Community calendar

Saturday, May 1

The Caldwell County Farmers Market in downtown Lenoir opens for the season on May 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gamewell Ruritan Club will hold its monthly buffet breakfast on Saturday, May 1, 7-10 a.m. Food on the buffet bar will be homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, white creamed gravy, grits, fried bologna, country ham, sausage, pork tenderloin, bacon, livermush, cooked apples, pancakes, tomato slices, and cantaloupe and watermelon chunks when available. Beverages are apple juice, orange juice, tea, coffee and water, and soda upon request. The cost for adults is $7 and for children is $3. Take-outs trays are available too. For more information contact club president Lee Ann Gragg at 828-383-1323.

The Zacks Fork Trail Run to support Communities in Schools of Caldwell County is being held virtually this year May 1-8. You can sign up to run a 5k on Zacks Fork Trail, or you can sign up to run or walk a 5k anywhere. Registration is $25 through April 28 and includes a T-shirt. After that it is $30, and a T-shirt is not promised. For more information call Debbie at 828-929-2247 or go online to https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Lenoir/ZacksForkTrailRun

Monday, May 3

Gamewell Ruritan Club will be having its monthly Bingo night Monday, May 3, at 7 p.m. The cost is $1 per game sheet for games 1-9 and $2 per game sheet for the 10th, jackpot game. They also sell ink daubers for $1 each. Snacks will be available for purchase. For more information contact club president Lee Ann Gragg at 828-383-1323.

Thursday, May 6

The Foothills Robotics, Team 6888, will be having an open meeting at the Albert M. Parkhurst Municipal Complex in Hildebran at 7 p.m. Students in seventh through 12th grade from any public, private, home, Christian or online schools may participate. Students have the opportunity to learn new skills, participate in STEM activities, and have a chance to apply for more than $200 million in scholarships from over 80 companies and agencies, including NASA, Google, Boeing, Duke Energy, and more. Foothills Robotics is a non-profit organization that runs on donations and sponsorships. There is no membership fee to participate. For more information email frcteam6888.2021@gmail.com

Saturday, May 8

Fort Defiance, the home of Gen. William Lenoir, at 1792 Fort Defiance Drive off N.C. 268 in Happy Valley will have its 270th Birthday Celebration from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be original Lenoir family textiles, music on the grounds all day — musicians are Musicians include Pat and Kay Crouch, Brushy Mountain Buddies, Love Like This, RJ Abshire and AJ Bennett — and food trucks from Blue Moose Coffee and Paradise Subs. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for each child over 5; children 5 and under are admitted free.

Thursday, May 13

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.

Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center provide a monthly online Advance Directives Planning Workshop on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Forms are explained, questions answered and documents notarized (at a separate time). If you are interested, call 828-758-2883 or email office@caldwellseniorcenter.org by May 7 to register.

Friday, May 14

The Caldwell Senior Center offers a Friday “Zoom Coffee Chat” at 10 a.m., leading participants in a paper flower craft. Come by the senior center to pick up your craft supplies the week of May 10-13. Call 828-758-2883 or email office@caldwellseniorcenter.org for the link.

Saturday, May 15

The Wilson Creek Faithful will be organizing a clean-up on Wilson Creek from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Trash bags and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact David Benner at 828-433-7932 or Todd Cornwell at 828-640-5618.

The inaugural Spring FarmFest & Artisan Fair will be at Catawba Farms in Newton noon-6 p.m. The event features artisans from around the region, food and beverage vendors, and live music on a 34-acre historic farm. There will be food vendors, and a limited-edition spring wine and craft beer, both developed by the owners of Catawba Farms and Carolina Vines, will be available for purchase. Artisans who would like to vend should visit farmfest.catawbafarms.com for details, or call 980-858-5296.

Monday, May 17

The Caldwell Senior Center will host an online Medicare 101 Class for those new to Medicare 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. Call 828-758-2883 or email office@caldwellseniorcenter.org for the link.

