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For the first time in several years, the Toe River Arts Council is sponsoring an arts competition at their Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery. The “Toe River Arts Juried Show” is open to all artists, 18 and older, from NC, SC, GA, TN, and VA, in all mediums. Artists do not have to be Arts Council members. Prizes total $2,000. This year’s juror is Denise Dickens, the Public Art (more)
Yancey County Literacy Council, Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library, and Graham's Children's Health Services are partnering together to put "Books in Boxes" and you can help. Yancey Transporation will deliver food boxes to Yancey families with children in need this summer. Help send children's books with every box to nourish their minds as well as their bodies. To help, drop a book in the box located at the Yancey County Public Library and they'll deliver it to a needy child.
The historical and ancestral "Yellow Jacket" John Bailey Cemetery at Relief was restored in 2002 and has been well-maintained each summer since. Money is needed for the Cemetery Fund to continue the cemetery upkeep for 2015. Contributions may be mailed to: James C. Byrd, Treasurer, P.O. Box 273, Burnsville, NC 28714. It is felt that many relatives among the host of "Yellow Jacket" descendents will be glad to help with this worthy project. With thanks in advance, James C. Byrd.
Stop by the Burnsville Toe River Art's Gallery beginning Saturday, June 27 and running through August 8 for an exhibition of the several of Avery County’s best artists. Featured are Barbara Aycock (paper), Pam Brewer (clay), Joe Comeau (clay), Patti Connor-Greene (clay), Heidi Fisher (fiber), Craig Franz (painting), Alan Hollar (wood), Rodger Jacobs (wood), Gaylene Petcu (painting), and (more)
July 1 Tickets Go On Sale. We wanted you to know. Yes, most events are still free and require no advance registration or purchase. However, this is a special year and there are some special events we wanted you to know about in advance. We've also switched some things around -- the banquet featuring Jay Leutze is happening Friday Night and the special event with Barbara Kingsolver (more)
Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge will be conducting new volunteer training for anyone interested in volunteering with Hospice in Avery, Mitchell, or Yancey counties on Wednesday July 8th from 9:00am-4:00pm at the office located at 236 Hospital Drive in Spruce Pine. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization and we would love to have you join our team. If you are interested, please contact Ginger Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 828-765-5677 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
Helping Hands is collecting Donations for their Fun Flea Sale. The Presale of Clothing and Accessories will be held July 24th and 25th with the Big Sale September 18th, 19th and 20th. Proceeds from these sales will go to Homes of Hope, Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center, and Mitchell County Animal Rescue. To donate items: Drop off Wednesdays and Saturdays June 17th through September 16th from 9:00am-4:00pm at the yellow building across from Glen Raven on 19E in Burnsville. For large item pickup in Yancey call 208-2727 or 678-9111. For large item pickup in Mitchell call 239-850-4240.
The Parkway Playhouse, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, will present "Esley: The Life and Musical Legacy of Leslie Riddle" Saturday June 27th through Saturday July 11th. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm; Sunday performances at 3:00 pm through the run. As a young man, Burnsville native Lesley Riddle frequently went to gatherings of musicians from all over the nearby Appalachians. It was at one of these impromptu sessions that he met A.P. Carter, of the Carter Family Singers. After Carter heard him sing and play and invited Riddle to travel the Appalachians with him. They collected tunes they heard being played and sung on the porches of mountain cabins. Those songs were the beginnings of Country Music. Tickets range in price from $18-$22 and are available by stopping by the Box Office which is open from 1-5pm Thursday through Saturday and 1 hour before curtain time, by calling 682-4285, or online at www.parkwayplayhouse.com.
Toe River Storytelling Festival... Come listen to stories from acclaimed National storytellers Tim Lowry and Donna Washington and also the new voice for the festival, Donna Marie Todd, the singer of tales and a Biblical teller, as well as regional tellers Charlie St. Clair and Sherry Lovett and student teller Logan Boone. You are sure to laugh, be moved to tears, and leave feeling better than you came as you participate in one of the oldest art forms around and a mountain favorite. Festival takes place Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Bakersville at the Bowman School auditorium. It is an all day event, starting at 10:00 a.m. with a workshop on tall tales with Tim Lowry. All of those participating in the workshop will have the opportunity to put their names in a hat to tell a story during open mic. Storytelling begins at 12:00 and goes until 5:30. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students, and $5 for children twelve and under. A food vendor will be onsite. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions please contact Sherry Lovett at email@example.com or 828-467-9955.
