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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Financial Education for Teens at Local Library Aug. 27

Attention all teens! Do you think getting ready for your financial future is a game? Well you’re absolutely correct! The Watauga County Public Library is presenting Moneytopia – an electronic hands-on game which teaches teens and young adults how to begin their money map to a successful future.

Come join in the fun and food on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 PM. For more information, call Darren at the library at 828-264-8784 ext. 2 or check their website at http://arlibrary.libguides.com/smart_investing

The Watauga County Public Library is presenting a portion of the Financial Literacy Grant for teens on Thursday, August 27th at 5:00 PM.

Moneytopia and Gen I Revolution online games will be used as fun tools to introduce teens to real-life applications of financial skills. The following skills will be emphasized: budgeting, saving, smart spending, minimizing credit card use, and establishing financial goals.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext 2 or email dsmith@arlibrary.org.

2) Events at The Art Cellar Gallery

“Composed Realism” with David Birmingham and Loren DiBenedetto, Aug. 12-22

Friday Flight Night: Aug. 14, 5-6:30 p.m. with the above artists. Drop by to enjoy fine art, fine wine and fine conversation.

3) Events Going On at the Senior Center

Chronic Illness Management Course

 “Free Living Healthy course to begin August 18th.

Learn how to manage your chronic illness for a better quality of life.

 The Living Healthy Program is an evidence-based, 6-week course designed to help people learn how to live a healthier life despite having any chronic condition. The free course will be held at the Harrill Senior Center 9:30am-12:00 pm. Course dates are the following Tuesdays: 8/18, 8/25, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 9/29. Please call the Senior Center at 265-8090 to register.

Tai Chi Classes at Senior Center

Two 12-week sessions of Tai Chi (Beginner and Intermediate) will begin on Thursday, August 20, at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, instructed by Tim Winecoff.  The intermediate class will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm and will be followed by a 5:30-6:30pm class for beginner students. The deadline for registration is 4:30pm on first day of class.  Any age may join but priority will be given to persons aged sixty and older. The cost is $50.00 per person for either 12-week series.  The Senior Center is located in the Human Services Building at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone.  Call the center at 265-8090 with any questions.

Zumba Gold:

Join us for Zumba Gold taught by  Cynthia Carlson.  Zumba Gold follows the same Zumba format only with low impact Latin and international dances.    The class meets from 4-5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in the dining room of the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone.  Free for people age 60 and over but donations are accepted and $3 fee per class for people under 60. Call 265-8090 for more information.

Bone Builders Program at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center

Join us on Monday, Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30a.m. and Fridays from 9:30-10:30am for exercise which strengthens your bones!  Gradually build up your strength with this class, taught by certified instructor Marie Schaedler.  The class is taught ongoing. There is no charge for this class; any age may attend but priority given to people age 60 and over if number of participants exceeds class space.  Please call the center to register at 265-8090.

4) Community Bingo at Life Care Center Aug. 18

Community Bingo event at the Life Care Center of Banner Elk, Aug. 18. Call 828-898-5136 for details.

5) Feeding Avery Families on Sept. 12

Empty Bowls event coming up September 12th at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.  Hand-made ceramic bowls can be secured with a donation and then receive a choice of many different soups, home-made bread and desserts. 
Please come from 12:00 to 3:00 pm and enjoy these delicious soups and with your donation continue to assist all those in need in Avery County. 
Feeding Avery Families reaches over 1,000 individuals in Avery County each month.  For information please call 828-260-6043.

6) Mountains of Hope for Children in Need

Artists at the Crossnore School are dedicated to their craft and to the gallery’s mission in helping Crossnore children create their own palette for their own canvas on their journey to the top.

The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery supports The Crossnore School’s Stepping Stones Program which transitions students from foster care to successful independent living.

Like The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery on FaceBook! Please check out the new website for Crossnore:

Join hosts Pam and Tom Barnhardt, Mary Purvis and Genie White for the gallery’s Plein Air Art Show and Auction on Thurs. Aug. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Williams YMCA Chapman Center in Linville.

RSVP for the show to Kelli Wilson at 828-733-4305 or kwilson@crossnoreschool.org by Thurs. Aug. 14.

7) Tomato/Salsa Day at Ashe County Farmers’ Market

This Saturday will be Tomato/Salsa Day at the ACFM.  The contest is open to all residents of Ashe County – part time or permanent.

The Tomato Contest will consist of the following:

  1. The best tasting tomato (red, yellow or purple)
  2. The prettiest tomato (red, yellow or purple)
  3. The ugliest tomato (red, yellow or purple)
  4. The biggest tomato (red, yellow or purple)

The Tomato Salsa Contest will consist of the following:

  1. Best Tomato Salsa (cooked, fresh or fruit)
  2. Must use locally grown produce
  3. Taste – Combination of Flavor – Hot or Mild

The contest rules:

  1. The contest is open to “All Residents of Ashe County” – part time or permanent.
  2. Produce used, must be grown in Ashe County
  3. Unlimited entries

Judging: The judging for the Tomato Contest will take place at 10:00 am and for the Salsa Contest immediately after the Tomato Judging. Local judges will conduct the judging and you must be present to win.

How to enter:

  1. Bring your tomato (s) and Salsa to the Farmers Market on Saturday, August 15, 2015 between 9:00 am and 9:45 am. There will be a table set-up under the tent in the grassy area.
  2. There will be entry forms available at the table under the tent.


  1. One winner will be selected from the entries of each category in the Tomato Contest and will receive a $10.00 Ashe County Farmers Market Gift Certificate.
  2. One winner will be selected from the entries in the Salsa Contest and will receive a $10.00 Ashe County Farmers Market Gift Certificate.

Note: The Gift Certificates are good through October 31, 2015 and can only be redeemed at the Ashe County Farmers Market.

For more information go to our Website ashefarmersmarket.com or you may contact Market Manager John Smyre by email – smyrel@skybest.com or phone – 336-877-4141.

8) Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

From 10:30-12:30, the second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday August 22, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only. No advance reservations, please.

Julian Price Campground Amphitheater – Milepost 296          

7:00 p.m. – Coat of Many Colors

Come out and learn about one of the world’s most abundant and successful canids, the fox.

Approximately 45 minutes in length

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. (See Saturday above)


Special thanks to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their financial support of these programs