Catawba County's week ahead

A pottery festival, a barbecue benefit to support a local care center, several book readings, and a presentation on dementia highlight events this week in Catawba County.
Read below for more information about those and other events this week in the region.
For updated event information, pick up the print edition of The Observer News Enterprise from Tuesday-Saturday at newsstands throughout the county.

Dr. Tony Abbott, professor emeritus at Davidson College, will lead discussion about Abraham Verghese’s best-seller "Cutting for Stone" at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherrills Ford branch library.

Rehobeth UMC will host "The Basics, Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease" in its fellowship hall at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-478-2518.
Tuesday, Wednesday
CVCC will host prize-winning author Silas House for readings Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. in its Tarlton Complex. House will also sign books at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

University Christian High School will hold an open house at 6 p.m. at its campus at 602 7th Ave. NE in Hickory. Parents and potential students will have a chance to view facility and enrollment opportunities for the 2012-13 school year.

Many local churches continue Lenten worship services and meals.
*Beth Eden Lutheran offers a meal at 5:15 p.m. and service at 6:30 p.m.
*Bethel Lutheran offers a meal at 5:45 p.m. and service at 7 p.m.
*Old St. Paul's Lutheran offers a meal at 6 p.m. and worship at 6:45 p.m.
*Shiloh NALC Lutheran offers a service at 6 p.m.
*St. Mark's Lutheran offers services at 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The 15th annual Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. More than 115 potters and vendors are expected to offer their wares and antiques for purchase. Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit

The Newton-Conover Community concert and jazz bands will perform a free show at Newton-Conover Auditorium at 3 p.m.

An annual fundraiser to support Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church off U.S. 70 SE.
The meal includes barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, dessert and a drink. Takeout will be available.
Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger.