Boy Scouts of America Catawba County Museum of History
1222 East Franklin Boulevard 30 North College Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28053 Newton, NC 28658
Contact for information about Boy In the 1924 Courthouse, on the square in
Scouting in your community. Designed Newton. Museum exhibits feature the
to develop character, citizenship, and history of the Catawba Valley, including
personal fitness. folk art, a medical gallery, 1900’s law
office, jail cell, pottery, furniture, and Civil
Bunker Hill Covered Bridge War gallery.
Hwy. 70 East beyond Claremont. Catawba Science Center
Historic covered bridge, trails, and picnic 322-8169
areas. 243 3rd Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Catawba County 4-H Youth Programs www.catawbascience.org
465-8242 Provides hands-on science and
NC Cooperative Extension Service technology for all ages, special
P.O. Box 389 programs and exhibits. Also features a
Newton, NC 28658 special play and learning center for
Provides educational, social, and preschool children.
recreational activities for young children.
Contact Livestock Agent for names of Girl Scout Council of the Catawba
farms currently available for tours. Valley
Catawba County Council for the Arts 530 4th Street SW
324-4906 Hickory, NC 28602
P.O. Box 1004 www.cvgirlscouts.org
Hickory, NC 28603 Girl Scouting offers a variety of
www.catawba-arts.org programs for girls ages 5-17 to build
Provides the quarterly “Art Beat” character and skills for future success;
publication which lists all art exhibits, an accepting environment where girls
theatre activities, library workshops, discover the fun, friendship, and power
musical happenings, historical lectures, of girls together.
and other cultural interests.
Hickory Community Theatre
Catawba County Firefighters Museum 327-3855
466-0911 30 3rd Street NW
3957 Herman Sipe Road Hickory, NC 28601
Conover, NC 28613 www.hct.org
Displays fire trucks, uniforms, and Live drama theatre open to children and
historical information about fighting fires adults as audience or participants.
in Catawba County.
Hickory Museum of Art
Catawba County Historical Association 327-8576
466-2471 243 3rd Avenue NE
30 North College Avenue Hickory, NC 28601
Newton, NC 28658 www.hickorymuseumofart.org
www.catawbahistory.org Provides permanent art exhibits as well
Provides information and exhibits as themed, rotating exhibits. Children’s
describing origins of Catawba County activities available.
and surrounding area from prehistoric to
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Parent’s Helpbook Catawba County Partnership for Children Parent’s Helpbook: Recreation & Entertainment Page 28
Libraries Maple Grove Home Parks and Hickory Parks and Recreation
Call or visit your closest library for 322-4731 Public Recreation Facilities 322-7046
information about story times, puppet 542 2nd Street NE Highland Recreation Center
shows, musical presentations, and more. Hickory, NC 28601 Catawba County Parks 1451 8th Street Drive NE
SMART START has provided children’s www.hickorylandmarks.org P.O. Box 389 Hickory, NC 28601
computers and software, parenting Historic home built in 1883, specially 100 A South West Boulevard Provides public parks with such
materials, multicultural collections, and decorated at Christmas. Newton, NC 28658 recreational activities as basketball
other resources at all library locations in www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters,
Catawba County. Murray’s Mill Historic Site Opportunities for fishing, hiking, and sports competition fields, walking and
241-4299 wildlife observation, plus horseback riding fitness trails, swimming pools, boat docks
Catawba County Library Branches 1489 Murray’s Mill Road trails, mountain biking trails, and canoe/ and ramps, and others.
