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Check out these events taking place around Burke County this week (Nov. 11-17):


Free Veterans Dinner

The Valdese American Legion Post No. 234 will offer a free spaghetti dinner for all area veterans starting at 2 p.m. at the post at 709 Church St. NW in Valdese. For more information, contact the post at 828-522-1511 after 1 p.m.

Veterans Day Celebration

The Berry Chambers Wright American Legion Post No. 322 Auxiliary Unit will host a Veterans Day celebration from 2-4 p.m. at the Mountain View Recreation Center at 645 First St. in Morganton.

Climate Change Film Screening

The Green Team at Grace Episcopal Church and the Burke County Public Library are partnering to host a free screening of the documentary “Before the Flood” at 2:30 p.m. at the Morganton branch of the library. The film follows Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to various locations around the world documenting the effects of climate change. A discussion will follow the viewing.

State Park Program

South Mountains State Park will offer a fly-fishing workshop at 2 p.m. at its visitors’ center.

Hickory NAACP Meeting

The Hickory branch of the NAACP will meet at 3 p.m. at Hartzell Memorial Baptist Church at 465 S. Center St. in Hickory. Dr. Shawn Clemons, director of accountability for Hickory Public Schools, will discuss the 2017-18 school performance grades, student performance on end-of-grade/course tests and plans for decreasing the student achievement gap. Parents, students and concerned citizens are invited to attend. Prior to the meeting, the branch membership will elect officers and at-large members of the executive committee from 1-3 p.m. at the church.


Veterans’ Day Service

The Burke County Veterans’ Day Service will take place starting with a pre-program meet-and-greet at 10:30 a.m., followed by a program at 11 a.m. in the large conference room at the Foothills Higher Education Center. The event is free and open to the community. Lunch will be served following the service.

Veterans’ Breakfast

The Disabled American Veterans Morganton Chapter No. 43 will offer a free breakfast to all area veterans from 7-9 a.m. at its headquarters at 2779 DAV Ave. in Morganton. Menu items will include eggs, sausage, biscuit gravy and more.

Veterans’ Dinners

The Golden Corral restaurant in Morganton will offer a free dinner for all area veterans during its Military Appreciation Night from 4-9 p.m. Fatz Café in Morganton will offer a free Calabash Chicken basket dinner to all veterans and active military members from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Proof of military service may be required.

City Offices Closed for Holiday

Morganton city hall and all city facilities will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Garbage collection will not be affected.


Guardian Ad Litem Information Session

The Burke County Guardian Ad Litem program leaders will hold an information session for potential volunteers from 5-6:30 p.m. at Food Matters Market in Morganton. Guardian Ad Litem volunteers are trained to advocate for abused and neglected children navigating the North Carolina court system. For more information, contact the Guardian Ad Litem office at 828-764-9358.

Beekeepers’ Meeting

The Burke County Beekeepers’ Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Burke County Agricultural Building at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton. The meeting is open to the public.

Fun Activities for Seniors

The Burke County Senior Center will host a Brain Games session for seniors at 11 a.m. The center also will facilitate a Senior’s Night Out at 5:30 p.m. at Judge’s Riverside BBQ in Morganton. Cost of the meal and transportation to the restaurant is each person’s responsibility. To RSVP for the dinner, contact the center at 828-430-4147.

Paralegal Meeting

The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 120 at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Laura Thomas, a senior attorney with CommScope, Inc., will speak on the topic, “Intellectual Property Basics.” The presentation will focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, non-disclosure agreements, filing applications and cease and desist letters. One hour of general CPE credit has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar for those who attend the meeting, which is free to attend.

Legal Aspects of Divorce Seminar

The Women’s Resource Center of Hickory will offer a seminar called, “Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce” from 6-7:30 p.m. at its facility at 125 3rd St. NE in Hickory. Cost is $5 per person. To register, contact the center at 828-322-6333.


Council on Aging Meeting

The Burke County Council on Aging will meet at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community Action. The council advises the Burke County Board of Commissioners on matters concerning the aging population.

Essential Oils Workshop

The Burke County Senior Center will offer a free workshop for area seniors on uses for essential oils at 10 a.m.

Juvenile Crime Prevention Meeting

The Burke County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 8 a.m. at the Collett Street Recreation Center. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact A.J. Coutu at 828-403-1427.

Business Networking Event

The city of Hickory’s Business Development Committee invites local businesses, owners, entrepreneurs and professionals to attend a networking social at 5 p.m. in the Rhyne Building on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. After the social, attendees are invited to stay for LRU’s annual Fast Pitch event at 5:30 p.m., which will include the announcement of the city’s 2018 Business Well Crafted award winners. For more information, contact Dave Leonetti, business services manager for the city of Hickory, at 828-261-2227 or


Seniors’ Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner

The Burke County Senior Center will host a free potluck Thanksgiving dinner for all area seniors at 11:30 a.m. The center will provide the turkey, paper goods and drinks. Participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Those interested in attending must RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.

