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Nov. 7

LIFE COACHING WORKSHOP: Come participate in a free Life Coaching workshop from 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 7. Each session will discuss and work through a variety of topics to empower participants to live the life they’ve imagined. Bring a notebook and pen to the Watauga Public Library at 140 Queen Street in Boone. For questions or concerns, contact Connie at contact@connieriet.com, by calling (801) 706-8080 or visit her website at connieriet.com.

64th ANNUAL FARM CITY BANQUET: The 64th Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. The theme for this year’s banquet is “High Country Grown: Who’s Your Farmer?” Tickets are now on sale for $10.00 per person (children 5 and under eat for free; children 6-12, $5) and can be purchased at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center, 971 W King St., Boone. No tickets will be sold at the door and ticket sales are limited to 250. For more info, please call (828) 264-3061.

OPEN MIC CANCELLED: The Open Mic event for Nov. 7 has been cancelled due to the unavailability of a room at the Watauga library. The next Open Mic will be Dec. 5. If you want to present before the audience, reading poetry, prose, or a section of a play, email Maryrose Carroll at maryrosecarroll@gmail.com.

MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM “DOWN HOME: JEWISH LIFE”: On Nov. 7, from 6-7 p.m., at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, enjoy a film by North Carolina filmmakers, film about the arts or about the history and culture of the Appalachian region. Complimentary popcorn will be provided, and the film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a special guest speaker. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Contact Willard Watson at programs@blowingrockmuseum.org or (828) 295-9099 ext. 3006.

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.

NOVEL RELEASE: Join Jim Hamilton at Foggy Pine Books at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 to celebrate the release of Hamilton’s novel, “The Last Entry.” Foggy Pine Books is located at 471 W. King Street in Boone. Copies for the novel will be available for purchase.

TAJ EXPRESS: The Bollywood Musical Revue Heats Up the Stage with Red-Hot Bollywood Song and Dance on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. as part of Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, The Schaefer Center Presents. Tickets are only $5 for all students, $15 faculty/staff/local resident discount (with proof of residence in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties) and $25 for adults. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (800) 841-2787, (828) 262-4046 or visit: http://theschaefercenter.org

PINTO BEAN SUPPER: The Foscoe Ruritan Club will host a community dinner at the Grandfather Community Center from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 to benefit a local resident that’s battling stomach cancer. The menu includes pinto beans, slaw, chow chow, cornbread, drinks and desserts. The only cost is a donation to the cause.

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.

WHS DECA TRIVIA NIGHT: Watauga High School DECA, a business and marketing club, will be hosting our first annual trivia night fundraiser on Nov. 9 at Watauga High School starting at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $5 per person and will be sold before the event, as well as at the door on Nov. 9. To pre-purchase a ticket, please email Olivia Tarnowski at tarnowskio@wataugaschools.org. Tickets can be bought individually or for an entire team.

DIVINE MYSTERIES LAW OF 7: This class is a series which will be diving deep into the mysteries of the cosmos and the inner application for humanity; to see more clearly our power and purpose as cosmic beings, the knowledge that will be brought forward is ancient from the days of antiquity. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, hosted at the Boone Professional Center at 838 State Farm Road at 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 9. The class will include a notebook, alchemy workbook comprehensive charts, charging plate and a personalized elixir. To secure a spot or learn about costs, call (828) 964-5853.

COLLEGE FAIR: A college fair will be held at ASU’s Reich College of Education on Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. This event is free to the public and is offered for students throughout Western North Carolina.

WEBSITE BUILDING WORKSHOP: At 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 9, at Blue Ridge ArtSpace, learn how to build a website using Squarespace. The instructor for the workshop, Sophia Ojha, is a Web Designer based in Watauga County. As the only Squarespace Authorized Trainer in Western North Carolina, she will give you a live demonstration on how to start your new website. Workshop registration is $35. Register online at www.watauga-arts.org under the “workshop” tab or by phone at (828) 264-1789. Learn more about Ojha and the workshop at www.sophiaojha.com/artists-workshop. The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone.

COFFEE HOUSE LIVE!: Coffee House Live! returns to the West Jefferson Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Featured performers will be Bob and Sylvia Zahner, the Smart Ashes, and Cane Mill Road. Tickets are $16 for adults, $5 for students and admission is available at the door.

CHRISTIAN UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH YARD SALE: On Nov. 9 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Christian Unity Baptist Church (located at 326 East Main St. Jefferson) will have a yard sale. All proceeds will support Ladies Group local mission projects.

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. 11

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: The Watauga Community Band will play a prelude concert beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Boone Mall in honor of Veteran’s Day. Ceremony commences at 11 a.m. with a program that includes the Watauga High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC, Color Guard and guest speaker Rear Admiral Melvin Bouboulis of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Boone Mall is located at 1180 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. This event is free and open to the public.