The Yancey History Association would like to extend a special invitation to all veterans to join them July 11th for an afternoon of food, fun and camaraderie as they present their third annual Veterans BBQ. There will be a get acquainted hour from 11:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch at 12:30. The afternoon activities include our special guests Edward Logan, a WW-II B-17 bomber pilot, who will tell of his war time experiences including being shot down over Austria In 1944, and Harry Wilson a member of the 101st Airborne Division in WW-II and took part in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. There will also be an exhibit of items from WW-1, WW-11, Korea and VietNam. If you have any memorabilia or souvenirs of your military days you would like to share please bring them along. The BBQ will be held at the Rush Wray Museum of Yancey County History located at 3 Academy St. Burnsville NC. For more information call 682-2609 or 678-9587.
The Church of God of Prophecy will be having a "Benefit Barbecue" with all the fixings on Saturday July 11th for Pastor Robert Norris. It will start at 12:00 noon at "Bill's Hill" off Graceland Drive in Green Mountain. This is to help with unexpected medical expenses. There will be a variety of music and entertainment with takeout plates available as long as the food lasts.
Spruce Pine Chapter #27 of Order of Eastern Star invites you to a Spaghetti Supper, Blind auction and Silent auction from 5:00-7:00 PM on Saturday July 11, 2015 at Bald Creek Masonic Lodge located at 703 Robertson Road in Burnsville, NC. Serving from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Eat in or take out: Spaghetti, Salad, Homemade Dessert and Beverage for a donation of $5.00. Children under 12 are our Guests. Silent Auction starts at 5:00 PM and ends at 7:00 PM. Winners if not present will be called. Blind Auction starts at 6:00 PM and ends when all items have been auctioned. All funds raise/donated remain in our community. In the past we have donated to Reconcilation House for fuel assistance; Yancey and Mitchell County Hospice; Appalachian Therapuetic Riding Center: Camp FunShine; My Meds just to mention a few.
We all love our cars and we all really love the Cruise Ins of the Rhododendron Cruisers!! They meet on the Second and Fourth Saturday evenings every month all summer long. They gather around 6PM on Lower Street in Spruce Pine and everyone is welcome. Each Cruise In is different so check them out all summer long.
The descendants of William “Buck” and Loraine Bomar Wheeler (originally of the Higgins community in Yancey Co., NC) and related family will be held Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Ray-Cort Park, Mitchell Branch Road in Burnsville, NC. Bring family pictures and memento, etc. Bring picnic lunch with beverage. Lunch will be served at 1 P.M. If more information is needed, call Shirley Wheeler Bryant 828-208-0255.
Poet Stuart Kestenbaum will speak and read from his poetry at Penland School of Crafts on Sunday, July 12 at 8:15 PM. Kestenbaum is spending several weeks at Penland as this year’s Andrew Glasgow Writing Resident. The reading will take place in the school’s Northlight building.
Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions). He has also written The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press), a book of brief essays on craft and community.
Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft, making, and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, The Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for over twenty-five years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006.
Former US poet laureate Ted Kooser has written, “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”
Established in honor of Andrew Glasgow, an Asheville resident and the retired director of the American Craft Council, the Andrew Glasgow Writing Residency gives writers, scholars, and curators an opportunity to pursue their work in a retreat environment and to interact with Penland’s workshops and with studio artists in the Penland community
Run for the hills and escape the summer heat! Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation! Join us in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains for the 4th Annual Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival on July 17 & 18th. The (more)
On July 18 at 8 a.m., runners from our region will once again take on the twists, turns and varied slopes of the Skedaddle 5K Race and Fun Run. The 5-kilometer course starts and finishes at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Along the way, runners trek through the town of Spruce Pine, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival. The course is (more)
The YHS annual meeting of members will be held on Saturday, July 18th, at 11 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Animal Shelter Campus located at 962 Cane River School Road. All active members of the humane society are invited to attend. Members are also invited to bring a guest with them if they would like. We love for new people to visit our remarkable animal shelter & (more)
The Yancey Humane Society Annual Meeting of Members will be held on Saturday, July 18th, at 11 a.m. at the Animal Shelter Campus located at 962 Cane River School Road. All active members of the humane society are invited to attend. Members are also invited to bring a guest with them if they would like. We love for new people to visit our remarkable animal shelter & campus.Members are asked to RSVP by July 10th to allow us time to coordinate the annual event. Please call 828-682-9510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or if you have questions.
