HICKORY — Join Ren’s Dog Den on Saturday, July 20 from 2-6 p.m. to raise money for Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue and NC Paws Rescue as part of this “Ren’s Paws for a Cause” fundraiser.

There will be a silent auction, raffles, live music and food and drinks for purchase. Dogs are welcomed to attend, and there will be a dog pool party, frozen dog treats, a photographer to take you and your dog’s photo and a Best Summer Attire K-9 contest. 

Ren’s Dog Den, a dog bar, is located at 843 Highland Avenue NE in Hickory. For more information, email rensdogden@gmail.com

Hickory Arts house concert to feature McKenna Haislip

HICKORY — Celebrate summer on Friday, July 19 for the next in this year’s series of Hickory Arts house concerts featuring singer/songwriter Mckenna Haislip. 

As a child, Haislip sang anything and everything. First performing at the mature age of four in the atrium of a cruise ship, she found her first love. As soon as she was able to write, she started writing songs and dreamed of a day where she could sing them in front of other people.

Haislip started working with Hickory Art’s Jeff Hartman in seventh grade, where she learned how to develop her skills as a vocalist, as well as prepare for her school talent shows and plays.

Seven years later, she’s back to perform some of her favorite songs, as well as some of her own compositions. Join Hickory Arts for a college send-off performance with Mckenna, accompanied by Jeff Hartman. 

Hickory Arts House Concerts are very intimate. Volunteers to “pot luck” for the performer(s) and guests is strongly encouraged. All proceeds go directly to the artist(s). No membership or personal invitation required.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.hickoryarts.com/mckennahaisliphouseconcert. Only 30 seats are available, and tickets will not be sold at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an “eat & greet” with the artist. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

The studio is located at 720 Second Avenue SW in Hickory. For more information about tickets and Hickory Arts explore the website www.hickoryarts.com or call 828-270-9801.

Summer concerts continue in Valdese

VALDESE — The Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series in Valdese continues with The True Grass Band on Friday, July 19.

True Grass Band is from Burnsville and has been established since 1994. Their members include Anthony Allen, Jeff Allan, Daniel Cook, Jeremy Painter and Daniel Norton. They peg themselves as “a Bluegrass Band that loves truegrass, newgrass and gospel.” 

Recently, the True Grass Band made its debut in Valdese in the Fall of 2017 when they took the stage with Steve Dilling and Sideline to kick off the Bluegrass at the Rock Concerts Series. The concert was enjoyed thoroughly by all who attended. 

Concessions will be available and provided by the Habitat of Burke County, as well as a 50/50 raffle. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Nights Concert Schedule, go online to www.visitvaldese.com

NEWTON - The Newton-Conover Auditorium is hosting a Food Truck Rodeo this Saturday, July 20 from 3-10 pm.

There will be 13 food trucks, live bands, artists, vendors, an indoor beer garden, outdoor movie "The Goonies" starting at dusk and more.

Admission to the event is free. The event location is the old NCCS baseball field at the corner of W 7th Street and Ashe Avenue in Newton. For more information call our office at 828-464-8100 or visit www.FoodTruckRodeoNewton.com

Film screening planned for Newton-Conover Auditorium

NEWTON — The Footcandle Film Society will be screening the documentary film, “Ophelia” on Monday, July 22 at 7 p.m. in the Newton-Conover Auditorium near downtown Newton. 

“Ophelia” is a re-imagining of “Hamlet,” told from Ophelia's perspective. As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gerturde (Naomi Watts) as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. 

Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance secretly kindles between the two as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the prince begins to unravel, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark.

This screening is part of a monthly film series at the Newton-Conover Auditorium hosted by the Footcandle Film Society. An optional discussion of the film will take place in the auditorium immediately after the conclusion of the film. 

Tickets are $5 per person.There will be beer, wine, beverage and refreshments for sale before the film. The screening is open to the public and all potential future film society members are welcome; no membership to the film society is required to attend the screening. For more information, call the auditorium at 828-464-8100.

Learn the basics of Windows at library

HICKORY — Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering one-on-one sessions for those interested in learning the basics of Windows 10 on Monday, July 22 from 1-4 p.m. 

Topics to be covered include a basic overview of the interface, using the Start Menu, where various functions and settings were relocated, security/privacy settings and any questions related to Windows 10 usage.

Appointments are limited so registration is required. Patrons may sign up for an appointment by calling 828-304-0500, Ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third Street NE on the SALT Block.

New food truck planned to set up near brewery

NEBO — A new food concept, Singlewyde, is slated to open in late July of 2019 at Fonta Flora Brewery’s Whippoorwill Farm location. 

The food trailer will be a permanent fixture at this location, providing farm-to-table fare to patrons of the brewery and beyond. This new food venture is created by Obie Ferguson, former head chef of Wisteria Southern Gastropub and Todd Boera, head of brewing operations at Fonta Flora Brewery.

A symbiotic relationship between farms, food and beer is what the owners hope to create by adding Singlewyde to the landscape of Whippoorwill Farm. The menu will feature a variety of different dishes and will change seasonally with agricultural availability. 

Customers can expect certain mainstays in the form of wood-fired sourdough pizza, farm-style small plates and rotating house-made sourdough sandwiches. In addition, they plan to make seasonal ice cream from scratch, utilizing local dairy and local fruits.

Hickory band Run With Me scheduled to play at Newton-Conover Auditorium

NEWTON — The Hickory-based trio Run with Me announced a special concert for Friday, July 26 to celebrate the  release of the group’s second EP. 

The trio is comprised of Hickory residents Brock Pate, Carter Pennell and Cole Pilgrim. The band members are 2018 graduates of University Christian High School in Hickory. Pate is a rising sophomore at Brigham Young University, while Pennell and Pilgrim are rising sophomore students at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

The trio’s special release event is slated to be held at the Newton Conover Auditorium at 7 p.m.  The group’s first EP was released in August 2018. The first project included four tracks and was titled “I Met a Seer”.  

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the release concert. Tickets are available for $5 each. Children age six and under will be admitted free. For more information, check out “Run with Me” on Facebook and Instagram or email at runwithmeofficial@gmail.com

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