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Now-Sept. 14

DONATIONS FOR ANNUAL BAZAAR: Boone United Methodist Church is accepting donations for its 35th Fall Bazaar. Trailers are open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the church’s rear parking lot at 471 New Market Blvd to receive donations of all sorts of gently used items including clothing, kitchen items, children’s toys, sports equipment, electronics, appliances and furniture. For furniture moving assistance, call the church to arrange a pick up date (828) 264-6090. The bazaar will be from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, and from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Now-Sept. 14

MOUNTAIN SPLASH: The Florence Thomas Art School in downtown West Jefferson will host Mountain Splash, a fun-filled week with Artists in Residence, demonstrations and more. During the week of Sept. 9–14, the public is invited during the gallery hours of 10 a.m.-5p.m. to visit the school and meet artists, view their works and watch them in action. More information can be found online at www.florenceartschool.org, at The Florence Thomas Art School located at 10 S. Jefferson Ave. or by calling (336) 846-3827.

Sept. 12

HAVURAH OF THE HIGH COUNTRY LUNCHEON: At 11:30 A.M., on Thursday, Sept. 12, the Beech Mountain Country Club, located at , will be hosting Dr. Ira Abrams, speaking on Jewish and Indian contacts. The prices are $17 for the luncheon and $10 for joining the group. With questions, call Leonard Hayet at (828) 387-3625, or email l.hayet@att.net. The Beech Mountain Country Club is located at 114 Clubhouse Road in Beech Mountain.

Sept. 13

FOOD DRIVE: The Hunger and Health Coalition is hosting a canned food drive on Sept. 13 during the Watauga High School football game against Wilkes Central High School. Those who donate three cans of food will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win two free Watauga High School game tickets. All donations will benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition.

SOCIAL SECURITY 101: Lisa Wallace, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration will be giving a helpful presentation about social security to provide the basics and answer questions. The event will be held at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A from 8 to 9 a.m. Refreshments will be served and space is limited. Call Boone Chamber of Commerce at (828) 264-2225 or register online at boonechamber.com/events.

MEDICARE 101: The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is offering a Medicare 101 clinic on from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A. The seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will include a question and answer session. SHIIP is a department of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare fraud and abuse and long-term care insurance. To register, call (828) 297-5195. For more information, visit www.ncshiip.com or call 1-855-408-1212.

WORK, LOVE AND LEARNING IN UTOPIA: Presented by the High Country Lifelong Learners, participate in a discussion led by Marty Schoenhals’ on the thesis of his new book. Policymakers and academics love to talk about the world’s problems. While this is important, we ought to also imagine how the world could be made a better place. We should describe the nature of a new utopia: a cooperative, joyful world, free of warfare and violence. The event begins at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13. Meet in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

COMMUNITY DANCE: A community dance will be held at the Todd Mercantile, Friday, Sept. 13. Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. Big circle, line and square dances will be taught and danced to live music. There is a $5 charge to cover band and callers. Drinks and bakery items available from the Todd Bakery. For more information, contact Todd Mercantile at (336)-877-5401.

Sept. 14

49TH ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY: Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants can enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

BLOWING ROCK MUSIC FEST: The Blowing Rock Music Festival once again welcomes a variety of talent to the event stages at the Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock on Saturday, Sept. 14. Headline entertainers for 2019 include the Harris Brothers, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Soul Benefactor, Jeff Little Trio, and Wayne Henderson. Other acts cover a wide range of musical genres, and include The Neighbors, Charlie Carpenter, Cecil Palmer and Gloria Coffey, & Mitch and Masten. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and the music runs continuously on two stages from noon until sunset. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Kids 12 and under are $10. VIP tents are available. The outdoor event takes place rain or shine. Parking is free and easy, with shuttle carts available from the lot to the performance area. Attendees may bring coolers or purchase food onsite from local and fundraising vendors. For tickets, call The Blowing Rock at (828) 295-7111 or the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851. For more information and an updated list of performers, visit theblowingrock.com/the-annual-blowing-rock-music-festival.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the v for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Folk and blues band Deelin Ded both will play on Sept. 14. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

SOCIAL SECURITY 101: Lisa Wallace, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration will be giving a helpful presentation about social security to provide the basics and answer questions. The event will be held at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connecter, Suite A from 10 to 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served and space is limited. Call Boone Chamber of Commerce at (828) 264-2225 or register online at boonechamber.com/events.

