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First Day of School for Area School Systems (Details)

ATRC - Horsing Around (Details)

August 21st from 7pm to 10pm 

2017 Summer Activity Guide (Details)

Ranger Programs for Week of August 14th (Details)

Schedule of Free Live Music at The Orchard at Altapass (Details)

Mount Pleasant Food Pantry Food Distribution

The Mount Pleasant Food Pantry is going to be open with free food for those in need of food assistance on Friday August 18th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (They will also be open the same hours on September 1st, 15th and 29th).  The Food Pantry is located at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at 129 Scronce Creek Road in Burnsville.  For more information call Connie McMahan at 828-678-1456.

Rural Heritage Museum to Open Civil War Exhibition in August

The Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University opens a new exhibition, "The Civil War In the Southern Highlands: A Human Perspective," beginning August 19, 2017, and running through March 4, 2018. This exhibition presents an account, using rare original letters and newly-discovered documents, of the personal struggles of the people living in Madison County and the Southern (more)

Sizzlin Summer Series of Free Events (Details)

Ranger Guided Walk at Bass Lake at Cone Manor (Details)

Grandfather Mountain Adult Field Courses

When your classroom is a mile high, every student has their head in the clouds.
Grandfather Mountain is introducing a series of Adult Field Courses in 2017, offering day-long sessions on various topics, including birds, salamanders, history, wildlife drawing and (more)

View the Eclipse from Earth to Sky Park or Creekwalk

View the 2017 Solar Eclipse at Mayland Community College's Earth to Sky Park - home of the Bare Dark Sky Observatory! The eclipse will be about 98% at this location. The event begins at 12:30 p.m.  on August 21st. Mayland Community College  will provide eclipse viewing glasses to the first 100 people and there will be a food truck on site. Please note that the eclipse cannot be viewed through the telescope. For more information call 828.766.1233. The Mitchell County Public Library is also sponsoring an All-American Eclipse party in Bakersville on the Creekwalk Soccer field. Free eclipse glasses and a telescope available with special lens filter for viewing. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. 

All American Eclipse Party in Bakersville (Details)

BLT Classic Movie Club to Screen "Goodbye Mr. Chips"

The Burnsville Classic Movie Club has chosen “Good Bye Mr. Chips” as their “Back To School” offering for August.  Showtime is 7:00 pm Monday August 21st at the Yancey Theatre.  This 1939 film tells the story of an aged British classics teacher named Mr. Chipping, “Mr. Chips” to “his boys”, looking back nostalgically over his long career remembering pupils, colleagues, and the people that touched his life but above all his idyllic courtship and mirrage that transfomed his life. Starring Robert Donat as Mr. Chips, a role for which he won the academy award for best actor, and a very young Greer Garson as his american wife. “Good Bye Mr. Chips” was also nominated for an academy award as best picture but lost out to “Gone With The Wind”. Everyone is invited to join with the Classic Movie Club as they view this great film once again on the big screen.  As always there are no ticket sales for these events but your donations are greatly appreciated and needed to keep our classic movie series going. To be added to our email list and be informed of future showings call 682-2609 or email your information to (view trailer)

Musicians of the Toe River Valley (Details)

Toe Cane Beekeepers Association Meeting

Don’t let your bee hives become Varroa Bombs!  Toe Cane Beekeepers will meet on Tuesday, August 22, for a presentation on Varroa mites, including symptoms, life cycle, prevention and treatment options.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the United Community Bank in Burnsville, intersection of 19E and 197N. A pot-luck dinner will start the meeting, so please bring a dish to share. Varroa mites are responsible for the majority of honeybee colony declines globally by feeding on bees and spreading diseases.  All meetings are free, and you do not need to be a member to attend.

Ranger Programs for the Week of 8/21 (Details)

Regional Artists Grant Workshops This Month

The Regional Artist Project Grant  (RAPG) deadline is October 13, 2017. Artists seeking to apply are encouraged to attend one of the FREE grant-writing workshops. The first workshop will be held on August 24 at 4pm in the Burnsville Gallery (102 W. Main Street). The second is scheduled for August 29 at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine (2ndfloor, 269 Oak Avenue). The workshops will last approximately one hour. Grant requirements will be discussed and any individual grant ideas evaluated. Toe River Arts, in collaboration with Avery County, Buncombe and Madison county arts councils, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural and Natural Resources Department, provides funding through RAPG for projects (in all arts genre) that enhance an artist’s career; the workshops are highly recommended. Registration is required. Please call 828-682-7215

