1) Local Girl Scouts Nominated for National Young Women of Distinction Award
Three local Girl Scouts have been nominated for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD). Michelle Marie Gavel of Denver, Katie Grace Kilmartin of Summerfield and Jerrilyn Morgan Story of Blowing Rock were nominated by Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont for the special distinction. Each of the three young women has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award – The highest award in Girl Scouting – and was nominated for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the completion of her community action project. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fewer than six percent of all Girl Scouts. NYWOD is a special honor conferred by GSUSA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from across the nation whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between July 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012 was eligible. Of the more than hundred eligible local Gold Award recipients, GSP2P was allowed to select three girls for recommendation to GSUSA. From the council nominations across the nation, GSUSA will select ten. The girls have a chance to receive a $3,000 scholarship made possible by the generosity of the Ford Foundation and Kappa Delta. Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout Program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves more than 16,000 girls and approximately 7,000 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains seven camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults.
2) Country Breakfast at the Post American Legion Post 130
Start your day right with The Watauga American Legion Post #130 at 135 Bear Trail at Junaluska City Park in Boone. “Country Breakfast at the Post” will be on Saturday morning, July 20 from 7-10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person for an all you can eat breakfast which includes country ham, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits and gravy, hash browns, grits, cooked apples and fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee, regular and buckwheat pancakes available upon request. For take out please call 264-2864. Open to the public.
3) Adult Invitational Tennis Tournament
The Gladys Hackworth Adult Invitational Tennis Tournament will be held at Yonahlossee Racquet Club July 25-28. U.S.T.A. sanctioned. Age divisions from 35-85, mens, womens, singles, doubles and mixed. Call 963-1800 for registration details.
4) High Country Host Members Organize Feature in US Airways Magazine
High Country Host is excited to announce that the High Country has a 24-page feature in the July issue of US Airways Magazine. The magazine is placed in the seats of planes that frequent the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and receives over 3 million readers monthly. The feature focuses on tourism activities and attractions as well as local businesses, trades and colleges that would appeal to those looking to relocate. “One of the benefits of High Country Host is our ability to promote all counties in the High Country, like we have in the US Airways Magazine article,” said High Country Host marketing director Candice Cook. “Visitors do not care about county lines, so advertising the High Country as a whole gives us more coverage impact, lower-cost advertising rates for members and a competitive level of coverage to other tourist areas within driving distance.” High Country Host offers members low cost co-op advertising opportunities in key High Country tourism markets throughout the year.
5) Youth Soccer Registration
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registration for youth soccer. The youth soccer program is offered to children ages 5-15 (age determined as of Aug. 31). Six levels of play are offered based on age: U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-15. Whenever possible, teams are formed by geographical location (except for U-15). Separate boys and girls leagues are created when sufficient numbers exist in any age group. If numbers do not allow for separate leagues, the leagues will be co-ed. Teams meet an average of 3 times per week including 2 games each week. All participants are required to wear shin guards and team colored soccer socks. The recreation department will provide each child with a team jersey which is his/hers to keep at the end of the season. Soccer cleats are not required but highly recommended. The registration fee is $33 per participant and must be submitted with the registration application and birth certificate. All participants must be registered with the Watauga County Parks and Recreation no lated than 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. For more information, contact the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Office at 828-264-9511.
6) Flag Football Registration
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registration for flag football. The Flag Football program is an instructional, non-contact league for children in the 1st and 2nd grades. The program will run for five consecutive Saturdays beginning Saturday, Sept. 7 and ending on Saturday, Oct. 5. The clinics will be from 8:30 am. through 10 a.m. at Watauga High School Lower Field. Clinics will be instructed by Watauga High School Football team players. Participants will be divided into small groups for instruction and scrimmages. The registration fee is $30 per player. Participants will receive a clinic t-shirt. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug 23. For more information, contact the Watauga County Parks and Recreation office at 828-264-9511.
7) Mighty Mountaineer Football Registration
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registration for Mighty Mountaineer Football. Two levels of Mighty Mountaineer football are offered: 3rd and 4th grade league and 5th and 6th grade league. Both leagues are full contact football. Fundamentals and proper techniques are taught to ensure a safe playing environment. Games start as scrimmages at the beginning of the season and progress to full-contact regulation games. The Parks and Recreation department provides shoulder pads, helmet and reversible Appalachian State Football Jersey to each player for the season. Participants keep their game jersey at season’s end. Each participant must provide his/her own practice jersey, shoes, athletic supporter, socks, football pants, pant pads and a mouthpiece. Teams play Ashe and Mitchell County teams. Home games are played at Watauga High School turf football field and at ASU stadium. The program run for approximately 8-10 weeks. Teams meet an average of four times each week for games and practices. The registration fee is $65 per player. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.
8) Adult Tennis Program
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registration for Adult Tennis. This program with integrate instruction and match play that will cater to the beginner, intermediate and advanced tennis players. Participants will meet on Thursday nights from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Complex Tennis Courts by the Parks and Recreation office. The program begins on Thursday, July 18 and runs through Thursday, Sept. 26. The program is self-paced so attendance to all meetings is not required. The registration fee is $75 per person. Participants must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to participate.
9) Treasures of the Earth Gem and Jewelry Shows
Jewelry makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths from all over the U.S. who can reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer selected gems, stones, opals and crystals. Gem trees, wire sculpture, wire wrap, pearls, stone beads, amber, opals and crystals. Hourly door prizes including a gold ring with a precious stone as a Grand Door Prize. You do not have to be present to win the Grand Prize. This show is fun for the whole family. Bring the kids. Free tumbled stones for the kids. July 19-21 at the Boone National Guard Armory.
10) Adult Softball Registration
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting team registration for Fall League Adult Softball. The Recreation Department offers co-ed softball and two levels of Men’s Open softball during the fall season. Co-ed teams must play with equal number of males and females on the field or more women than men. The entry fee is $350 per team and all teams are guaranteed 11 games. Games will be played Monday-Friday with start times ranging from 6-9 p.m. Play will begin the week of Aug. 12. Space is limited. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 or the first 11 paid registrations per league to register.
11) Co-Ed Volleyball Registration
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting team registration for Adult Co-Ed Volleyball. The program begins in late September and runs for 8 to ten weeks. Each team will play an average of 2-3 matches per week. A match will consist of three games. All teams will be guaranteed 12 matches. Games are played weekday evenings (start times between 6-9:30 p.m.). Participants must be 16 years of age or older and must be residents of Watauga County. Teams must play with equal number of males and females on the court or more women than men. The registration fee of $250 per team must be submitted to Watauga County Parks and Recreation along with the completed registration form no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16.