BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: Do you love the parkway? We need volunteers to assist us this season at both the Linn Cove and Cone Visitors Centers working at our information desks or assisting with historic tours at Cone Manor. If you love meeting and helping people and can help us out for a couple of hours on the same day each week, please call Ranger Chuck at (828) 348-3519.

CIRCLES OF THE HIGH COUNTRY: Circles of the High Country is actively seeking open-minded, friendly individuals who are interested in ending poverty in the High Country. Allies commit to building an intentional relationship with Circle Leaders who are determined to get out of poverty. If you are interested in learning more or becoming an ally, contact Chatty Majoni at Chatty@hosphouse.org or (828) 264-1237 or visit www.highcountrycircles.com.

PARTNERS CANINES: Partners Canines, a local nonprofit shelter dog rescue organization, is in need of volunteers and temporary foster homes to assist with large rescue transports in the Boone area twice monthly. Needs include dog walkers, puppy caregivers, drivers, cleaning, feeding help and temporary foster homes. Call (828) 434-0620 or visit partnerscanines.org.

AMERICAN RED CROSS, BLUE RIDGE: The Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Are you interested in using your skills and talents for the greater good of the community? If so, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer. Or, call the office at (828) 264-8226 for more information. The Blue Ridge Chapter serves Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties.

WATAUGA HUMANE SOCIETY: The Watauga Humane Society is in need of volunteers to help care for the animals, the building and grounds. Volunteers are also needed to help with adoption events, fundraising events and more. For more information or to sign up, visit www.wataugahumanesociety.org and click on the volunteer tab.

SENIOR CENTER: Do you have skills you haven’t used in a while? Would you like to teach a class or help someone understand the world of Medicare? For more information, stop by the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone or call (828) 265-8090 and ask for Billie Lister.

SENIOR YOGA: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center is seeking a volunteer yoga instructor to teach gentle or chair yoga. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Billie at (828) 265-8090.

COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC: The Community Care Clinic is a free and charitable clinic that provides medical care to those without insurance. The Clinic is in need of CNAs, RNs, lab techs and phlebotomists to fill the medical intake and medical lab volunteer positions. Reception and office assistant volunteer positions are also available. To learn more about these opportunities, visit www.ccclinic.org/volunteer or contact the volunteer coordinator at cccvolunteering@gmail.com or (828) 265-8591.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM: In need of volunteers to work with children. After receiving 25 to 30 hours of free training, participants are sworn in and given their first case. For more information, call Valerie Daniels, program supervisor, at (828) 737-6721 or visit www.nccourts.org.

AVERY COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Volunteer opportunities are available with Avery County Habitat for Humanity. Would you like to help a family realize the dream of home ownership? If you are interested, contact Habitat at (828) 733-1909 or info@averycohfh.org.

READING MENTORS: Do you enjoy reading with young children? If you can make a once a week commitment for an hour, volunteer to become a reading mentor at a local school. Training will be provided, and you will be matched up with a child. For more information, call Elaine Rothenberg at (828) 355-9303 or email erothenberg1@gmail.com.

MEDI HOME HOSPICE: Would you like to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and families using your gifts of compassion and caring? Then Hospice would love to talk to you and share more information on its volunteer services at Medi Home Hospice. Call (828) 265-3388 for more information.

WESTERN WATAUGA SENIOR CENTER: Are you looking for something rewarding to do with your extra time? We are always looking for volunteers to teach classes, work at the front desk or drive home delivered meal routes. Call Cindy at (828) 297-5195.

WATAUGA COUNTY PROJECT ON AGING: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals and a smile in Watauga County. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday, with a time commitment of 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Delivery days can fit your schedule — weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. We have several routes open at this time. Please contact Wynne Strickland at (828) 265-8090 for more information. Mileage reimbursement is available.

WATAUGA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: By volunteering with your local Watauga County Habitat for Humanity, you can be a part of the change you want to see in your community. The organization offers several opportunities to build or repair homes with families, in addition to volunteer opportunities at your local Habitat ReStore. If you are interested, contact Habitat at (828) 268-9545 or info@wataugahabitat.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 Wednesday, Oct. 17. Call Cindy at (828) 297-5195 to reserve your spot.

FALL YOGA: Senior yoga teacher Akal Dev Sharonne has been practicing yoga since 1971. This fall, she offers three gentle one-hour yoga classes in 12-week sessions on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Health Department, Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (Old Cove Creek High School) in Cove Creek. The cost for each 12-week session is $75. Students may make up missed classes on one day by attending classes on another day. A discount is offered to students who register for multiple classes. Pre-registration by the day before the start of class is requested. Call Akal Dev at (828) 264-1384 to pre-register and for more information. Learn more about Akal Dev at www.thehealingmuse.com.

