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Today’s Email Announcements

1) The Battle at Bear Wallow Begins Saturday

Test your athleticism on the private trails of Bear Wallow, meet new friends, and soak in the scenery of the forest at Long Ridge Farms—all while helping to provide vital health and education services to the people of Malawi, Africa.

The Battle at Bear Wallow features two days of excitement. The folks at Long Ridge Farms are generously allowing access to these private trails exclusively for this event.

The festivities kick-off this Saturday, August 8 at 10 a.m. with the Bear Wallow Trail Run. Choose between a 6 or 10 mile course. Both loops feature the best of Bear Wallow’s private trails with beautiful single track weaving through the trees.

On Sunday, August 9 at 9 a.m., tackle the private trails of Bear Wallow either solo or as a duo on the 6 Hours of Bear Wallow Mountain Bike Ride. Riders enjoy some of the best single track in the High Country with sweeping turns, creek crossings, rock drops and fun descents.

To register, visit www.battleatbearwallow.com. Please contact Jesse at jesse@worldcamp.co or (828) 407-0737 with questions.

100% of proceeds from the Battle at Bear Wallow support the programs and projects of Word Camp. World Camp was founded 15 years ago at UNC-Chapel Hill by a group of undergraduate students. Their world headquarters were once located at Long Ridge Farms!

Today, World Camp has become a leader in providing health education, HIV/AIDS youth support services, and advanced healthcare in Malawi, Africa. To learn more about World Camp, visit www.worldcamp.co. See you this weekend on the trails!

2) Dave Calvert and the Whip Daddys in Newland on Friday

See Newland’s own Dave Calvert and The Whip Daddys at the Newland Riverwalk Bandshell and Park from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. They will play rock groove and Motown blues. You could also win cool prizes!

These free weekly concerts are held at the Riverwalk Park and bandshell below the Lowe’s Foods parking lot and are open to the public. Designed to draw in local residents and visitors to the greater Newland area, the concert series is sponsored by the Newland Business Association — a collaborative organization of business owners and citizens committed to the future of the community.

3) Pack the Canoe

Calling all Beech Mountain residents and guests! Summer is on the way out and school is just around the corner. In efforts to support our local community, the Buckeye Recreation Center and the Beech Mountain Chamber are teaming up to “Pack the Canoe” by gathering school supplies and any other donations for the families and children in need within the Avery County School System. Items needed between Aug. 1-31 include pens, pencils, erasers, pocket folders, scissors, kleenex, lunch boxes, paper, crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue, backpacks and clothes. Cash donations are accepted and will be used to buy materials. Donations can be dropped off at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Call 828-387-3003 for more information.

4) Movie Viewing at Watauga Library on Aug. 10

High Country Lifelong Learners in association with the Watauga County Public Library invite you to join us for a movie viewing of It Happened One Night on August 10th from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Two great lovers of the screen in the grandest of romantic comedies !

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who’s actually a reporter looking for a story. This was the first film to win the Oscar ”grand slam” (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Screenplay).

This film has an MPAA rating of Unrated and an approximate run-time of 105 minutes.

For more information please email: high.country.lifelong@gmail.com, Attention: Deb Gooch.