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Check out these events taking place around Burke County this week (Sept. 8-14):


State park program

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

Women’s Civic Club meeting

The Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s Civic Club will meet at 4 p.m. at the Mountain View Recreation Center.


School bus driver class

Burke County Public Schools will offer a school bus driver class from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the central office at 700 E. Parker Road in Morganton. The class will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the same time each day. For more information or to register, contact the BCPS bus garage at 828-437-4770.

Nurse alumni meeting

The Grace Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Catawba Meadows Park for a meal catered by Countryside BBQ. Cost is $10 per person.

Dementia estate planning workshop

The Burke County Senior Center will host a free workshop on estate planning that will have a special emphasis on planning for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. All ages are welcome. Those who plan to attend should RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.


Wilderness EMS film screening

The Carolina EMS Wilderness Externship will screen the film, “Head Games” at 7 p.m. in Room 163 at the Foothills Higher Education Center. Bottomless popcorn and Cheerwine will be served. A wilderness medicine roundtable discussion will follow the film, led by local sports medicine experts.

Paralegal meeting

The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association will meet at 6 p.m. in Room WW120 at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Wayne L. Rash, the Caldwell County Register of Deeds, will share information on e-recording of certain legal documents. The meeting is free and open to the community. One hour of general CPE credit has been approved for attending by the North Carolina State Bar.

Line dancing classes

Wright Way Dance instructors Sam and Dr. Judy Wright will kick off their line dancing classes with beginners meeting from 6-7 p.m. and intermediate dancers meeting from 7:10-8:10 p.m. at the Old Rock School in Valdese. Extra time will be given for review and practice after the intermediate class. Classes will take place every Tuesday through Dec. 17. No partner is needed to participate. Cost is a $5 cover fee. For more information, contact 828-391-1019 or

Senior Brain Games

The Burke County Senior Center will offer brain games for seniors at 11 a.m.

Seniors’ Night Out

The Burke County Senior Center will facilitate a seniors’ night out at 5:30 p.m. to Limbertwig Café and Toasted and Rolled. Cost of the meal and transportation is each person’s responsibility. Those interested in attending must RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.

Canning class

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Burke County Center will offer a class on canning apple butter from 10 a.m. to noon at its facility at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton. Cost is $10. Class size is limited, so those would like to participate must register in advance by contacting the center at 828-764-9480.


NARFE meeting

The local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Burke County Senior Center. Members will have lunch at Maria’s restaurant in Morganton after the meeting. For more information, contact Walt Coenen at 828-433-7336.

Seniors’ crafting workshop

The Burke County Senior Center will host a craft workshop for seniors featuring a lighthouse wine bottle. Those interested in participating must RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council 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 A.J. Coutu at 828-403-1427.


Smart Start meeting

The board of directors for Burke County Smart Start will hold its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Morganton. The meeting is open to the public and held in handicapped-accessible facilities. Those who would like to have special needs accommodated should contact 828-439-2326 or the NC Relay System at 800-735-8262.

Children’s art workshop

The Burke County Public Library will host an art workshop focusing on Guatemalan culture from 4-5 p.m. at the TOSS art studio at 510 College St. in Morganton for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade. Parents must register their children in advance for the workshop by contacting the library at 828-764-9274.

Veterans’ town hall meeting

The Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville will hold a veterans’ town hall at 5 p.m. inside the main entrance in the lower level of the atrium. Veterans, family members and other stakeholders are invited to attend. The executive leadership team will share important information and updates regarding services. Staff members will accept feedback and answer questions.


Ribbon cutting ceremony

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Craft’d at 2 p.m. at 108 W. Union St. in Morganton.

Breakfast and games for seniors

The Burke County Senior Center will host a “Breakfast and Games with the Director” at 9 a.m. for area seniors. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the center’s programs. Those planning to attend should RSVP by contacting the center at 828-430-4147.

State park program

Lake James State Park will offer an autumn 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 at 828-584-7728.


Ducky Derby

The Rotary Club of Burke-Sunrise will hold its third annual Ducky Derby at 1:30 p.m. at McGalliard Falls Park in Valdese. The club will distribute prizes ranging from $50 to $500, depending on where contestants’ ducks finish in the event. Friends of the Valdese Rec and Bimbo Bakeries will serve free hot dogs while supplies last. The Catawba River Wildlife Coalition will provide free nature craft projects. Boy Scout Ben Mast will demonstrate fly-tying. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and can be purchased from club members, at the Historic Morganton Festival and at the event. Proceeds exceeding the $1,250 used for prizes will be donated to Burke County nonprofit agencies and special club projects.

FHS Class of 1979 reunion

The Freedom High School Class of 1979 will hold its 40-year reunion from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Morganton Elks Lodge. The classes of 1977, 1978 and 1980 also are invited. The celebration will include hor d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a DJ. Those who plan to attend must RSVP in advance by contacting the reunion committee at Admission is $10 for ’79 classmates and $15 for ’77, ’78 and ’80 classmates. Admission may be paid at the door or in advance by sending a check to: Teresa Sprouse-Holsclaw, Treasurer, 2978 Village Drive, Morganton, NC, 28655. Checks should be made payable to “Freedom High School Class of ’79 reunion.”

Voter Rally

The Burke County Democratic Party will hold a voter rally from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Recreation Center in Morganton. 2019-20 candidates will be in attendance. People will have the opportunity to register to vote. The event will include a free fish fry, hamburgers and hot dogs. Children are welcome.

Lake James Fire and Rescue 50th anniversary

The Lake James Fire and Rescue Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary at 11 a.m. with a recognition program, followed by a BBQ lunch at noon. All residents of the Lake James Fire District are invited to attend.

State park programs

South Mountains State Park will offer a program about bears at 11 a.m. and a backpacking basics course at 2 p.m. Both programs will take place in the visitors’ center.

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