Check out these events taking place around Burke County this week (Feb. 10-16):
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3-7:30 p.m. at Crosslink Church at 400 Malcolm Blvd. in Rutherford College.
The Hickory branch of the NAACP will meet at 3 p.m. at Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church at 465 S. Center St. in Hickory. The meeting is open to the public.
The Drexel No. 1 precinct of the Burke County Democratic Party will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the party’s headquarters at 310 S. Sterling St. in Morganton. The precinct is open to people who vote at the R. O. Huffman Center on Election Day.
Beekeepers' open house
The Burke County Beekeepers' Association will hold an open house starting at 6 p.m. at the Burke County Agricultural Building at 130 Ammons Dr. in Morganton. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with local beekeepers, view displays and ask questions about becoming a beekeeper, joining the association and participating in the 4-H beekeeping project. For more information, contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Burke County Center at 828-764-9480.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3-7:30 p.m. at Mt. Home Baptist Church at 2722 Mt. Home Church Road in Morganton.
The CARE Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. will offer a free seminar called, “Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Know the 10 Signs,” from 6-7:30 p.m. at Summit Community Church at 407 S. Green St. in Morganton. Emily Jaynes, an education specialist for the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Association, will speak about signs of the diseases, and Dr. Golnosh Sharafsaleh, MD, MS, of Blue Ridge Health Care, will speak about how to diagnose, treat and manage memory-loss patients. Those interested in attending should RSVP by contacting 828-201-5728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors’ Night Out
The Burke County Senior Center will facilitate a Seniors’ Night Out at 5:30 p.m. at Yianni’s restaurant in Morganton, followed by dessert at Toasted and Rolled. The cost of the meal/dessert and transportation is each person’s responsibility. To RSVP, contact the center at 828-430-4147.
The social justice focus group of the Burke County Democratic Party will meet from 6-7 p.m. at the BCDP headquarters at 310 S. Sterling St. in Morganton. The Salem precinct of the BCDP will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the media center at Salem Elementary School at 1329 Salem Road in Morganton. The precinct is open to people who vote at the school on Election Day. The Quaker Meadows No. 1A precinct of the BCDP will meet from 7-8 p.m. at the Oak Hill Ruritan Building at 1045 Watermill Road in Morganton. The precinct is open to people who vote at the Oak Hill Ruritan Building. The Morganton No. 10 precinct of the BCDP will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon City Fire Department. Important election information will be discussed. For more information, contact Anne Fischer at 828-455-9255.
Public comment session for bus service
Greenway staff members will hold a public comment session for the Burke Flex Routes from 10 a.m. to noon at the Drexel Town Hall and from noon to 2 p.m. at the Burke County Senior Center. Comments also may be made by contacting 828-465-7640 or email@example.com. Surveys are available on the bus as well. For more information, visit www.mygreenway.org.
Volunteer information session for talent show
Kimberly Lajzer of Art4aPurpose will hold an information session from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Room 213 at the Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton for potential volunteers for the organization’s Community Strong Talent Show, which will take place on June 11. Lajzer will share how the event will celebrate the arts and promote healthy families. For more information, contact Lajzer at 828-390-6328.
The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association will meet at 6 p.m. in Room WW120 at Catawba Valley Community College. Cathy Starnes, the family court case coordinator for Catawba County, will speak on the topic, “Equitable Distribution Affidavit Training,” which will include information about marital property vs. separate property and completing schedules to equitable distribution affidavit. One hour general CPE credit has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar for attending. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Senior craft workshop
The Burke County Senior Center will offer a craft workshop at 1 p.m. that will feature a Valentine’s Day card and a snowman washer necklace. Those would like to participate must RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.
Juvenile Crime Prevention meeting
The Burke County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 8:10 a.m. at the Collett Street Recreation Center in Morganton. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact 828-403-1427.
The Catawba River Wildlife Coalition will present a free program called, “How We Impact our Waters and Wildlife Habitats,” at 6 p.m. in the Waldensian Room of the Old Rock School in Valdese. The program will provide tips on effective ways to manage healthy wildlife habitats.
Sweet Treat Exchange
The Burke County Senior Center will host a Sweet Treet Exchange at 1 p.m. Those who would like to participate should bring 24 treats and the recipe to exchange with others.
State park program
Lake James State Park will offer a winter bird hike at 9 a.m. starting at the Catawba River Area breezeway.