SEWING CLASS: Beginning in September, Western Watauga Senior Center will offer a fun sewing class with Mayselle Hagaman. This class will be on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free for those 60 and older and $3 otherwise. All levels are welcome. Call Cindy at (828) 297-5195 for more information.

POTTERY WHEEL CLASS: On Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wilkes Art Gallery, there will be a pottery wheel class for all levels. This class, from now-Oct. 29, is a general wheel throwing class for beginners, intermediate and advanced students with core competency of the technique for wheel throwing. Beginner students will spend the first couple of weeks working on the basic skills of centering, coning and pulling up the walls of bowls, mugs and dishes. Advanced students will be furthering their skills of pulling larger pots, dishes and more. Classes are $110 for members and $120 for non-members.

CLAY CLASS: On Thursdays from now to Oct. 18, join instructor Rick Brake at Wilkes Art Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. for a clay class. This class will combine hand building and wheel instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Clay is not included in any of our clay classes. Clay will be onsite at a cost of $20 to $25 per pound bag. The class is $110 for members and $120 for non-members.

BEGINNER WATERCOLOR: On Thursdays from now through Oct. 18, join instructor Nancy Canter from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wilkes Art Gallery. We will study color theory beginning with the three primary colors and move forward to create unlimited colors from these. We will move on to study and experiment with different techniques and tools to build a successful painting. Supplies for the first class will be provided and a basic list of needed supplies for the following classes will be given out in the first class. This class is $100 for members and $110 for non-members.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: For patients and caregivers. Last Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Watauga Library. Facilitator John Padgett. Call (828) 773-2864 or (828) 773-7386.

KARATE CLASS: A karate class for kids is being offered on Monday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. for children in 3rd through 5th grade. Classes are being held on a donation basis at Highlands Community Church on Ray Taylor Road. For more information, or to reserve a spot, email thekickfactory@yahoo.com.

LIFELONG PAINTERS: Lifelong Painters watercolor studio with local artist JoAnn Pippin, meets weekly on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. No fee. Come any time during these hours to be inspired by local artists who are wild about watercolor. Bring your paints and maybe a lunch. For more information, contact JoAnn Pippin at rj2pip@yahoo.com.

HEALTH EDUCATION CLASSES: The Community Care Clinic offers free interactive health education classes. Fun and Fitness, All About Diabetes, Stop Smoking, Yoga and Lunch and Learn are taught on a regular schedule. You do not need to be a patient to come to these classes. For more information, call the clinic at (828) 265-8591 or email ccclinic.education@gmail.com.

INTRODUCTORY HEALING TOUCH SESSIONS: Akal Dev Sharonne, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner since 2003, is offering free introductory sessions to introduce people to this powerful form of energy healing. Sessions are available at the Blue Mountain Center on Meadowview Drive above Walgreens. Healing Touch has been demonstrated to catalyze healing of ailments ranging from anxiety and pain to injuries and life threatening illnesses. For more information, call Akal Dev at (828) 264-1384.

DOODLEBUG CLUB: Preschool-age children and a parent/guardian are invited to Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s Doodlebug Club, an educational art program focused on basic art skills while introducing them to different art mediums. Doodlebug Club is offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and again from 1 to 2 p.m. every Thursday. The class is free to members and costs $5 for non-members. Registration is required. For more information, call (828) 295-9099.

CREATIVE ART-MAKING: Children ages 6 to 10 years old are invited to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum for creative art-making activities from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. every Tuesday. Participants will find inspiration from current exhibitions that will introduce them to different art mediums. The class is free to members and costs $5 for non-members. Registration is required. For more information, call (828) 295-9099.

ARTSHARE: On the last Thursday of each month from noon to 2 p.m., the Watauga County Arts Council invites artists to gather for a free information sharing session focused on resources, exhibition techniques and business tips focused on two-dimensional art over lunch (artists are encouraged to bring their own lunch).

YARN CIRCLE: The Watauga County Arts Council hosts a weekly gathering for those interested in working with fiber arts such as knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and lap quilting. This free session is open from noon to 3 p.m. each Wednesday afternoon on a drop in and visit basis.

FREE SENIOR CLASSES: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center invites all seniors 60 years and older to come participate in weekly classes. The following classes are offered at no cost: Art I, Art II, Crafts, Weaving, Muscles & More, Bone Builders, Line Dancing, Sign Language, Needlework and more. Class will meet at 1 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call Billie Lister (828) 265-8090.

