1) Lawnmower Race
The Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro will host the second lawnmower race of the season on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Worth Evan Tomlinson Rotary Park in North Wilkesboro. The event is a fundraiser for the club. The gates of the Rotary fairgrounds, located beside West Park off of D Street in North Wilkesboro open at 1 p.m. Inspection is from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Practice begins at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. This is a Carolina Mower Racing Association event. Admission is $7 with children 5 and under admitted free. Food vendors will be on site. For more information, call Mike Staley at 336-902-7052.
2) Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club Meeting
The Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The guest speaker will be Faith Motter, Director of Development for the Western Youth Network. For more information, call Frances at 828-262-0155 or Baben at 828-264-2539.
3) Wellness Center Promotes Healthy Lives and Friendships
There will be a head and neck cancer screening on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Laurel Springs Baptist Church in Deep Gap. The screening, hosted by the community outreach department of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) will take place during the Appalachian Senior Programs Fundraiser and Health Fair. This fair will include a car show, silent auction, motorcycle ride and lunch. The head and neck screening is an education event, held in collaboration with the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center. It will provide free exams and educational materials to individuals who would like more information about this form of cancer. Every year, approximately 80,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. A few of these cancers include thyroid, throat, lips, mouth and the nasal cavity. Early detection of head and neck cancers can greatly improve the outcomes of patients. It is important to be aware of risk factors for this disease. Candy Jones, RN, the Community Outreach nurse at ARHS stated, “personally, my father’s best friend died at a young age from throat cancer because it was not detected early enough. I cannot stress how important it is to take a few minutes and participate in this free screening.” The head and neck cancer screening exams are painless and only take a few minutes to complete. The exam itself will be conducted by Melinda Lada M.D., a family practice physician at Appalachian Regional Adult and Family Medicine. Participants will have their mouth and throat inspected along with the neck in search for abnormalities. In addition to the exam, participants may participate in blood pressure and body fat checks as well as discounted lab work from 8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. To schedule a blood work appointment contact Debbie Wellborn at Appalachian Senior Programs at 336-846-4898. ARHS will also provide information regarding its services including cancer prevention, therapy and rehabilitation. For more information about the Head & Neck Cancer Screening, call Candy Jones at 828-268-8960. If you’d like information about Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, part of ARHS, please call 828-262-4332 or visit www.apprhs.org/cancer-center.
4) Brookside Church
Becca Eggers Gryder will be the special guest musician at Brookside Presbyterian Church in Boone Sunday morning, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Brookside is located at 1122 Old 421 South, off of U.S. 421. All are welcome. For more information, call 262-5020.
5) Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Just a reminder that the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 64th Chamber Annual Meeting tomorrow evening at Tweetsie Railroad. Registration is at 4:30, and dinner will be served promptly at 5:15, along with the awards program at 6.