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Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

Baha’i Celebration for Watauga, Ashe, Avery Sun.

The Bahá’ís of Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties will meet for their annual celebration of service and hospitality at 11am on Sunday 28 February in Stony Fork. There will be prayers, readings and music followed by a covered dish lunch. All are welcome. For more information and directions call 268 2191.

Poetry from Wales at Library on Saturday

There will be a celebration of Poetry from Wales at 2.30pm on Saturday 27 February in the meeting room of the Watauga County Public Library. The event will be co-sponsored by the Behind the Stacks Poetry Group and Watauga County Arts Council.

This year’s event, which is back by popular request, will also feature music on the Celtic harp played by Laura Lavarnway. Poetry will be read by Mary Gray, Elizabeth Percival and friends.

St. David’s Day, the National Day of Wales, falls on March 1st each year so this event is being held as close as possible to that date.

“We will be celebrating the rich heritage of poetry from Wales from very early times up to the present day. Some was written in English, others have been translated from Welsh. People here are more familiar with Irish and Scottish culture than they are with Welsh and this is a chance for us to share a little of the rich culture of Wales. The harp has been popular in Wales for a very long time and we are delighted to welcome Laura whose music will enrich the program.” says Mary Gray.

There will be refreshments. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information call Mary Gray (828) 264 5620.

Community Blood Drive March 24 at App State

March 24, 2016

               Appalachian State University Clubs and Organizations Blood Drive

               231 Plemmons Student Union

               Appalachian State University

               Boone, NC  28608

               11:00 AM ‑ 3:00 PM

More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website CBCC has donation centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, and Greensboro ( for center hours).

Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment at any location.

*Please note CBCC’s minimum weight requirement for blood donors is 120 pounds.

About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is a non-profit community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to 27 regional hospitals, serving 19 North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. CBCC focuses exclusively on gathering red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives here in the Carolinas. Every drop stays here, saving local lives.  CBCC is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers providing more than 50% of the nation’s blood supply.

Free iLasik Seminar in Hickory March 8

Graystone Eye and Refractive Surgeon, R.E. “Trey” Oursler, will host a free seminar on Tuesday, March 8th at 6 pm on the lower level of their Hickory office. Graystone Eye is located in the McDonald Crossing business park near the intersection of McDonald Parkway and Tate Boulevard.

Participants will learn about vision correction procedures including iLASIK, advanced technology lens replacement options, and KAMRA, a new option that reduces dependence on reading glasses.

All participants over the age of 18 will receive a certificate valued at $500 toward either procedure, and be eligible to win a $1000 discount certificate to be given away at the end of the presentation.

For further information or to register for this event, call 828-304-6611, or go online at

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