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Mitchell County Food Pantries (Details)

Free and Easy Mammograms Available!

The American Cancer Society's Community Health Advisor Program reminds woment that early detection saves lives, and is offering free and easy mamograms.  For the woman who does so much for so's time to do something for you. Schedule a mammogram today.  For those women who are 40+, uninsured or under-insured, financial assistance is available, we can help.  For more information call Kathlene Stith at 828-284-2088 or email

Charity House Mission Homeless Shelter

Charity House Mission Homeless Shelter will soon open in Burnsville.  The organization is dedicated to getting homeless people off the streets, out of campers without heat, under bridges and similar places into a warm, safe, Christian environment.  Charity House Mission is a 501(c)(3) with a board of directors and they are currently working on a project to find a suitable building and making necessary renovations which will be necessary for this venture.  In order to make a difference they must rely on individuals, businesses, and churches in our communities. Consider a donation of any size.  However, they are asking all churches to commit to $1,000 or more per year to this project. They are also seeking gently used furniture, household items, children's clothing and toys for their resale shop to be opened soon.  If you would like to volunteer in any capacity or would like to find out more call Jewel Huskins at 828-678-0726 or by email at

Dream Makers Provides Help to Get to Prom or 8th Grade Dance (Details)

Bailey Mtn Cloggers Spring Concert

The circus is coming to Mars Hill University, through the talents of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers. The cloggers' spring concert, called "Under the Big Top," will take placeMarch 27-29 in Moore Auditorium. Using the circus theme, the 21-time national champion cloggers will dazzle audiences with their percussive footwork. The program will include the Bailey Mountain (more)

Schedule of Upcoming Blood Drives in the Area (Details)

BLT Classic Film Club to Show "Casablanca" at Yancey Theatre

Humphry Bogart and Ingrid Bergman return to the screen of the Yancey Theature again after 72 years in the classic film "Casablanca", presented by the Burnsville Little Theatre Film Club, Monday March 30th at 7:00pm.  There are no ticket sales but your donations are greatly appreciated to help the 75 year old Yancey Theatre remain open.  This critically acclaimed World War II drama was last seen at the historical theatre in 1943, the same year it won the Academy Award for Best Picture.  The Burnsville Little Theatre Classic Movie Club meets once a month at the Yancey Theatre to view and discuss a film from Hollywood's golden years.  Everyone is welcome.  If you would like to be added to the clubs email list and receive informatioin on upcoming films, send your email address to

Tasty Tuesdays Fundraiser for Middle School Health Centers (Details)

The Annual Fund: Raising Money to Operate your Nonprofit

Does your nonprofit organization send a letter at the end of every year asking for money?  Would you like to hear from experts how to make your efforts more effective?  If so, you might want to attend a roundtable “Annual Funds:  What Works, What Doesn’t” on Tuesday, March 31, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Yancey County Public Library at 321 School Circle Road (more)

Invitation to Join Trip to Mexico

Mars Hill University currently has openings available on a group trip to San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, planned for May 13-20, 2015. The trip is being planned in cooperation with the Asheville Sister Cities program and no Spanish skills are required! San Cristóbal de las Casas is one of six cities throughout the world which have been designated as sister cities to (more)

Cooperative Extension Plant Sale Ends March 31st

The Cooperative Extension annual plant sale is winding down for the 2015 growing season.  Orders will be taken through March 31st.  Plants available include 6 varieties of strawberries, blackberries, red and black raspberries, asparagus, blueberries, heirloom and traditional apple trees as well as a limited supply of Concord and Niagra grapes.  To order, please contact the Cooperative Extension Center at 682-6186.

Cooperative Extension Spring Berry Plant Sale

The Mitchell County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension is again taking orders for strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, grapes and asparagus plants and also have various heirloom apple varieties. Strawberry plants will be sold in multiples of 100 at $16.00. The day-neutral strawberry varieties will be $18.00 per100. Blueberry plants can be purchased singularly and are $5.00 per plant. Black Raspberry and Blackberry plants can also be purchased singularly and are $3.00 per plant. Red Raspberry plants are $2.00 per plant. Orders can be placed until March 31st. by calling the Mitchell County Extension Center at 688 - 4811.

Apple Production Workshop

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Centers in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties will be hosting an apple production workshop for homeowners and commercial operators interested in producing apples. Topics will include site selection, variety selection, soil preparation, planting, fertilization and insect and disease control. This is a two-part workshop with the first class occurring on Tuesday, March 31, and the second class on Tuesday, April 7. Classes will begin at 6:00 pm and will be held in the Board Room on the campus of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.  To register call the Yancey County Extension Center at 828-682-6186.