• Newton - Main Branch Catawba, NC 28609 kayak access to the Catawba River. • Brown Penn Recreation Center
465-8665 A working gristmill museum powered by a Check in at the ranger station. 328-4890
115 West C Street waterwheel, 1890’s county store and folk • River Bend Park 115 7th Avenue SW in Hickory.
Newton, NC 28658 256-9157 or 312-4834 • Civitan Park
• Claremont Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
6700 NC Hwy. 16 North in Conover 327-9737
459-9311 Follow Hwy. 16 North from Hickory; take 460 17th Avenue NE in Hickory.
the last driveway to the right before
3288 East Main Street 2035 Old Conover-Startown Road
crossing the Oxford Dam Bridge. • Cliff Teague Park
Claremont, NC 28610 Newton, NC 28658
• Conover Founded in 1757, the oldest church in the • Bakers Mountain Park 1125 C Avenue SE in Hickory.
county. 324-8461 or 312-4844 • Fairbrook Optimist Park
101 1st Street East 6680 Bakers Mountain Road
Propst Victorian House Bakers Mountain can be seen off 1560 4th Avenue SE in Hickory.
Conover, NC 28613
322-4731 Highway 127 in Mountain View. The • Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park
• Maiden 3rd Avenue and 6th Street NE park entrance is located on Bakers 322-1989
428-2712 Hickory, NC 28601 Mountain Road just off Old Shelby 2000 6th Street NW in Hickory.
11 South A Avenue Historic house originally built in 1883. Road.
Maiden, NC 28650 • Henry River Regional Recreation
• Sherills Ford Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Conover City Parks Park
428-2729 322-3066 ext. 229 464-1191
750 3rd Avenue Place SE 101 1st Street East 5655 Sweet Bay Lane in Hickory.
8456 Sherrills Foard Road
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673 Hickory, NC 28602 Conover, NC 28613 • Hickory City Park
Provides sports activities, recreation, Provides playgrounds, picnic facilities,
• Southwest after-school tutoring for community youth, walking trails, basketball courts, ball fields.
1515 12th Street Drive NW in Hickory.
2944 Highway 127 South
and more. • Downtown Park • Hickory Optimist Park
Hickory, NC 28602 2nd Avenue NE in Conover (behind Post 328-1553
• St. Stephens Puts Christian principles into practice
751 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory.
256-3030 through programs to build strong kids, • Hines Park • Highland Recreation Center
3225 Springs Road families, and communities. 4th Street SW in Conover (across from 328-3997
Hickory, NC 28601 • Adrian Shuford YMCA 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory
464-6130 • Hunsucker Park (with Stanford Park).
Hickory Public Library Branches 1104 Conover Boulevard East in 8th Avenue NE in Conover (off of • Jaycee Park
• Patrick Beaver Memorial Library Conover. Highway 16N, before I-40 interchange). 322-7046
304-0500 • Hickory Foundation YMCA • Southwest Park 1515 12th Street Drive NW in Hickory.
375 Third Street NE 324-2858 4th Street Place SW and 2nd Street SW • Geitner-Rotary Park
Hickory, NC 28603 701 1st Street NW in Hickory. in Conover. 328-8240
• Ridgeview • Valley Connection YMCA • Travis Park 2035 12th Avenue Dr. NW in Hickory.
327-2972 322-7690 6th Street Court NW (off of County Home • Kiwanis Park
701 1st Street SW Highway 70 SE and Startown Road In Road) in Conover. 322-7636
Hickory, NC 28602 Hickory. 805 6th Street SE in Hickory.
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• McComb Park / Patrick Beaver Newton Recreation Department
Eat Smart, Move More!
P.O. Box 550 Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our nation, our state … and
421 5th Avenue Place NE in Hickory.
Newton, NC 28658 right here in Catawba County. Here are some quick and easy ideas and
• Neill W. Clark, Jr. Recreation Park Provides sporting activities, playgrounds, resources to encourage you and your family to embrace healthy
324-6990 picnic facilities, swimming facilities, behaviors. Make a decision to Eat Smart and Move More today!