TORCH CLUB: The monthly meeting of Torch: A Forum for Reasoned Discourse will be Monday, Nov. 11, at Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone. Those arriving by 11:30 a.m. may choose from a $10 menu and enjoy the presentation at noon. The topic this month is “Election Politics Update.” It is presented by David Sutton, a retired professor of political science. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (828) 264-8811

Nov. 12

MEDICARE 101: The Lois E. Harrill Senior presents a Medicare 101 seminar at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. There is no need to register and anyone interested is welcome to attend. People nearing 65 or retirement, folks close to transitioning to Medicare, caregivers or professionals are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about Medicare. For more information call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

Nov. 13

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, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more information call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

Nov. 14

TAC TALK- MOONSHINE TALES & TASTING: On Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. this program will be a mix of lecture and legal moonshine sampling for those over 21. We will ask the questions: What is the appeal of the clear spirit? And if it is legal and mass-produced is it still moonshine? All TAC talks are free for members and $5 for non-members. Contact Willard Watson at programs@blowingrockmuseum.org or (828) 295-9099 ext. 3006

Nov. 14-17

THE GOOD DOCTOR PLAY: The Good Doctor will run Nov. 14–16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre on the campus of Lees-McRae. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door one hour prior to showtime. All seating is general admission. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students.

Nov. 15

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.

COOKIE BAKING COMPETITION: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center is happy to announce their annual cookie competition. All community members aged 60 or older are welcome to participate. The cookie competition will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. Prizes will be awarded to the best tasting cookie and the best decorated cookie. Bakers are encouraged to call and register with Billie Lister at (828) 265-8090.

BLUE RIDGE BLUES REVUE: Join Lynn Foddrell and the King Bees for an evening of blues at the Jones House in Boone at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $20 and limited seating is available. To preorder tickets, stop by or call the Jones House at (828) 268-6280 or email brandon.holder@townofboone.net.

Nov. 16

HERITAGE HALL CONCERT: The Has-Beens were formed in 1981 and more than 145 musicians have been a part of this swing band. You will hear the music of the big band era of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s and some of the best music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. They do a great show, especially for those who enjoy music from those decades. The fun begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Heritage Hall is located at 211 N. Church Street in Mountain City, Tenn.

HANDMADE OPEN HOUSE: Every Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m., during the holiday season beginning on Nov. 16, join the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone to visit with demonstrating and selling local artists. Find the perfect piece of art for everyone on your list. The demonstrating artists on Nov. 16 will be Tena Wenta (potter) and Pat Miller (quilting artist).

COCOA JAM 5K AND FUN RUN: On Nov 16 the Cocoa Jame 5k and fun run will start at 10 a.m. Pre-register by Nov. 12. Race day registration starts at 9 a.m. $20.00 for preregistered runners, $15.00 for senior citizen runners, $15.00 for youth runners, $30.00 for race-day registration and $10.00 for the Fun Run. For more information or to register call: (828) 773-5016.

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.

HAYES FACULTY ENSEMBLE: Hayes Faculty Ensemble will perform at the Ashe Arts Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. The ensemble will perform Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.” Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for students, and tickets may be purchased online at ashecountyarts.org or by calling (336) 846-2787.

Nov. 17-18

MEDITATION RETREAT: The High Country Meditators are bringing Buddhist Nun Ayya Sudhamma to Boone for a free meditation retreat. There are three sessions that will all take place in the Great Hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone on Nov. 17-18. There is one session from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 17 and two on Nov. 18, lasting from 9-11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., respectively. Attendees can come to one or all of them. Topics include how to deal with daily life challenges including anger and depression. The event is free and open to the public, regardless of affiliation, but registration is required due to space constraints. For details and to register visit www.reflecitonpond.com/retreat.

Nov. 18

BARTER PLAYERS AT HERITAGE HALL: Visit Heritage Hall on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., to enjoy ‘Frosty’ by the Barter Players. A wonderful, affordable must-see classic for the entire family, this is Frosty’s third performance at Heritage Hall. Many of the same folks will return once more to re-experience the magic in the hat placed on Frosty’s head and watch the entire cast sing and dance their way to discovering the Christmas magic known as love. All seats are $5. Heritage Hall is located at 211 N. Church Street in Mountain City, Tenn.

REVIVAL: Everyone is invited to join Yellow Mountain Baptist Church in revival beginning Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Rev. Lee Cope of Appalachian State University will be preaching

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.

HANDMADE OPEN HOUSE: Every Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m., during the holiday season, join the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone to visit with demonstrating and selling local artists. Find the perfect piece of art for everyone on your list. The demonstrating artists on Nov. 23 will be Theresa McGrath (jewelry artist), Judy Clarke (painting and drawing artist) and Alice Zaharian (jewelry artist).

Nov. 20

RTCC MEETING: The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) of the High Country RPO will hold a meeting on Nov. 20 at the High Country Council of Governments building located at 468 New Market Blvd., Boone, NC 28607. The RTCC will meet at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Nov. 26

DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: An Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group will meet Nov. 26 and is offered to those who serve as a caregiver for an individual that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The group will meet the last Tuesday of every month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western Watauga Branch Library. For more information, call the group facilitator Sandra Basel at (828) 773-0530 or contact Jackie Cornette at the Western Watauga Branch Library 828-297-5515.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite community members to attend a free educational seminar on emergency preparedness and response. The class will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 26. Registration is not required. For more information call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

Nov. 27

THANKSGIVING PARTY: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all community members aged 60 or older to join us for a Thanksgiving party from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 27. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. There will be food, fun and prizes at the Turkey Trot Party. For more information call Billie (828) 265-8090.

