Catawba County's week ahead

Citizens across Catawba County will pause Monday to celebrate and remember the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Events include marches, speakers and a theater production.

Many public offices will be closed Monday for the holiday.
Happenings this week include:

The Catawba County branch of the NAACP will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a march at 11 a.m. from St. Paul United Methodist Church to the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

A program will begin at noon at the courthouse, with Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education member Betty Coulter the speaker.

The youth of the Hickory Branch NAACP are sponsoring a MLK Community March at 11 a.m. in front of Shuford Gymnasium at Lenoir-Rhyne University, immediately following a 10 a.m. convocation nearby at P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

The march will end at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, with a brief program presented by the NAACP youth and refreshments.

James H. Cone will speak on "The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." at 10 a.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He will speak in the Belk Centrum on campus.

Youth from the N.C. Black Reparatory of Winston-Salem will present a play entitled "By Black Hands" at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Hickory Community Theatre. Admission is free.

The Catawba County League of Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at Catawba County Club at noon.

The guest speaker will be N.C. Sen. Austin Allran, who represents the 42nd district.

Luncheon buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.

All interested Republican women are invited to attend.

The club meets the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Jean Pitts at 828-294-3089 for more information.

Author Nancy Brewer, a historical re-enactor, will appear to share her interpretation of North Carolina history at 6:30 p.m. at the library at Conover Station.

Members of the Central Piedmont Chapter of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina will meet at the Golden Corral restaurant in Hickory.

Professional Engineer Dr. Morton Barlaz will introduce N.C. State University’s curricula, extension classes and online graduate programs in civil, construction and environmental engineering.

Engineers, technicians and all other interested people are welcome.

The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be $15.

All week
The city of Newton will offer free mulch daily through Saturday, with trucks to be loaded from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the city’s facility on Boston Road, off N.C. 10 West. The mulch is available to residents, non-residents and contractors.

For more information, call 828-695-4310.