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DIVORCE CLINIC: The Watauga County Public Library invites the public to join Legal Aid of N.C. for a free do-it-yourself Divorce Clinic at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21. Participants will watch a video that will explain the law and walk them through how to file a simple divorce action in court without the help of a lawyer. Participants will receive all the necessary legal forms and guidance for completing and filing them with the court on their own. They will have the chance to ask general questions of a volunteer attorney after the video. To register, visit www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/Pages/self-help-clinics/simple-divorce-clinic.aspx or call 1-866-219-5262.
BLOOD DRIVE: The Watauga County Public Library will be hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 in the meeting room. You must be 18 and up to participate. To schedule an appointment, call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or go online to www.redcrossblood.org, enter the zip code ‘’28607’’ and select ‘’Watauga County Library’’ to schedule yourself.
LONG JOHN CAROLERS: The 45th annual gathering of the Long John Carolers is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Horn-in-the-West parking lot. Meet there and then go on to sing at shopping centers, nursing homes, Boone Mall, and plan to eat together at around 7:30 p.m.
BALLADS PROGRAM: North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Donna Ray Norton and BRAHM exhibit coordinator Donald Hughes will present “Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power a People,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. From 1916-1918, English ballad collector Cecil Sharp traveled the Appalachian region to document variants of these songs and photographed some of the singers who shared their ballads. These 26 rare photographs offer a stunning window into the life of Appalachian people in the period. The program will include a performance by Norton and a talk by Hughes, who will describe Sharp’s ballad-collecting travels. This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.