Look Good Feel Better is a FREE program offered by the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. The cancer patient learns specific techniques to help make the most of their appearance while undergoing treatment. They will also take home a makeup package valued at $200! Women from Yancey, Mitchell and Madison Counties (more)
Folkmoot USA is proud to present the 32nd annual International Folk Festival, July 16 – 26, 2015. Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event featuring more than 200 international performers from ten countries with performances in 12 Western North Carolina communities. (more)
The 31st Annual Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday July 25th through Sunday August 2nd on the grounds of Parkway Fire and Rescue, located at 12966 South Highway 226 South, with 60 vendors from all over the world. Anything that can be made from stones is probably there. Jewelry, gemstones, mineral specimens, fossils, and more are waiting to be found. For more information call 765-5519 or email Donna Collis at email@example.com.
Plans are being made for the East Yancey High School Class of 1965's 50-Year Class Reunion on Saturday, October 17th at the Town Center in Burnsville. Postcards were sent out the last of February. If you didn't get one, please contact us. Call 336-993-3431 or contact us at our email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out our Facebook pace "EYHS Class of 1965 Reunion". If you attended during years 1961-1965 and would have graduated with the class of 1965, but didn't due to moving away, family circumstances, illness, etc., you are welcome, just contact us.
Yancey County DSS will be offering Foster Parent Classes on an "as requested" basis. The time and day can be flexible. It can be during the day or evening, whatever will fit your schedule. There is no fee for the classes. Check out our Facebook page at Yancey County Department of Social Services Foster Care Program for more information on fostering. Contact Cindy Ledford at 682-2470 ext. 1029, if you are interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent for Yancey County DSS or if you have any questions.
The Yancey County Humane Society is offering Yancey County residents Free cat/kitten spay/neuter surgeries. This includes rabies vaccination (if needed). Call the animal shelter at 682-9510 for more information. Additional information is also available at the Yancey Humane Society's Barkin' Basement Resale Shop on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am - 3:00pm during store donation drop-off and sale hours.
Coffee and Conversations, a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, meets from 5:30 until 6:30 PM on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge (Formerly known as Hospice of Mitchell County). All are welcome. Speak with Ruthie Styles, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, for more information at 765-5677.
The Town of Burnsville's Design Review Committee has established a schedule for it's regular meetings as follows: all regular meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Burnsville Town Hall.
The Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity Re-Store needs your donations! You can donate anything: building supplies, furniture, books, household items of all kinds, you may even donate clothing. All clothing donations should be placed into the new clothing box in the front of the Re-Store building. Habitat will even pick up donations. Call Misty Evans at 766-9000 for more information. Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity Re-Store is located on Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine. Remember all donations are tax deductible.
A Bingo fundraiser will be held at Tipton Hill School on the 2nd and 4th Saturday night of every month at 6:00pm. The fundraiser is sponsored by and supports the Tipton Hill Community Foundation and Bradshaw Fire Department and they invited everyone to join them for good fun, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.
Compassionate Friends, a support group for those who are recovering from the death of a child meets on the second Monday of each month at First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. For more information please call 766-8083.
The Full Gospel Food Pantry at South Toe Old Presbyterian Church will be open on Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm for those in need of food. South Toe Old Presbyterian Church is located just past South Toe School Road. For more information call 284-0375. The Full Gospel Food Pantry is asking for monetary dontations to help them buy the food from Manna Food Bank to help them feed hungry people in Yancey County. Churches and individuals wishing to help with funding may send donations to Donna Randolph, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1832, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Paint Gap Baptist Church is doing a food ministry for the needy. The only requirement is that you or someone you know needs food. All counties are welcome. Please call ahead for pickup time at 828-689-4841 or 828-206-4841.
Earn your GED, prepare for college, and improve your reading, writing and math skills all for free at Mayland Community College's Learning Lab offered at the Mayland's Yancey Campus Monday and Wednesday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8:00pm. For more information call 682-2154.
If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. (more)
Brookside Rehabilitation and Care is in need of lap blankets and homemade quilts for their residents. If you are interested in donating new or gently used quilts please contact Derek Freeman at Brookside at 828-682-9759. (more)
The Cancer Resource Alliance works on behalf of community cancer patients to support them in their cancer journey through complementary medicine services like massage, healing arts exercises, and one on one support and they're looking for volunteers. (more)
"Grandparents Raising Grandchildren", an educational and support group will meet the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00p.m. at the Yancey County Senior Center, 10 Swiss Avenue. Call 682-6011 for more information. (more)
For families in need of drug and alcohol addiction counseling, Narconon Arrowhead can help. Narconon offers free counseling, assessments, and referrals to centers nationwide. Please call toll-free 1-800-468-6933 or log onto their website at www.stopaddiction.com.
