Saturday, April 17

American Legion Post 392 will have a hamburger and hot dog dinner fundraiser with the Rock Creek Coon Club on Bowman Road in Dudley Shoals starting at 4 p.m. There will be a raffle, and the grand prize is a Henry .44-caliber Magnum rifle. Tickets are $5 or three for $10 and may be purchased at Computer Stuff in the Fairway Shopping Center in Hudson behind the Post office.

Robin’s Nest Children’s Advocacy Center of Caldwell County will hold a “Swing into Spring Featuring Dancing with Caldwell Stars” watch party at Cedar Rock Country Club from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and include dinner. E-mail rgrout@charter.net or call or text 828-310-5271 to make reservations. Seating is limited due to COVID-19 protocols. For a $10 donation, you can also view the event online. The Caldwell Stars who are dancing for donations will be featured via video. People can go online to robinsnestcac.org to vote for their favorite dancers. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. The winner will choose from four trip options. To purchase trip raffle tickets or for more information, call 828-754-6262.

Friday, April 30

The United Way of Caldwell County is accepting applications for funding from Caldwell County nonprofit agencies until noon today. Organizations chosen to receive funds must be a health and human service 501©3 nonprofit agency; serve Caldwell County residents; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver assistance to Caldwell County residents; and must have a voluntary board. Nonprofit agencies interested in applying for the United Way of Caldwell County funds can get an application by contacting Jamie Willis — United Way of Caldwell County, P.O. Box 1316, Lenoir, NC 28645, or by calling 828-758-9300, or by emailing liveunited@caldwellunitedway.org

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.

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

Saturday, May 15

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.

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.

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

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, Sept. 3

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