Community calendar for Aug. 17-30

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

Saturday, Aug. 17

Happy Valley Ruritan, 1317 Yadkin River Road, will have its Big Breakfast 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The cost is $6.50 per adult, $3 for children under 10. The menu includes a variety of meats, eggs, grits, gravy, biscuits, pancakes, fried apples, served with juice and coffee. All proceeds help the community. For more information call 828-292-9364.

Liberty Baptist Church will host a blood drive for the Red Cross 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 828-758-8894 for an appointment. The church is at 213 Hazel Lee St. in Lenoir near Thomasville furniture.

In celebration of National Model Aviation Day, the Caldwell AeroModelers remote-control airplane club will host an open house 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the club field in Hudson for anyone interested in remote-controlled model aviation flight. Club members will have a variety of powered and glider type aircraft on display. Club instructor pilots will be on hand for anyone interested in flying a remote-controlled airplane. Refreshments available. Directions to the field are available on the club home page ( or by calling Don Bourdon at 828-728-0249.

Carolina Cruisers USA sponsors a cruise-in 5-9 p.m. in the parking lot of Belk on U.S. 321 in Lenoir. The rain date will be Oct. 19.

Diamond Class Promotions and Rue 21 in Lenoir are holding the second annual Talent & Fashon Extravaganza at the old Lenoir High School auditorium beginning a 6:30 p.m. The event will feature talent from Caldwell County and surrounding areas, including singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, bands, and poets. The event also will feature a Lil' Miss Diamond Class Queen Pageant for girls kindergarten age through 5th grade.

Monday, Aug. 19

Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard will hold its monthly meeting and training with the Army National Guard at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 392, 243 Legion Road in Hudson. All honorably discharged veterans who have an interest in participating in activities honoring veterans, the American flag at special events and helping ensure all veterans who wish to receive a military funeral to get their wish are invited. For information about the meeting or becoming a member call 828-292-3467 or

Tuesday, Aug. 20

A Safe Driving Class will be taught at the Satie and J. E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center, 12:30-5 p.m. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The program addresses needs and concerns of drivers, particularly those who are older. It covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems, and license renewal requirements. Call 758-2883 to register or for more information.

The Caldwell TEA Party will meet at the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir at 7 p.m. State Highway Patrol Trooper Lance Wilson, a candidate for Caldwell County sheriff, will be speaking.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Collettsville Ruritan will hold Bingo at 6 p.m. at the Ruritan Building. Barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers will be available.  Proceeds will go to support ongoing community projects.

The Council of Women’s annual Woman of the Year dinner takes place at 6 p.m. at the Broyhill Civic Center. The evening includes dinner and presentation of the annual award. The evening's speaker is Estie Bennington, author of “Insanity on the Road to Glory,” and a book signing will follow the event. Tickets are $25 and available from Clark and Clark, attorneys, The Bold and Beautiful, and Kay Roukema, 754-3374.

Friday, Aug. 23

The Medicare A, B, C, D, and More program will be from 10-12 at the Satie and J. E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center. Learn about the parts of Medicare, premiums, deductibles, enrollment periods and insurance supplements. This will be an overview of Medicare. For individual counseling, an appointment will need to be made for a later date. Medicare beneficiaries, pre-retirees, caregivers and professionals are invited to attend. If there is demand for a class after work hours, one will be scheduled. Call 758-2883 to sign up or for more information.

Friday After 5 starts at 7 p.m. in downtown Lenoir, with Hott Gritz, an R&B, funk and smooth-jazz band. For more information, call (828) 757-2187. The inclement weather location will be the old Lenoir High School Auditorium.

Saturday, Aug. 24

The third annual Big Pot Fun Run to benefit the South Mountain Christian Camp and CBA Charities Hickory Chapter takes place this morning. Register at Blue Ridge Harley Davidson beginning at 9 a.m. The last bike out leaves at 11:30 a.m. and arrives at Bostic at 3 p.m. Bikes, cruisers, hot rods, cars and trucks may participate. Formore information, call Keith Bumgarner, 828-302-4590, or Jeff Lackey, 704-585-6363.

The Charlie Ingram Family Reunion will be at the Hard and Flossie Clark Family Park on Adako Road. Everyone is asked to bring a well-filled picnic basket to share and any play equipment for the children. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. For more information call Mildred Crump, 754-8789.

The Fabulous Family Film series continues. An inflatable, two-story screen will present movies in downtown Lenoir at dark. In case of inclement weather, movies will be shown in the Lenoir High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. All movies are rated G or PG. Tonight is "OZ: The Great and Powerful." Concessions will be available to purchase. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call (828) 757-2187.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Attorney Angela Clark of Clark & Clark PA in Lenoir will present a program on end-of-life planning (Power of Attorney, Living Wills, etc.) at the Granite Falls Women's Enrichment Association meeting in the Civic Building on the campus of the William B. Shuford Recreation Center on Pinewood Road in Granite Falls. The program will follow a covered dish dinner that begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. Guests are welcome. Call 828-396-1066 to make reservations. The Granite Falls Women's Enrichment Association helps women improve the quality of their lives through informative programs, publications, networking events, mentoring, etc. For more information, visit

A class on Writing Your Family Memoirs will be taught at the Satie and J. E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center from 1-2 p.m. Amazon bestselling author Kimberly Rae will lead the class and share tips on writing skills. Those who attended her class last year are invited to come and tell everyone about their progress. Call 758-2883 to sign up.

The Ladies VFW Auxiliary Lee Powell Post 5381 will meet at the DAV home post, 4113 Hickory Nut Ridge Road, at 6:30 p.m. A catered meal will be served before the meeting for $6 per person. If interested in joining, contact Shelby Craig at 828-754-5466.

Thursday, Aug. 29

A session on different types of technological devices will be offered at the Satie and J. E. Broyhill Caldwell Senior Center from 1-2 p.m. Loes Moore, who knows about all of the devices, can tell us about the features and differences between an iPad, a smartphone, a tablet or other device in case you are unsure about what you need. The cost is $10. Call 758-2883 to sign up.

Friday, Aug. 30

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention opens at 7 p.m. on the Jones Farm, 3590 N.C. 268, northeast of Lenoir along the Yadkin River. The convention continues Saturday and Sunday. For more information see

Friday After 5 starts at 7 p.m. in downtown Lenoir, with Throw Down Jones, a rock music band. For more information, call (828) 757-2187. The inclement weather location will be the old Lenoir High School Auditorium.