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Now-Oct. 6

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER: Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher explores how a young orphan ultimately became Peter Pan. A wildly theatrical show, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this family-friendly show playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Performances by the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance will take place in the Valborg Theatre at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2-5 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6. The theatre can be found at 480 Howard Street in Boone. Visit theatreanddance.appstate.edu/performances for more information or to purchase tickets online.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. Join in the fun with Lees-McRae’s talented performers in the Broyhill Theatre in Banner Elk. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3-5, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6. Tickets can be purchard online at www.lmc.edu/academics/programs/theatre-arts/calendar or at the box office one hour prior to the beginning of the musical. All seating is general admission and tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students.

Now-Oct. 26

SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION: The American Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms in the mobile home communities of Creekside, Green Valley, Woodring, Bradford, Martin’s High Country, Hampton and Greenway on Oct. 26. It will also install free smoke alarms in homes near these communities as supplies last. Please call (828) 273-7604 to request a free smoke alarm. Name, phone number and address will be required to request installation.

Oct. 3

FALL FESTIVAL: Blue Ridge Elementary School will host its Fall Festival from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 3. There will be bingo, a cakewalk, bids on baskets, food, games and more to benefit the school. Event takes place at Blue Ridge Elementary School in Ashe.

F.A.R.M. ART: Join the AIDS Leadership Foothills Alliance (ALFA) on Oct. 3 for F.A.R.M. Art. The event is free of charge. Proceeds from art sales and a raffle benefit F.A.R.M., a program that helps prevent HIV, Hep C, and drug overdose deaths. There will be art for sale by Hickory artists — Stephen Brooks, fanjoy labrenz, Sarah Frisbey, Matthew S. Good, Kim Bost Hunter Speagle, Cristy Steffey, and Lynn Dorfman And, Hickory’s Benjamin Moore paint store is donating five gallons of premium paint valued at $400. Raffle tickets at $5 each will be for sale to win the paint. The fun includes food, adult beverages and music. This event is on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Steve’s Place, which is ALFA’s new Hickory location at 211 NC 127 (intersection of Highway 127 and 2nd Ave. SE).

Oct. 4

EXHIBITION CELEBRATION: A Fall Exhibition Celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Held in conjunction with the downtown Boone Art Crawl, the public is invited to engage, discover and connect through the arts at the Turchin Center. During this event the Turchin Center will feature six exhibitions, including the opening of “Keith Bryant: Metaphorical Reality” in the Mayer Gallery. Numerous exhibiting artists will be on-hand to meet visitors and provide insight into their intriguing work. The musical group Belleville Rendezvous will perform, refreshments and a cash bar will also be available. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY SIP ‘N SHOP: Visit downtown Blowing Rock from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 for Sip ‘N Shop. Participating Blowing Rock merchants invite you to join them on the first Friday of the month for a “happy hour” style stroll where you can sip and shop in downtown stores. Stop by your favorite shops, or check out a new one! Free refreshments at participating locations. For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or visit blowingrock.com.

BIKE FRIDAY: Bike Friday Boone is an adult-led bike commute to Hardin Park Elementary that will take place every Friday until temperatures no longer allow. Parents are welcome to ride, too. We welcome additional volunteers to help lead. Please arrange to pick up your kids and bikes from school. All riders must have a helmet and bike lights. Inclement weather such as steady rain, snow or temps below 45 degrees cancel the ride. The commute begins at 7 a.m. for the East Boone group, at 7:20 a.m. for the downtown group and at 7:25 a.m. for the University Village group. All groups will meet at A Cleaner World on New Market Boulevard, and the ride will end at 7:40, upon arrival at Hardin Park. For more information, including the full schedule, visit harmonylanes.org/bikefriday.

CHETOLAFEST: Join Chetola Resort for a family friendly event accompanied by musical group The Mason Jar Confessions. Chetolafest is the official kickoff to the beautiful leaf season. Free and open to the public with lawn games and kids activities from 4-6 p.m., cash bar opens at 5 p.m. and live music and s'mores from 6-9 p.m.

FUNDRAISING BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION: Kari’s Home for Women is hosting a fundraising banquet and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Alliance Bible Fellowship. The event will fund the work of Kari’s Home as a nonprofit serving women who are overcoming addiction. Located in Sugar Grove, Kari’s Home is the only residential recovery home for women in the High Country. For more information, visit www.karishome.org or call (828) 297-3030.