Coffee at the Museum

The History Museum of Burke County will welcome Calvin Reyes, owner of Henry River Mill Village, who will speak about the popular tourist attraction and former set location for the “Hunger Games” movies, at 10 a.m. as part of the museum’s “Coffee at the Museum” series. The presentation is free and open to the community, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the museum at 828-437-1777.

Blood Drive

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold a blood drive from 4-7 p.m. at New Day Christian Church in Morganton.

Powderpuff Game

The annual Western Charity Powderpuff Game will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Patton High School. The members of the Anchor Clubs from Freedom High School and Patton will spar off in a football game to help stop hunger. Admission to the game is $2 per person, plus 2 non-perishable food items. All proceeds and food will be donated to Burke United Christian Ministries.

Smart Start Meeting

The board of directors for Burke County Smart Start will meet at 4 p.m. at the Partnership offices at 304 W. Union St. in Morganton. The meeting is open to the public and held in handicapped-accessible facilities. To make arrangements to have any special needs accommodated, contact 828-439-2326 or the NC Relay System at 800-735-8262.

Democratic Women’s Potluck Business Meeting

The Burke County Democratic Women will hold a potluck business meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Burke County Democratic Party headquarters at 310 S. Sterling St. in Morganton.

School Board Meeting

The New Dimensions Charter School will hold its monthly board meeting at 4 p.m. in the Wilkerson Auditorium.

MHS Monument Presentation

Alumni and friends of Morganton High School (1927-73) are invited to attend an informational meeting from 9-10:15 a.m. at the Morganton Community House to explore the idea of constructing a school monument on the former MHS property. The meeting will include a visual concept of the memorial and ideas for funding and maintenance. Refreshments will be served.


Lake James Art Show

The 2nd annual Lake James Art Show will debut from 4-8 p.m. at the clubhouse at the Marion Lake Club at 634 Lake Club Drive in Nebo. The show will feature the work of local artists in a variety of mediums. Each artist will donate a percentage of his/her sales from the show to a charity of choice. The show will continue the following day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free Bingo

The Lake James Community Center will offer free bingo from 6-9 p.m. A variety of food and beverages will be sold. Raffle drawings will be held for various prizes. All raffle winners will be included in a final drawing for a grand prize of a $100 grocery certificate. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Contact 828-439-4133 for ticket information.

Free Mobile Pharmacy Event

North Carolina MedAssist will hold a free mobile pharmacy event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Collett Street Recreation Center in Morganton. Free over-the-counter medical items, such as Tylenol and Band-aids, will be distributed. People receiving items must be at least 18 years old. The event is co-sponsored by Partners Behavioral Health Management.

Senior Craft Show

Area seniors will hold a fall craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burke County Senior Center. The show will continue the following day from 9 a.m. to noon.


Wresting Show Food Drive

Timmy Mac’s Comics and Games is partnering with Austin Freeman, a local elementary school student, to sponsor a free NAWA wrestling show at 4 p.m. at the Burke County fairgrounds. Doors will open at 3 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items for Burke United Christian Ministries.

Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony

The city of Morganton will hold a Memorial Tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the old Burke County courthouse. The ceremony will include a reading of the names of those remembered with lights on the tree. Following the ceremony, the city will offer a bonfire, hot cocoa, carriage rides and more until 8 p.m.

Christmas Boutique

The Morganton Moose Lodge will offer a Christmas boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility at 2722 Moose Lodge St. in Morganton. The event will feature more than 40 crafters and vendors, raffles, and a variety of food and beverages available for purchase. Santa Claus and his elves will make an appearance.

Benefit Yard Sale/Raffle

The friends and family of Danny Powell, who is battling Stage 4 brain cancer, will hold a yard sale to help with his medical expenses starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Burke County fairgrounds. The family will hold a raffle drawing at 2 p.m. Entrants do not have to be present to win.

WCU Open House

Western Carolina University will hold an open house for prospective students starting at 8:15 a.m. The open house will include an information fair, academic sessions, guided tours of the campus and a complimentary lunch. Those who would like to attend must register in advance by visiting or contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 877-928-4968.

Turkey Shoot

The Enola Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual turkey shoot at 9 a.m. at the ball field at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

State Park Program

South Mountains State Park will offer a Leaf Lookers Tree ID hike at 11 a.m. starting at the Jacob Fork parking area, and a wilderness survival course for children at 2 p.m. in the visitors’ center.

Suicide Loss Suvivors’ Day

The local chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold an event for suicide loss survivors from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Transportation Insight at 310 Main Ave. SE in Hickory in honor of the national Survivors’ Day. The event is free to attend and will include a lunch. Those interested in attending must register at For more information, contact Leisa Bentley at

Chorus Concert

The Caldwell Men’s Chorus will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lenoir Presbyterian Church at 1002 Kirkwood St. NW in Lenoir. The concert is free and open to the community.

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