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Published Friday, February 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

Coming Up at the Senior Center: Tai Chi, Technology Classes

Tai Chi Classes at Senior Center

The next 12-week session of Tai Chi will begin on Thursday, March 3, at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, instructed by Tim Winecoff.  The class will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. 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 the 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.

Senior Center Technology Classes

The Lois E. Harrill Senior Center is excited to offer technology classes  on Tuesdays March 1, 15, 22, and 29 from 10am-Noon and on Thursday March 24th from 10am-Noon.  Come with questions about your tablet, smartphone, computer, downloading pictures, facebook or any other tech questions.  RSVP is encouraged but classes are drop-in with questions.  Anyone age 60+ is encouraged to attend.

Quilt Guild to Meet March 3

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 3rd, at 1:30 PM. We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Susan Sweet will discuss how to make labels for your quilts. This is an important part of finishing your quilt and you will learn what information to put on the labels and how to enhance them. You can use a special type of pen or colorful crayons and pencils — it all depends on the type of quilt and the recipient. Join us and add a new dimension to your quilts. Call Dolores at 295-6148 for more information.

Meet the Candidates in Avery Set for March 1

The Avery County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with The Avery Journal-Times, Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Newland Business Association, Williams YMCA of Avery County and Avery County Schools, are presenting a“Meet the Candidates” Forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at Avery Middle School Cafeteria in Newland. Candidates running for offices in our county and district for the upcoming March primary election, as well as any unopposed primary candidates who are facing opposition in the November general election, are invited to join us for an evening of conversation and education as our county and state prepares to go to the polls for the first time this election year.

The event is free for the public to attend. There will be a brief “Meet and Greet” with candidates with appetizers from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. Candidates will answer questions provided prior to the event, and questions from members of the audience will also be vetted on Forum night. For more information on the “Meet the Candidates” Forum, call The Avery Journal-Times editor Jamie Shell at

(828) 733-2448, or email editor@averyjournal.com.

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.

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