“ROMEO AND JULIET”: A group reading and discussion of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” presented by High Country Lifelong Learners, and led by Kathy Schoenhals. Please bring your own copies of the play so that everyone can participate. Meet in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. The Senior Center has wifi internet service you may use. Go to https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/ to locate a split page where the original text appears on one side, while the modern text is on the other. Please note we will meet on three consecutive Fridays in order to read the entire play those dates are Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. The first reading is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Oct. 5

ART IN THE PARK: The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2019 Art in the Park series on Saturday, Oct. 5. 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.

OPEN HOUSE: Gaines Kiker Silversmith will celebrate 25 years in business on Oct. 5 from 1-5 p.m. at its working studio and gallery located at 132 Morris St., Blowing Rock. For more information, contract Susan Kiker at sbkiker@gmail.com or call (828) 295-3992. More information about Gaines Kiker Silversmith can be found at www.gaineskikersilversmith.com.

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 www.relayforlife.org/catawbanc and click on the Breast Cancer 5K link.

LITTER SWEEP: Keep Ashe Beautiful is sweeping the county roads again with community volunteers and the support of NC DOT and local businesses. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m.This is a community-wide event that allows for residents and guests to help make visual improvements in the community. Keep Ashe Beautiful will supply safety T-shirts, safety vests, roadway signs, trash pickup supplies and snacks to pre-registered volunteers. Pre-registration can be made by email at keepashebeautiful@gmail.com or by messaging the Facebook page.

SIDELINE CONCERT: Sideline will be performing at Ashe Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5. Sideline is a bluegrass, award-winning sextet that originated in the Appalachian Mountains. For more information about the band and the concert on Oct. 5, visit http://www.sidelinebg.com.

THE HARRIS BROTHERS: Join the Watauga Humane Society for an evening with the Harris Brothers as a part of its 50th anniversary. This event will take place at the Perry Car Barn in Blowing Rock, from 5-9 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $50. BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, wine, beer and dessert will be provided. Visit the Watauga Humane Society Facebook page or call (828) 264-8495 for more information.

ROCK ORIGINS: Explore New River State Park with Park Volunteer Scott Wohlfled at 11 a.m. on Oct. 5 at the 221 Access Visitor’s Center to prospect among indoor geologic exhibits and trailside outcroppings to observe how rock formations determine — among their many functions — our sources of water, the routes we travel, and together with climate, the plants grown. Light refreshments will be provided during the program. Come prepared for light hiking during the program.

HERITAGE HALL: Join Heritage Hall in Mountain City on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., to enjoy Wayne Henderson and Friends. Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Va. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar and in seven nations in Asia. Because of his “down home” style and storytelling, Wayne is a rock star in our area. He usually packs the house because they know they will be entertained and touched by the talent and the humility of this group. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door. On sale dates for online ticket purchases for each event will be announced on our website, heritagehalltheatre.org. The box office is open from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. To purchase tickets over the phone, call (423) 727-7444 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call within 48 hours.

“ANIMAL”: Written by Derek Davidson and performed by Victor Rivera, join the In/Visible Theatre in questioning humanity’s primal instincts. What does it mean to act like an animal? To be a human in a world full of animals, or an animal in a world full of humans? One actor journeys through accents, animals, and the business of acting to discover how to be and how to last. Disclaimer: may include some monkeying around. The performance is in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tickets will be available at the door.

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.

FALL FESTIVAL: Laurel Springs Baptist Church Fall Festival will be held on Oct. 6 at 3-5 p.m. Free event for the public. Bounce houses, face painting, games, food and more.

Oct. 7

FIVE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR WOMEN: “Finance: Five Money Questions for Women,” hosted by High Country Lifelong Learners, is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 7. This talk is intended for pre-retiree women, fully retired women, and their partners, but all are welcome. Women face unique financial circumstances. Ensure that your financial plan fits your lifestyle and needs. During this presentation, we explore five critical money questions for women. Jason Simon, financial advisor at Edward Jones, presents educational information for women (and men). Meet in the second floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.

Oct. 7-12

WILKES PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST: Get creative and have fun in decorating your pumpkin! Make sure the pumpkin is not carved or punctured in decorating it. Drop off your decorated pumpkin at the Rose Herring Children’s Library at Wilkes County Library on Oct. 7-12. Voting for the best pumpkin runs Oct. 14-26. The winner will be announced on Oct. 28.

