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August 15

Avery Soil & Water Conservation District meeting

The Avery Soil & Water Conservation District will have its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Avery Soil & Water Office in Newland. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

August 17

Isaac Johnson Reunion/Dinner

The Isaac Johnson Reunion/Dinner will be at the Altamont United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 17. For questions, call Judy at (828) 733-3569.

Family movie night at Earth to Sky Park

Bring the whole family to Earth to Sky Park on Aug. 17 for a showing of “Ice Age: Collision Course,” beginning at 8 p.m. Cost is $5/car, with payment due at the entrance. Bring your own blanket and lawn chairs. Popcorn, candy, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. No alcohol is permitted. All proceeds support the Earth to Sky Park.

Lorre concert to benefit YME

Neil Diamond tribute artist Connor Lorre will be in concert at Hayes Auditorium at Lees-McRae College beginning at 7 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting Step Up for Yellow Mountain. Tickets are $20 each and available at Yellow Mountain Enterprises and Yellow Mountain Treasure Box Thrift Store. Call (828) 733-2944 for more information.

Church Yard Sale at God’s House of Worship

God’s House of Worship will holding a church yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their church location on Horsebottom Road in Banner Elk. All are invited to check out the available items for sale.

August 18

Newland Cemetery Decoration

This year’s decoration at the Newland Cemetery is Aug. 18. Tax-deductible contributions for maintenance may be made by check to First Baptist Church with Newland Cemetery written in the memo line and mailed to: Newland Cemetery, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 485, Newland, NC 28657

August 19

Photo ID Seminar

The Avery County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements at 10 a.m., Aug. 19, at The Avery County Senior Center. The evening session will be held at 6 p.m. the same day at the Avery County Pool Complex. The seminar is free and open to the public. Beginning in 2020, voters will be required to provide photo identification before they vote. This includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the N.C. Constitution to require voters to present photo ID at the polls.

August 20

Avery Chamber After Hours

Avery County Chamber of Commerce business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 20, at The Art Cellar Gallery and Hardin Fine Jewelry, located at 920 Shawneehaw Avenue South, Banner Elk.

August 21

RTCC and RTAC Meetings

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee and Rural Transportation Advisory Committee of the High Country RPO will hold a meeting on August 21 at the High Country Council of Governments located at 468 New Market Blvd., Boone, NC 28607. The RTCC will meet at 10 a.m. and the RTAC will meet at 2 p.m. A public hearing for RPO endorsement of the Mitchell County Comprehensive Transportation Plan will be held during the RTAC meeting. The meetings are open to the public.

August 22

Parent to Parent Pool Party at Williams YMCA

The next Parent to Parent pool party begins at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Williams YMCA pool and there will be pizza for dinner.

Luncheon for Rachel Deal

Join the Avery County Humane Society from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Stonewalls Restaurant in Banner Elk, NC for a luncheon party in honor of Rachel Deal. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased online by clicking to events.eventzilla.net/e/thank-you-rachel-2138739922. All proceeds benefit the Avery County Humane Society, and a memory book is being printed for Rachel. Any individual or business can purchase space in the book and write a special message to Rachel and/or include a business advertisement. The book will be given to Rachel and all attendees at the luncheon. Donations to the Avery County Humane Society can be made in honor of Rachel a celebrate her years of hard work by clicking to averycountyhumanesociety.fasttransact.net. Call Gwynne Dyer at the shelter for more information (828) 733-2333.

August 23

Music by the Lake

Dixie Dawn will be playing a free concert of classic country, gospel, bluegrass and 50s rock and roll that is open to the public at Seven Devils Resort Club from 4 to 8 p.m.

August 24

Empty Bowls

The sixth annual Empty Bowls for Avery will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center. There will be a Lunch & Silent Auction to benefit Feeding Avery Families, a nonprofit that provides supplemental food for people in need in Avery County. Attendees can make a donation to FAF & choose a unique handmade bowl to keep as a reminder of your generosity. For more information, call Jo-Ann McMurray at (336) 209-0473.

County Household Hazardous Waste Collections Day

The Avery County Household Hazardous Waste Collections Day will take place behind the Avery County Board of Education and is available to Avery County residents only. For more information call Eric Foster at (828) 737-5420 or (828) 260-9205.