Tuesday, May 18

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 May 18 through June 29. You can find more information by visiting www.volunterforgal.org or by calling 828-759-3521.

Thursday, May 20

The Caldwell Senior Center will play Phone Bingo at 10 a.m. This is by conference call with any type of phone. Call 828-758-2883 to register and to receive the phone number and your bingo cards.

Friday, May 21

The Caldwell Senior Center offers a Friday “Zoom Coffee Chat” at 10 a.m. with Mary Mitchell of the Area Agency on Aging providing an overview of services for seniors. Call 828-758-2883 or email office@caldwellseniorcenter.org for the link.

Saturday, May 22

American Legion Post 392, 243 Legion Road in Hudson, has scheduled a fish fry for today 4-7 p.m. to replace the one that had been scheduled for March 20 but was canceled because the fryers caught fire. Any fish fry tickets bought for March 20 will be honored at this fish fry. The plate includes fish, coleslaw, hushpuppies, dessert and a drink for $10. Kids plates are $5. There also is a raffle with a chance to win $100.

Thursday, May 27

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 Caldwell Senior Center will play Two Truths and a Lie by conference call at 10 a.m. Participants can use any type of telephone. Call 828-758-2883 to register and get the phone number to chat.

Friday, May 28

The Caldwell Senior Center offers a Friday “Zoom Coffee Chat” at 10 a.m. This week’s “Food for Thought” will offer information, tips, and a recipe for a patriotic dessert in honor of Memorial Day. Call 828-758-2883 or email office@caldwellseniorcenter.org for the link.

Sunday, May 30

The 13th annual Swingin’ Under the Stars jazz concert will be held in downtown Hickory at the Sails on the Square on from 6:30-10 p.m. This free, outdoor event features the Hickory Jazz Orchestra, which will perform classic 1940s-era Big Band arrangements from the great American songbook. There will be a vendor selling kettle corn and drinks. Masks are required and social distancing strongly encouraged. For more information contact 828-308-5659 or email contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

Wednesday, June 9

The Caldwell Arts Council announced that there will be a Summer JAM Camp this year. At the 10-week music camp, students from 8 to 17 years old can learn to play their choice of guitar or fiddle in the old-time tradition of learning to play and sing by ear. Participants will have the chance to perform at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention in Patterson on Labor Day weekend. Summer JAM will offer both beginner and intermediate classes on consecutive Wednesdays from June 9 through Aug. 18 at The HUB Station Arts Center, 145 Cedar Valley Road in Hudson. Classes will run for one hour, with beginners starting at 2:30 p.m. and intermediate students starting at 3:30 p.m. The instructors are Bob Henson and Alyssa McLean for guitar and Mary Ervin for fiddle. The fee is $100, with sibling discounts available. Instruments are available for rent for $15. To register your child for Summer JAM camp, visit www.caldwellarts.com or call 828-754-2486.

Tuesday, June 14

The Kevin Prince basketball camp at the Granite Falls recreation center for boys and girls ages 7-15 will be June 14-17 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. There will be camp shirts and trophies for competition winners. Refreshments provided. The cost is $70. For more information call 828-781-1912. For a registration form email kprince@caldwellschools.com

Tuesday, June 28

The Kevin Prince girls basketball skills and shooting camp at the Granite Falls recreation center for girls 8-15 years old will be June 28-30 9 a.m.-noon. There will be camp shirts and trophies for competition winners. Refreshments provided. The cost is $50. For more information call 828-781-1912. For a registration form email kprince@caldwellschools.com

Friday, Aug. 13

The annual Hudson Arts Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14. Events Friday will take place in downtown Hudson. Saturday will feature artist and artisan tents, booths, activities and sales at the HUB Station Arts Center, 145 Cedar Valley Road, and will conclude with a dance to a performance by the Chairmen of the Board at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3

The Carolina Tattoo and Art Gathering will be Sept. 3-5 in downtown Lenoir.