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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.
NYE PARTY: Join Town Tavern for its New Year’s Eve Party on Monday, Dec. 31. Live Karaoke starts at 9:30 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight.
NYE CELEBRATION: Ring in the New Year with the Green Park Inn on Monday, Dec. 31. Featured events include a four-course plated meal, a live band and a champagne toast at midnight.
ECONOMIC BREAKFAST: The 2018 High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast takes place Jan. 9 at 940 Ski Mountain Road in Blowing Rock. Presented by the Boone Area and Blowing Rock chambers of commerce, the event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude by 9 a.m. Harry Davis of Appalachian State University and the North Carolina School of Banking will deliver his 2018 Economic Forecast to highlight our event. The event also includes a presentation on the High Country’s start-up business community from Erich Schlenker, director of the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is encouraged at http://boonechamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2018-high-country-economic-forecast-4599.