MEDICARE 101: The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is offering a Medicare 101 clinic on from 11 a.m. until noon at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center located at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A. The seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will include a question and answer session. SHIIP is a department of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare fraud and abuse and long-term care insurance. To register, call (828) 297-5195. For more information, visit www.ncshiip.com or call 1-855-408-1212.

SEPTEMBER CONTRA DANCE: Our September Contra Dance is on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Legion Hall in Blowing Rock. For more information about the dance, visit our website www.boonecountrydancers.org or the Boone Contra Dancers Facebook Group.

WATAUGUA HUMANE SOCIETY FUR BALL: Come rock and roll in celebration of WHS’s 50th year with a 50’s style “sock hop” at the Blowing Rock Country Club from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. WHS’s 22nd annual Fur Ball will feature complimentary wine & beer, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and surprise Balloon Auction, followed by dinner as well as dancing to the timeless sounds of the Lucky Strikes. ’50s style costumes encouraged but not required and best dressed prizes for Gals and Guys will be awarded. Jitterbug and hula hoop contests possible as well. Tickets available as long as they last--$125 per person; a few tables for groups of 10 still available. Reservations are necessary. Contact aliceroess@charter.net or (828) 295-7384 and leave message. Proceeds benefit the animals of Watauga Humane Society.

Sept. 14-15

REPURPOSED FOR A REASON: Habitat for Humanity will hold its third annual RePurposed for a Reason event on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15. The unique silent auction will be hosted at Perry’s Gold Mine in West Jefferson. Local artists, crafters and do-it-yourselfers have generously taken time to repurpose inexpensive items from Habitat ReSales and turn them into beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations. This year’s event will feature more than 30 items available for bidding. Included are artistic and fun tables, chairs and lamps, as well as unique décor and practical household items. Bidding opens during the Gallery Crawl on Friday evening 5-8 p.m. and resumes on Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bidding will end at 2 p.m., winners will be notified and arrangements for pickup can be made that afternoon or during an upcoming Habitat ReSale. All proceeds will benefit Habitat’s mission to build hope in Ashe County, one home at a time. For artists’ info, contact Jeannie Tygielski at (336) 977-5572 or email jrtygiel@aol.com.

Sept. 16

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT: NAMI Family Support Groups are free, confidential and safe group of families helping each other face challenges of caring for and relating to family members with mental illness. Through sharing lived experiences and learned wisdom, family members achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved ones living with mental illness. NAMI High Country’s group meets next on Sept. 16, 7 p.m., in the lower level of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 170 Councill St., Boone. The group is open to people age 18 and over who need such support. No application or reservations are required. Just show up. No commitment is required. Come to every meeting or when you feel the need. For more information about NAMI High Country, go to www.namihighcountry.org or email pres@namihighcountry.org.

NOVEL DISCUSSION: On the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five, join High Country Lifelong Learners in this presentation by Watauga High School English teacher Mary Kent Whitaker. Author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) volunteered for the U.S. Army in WWII where he was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Transported to Dresden, he and other POWs survived Allied bombing by taking refuge in a meat locker in a former slaughterhouse where they were imprisoned. In his sixth novel, Vonnegut’s protagonist Billy Pilgrim portrays these life experiences. Meet from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

Sept. 17

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Sept. 17. A training on “Suicide Indicators, Response and Prevention” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Crisis Prevention: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Blowing Rock Medical Park, located at 8439 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Sept. 18

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR: The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is an original, ground-breaking, evidence-based, and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the VDT, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, consumer advocates, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, MS, a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a VDT experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks. The event will take place at Watauga Medical Center/AHEC Building located at 336 Deerfield Rd in Boone from 10 a.m. until noon. The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia. Participants are led through the 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Appointments are required and space is limited. To reserve your space or learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please call (828) 754-0101, 1 (844) MY-JOURNEY or email prc@caldwellhospice.org.

AARP PRESENTATION: Attend one of the two presentations to learn more about AARP’s advocacy and programs, including its goal to help lower drug prices for all Americans through decisive actions and solutions, aimed not only at the federal level but also here in North Carolina. The first presentation will last from noon to 2 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Energy Community Room at 2375 N.C. Hwy 163 in West Jefferson. Lunch will be provided. The second presentation will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Boondocks Brewing Tap Room at 108 S. Jefferson Ave. in West Jefferson. Please register for either meeting by emailing rchaplin@aarp.org or calling (828) 380-6242 to provide a headcount.

