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    MORGANTON — The Phifer Family YMCA, located at 2165 S. Sterling St. in Morganton will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. During the ribbon cutting, guests will be able to take tours of the facility, try out fitness equipment, see demonstrations, and learn about the Y’s chari…

      HICKORY — The public is invited to Ironwood Estate Orchids for an open house and sale at the greenhouse Feb. 4-14. Hours for the open house are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

        HICKORY — Are you interested in learning more about law enforcement including patrol techniques, community policing, criminal investigations, and firearms? Do you want to become more familiar with the Hickory Police Department? Now is your opportunity.

        Listen to a Pulitzer Prize winning poet at Lenoir-Rhyne, enjoy a bluegrass concert in Valdese or laugh along with John Waters for a fun-filled weekend in the Catawba Valley. 

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        HICKORY — February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

        HICKORY — Hickory Elks Lodge 1654 recently held a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated first-floor banquet and event room of the lodge located at 356 Main Ave., NW.

        HICKORY — The Catawba County Youth Council will begin accepting requests for funding proposals (RFPs) targeted to address the impact areas of health and education as they relate to the needs and wellbeing of children and youth in the community, starting Feb. 3.

        HICKORY — Reservations are now being taken for the Hickory Landmarks Society’s annual historic preservation group tour. The public is invited to join HLS on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, to visit historic sites and museums in Columbia, South Carolina.

        The Humane Society of Catawba County is open to the public by appointment. Visit www.catawbahumane.org to view available pets and fill out an adoption application. Once approved a staff member will contact you to schedule a time to visit. If you have any questions, call 828-464-8878.

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