Winter is just around the corner, but running well ahead of the frigid temps and wintry mixes is the Toe River Studio Tour, December 4-6. It’s this weekend and a perfect time for a drive around the Toe River Valley, seeing…and buying the country’s best of the best in arts and crafts. From Friday [noon to 4pm] through Sunday [10am to 5pm each day], artists will have the heat going and welcome visitors to their places of working, living, and being in the mountains around Mitchell and Yancey Counties.

For seven years Diana Lorence and her husband lived in an unelectrified, twelve-by-twelve-foot house they built themselves, without automobile, telephone or computer, hidden away in the woods of California, in a world lit only by fire. Ms. Lorence will speak about the simple joys of small house living on Thursday, December 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone.

BOONE, NC (November 23, 2015) – High Country Local First and Lettuce Learn are offering $2,500 in grant funding to support school and preschool gardening initiatives in Ashe and Watuaga Counties.  The Grant Program aims to (a) connect more children, teachers, food service staff, parents, and community members with healthy, local foods; (b) provide resources to support the development of new farm-to-school/preschool (F2S/P) projects, the expansion of existing F2S/P projects, and/or the exploration of innovative practices related to F2S/P in Ashe and Watauga Counties; (c) increase the number of relationships between local farmers and schools and/or Early Childhood Education (ECE) providers (e.g. by selling to schools or hosting a farm field trip). Overall, High Country Local First and Lettuce Learn are interested in supporting teachers, schools, and early childhood education sites to help children learn about the food they eat and how it’s grown.

(BOONE, NC) November 24, 2015 - The Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center's 2nd annual Lighting of the Treeceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 3 from 6 - 7 pm in Watauga Medical Center's auditorium atrium located at 336 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC.

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2017 at either our Caldwell Arts Council gallery (four 2-month long exhibit opportunities) or at the Art-in-Healing Gallery (three 3-month long exhibit opportunities at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.