GIRL SCOUT RECRUITMENT NIGHT: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. Western Watauga Community Center. Girls from Kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to learn about the fun of Girl Scouts and what opportunities being a Girl Scout awaits them. For more information, call Amber Mellon, (828) 406-7740 or www.girlscoutsp2p.org.

Sept. 19

AARP PRESENTATION: Attend this presentation to learn more about AARP’s advocacy and programs, including its goal to help lower drug prices for all Americans through decisive actions and solutions, aimed not only at the federal level but also here in North Carolina. The presentation will last from noon to 2 p.m. at the High Country Council of Governments at 468 New Market Blvd. in Boone. Lunch will be provided. Please register by emailing rchaplin@aarp.org or calling (828) 380-6242 for a headcount.

Sept. 20

HYPNOSIS FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: Contrary to Hollywood stereotypes about hypnosis as the ploy of mad would-be dictators and gypsy fortune tellers of questionable intent, modern hypnosis is a tool for self-advancement and both bodily and emotional healing. The practice is learned through extensive training by organized professionals. Linda Jencson is a certified Consulting Hypnotist with experience helping clients deal with a wide range of issues, from soothing fears such as airplane travel and dentists, to helping people make important life changes, such as gaining control over insomnia, chronic pain or the habitual abuse of food or tobacco. The program, hosted by High Country Lifelong Learners, will include a lecture on how hypnosis works, emphasizing how it addresses the problem of stress. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in (or stand back and observe) a pleasant, relaxing session of guided imagery, experiencing a light hypnotic trance for themselves. If you’d like to take part, please bring a small pillow. Meet from 2-3:30 p.m., on Sept. 20, in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

Sept. 20-21

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 35TH ANNUAL BAZAAR: Boone United Methodist Church is hosting its 35th Fall Bazaar from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, and from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The bazaar will be featuring gently used items including clothing, kitchen items, children’s toys, sports equipment, electronics, appliances and furniture.

SWING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 4th annual Paul Hagen Swing for Scholarships Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 21 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Linville Land Harbor in Linville. A silent auction will be open to the public on Friday, Sept. 20, and the day of the tournament. The tournament is $65 per player or $240 per team. All funds raised at this event will be distributed by the Cannon Memorial Hospital volunteer program for healthcare career scholarships to local students. For more info, please contact Sallie J. Woodring at (828) 737-7538.

CHILI COOK-OFF: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all seniors 60 or older in our community to Join us for our annual chili cook-off. Come enter the contest for bragging rights and prizes or simply come taste the winning chili! Chili will be judged and the winners announced on Sept. 20, 10-11 a.m. Call Billie at (828) 265-8090 to enter.

USED BOOKSTORE SEASONAL SALE: Join Books ‘N Friends Used Bookstore for its semi-annual half-price sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 20-21. Find bargains on thousands of books. All proceeds go to Allegheny County Public Library. Books ‘N Friends is located at 35 N. Main Street in Sparta. For more information, call (336) 372-5155.

Sept. 21

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT AND BONFIRE DELIGHT: As night falls on Grandfather Mountain, guests can enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Additional cost. Limited to 48 participants. Registration opens Aug. 26 at grandfather.com. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

CHAD LOVETTE MEMORIAL RUN: Registration is underway for the 4th annual Chad Lovette Memorial 5k and 10k Trail Run, which will take place at 8 a.m. onSept. 21 at Cub Creek Park in downtown Wilkesboro. Runners who register by Sept. 3 will receive a t-shirt and patch commemorating the trail run. For those running competitively, the event is being professionally chip timed by Racing Toes. All proceeds from the race will benefit the American Cancer Society. Check-in for the trail run begins at 7 a.m., and the event will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Parking is located at 200 South Bridge Street in Wilkesboro. For more information about registering for the competition and prizes, visit www.carolinainthefall.org and select the “Get Involved” button.

HERITAGE HALL IN MOUNTAIN CITY: “Claybank,” a powerhouse bluegrass band from North Carolina, features founder Zack Arnold, along with Jacob Greer, Jason Davis, Kameron Keller and Jamie Harper. The young quintet won a number of prominent band contests, and within a few months of forming had signed with a record label and a management agency. Two years and two albums later, the group has announced some major membership changes, and an intention to leave their mark with a new album coming up in 2019. For more information, visit heritagehalltheatre.org. Advance tickets are $15, tickets at the door are $18 and youth tickets are $10. Box office hours are from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays. For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone, call (423) 727-7444 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call within 48 hours.

