Saturday, Feb. 20

Happy Valley Ruritan Club will hold the February Big Breakfast Fundraiser 7-9:30 a.m. at the clubhouse, 1317 Yadkin River Road, Patterson, serving a variety of breakfast meats, homemade buttermilk biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, stewed apples, and pancakes, with coffee, tea or juice. Food is served buffet-style by masked and gloved servers for your protection. The cost is free for children under 6, $3 for children 6-12, and $7 for all others. Take-outs are available for $7. For more information call Sharon at 828-750-3327 or Lorene at 828-292-5115.

Pay-It-Forward Food Pantry, 2058 Harper Ave. NW (beside Gateway Nursing), has drive-through food boxes available on the second and fourth Thursdays and the third Saturdays of each month. For safety, recipients will remain in their cars, and volunteers will bring the food boxes to them. Each box contains around 40 pounds of food such as milk, meat canned goods, staples, and fresh produce, as long as supplies last. Distribution hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Identification for a brief registration is required, and families are limited to one visit per month. The food pantry is also soliciting donations, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 3188, Lenoir, NC 28645. There are no paid staff, and gifts are used primarily for food costs.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Pay-It-Forward Food Pantry, 2058 Harper Ave. NW (beside Gateway Nursing), has drive-through food boxes available on the second and fourth Thursdays and the third Saturdays of each month. For safety, recipients will remain in their cars, and volunteers will bring the food boxes to them. Each box contains around 40 pounds of food such as milk, meat canned goods, staples, and fresh produce, as long as supplies last. Distribution hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Identification for a brief registration is required, and families are limited to one visit per month. The food pantry is also soliciting donations, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 3188, Lenoir, NC 28645. There are no paid staff, and gifts are used primarily for food costs.

The “Schaefer Center Presents” virtual performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, will feature one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, BalletX at 8 p.m. This specially curated broadcast of Philadelphia’s premier ballet company includes an introduction by BalletX co-founder Christine Cox, the BalletX 15th anniversary season documentary film, and two of the company’s popular mixed rep selections, “Increasing” and “Fancy Me.” The documentary was commissioned from filmmaker Daniel Madoff, and highlights the company’s growth, trajectory and continued commitment to redefining ballet in the 21st century. The SCP virtual event is free, but registration is required online at https://theschaefercenter.org/

Friday, Feb. 26

The Caldwell Senior Center is offering Zoom Coffee Chats on Fridays at 10 a.m. during the COVID-19 closure. Today, April will host her new program “Food for Thought” and share information, tips, and a chili recipe. The link to this event may be found on our website. www.caldwellseniorcenter.org

Happy Valley Ruritan will have a bingo fundraiser at the clubhouse, 1317 Yadkin River Road, Patterson, at 7 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available from 6 p.m. until games start. The facility is sanitized prior to each event, and there is plenty of room to socially distance. For more information contact Sharon at 828-750-3327 or Lorene at 828-292-5115.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Today is the deadline for applications during the Caldwell County Schools’ open enrollment period, when families may apply for students to transfer out of their home districts. Students who currently already are on an approved transfer also are required to apply. After today, parents must show severe, extenuating circumstances in order to justify a transfer. The one-page application, more detailed information, and policies regarding student transfers are posted on the school district website, caldwellschools.com.

Wednesday, Mar. 3

A Caregiver Support Group meets via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. Join people who understand and professionals who can provide you with community resources, possible solutions to challenges, and talk through issues and ways of coping. The link may be found at www.caldwellseniorcenter.org. You do not have to be registered to join.

Friday, Mar. 5

The Caldwell Senior Center is offering an online mental health program from VAYA Health at 10 a.m. The topics are “Schizophrenia: Psychosis: Can This Be Real?” and “The Many Faces of Antipsychotic Medications.” If interested, register by March 2 by calling the senior center at 828-758-2883.

Monday, Mar. 8

Today is the deadline for submissions by children or art classes for a mural to be painted in the children’s section of the new Granite Falls library branch. Designs can be a single concept or an artfully arranged collage. Themes can include favorite books or characters, adventure, computers, e-books, creative learning, or anything related to the library and education. The winner will be announced the first week in April. Paper submissions must be 8.5-by-11 and can be mailed or dropped off at the library’s main branch, 120 Hospital Avenue, Lenoir, NC 28645. If entries are mailed, please address the envelope to “Library Art Contest, c/o Caldwell County Public Library.” Entries will not be returned, and the library is not responsible for lost or misplaced entries. Images sent with email submissions must be “jpg” or “png” files and can be sent to libraryartcontest@caldwellcountync.org. Make sure the design is clear and details and colors of the design are visible. All entries should include the name of the student or submitting class and contact information.

