Five things to do this week

Staff Writer

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.

Community Worship
Each week, several churches of various denominations in the Newton community sponsor a Sunday Afternoon Community Pastoral Worship Service for the public. The services are conducted by ministers from several churches in the Newton area, from 4:30 pm to 5:30pm each Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church chapel, at 701 North Main Avenue in Newton. The services are pastoral in nature and are designed for those who may be grieving the loss a loved one, a relationship, a job, a friend, or may be facing a stressful, difficult situation in life and are searching for comforting hope in dealing with their situation.
Reverend Fred Thompson of Newton coordinates the service each week. Since January 19, 2014, people have enjoyed music, scripture readings and a brief pastoral message from one of sixteen (16) ministers from the Newton area. For more than a year, each week, attendance has varied from 13 to 103 people.
The public is invited to come as you are and enjoy a kind word, an uplifting message, beautiful music or a friendly smile during this inspiring and comforting service.
For more information call Reverend Fred Thompson at 828-464-2824. We hope to see you there next Sunday.

Artists Exhibit
A number of artists from the Uni4 Artists are featured in an exciting new exhibit on display from August 3 – September 30 at the Lucas Mansion Gallery in the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center. The theme for the exhibit is “Will the Circle be Unbroken”.
The public is invited to meet the artists during a reception on Saturday, August 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 in the afternoon at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center in Hiddenite. Light refreshments will be served. The center is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road, in Alexander County. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be available for viewing Monday – Friday from 10:00 – 4:30, and on Saturday from 10:00 – 3:00. For more information regarding the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center, call them at 828-632-6966, or visit their website:

Aug. 24
Water Aerobics
The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will offer water aerobics classes on Monday, Aug. 24, Wednesday, Aug. 26, and Monday, Aug. 31.
The classes will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Swimming Pool at 23 South Brady Ave. and are open to participants 16 years old and older.
Cost is $3 per class. Refunds will not be issued.
For more information, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit

Aug 29
Quartets and Cuisine
It is time again for Quartets & Cuisine, a night of music, food, and fun in support of the Hickory Soup Kitchen! This years event will be held at Lake Hickory Country Club on August 29th. Doors open at 6:00 and the entertainment will begin at 6:30. Tickets are $30.00  The night includes a plated meal served by the club, and entertainment by the Antics, Acapella Fellas, and the Moonlighters chorus whose Barbershop melodies will carry you off to a place of Harmony & Fun. There will be a cash bar as well. Tickets are available at the Soup Kitchen Monday through Friday. This event WILL sell out so get you ticket now and come out to support our mission to feed the hungry in Hickory. For more information call 828-327-4828.
Sept. 7
Newton 101
Register now for Newton 101 Citizens Academy, which returns for its seventh year on Thursday, Sept. 10. Newton 101 is a free program for city residents to learn more about how the City of Newton operates, the services it offers, and the history of the city.
Newton 101 features tours of all city departments, including tours of facilities such as Newton City Hall, the Newton Recreation Center, the Newton Police Department, the Newton Fire Department, the Newton Water Treatment Plant and the Newton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The academy runs for seven consecutive Thursdays beginning Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 9 p.m. The program is free. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. The deadline to register is Sept. 7.
Sept. 10
Carolina Style Chorus
The award-winning Carolina Style Chorus is hosting it's semi-annual Guest Night / Open House on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm.  Doors will open at 6:30 at 217 Second Ave NE, Conover (in the Life Enrichment Center at Trinitiy UCC).
All females, 18 and over, who like to sing are invited to attend.  For more information, please contact Dolores Mueller at (704) 325-3247 or visit our website
Carolina Style Chorus is a 45+ member 4 part a cappella women's chorus.  We represent the five state region, Heart of the Blue Ridge, and have qualified to represent our region next fall at International Competition.
Sept. 12
Memorial Dunking Booth
The N-CHS NJROTC will have a field meet at Gurley Stadium at the school from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
This year, in memory of former N-CHS principal Kevin Campbell, there will be a dunking booth set up. All proceeds will de donated to ALS. Please show your support and Red Devil Pride. A $1 donation will get three balls.

Sept. 25
N-CHS Class of 1965 5oth reunion
Join fellow classmates for our celebration.  On Friday night, Sept. 25 we will gather for a Red Devil home football game. Then on Saturday night we will continue our celebration at Catawba County Club.  Join classmates in our celebration of our great memories from those great four years at NCHS.  We will also remember our great teachers and fellow classmates who are not with us in body any longer.  If you need more details, contact Eddie Warren @ 828 464-9643. 

Nov 21
 HMA Open House
Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) Galleria seeks area artists to display and sell their works as part of its Open House and Holiday Sale on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The annual open house is the official kick-off to the Galleria museum store’s holiday season.
“December is our biggest month of sales as people come in to find that unique, locally-crafted gift,” said Clarissa Starnes, HMA Galleria Manager. “Involvement from area artists will not only benefit them, but also the Museum. Shopping local and supporting local artists benefits the entire community, so their partnership is greatly appreciated.”
Cost to reserve booth space is $50, with artists retaining 100 percent of self-managed sales. HMA will provide one round table for displaying sale items. Additional display items must be provided by artists. Artists already featured in the HMA Galleria are encouraged to bring additional items for self-sell that day, since they will be asked to leave merchandise in the gift shop for register sales.
Deadline to reserve space is Oct. 1. Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve booth space, contact Clarissa Starnes, HMA Galleria Manager at 828-327-8576, ext. 210.