Hot Duck Soup in Concert at OOAK Art Gallery

OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present Hot Duck Soup, Thursday August 24, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Gallery. Cost for the concert is $5.00. Hot Duck Soup is a novelty Jazz band, with the emphasis on “novelty” of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. The band members are Rob Levin on guitar, Claudia Dunaway on uke and cornet, Joy Boothe on cacophonium and vocals, John D. Richards on banjo, slide whistle, and vocals, Tim Clark on washtub bass and saw. The Micaville Music Concert Series is proud to be a part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. Micaville is located 4 miles east of Burnsville, 14 miles north of BRP milepost 344 at the intersection of Hwy 80 S and Micaville Loop on the Mt Mitchell Scenic Byway. Parking is available in front of the church, across the street in the empty lot and in the old Taylor Togs parking lot. For more information, please call 828-675-0690 or email

Spruce Pine Main Street 2017 Calendar of Events (Details)


High Peaks Sponsors Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Local Expert Aug. 26

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, Aug. 26 for a walk that will celebrate Appalachia’s incredible biodiversity by exploring local edible and medicinal plants. Abby Artemisia, a botanist, herbalist and forager, will lead this fun adventure at Cane River Park.

Toe River Valley Exhibit in Both Counties

 It’s about place. It’s about destination. It’s about the art we find when we arrive. And it arrives on August 19 in Burnsville and August 26 in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, when the Toe River Arts Council hosts two community wide  (more)

Grandfather Mtn Summer Lecture Series

When your classroom’s in the clouds, higher learning takes on a different meaning.
This summer, Grandfather Mountain presents “Grandfather Presents,” a lecture series focused on nature, conservation and exploration. “This series provides an excellent avenue for people who love nature to meet those who have excelled at researching, representing or exploring it,” (more)

Blue Ridge Craft Trails Project Plans Listening Sessions

People committed to Western North Carolina’s rich craft heritage can help create a new craft trail across our mountains. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area seeks ideas and suggestions to develop the Blue Ridge Craft Trails over the next few years. The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s latest trail initiative will encourage cultural tourism and strengthen rural economies by (more)

Notice for Eddie McMahan Cemetery

The annual work day for the Eddie McMahan Cemetery will be on Saturday, August 26th.  Work that needs to be done includes straightening and stabilizing headstones, repairing the fence, filling in holes, etc.  Anyone who would like to help is encouraged to meet at the cemetery at 8:00 am with shovels, hammers, and any other hand tools that may be helpful.  All help will be appreciated.

Blue Ridge Parkway Program: Snakes Alive! (Details)

Zack Fender Family Reunion

The Zack Fender Family Reunion will be held Sunday August 27th from 11:00am-3:00pm at the new Yancey Senior Center (across from Mountain Heritage High School). All family is invited to attend.

Biltmore Chefs Showcase Local Food at Burnsville Dinner

On Sunday, Aug. 27, diners will enjoy a multicourse alfresco meal in downtown Burnsville prepared by a team of expert chefs using local ingredients. For its second annual Farm to Fork Dining on Town Square event, the agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR has partnered with Biltmore (more)

Yancey County DSS Board of Director's Meeting

The next Yancey County DSS Board of Director's Meeting will be held Monday August 28th at 4:00pm in the offices of the Yancey County Department of Social Services.  

Toe River Arts Studio Tour Deadline 8/30

It’s that time again. The deadline for the Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour, December 1-3, is Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5pm. The Tour is open to any artist with a working studio in Mitchell or Yancey Counties. Artists must be members of Toe River Arts at the C or D  Levels and adhere to all guidelines. Please visit to download an application and information. Artists living outside the two-county area may take part in the tour at a participating artist studio. For more information, please call 828-682-7215.

Harris High School Class of 1964 Reunion

The Harris High Class of '64 will start our reunion activities at 4PM on Friday, Sept. 1st, at Mitchell High School to fellowship and watch the football game. On Sept. 2nd at 2PM we will gather at our old high school lunchroom for more fun and fellowship. For more details and to make your "reservation" please email Diane Pritchard at or call 828-765-3245.

