Catawba County's week ahead

Area churches will host Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday services this week as the Lenten season begins.

Young professionals in the Hickory Metro are invited to a Wednesday forum to share ways community leaders can attract and retain young adults in the coming years.

Catawba Valley citizens are also invited to support groups for sleep apnea and epilepsy.

For more information on these and other events this week, read on. For information about events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout Catawba County.

The youth of Catawba United Methodist Church will sponsor an evening of entertainment at the church's Family Life Center on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Soup and sandwiches will be provided by the congregation, followed by a "Salute to the USO" with a 1940s theme.

Donations will be accepted for youth ministries.

Grace Baptist Church will hold the 30th annual King James Bible Jubilee Sunday-Thursday.

Service times will be 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Special music will be by local choirs and singers, in memory of Gil Massengill, who died Feb. 3.

The next sleep apnea support group meeting for those "AWAKE In the Foothills" will be at 6 p.m. at the Health First Center in Valley Hills Mall.

As part of National Entrepreneurship Week, Catawba Valley Community College will sponsor a forum to promote entrepreneurship in the community at 1 p.m. in the campus auditorium.

Local author Justin P. Lambert will be the featured guest at 6:30 p.m. at Conover Branch Library as part of an ongoing Tuesday evening program series.

The presentation is free.

Several area churches will celebrate Shrove Tuesday, a European tradition where families finish eating all fats, butter and eggs before the season of Lent.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and Shiloh NALC Lutheran Church invite the public to pancake suppers at 6 p.m. at the respective churches.

Area churches will celebrate Ash Wednesday with services.

Churches reporting special services to The O-N-E include Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Shiloh NALC Lutheran Church.

Those services will begin at 7 p.m. For information about other churches, call the church.

A directory of church addresses and phone numbers is available every weekend in The Observer News Enterprise.

Hickory Young Professionals will host a forum event to solicit ideas for how to attract and retain young professionals in Catawba County.

A variety of community leaders will attend the event from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Market on Main in hickory.

A Unifour Epilepsy Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Althouse Room of Corinth Church at 150 16th Ave. North in Hickory. Call 828-312-8298 for more information.