Oct. 8

FRANK AND KAY GOLF CLASSIC: Get ready to tee off on Tuesday Oct. 8 at Hound Ears Club for Hospitality House’s annual Frank and Kay Golf Classic. This signature event honors the legacy of philanthropy and leadership that Frank and Kay Borkowski have bestowed upon the High Country since their arrival in 1993. Men’s, women’s and mixed foursomes are invited to the four-person scramble format event that features a hole-in-one contest, putting contest, 13-yard par 3 challenge, prizes, gift bags, cigars, silent auction, on-course snacks and catered hors d’ouevres. Registration, silent auction and putting contests begins at 12:30 p.m., the shot gun start is at 1:30 p.m., the cocktail, hors d’oeuvre and cigar reception is at 6:30 p.m. and the award ceremony and silent auction checkout is at 7:30 p.m. Registration is $150 per person or $600 for a team of four. For more information, visit www.hosphouse.org/golf or calls the Hospitality House of Northwest N.C. at (828) 264-1237.

“THEY CALL US MONSTERS”: Join HCUCC for the final film its Social Justice Film Series at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. “They Call Us Monsters” is a documentary that follows three young juvenile offenders who signed up for a screenwriting class with producer Gabe Cowan as they await their respective trials. As the boys work with Gabe, their complicated stories emerge. This viewing is free and open to the public. HCUCC can be found at 8233 Hwy 421 N. in Vilas. For more information about the series, call HCUCC at (828) 297-1092.

Oct. 9

FREE LIFE COACHING: Be empowered and inspired to take control of your life from a life coaching workshop at the Watauga Public Library on Queen Street in Boone. The event lasts from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 9. For more information, contact Connie Riet at contact@connieriet.com.

PROSTITUTION AND SEX TRAFFICKING TALK: Please join High Country Lifelong Learners from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 as we present a talk on “Prostitution and Sex Trafficking.” Our speaker is Elicka Sparks, who joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University in 2003. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Her areas of teaching and research focus on homicide, theory, religion and crime, and interpersonal and intimate violence. Sparks is part of a UN sex trafficking working group with Gloria Steinem and some other amazing women from around the world, and is currently finishing up a national study about it. Meet in the second floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.

Oct. 10

BOOK READING: Chris Roerden, editor and author, presents at the meeting of High Country Writers on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Watauga County Library. She will speak on the topic of her book “Don’t Sabotage your Story.” The public is invited. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website www.highcountrywriters.org.

FLU SHOTS FOR SENIORS: There will be a Flu Shot Clinic for seniors at Western Watauga Senior Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 10. Must bring Medicare card. WWSC can be found at 1081 Old U.S. Hwy 421 in Sugar Grove. Call (828) 297-5195 to sign up.

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.

WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx will host a benefits workshop for senior citizens on Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Watauga County Public Library. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rep. Foxx’s Boone District Office at (828)-265-0240.

GALLERY CRAWL: October’s gallery crawl returns on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5-8 p.m. in downtown West Jefferson. Galleries, shops and studios will be open with fall décor, artwork and special exhibits. Visit www.ashecountyarts.org for map and descriptions of all the galleries. Call the Ashe County Arts Council at (336) 846-2787 for more information.

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.

WATAUGA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL CONFERENCE CENTER: On Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m., agents from the Watauga County office of N.C. Cooperative Extension will explore ways to process and preserve your hunting-season bounty. Cost of the workshop is $15 per person (or $25 per couple) and must be paid in advance at N.C. Cooperative Extension, 971 West King St., Boone. Cash or check only. Please bring exact change if paying with cash. If mailing in your check, please call our office first at (828) 264-3061 to sign up and send your check made payable to Watauga CES. The workshop will be held at the Watauga County Agriculture Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone. There is limited space available in the class, so make sure to sign up in advance.

METROPOLITAN OPERA: A performance of Puccini’s “Turandot” will be streamed live in HD at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Soprano Christine Goerke and tenor Roberto Aronica will be a part of the cast. The conductor will be Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The opera begins at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. An encore performance will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

RIVER WALK: Discover New River State Park with Park Volunteer Scott Wohlfled at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the 221 Access Picnic Area with an easy hike along the River Run Trail. The topics discussed will be understanding and orientation to the outstanding natural features and resources along the upper New River. Light refreshments will be provided during the program.

GUIDED WALK: Join Ranger Chuck for a program about the history of the Cone country estate as we walk around Bass Lake. Enjoy this guided ranger walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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 Sundays. 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.

Oct. 14

MONDAY AT THE MOVIES: High Country Lifelong Learners presents Monday at the Movies: “Some Like It Hot.” The showing will be at Watuaga Public Library, 140 Queen St. in Boone. Movie description: A mystery/romantic comedy classic from 1959! After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in. Rated PG, and lasts 2.25 hours. Bring a drink and a seat cushion, and we will have the popcorn!