BOONE BOUNCERS: Local jump rope team the Boone Bouncers invites the community to drop in during a class from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at Greenway Baptist Church in Boone. Girls and boys ages 5 and older can attend. A drop in class is $8. For more information or to learn how to join the team, email boonebouncers@gmail.com or visit the “Boone Bouncers” Facebook page or www.boonebouncers.wixsite.com/boonebouncers.

STUDIO ART: Western Watauga Senior Center has their Studio Art Class with Marsha Holmes on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All levels welcome. Class is no charge for those 60+ and $3 for adults that are younger. Each person pays for their own supplies. Call (828) 297-5195 for more info.

KNITTING: Come learn to knit with Bina at Western Watauga Senior Center every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Class is no charge for those 60+. Call (828) 297-5195 for more info.

RED, WHITE & BLUEGRASS: For more than 15 years, local traditional musicians and their fans have gathered to celebrate the rich musical traditions of the mountains at the Red, White & Bluegrass Jam. Bluegrass, folk, old time and traditional country music is featured for 16 events this year. The Jam will be held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month through November at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 165 Highway 105 Extension in Boone. Bring your instrument and your singing voice and join in the fun, or just sit and listen. Chairs are provided. For more information, call (828) 263-0051.

FUN CLASSES FOR SENIORS: Western Watauga Senior Center in Sugar Grove offers free classes to 60+. Classes include jewelry/beading, woodcarving, pottery, knitting, lap quilting, studio art and weaving. Come for some fun and camaraderie! Call Cindy at (828) 297-5195 for more info.

BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASS: On Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Western Watauga Senior Center will hold a Bone Builders exercise class. Bone Builders is an exercise program designed to prevent and slow development of osteoporosis, but also to improve balance. The program consists of exercise training with small weights and specific exercises designed to improve muscle strength, bone density and balance. Class is free to those 60 and older. There is a limited class size, so call (828) 297-5195 to sign up and reserve your space.

OIL/PASTEL WORKSHOP: Wilkes Art Gallery will host an oil and pastel workshop with artist Albert Handell from Oct. 16-20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. These workshops are geared toward all levels and artists who work in pastels, oils or water media. Handell will demonstrate three of his favorite and most well-known painting techniques. To sign up for the workshop, go to www.wilkesartgallery.org, call (336) 667-2841 or go to nc-kennedyart.weebly.com and click on events. The art gall


COSMOLOGY TALK: On Friday, Oct. 5, High Country Lifelong Learners presents “The Importance and Recovery of a Functional Cosmology,” a talk by way of Thomas Berry, Hegal, Tielhard de Chardin. Many of us are without a sense of cosmology at all. Marx and Sartre have shown us the results of broken, cosmology-alienated, anxiety-filled individuals and dysfunctional society. In his address, Frankie Kelly will use a “geologian,” a a philosopher and a paleontologist to help us move toward healing. Meet at 2 p.m. in the dining room in the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

CHOCOLATE PRESENTATION: On Monday, Oct. 8, come to talk on “The History of Chocolate,” presented by High Country Lifelong Learners. The presentation will explore the world of cacao and chocolate production from ancient times to modern day. Attendees will learn about the rich history of chocolate as well as modern chocolate-making techniques. Speaker Meagan Brown, a Boone native, and owner and chief chocolate maker at Devorah Artisan Chocolate, will address how climate change is expected to alter cacao bean growth. Are growers responding by selecting different varieties or searching for new locations for future cacao growing areas? Meet at 2 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

FALL FRAMING SALE: The Art Cellar Gallery is having a Fall Framing Sale from now through Dec. 31. Visit the gallery and let them frame your keepsakes and works of art. The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Highway 184 in Banner Elk and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A High Country destination for 26 years, the gallery focuses on North Carolina artists while including select artists from across the Southeast. Showing work from large scale canvases to smaller works on paper as well as sculpture, glass and clay. For more information, contact the gallery at www.artcellaronline.com or (828) 898-5175.

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: The Dances of Universal Peace are an ecumenical participatory spiritual practice which use simple movements and chanting to honor all the world’s spiritual traditions. The singing is accompanied by live music as participants move together in a circle. No dance or singing experience is needed. Meet at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone on the second Friday of each month from 7-9 p.m. A $5 minimum donation is requested to cover expenses to the church. In October, we will also collect donations of any amount to support the Hurricane Relief Fund. Please call (828) 264-1384 by the day before the meeting to confirm your attendance, or for questions.

