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.

Craft Sessions
Catawba County Extension and Community Association group Piedmont Piecemakers would like to invite quilters, knitters, sewers, needleworkers and machine owners to visit with them for craft sessions on Thursdays from 10-4 at the Agricultural Resources Center, 1175 S Brady Avenue in Newton.

The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of DAR, visit www.dar.org.

0ct. 21
O-N-E Newton Candidates Forum
The Observer News Enterprise is hosting the Newton Council and Mayoral Candidates Forum presented by Carolina Vines at 6 p.m. at the Peacock Inn at Catawba Farms in Newton.
Doors open at 5 p.m.

Oct. 22
Early Voting Starts
Get out and vote.
Early voting ends Oct. 31.

Oct. 24
The Halloween Spooktacular returns to Downtown Newton on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The fun starts at 5 p.m. with a variety of activities around the 1924 Courthouse Square including trick or treating, games, costume contests, food vendors, a ghost tour, and photo-ops with costumed characters from your favorite movies!
The Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Costume Contest for four-legged friends will begin at 5 p.m. Following the pet costume contest, the Ghouls and Goblins Costume Contest starts at 6 p.m. Everyone from infants to adults will have the chance to compete for best costume. Both costume contests will be on the east side of the courthouse. To preregister for either of the costume contests, call the Newton Recreation Department through Oct. 22 at 828-695-4317.
NAACP Awards Banquet

The Catawba County Branch NAACP Thirty-Seventh Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday October 24, 2015 at 6 .p.m
Place: Crowne Plaza, I-40
1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd, SE
Hickory, NC  28602
Guest  Speaker: Rev. Dr. Vergel L. Lattimore, PH.D.
President, Hood Theological Seminary 
$30.00 Donation                    Children 12 & Under  $ 20.00
If you need any tickets please call the President, Jerry L. McCombs at 828-464-9609 or 828-310-6918.
Oct. 25
Baker's Reunion
The 44th annual reunion of Phillip and Emaline Hoke Baker will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Conover on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 1 pm in the Joy Room.
Family members are asked to bring any updated family information, and a well filled basket with a drink for lunch, (cups, plates, napkins, forks, and ice will be provided).
Tell your family about this occasion.
Any question call Guylene at 828-428-9122
Oct. 27
Wreath Making Class
The Catawba Valley Community College Learning & Personal Enrichment Innovation Center will offer Fall Deco-Mesh Wreath Making from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings,
Oct. 27 through Nov. 3, on CVCC’s East Campus, Room 1209, registration fee is $55.
In this two-week class learn the basics of Deco-Mesh wreath construction, and various methods of decorating a fall wreath. A supply list will be given on the first night of class.
Participants must be 18 years old or older.
For more information, contact the Learning & Personal Enrichment Innovation Center at 828-327-7037.
Oct. 30
Port-a-pit BBQ Chicken
A fund raiser sponsored by Newton Kiwanis Club will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Newton Train Depot in North Newton.
The cost is $10 which includes a drink or dessert.
Proceeds benefit Newton-Conover and Bandys High Schools’ scholarship funds.
For take out orders, call Les Sigmon at 828-381-8302 or Mary Bess Lawing at 828-612-3672.

Nov. 9
The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present “Storytelling for Non-Profits…Telling Your Story to Market Your Organization” on Friday October 9 from 9:00 AM to 12 noon at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory. 
This three-hour workshop shows participants how they can benefit from using “Storytelling as Marketing” to make sure their donors and stakeholders understand how their work impacts the community.
There is no charge to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required.  To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit http://sbc.cvcc.edu to register on-line.

Golf Tournement
Newton Elks Lodge #2042 announced that they will host the John Leagon & Fred Britt Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, November 9th at Catawba Country Club in Newton, North Carolina.
Cost to play in the tournament is $80 per player. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch buffet, golfers gifts, one mulligan, one skirt shot, and $2 beers on the course. Additional mulligans and skirt shots will be sold the day of the event. Prizes, sponsor recognitions, and a cash bar reception will be held at the Newton Elks Lodge after the tournament. 
Team registration forms and corporate/individual sponsorship opportunities are available at the Newton Elks Lodge #2042, West J Street, in Newton. For information, please call Newton Elks Lodge at 828-464-1360, Bryan Williams (828) 310-2961 or Paul Hunsucker (828) 381-0972.

Nov. 14
Class Reunion
Newton-Conover High School Classes of 1980 and 81, are having a 35 year Reunion together at "The Peacock Inn, at Catawba Farms" across from Southside Park on November 14th, 2015. If you are interested in attending, please call Frank Reinhardt at 828-381-9844, or look him up on Face Book, for details.

Pancake Fundraiser
The Transformation Journey Re-entry Prison Ministry is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. at HWY 55 in Conover.
Donations of $5 are accepted.

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.