Catawba County's week ahead

Holiday events continue this week in Catawba County.
They include concerts, visits with Santa, a Christmas party for cancer survivors and a large distribution of holiday items to help the needy in the Greater Hickory Metro.

The week's events also include the discussion of a new photo book on Conover and surrounding areas.

For more on upcoming events throughout the week, pick up print editions of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout the county.

Catawba County's Christmas Bureau will help families in need Monday and Tuesday, with items being distributed from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. both days at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton.

Local author and historian Donald Barker will discuss his new book, "Conover," at 6:30 p.m. at the Conover Branch Library at Conover Station. Barker’s talk is free and open to the public.

Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites anyone interested in fostering or adopting a child to attend the Resource Family information meeting at 6-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Family Services Center, 3050 11th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Hickory will hold a cancer survivors Christmas party at 7 p.m. All cancer survivors are invited. The event will include a speaker, a candle-lighting ceremony, light refreshments and fellowship. The event is free. For more information, call 828-485-2300, extension 6202.

Hickory Community Theatre will hold auditions for "King Lear" at 7 p.m. both nights in the HCT complex at 30 3rd St. NW in Hickory. The play will be staged March 15-April 1, 2012. For more information, call 828-327-3855.

Catawba Valley Community College’s Music Program will present its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Trinity Baptist Church on West 13th Street in Newton.

The CVCC Chorale and members of the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mike Kirby will perform, along with the CVCC Ringers conducted by CVCC faculty member Dr. Amalie Hinson. Other soloists and instrumentalists, including a flutist and guitarist, will perform. Music faculty MaryAnn Studenberg will provide piano accompaniment. A number of classic Christmas pieces and the Rutter Requiem will be performed.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Newton Main Library will hold a class on "How to Blog," teaching participants the basics of online journaling. The class begins at 9 a.m.
The public has two more chances to visit the Santa House at 25 North Brady Ave. in Newton. Hours each day are 5-9 p.m.

YMCA of Catawba Valley will host Breakfast with Santa at the C.O. Miller Teen Center from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 17. Cost is $5 per person and includes breakfast, arts and crafts and a picture with Santa. The registration deadline is Dec. 14 at the YMCA.

Nashville recording artist and songwriter Drew Cline will perform a Christmas concert on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the west wing of Catawba Valley Community College. Sponsored by Discovery Church, the family event will include sacred carols and classic holiday songs. Ticket prices are $10 per person, $15 per couple and $20 per family ticket. For tickets or additional information, visit