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'Gerlefest' Rolls into Town, Benefits Humane Society

Appalachian Rollergirls (ARG) will be hosting their first home bout "GERLEFEST,"of their second season in Boone NC on April 28th at 5:00 pm at the Holmes Convocation Center.  ARG is Boone's first and only local female Rollerderby team.  The girls will be bouting against the B-Dazzlers of Charlotte NC. Full Story

 
Avery County Penny Challenge for Eagle Habitat

Avery County elementary students collected their loose change March 19 - 30 and brought it to school for the Penny Challenge hosted by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.  The five elementary schools collected a total of $3,745.75, all benefitting the upcoming renovations on the eagle habitats Full Story

 
Great Friend to Families Awards

Presented by Storie Street Grille and the Orthodontists & Pediatric Dentists Drs. Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler and Hardaway, the 4th annual Great Friend to Families award recognizes sustained contributions by an individual to the well-being of young children and their families in the High Country area. Full Story

 
Avery Animal Shelter Move Underway

Moving day is today for the Avery County Humane Society, moving to the new facility on New Vale Road in Newland. On Thursday, April 19th, at 10:00 a.m., the Avery County Humane Society’s Adoption and Humane Education Center at 279 New Vale Road, in Newland, North Carolina, Full Story

 
Hall of Legends Event Honors Avery Citizens

A very special celebration honoring ten of Avery County’s best-known citizens will take place on Sunday, June 24th at 4:00 p.m. at the new Hugh Chapman Center for Families. The Center, part of the Williams YMCA of Avery County and located on the campus of Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, Full Story

 
April Donations to F.A.R.M. Cafe to count in Feinstein Challenge

F.A.R.M. Cafe is participating in the Feinstein $1 Million Challenge between now and April 30. Make a donation (cash, check, pledge or food item) to F.A.R.M. Cafe before the end of the month and the Feinstein Foundation of Rhode Island will also make a contribution to Boone’s pay-what-you-can community cafe. Full Story

 
Local Groups Fight Hunger by Taking the Feinstein Challenge

Only three weeks remain to take the Feinstein Challenge and join local schools, churches, businesses and civic organizations in the fight to end hunger in the High Country.  Hospitality House has partnered with the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation and at the conclusion of the challenge will receive a grant Full Story

 
Major Spring Meeting of Friends of High Country State Parks

Everyone who supports the area’s four State Parks is urged to attend the Friends of High Country State Parks’ first major membership meeting Wednesday evening April 18th. It’ll be easy to attend the pre-dinner time meeting on the ASU Campus in Belk Library room 114. Full Story

 
On to Iowa; Parkway Team Wins State OM

Parkway's 8th grade team took first place at the State Finals of Odyssey of the Mind last weekend, sweeping all three components (long-term, style and spontaneous) of the competition.  The team is the first ever from the Watauga County Schools to make it to the World Finals for Odyssey of the Mind Full Story

 
High Country Bike Plan Survey

High Country Council of Governments is developing a bike plan for Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes Counties.  The Plan is intended to improve safety, access, and mobility for cyclists by developing a network of designated routes that connect municipalities and other major destinations in the region. Full Story

 
Green Drinks Boone on April 10th to Focus on Earth Day Events in April

The April 10th meeting of Green Drinks Boone will focus on the various Earth Day events that are scheduled throughout April in the High Country. On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 celebrating the 42nd annual Earth Day Full Story

 
High Country Audubon Announces Research Grant

High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina.  HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties.

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Highland Games Tix On Sale

A sure sign of the summer season; advance tickets are now available for the 57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. The games are July 12-15 at McRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, and are considered the greatest of America’s Scottish Games because of the spectacular mountain setting Full Story

 
Basic Obedience at Puppy Kindergarten Class

Melissa MacKinnon, owner of Woof Pack Pet Services, is offering a Puppy Kindergarten Class and a Basic Obedience Class in the Watauga Humane Society’s Community Room, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607. At 6pm, beginning Tuesday, May 1st and continuing for 6 weeks, the Puppy Kindergarten Class Full Story

 
Appalachian Women’s Fund Award Luncheon Set

The Appalachian Women’s Fund will hold their annual Grantee Award luncheon on April 17th at Casa Rustica in Boone.  Representatives from the dozen agencies that received grant money for 2012 will share the ways in which the lives of impoverished women and girls have been improved through innovative programs and initiatives funded by the AWF. Full Story

 
The Avery County Humane Society is Moving Soon!

The dogs, cats, kittens and puppies of Avery County Humane Society will be on the way to their new animal shelter on New Vale Road in Newland on April 16 and the shelter will open to the public on April 19!   Staff and board members are already preparing for the move. Full Story

 
Community offers support for needy families to get their plates in shape

March is National Nutrition Month. Each March, the annual campaign organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, brings awareness to smart food choices and physical activity practices. This year, the theme is, “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Full Story

 
Appalachian State University’s Best Recreational Day Camp Returns for a Fourth Summer

Calling all kids of the High Country!!  Camp UREC is back in action for the sixth summer in a row, and with many new activities planned; this summer promises to be the best one yet.  For six summers, Camp UREC has set the precedent as being the most energetic, most creative, and most fun day camp of the High Country. Full Story

 
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

 
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