Sept. 22

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting cellist and pianist Ellie Wee and Barry Salwer as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22. 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.

Sept. 23

STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND: A “Strong Body, Strong Mind” program will take place at the Boone United Methodist Church Room 200 beginning Sept. 23 and lasting through Dec. 13, on Mondays and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. This memory building program is lead by Kim McCullough, who is a Communication Disorder Professor with Appalachian State University. She is also a certified speech language pathologist. The memory building program paired with Tai Chi improves cognitive health by reducing stress, building memory and providing mental clarity. There is no cost associated with this program. To register, call Amber Chapman at (828) 265-5434 ext. 113.

THE BURROWING OWLS OF CAPE CORAL: Cape Coral, Fla., is home to the largest population of the unique, charismatic Burrowing Owls. People from all over the world come to see these owls because unlike many owls, they are quite visible during the day. Beverly Saltonstall has been working with these owls for the last 19 years and has become quite knowledgeable about them. She gives talks to schools, colleges and service organizations, and conducts tours for photography clubs among other groups. Meet from 2-3:30 p.m., on Sept. 23, in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

Sept. 24

SPICE OF LIFE: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Variety: the Spice of Life – Strictly Clean and Decent.” Patrick Crouch, Ron Shuffler and Kay Crouch have a unique blend of brilliant vocal harmonies and solid instrumental foundation. Their eclectic repertoire includes modern folk songs by American, Canadian and Irish songwriters, the fiery breakdowns, and songs of family and home found in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass settings and centuries-old Celtic airs and dance tunes. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation $10.

Sept. 25

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at The Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call (828) 832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month through October. See us on Facebook and learn more.

MEDITATION WITH SOPHIA: The ancient texts have identified five obstacles that one faces during meditation. Any hurdle you face during your practice fits under one of these five. By understanding what each obstacle is, how they arise and how we can dissolve them, we strengthen our meditation, helping our mind access deeper levels of peace, calm and stability. In this session, we will look at the third hindrance called “Sloth and Torpor.” It’s when the mind feels drowsy, sleepy, dull or when you experience sluggishness or lethargy. We will learn the antidotes and remedies to this hindrance so we can dissolve it in our practice. We will also do a live guided meditation to help you find inner peace and train your mind to stay with your breath. There will be a few minutes for Q&A as well as personal sharing of experiences near the end. This event is hosted by the High Country Lifelong Learners. Meet at 2 p.m., Sept. 25, in the second floor conference room of Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

ARTtalk “IMMIGRATION/REFUGEE PANEL”: As part of the ArtTALKS series at the Turchin Center, there will be a panel discussion held in conjunction with the exhibition Bill Brown: “Refugee” on view in Gallery B. Artist Bill Brown will join with P. Scott Phillips, NC Field Office Director US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; Renee Scherlen, Appalachian State University Professor of Political Science; Sarah Donovan, Lecturer, Department of Social Work; Rachel McKinney, PhD, International Education Policy; and Curtis Ryan, Professor of Political Science to discuss the current international crisis surrounding immigration and refugees. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and it is free and open to the public.

CROSSNORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: The ninth annual Crossnore Elementary School Fundraiser Chili and Potato Bar Supper will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crossnore. There will be homemade chili, potato bar, salad and dessert. Every dollar donated will go to children in need at Crossnore Elementary School. The fundraiser supper is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Crossnore, Crossnore Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Presbyterian Church and Fletcher Presbyterian Church.

FREE FALL PARTY: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all seniors in the county aged 60 or older to join us for a free apple-themed fall party on Sept. 25 from 10-12 a.m. There will be fun games, prizes, and food. Join us and learn more about the senior center and all the social events offered! Call Billie for more information at (828) 265-8090. No need to register for this event — just come!