Master Gardener's Class Series Begins Aprii 1st

The Master Gardeners’ Training classes are scheduled to begin on April 1st and will run through July 8th.  Classes are on Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Yancey County Cooperative Extension Office.   The cost is $125.00 which includes the State fee, Manual cost, Registration fee and Master Gardener’s shirt with logo.  A (more)

Good Friday Drama at Higgins United Methodist (Details)

Gardening 101 Classes Being Offered

So, it has been a few years sense you grew a garden, you may be trying it for the first time or you are wanting too learn some new information about gardening. The Mitchell County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension invites you to participate in a series of gardening classes during the month of March. Classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. til 4:30 p.m. March 19,26 & April 2, at the Extension Center in Bakersville. Topics for the gardening series will include: - Planning the Garden - Garden Soils and Fertilizers - Common Garden Insects and Diseases - Fall Gardening and Season Extension To register for the classes, please contact the Mitchell County Center at 688-4811 or 688-2051.

High Peaks Explores Lost Cove April 4

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on Saturday, April 4. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot. This strenuous hike of about 7.5 miles will descend about 1,200 feet in elevation to visit the Lost Cove ruins, buildings and (more)

Free Community Egg Hunt (Details)

Festival of Tables to Raise Funds for Caregivers Foundation

Where can you enjoy a delicious lunch served on a table decorated with a special theme that will amaze you? Why, at the High Country Caregiver Foundation's (HCCF) Festival of Tables, of course. This amazingly fun-filled event is a fundraiser for the High Country Caregiver Foundation's Mitchell/ Yancey Respite Voucher Program, and is geared to people of all ages. Assorted community (more)

Women's Club Monthly Meeting Features Author & Book Signing

The Woman's Club of Burnsville will hold it's regular monthly meeting on Thursday April 9th at 2:00pm in the Yancey County Library Meeting Room.  Former local resident Carolyn Harris Havelka will be he featured speaker.  She will present a review of her first published novel titled "What Am I to Do Now, Mama", penned under the name Elizabeth Harris.  After the meeting presentation she will hold a book signing in the seated area outside the meeting room.   The public is invited to this meeting and also to the signing to speak with her and hear more about her journey into the area of journalism. 

Relay for Life Hoops for Hope (Details)

25th Annual Bradshaw Fire Department Ramp Dinner

The 25th Annual Bradshaw Fire Department Ramp Dinner will be held on Saturday April 11th beginning at 12:00 noon at Tipton Hill School. Menu consists of raw ramps, ramps & eggs, ramps & potatoes, streaked meat, cornbread, dessert, and drinks.   Adults $10.00 kids $6.00 and they will also have 25th. Annual Ramp Supper shirts for sale.

Mitchell Animal Rabies Clinic April 11th (Details)

Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity (Details)

Two Great Events for Upcoming Kindergartners

On Thursday, April 16th, Yancey County Schools will hold their annual Kindergarten Registration and Kindergarten Registration Kick-Off. Parents of enrolling Kindergarten age students can stop by Burnsville Town Center either before or after registering your child for Kindergarten at the school within the district you live.  The Kick-Off event will take place from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. (more)

Put Your Hat On and Kick Up Your Heels for TRAC

On Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8pm, at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine, TRAC invites the public to join in the celebration of the annual passing of Tax Day with “Hats On...Taxes Off.”  There will be delicious delectables, and drink, and dancing to music from the 60’s with DJ and local icon, Bruce Ikard. This is one of the few fundraisers that the Toe River Arts (more)

2nd Annual Run for Holland

The upcoming second annual Run for Holland 5K/10K and one mile fun run is sponsored by the Spruce Pine Lion's Club. The purpose of the run is to raise awareness in our community about Down Syndrome and specifically, to raise awareness for parents who have had or are having a child born with a physical or mental disability.  The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015 beginning at 8:30 at the Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.  For more information or to volunteer to help, please, contact Adam Burleson (385-2341) or visit