August 25

Homecoming at Pineola Presbyterian Church

Homecoming at Pineola Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25. Join us for the service at 11 a.m. and a covered-dish meal at 12:30 p.m. We will celebrate the establishment of this church in 1898 and honor the many generations of churchgoers.

August 27

Best of Avery County Awards Luncheon

The best and brightest of Avery County individuals and businesses will be honored during the inaugural Best of Avery County Luncheon at Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

August 31

Toe Jam Music Festival

If you love the oldies rock and roll music, this is the festival for you. The Toe Jam Music Festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, in downtown Spruce Pine. Watch the water flow down the Toe River as you listen to the classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Bands will be on stage beginning at noon and will play until the Festival ends at midnight. Bring your chair and spend the day! There will be food trucks and a beer garden, local downtown restaurants will be open and offering specials. Bring the kids and enjoy the hula hoop contest, cornhole tourney, ziplining and slacklining and more! Come dressed in your best 1970s, 80s and 90s attire. Bands will include The Sugardaddies, The Pierce Danger Band, The Rewind, Redline FX and Spank. Admission is free. For more information call event coordinator Jeff Harding at (828) 385-2068.

September 4 to 7

Avery County A&H Fair

The annual Avery County A&H Fair will be held at Heritage Park (661 Vale Road) in Newland from Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 4 to 7. The event will feature Carload Night on Sept. 5, where ride bracelets will be sold at $50 per vehicle (up to 8 individual persons legally buckled in the vehicle), along with a “Fairest of the Fair” Pageant, Photo Contest, rides, entertainment, animals, food and more. For more information, call the Avery Extension Office at (828) 733-8270, or visit the Extension Office’s Facebook page.

September 18

Open House & Ribbon Cutting at The Avery Journal-Times

An Open House and Ribbon Cutting will take place at the new location (as of Tues., Sept. 3) for The Avery Journal-Times at 428 Pineola Street in Newland (in the San Dee’s Cafe complex and next to Eddie Stafford Construction) in Newland on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Light refreshments will be available from 1 to 2 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 1:30 p.m.

September 21

Avery County High School Class of 1974 Reunion

The ACHS of 1974 will hold its 45th class reunion at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Center from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. Entry cost is $15 per person. There will be a class photo at 6 p.m. All family and friends are invited.

October 19

Newland VFD Drawing

Newland Volunteer Fire Department will hold a drawing for a UTV. The department is giving away a 2019 Kawasaki Teryx 2 Camouflage UTV with a snowblade. There are 500 tickets available, contact Ken Sherrod at (843) 986-7626 or any department member for more information.

Continuing Events

Avery County Farmers Market

Avery County Farmers Market is open for the season each Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Historic Banner Elk School. For more information contact Bill Hoffman at (828) 733-8270.

Celebrate Recovery

Each Sunday at 6 p.m., Heaton Christian Church, located at 221 Curtis Creek Road, offers help for anyone struggling with addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.), or other undesirable habits or compulsions, to overcome their battles and find their relationship with Jesus Christ. No one will be judged. This is a ministry of loving, caring people, some who have experienced the same struggles. Family and friends of those needing help are encouraged to participate and support their efforts. For more information, call Butch or Courtney at (828) 528-5476.

Avery TableTop Gamers

Avery Tabletop Gamers will resume meetings from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Avery County Morrison Library in the Guy-Braswell Annex in Newland. Meetings are free and open to the public age 13 and older, but will accept donations to help cover costs. Meetings include open gaming, ranging from light party games to heavy strategy games. Attendees can bring any game they would like to play, but this is not required, as many options from our collection will be available each meeting. Attendees do not have to have experience with the games, but organizers ask that all come with a good attitude and willingness to learn. The group will provide water and light snacks, but attendees can bring their own if there is something they prefer. No alcohol, smoking or illegal substances are permitted at the meetings, and disruptive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. For more information, call Joey at (828) 260-3834 or Nichole at (828) 387-0276, or email nichole1988@gmail.com.

High Country Gastric Support Group

High Country Gastric Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Cannon Memorial Hospital. For more information, call (828) 387-1667.

Narcotics Anonymous

Help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic and the scourge of a meth habit. Narcotics Anonymous will meet every Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in the Oak Room at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville (room under the Avery YMCA). The meeting is open and the only requirement for attendance is a curiosity to or desire to stop habitual drinking or use of drugs.