Sept. 27

CONCERT BY THE SILVER STRINGS DULCIMER BAND: Hosted by the High Country Lifelong Learners, in cooperation with Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music, this concert will consist of an informal session of stories and traditional music featuring “songs of the people” which have comforted and lifted the spirits of Americans through major hard times of war and economic strain. Certainly Hard Times are both universal and personal. Songs of work, love, loss, pain, joy and amazing grace abound in our culture. Many of the songs we have chosen are those we fondly remember from our third and fourth grade music books. Others have touched us or inspired us as we have traveled along on life’s journey. Our hope is that these songs, some funny and lively, some sweet and some sad, will make an enjoyable and enlightening afternoon for all. The musical group consists of Jewel and Bill Magee on mountain dulcimers and vocals, Tom Pace on guitar and Sarah Borders on hammered and mountain dulcimers. Concert takes place from 2-3:30 p.m. in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: This interactive conference will lead participants through self-discovery and allow them to gain a foundation for effective leadership. Registration is required by Sept. 20. Tickets cost $250 per person and include a ticket to the football game on Sept. 28, admission to the Walker College tailgate, a professional padfolio and a travel coffee mug. This event will begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27, in the Blue Ridge Ballroom on the fourth floor of Plemmons Student Union. A full schedule of events can be found at www.business.appstate.edu/programs/professional-education/leadership-summit, where registration and tickets are also available.

Sept. 28

FALL COLOR SKETCHBOOK: Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. foundation course focuses on creating accurate and artistic botanical illustrations. Guided by artist and Carolina Naturalist Preston Montague, participants will learn basic observation and drawing techniques with pen and pencil and will use colored pencils to apply vibrant color. Registration costs $60 standard or $20 for Bridge Club members. Bridge Club members must present a valid Bridge Club ID with their event ticket/receipt upon arrival, or they will be charged full price. To register, visit https://grandfather.com/events/fall-color-sketchbook/.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. The Appalachian State University pep band and jazz, beach and shag band High Standard both will play on Sept. 28. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

CHRISTIANITY AND HYPNOSIS: This free and informative class “Christianity and Hypnosis: Facts, Myths, Misconceptions,” will be presented by Certified Hypnotist and Personal Growth Coach, Polly Humpherys. Attendees will see how God does use the willing and the least expected to do his work. Learn how God helped Polly master unresolved, childhood “stuck-in-fear” subconscious beliefs. Discover how Polly’s personal success with prayer, coaching and reflective hypnosis became the awakening to her vocational calling, as a hypnotherapist and personal growth coach. This event will take place from 10-11:15 a.m. at Boone United Methodist Church in Room 200. For full class details, visit https://alternativewellness.net under the “Future Events” tab. Register online or by emailing polly@alternativewellness.net. Registration is required by Sept. 21.

Sept. 29

SOUL CONNECTION SUNDAYS: Join Caroline Van Nort and Harrison Graves in Synergy Hall at Boone Professional Center in Boone to connect with your Soul Self through music, OM chanting and expressive arts. Caroline is an expressive arts counselor and Harrison Graves is a recording artist and author of “Mantra Meditation: An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety and Depression.” This four-month series is to teach participants to use Sanskrit Chanting to reach a higher awareness of consciousness. This event is from 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 18. Admission is $20 for students, seniors and veterans, and other tickets are $35. for additional information, visit https://www.expressiveheartarts.com.

Sept. 20

POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ASTEROIDS AND COMETS NEAR EARTH: Tom Rokoske, retired ASU Professor of Astronomy, presents a program about outer space, but near our planet. He will give a description of the sources of Near Earth Objects (NEO) and the efforts being made to catalog the present and future orbits of all such objects. This will include possible methods to deflect those objects which are predicted to interact with the Earth. Meet from 2-3:30 p.m., Sept. 30, in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

Oct. 1-12

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN FALL COLOR RAMBLE: Guests can enjoy 20 minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the nature museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore this natural phenomenon. The ramble begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 1-11, and runs 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. With a few exceptions where noted, most special events are included with park admission. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

Oct. 2

STORIES BEYOND BORDERS FILM SCREENING: A selection of five films from Working Films, a N.C. based nonprofit that uses documentary film to advance social justice will be screened at the Turchin Center in conjunction with the exhibition Brown: “Refugee” on view in Gallery B. Screenings will be shown beginning at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall and are free and open to the public.

Oct. 4

ARTtalk “BEYOND THE PLANTATIONS”: As part of ArtTALKS at the Turchin Center, there will be a panel discussion held in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond the Plantations. Michelle Van Parys will provide an overview of her work as a photographer working with a large-format film camera in the American landscape. The ARTtalk will be held in the lecture hall AT 6 p.m., followed by a Q & A in the Mezzanine Gallery as part of the Fall 2019 Exhibition celebration. ArtTALKS are held at the Turchin Center and are free and open to the public.

