information, contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7037 or ctoney@cvcc.edu.

Sept. 25
N-CHS Class of 1965 5oth reunion
Join fellow classmates for our celebration.  On Friday night, Sept. 25 we will gather for a Red Devil home football game. Then on Saturday night we will continue our celebration at Catawba County Club.  Join classmates in our celebration of our great memories from those great four years at NCHS.  We will also remember our great teachers and fellow classmates who are not with us in body any longer.  If you need more details, contact Eddie Warren @ 828 464-9643. 
Nov 21
 HMA Open House
Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) Galleria seeks area artists to display and sell their works as part of its Open House and Holiday Sale on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The annual open house is the official kick-off to the Galleria museum store’s holiday season.
“December is our biggest month of sales as people come in to find that unique, locally-crafted gift,” said Clarissa Starnes, HMA Galleria Manager. “Involvement from area artists will not only benefit them, but also the Museum. Shopping local and supporting local artists benefits the entire community, so their partnership is greatly appreciated.”
Cost to reserve booth space is $50, with artists retaining 100 percent of self-managed sales. HMA will provide one round table for displaying sale items. Additional display items must be provided by artists. Artists already featured in the HMA Galleria are encouraged to bring additional items for self-sell that day, since they will be asked to leave merchandise in the gift shop for register sales.

Deadline to reserve space is Oct. 1. Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve booth space, contact Clarissa Starnes, HMA Galleria Manager at 828-327-8576, ext. 210.