1) December Programs for Elk Knob State Park
- Winter Tree ID: Let’s face it, the easiest way to identify a tree is by looking at its leaves. But how can we identify trees in the winter when they are bare? Come by the park office for a lesson on what to look for in identifying trees in the winter. After some pointers, we will practice what we have learned with some hands-on identification. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the park office on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
- Elk Knob-The Long Hope: Come find out what it was like to grow up in the Meat Camp, Pottertown and Sutherland areas back when there were very few cars to get around. First we will view a 30 minute video produced by The Appalachian Studies program at ASU featuring interviews with local folks who were born and raised in the area. Pat Beaver, Chair of the Appalachian Studies Program, will be on hand to answer questions about what life was like in a simpler time based on the many stories related to her over the years. Meet at the Park Office on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
- Snow: For humans, snow can be pretty fun, annoying, dangerous and many other things. What does it mean for the natural world? How does it form such intricate shapes? Cut out a scientifically correct flake and learn how to preserve real ones. Come find more about this magnificent crystalline wonder. Meet at the park office at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
2) Don’t Forget the Toys for Tots
Give a new toy or make a donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The Avery County drop off location is the locally owned and operated Quizno’s at Grandfather Center.
3) Fair Trade Christmas Market
Need unique Christmas gift ideas? First Presbyterian Church at 131 Big Valley Street in Boone is again sponsoring a Fair Trade Gift Sale. The sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. The sale is hosted in partnership with Unique World Gifts, a nonprofit fair trade organization which works around the world to enable artisans and farmers to gain access to markets and receive a fair price for their work. Purchase beautiful and affordable fair trade items handmade by disadvantaged artisans. With each purchase, you help artisans maintain steady work and a sustainable income that will change their lives and those of their families. Do your Christmas shopping with us, these are truly gifts that give twice.