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Today’s Email Announcements

The Month of March is Red Cross Month–Donate Blood Starting Mar. 1

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.

Blood donor Timothy Sheely knows the need firsthand. His wife required 12 units of blood during emergency surgery following the birth of their son. “If it had not been for blood donors, she might not have survived,” he said. “Thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their mom. I can’t possibly thank those people in person, but I can give a little piece of me back with each donation for the greater good.”

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.

Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming dates in March in Watauga County for blood donations:


3/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Modern Toyota, 225 Modern Drive

3/7/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd

3/9/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Caldwell Community College, CCC, 372 Community College Road


Boone’s Winter Farmer’s Market Returns this Saturday, Feb. 18

Boone’s Winter Farmers Market returns this Saturday the 18th from 9am to noon at the Agriculture Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Rd in Boone.

Hot house organic tomatoes,  lettuce and several other greens.  Farm fresh eggs, potatoes,  sweet potatos,  winter squash,  pumpkins and apples.   Baked goods,  jams and jellies,  honey, pickles and many types of meats.  Grab some local made soaps and a few select crafts.

 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Visit Lees-McRae College, Feb. 15

On Wednesday, February 15, trainers from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program will visit campus to educate the community on responsible and minimum-impact outdoor recreation practices.

Throughout the day, program trainers, Steph Watton and Andy Mossey, will lead several clinics across campus with tailored curriculum pertaining to the mountains of North Carolina.

One of the clinics will focus on responsible fire building–a topic of special interest after several Western North Carolina forest fires destroyed several-thousand acres of land in late 2016.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country teaching people how to protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibility, according to the Subaru/Leave No Trace website.

All clinics and presentations are free and open to the public.


2017 Blowing Rock Garden Club Event, June 23

Come experience the vibrant gardens, enjoy lunch in one of our local restaurants, shop for items at the Garden Club’s boutique and area businesses, and wind down with a relaxing cup of afternoon tea and desserts served by Garden Club Members.
Guests will be welcomes beginning at 9 a.m. at the gazebo on Main St., which will also serve as the information center. From 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., tour the stunning gardens of the private homes and churches selected for this event where Garden Club guides will be available to provide education about select plants and flowers.
Hand-crafted, garden-themed items will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our boutique, located in the Library’s community room, and the afternoon tea will be offered beginning at 2 p.m. in the newly renovated American Legion Building.
The cost for the event is $35/per person and a sell-out is expected. For information about tickets or other aspects of the event, send an email inquiry to mof2017brgc@gmail.com