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Today’s Email Announcements

Soil and Water Board to Meet Nov. 23

The Watauga Soil and Water Conservation District Board” will hold its regular Board meeting Wednesday November 23, 2016 at 8:00 am at the Soil & Water Office located at 971 West King Street, Boone NC 28607.The public is invited to attend.

Discussion at ASU Dec. 5 on Social Justice, Race, Racism in Social Service Professions

Please join us on Monday December 5th for a presentation/discussion ” Social Justice, Race and Racism in Social Service Professions” from 6-8 pm in room 114 Belk Library at Appalachian State University. Dr. Brandy Bryson PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor in Leadership and Educational Studies, and Foundations of Leadership, in the College of Education will be facilitating.  Parking available in the parking garage near the library and the Baptist church lot. Please email me to RSVP and if you have any questions.  Please share with other interested people.

Jefferson Specialty Clinic Moving to New Location in Ashe County

Jefferson Specialty Clinic is moving to new location in Ashe County

West Jefferson, NC (November 11, 2016) – On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 the Jefferson Specialty Clinic of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) will move from Medical Park Drive to a new and more accessible location near Cardinal Lanes in West Jefferson. Located next to Ashe Family Medicine at 968 US Hwy 221 Business, West Jefferson, NC the clinic will continue to offer convenient cardiology and urology services in Ashe County.

The Jefferson Specialty Clinic was established in 2012 to offer needed specialty services in Ashe County and to reduce travel time for existing patients.
On Tuesdays and every other Friday, Dr. Peter Ashline and device nurse, Kim Denny, RN of The Cardiology Center, provide patients with routine heart check-ups, device evaluation and follow up. To schedule a cardiology appointment at The Jefferson Specialty Clinic, call The Cardiology Center at 828-264-9664.
On select Wednesdays, Dr. Anthony Schlake and on Fridays, Dr. Charles Miller of Boone Urology Center, provide office appointments for urology patients. To schedule a urology appointment at Jefferson Specialty Clinic, call Boone Urology Center at 828-264-5150.
This is just another way Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is Making Life Better for our Ashe County patients. The Jefferson Specialty Clinic is a proud member of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates, ARHS’s medical practice management group. To learn more about Jefferson Specialty Clinic or Appalachian Regional Healthcare System visit www.apprhs.org.

Toe River Arts Council Studio Tour to Begin with Dec. 2 Reception

Beginning Friday morning, December 2, the landscape of Mitchell and Yancey counties changes for a weekend. As if blooming from beneath the muted greys and shadowy rusts of fallen leaves now tamped down from an errant snow fall or cold rain, hundreds of big red and white Studio Tour signs dot the roadways, intersections, and front and side yards. All lead the way to a magical tour of arts and artists. Through Sunday, December 4, from 10 to 5 each day, determined visitors travel the highways and back roads in search of that perfect piece of art and the creative artist behind. This is the second of two open Studio Tours sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council this year. And it has been happening for over two decades in the beautiful Toe River Valley.

There are folks who have “done” the tour for years, know the artists, plan their vacations around the weekend, and use the signs as welcome reminders of their time in the region. There are those for whom this is new. The signs help them navigate the new territory and give them comfort in knowing they are on the right path. And still others who continue to marvel at the numbers of artists who live and work in their own backyards.

The signs point to studios of new and established artists, visiting artists. Those working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal, photography, paint. Mixing media, making jewelry, crafting soap, weaving baskets, writing, creating. And opening up their studios for one magical weekend in December every year. It’s an adventure, it’s free, and it’s open to anyone who wants to take a journey to the arts.

The Toe River Arts Council hosts a reception the evening of the first tour day, December 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 at their Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). There one will find works from the participants, displayed geographically to make an adventure easy to plan. There are too many artists to visit in a day; but with the help of the guide, now available at either gallery and at many regional businesses, the showcase of artist work at the exhibition that is open from November 19 through the end of the year, and the eye-popping red and white signs, visitors plan their weekend arts experience.

Bring a jacket, there’ll be a nip in the air, but the studios will be warm, the artists inviting, and the work something you’ll remember for a long time or until next time. The tour takes place December 2-4. Participating studios and galleries will be open from 10 to 5pm each day. And don’t forget the reception the first evening.

The Toe River Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization. For the past 40 years, their programs and events have been dedicated to connecting the community with the arts. For more information about TRAC or the Studio Tour, please visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org, or call 828-682-7215 or 828-765-0520.