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Playhouse Baby Fair and Consignment Sale Toddles to Town on March 30 & 31

Did last week’s warm weather prompt you to pull out the kids’ summer togs only to find that, oops, that cute t-shirt dress from last year is now on a halter top?  The seventh annual spring  Playhouse Consignment Sale and Baby Fair will allow you to update everyone’s wardrobes for a song Full Story

Great Friend to Families Nominees Sought

The Children’s Playhouse is searching for a resident of the High Country whose greatest joy comes from helping kids and families, the 2012 winner of the Great Friend to Families Award. Nominations for this award are due on April 5th.
The fourth annual Great Friend to Families award Full Story

Garden to Provide Food for Hospitality House

“Community groups will join together this spring in a truly ‘groundbreaking’ project by planting a summer garden providing fresh vegetables for our residents,” said Lynne Mason director of Hospitality House which serves seven High Country counties. “We are also committed to offering healthy food selections and produce Full Story

Feinstein Challenge to Help “End Hunger in the High Country”

Be a part of fighting hunger in the High Country by taking the Feinstein Challenge now through April 30. For the fourth consecutive year, Hospitality House has partnered with the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation, who will divide $1 million Full Story

'Artie' Popping Up in High Country

Artie the Autistic Traveling Awareness Bear has been exploring the High Country.  Artie comes from a progressive program originating in Missouri, USA.  Here is what he wants to share: “I am a bear from the Traveling Awareness Bears located in Missouri USA.  My website is: Full Story

Dinner with Greg LeMond March 24 at Lees-McRae

Lees-McRae College, in partnership with the Avery Chamber of Commerce, presents dinner with cycling legend Greg LeMond Saturday, March 24 on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.
This fundraiser for the Lees-McRae College Cycling Program will include a ride with Greg LeMond Full Story


Resident mascot, Sugar Bear and long-time ski patroller Fay Binning visited the Valle Crucis Elementary School with the mission to teach the third and fifth graders the seven points of skier safety. Full Story

Leap Day FUNraiser for Watauga Community Band at Canyons

So what do you do with your ‘extra’ day this leap year? Come to Canyons this Wednesday night and help the musicians of our community as Canyons continues doing their part to help the non-profit organizations

of Watauga County.  Finish off your leap day as Canyons donates 10% of their take to the Watauga Community Band, Full Story

F.A.R.M. Needs Kitchen Items

From salt and pepper shakers to soup kettles and a commercial refrigerator, gently used kitchen items are needed and welcomed by F.A.R.M Cafe as it prepares for its April opening. The pay-what-you-can community café is releasing its wish list, which contains items community members may have and no longer use,

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$1000 Scholarship to Mabel Student

Mabel eighth grader Justus Saunders has been awarded the Middle School Summer Enrichment Scholarship by the NCASFAA North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) for the summer of 2012.  The scholarship provides up to $1,000 (Justus Saunders celebrates her award) Full Story

Making New Friends at Humane Society

Cove Creek second graders visited the new Watauga Humane Society shelter to meet the dogs and cats available for adoption. They learned about humane care of animals and safety around animals. With the help of their teachers, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Reece, they raised enough money to sponsor an animal. (photo by Ree Strawser) Full Story

Animals and Christianity at L-MC

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Series will feature Dr. Laura Hobgood-Oster on Tuesday, February 21 in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College.  She will present two lectures on the topic of animals and Christianity.

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WHS Pacers Show This Saturday

The Watauga High School Pacer Dance Team is holding their annual show on Saturday, February 18th. This show is held to recap all of the dances the team has learned, coreographed, and performed for the 2011-2012 season. The Pacers performed dances for all home varsity football games, Full Story

Avery Humane Society Valentine Fundraiser

$25 Per Ticket.  Book of 5 for $100
Drawing on February 13, at Noon, at 215B Pineola St., Newland, NC  28657.  You Need Not Be Present to Win!
Only 250 Tickets Will Be Sold!!! Full Story

Cannon Memorial Blood Drive; Runway Getaway

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Join the offices of Drs. Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler and Hardaway in celebrating National Dental Health Month this Saturday February 4th at Boone Mall from 10-4. The office will be giving out toothbrushes and toothpaste and other dental necessities to maintain your spectacular smile! Full Story

The Children’s Council of Watauga County, Inc Launches Early Literacy Pilot Project

Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups at Blue Ridge Pediatrics and the Watauga County Health Department in Watauga County.  The Children’s Council of Watauga County is partnering with Reach Out and Read® Full Story

Snow Day Activities at BRAHM

Winter has finally made an appearance in the High Country, and area families now have an educational and fun option for children out of school due to inclement weather. The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation are expanding their day camp offerings to include Snow Day Camps from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for K-6th grade. Full Story

Quit Smoking Support Available

If your New Year’s resolution was to quit tobacco for good, you don’t have to do it alone. QuitlineNC, the state’s toll-free telephone support service to help tobacco users quit, is making nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges) available at no cost for a limited time for North Carolina residents who enroll in quit coaching. Full Story

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