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Now — March 31, 2019

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

All households will be able to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Applicants must bring: name, date of birth and social security numbers of all household members, verification of all household income, information regarding checking/savings accounts and any assets, vendor name and account number and their electric account number. For questions or more information, call (336) 846-5644.

Feb. 6-14

Riverview Community Center Thrift Store

The Thrift Store is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at the Riverview Community Center. Valentine’s and Book Sales, gifts and selected popular fiction at low prices. All proceeds go to maintaining the facility.

Feb. 7

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at the Civic Center

Ashe County Arts Council presents Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Ashe Civic Center. The musical partnership between performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. Tickets are $20 adults and $5 students and may be purchased at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at (336) 846-2787.

Feb. 9

Riverview Community Center Breakfast

7 to 10 a.m. This monthly fundraiser is a great way to visit with your neighbors ans the Riverview Community Center. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, blueberry pancakes, grits, gravy, biscuits, jelly, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

Love in the Blue Ridge

From 5 to 10 p.m., the Blue Ridge Theater and Event Center will be offering dinner and entertainment for a nice, early Valentine’s Day night. The will be dinner catered by Sweet and Savory Bakery and Deli, dancing and music from 421 West. Couples tickets are $50, singles are $30. Tickets are available at the door for just the show for $15 at the door. Got to www.blueridgetheater.com/tickets or call (336) 982-4888.

Feb. 12

Riverview Community Center Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month and are open to the public. It’s a good way to learn about upcoming events and share your thoughts on ways to improve the center.

Feb. 14

Ashe Senior Center Valentine’s Day Party

10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Ashe Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served and bingo with prizes will be held. Sign up at front desk or call (336) 246-4347.

Feb. 16

Sweethearts Breakfast

The Jefferson Lodge Odd Fellows are hosting a Sweethearts Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Mount Paddy Church In Jefferson. All you can eat pancakes (gluten free available), bacon, sausage, local maple syrup, juice and coffee for a donation. The High Ridge Pickers will be performing for your enjoyment.

Feb. 22

Ashe County Volunteer Awards nomination deadline

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding commitment to volunteerism and to the agency or organization in which they serve? If so grab a nomination form and nominate them for our volunteer awards. We have a Lifetime Achievement and a Paid Director of Volunteer Award as well. If you know anyone who fits into these categories please pick up a nomination form from the Ashe Senior Center. Nomination forms will be due back by 5 p.m. Feb. 22.

March 1

Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship

The Gamma Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will award a scholarship to a female who is enrolled in the education programs and is planning to become a teacher. Delta Kappa Gamma is a Honor Society composed of female educators in Ashe and Alleghany Counties. A student from each county will be awarded a scholarship. Application forms are available in the guidance offices of Alleghany High School and Ashe County High School. The application forms are due back to the guidance offices by March 1. Applications may also be downloaded at ncgammadeltadkg.weebly.com.

ONGOING

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 Shatley Springs Restaurant in Crumpler, unless otherwise announced. Ashe GOP Headquarters is open year round and located at 409-D South Main Street Jefferson, NC 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 over 50 years. 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.

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

Check out the After-Christmas Sale at the Riverview Community Center Thrift Store. You can fill a bag with small items for a low, fixed price or find individual, larger items at a discounted price. All proceeds from Thrift Store sales are used to maintain the center and help provide services to the community. Thrift store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 4 to 8 p.m. on Fish Fry nights (first/third Fridays of each month). For questions, call (336) 385-9812 during Thrift Store hours.

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.

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