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Oct. 18

Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept. BBQ Dinner and Music

Come join us Oct. 18 at the Riverview Community Center for the 2nd Annual Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Department BBQ and Bluegrass Music Fundraiser. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. and music starts at 6. Come enjoy a fun-filled evening of great food and bluegrass music with the Backstreet Bluegrass band. All proceeds benefit the Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Department. Any questions, please call (336) 385-6204 or (336) 384-1166.

Night Hike

Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Meet the park ranger for a one mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. This program is designed for all ages with good basic hiking skills. Children over 7 are welcome but must be closely supervised. Meet at the Mt. Jefferson park office at 7 p.m.

Oct. 19

Fall Season Hike

Meet a Park Ranger at the First Overlook on Mt Jefferson and take in the fall color. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the surrounding landscape, and let the kids ask questions about the park too. This hike will be around one mile r/t. Please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Mt. Jefferson First Overlook at 2 p.m.


Writers, come to Wordkeepers, a gathering of writers in the High Country at the Ashe County Arts Center, 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and a warm and welcoming audience will be eager to hear your own original works. Readers are asked to keep their selections, from any genre, to under five minutes. Please join us and share, or at least join us and listen. If you would like to read, please contact Diana Renfro at to reserve your slot.

Zaloo’s Bonfire Family Night

Join Zaloo’s Canoes, Kayaks and Tubes from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 for a bonfire, fun and fundraising. There will be live music, s’mores, a hotdog roast and an auction, all going to help Camp New Hope and the Nest Alliance. $5 advance tickets, $8 at the door and three and under get in free. RSVP by calling (336) 246-3006 or going to

Jeff Little Trio

Jeff Little Trio will be at the Ashe Civic Center Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. With a few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, but Jeff Little is a remarkable exception. Joining Little will be banjo champion Steve Lewis and Luke Little on mandolin. Tickets are $20 adults and $5 students and may be purchased online at www.ashecountyarts or by calling (336) 846-2787.

Oct. 20

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 he Mt. Jefferson picnic are at 2 p.m.

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Nov. 4, 18

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational program designed to provide you, the “caregiver,” the tools you need to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Classes consists of interactive sessions, discussions and brainstorming to help you take the tools you choose and put them into action in your life. Classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ashe County Senior Center. Classes are free and taught by trained and certified class leaders. Class space is limited and registration is required, please call the senior center at (336) 246-4347 to register or stop by the front desk for more information.

Oct. 21

Ashe County Schools Exceptional Children’s Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting

The North Carolina Department of Education through the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act and state rule requires that Ashe County Schools conduct a Stakeholders Committee to support our planning process. Stakeholders represent all parties with an interest in improving results for students with disabilities. This meeting is to inform and create awareness of the collaborative programs utilized in Ashe County Schools. Meeting will be held at Ashe Early Learning Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Call Terry Richardson, EC Director, for more information at (336) 846-3221.

Trees and Tees (Paint your own Tee Shirt)

Make your very own fall season tee shirt design using leaves and fabric medium. We will create t-shirt designs using natural materials (leaves) and fabric paints. Tee shirt and paint will be provided as long as supplies last! Meet at the Mt. Jefferson picnic shelter at 2 p.m.

Oct. 26

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Missoula Children’s Theatre will have two performances on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and will be $16 adults and $5 students. For more information, please call (336) 846-2787.

Oct. 27

Basic Mt. Jefferson Geology Hike

This fall, come up to the mountain and enjoy the views and hike along the ridgeline with a ranger. On Oct. 22, we will be presenting a basic geology hike. This will be a good opportunity to become familiar with the local geology and experience this mountain’s story. We will be on the ridgeline for most of this one-mile hike. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring a jacket too. Meet at the Mt. Jefferson picnic area at 2 p.m.

Now-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


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.

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 for more information.

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

Alanon Meeting in Ashe County

Ashe Serenity Alanon Family Group meets every Wednesday and Friday at noon, for those affected by the drinking of a relative or friend. The location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 400 Beaver Creek Rd. in 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 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.

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

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

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

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

Open Studio

Florence Art School hosts Open Studio on Thursdays 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 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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