Things to do this week

Staff Writer

Ongoing
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.
DAR Membership
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. or Guard (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force) represented by area high school JROTC cadets.  As has become a tradition at this event, the Empty Table Ceremony, a solemn military ritual honoring deceased military veterans from all branches of the military service and the U.S. Coast Guard, will be performed.  Guest speaker arrangements are still pending.  The Hickory Elks will present Hickory’s mayor, Rudy Wright, with a new U.S. flag that will be flown over the site of  The Soldier’s Plot, a veterans memorial located on the grounds of Oakwood Cemetery. The Hickory Elks Lodge is located at 356 Main Avenue, N.W., at the intersection of Main Avenue and 4th Street, NW.  For additional information, please call the Hickory Elks Lodge at (828) 322-2527.

Nov. 17
Responsible Alcohol Seller Server Training
The RASP training is a free two-hour workshop that provides participants with the most current information on alcohol laws and covers techniques for detecting underage and intoxicated patrons. The Responsible Alcohol Seller Server Program (RASP) workshop is designed to address issues that affect business that sell alcohol for on-premise consumption as well as off-premise consumption.
The workshop is held at the Catawba ABC Warehouse Facility, 1500 Highway 5, Newton, NC, 28374
Register online at http://abc.nc.gov/education/rasp

Business Seminar

The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present a “Digital Media for Small Business” seminar on Tuesday November 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory. 
There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required.  To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, X 4117 or visit http://sbc.cvcc.edu to register on-line.

Nov. 19
Financing Your Small Business Seminar

The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present a “Financing Your Small Business” seminar on Thursday November 19 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at CVCC’s Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville. 
There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required.  To register or for more information please contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, X 4117 or visit http://sbc.cvcc.edu to register on-line.

Nov 21
 HMA Open House
Celebrate the season and shop local during a Holiday Open House & Festival 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. This year’s event has been expanded to include more than 19 local artist booths, live music, refreshments and discounts on Galleria purchases. Also that day, children (Kindergarten and older) and families are invited to decorate their own gingerbread house from 10:30 a.m. until noon during HMA’s annual Jingle Bell Gingerbread House Party.
Participating festival artists include Andrew Atkin (acrylic, wood, tiles), Lenoir-Rhyne University Art Department (ceramics and more,)  Cornelia Allman (Dee’s Design Jewelry), Meredith Janssen (jewelry/watercolors), Lorrayne Clark (acrylic, pottery), Arie Taylor (painting), Lawrence Kanipe (oils), Judith Covey (textiles/ painting), Vickie Jo Franks (recycled art), Charlie Patricolo (dolls), Annette Schweibert/Noelle Rasmussen (paint, pottery & more), Ashley Barnett/Ashton Burgess (jewelry, paint), Varian Swieter (Get A Grip Pottery), Troy Barnett (metal, recycled art), Dan Greasen (woodwork), Reilly Yount (fused glass)  Wanda Clark (painting), Virginia Hurley (Tigersmoon Pottery), Robert Hitaffer (stained glass) and Hootie Bowman (Collegiate Kids Books).
 
HMA’s Holiday Open House & Festival also features live music from area musicians, Casey Clark, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and The Quick Walkers, 12 – 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Atlanta Bread Company.
MilitaryAppreciation Cosmology Service
                                                                                                                                             
To recognize veterans’ service to our country, Catawba Valley Community College’s Cosmetology Center is offering complimentary haircuts and hair styles to all military veterans, active service men and women and their families Sat., Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Call 828-327-7000 ext. 4118 to schedule appointments.
 The Cosmetology Center is located at 119 N. College Ave. in Newton.
Dec. 2
Connections Chili Pottery Fundraiser

Connections is holding a fundraiser which features homemade chili (choice of beef, chicken or veggie!!), cornbread and locally handmade pottery on Wednesday, December 2nd from 11:00– 1:30 at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Conover (217 2nd Ave. NE, Conover, NC  28613).  Come enjoy a warm bowl of homemade chili and fixings, cornbread, dessert, a drink AND pick out your choice of a handmade piece of pottery for $15.00.  Additional pottery pieces (large bowls, vases, face jugs, holiday themed pieces etc.)  will also be available for sale.   
 Tickets to the fundraiser, preview party, and raffle may be purchased in advance at Connections: 828-466-0030. Also, please check out our Facebook page – cvbhconnections for updates and pictures.

Dec. 8
Auto Dealers Prelicensing Course
Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Innovation Center is offering several training opportunities in December for automotive professionals - Auto Dealers Prelicensing Initial, covers the requirements to becoming an Independent Automobile Dealer in North Carolina. This class will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 9, 8:00 a.m. until Noon, at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 1001. The cost of the class is $200. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class date. For more information, contact Janet Lail, 828-327-7000, ext. 4116, or jwlail@cvcc.edu.
Dec. 10
Auto Dealers License Renewal Training
Provides the yearly mandatory training required by North Carolina for dealer license renewal. This course provides a brief overview from the North Carolina Motor Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Regulations Guide. Offered on Thursday, Dec. 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 1001. The cost of the class is $75. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class date. For more information, contact Janet Lail, 828-327-7000, ext. 4116, or jwlail@cvcc.edu.

Dec. 12
1940 Christmas Radio Hour
The Hickory Music Factory Fundraiser is having a 1940s Christmas Radio Hour Saturday December 12, 2015 at the  SALT Block Auditorium, located at 243 Third Avenue NE in Hickory.Showtimes and Tickets:
$15 for the 2 p.m. Matinee performance and $25 for the 7 p.m. Evening performance $25.VIP tickets for evening performance are available for $40.
Physical tickets available at Larry's Music in Hickory.

Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection Class

Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Innovation Center is offering several training opportunities in December for automotive professionals - Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection - Initial, covers the necessary training for certification in the OMDII emissions inspection according to NC DMV regulations. Offered on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at CVCC’s Main Campus, Room VSL 209. The cost of the class is $88. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class date. For more information, contact Janet Lail, 828-327-7000, ext. 4116, or jwlail@cvcc.edu.

Dec. 14
Escort Vehicle Operator Certification

Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Innovation Center is offering several training opportunities in December for automotive professionals - Escort Vehicle Operator Certification, this course satisfies the requirements by the NC Dept. of Transportation to certify Oversize-Overweight load escort vehicle drivers. Course components consist of defensive driving, escort driver requirements, skills straining, and class exam. This class meets on Monday, Dec. 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 958, cost of the class is $70. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class date. For more information, contact Janet Lail, 828-327-7000, ext. 4116, or jwlail@cvcc.edu.

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