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March 31, 2015

CATAWBA COUNTY TO CELEBRATE COUNTY GOVERNMENT MONTH IN APRIL

Month to focus on services provided by professional staff

 

A call was recently received in the Catawba County Public Information Office from someone who had just moved to the area. The caller was glad to be living in the county and said neighbors and other residents had given her family a warm welcome.


But the caller was interested in getting involved in her new community and was looking for ways to do so. Her specific interests touched on the environment, gardening and in assisting foster children. The Public Information Office discussed with the caller several events going on just that week, including some which related to her interests.


That kind of wide variety of services is typical of Catawba County Government. Those services, and the professional County staff that provides them, will be the focus of County Government Month in April.


“County Government Month is held annually and organized nationally by the National Association of Counties or NACo,” said Dave Hardin, Catawba County Public Information Officer, who is coordinating the County Government Month observance. “It’s an opportunity for counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.”


The first week of County Government Month includes the following:


Wednesday, April 1, 2015- Child abuse prevention event, 12 Noon, Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground, 805 6th St SE, Hickory, NC 28602. Bud Lavery, president of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, will speak and blue and silver pinwheels, the national symbol of child abuse prevention, will be placed in the park immediately before the event.


Jr. Librarians: Bookin’ It. For ages 7 and up. Join the Conover branch librarian in learning about how the library selects books, various genres of books, and even make your own book. 2 p.m. Limited to ten children. Registration required at (828) 466-5108. Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station Southeast, Conover, NC 28613.

Thursday, April 2, 2015- Job Searching with NC Works at the Southwest Branch Library in Mountain View. A Catawba County Career Center representative will show how to navigate NCWorks.org, a job searching database for the State of North Carolina which allows you to create a resume’ and get notifications on job openings. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Southwest Branch Library, 2944 Highway 127 South, Hickory, NC 28602.


Friday, April 3, 2015- Public Health information campaign on the importance of immunizations begins with ads running prior to movies at the Carmike Cinemas on Catawba Valley Boulevard, Hickory.

Open Art for Teens. Use the Conover library’s art supplies to get creative and meet new friends. Each week, challenge items are provided that can be used to create an unexpected work of art. 3-6 p.m. Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station Southeast, Conover, NC 28613.

Monday, April 6, 2015- Board of Commissioners meeting, 9:30 a.m., 1924 Courthouse, 30 N. College Avenue, Newton.

Board of Health meeting, 7 p.m., Catawba County Public Health, 3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015- AARP Tax Preparation at the Newton Library. Free tax preparation by AARP volunteers. You must call for an appointment: 1-828-676-6723. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Catawba County Library, 115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658.

Movie Night at the Conover Branch Library, showing “Into the Woods”, rated PG. This Broadway musical brought to the big screen tells the story of a witch who tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. 6 p.m. Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station Southeast, Conover, NC 28613.

Computer and Tablet Drop-In Sessions at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library. Are you an adult with a computer question or an E-reader question? Drop-in and we will help. No appointment required. Formally held on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. but patrons may call and set up a one-on-one appointment anytime for anything that will require assistance for a longer period of time. Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell, NC 28682.

Big Library Read book discussion focusing on Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates, 6:30 p.m. Created for those who read Shakespeare Saved My Life as this year’s “Big Read”. Staff will screen a Ted Talk by author Laura Bates with footage of her work in the Super Security Prison and explore and discuss online comments about the book on Goodreads.com. Catawba County Library, 115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658.

Information about County Government Month activities will be made available each week during the month. A calendar of events for the entire month may be seen at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/CGMcalendar.asp

For more information on County Government Month in Catawba County, you may contact the County’s Public Information Office at 828-465-8464 or dave@catawbacountync.gov.