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Now-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.

Now-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.

Now-Aug. 3

The Riverview Community Center Thrift Store will have a Bag Sale and Back-to-School sale from July 17 through Aug. 3. Lots of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, brand new and gently used, will be for sale. The Thrift Store also offers for sale chairs, tables, lamps, glass and craft work, tools, rugs, jars and an assortment of household appliances. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hope to see you there. The Riverview Community Center is located at 11719 N.C. 88 in Creston.

July 19

Relay for Life

Join with local businesses and citizens at 6 p.m. at Ashe County High School to raise money for the American Cancer Society. More information and donations can be made at main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY19SER?pg=entry&fr_id=93402.

July 20

Emergency Services Recognition and Family Fun Day

The Museum of Ashe County History will hold an Emergency Services Recognition and Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20. Bounce Houses, train rides, activities and free fun for the whole family will be available.

Northwest Ashe Class of 1969 reunion

The Northwest Ashe Class of 1969 will have their 50-year class reunion at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at Mountain Aire Seafood and Steakhouse. All classmates are welcome. For more information call (336) 620-1881.

Riverview Community Center Teatre

Riverview Community Center Teatre presents music and storytelling, Saturday, July 20 at 6 p.m. in the Theatre Room. Musician Scott Pope and storyteller Revonda Crow will entertain you for the evening. Admission is $5. Refreshments are provided following the performances. Come out for an evening of hearty laughs and fun. The Riverview Community Center is located at 11719 N.C. 88 in Creston.

Hickory Trail Hike

Come and enjoy an informational guided 1-mile hike with a Ranger on the Hickory Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. You may also like to bring a pair of binoculars for bird viewing and a camera to capture you adventure. We will meet at New River State Park’s U.S. 221 Access Visitor Center.

Tree Identification

Find out how to identify the common trees of the New River. Join Park staff in learning how to identify common trees of New River State Park. The leaves will finally be “leafing out” along the 1-mile Fern Nature trail at the Wagoner Access of New River State Park. Meet at the Park office at 2 p.m. Bring binoculars for spotting leaves and Spring tree dwellers. For more information call (226) 982-2587.

Birds Bugs and Blooms

Bill Dunson, a retired biology professor from Penn State, will lead. We will walk downhill on a 1-mile section of the Mountain Ridge Trail between Jefferson and Sunrise Overlooks. The natural surroundings are spectacular and provide a thriving community of high altitude hardwood forest species. Contact Bill at (276) 233-6364 cell for further information. Starts at 9 a.m., meet at Mountain Jefferson Second Overlook.

Painting in the Park

Take advantage of the scenery and come up to relax on your mountain. We will provide free canvases and tempera paints. You provide the creativity. This is a free outdoor painting program for all ages. All supplies are free while they last. Starts at 2 p.m., meet at Mount Jefferson Picnic Area.

Jazz Quartet with Martha Bassett

Jazz Quartet with Martha Bassett, presented by Music Carolina and sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, will perform at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson Saturday, July 20. Enjoy jazz standards and old classics with featured vocalist Martha Bassett. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and may be purchased at the Ashe Arts Center or by calling (336) 846-2787.

First Responders Recognition and Family Fun Day

Join the Museum of Ashe County History Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for First Responders Recognition and Family Fun Day. Area first responders will be on hand with cars and trucks, alongside bounce houses, train rides, activities and more. The Jefferson Odd Fellows will be selling food, and Hole Lotta Donuts will be on hand and are hosting a First Responders Donut Eating contest.

July 21

Guided Canoe Trip

Canoe the New River with a park ranger and learn the history of the river and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the river. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water and be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. We will meet at New River State Park’s U.S. 221 Access Visitor Center. Don’t forget to log your canoe trip, if you are working towards your 100 miles in the 100 mile challenge. For more information about the 100 mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org. Space is limited and reservations are required. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service. Call (336) 982-2587 to reserve your space.

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. Starts at 2 p.m., meet at Mount Jefferson Picnic Area.

July 23

Senior Center Nashville trip

Ashe Senior Center and Ina Cox Travel Club is offering a Diamond Tours bus trip to Nashville, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. See two great shows: The Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater. Guided tours of Nashville and Belle Meade Plantation, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry Behind the Scenes Tour. Ride the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel. Leaving from Ashe Services for Aging Senior Center in West Jefferson. Registration deadline is July 23. Call Ashe Senior Center at (336) 246-4347 or Ina Cox at (336) 977-2256 for information including pricing or go Online at www.GroupTrips.com/InaCoxTravelClub.

July 26-27

Fiddlers Convention

The Fiddlers Convention is a celebration and showcase of the musical talent and heritage of the high country of North Carolina. The Ashe County Arts Council is excited to sponsor the 50th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27. Ashe County Park, in Jefferson, will be the place to enjoy music and see the best in the region’s old time traditional and bluegrass musicians. Admission is $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased on site or by calling the Ashe County Arts Council at (336) 846-2787.

July 27

Blue Ridge Art Clan meeting

The Blue Ridge Art Clan will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church in West Jefferson. Patricia Leonard will give a demonstration at 10:30 a.m. of her wood-burning and acrylic painting techniques. Visitors are welcome; first-time visitors may attend at no charge. Find more information at www.florenceartschool.org/blue-ridge-art-clan/.

July 27-28

Mount Jefferson Downhill Skateboarding Event

Mount Jefferson will be hosting its fourth annual Downhill Race on Saturday and Sunday. The race consists of high speed skateboarding down Mount Jefferson as well as street luge events. The park road will be closed to personal vehicles both days, however, transportation from the old Lowe’s parking lot to the picnic shelter atop Mount Jefferson will be provided. The meeting location for this transportation will be the old Lowe’s parking lot at the base of Mount Jefferson. All trails will be open to the public, so come out and enjoy your mountain and watch some high speed skateboarding.

July 31

Game and Card Gala

The West Jefferson Women’s Club will hold its annual Game and Card Gala from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at Hensley Hall at the West Jefferson United Methodist Church. Cost is $25 per person, with proceeds going to the Ashe County Medication Assistance Program.

Aug. 9-11

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.

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.

ONGOING

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 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

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 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.

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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