Thursday, Mar. 11

Pay-It-Forward Food Pantry, 2058 Harper Ave. NW (beside Gateway Nursing), has drive-through food boxes available on the second and fourth Thursdays and the third Saturdays of each month. For safety, recipients will remain in their cars, and volunteers will bring the food boxes to them. Each box contains around 40 pounds of food such as milk, meat canned goods, staples, and fresh produce, as long as supplies last. Distribution hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Identification for a brief registration is required, and families are limited to one visit per month. The food pantry is also soliciting donations, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 3188, Lenoir, NC 28645. There are no paid staff, and gifts are used primarily for food costs.

The “Schaefer Center Presents” virtual performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, will feature the Steep Canyon Rangers at 8 p.m. The SCP virtual event is free, but registration is required online at https://theschaefercenter.org/

Friday, Mar. 12

The Caldwell Senior Center is offering Zoom Coffee Chats on Fridays at 10 a.m. during the COVID-19 closure. Today, Ingrid will lead participants in a Blessings Jar craft. If interested in participating call the senior center by March 10 at 828-758-2883 to find out what materials are needed. The link to this event may be found online at www.caldwellseniorcenter.org

Monday, Mar. 15

The Caldwell Senior Center will host an online Medicare 101 Class for those new to Medicare on March 15 at 5:30 p.m. If you have important decisions to make and need to understand the material, join this Zoom class to learn from a trained Seniors Health Insurance Information Program counselor. You may find the registration on our website. www.caldwellseniorcent.org

Tuesday, Mar. 16

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a two-day virtual training this week for adults who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. This training will be held today from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and Thursday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. via Zoom video conferencing. To reserve a spot in the Zoom training, participants must complete an application at www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer. Participants will learn about the strong community history and commitment of Caldwell Hospice, the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial issues hospice patients face, and much more from Caldwell Hospice’s staff of end-of-life care experts. Currently, there is a need for volunteers to provide patient and family support. Other specific needs include veteran volunteers to support and make Veterans Honoring Veterans presentations to patients who are veterans. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Cyndi Akins at 828-754-0101 or cakins@caldwellhospice.org.

The Guardian Ad Litem program is seeking volunteers in Caldwell County. The Guardian Ad Litem program works with children up to 18 who are court-involved due to abuse or neglect. There are approximately 80 children in Caldwell County who need a volunteer to advocate and be their voice in court. Volunteers are trained and work with a program supervisor, who supports and guides them as they advocate for the children they represent. Training will be conducted March 16 through April 27 or May 18 through June 29. You can find more information by visiting www.volunterforgal.org or by calling 828-759-3521.

Thursday, Mar. 18

The Caldwell Senior Center is partnering with the Catawba County Council on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a virtual program called “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” from 2-3 p.m. on what to watch for in yourself and others with regards to memory changes. Register by calling 1-800-272-3900 or going online to https://tinyurl.com/10SignsMar18. Visit alz.org/CRF for additional programs and resources.

The Caldwell Senior Center has a new option for activities that do not require you to have a computer or internet access. The new “Conference Call” format affords you the ability to call in using any type of telephone. Today, play Phone Bingo and possibly win a prize from Chick-fil-A. Call 828-758-2883 by March 15 to register and get instructions.

Friday, Mar. 19

The Caldwell Senior Center is offering Zoom Coffee Chats on Fridays at 10 a.m. during the COVID-19 closure. Today, Terri Clapsaddle with the UNC Health’s Diabetes Education Services will join us to talk about how to keep your blood sugar levels regulated and recipes. The link to this event may be found online at www.caldwellseniorcenter.org

Tuesday, Mar. 23

The Caldwell Arts Council will present a multi-session, online writing workshop for women, “A Woman’s Story Matters,” led by N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green on four consecutive Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting March 23. There is no cost for the workshop. However, it is important for participants to be able to attend all sessions, as each one builds on prior sessions. In addition, attendees must have access to the internet and be comfortable participating and interacting via virtual conferencing using Zoom. Limited seats are available, so early registration is urged by calling the Caldwell Arts Council office at 828-754-2486 or signing up online at www.caldwellarts.com.

Saturday, Mar. 27

The Long View Lions Club’s annual fishing tournament will be 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Lake Hickory at the Wittenburg Access. The entry fee is $90; pre-entries receive a free T-shirt. For more information contact Eric Killian at 828-455-4936 or blademannc@yahoo.com