Yancey Humane Rabies Vaccination Clinic 4/25

Yancey Humane Society will be holding the spring rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 962 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC. Cost of the vaccination is just $8.00 per pet.This will be the only clinic offered until our fall clinic in October. If you had your pet vaccinated through Yancey Humane Society last May or June this will be your clinic! Do not let your vaccination expire! Any cat or dog that is not vaccinated or up-to-date on the rabies vaccination can also be vaccinated at this clinic. NC General Statutes require cats and dogs 4 months of age or older to be vaccinated against the rabies virus. Call the animal shelter at  682-9510 for more information.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (Details)

Fundraiser for Destroyed South Toe Sign

On Sunday, February 15th, the South Toe Elementary School entrance sign was destroyed by a tremendous wind storm.  The damage was irreparable, leaving the school without a proper marker to guide visitors or without a visual venue to share important information with parents and (more)

Qualla Arts and Crafts Now at Rural Heritage Museum

A new exhibition, “Qualla Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Innovation” organized by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, is  now through May 29th  at the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hill University. This is the first venue of this travelling exhibition. It will (more)

Harris High School Class of 1965 "50 Year" Reunion

The Harris High School Class of 1965 "50 Year" Reunion will be held Saturday May 30th from 1:00pm-6:00pm in the new Spruce Pine Fire Department on Willis Street in Spruce Pine.  There will be no charge but donations are appreciated and can be sent to Peggy Biddix Riddle, Paul Pritchard, or Kay Ellis Pollard.  For more information call 765-7960 or (828)724-9671 or email

Foster Parent Classes Available When You Want Them!

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.

Yancey Humane Society Memorial & Honorary Paver Project (Details)


Free Cat & Kitten Spay / Neuter Surgeries

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.

Parkway Playhouse 68th Season Lineup

Burnsville’s legendary Parkway Playhouse’s 68th Season is a lineup of plays and musicals that include classics, comedies, premieres of NC classics, and  a wild swashbuckling adventure; all to take place in the the historic Parkway Playhouse theatre building located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville.  Artistic Director, Andrew Gall, announced six productions, two of (more)

Coffee & Conversations: Grief Support Group

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.  

Burnsville's Design Review Committee Schedule

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.

Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity Re-Store Needs Donations!

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.

Bingo Fundraiser Twice a Month at Tipton Hill School

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: Support Group Meeting

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.  

Full Gospel Food Pantry for Those In Need

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.

Mitchell Chapter 58 D.A.V. Meetings

The Mitchell County Chapter 58 of the Disabled American Veterans meets on the first Thursday of each month.  The meetings are held at the Education Building in Ledger.  All members are urged to attend.

Food Ministry for the Needy of All Counties

 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.

Support Group Meetings (Details)

Survivors of Suicide Loss Meeting

Survivors of suicide loss meet at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the parlor of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church. Call Jodie at 688-5851 for additional information. 

Free Learning Lab at Mayland's Yancey Campus

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. 

Cleaning for a Reason

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)

Needs at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care

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)

Volunteer with Cancer Resource Alliance *

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 Support Group

 "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)

Addiction Counseling

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  

Mountain Regional Medical Corps Needs Volunteers

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

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)

Dog Park Available Free to Pet Owners

The Yancey County Humane Society offers a beautiful community dog park at the Animal Shelter off Cane River School Road.  (more)

Mayland Offers Free Basic Skill Classes

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)

Weekday Schedule at Mitchell Senior Center

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)

Local History Resource Available

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)

How You Can Help Save a Life

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 or call 800-468-6933 to receive free counseling, referrals and assessments. Stop the cycle of addiction today! 

WAMY Community Action Looking for Testimonials

WAMY Community Action is searching for former customers and staff of their non-profit agency. Have you ever participated in any of WAMY’s many different programs? (more)

Mitchell Senior Center

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)

Shriner's Hospitals

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)

Help for Starting or Expanding a Small Business

Are you interested in starting or expanding a small business?  If so, then W. A. M. Y. Community Action, Inc. may be able to help with funding or other assistance. (more)

Fair Housing is the Law in North Carolina

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)

Community Service Workers Available to Non-Profits

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)

Spruce Pine Kiwanis Club Meeting

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 Fresh Start Program

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)

Domestic Violence Support Groups

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.

Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers

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.

Health Department's 5 R's of Rabies Prevention

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 items left outside will attract wild (more)

To Tutor or Be Tutored

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.

Breast Feeding Support

 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 .........

Heritage Adult Day Retreat

 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.

Facts About Blood Donaton

* 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....

Reach to Recovery

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 ......

Yancey Meals on Wheels needs Volunteers

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.'s Micro-Loan Program **

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.