WATAUGA MEDICAL CENTER: Watauga Medical Center is looking for some great volunteers to join their amazing team. The top five openings in the volunteer department are gift shop, pharmacy, front lobby, outpatient surgery and infusion/endoscopy. There are also many more volunteer needs throughout the hospital. For more information on volunteering, contact Annette Eggers at (828) 368-9438 or email aeggers@apprhs.org.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway are sponsoring four campground cleanup dates in the Julian Price Campground to assist the Parkway staff. There is much to be done in Price Campground, which is the largest and busiest on the Parkway. Contact the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway at HighCountry@friendsBRP.org. Call Ken Carpenter at (608) 567-4104 for more information.

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


YOGA OF SOUND: The Art of Living Retreat Center and Spa will host the Yoga of Sound — Healing with Music and Mantra every Saturday in April from 3 to 4 p.m. Meet in Veda 4. Come sing with us as we chant “Om” and other mantras for healing and higher consciousness, hosted by Boone author and musician Harrison Graves. All Yoga of Sound sessions are free in April. Contact harrison@harrisongravesmd.com.

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE: Please call the Watauga County Project on Aging at (828) 265-8090 or the Watauga Public Library at (828) 264-8784 for more information on free tax assistance or to register.

VISUAL JOURNALING: Whether you’re a regular visual journaler or just getting started, these two-hour open studios provide opportunity to draw, doodle, cut, collage, paint, paste and write reflectively in a relaxed and inspiring group setting. There are no rules in a visual journal — it’s a playful and deeply personal practice that can relieve stress and heighten awareness. Classes are held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per session and supplies are included. For schedule and information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit tcva.org.

INKALICIOUS: This ongoing open studio experience for adults 17 and older expores the magic of alcohol inks at the Turchin Center. Experienced inkers and novices alike play with the vibrant medium, often finding success as they explore new ways of creating art. There is a fun, intergenerational aspect to the class when Appalachian students attend. Classes are held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on alternating Fridays. Cost is $15 plus a $5 supply fee. For schedule information, call (828) 262-3017.

CREATIVE KIDS STUDIO: Young artists ages 5-12 will be inspired and create colorful memories as they learn new skills, create sculpture, drawing and painting, using a wide variety of materials. As they design their own unique creations, they will learn about craftsmanship, artistic styles, art history, the power of self-expression and expanding their self confidence. Class is held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from 1 to 2 p.m. and costs $5. Pre-registration is required by calling (828) 262-3017. For more information visit tcva.org.

BLAZING EASELS: Young artists ages 7-12 will create art in a variety of mediums including collage, painting, drawing and three-dimensional art using found objects. Participants will explore line, shape, color, texture, value, space and form in a relaxed, inviting small group setting. Class is held on Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Cost is $7 per session or monthly passes are available. Pre-registration is required by calling (828) 262-3017. For more information visit tcva.org.

SPRING YOGA: Senior yoga teacher Akal Dev Sharonne has been practicing yoga since 1971. This spring, she offers three gentle 1-hour yoga class in 12-week sessions: Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the senior center in Boone (begins April 15), Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (Old Cove Creek High School) in Cove Creek and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Jung Tao School. 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 both 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. To learn more, visit www.thehealingmuse.com.

TURCHIN TAI CHI: Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition of a series of very specific integrated postures in fluid sequences that today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. On Tuesdays, Tai Chi is held in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts galleries or outdoors during nice weather from 5 to 6 p.m. The class is open to adults age 17 and older. Cost is $10. For more information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit tcva.org.

SEWING CLASS: Western Watauga Senior Center offers a fun sewing class by Mayselle Hagaman. Class takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, and all levels are welcome. Those 60 and older are admitted free, otherwise the class is $3 per person. Call (828) 297-5195 for more information.

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 for workshops and classes at Big Blue Center, 174 Old E. King St., Boone. Join from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Thursdays and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Children ages 5 and older can attend. Each class is $10. For more information or to learn how to join the team, email boonebouncers@gmail.com or visit the “Boone Bouncers” Facebook page.

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.

FREE 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.


THE FUNCTION OF ART: On Friday, April 12, join High Country Lifelong Learners for a talk entitled, “The Function of Art.” One of our most popular presenters of art history, Lillian Nave, who teaches in the General Education Department at ASU, will help us understand why it is that humans have endeavored to create art over millennia. What are the origins of art and why have people throughout history created it? From ancient Greek vases to modern museum buildings, art is created for a purpose. Nave will present examples of the many reasons forms of art have been created throughout the ages while we have fun looking at and interpreting art together. Meet at 2 p.m. in the dining room of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone.

BIRD WALK: Join the High Country Audubon Society for a free bird walk at Valle Crucis Community Park every Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. These walks run from April and end on October 30. Enjoy an opportunity to see our beautiful birds in the area in a walk led by one of your community members. Please note that the fourth Wednesday walk of every month will not be guided by any specific person; this walk will be a group-led walk. For more information, email contactus@highcountryaudubon.org.

HIGH COUNTRY AUDUBON SOCIETY: The High Country Audubon Society meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on every third Tuesday of the month from March to October at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. For more information, email contactus@highcountryaudubon.org.

WWSC GRIEF SUPORT GROUP: The Western Watauga Community/Senior Center will host a new grief support group at 2 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month. Call Cindy Lamb at (828) 297-5195 for more information.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A new support group has started at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center. All community members dealing with grief are invited to attend. The group will meet at the senior center at 3 p.m. every second and last Tuesday of the month. For more information contact the bereavement coordinator at (828) 265-3926.

DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: If you or someone you know serves as a caregiver for an individual that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you are invited to attend the monthly Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group. The group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center. The support group will meet the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call group facilitator Angela Tedder at (919) 756-1059 or contact Billie at the senior center at (828) 265-8090.

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: The Dances of Universal Peace are an ecumenical participatory spiritual practice. We move in a circle to live music while repeating sacred phrases that honor all world traditions. We meet at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone on the second Friday of each month from 7:15 to 9 p.m. A $5 minimum donation is requested to cover expenses to the church. Confirm your attendance by the Wednesday night before the dance. Please email akaldev44@gmail.com. To learn more about the dances, visit southerndup.org/wordpress/?page_id=19.

FOSCOE RURITAN CLUB: Foscoe Ruritan Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Foscoe Community Center. Everyone is welcome. Come to the covered dish dinner to find out about the Ruritan Club. For more information, call Sue Moore at (828) 963-5038.

DRAGONFLY EVENING WRITERS: The Dragonfly Evening Writers offers an opportunity for creative writers of all types to showcase their works to an open diverse audience in order to receive immediate feedback. The lounge is open to both writers and audience members from 6 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Third Place, 132 Appalachian St., Boone. Email Ann-Marie Clark with “DEW Info” in the subject line at clarkam@appstate.edu for more information.

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.

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 $5 for guests. First time visitors are admitted for free. For more information, call Becky Doran at (336) 902-4477 or Kat Escoto at (561) 704-1408.

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.

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, or at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday at Club 12. Contact Margo at (828) 773-5253 or Chris at (828) 266-8452 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.

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.

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.

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.


PICKLEBALL: Watauga County Parks and Recreation will continue to offer pickleball at Old Cove Creek Gym, 207 Dale Adams Road, Sugar Grove throughout May. Join in on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Games are $2 per day per person. For questions, contact watco.parks@watgov.org or (828) 264-9511.

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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