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Now — July 2
GriefShare support group
GriefShare will be hosting weekly grief support groups from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Bald Mountain Baptist Church in West Jefferson. GriefShare is a network of more than 15,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief. Learn more at www.griefshare.org.
Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary “Fun”d Raiser
The third annual Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary “Fun”d Raiser will be June 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Hotel Tavern. Money raised will go to Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary’s efforts to give good homes to abandoned, abused or neglected horses. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, tea and lemonade, auction items, live music and the horse kissing booth. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/southernsunfarm.
BROC Annual Meeting
Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Inc. will hold BROC’s Annual Board Meeting on Thursday, June 13 with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and meeting at 6:30, at the Fairplains Center on N.C. Highway 18 North in North Wilkesboro. Items of business includes Annual Accomplishments of Programs, Election of Officers, “Miss CAG,” “Junior Miss” and the “Little Miss Princess” pageants and recognition of the BROC Board of Directors and volunteers. Please call the Wilkes office at (336) 667-7l74, the Ashe office at (336) 384-4543 or the Alleghany office at (336) 372-7284 for additional information.
Todd Community Dance
A community dance will be held at the Todd Mercantile Friday, June 14. Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing at 7:30. Big circle, line and square dances will be taught and danced to live music. There is a $5 charge to cover band and callers. Drinks and bakery items available from the Todd Bakery. For more information, contact Todd Mercantile at (336) 877-5401.
June Gallery Crawl
On Friday, June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., the “arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets. Gallery Crawl is back, the June crawl will feature new exhibits, special artists, refreshments and in-store promotions. The purpose of the crawls are to support and promote downtown West Jefferson businesses. Crawlers will have an opportunity to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals, enjoy the many outdoor art pieces and take advantage of the downtown restaurants. Maps are available at the Ashe Arts Center and this event is free. For more information please call (336) 846-2787 or visit www.ashecountyarts.org.
Heritage Iron Club Cruise In
The Heritage Iron Club of Ashe County will have a Cruise In on June 15, beginning at 4 p.m. at the West Jefferson Walmart on Mount Jefferson Road. For more information, contact Tony Lyall at (828) 406-6459.
Father’s Day Kayak Race
Zaloo’s Canoes is hosting their 1st Annual Father’s Day Kayak Race on June 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. to benefit Camp New Hope, a non-profit ministry working with families with terminally ill children. There will be adult tandem, adult single and a kids run categories; sinlge entry is a $25 minimum donation, tandem is a $35 minimum donation and kids run is a $10 minimum donation, prizes will go to first, second and third finishers. Kayaks can be brought or rented. Entrants can register by calling Zaloo’s at (336) 246-3066, check-in time is at 1 p.m., participants will park at Zaloo’s at 3874 Highway 16, Jefferson, and be shuttled to the race start point (low bridge at entrance of Camp New Hope). Adult race is five miles, kids run is one mile, children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must wear a life jacket.
June 17-Aug. 2
Ashe County School Supply Drive
Ashe County Volunteer Initiative Program’s 14th Annual Ashe County School Supply Drive will run from June 17 to Aug. 2 for students in need in Ashe County. School supplies collected will be donated among all Ashe County public schools. Supplies can be donated at Ashe Services for Aging. For more information, call Terri Hopkins at (336) 246-4347.
Ashe County Little Theatre presents the summer musical “Gypsy” June 20 to 24. Thursday,Saturday and Monday at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. at the Ashe Civic Center. Based on the memoirs of the striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, a talented cast of local singers, actors and dancers tells the story of the young Louise and her stage mother Rose in the 1930’s. With musical selections that include “Let Me Entertain You,” “Where Ever We Go” and “You Gotta Have a Gimmick,” the famous musical will have the audience singing and dancing. Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for students and may be purchased online at www.ashecountylittletheatre.org or at (336) 846-2787.
The Ashe County Heart Association, in connection with the Greater Lansing Area Development, will sponsor concessions at the Lansing Creeper Trail red barn June 22. Hot dogs, drinks, chips and homemade pound cake will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Bingo will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. with cash prizes. Proceeds will go to the Ashe County Heart Association.
Wills and Advance Directive Project
If you want either a Will and/or an Advance Directive (Power of Attorney or Living Will) drafted, visit the Ashe Services for Aging Monday, July 8. Sign-up at the front desk by Friday, June 21, space is limited.
July 9-Aug. 1
A Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ashe Services for Aging, learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and more. For more information or to register, stop by the Senior Center desk or call (336) 246-4347.
Woodstock Experience 2019
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with many original Woodstock performers at Saloon Studios Live in West Jefferson. Original artists Melanie, Jefferson Starship, John Sebastian of Lovin’ Spoonful, Vanilla Fudge and many more. Fore more information, call (201) 384-7760 or go to www.saloonstudioslive.com.
Supportive Journaling Group
Join a supportive journaling community at Ashe Services for Aging from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of every month in classroom 2. It is a safe and confidential community approach for survivors of sexual violence, their families and caregivers to find healing and connect. For more information, contact A Safe Home for Everyone at (336) 982-8851 or their 24-hour crisis line at (336) 246-5430.
Riverview Community Center Thrift Store
The Riverview Community Center, located at 11719 N.C. 88 West in Creston, has a thrift store which is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The thrift store has lots of spring and summer clothes for sale as well as books, furniture, home furnishings, flowering hanging baskets and ferns. Come by to shop and find some great deals.
Ashe County Republican Party
The Ashe County Republican Party meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. January through March at Sweet & Savory in downtown West Jefferson, April through November, unless otherwise announced. Ashe GOP Headquarters is open year round and located at 409-D South Main St., Jefferson. Phone: (336) 846-1657.
WCC Amateur Radio Course
Beginning Jan. 31, Wilkes Community College will offer an amateur radio course on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Thompson Hall Room 133. This course will enable students to earn a license to speak with people in foreign countries via shortwave radio, communicate with astronauts onboard the space station, participate in on-the-air contests, and provide communications for public service events. This course is being taught by David Ritter, an amateur radio operator who has been licensed for older than 50. Anyone with questions may contact David Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alanon Meeting in Ashe County
Ashe Serenity Alanon Family Group meets every Wednesday at noon, for those affected by the drinking of a relative or friend. We also meet each Monday night at 7 p.m. The location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 400 Beaver Creek Road, West Jefferson.
Ashe County Sharing Center Mobile Pantries The Northwest Ashe Mobile
The Ashe County Sharing Center’s Northwest Ashe Mobile Pantry will be in Creston at the Creston Volunteer Fire Department the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The mobile Pantry will be in Lansing at the Phoenix Baptist Church the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Clients must have identification, be a resident of Creston, Lansing or Warrensville and visit the pantry in their area 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. Winter meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.ashecodems.com for more information.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.