Nov. 30

HANDMADE OPEN HOUSE: Every Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m., during the holiday season, join the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone to visit with demonstrating and selling local artists. Find the perfect piece of art for everyone on your list. The demonstrating artists on Nov. 30 will be Pat Moritz (basketmaker) and Gina Williams (stained glass artist).

Dec. 3

BEECH MOUNTAIN JAMMERS: Beech Mountain Jammers will meet Dec. 1 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Beech Mountain Community Center, 601 Flat Springs Road, Elk Park, NC 28622. Bring a tuned instrument and any songs you’d like to share to this informal music jam. If you stay for lunch, bring a dish to share as well. For more info, call (423) 768-0530.

Dec. 5-6

AFTER DARK PRODUCTION: Beanstalk Community Theatre presents its next After Dark production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It’s an adult musical comedy about spelling. This After Dark show is Rated PG-13 for adult humor and language. Presented at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue December 5th & 6th at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at beanstalknc.com/tickets. $14 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and $10 for Students in advance. $16 at the door for all. Concessions available.

Dec. 6

HOLIDAY GALLERY CRAWL: Holiday Galley Crawl will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown West Jefferson. Visit galleries, shops and more and marvel the holiday artwork, music and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (336) 846-2787.

Dec. 7

AFTER DARK PRODUCTION: Beanstalk Community Theatre presents its next After Dark production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It’s an adult musical comedy about spelling. This After Dark show is Rated PG-13 for adult humor and language. Presented at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at beanstalknc.com/tickets. $14 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and $10 for Students in advance. $16 at the door for all. Concessions available.

SATURDAY WITH SANTA: Saturday with Santa will be from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, hosted by the Ashe County Arts Council. Santa will be available for pictures and Mrs. Claus will be telling stories, cookies, milk and arts and crafts will be available. This event is free and reservations are required. Sign ups may be made at ashecountyarts.org or by calling (336) 846-2787.

HANDMADE OPEN HOUSE: Every Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m., during the holiday season, join the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone to visit with demonstrating and selling local artists. Find the perfect piece of art for everyone on your list. The demonstrating artists on Dec. 7 will be Shelly Parsons (painting and drawing artist), Francine Barr (jewelry artist) and Theresa McGrath (jewelry artist).

Dec. 12

MEDICARE 101: The Lois E. Harrill Senior presents a Medicare 101 seminar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. There is no need to register and anyone interested is welcome to attend. People nearing 65 or retirement, folks close to transitioning to Medicare, caregivers or professionals are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about Medicare. For more information call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

Dec. 13

CAREGIVER MEDITATION SESSION: High Country Aging will host a meditation session by partnering with the Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging and Sophia Ojha. The event is from 1-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Rumple Memorial Church in Blowing Rock. This opportunity is for caregivers to take a break from the craziness of the holidays and learn self-care techniques along with a live guided meditation. Caregivers are encouraged to bring their loved one to enjoy music and Tai Chi with Nicole Hiegl. This event is free to the public, just RSVP by calling (828) 265-5434.

Dec. 14

HANDMADE OPEN HOUSE: Every Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m., during the holiday season, join the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone to visit with demonstrating and selling local artists. Find the perfect piece of art for everyone on your list. The demonstrating artists on Dec. 14 will be Avia Kahn (painting and mixed media artist) and Ginger Bryant (painting and drawing artist).

Dec. 17

VAYA HEALTH TRAINING: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, 131 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, will hold two trainings on Dec. 17. A training on “Anxiety: Calming the Anxious Mind” will run from 10 to 11 a.m., and “Coping with Anxiety: Medications and More” will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mandy Matney at mandy.matney@vayahealth.com to register.

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. 21

HANDMADE OPEN HOUSE: Every Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m., during the holiday season, join the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone to visit with demonstrating and selling local artists. Find the perfect piece of art for everyone on your list. The demonstrating artist on Dec. 21 will be Beth Revis (fiber artist).

Dec. 23

SENIOR HOLIDAY PARTY: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all community members aged 60 or older to join them for a holiday party featuring food, fun, prizes and reindeer games. The party will be Monday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no need to register. For more information call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

Dec. 31

DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: An Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group will meet Dec. 31 and is offered to those who serve as a caregiver for an individual that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The group will meet the last Tuesday of every month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western Watauga Branch Library. For more information, call the group facilitator Sandra Basel at (828) 773-0530 or contact Jackie Cornette at the Western Watauga Branch Library (828) 297-5515.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SOCIAL: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center would like to invite all seniors aged 60 or older to come enjoy cookies, cocoa and social interaction. No need to register. Call Billie for more information at (828) 265-8090.

Jan. 11, 2020

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