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May 9

AQUATIC WILD: May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Kevin Hining of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Aquatic WILD is a K-12 interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. All participants will receive the Aquatic WILD activity guide and earn six hours of Criteria I credit toward their N.C. Environmental Education Certification (or 0.6 CEU’s). A homework option is available to earn up to 10 hours or 1.0 CEU. To register, visit

May 10

NIGHT ADVENTURE HIKE: Meet a Mount Jefferson State Natural Area park ranger for a one-mile round-trip night hike into the darkness along Mt. Jefferson’s ridge line at 8 p.m. on May 10. Meet at the park office. We will seek out amazing views, stars, and the shimmering lights from town 1600 feet below us. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous. Children 7 and older are welcome but must be closely supervised.

May 11

LOW COST SHOT CLINIC: The Avery County Humane Society will host a low cost shot clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 11. Rabies shots are $10, booster shots are $15 and feline leukemia shots are $20. Only cash or checks are accepted. Call (828) 733-2333 for more information. The ACHS is located at 279 New Vale Road in Newland.

SNIPS PLANT SALE: Celebrate spring at the SNIPS 10th Annual Spring Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11, in the parking lot of Precision Printing Company, 1302 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. Additional parking is available at the Speedway Station next door. Featured this year, from the well-established gardens of SNIPS committee members and friends, will be annuals from seed, sun- and shade-loving perennials, flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs, herbs, ground covers, woodland wildflowers, succulents, house plants and an array of beautiful accessories for patios and gardens. All proceeds will benefit SNIPS (Spay Neuter Is a Positive Solution) low cost spay-neuter programs through Watauga Humane Society. For more information about SNIPS, go to

COUNTRY BREAKFAST: The first country breakfast fundraiser for the season will be held at Foscoe Grandfather Community Center on Saturday, May 11 from 7:30-10 a.m. Traditional breakfast foods will be available for dine in or takeout for a donation of $8. Door prizes in honor of Mother’s Day will be given. Call (828) 963-7272 for more information.

SPRING MOUNTAIN NATURE HIKE: Meet a Mount Jefferson State Natural Area ranger for a springtime hike on the mountain at 2 p.m. on May 11. Meet at the picnic area. Explore forest habitats and view the natural wonders of Mt. Jefferson. We will be walking for approximately one mile. Bring sturdy shoes.

FUNDRAISER PLANT SALE: An annual fundraiser plant sale will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 11 at the old Maple Ridge Mulch lot. We will have a selection of hanging baskets, bedding plants and garden vegetables just in time for Mother’s Day. Proceeds will benefit Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Ecuador mission trip from Aug. 2-11.

May 12

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting guest organist Adam Ward as part of its 2019 organ recitals and choral evensong at 3 p.m. on May 12. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Friends of Music, the Summer Concerts feature artists from around northwest North Carolina and range from classical musicians to traditional local music. All concerts will be on Sunday afternoons, either in the church nave or (weather-permitting) on the front lawn of the church, where you are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music. All programs are free and everyone is welcome! St. Mary of the Hills is in Blowing Rock on Main Street. For more information, please contact the church at (828) 295-7323 or visit @MusicfromStMaryoftheHills on Facebook.

JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT: The High Country Jazz Society offers jazz concerts every second Sunday of each month from May through October from 5-7 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn, located at 711 Main St., Blowing Rock. On May 12, the featured performers are the Ron Brendle Group. Tickets are $20 per person, $5 per student, plus a $65 membership option for all 2019 season concerts. Call Meadowbrook at (828) 295-4300 for your reservations or plan to arrive early for best seating. For more information, visit

May 13

SMART DRIVER CLASS: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center will offer a smart driver class through partnership with AARP from 1 to 5 p.m on May 13. Call to register or for more information at (828) 265-8090.

DRAGONFLY EVENING WRITERS: Dragonfly Evening Writers will be open for creative writers and audience attendees from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Third Place (132 Appalachian St., Boone). Email Ann-Marie Clark with “DEW Info” in the subject line at for more information.

TORCH MEETING: The monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse will be on Monday, May 13, at Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone. Those arriving by 11:30 a.m. may choose from a $10 menu and enjoy the presentation at noon. The topic this month is “The Circumvented Endowment by Our Creator: Evil,” presented by Roland Moy, retired professor in the Government and Justic Studies Department at ASU. The presentation explores several examples that governmental policy abets and restrains abuses perpetrated by private sector behavior. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (828) 264-8811.

May 14

ACRYLIC PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP: Rejuvenate your artistic creativity by painting in the great outdoors with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Award-winning acrylic artist Jeremy Sams will lead the workshop from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from May 14-16, focusing on the fundamentals of plein air painting. Preregistration is required for this workshop at

WATERCOLOR PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP: This Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will explore the immediacy of plein air watercolor painting using a limited palette of watercolor paints on paper from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from May 14-16. Preregistration is required at

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