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Aug. 16

Ashe County Democrats Cookout

The Ashe County Democratic Party is hosting a hot dog cookout starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at West Jefferson Park, located behind the library. There will be free live music from Restless right down the road at the Backstreet Park. Hope to see you there.

Music Party

Ashe Services for Aging will have a music party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Tickets are $5, includes a hotdog plate with chips, cookie and drink. There will also be a free cupcake walk. Music from the 70s, 80s and 90s will be played, tickets are available at the front desk or at the door.

Aug. 17

Rubber Duck Race and Festival

The Riverview Lions Club welcomes you to our “Do It Best” Rubber Duck Race and Festival by the river from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 rain or shine. The duck race will be at 2 p.m., grand prize is $1,000, second-place is $200 and third is $100. $5 for entry or $20 or five. Kids activities, parking, admission and live music will be free. For more information, contact Barry Hass at (336) 977-2157 or Warren Miller at (336) 384-4502.

Aug. 18

Fairy House Program

Come out to Mt. Jefferson and meet a ranger for an hour of fairy house building. This is a fun, family activity and you get to build your very own fairy house using supplies provided by nature. Bring your camera to take a photo of your fairy house. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Music Party and Cake Walk

Join Ashe Services for Aging from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, for a music party and cake walk at the Ashe Senior Center. Music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s will play all evening to remind guests that the oldies are still golden. The best era-themed outfit from each decade will receive a prize. Tickets are $5 at the front desk or at the door, and tickets include a hotdog plate with chips, a cookie and a drink.

Aug. 23

Adventure Night Hike

Meet the park ranger for a one-mile round-trip night hike into the darkness along Mt. Jefferson’s famous ridge line. We will seek out amazing views, observe stars and the shimmering lights from town 1,600 feet below us. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous, Appalachian night hikes are challenging. Children over 7-years-old are welcome but must be closely supervised. Meet at first overlook at 8 p.m.

Aug. 24

Ashe Central Class of 1959 Reunion

Ashe Central High School Class of 1959 are going to have their 60th class reunion Aug. 24 at Mountain Aire Seafood. With social time from 4 to 6 p.m. Order dinner from the menu, for more info please call Joyce Vannoy at (336) 982-5349.

Lansing Volunteer Fire Department Open House

The Lansing Volunteer Fire Department at 9281 Highway 194 North, will be hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the fire station, spray a fire hose, see the equipment and more. It will be fun and educational for the whole family. For more information, call (336) 384-4545.

Ashe County Fostering Community Initiative

The NEST Alliance, Crossnore School and Children’s Home and the Ashe County Department of Social Services invite you to join us to learn about Fostering Communities, a new initiative to change the landscape of foster care, featuring guest speaker Shenandoah Chefalo, a former foster child and multiple award-winning author of “Garbage Bag Suitcase.” Learn about becoming a foster parent and/or the many ways to become a vital part of a fostering community of support for our local foster children. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bald Mountain Baptist Church in West Jefferson. Breakfast will be served. Registration is not required, but appreciated, and can be done either by going to The NEST Alliance website at thenestalliance.org, by calling Theresa Church at (336) 877-5741 or emailing thenestalliance@gmail.com.

Trees and Tees

Join us atop Mount Jefferson to both learn and create. We will learn about and discuss local trees and the pivotal role they play in our ecosystem. Each participant will be given one free tee shirt to decorate. We will provide the tee shirts, the paints and other supplies, you provide the creativity. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Friends of the Library blood drive

Every two seconds someone in the US needs a blood transfusion. The Friends of the Library will host a blood drive Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. downstairs at the library. Types O positive and O negative are always in high demand at hospitals, but all types of blood are needed every day. Make an appointment to donate blood Aug. 24. Contact the library – (336) 846-2041 – to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Aug. 25

Amphibolite Geology Hike

Metamorphic formations and intrusive quartz are just the beginning of the story. On this amphibolite hike, we will look for the connections that exist between the soil, rocks and plants. Join us on this unique Appalachian amphibolite hike. Wear appropriate shoes or boots. Meet at the picnic area at 2 p.m.

Sept. 1

New River Blues Festival

Attend the 17th annual New River Blues Fest at 1 p.m. at the River House Inn in Grassy Creek near West Jefferson. Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of The King Bees Stingin’ and Swingin’ with a sparkling river, listening to world-class blues. Other musical acts include The Foddrells, Anthony “Packrat” Thompson with Robert “Top” Thomas, Git Shorty and Mojo Ike and Val Woods.

Sept. 11

Keep Ashe Beautiful Community Information Forum

Keep Ashe Beautiful is hosting a community information forum from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. The forum will share information about our organization and activities, including our upcoming Litter Sweep planned for Oct. 5. If you are interested in the surrounding environment, community beautification, youth environmental education and recycling efforts this forum is for you. Refreshments will be served, and registration is not necessary but appreciated. You can register via email us at keepashebeautiful@gmail.com, or message us on our Facebook page Keep Ashe Beautiful. Keep Ashe Beautiful is a registered 501©(3) non-profit and donations are gratefully accepted via check at Keep Ashe Beautiful, PO Box 31, West Jefferson, N.C. 28694.

Sept. 17

Lincoln/Reagan Event

The Ashe County Republican Party will hold their Annual Lincoln/Reagan Event at the Lansing Creeper Trail Park Community Barn from 4 to 8 p.m. Food will be provided, come meet your local and state elected officials. Open event to all Republicans, we encourage you to bring a friend. Donations accepted to offset costs.

Sept. 21

Heart Walk

The Ashe County Heart Association will hold the annual Heart Walk beginning at the Ashe County Museum in Jefferson at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to support this fundraising effort by sponsorship and/or organizing a team. For more information, contact Sandy Roten at (336) 977-2653.

Oct. 5

Keep Ashe Beautiful’s Fall Litter Sweep

Keep Ashe Beautiful is sweeping the county roads again with community volunteers on Oct. 5 starting at 8:30 a.m. with the support of N.C. DOT and local businesses. This is a wonderful community wide event that allows for residents and guests to help us make visual improvements in our community. Keep Ashe Beautiful will supply safety T-shirts, safety vests, roadway signs, trash pickup supplies, and snacks to pre-registered volunteers. Pre-registration can be made by contacting us at keepashebeautiful@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page. Keep Ashe Beautiful is a registered 501©(3) non-profit and 100% of donations are returned to the county through our beautification activities. Donations are gratefully accepted via check at Keep Ashe Beautiful, PO Box 31, West Jefferson, N.C. 28694.

Aug. 20-Nov. 19

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.

ONGOING

Riverview Community Center Thrift Store

Riverview Thrift Store located at the Riverview Community Center in Creston has gently used and/or new women, men and children’s clothing for sale. We also have several dining room sets in excellent condition, beds, dressers, chairs, tables, lamps, rugs and tools at great prices. Come by and check out our small home appliances, which are at great prices. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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 dmritter951@wilkescc.edu.

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.

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 barbaraweaver@asheaging.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.

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.

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.

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.

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