1) Baha’i Devotional Meeting
There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting in Stony Form from 10 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Sept. 7. The theme of the meeting will be “Religion Renewed.” Baha’is believe that all the major world faiths are divine in origin. All are welcome. For more information and directions call 268-2191.
2) Girl Scouts Enter Free at Grandfather Mountain Sept. 13
The 44th annual Girl Scout Day is set for Sept. 13 at Grandfather Mountain, offering free admission and fascinating nature activities for participating troops. The tradition started in 1971 when Grandfather Mountain “adopted” the Girl Scouts. The Scouts returned the gesture by adopting the Mountain’s late mascot, Mildred the Bear, as an honorary Girl Scout and presenting her with pins to mark her years with the organization. “We’re happy to invite the Girl Scouts once again to explore Grandfather Mountain,” said Kellen Short, public relations specialist for Grandfather Mountain. “This is a great place to learn skills like confidence, environmental awareness and teamwork.” All Girl Scouts and the troop leader are admitted free with proof of membership. Discounted admission is available for others joining the scouts. The 2014 event will focus on birds, starting with a program on Bird Nests and Wings where staff naturalists will explain why birds migrate and which types are found on Grandfather Mountain. Scouts use natural materials to build bird nests and learn how they are constructed. At 11 a.m., join the staff of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College to see numerous species of live birds. The institute cares for injured and orphaned wildlife and works to educate the public about these species. At 1 p.m., a Beginner Birder session will be held to help scouts learn how to identify bird species through interactive and practical tips. Staff will introduce Grandfather Mountain’s educational owls, Herbie, Zoey and Shakespeare in an Animal Encounter at 2:15 p.m. The afternoon concludes with a Hawk Watch near the Mile High Swinging Bridge to look for raptors and birds of prey as they migrate south. Other optional activities include a morning bird walk at 9 a.m. and a high-elevation hike at 10:30 a.m. These activities require registration due to space limitations.
3) Watauga County Historical Society Meeting Sept. 10
The Watauga County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Watauga County Library in Boone. Officers for the upcoming year will be elected. The Society is issuing an open call for new members with an interest in preserving Watauga County’s rich history and working to increase public awareness of and access to that history. Anyone interested in joining the society is invited to attend the annual meeting.
4) Boone United Methodist Fall Bazaar Held Sept. 19-20
The unofficial kick off of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 30 years that now thousands attend in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship. Located at 471 New Market Blvd. directly behind the New Market Shopping Center. the church’s annual Fall Bazaar will be held Friday, Sept. 19 from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20 from 7:30-11 a.m. Features include furniture, computers and electronics, sports equipment, clothing of all kinds, handmade crafts, Christmas items, jams and jellies, baked goods, new and previewed books and videos, yard sale items as well as “down home” country cooking. Saturday brings the famous “BAG” and 1/2 price sale that begins at 7:30 a.m. An Old Fashioned Country Breakfast will be served on Friday morning with muffins available on Saturday morning. This year, our Friday Lunch will be a benefit for the Lisa and Jay Erwin Medical Fund to purchase a handicapped accessible van and expenses the family has incurred since Jay’s accident in August 2013. A silent auction featuring antiques, a large amount of unique furniture and many new items from local businesses will accept bids on Friday, Sept. 19 until 6 p.m. Visit our website booneumc.org/fall-bazaar for pictures. The Bazaar is one of the Church’s main events involving more than 500 volunteers of all ages, serving more than 6,000 hours. The event benefits the church building fund as well as many local missions. The Bazaar has evolved into one of the most fun and effective ways of recycling used furniture and other items. This is a major “green” event in the High Country. For more information, call 828-264-6090.