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Nov. 8

Blood Drive

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive at the Friendship Baptist Church, 891 Friendship Baptist Church road in Jefferson on Nov. 8 from 2-6:30 p.m. For more info, contact Mike McClure at (336) 982-3660.

BROC Executive Committee Meeting

Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Inc. (BROC) will hold its Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the 115 Atwood Street #406, the BROC Alleghany Office in Sparta. Please call the Wilkes Office at (336) 667-7l74, Ashe Office at (336) 384-4543 or Alleghany Office at (336) 372-7284 for additional information.

Nov. 9

243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The 43rd Marine Corps Birthday ball will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Blue Ridge Theater and Event Center. There will be dining, dancing, door prizes, a gun raffle and a Marine Corps cake cutting ceremony. All veterans and veteran supporters are welcome to attend. Tickets are $35 per person, includes country style buffet with all the fixings. For more information, call (828) 406-4446 or (336) 877-3323.

Nov. 10

Craft Bazaar

Calvary United Methodist Church will hold their annual Craft Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please join us for a country breakfast, we will also have available handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, American Doll clothing, fresh wreaths, delicious baked goods and jams and jellies. We look forward to seeing you there, we are located on Railroad Grade Road next to the Fleetwood Post Office.

Nov. 11

Luther Rock Nature Hike

Meet your guide for a 1-mile hike to Luther Rock’s viewing area. Come and explore some of the park’s most amazing vistas as you make your way along a mountain ridge-line. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Nov. 13

New River Conservancy presentation

Join the New River Conservancy for a presentation by ASU graduate students on the social history and ecology of the former church camp, Elk Shoals. Learn about how the New River Conservancy, ASU students, Ashe County residents and people connected to Elk Shoals are restoring the streambanks and communities in the Upper New River. The presentation will be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the Ashe County Public Library. RSVP: call (336) 846-6267 or email chelsea@newriverconservancy.org.

Nov. 15

Blood Drive

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive at Jefferson UMC, 115 East Main street in Jefferson on Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more info, contact Wanda Gervasi at (336) 384-4108.

Nov. 16

Prevent the winter chill with chili

Jefferson United Methodist Church will be serving chili on Friday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The chili, along with toppings, desert and a drink, will cost $8, eat-in or carry out. Deliveries can be made for 10 or more meals. Call (336) 846-5729 to order, orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Nov. 16-17

Oil Painting Demonstration

A come and go demonstration with artist Jack Hamrick from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Artisan Center, 201 W. Main St. Wilkesboro NC 28659.

Madrigal Dinner

Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Madrigal Dinner on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Jefferson Landing Club. The event begins each evening at 6 p.m. and the tickets are $40 per person, reservations are required. Enjoy an evening of music, merriment and a full catered meal by Chef Matheiu. Call 336-846-2787 for reservations and more information.

Nov. 17

Riparian Restoration Workshop

Concerned about the health of your streambank? Learn why riparian zones are our greatest defense against pollution and erosion and how to restore your riparian zone with native plants. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the classroom at Wagoner Access of the New River State Park. RSVP: call (336) 846-6267 or email chelsea@newriverconservancy.org.

Blood Drive

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive at the Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 3044 Old Wilkesboro road in Glendale Springs on Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info, contact Robin Carter at (336) 977-1964.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashe County Library, join a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. There will be a screening of the film A Daughter’s Journey, lunch, discussion and a celebration of loved ones. For more info, call Laura Goodman at (336) 977-0528 or email cmfgigi@gmail.com

Nov. 18

Luther Rock Nature Hike

Meet your guide for a 1-mile hike to Luther Rock’s viewing area. Come and explore some of the park’s most amazing vistas as you make your way along a mountain ridge-line. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Nov. 19

Energy Assistance Crisis Intervention Program

CIP is an energy program designed to provide assistance to households in crisis. Qualifying households receive a voucher for a one-time fuel delivery. Nov. 19 at the Ashe County Courthouse, applicants must bring verification of all household income, electric account number, and personal information; including name, date of birth and social security numbers of all household members. Applicants will be accepted until funds are exhausted. For more information, call (336) 846-5644.

Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Nature Hike

Today is a great day to go outdoors, and walk on a mountain top. Meet the ranger or a hike along the ridge of mount Jefferson. Breath in some wild nature. This will be a one-mile hike and will include local history, stories, and vistas. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Nov. 23

Climate Tower Hike

Rediscover your park today and hike with a ranger to the mountain summit 4683 feet above sea level. At the summit, we will examine the NC Climate Office data collection tower. This tower has a great story to tell. See for yourself the science of weather, and climate on the top of Mt. Jefferson. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Nov. 23-24

Woodworking Demonstration

A come and go demonstration with Lyle Wheeler from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Artisan Center, 201 W. Main St. Wilkesboro NC 28659.

Nov. 24

Geology Hike

Join us for a one-mile hike across a grand mountain ridge and discover the mysterious geologic story buried deep within the mountain’s interwoven chemistry. Come up and experience your Appalachian wonderland. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Nov. 25

Fall Painting on the Mountain

The fall season offers amazing views on Mt. Jefferson. Join us for the legendary seasonal change. Come up for an hour of creativity, and try your hand at painting the fall colors. A free canvas to take home will be provided for each participant. Tempera paints and brushes will also be provided as long as supplies last. No experience necessary. This program is for adults and children. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Nov. 29

Happy Holidays Show

Get ready for a toe-tapping, music filled night to kick off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Ashe Civic Center. Singing and dancing into the evening will be Ronald D. Stefano and Melissa Giattano on stage as Two on Tap. The Happy Holidays show combines some of your favorite seasonal music with song and dance as only Two on Tap can showcase. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by calling 336-846-2787.

