Caldwell Senior Center is offering Zoom Coffee Chats on Fridays at 10 a.m. On Friday, Jan. 15, the speaker will be A.J. Kerley of PACE at Home, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly. On Jan. 22 the speaker will be April Austin talking about the senior center’s new monthly program, “Food for Thought.” On Jan. 29 the program will be presented by Terra Strange, promotions and PR coordinator with The Blood Connection. If you would like information to participate, call 828-758-2883 or email Call-in options are available for those with our access to computers, smartphones, or tablets. The Zoom link is posted at or can be emailed upon request.

Happy Valley Ruritan will host its buffet-style Big Breakfast fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 16, 7-9:30 a.m. Food is served by masked and gloved servers, and the tables are separated for safe distancing. The menu includes variety of meats, eggs, gravy, grits, homemade buttermilk biscuits, apples, pancakes, coffee, tea, and juice. Children up to 5 eat free. The cost is $3 for children ages 6-12 and $7 for all others. For more information call Lorene at 828-292-5115 or Sharon at 828-750-3327.

The Guardian Ad Litem program of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties will hold volunteer training beginning Jan. 19. The Guardian Ad Litem program works with children up to age 18 who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect. This training will be offered online and will provided participants with either an 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m. option. Those interested can visit or call 828-466-6121.

Tuttle Educational State Forest reopens in mid-March but is taking reservations for the covered picnic shelter. For reservations or to speak with a ranger call 828-757-5608.