TORCH MONTHLY MEETING: At noon on Monday, Oct. 14, at the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone, will be the monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse. Those arriving by 11:30 a.m. may choose from a $10 menu and enjoy the presentation at noon. The topic this month is “So You Think You Need a Hearing Aid?” It will be presented by Ben Russell, licensed audiologist and Clinic Associate Professor at ASU Guests are welcome. For more information, call (828) 264-8811.

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 www.blowingrockncchamber.com.

Oct. 16

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all seniors aged 60 or older to participate in fall health fairs. There will be free health assessments offered at each fair for no cost to the participant. Each fair will feature Medicare information, vision, hearing, balance, and blood pressure screening, as well as many other screenings such as colo-rectal cancer, hep C, and others. Medication lock boxes, and other free resources will be available on a first come-first served basis. Health Fairs will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

FLU SHOTS FOR SENIORS: There will be a Flu Shot Clinic for seniors at Western Watauga Senior Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Must bring Medicare card. WWSC can be found at 1081 Old U.S. Hwy 421 in Sugar Grove. Call (828) 297-5195 to sign up.

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. 18

AGING WELLNESS CHECKS: ASU’s College of Health Sciences is offering free aging wellness checks from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 18. Services will include muscle strength, balance tests, mental health screenings, hearing evaluations, nutrition assessment and more. The aging wellness screenings will be held at the new health science building, Leon Levine Hall, at 1179 State Farm Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-8658.

Oct. 19-20

WOOLLY WORM FESTIVAL: The 42nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place at the Historic Banner Elk School in Banner Elk, located on Shawneehaw Ave, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20. There will be tons of family fun, food and craft vendors. Don’t forget to bring your woolly worm for the Big Woolly Worm Wace. First prize is $1,000 cash. The 42nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival is co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds are given back to the community to enhance our schools, children’s programs, and to promote business and tourism in Avery County. For more information phone (828) 898-5605 or visit www.woollyworm.com.

Oct. 19

VALLE COUNTRY FAIR: The 42nd annual Valle Country Fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair features food, crafts, mountain music and family fun. Enjoy a classic country fair in a beautiful setting. Parking available in adjacent lot, charged per vehicle. Admission is free. The fair is located on N.C. 194 across from Holy Cross Episcopal Church and the Valle Crucis Conference Center in downtown Valle Crucis, For more information, call (828) 963-4609 or visit www.vallecountryfair.org.

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.

CONCERT AT ASHE CIVIC CENTER: The Jeff Little Trio will be at the Ashe Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. With a few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, but Jeff Little is a remarkable exception. Joining Jeff will be banjo champion Steve Lewis and Luke Little on mandolin. Tickets are $20 adults and $5 students and may be purchased online at www.ashecountyarts.org or by calling (336) 846-2787.

BBQ FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser to help support the family of a three-year-old boy battling leukemia is scheduled for Oct. 19 at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. BBQ and all of the fixings will be served started at 11 a.m. until there isn’t anymore food. There is a suggested donation of $10. The money will help Michael and Ashley Sutton with expenses while their son, Maeson, undergoes treatment for leukemia. For more information, contact Joseph Miller at (828) 262-5459.

WILD EDIBLES: The area that surrounds the New River State Park has a rich soil for cultivating plants that are beneficial for both humans and animals. Meet with Park Volunteer Scott Wohlfled at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the 221 Access Visitor’s Center for a short distance forest and field walk investigating the value of foraging vs. various means of cultivating food. Light refreshments will be provided during the program.

Oct. 21

THE PROPHET ELIJAH: A presentation hosted by High Country Lifelong Learners, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. Popular presenter Alan Hauser will give a two part series on the prophet Elijah, known as the prophet who would pave the way for the Messiah. Elijah was a wild and crazy guy, living in the wilderness and eating a bizarre diet. He was also a thorn in the flesh of Ahab, King of Israel and his wife, Jezebel. Elijah condemned the Canaanite god, Ba’al, whom Jezebel promoted. Despite his victory, he cowered before the rage of Jezebel and was utterly lacking in the confidence necessary to continue the battle, needing a kick in the butt from God. Orthodox Jews still anticipate the return of Elijah at the beginning of the Messianic Age. Professor Hauser’s expertise includes Old Testament and New Testament Literature and Biblical interpretation. Among his published works is a multi-volume “A History of Biblical Interpretation.” Meet in the second floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Join us for Part 2 of this story on October 28. Same time, same room.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions will be Monday, Oct. 21 from 3:30-5:30 p..m. at the Ashe Civic Center for Ashe County Students. Rehearsals will be after school Oct. 21-25. Two performances on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will be $16 adults and $5 students. For more information please call (336) 846-2787.

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.

