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Today’s Email Announcements

Toe River Arts Juried Show Exhibit at Spruce Pine TRAC

The Toe River Juried Art Show competition begins on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery. Over 150 works were submitted for consideration and 80 pieces in all mediums were accepted and will be on display through Saturday, November 5. These works were juried by Sherry Masters. Masters has been a buyer for the Allanstand Craft Shop of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and manager of the Grovewood Gallery. Currently she owns and operates the ArtsConnections that connect art lovers and art makers in custom designed tours. During a reception on Friday, October 7, she will present the awards. The appetizer potluck reception is from 5 to 7pm, free, and open to the public at the Spruce Pine Gallery.

This is TRAC’s second annual artist competition. Artists were invited to submit work from the surrounding states of SC, TN, VA, and GA. Denise Cook, the Arts Council’s Executive Director offered, “This second response was welcoming. This is an opportunity for our artists to showcase their work, and by opening up the competition to other states, we are inviting those outside our community to visit our counties’ mountainous beauty and limitless talent.”

The TRAC Gallery is located at 269 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine. Hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. For more information visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org or call 828.765.0520.

The Toe River Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 with a mission to connect the community with the arts. It is sustained in part by grants from regional and national organizations, local governments, and from memberships and donations from people who believe that arts are vital to a community’s growth and a child’s development.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Sale Sept. 24

S.N.I.P.S.* 2nd Annual “Everything But The Kitchen Sink Sale” will be held in the parking lot of Precision Printing Company, at 1302 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, N.C., from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016. All proceeds will benefit the low-cost spay neuter programs of Watauga Humane Society. This year’s sale will feature antique furniture, glassware, works of art and collectibles; pet crates, carriers, cages, beds and drinking fountains; a newly-new sea kayak with paddle; a new men’s Ross bicycle; sporting gear and recreational items; a pedestal sink; lawn and garden accessories, accents, pots, vases, baskets and statuary; small appliances and tools; kitchenware; shelving;  a variety of Fall edibles and herbs ready for planting now and so much more, all at bargain prices!  A full array of S.N.I.P.S. beautiful handmade arts and crafts, including seasonal merchandise, will also be for sale, along with, you guessed it, an actual kitchen sink.

Come shop for your garden, your patio, your home, your friends and yourself on the morning of September 24th. You’ll be glad you did. For more information contact silvaney07@bellsouth.net or call 828-719-6105.

*Spay Neuter Is a Positive Solution!

Be a Girl Scout — Opportunities for Local Girls and Adults


As summer comes to an end, a new school year begins, including opportunities for local girls and adults to become a Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. The two go hand in hand; in other words, without the adult leaders, there is no Girl Scouting.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – and Amber Mellon, Boone, is one Girl Scout volunteer who has served as troop leader to 13 girls in Troop 10492. Mellon wanted her daughter to enjoy Girl Scouting like she did as a child so she decided to become a leader. She commits approximately two hours a week and states it’s worth it!

“I have loved seeing how my girls have become more confident because of Girl Scouting,” Mellon said.

During the summer, her troop traveled to Atlanta. “The girls saw that a big city is not a scary place,” she said. “We also have a town garden that has grown as they have.”

As a result of Girl Scouting, she says the girls have gained various life skills and confidence in different situations outside their normal boundaries. These experiences Mellon speak about, not only create lasting memories, but also provides life lessons the girls can take with them through each stage of their life.

Mellon said, “I love hanging out with all my girls!”

To learn more about starting a Girl Scout troop or joining Girl Scouts,

contact local membership manager Nancy Blair at 828-719-5034 or e-mailnblair@girlscoutsp2p.org.

Additional informational meetings are also scheduled at the following locations.

  • Sept. 6, 6 p.m. – Hardin Park School, 361 Jefferson Road, Boone
  • Sept. 7, 6 p.m. – Green Valley School, 189 Big Hill Road, Boone
  • Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. – Parkway School, 160 Parkway School Drive, Boone
  • Sept. 13, 7 p.m. – Valle Crucis School, 2998 Broadstone Road, Sugar Grove
  • Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. – Blowing Rock School, 165 Morris St., Blowing Rock
  • Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. – Mabel School, 404 Mabel School Road, Zionville

Or, girls and parents can also find informational events near them by searching an online zip code locator at www.beagirlscout.org.

About Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 14,500 girls and 6,400 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains three camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call800-672-2148 or visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

We’re 2.8 million strong—2 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we’ve made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.

Seats Still Open for Kari’s Home Banquet Thursday Night

Kari’s Home for Women is a Christ-centered ministry for women who are in recovery from addiction. We invite you to attend our 4th Annual Fundraising Banquet & Silent Auction that will be held at Alliance Bible Fellowship on Thursday night, September 8th.

The event begins at 5:30 with a Silent Auction and a BBQ dinner will be served by at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend this event; an opportunity will be given for you to make a financial contribution to this ministry.

For more information, contact the staff at Karishomeevents@gmail.com or by calling 828.297.3030.

Kari’s Home for Women is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, your gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.