3404 6th Street Drive NW in Hickory. walking trails, playing fields/courts, and
• Ridgeview Recreation Center more. Tame the Tube… Prepare More Meals at Home…
324-8007 • Central Recreation Facilities Plan how much TV you and your family are Plan meals for your family for a week,
115 7th Avenue SW in Hickory (with 465-7477 going to watch. Set clear limits two weeks, or longer - whatever works
Taft Broome Park and Brown Penn South Ervin Avenue in Newton.
and be a good role model for your for you. Make a list of all of the food
• East Park children. Make a list of activities you will need, and then stick to your
• Southside Heights Park South Ervin Avenue and East “E” Street you want to do instead of watching healthy plan. Keep it simple! Eat
1400 2nd Street SW in Hickory. in Newton. TV. Don’t keep the TV on all of the time together as a family, without the TV,
• St. Stephens Park and Pool • Little Brook Park at your home. When you do watch, talk and talk to each other as you eat.
256-9014 US Hwy. 321 and South College about what you’ve seen with your kids. Eating at home equals eating healthy!
2250 36th Avenue NW in Hickory. Avenue in Newton.
• Stanford Park • Newton Recreation Center Right-Size your Portions…
1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory, If you order take-out, don’t super-size! Otherwise, remember that the
23 South Brady Avenue in Newton.
secret to a “serving size” is in your hand. Here are some general rules:
with Highland Recreation Center.
• Northside Park • A fist or cupped hand = 1 cup of food (1 serving equals ½ cup of cereal, rice or
• Taft Broome Park and Pool East 22nd Street at College Avenue in pasta, 1 cup of raw leafy green vegetables, or ½ cup of raw vegetables or fruit)
115 7th Avenue SW in Hickory (at Newton.
• A thumb = 1 ounce (1 serving equals 1½-2 ounces of low-fat cheese)
Brown Penn Recreation Center and
Ridgeview Recreation Center).
• Southside Community Building • A handful = about 1-2 ounces (1 serving equals 1 ounce of nuts or 2 ounces of
1771 South US 321 Business (also pretzels)
• West Hickory Park and Pool known as the “Fireman’s Hut”). • Palm of your hand = about 3 ounces (1 serving equals 3 ounces of meat)
830 16th Street SW in Hickory
• Southside Park • Tip of your thumb = 1 teaspoon (Keep high fat foods such as peanut butter and
South on Business 321, behind NG mayonnaise at a minimum by measuring the serving with the tip of your thumb,
• Westmont Recreation Center Armory in Newton from the knuckle up.)
1316 Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory.
• Westside/Jaycee Park • Tennis ball = 1 serving of fruit (Healthy diets include 2-4 servings of fruit daily.)
US Hwy. 321 and West “J” Street in
• Winkler Park Newton. Choose to Move More Everyday… Re-Think your Drink…
2500 Clement Blvd. NW in Hickory (next
Commit to take a walk every day - even Limit juice and soft drinks. Encourage
to L.P. Frans Stadium).
if it’s just for 10 minutes. Choose the your family to drink water, at least 6-8
Longview Recreation Center stairs instead of the elevator. Park eight-ounce glasses each day. Children
322-3921 farther away and walk. Have fun with 1-2 years old need 2 cups of whole milk
2404 1st Avenue SW your kids - dance in the living a day. Older children and adults should
Hickory, NC 28602 room or kick a ball in the yard. drink fat-free or low-fat milk.
Recreation center includes adult and Simply put - move more!
kiddie pool, snack bar, and lockers.
Enjoy More Fruits and Veggies… For more information, go to
Maiden Recreation Center
Eat 2-3 servings of fruit per day, and www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com.
207 East Klutz Street 3-5 servings of vegetables a day. To To find out the childhood
Maiden, NC 28650 maximize the health benefits, choose obesity prevention efforts that are
Provides sports activities for youth, fruits and vegetables in a variety of happening here in Catawba County,
walking trail, picnic area, playground, and colors. Depending on the color, they call the Catawba County Health
more. offer a wide variety of nutrients that Partners at 695-5818 or go to
your body needs to be healthy. www.catawbacountyhp.org.
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