Oct. 5

ART IN THE PARK: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2019 Art in the Park series on Saturday, June 15. Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Call (828) 295-7851 or contact art@blowingrock.com for questions regarding Art in the Park.

DAVID CHILDERS TRIO: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Carolina Native Songster – The David Childers Trio.” Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. Childers will be joined by Korey Dudley on bass and David Niblock on acoustic guitar. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation $20. 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Beach and horn band Swing Set will play on Oct. 5. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS 5K WALK AND RUN: The American Cancer Society is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 5, at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory. The event will begin with a Survivor Reception at 7 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 8 a.m, which will include a Survivor Parade. Participants are encouraged to dress in pink with a special award to the most spirited participant. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Early Bird pricing of $25 lasts until Sept. 24 and includes an event long-sleeved T-shirt. To register, visit {em}www.relayforlife.org/catawbanc and click on the Breast Cancer 5K link.

Oct. 6

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting its 2019 organ recitals and choral evensong at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6. 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.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Blowing Rock’s Concert in the Park Series is an annual set of free outdoor concerts on the Sunday following Art in the Park starting at 4 p.m. in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. The performances offer entertainment from a variety of musical genres while remaining family-friendly and casual. Oct. 6 features traditional swing music group The Starlighters. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.

Oct. 11

HR SUMMIT: The one-day event will have attendees from northwestern North Carolina, Charlotte, eastern Tennessee and the Atlanta area, and it will provide managers, leaders and teams with the latest research and tools for managing human resources. Registration is $160 per person before Sept. 20 and $225 after. Group registration at discounted prices are available. The conference begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 11. A full schedule and additional information can be found at https://iohrm.appstate.edu/hr-summit.

Oct. 12

MUSICAL DUET: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Sensational and Inspiring Musical Duet: Al Petteway and Amy White.” Al and Amy have long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to blues, New Age and jazz. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive.

Oct. 12-13

OKTOBERFEST: Sugar Mountain Resort will host its 29th annual Oktoberfest celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 13. Live Bavarian music performed by the 15-piece Harbour Towne Fest Band will highlight the two-day festival. German and American food will be provided to delight any appetite. Plus, barrels and barrels of beverages will flow lavishly. The children’s fun center will include hayrides, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, water balloon tossing, play time with Sugar and Sweetie Bear and an array of bounce houses. Glide from Sugar Mountain’s base to its peak, through the forest and above the treetops, aboard the Summit Expresschairlift. Participants can experience the thrill of cycling the bike park or join the Caroline Washam Women’s Gravity MTB Clinic on Oct. 12. Partake in a Bavarian costume contest. Shop for cold weather-wear at the Sugar Mountain Sports and Gift Shop, or bring home a Bavarian memento from the Oktoberfest souvenir tent. The festival will happen at the Sugar Mountain Resort come rain or shine. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free of charge.

Oct. 13

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 Oct. 13, the featured performers are the ASU Jazz Ensemble I. 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 highcountryjazzsociety.wordpress.com.

SOUL CONNECTION SUNDAYS: Join Caroline Van Nort and Harrison Graves in Synergy Hall at Boone Professional Center in Boone to connect with your Soul Self through music, OM chanting and expressive arts. Caroline is an expressive arts counselor and Harrison Graves is a recording artist and author of “Mantra Meditation: An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety and Depression.” This four-month series is to teach participants to use Sanskrit Chanting to reach a higher awareness of consciousness. This event is from 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 18. Admission is $20 for students, seniors and veterans, and other tickets are $35. for additional information, visit https://www.expressiveheartarts.com.

Oct. 13-15

“WHO’S ON FIRST”: The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all-volunteer theater group that makes its home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Their last production of the season will be “Who’s On First,” written by Jack Sharkey. This comedy features a husband, wife, lover, friend, a strange lamp, a gun and a rubber chicken that are all doomed to live the same hour over and over again until they get it right. Four actors in four scenes race through this hilarious farce to an unexpected ending. Directed by Jim Williams. Auditions will be in August 2019.

Oct. 15

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Oct. 15. A training on “Depression: From Surviving to Thriving” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Anti-Depressant Medications” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at The Ridgeline Food and Spirits, located at 8960 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit {em}www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Oct. 17

ZOE AND CLOYD: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents “Something Old, Something New: Zoe and Cloyd.” Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian Mountains, renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein joins award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. The show starts at 2 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. This is a non-ticketed concert, pay as you exit. Suggested donation $10.