ONGOING

Ashe County Sharing Center Mobile Pantries The Northwest Ashe Mobile

Pantry will be in Creston at the Creston Volunteer Fire Department the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Northwest Ashe Mobile Pantry will be in Lansing at the Phoenix Baptist Church the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Must be a resident of either Creston/Lansing/Warrensville to qualify.

Breast Cancer Survivors Group

First and third Tuesdays of each month in the Seagraves Conference Room at Ashe Memorial Hospital. First Tuesday meetings are at noon, lunch will be provided. Third Tuesday meetings are at 5:30 p.m., snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Sara Houser at (336) 846-0703.

Classes at Riverview Community Center

GED, HiSet and High School Diploma classes are now being offered at Riverview Community Center. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call the local campus for Wilkes Community College at (336) 846-3900, ext. 3124.

Ashe County Democrats

The Ashe County Democrats meet the fourth Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. We usually meet at Smoky Mountain Barbecue, but sometimes we meet at other areas of the county. The Ashe County Democratic Party Headquarters, located at 519 E. Main St. Jefferson, is now open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our phone number is (336) 877-6782, or visit the website www.ashecodems.com. Come see us.

Caregiver Support Group

Ashe County Senior Center and Ashe Assisted Living are offering a caregiver support group on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 4 p.m. at Ashe Assisted Living & Memory Care, 182 Chatty Rob Lane, West Jefferson. For more info, call (336) 846-6200 or email barbaraweaver@asheaging.org.

Thrive Support Group

A Safe Home for Everyone of the Ashe County Partnership for Children’s support group for survivors of intimate partner violence and their children started back up in March of 2017. Thrive is a free support group offered once monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. Dinner and childcare are provided free. Through this group, survivors can experience a safe, confidential place to explore the healing process, gain more information and understanding of how intimate partner violence impacts their daily lives and connect with others who have had similar experiences. Thrive is open to survivors of all identities. If you, or someone you know, are interested and would like more information, or to set up an intake appointment, please contact A Safe Home for Everyone at (336) 982-8851 or email victimadvocate@ashechildren.org.

Ashe Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets at 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Ashe County Senior Center. After social time, the group has a show-and-tell, a business meeting and a program. The programs may include a guest speaker, a trunk show or a mini-workshop. “Whether you’re an avid quilter, still learning or just love the art and history of quilting, come and share our love of quilting with us,” a spokeswoman for the group said. For information, visit www.ashequilters.org.

Free Webinar

What would you do if you were aware of a severely abused or neglected child in your hometown? If you would speak up, you might consider volunteering as a guardian ad litem, a court-appointed volunteer who serves as the judge’s eyes and ears for children going through the foster care system. A free informational webinar is held online from noon to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month to provide more information. For more information, call Tammy Baity at (336) 651-4465.

Literacy Movement

Western Carolina Eye Associates in Jefferson has recently partnered with Ashe County Partnership for Children. The partnership will provide opportunities to ensure and encourage children reading. To get more information, call the partnership at (336) 982-4588.

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope is a support group for mothers offering compassion and help and healing from postpartum depression to the loss of a child or infant. The group typically meets at 6 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashe Memorial Hospital library. For more information, or to sign up, call Teresa Jones at (336) 977-8949 or Maranda Thompson at (276) 768-0281.

Peak Creek Ruritan Club

The Peak Creek Ruritan Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Peak Creek Ruritan Community Center, 7062 Hwy. 88 East, Laurel Springs. Ruritan is a national community service organization dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.” For more information, call (336) 452-9985 or email warnershew@gmail.com.

Open Studio

Florence Art School hosts Open Studio on Thursday’s 1-5pm. This is a non-instructional, informal gathering of artists that come together to share ideas or simply to have space to work. Artists bring their own materials the Art School provides tables and easels. There is a $50 yearly membership with benefits. For more information, visit FlorenceArtSchool.org or call (336) 846-3827.

Ashe Video Crew Club

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County 4-H and Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church have partnered to offer the Ashe County Video Crew Club. The community program is open to all middle school and high school students interested in the different aspects of filming both in front of and behind the camera. There is no charge to participate. The club meets at 5 p.m. Sundays at the Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Will Heyward at (336) 846-7481 or Jennifer Miller at (336) 846-5850.

Riverview Community Center

Come check out our Thrift Store, where you can find men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, furniture, linens, housewares, small appliances, miscellaneous hardware, electronics and more – all at low, low prices! We also have on display both fall and holiday decorations. Currently, we are running an estate tag sale for special furniture items, including a poster bed, Queen Anne dining set, sofa, wingback chairs, small tables, futons, and lamps. We are located at 11719 Highway 88 West, in the Creston area. Thrift store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday and 4 to 8 p.m. on Fish Fry nights (first/third Fridays each month). For questions, call 336-385-1387.

Ashe County Senior Center

The Helping Hands bereavement support group meets at 3 p.m. the second and last Thursday of every month with Josh Sturgill at the Ashe County Senior Center.

Ashe Sharing Center Mobile Pantry

The Ashe County Sharing Center’s Northwest Ashe Mobile Pantry will be in Creston at the Creston Volunteer Fire Department the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Ashe Mobile Pantry will be in Lansing at the Phoenix Baptist Church the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Clients must be a resident of Creston or Lansing and visit the pantry in their area to qualify.

Alanon Meeting in Ashe County

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