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AN ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS: Ensemble Stage of Banner Elk will be performing “An Ensemble Christmas” Dec. 15-17, at 7 p.m. each night. The performances will be at the Historic Banner Elk School, 185 Azalea Cir. SE, Banner Elk, NC. Tickets for the play are $20 for adults and $12 for children 16 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.ensemblestage.com/Box-Officefallwinter.html.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS: South Fork Baptist Church is hosting an adult Christmas Cantata at 11 a.m. and a kids Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.
LIVE NATIVITY: Join de la Cruz Farms in Deep Gap for “The Living Promise,” a live nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 17. Enjoy live animals, live Carolers and most importantly, presentations that walk guests through God’s salvation plan for mankind. At this drive thru outreach event, participants will be given an invitation for someone to pray with them and to ask questions about the gospel or faith in Jesus Christ.
CAROLING FOR MEN: Area men are invited to sing four part harmony carols in the 48th annual tour of local retirement homes on Monday, Dec. 18. Meet at 5 p.m. to review provided music in the rear lobby of the ASU music building and conclude the tour by 7 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-8811.
DIVORCE CLINIC: The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join Legal Aid of N.C. for a free do-it-yourself Divorce Clinic at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21. At the Legal Aid of N.C., Divorce Clinic 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. Specific legal advice for individual cases is not provided at these clinics. Registration is required. Visit www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/Pages/self-help-clinics/simple-divorce-clinic.aspx or call 1-866-219-5262 to register.
BOWL SENDOFF: The Appalachian State University football team departs Tuesday for Mobile, Ala., to participate in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl. The Jones House, the Downtown Boone Development Association, the Boone Police Department and the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce have arranged a community sendoff for the team Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11:45 a.m. in downtown Boone. Fans, downtown merchants and customers are encouraged to wear their black and gold, bring flags and display signs at the Jones House or along King Street at 11:45 a.m. The convoy of buses will depart Kidd Brewer Stadium, turn left on Rivers Street and progress to King Street on their way out of town. The Jones House will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and will offer hot cider and cookies. The first 250 guests will receive pom poms provided by the Appalachian State Alumni Association. For more information, visit joneshouse.org.
BLOOD DRIVE: The Watauga County Public Library will be hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room. You must be 18 and up to participate. To schedule an appointment, please 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.
BLUEGRASS BAND PERFORMANCE: Naomi and the Homefolks bluegrass band will be performing at the Western Watauga Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Dec. 25. The performance is part of a series of performances that will take place at the Western Watauga Senior Center on the last Monday of each month. The band members are Doyle James, Naomi Isaacs, Bill Taylor, Jim Mixon and Dan Isaacs.
BALLADS PROGRAM: North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Donna Ray Norton and Donald Hughes, exhibit curator will present “Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power a People” on Thursday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. 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, please call (828) 295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.