Oct. 19

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: Join Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway for Concerts in the Courtyard near Tanger Shopper Services on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4-7 p.m. Bring your favorite people along to enjoy the best brands and be entertained by our musicians, family-friendly games, raffle drawing and more in the courtyard. The Chik-fil-A food truck will be on site with food and prizes for guests. Motown, beach and classic rock band Lucky Strikes will play on Oct. 19. For more information, contact Tanger Outlet at (828) 295-4444 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

Oct. 23

ARTtalk ARTISTIC SURROGACY PANEL: As part of the ArtTALKS series at the Turchin Center, there will be a panel discussion held in conjunction with the exhibition “My Place, or Yours?” on view in Gallery A. Guest curator Cara Hagan will join with artists showing in the “My Place, or Yours?” exhibition to discuss the politics and practice of collaborative work employing the practice of artistic surrogacy. ArtTALKS are held at the Turchin Center and are free and open to the public. This presentation begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Oct. 26

BEARY SCARY HALLOWEEN: Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly! From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., this fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to create special Halloween treats for the animals and then trick-or-treat through the animal habitats area. Children in costume are admitted at half-price. To learn more, visit www.grandfather.com, email events@grandfather.com, or call (828) 733-2013.

GUITAR PICKERS: Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music presents: “Two Generations of Guitar Pickers: The Wayne Henderson Trio with special guest Presley Barker.” Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia, and Presley has quickly emerged as an astonishingly gifted flat-picker. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door and $5 student. 7:30 p.m. at Harvest House, 247 Boone Heights Drive. Visit www.mountainhomemusic.org for more information.

Oct. 27

CONCERT: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will be hosting the Appalachian State University Men’s Glee Club as part of its 2019 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27. 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.

Oct. 30

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at The Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month through October. See us on Facebook and learn more Nov. 19.

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Nov. 19. A training on “Neurocognitive Disorder: Living with Dementia” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “It’s a Brain Thing: The Study of Dementia Medications” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

Nov. 6

ARTtalk FORM FROM FEELINGS: As part of the ArtTALKS series at the Turchin Center, there will be a talk held in conjunction with the exhibition “Metaphorical Reality” on view in the Mayer Gallery. Artist Keith Bryant will introduce his creative work providing background and setting the stage for his current installation before moving into the gallery to answer questions and discuss his current work. Bryant will focus on an exploration of creating sculptural forms from inner feelings. This talk begins at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Nov. 8

ALL ABOUT ELK: Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop, led by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission educators Kevin Hining and Tanya Poole, will focus on elk in North Carolina. A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about the life history and current research on elk, as well as activities that can be incorporated into educational programs. Information on how to coexist with elk will be provided. Participants will also tour the wildlife habitats at Grandfather Mountain with park staff and observe elk up close. This workshop provides six hours Criteria II or III credit toward the N.C. Environmental Education Certification, or 0.6 CEU credit. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2HyzOd6.

Nov. 9-10

TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Nov. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This 10-hour workshop will help prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods. Attendees will learn about a variety of teaching techniques, methods and instructional strategies, and the workshop will include multiple interactive components. This is a required workshop for all N.C. Environmental Education Certification candidates who enrolled in the program after Jan. 1, 2009, as Criteria I credit. This workshop may also count for Continuing Education for those educators who are already certified. This program is hosted by Amy Renfranz, Grandfather’s director of education. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2XZ8o5Z.

Nov. 10

SOUL CONNECTION SUNDAYS: Join Caroline Van Nort and Harrison Graves in Synergy Hall at Boone Professional Center in Boone to connect with your Soul Self through music, OM chanting and expressive arts. Caroline is an expressive arts counselor and Harrison Graves is a recording artist and author of “Mantra Meditation: An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety and Depression.” This four-month series is to teach participants to use Sanskrit Chanting to reach a higher awareness of consciousness. This event is from 10 a.m.-noon on Nov. 10. Admission is $20 for students, seniors and veterans, and other tickets are $35. for additional information, visit https://www.expressiveheartarts.com.

Nov. 19

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at Famous Toastery, located at 349 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock. The event is open for all chamber members and includes raffles, light refreshments and more. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Dec. 17

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