Brown To Be at Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Young Adult novelist, Jaye Robin Brown, former Burnsville resident and Mitchell High School teacher  is one of 30 authors giving free readings and discussions at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville on September 7-9,2017.  Registration is required for Friday night's (more)

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

The 12th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is September 7-9,2017.This year's theme is Old Ways, New Ways: Change & Tradition. The Festival begins on Thursday night with a free concert Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council: Songcatching- Old & New with Bruce Greene, Shelby Stephenson and 15 local musicians playing music of the decades. (more)

Mitchell County Schools Substitute Teacher Training

The make up date for Mitchell County Schools Substitute Teacher Training  will be on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM at he Mitchell County Board of Education in the board room. This is a required training session for all substitute teachers prior to substituting during 2017-2018 school year.

Local Girl Scouts Holding Event September 7th

 Please join the Pisgah Gem Girl Scouts (serving Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell Counties) for an evening of fun at the Nu Wray Inn on Thursday, September 7. The family oriented drop in event will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm and will have crafts, activities, and more! Girl Scouts staff will be on hand to answer any questions about becoming a Girl Scout. Leaders are particularly needed in the Pisgah Gem region. For more information, please contact Julia Holladay at

Overmountain Men Victory Celebration September 14 - 17

On September 14-17, 2017 our living history encampment celebrates the crossing of the Blue Ridge Mountains by the Overmountain Men on their way to an eventual battle with British forces at Kings Mountain. The Museum of North Carolina Minerals in Spruce Pine, milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, plays host to this annual event, and transforms the grounds into a colonial militia encampment at (more)

Harris High School Class of 1967 Celebrates 50th Reunion

The Harris High School Class of 1967 is celebrating their 50th reunion on Saturday September 16th from 1:00pm until 5:00pm at the Spruce Pine Fire Department.  For more information you may contact Roger or Nancy Burleson at (828)765-9384 or Leland Riddle at (828)467-9204.

Penland Gallery Presents Work by Susan Goethel Campbell

The Penland Gallery is pleased to present Parched: Inverted Landscapes, an exhibition of work by Susan Goethel Campbell. The show, which fills the gallery’s exhibition space, includes prints, photographs, video, and two installations made of natural materials. The exhibition runs through (more)

Annual Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner

Join your friends and neighbors at the annual Dig In! Empty Bowls event Friday September 22nd from 4:30pm-7:30pm at the Burnsville Town Center. A variety of soups will be prepared and served by local chefs. Enjoy an array of desserts and breads that are family favorites from all over the county. Tickets will be available beginning in August at local vendors and at the Reconciliation House. Ticket cost is $25. For more information call Jacquie Lopez at (828) 536-0414 or email

Drug Take Back Day September 23rd (Details)

2017 Rolling 'Neath the Roan Car Show, BBQ and Swap Meet

The 2017 Rolling 'Neath the Roan Car Show, BBQ and Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, on the beautiful grounds of the Buladean Community Foundation Center (formerly the Buladean Elementary School) in Buladean, North Carolina. We are expecting over (more)

Alumni Green and White Baseball Game Fundraiser (Details)

Lunsford Festival Turns 50

This is a milestone year for western North Carolina's second oldest folk music festival. The 2017 edition of the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival will be the 50th for the event, held the first weekend of October each year on the Mars Hill University campus. A (more)

The Ascent at Mountain Air Announced for October

The Mountain Air community near Burnsville, NC is proud to announce the inaugural Ascent at Mountain Air, an uphill 5K race, on Saturday, October 14.  The race will take runners from the front gates on a 1,800-foot climb to the runway at the top of the community.  (More)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Coming to Burnsville

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Burnsville, NC on October 12-15, 2017 at Mountain Heritage High School and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.  The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the (more)

11th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market

The 11th Annual Spruce Pine Potters Market will be held October 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Cross Street Building, 31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The show and sale includes thirty-two regional artists: (more)

Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Col. John B. Palmer Camp #1946 meets at 6:30pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Burnsville Town Center.

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 at the School Administration Building in Ledger.  Meal is served at 5:30pm and the meeting starts at 6:00pm.  All disabled veterans and their spouses are invited.  If you have any questions call Dennis or Connie King at (828) 765-1441.

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. 

Support Group for Caregivers of Loved Ones With Memory Loss

A monthly support group for caregivers of loved ones with memory loss is held the first Friday of each month from 1-3pm in the Hospice of the Blue Ridge building at 236 Hospital Drive in Spruce Pine, NC.  For more information call Lisa Boone at 828-765-5677 or email

New Knit- Crochet Club (Details)