30 YEAR CELEBRATION: Western Watauga Community Senior Center and Branch Library will hold a 30 year celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. There will be refreshments, music and door prizes.

RIVER WALK QUILT GUILD: The River Walk Quilt Guild is exhibiting in the Dickson Gallery, Cannon Hospital in Linville from now until Oct. 11.

MAH JONG CLUB: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center has a mah jong group that meets every Tuesday and Friday from 10 to noon. If you are 60 or older and would like to play, come join us. New or beginner players are welcome. For more information, call Billie at (828) 265-8090.

SENIOR SUPPORT CLUB: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center has a new club for people 60 or older called Seniors Supporting Seniors. It is a welcoming group where seniors can meet friends and support each other through loneliness, isolation and difficult life circumstances such as losing a spouse or dealing with health issues. The group meets every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, contact Billie at (828) 265-8090.

BINGO: Western Watauga Senior Center has Bingo the first, second, fourth and fifth Fridays and the third Wednesday at 10 a.m. Seniors 60 and older can come play and win some prizes. Call Cindy at (828) 297-5195 for more information.

BOONE SHAG CLUB: The Boone Shag Club meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Boone Moose Lodge located at 607 Deerfield Road for good times, dance lessons and a little slice of beach life. All levels are welcome. The cost is $3 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call (828) 963-2665 or (828) 773-4289.

CONSCIOUS DANCE BOONE: Thursday Evenings at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 170 Councill St., Boone from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (come early for warm-up). Suggested donation is $5-$8. Conscious dance is a freestyle, expressive experience dance to a carefully selected music playlist intended to support a dynamic journey of movement from the subtle to highly energetic. For more information, visit www.consciousdanceboone.com or call (828) 297-5658.

OPTIMIST CLUB: Join Boone Optimist for a visit or membership at 7 a.m. every second and fourth Thursday at the Optimist Clubhouse, 1012 State Farm Road, Boone. The club invites you to arrive earlier for breakfast foods and fellowship. Boone Optimist is a civic organization, one of more than 2,500 local clubs, whose mission is to bring out the best in children and other youth through efforts creating a brighter future for them and their communities. For more information, call Gene Swift at (828) 266-3362.

NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY: The North Carolina Native Plant Society, Blue Ridge Chapter, meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Road. The meeting room opens at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting runs from 7 to 9 p.m. For further information and upcoming program details, contact Mark Rose at blueridgencnps@yahoo.com or (828) 264-5884.

RIVERWALK QUILT GUILD: Meets at the Avery County Senior Center at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For more information call BJ Mickel-Close at (828) 260-3204.

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Boone Happy Hour’s Al-Anon Family Group meets behind Earth Fare at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 170 Council St. in Boone. Newcomers meeting at noon on Mondays. Open topic/meditation meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Step meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Open topic at noon on Fridays.

BLUE RIDGE FIBER GUILD: The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild meets monthly the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove. For more information, contact Rita Collie at (828) 964-6914.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: If you are concerned with a drinking problem, wish to learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous or want to find A.A. near you, we can help. Contact Boone AA helpline: (828) 264-1212, or find the meeting schedule listed on booneaa.org.

MOUNTAIN FRIENDS: Mountain Friends is a social group that meets from now through October for social activities such as bridge, dinner on the town, in-home dining, lunch, poker and more. Local and summer folks are welcome to join the fun. For membership forms, call (828) 297-1074 or (828) 719-0333.

BRIDGE AND ROOK: Western Watauga Senior Center invites seniors to come have some fun playing rook and/or bridge. Beginners welcome. Rook games most mornings and bridge at 9:30 and bridge on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Cindy for more info at (828) 297-5195.

ACA: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families is a 12-step support group focusing on the specific behaviors and attitude patterns developed while growing up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional families, and learning tools to change unhealthy patterns. ACA welcomes others to join them at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evenings at St Luke’s Episcopal Church. Contact Margo at (828) 773-5253 for more information.

WATAUGA SHARES: Watauga Shares is the Boone fellowship of sex and love addicts anonymous. This is a 12-step group sharing experience, strength and hope in dealing with recovery from compulsive sexual and relationship issues. Meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. For more information, email WataugaShares@gmail.com or call (888) 677-1552.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: If you struggle with food, yo-yo dieting, obesity, anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating, meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Club 12, 141 Health Center Drive, Suite A, Boone. All shapes and sizes welcome. For more information, call JoJo at (828) 406-7773.

ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS: The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center offers table tennis, horse shoes, corn hole, bocce ball and other yard games, mah jong, gardening, weaving, music, shuffleboard, exercise, billiards, Wii, puzzles, cards, BINGO, games and more. For more information, call Billie Lister at (828) 265-8090.

LEFT BEHIND IN THE HIGH COUNTRY: If you are a victim of the loss of a loved one due to suicide, Left Behind in the High Country provides a safe place for grieving that loss, with compassionate support, sharing and companionship. The group meets at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville every other Thursday. Free to all who attend. For more information, call (321) 243-1640.

HIGH COUNTRY AUDUBON: High Country Audubon Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month from now through October at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Visit www.highcountryaudubon.org for additional info on Chapter activities.

BOONE POKER CLUB: You’ve seen Texas Hold’em on TV, so now its time to practice your own game. From beginners to card sharks, all are welcome to learn new skills, share tips for winning, play some hands and plan a trip to Cherokee. RSVP to boonepoker@gmail.com.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: A dementia support group at Western Watauga Senior Center is held at 3 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. This will be open to people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and friends. Connect with others going through the same experiences. Sandra Basel will be facilitating the group. Call (828) 297-5515 for more info.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to encourage fellowship and to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives from “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” CR’s Christ-centered 8 Principles (based on the Beatitudes) and 12-Steps (with biblical comparisons) serve as its foundation. We are changed as we share our experiences, strengths and hopes. Come join us, every Friday evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone. Speaker/teaching/praise and worship at 6:30 p.m. and small groups(s) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome! Coffee will be provided. For more info, contact Josh at (828) 773-1937. Visit our Facebook page, @Celebrate Recovery Watauga County, for additional postings and activities.

BLUEGRASS: Naomi and the Homefolks plays bluegrass music from 10 to 11 a.m. the last Monday of every month at Western Watauga Senior Center.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB: The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club will host monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in the High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call (828) 295-9020 for more information. See us on Facebook @Watauga County Republican Women’s Club and learn more.

“SET FREE IN ‘73”: A generation ago, about 25 years, Larry Trivette, a Watauga County resident with deep ancestral roots and a lay speaker in a Baptist church, wrote a small book titled “Set Free in ‘73” about how God changed his life from one of crime to one of serving others, sharing the Gospel with inmates across North Carolina. Trivette’s family has recently reprinted the book and is offering it for sale as a fundraiser for the “Trivette Memorial Missions Fund” to benefit the work of Bethel Baptist Church of Clemmons. The book is available at $4 plus shipping. Contact Caleb Sink, Trivette’s grandson, at calebsink4@yahoo.com or (336) 300-6125 for information about how to get a copy the book.

GREEN PARK INN LOCALS NIGHT: Enjoy live music, 10 percent off food and drink and dinner specials every Sunday through January. Visit greenparkinn.com or call (828) 414-9230 for more information.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Watauga County Farmers’ Market meets at Horn in the West Drive in Boone every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is filled with vegetables, baked breads and pastries, seedlings for planting, eggs, meats, honey, herbs, goat cheese, crafts, locally sourced coffee and much more. Free parking. For more information, call (828) 355-4918.

LINE DANCING FOR SENIORS: A line dancing class is offered at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The class is taught by Jack Love and is free for all interested persons 60 years and older. For more information, call (828) 265-8090.

MUSIC AT CHETOLA: Chetola Resort features live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Lucky Strikes perform at Timberlake’s Restaurant every Thursday. On Fridays, the music moves outdoors to the bonfire area next to Chetola Lake. For more information, call (828) 295-5505.

GENTLE YOGA: Join Blowing Rock Art and History Museum for Friday morning gentle yoga with instructor, Virginia Falck. Ease into the weekend with some gentle stretches to make your Friday truly great. Class begins promptly at noon. Stop in for a relaxing lunch hour. Please RSVP by calling Willard Watson at (828) 295-9099 ext. 3005 or email programs@blowingrockmuseum.org. This class is donation based. A limited supply of mats, bolsters, blocks and straps will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.


BLUE RIDGE HIKING CLUB: The group welcomes all to join in their hikes which are scheduled for every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. The schedule and photo albums of past hikes can be found at www.blueridgehikingclub.org. Monday and Friday hikes are generally easy hikes with a meet-up time and place indicated on the calendar. Hike leaders need to be called for the Wednesday and Saturday hikes for details and notifications of changes or cancellations.

BIRD WALK: Bird and nature walks at Brookshire Park in Boone will continue at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday morning of each month of the year — rain, shine or snow. Guy McGrane leads the walks which are free and open to the public. Beginners and those wanting to get back into birding are strongly encouraged to attend.

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