WRITING WORKSHOP: At the Lois Harrill Senior Center at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone, join Sue Spirit for another writing workshop. Bring a lunch if you like, along with a pen and paper. Old and new writers are welcome.

MEDITATION WITH SOPHIA: This month’s topic is Doubt, one of the five hindrances to meditation. The ancient texts have identified five obstacles that one faces during meditation. 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 fifth hindrance: doubt, when the mind keeps looking for more evidence for making decisions or keeps questioning itself. 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. Meet in the second floor conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Hosted by the High Country Lifelong Learners from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Oct. 25

NATIVE AMERICAN POLITICS: High Country Lifelong Learners presents a talk on Native American Political Organizations. Anthropologist, professor and expert on Native American history, Linda Jencson returns for another look at Native American society, past and present. Anthropologists distinguish four basic types of political organization: bands, tribes, chiefdoms and states. Native North America had political entities which qualified for all but the last, and many in-between structures that defy categorization. Some blended politics and family structure. Some were highly democratic. Some were so well-organized with structures of checks and balances to guarantee citizens’ rights that many of the founding fathers of America, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine were all students of native politics. Even the word “caucus” was borrowed into American English (and political behavior) from the Iroquois. Join us for some truly revolutionary ideas about human political relations, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Meet in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.

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.

METROPOLITAN OPERA: A performance of Jules Massenet’s “Manon” will be streamed live in HD at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Soprano Lisette Oropesa and tenor Michael Fabiano will be a part of the cast. The conductor will be Maurizio Benini. The opera begins at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. An encore performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

THE FOREST AS SHELTERWOOD: To learn in New River State Park, meet with Park Volunteer Scott Wohlfled at the 221 Access Visitor’s Center at 11 a.m. on Oct 26. Wohlfled will lead an easy trail walk demonstrating that though a woodland is not extremely edible, its enduring quality does afford a different utility — from songbird perches to cabin logs. Light refreshments will be provided during the program.

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.

MOSCOW’S BOLSHOI BALLET: Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will perform Glazunov’s “Raymonda” at 12:55 p.m. on Oct. 27. The ballet will be streamed live in HD at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

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.

PUMPKIN PALOOZA WRITING EXPERIENCE: Join Sue Spirit on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Lois Harrill Senior Center, at 132 Poplar Grove Extension in Boone, for an extended day-long session of writing. Prompts surrounding the Great Pumpkin time of year will tease you into remembering past October memories and writing about all kinds of things that just may go bump in the night. Bring a lunch if you’d like, along with a pen and paper and if so inclined, a treat for the season of trick or treating. New and returning writers welcomed.

Nov. 1

AGING WELLNESS CHECKS: ASU’s College of Health Sciences is offering free aging wellness checks from 8-11 a.m. on Nov. 1. Services will include muscle strength, balance tests, mental health screenings, hearing evaluations, nutrition assessment and more. The aging wellness screenings will be held at the new health science building, Leon Levine Hall, at 1179 State Farm Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-8658.

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

METROPOLITAN OPERA: A performance of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be streamed live in HD at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Soprano Hui He will play the devastating title role. The conductor will be Pier Giorgio Morandi. The opera begins at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. An encore performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

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. 15

AGING WELLNESS CHECKS: ASU’s College of Health Sciences is offering free aging wellness checks from 8-11 a.m. on Nov. 15. Services will include muscle strength, balance tests, mental health screenings, hearing evaluations, nutrition assessment and more. The aging wellness screenings will be held at the new health science building, Leon Levine Hall, at 1179 State Farm Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-8658.

Nov. 17

MOSCOW’S BOLSHOI BALLET: Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will perform Adolphe Adam’s “Le Crosaire” at 12:55 p.m. on Nov. 17. The ballet will be streamed at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

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.

Nov. 23

METROPOLITAN OPERA: A performance of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” will be streamed live in HD at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will headline Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation. The conductor will be Karen Kamensek. The opera begins at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. An encore performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

Dec. 15

MOSCOW’S BOLSHOI BALLET: Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at 12:55 p.m. on Dec. 15. The ballet will be streamed at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

Dec. 17

Jan. 11, 2020

METROPOLITAN OPERA: A performance of Berg’s “Wozzeck” will be streamed live in HD at the Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., which is about 1.5 hours from Boone. Berg’s 20th-century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role, and soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct. Groundbreaking visual artist and director William Kentridge unveils a bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland. The opera begins at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. An encore performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Call the box office at (276) 669-2091 for ticket prices or purchases. Visit {em}https://www.cinemark.com/series-events/met-opera-2019-20-season/ for more information about the series.

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