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Today’s Email Announcements

Red Cross Critically Needs Donors 

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.

Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.” 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Blowing Rock

2/3/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Blowing Rock Elementary School, 165 Morris St


1/26/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Caldwell Community College, CCC, 372 Community College Road

1/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chili’s, 1934 Blowing Rock Rd.

1/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Boone UMC, 471 New Market Blvd

2/7/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd

2/8/2017: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Watauga Cnty Agricultural Ctr, 971W King St, Wat Cnty Agricultural Ctr

2/13/2017: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Glenbridge Nursing and Rehab Center, 211 Milton Brown Heire Rd

2/13/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Green Valley School, 189 Big Hill Road

2/14/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 259 Pilgrims Way


Boone’s Winter Farmers Market Returning Saturday

Boone’s Winter Farmers Market returns this Saturday the 21st from 9am to noon at the Agriculture Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Rd in Boone.   Look for greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers,  winter greens, lots of storage crops,  farm fresh eggs, baked goods and jams and jellies, honey and a few select crafts.  See you there.


Upcoming Events at Beech Mountain Resort

Beech Mountain Resort is open for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and tubing. We are experiencing unseasonable temperatures but the snow is still holding up great. We have a great week of events planned. Take a look!


Thursday Night Trivia @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co.

So you think you know a little bit about everything? Do you ever watch Jeopardy & feel like giving yourself a pat on the back? Do you like to enjoy craft beer while flexing your cranium? Then come test your skills at Beech Mountain Brewing Company with the fourth night of our ten-part Trivia Series on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30! This week’s theme will be “Fantasy Film”, think Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.

We will have great weekly prizes at each individual trivia night (every Thursday from Dec. 29th through early March). Teams should consist of no more than 4 competitors at a time. For those who like to exercise their brains weekly, points will be accumulated for a grand prize package from Beech Mountain Resort. Come fire up the ole cerebrum after a day on the slopes!

The Corklickers Return Friday, January 20th

The Corklickers return to Beech Mountain Brewing Co. on Friday, January 20th at 6:30p.m. to certainly please your ears and make you tap your toes with their old-time string band tunes. This show is FREE in the Beech Mountain Brewery where the beer always flows like a sweet, sweet river of happiness! What a perfect end to a great day skiing or snowboarding at Beech Mountain! Kick back with a delicious craft beer while you enjoy the old-time sounds of Western North Carolina, Corklickers style.

At Beech, we book some of the top local and national acts for our Winter Music Series. What could be better than live music after a day full of snow sports and winter activities? Come join us up on Beech!

Dr. Bacon Live Saturday, January 21st

We are excited to host Dr. Bacon at the Beech Tree Bar & Grille on Saturday, January 21st at 6:30! Dr. Bacon is a genre defying “Appalachian Funk-Rock” band from Asheville, NC. They play an infectiously danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. Their instrument includes guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, kazoo and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving! Come on over to the Beech Tree Bar & Grille at 6:30 & bring your dancing shoes!


Soil and Water Board to Meet Jan. 25

Watauga Soil and Water District Board will have a regular Board meeting January 25, 2017 at

8:00 am. The Public is invited to attend.

971 West King Street,

Boone, NC


Farmland Preservation Board to Meet Feb. 6

The Farmland Preservation Program Advisory Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday February 6, 2017 at 8:00 am in the Soil and Water District Office located at 971 West King Street Boone, NC 28607. The Public is invited to attend.