1) Organic Gardening 101
Monday through Thursday, July 22-25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $20 for all four days. Designed for beginning gardeners or those who would like to switch to organic methods. Topics include: garden planning, seed starting, companion planting, how to attract beneficial insects, pest management, soil tests and amendments, composting and vermi-composting and dealing with common plant problems. Visit several home gardens for inspiration
2) Caring for Chickens in the Home Setting
An optional session will be held on Friday, July 26 from 9-1 on chicken care for an additional $5. You do not have to participate in the organic 101 classes to attend the class on caring for chickens. Chicken care topics include: heritage breeds, facilities, feeding disease prevention, egg production and meat chicken. Space is limited so reserve your spot by paying at advance at the NC Cooperative Extension at 971 West King Street in Boone or by calling 264-3061. Held at the Farm Incubator and Grower Project, previous site for ASU sustainable development farm in Valle Crucis.
3) Free Community Wellness Jumpstart on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Watauga County Library from 6-7:30 p.m.
Topics: Lets make living well fun. With Vanessa Minton of the High Country Cloggers, Debi Golembieski of Vitality Food Truck and Michael Picard of 7th Heaven Day Spa. Free gifts and discounts, food and supplement samples will be provided to attendees from area businesses.
4) Mind/Body/Spirit Retreat
On Saturday, Aug. 10, the Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain will host a Mind/Body/Spirit retreat. It will be a full day of pilates, yoga, relaxation and meditation to sooth your soul, relax your mind and work your body. Bring your lunch and snacks will be served. Admission is free.
5) Multi Systemic Therapy presented by Youth Villages
On July 22, the training is from 1-2 p.m. A certificate for an hour of in-service training will be provided, free to NASW members and $5 for all others. A pot luck lunch will be provided at 12:30 and this is a time for networking and sharing news. Please bring a dish to share, but your presence is most important. Bring your own cup, as we are a green organization.
6) APPEL Stay in your Own Home Fair
APPEL (Avery Partnership for People at the End of Life), in partnership with the Williams YMCA and the Avery Senior Center is presenting a Stay in Your Own Home Fair. This fair is designed to showcase the area agencies, professionals and providers who enable us to “age in peace” at the Chapman center on Aug 17. This is a free event.
7) Artists Fill Town Square for 57th Annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair
Aug. 2-3, Burnsville’s town square becomes a haven for arts and crafts during the 57th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. This year’s fair takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug 2-3, with more than 150 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Tens of thousands of people attend the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair each year, searching for those special, one-of-a-kind items created by artisans from across the Blue Ridge. Shoppers browse a wide selection of items, including handmade quilts, various types of pottery, jewelry from local gemstones, rustic furniture, blacksmith creations, traditional mountain instruments, hand-turned bowls, jams and jellies, and stained glass art. Many of the artisans will be working their craft throughout both days. In addition to the variety of exhibitors, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair features live music and entertainment on the bandstand. Scheduled acts include: Road Tripp, Doc Hill Bluegrass Band, Dance Express Cloggers and Dancers, Rob and Hannah Levin, Eva Kroon Pike, Ron and Minnie Powell and the Lucky Streak Band, Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Hot Duck Soup Ronnie Robertson and the Can’t Hardly Play Boys and Roberta