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Check out these events taking place around Burke County this week (Sunday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 17):


DAR New Member Tea

The Quaker Meadows Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a welcome tea for new and prospective members at 2 p.m. at the History Museum of Burke County at 201 W. Meeting St. in Morganton. The tea is open to any woman interested in finding out more about the society and exploring her own possible Revolutionary War patriot ancestors. For more information, contact Regent Donna Aubuchon at 828-234-7933 or

George Henry Barrier family reunion

The descendants of George Henry Barrier will hold their annual reunion at 1 p.m. in the picnic area on Donald Barrier Street in Jonas Ridge. Tables and chairs will be provided. Those who attend should bring food, beverages, ice, napkins, plastic flatware, etc. For more information, contact Allen Barrier at 828-437-8976.

State park programs

Lake James State Park will offer a program on snakes at 9 a.m. in its basement classroom in the Catawba River Area. South Mountains State Park will offer a fly-fishing workshop at 2 p.m. starting in its visitors’ center.


Board meeting

The board of directors of the Chesterfield Fire Department will meet at 7 p.m. at the department facility. All Chesterfield community residents are invited to attend and vote. The meeting will include a presentation on how to become a volunteer fire fighter, a memorial dedication ceremony and an award presentation to Girl Scout Troop No. 2729.

Blood drive

Mount Home Baptist Church will hold a blood drive from 3-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact 828-437-0593.

Book launch party

Local evangelist and author Jaime Torres will hold a launch party for his new book, “You Can’t Kill the Miracle,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morganton Public Library. The event will include book sales and signings, photo opportunities, music, refreshments, excerpt readings and more.


Mental health training

Vaya Health will present a free workshop called, “Enhancing Mental Health with Alternative Treatments,” at 12:15 p.m. at the East Burke Senior Center in Hildebran.

Paralegal meeting

The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association will meet at 6 p.m. in Room WW120 at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Attorney Michael J. Barnett, partner with Patrick, Harper and Dixon, will discuss the rules, deadlines, and case examples of appeals that were dismissed for rules violations and offer practical tips to ensure compliance and avoid dismissal. The meeting is open to the public. One hour general CPE credit has been approved for attending this meeting by the North Carolina State Bar.


Crafting workshop for seniors

The Burke County Senior Center will offer a free crafting workshop for seniors making cactus rock planters at 1 p.m. Those interested in attending must RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.


Senior talent show

The Historic Burke Foundation will present its annual “Oldies but Goodies” senior talent show from 7-9 p.m. at CoMMA. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The show will feature local senior citizens sharing their talents. Tickets are $20, plus tax. To purchase tickets, contact the CoMMA box office at 800-939-SHOW or visit

School board meeting

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

Health presentation

The public is invited to a free screening of the movie, “Forks Over Knives” at 7 p.m. in the Waldensian Room at the Old Rock School. The movie promotes a plant-based diet for optimal health.

Republican meeting

The United Republican Women will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Food Matters Market in Morganton.

State park program

Lake James State Park will offer a program on macro-invertebrates at 10 a.m. starting at the Holly Discovery Trail parking lot. The park will offer an evening version of the program at 8:30 p.m. starting in the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. Those who participate should be prepared to get wet.



Belle Farm at 3851 Kathy Road in Morganton will welcome the bluegrass band Jacktown Ramblers, who will perform a concert there from 7-9 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. Donations will be accepted for the band.

Canning workshop

The Burke County Senior Center will offer a canning workshop at 11 a.m., taught by a representative of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Burke County Center. Those interested in attending must RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.

State park program

Lake James State Park will offer a summertime boat tour at 9:45 a.m. starting at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter. Those interested in attending must RSVP by contacting the park office at 828-584-7728.


Royal Princess Ball

Once Upon a Time Entertainment and The Studio will hold a Royal Princess Ball from 2:30-4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Old Rock School in Valdese. Doors will open at 2 p.m. The princesses will perform a stage show for part of the event, which will be followed by a princess meet-and-greet with photo opportunities. Young children will be invited onstage for a sing-along. General admission tickets are $25, which includes one adult and one child. VIP packages, including a Princess Makeover, also are available. Tickets may be purchased at or at the door the day of the event.

Chicken pie fundraiser

East Burke Pharmacy will hold a chicken pie fundraiser from 2-6 p.m. at Crosslink Church in Rutherford College to help pay for medical expenses for an employee’s husband’s open heart surgery. Meals will be offered for donations. All funds donated that exceed the cost of the meal preparation will go directly to the employee’s family.

Christian school reunion

Alumni of Tabernacle Christian School/Morganton Christian Academy at 201 Believers Way in Morganton will hold a school-wide reunion at 5 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The reunion is open to both graduates and anyone who attended the school, as well as TCS and MCA faculty and staff and parents of students. For more information, contact Scott Dula at 828-443-7047.

State park program

South Mountains State Park will offer a program about bears at 11 a.m. in its visitors’ center.

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