The Mountain Regional Medical Reserve Corps is seeking active and retired physicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff who are interested in health issues to volunteer for local and state emergencies, disasters, and public health events. (more)
Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for its Habitat Store in Spruce Pine, 4 to 8 hours a day, 1 to 5 days a week. The days needed are Tuesday through Saturday. Anyone retired, out of work, school or college students can volunteer. (more)
Mayland Community College’s Basic Skills program offers adults help in improving their reading, writing, and math skills as well as preparing students to complete the requirements to earn their GED. (more)
Lunch is served every weekday at 11:30am. There is no charge for persons 60 and over: contributions are accepted. Exercise class is held ever Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30am-11:15am: led by a trained instructor from the Physical Therapy Department of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Bingo is played every Monday at 10:00am. (more)
Genealogists, historians, students, teachers and anyone interested in local history in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties will now be able to access bibliographic information about the holdings in the Lloyd Bailey Annex in Burnsville through the AMY Regional Library online public access catalog. (more)
Narconon Arrowhead is saving lives, reuniting families, and making stronger communities through effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn how and why a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol and what you can do to help, log on to www.stopaddiction.com or call 800-468-6933 to receive free counseling, referrals and assessments. Stop the cycle of addiction today!
The Mitchell Senior Center needs substitute volunteers for all routes, but for the Bakersville area especially. Substitutes are people who are willing for them to call at the last minute when they need someone to deliver meals. (more)
Children with serious medical problems face many challenges in life. That's why Shriner's Hospitals for Children offers help and hope by providing world-class medical care to kids with orthopedic, spinal cord or burn injury problems, totally free (more)
Fair Housing is the law in North Carolina. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in housing because of your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, handicap, or family status you have options. (more)
The North Carolina Department of Corrections Community Service Program is seeking non-profit agencies who would like to be considered for placement of court-ordered persons to work off community service hours at their location. (more)
For 50 years, the Kiwanis Club of Spruce Pine has been actively involved in projects that make our community a great place to work and live. They focus on providing services to help children and youth, funded by conducting events such as fish fries and golf tournaments. (more)
SafePlace is working with local agencies to improve lives of the underemployed and homemakers who have lost financial support through divorce or death of a parent or spouse through their Fresh Start Program. (more)
Mitchell County Safeplace has a support group for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. If you'd like more information call 765-4044. The Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County offers a support group for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. For information about this group call 682-0056.
The Yancey County Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver meals to Yancey County shut-ins, any weekday from 10:30am-noon. If you'd like to volunteer, call the Yancey County Senior Center at 682-6011.
The Mitchell County Health Department encourages everyone to practice "Responsible Pet Ownership" by following the 5 R's of rabies prevention. (1) Rabies Vaccination...have your dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies and keep their vaccination up to date. (2) Remove food from your yard...food items left outside will attract wild (more)
The Yancey County Literacy council is a non-profit organization that gives free one-on-one tutoring to both children and adults. If you need a tutor or would like to become a tutor with the Yancey Literacy Council call 678-9646 for more information.
The Yancey Health Department and WIC Program provide breastfeeding education and support to all women in Yancey County regardless of income. Breastfeeding counselors are available 24 hours a day to offer one-on-one assistance before and after pregnancy. This service is made possible through funding from Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for .........
Need help caring for your loved one? Call Heritage Adult Day Retreat at 682-1556. They're open Monday through Friday 7:30am-5:30pm. They provide assistance with medications and personal care, social activities, a registered nurse on staff...and transportation and financial assistance is available. They're located on Highway 19E at Riverside.
* Every 2 seconds in the U.S. someone needs a blood transfusion. * By donating blood regularly, we can be assured blood will be available for an emergency. * It takes about an hour to give blood (The actual amount of time the needle is in the donors arm is approximately 10 minutes). * Only 5% of the medically eligible population is willing to....
Have you just been diagnosed with breast cancer? Do you have questions about recovery, a prosthesis, or reconstructive surgery? Do you need someone to talk to? Reach to Recovery is a peer support program aimed at women who have been newly diagnosed or just treated for breast cancer that helps to answer these questions. If you or a loved one ......
The Yancey County Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver meals to Yancey County shut-ins, any weekday from 10:30 am to noon. If you would like to volunteer, call the Yancey County Senior Center at 682-6011.
W.A.M.Y. Community Action's Micro-Loan Program is established for women, minorities, low-income entrepreneurs, small business owners or other interested persons. Contact Catherine Bare in the Boone office at (828)264-2421 or David Wiseman in the Burnsville office at (828)682-6618 ext. 15, or in the Spruce Pine office 828-766-9150.