Banner Elk Book Exchange

The Banner Elk Book Exchange is a community-based, volunteer-run book exchange for Banner Elk and Avery County, operating on a “bring a book, take a book” policy. The exchange is located in the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School and is open. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, click to www.bannerelkbookexchange.com.

Left Behind in the High Country

If you are a victim of the loss of a loved one due to suicide, a newly formed support group has formed in the High Country to provide a safe place for grieving the loss of a loved one, compassionate support, sharing and companionship. The support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. New attendees interested in attending should call Sandra at (828) 467-5379.

Riverwalk Quilt Guild

The Riverwalk Quilt Guild meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call BJ Mickel-Close at (828) 260-3204.

Clogging classes at Historic Cranberry High School

Clogging classes are being offered at the Historic Cranberry School. Intermediate class will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, with beginner classes beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call Chrissy Kasper at (828) 528-2655.

Avery County Amateur Radio Club

The Avery County Amateur Radio Club holds meetings on the last Thursday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. at the Village of Sugar Mountain Town Hall. Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome to attend. For more information, email Jonathan Sheppard at kmyybk@gmail.com or call (828) 387-5702.

Book Discussion Group at the Book Exchange

The Banner Elk Book Exchange hosts a book discussion group on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in.

Old-time Community Jam

Takes place every second Saturday of every month at the Historic Banner Elk School Exchange Library, from noon to 2 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 8. For more information, email nicolelamotte@gmail.com.

Museum open

Avery County Historical Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Starting in May, the museum will be offering special guided tours of the Old Avery County Jail and Linville River Depot. Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. every second and fourth Fridays, and are free. Donations kindly accepted.

Grandfather Home campus tours

Tours take place at our Historic Grandfather Home campus at 158 Grandfather Home Drive, Banner Elk. Tours meet at the Joseph F. Cannon Administrative Building and take place from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Monday and third Friday of each month. To reserve a spot on the next tour, call (828) 897-4515.

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge monthly drop-in event

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge invites members and friends to join it at its monthly drop-in event. The second Monday of each month, from 5:15 to 7 p.m., come to The Local on Howard Street in downtown Boone for fun, friendship and to find out more about women helping women in the mountains.

Dispensary Songwriters Night

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at The Dispensary, 271 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine, musicians are welcomed to introduce their original music, followed by Barry Stagg and Friends. Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. there is live music to dance and enjoy. Call Stagg after 5 p.m. for more information, or click to www.dispensarybar.com.

Medi-Home Hospice Bereavement Support Groups

Medi-Home Hospice currently offers the following Bereavement Support Groups for adults who have suffered a loss: The first Tuesday of each month at the Avery County Senior Center, 11 a.m.; The first Wednesday of each month at its office (1955 Newland Hwy., Newland), at noon (lunch included) For more information or to register, call (828) 733-0663.

Volunteer with Medi-Home Hospice

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and families using your gifts of compassion and caring? There’s a lot to gain from being a hospice volunteer. Hospice would like to share more information about volunteer opportunities at Medi-Home Hospice. Call (828) 733-0663 or (828) 265-3926 to speak with Volunteer Coordinator Sofia Lopez.

Surgical weight loss support group

A tri-county surgical weight loss support group takes place at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the boardroom at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. For more information, call (828) 385-0198.

Cancer and chronic disease support group

Williams YMCA Second Wind Program offers a cancer and chronic disease support group from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in the Chapman Center. Classes will be divided between discussion and physical activity.

Crossnore Jam

Crossnore Jam held every first Friday night of each month year round. Bring your instruments, sing, dance and just have some fun. Jam is held at the Crossnore Meeting House from 7 to 9 p.m. monthly.

AA Banner Elk meetings

AA meetings in Banner Elk take place at 7 p.m. Mondays (Banner Elk Step Study) at Banner Elk United Methodist Church, located at 468 College Drive.

Diabetic Support Group

The Avery County Senior Center has partnered with Life Care Center of Banner Elk and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge to hold a Diabetic Support Group at the Senior Center. This support group is a place for adults to come and receive social and emotional support, helpful hints and continuing education. The diabetic support group will meet the first Friday of every month at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center, located at 165 Schultz Circle, Newland. For more information, call (828) 733-8220.

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