1) Movie Screening of Contact July 17 at Watauga County Public Library
The Watauga County Public Library’s Third Thursday group invites you to join us for a movie viewing of Contact on July 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Robert Zemeckis film, Contact, is based on the 1985 novel by Carl Sagan. It tells the story of Eleanor Arroway, a scientist working for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program. Just as funding for the program is threatened, Arrowas discovers a repeating signal originating from the star Vega. Is the signal real or fake? And what, if anything, does it mean? Find out Ju;y 17 when the Watauga County Public Library views this unique film. The film has an MPAA rating of PG and an approximate run time of 150 minutes. For more information call 828-264-8784.
2) Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church July 25
The Jink and DIddle School of Scottish Fiddling will be having a concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. This is a small group of very talented, award winning fiddlers who will present a program of traditional Scottish music including some original compositions. The concert is free but a love offering would be appreciated. St. John’s is located on Herb Thomas Road off of Mast Gap Road in Valle Crucis.
3) Stephenson Center for Appalachia to Host Dr. Ron Roach July 16
If you are looking for insight into the richness of Appalachian literary history, don’t miss the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s program on Wednesday, July 16. The Stephenson Center Lecture Series will host Dr. Ron Roach who will discuss one of Western North Carolina’s most versatile and imaginative authors, Manly Wade Wellman, beginning at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College. This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Roach is chair and professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University. A native of North Carolina, he has deep roots in the mountains and music of Virginia and North Carolina. Prior to joining the ETSU faculty in 2013, Roach served 12 years at Young Harris College in the north Georgia mountains where he was professor of communication studies and vice president for academic affairs. The Stephenson Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Each program begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 9, 16 and 23 in Evans Auditorium within the Cannon Student at Lees-McRae College. For more information contact Megan Hall director of communications at 828-898-8729.
4) Innovative Approaches Initiative Seeks Local Input
The Innovative Approaches Initiative through the Appalachian District Health Department is seeking participation in a survey to understand the needs related to the autism spectrum in the following North Carolina Counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Watauga and Wilkes. Participation in this anonymous survey is encouraged from service providers, educators and community members who interact with individuals who have or are suspected of having autism spectrum disorders. This includes Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental delay, autism, Rett’s syndrome or childhood disintegrative disorder. This survey is available here.
5) Robby Richardson’s Testimony at Chetola.
The Men’s Connection Bible Study of Blowing Rock cordially invites both men and women to be their guests for a continental breakfast to meet and hear Bobby Richardson, New York Yankees star of the 50s and 60s on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort. Please feel free to invite anyone you think would enjoy this special occasion. You do not need to confirm your presence. Our meeting should end shortly after 10 a.m. This event is non-fundraising and nonpolitical.
6) Barbecue Lunch at Greenway Child Development Center July 18
Greenway Child Development Center is having a barbecue chicken lunch this Friday, July 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meal includes barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, roll, dessert and a drink. Call 264-3877 to place your order. They will also be having a summer bash from 5-8 p.m. so bring the kids for a night of fun with games and prizes while the adults enjoy a silent auction.