Friday, May 24
ABC RUMMAGE SALE: Boone United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual Attic, Basement, Closet rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24 and from 8 a.m. to noon May 25. There will be a silent auction Friday. Proceeds from the event will benefit local missions. The church is located at 471 New Market Blvd., off U.S. 421 East in Boone.
ARTISANS: Demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days at the Parkway Craft Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock. Upcoming events include woodworking with Jeff Neil May 22-24; and yarn plying, knitting and crocheting with Lin Oglesby May 25-28. For more information, call (828) 295-7938.
Saturday, May 25
A GEE HAW BENEFIT SHOW: to benefit a 3-year-old battling tuberous sclerosis will be held May 25 at Cove Creek Elementary School on Vanderpool Road in Vilas. A country supper will be served from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 6 p.m. with comedy, bluegrass, classic country and gospel music. The cost is $12 per person. Seating is limited. For advance tickets, call (828) 773-0657 or pick up tickets at Cove Creek Store or Riverview Grocery.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER: The Relay For Life team, Lights for Louise, will sponsor a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. May 25 at Bethelview Methodist. Donations will be accepted and will directly benefit the ACS Relay For Life of Watauga County.
A HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BENEFIT DANCE: will be held May 25 at the Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center at 20 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland. The deejay will be Steve Coley. The line dance “Swamp Thang” will be taught from 7 to 7:30 p.m., with the dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and snacks. Cups and ice will be provided and coolers are welcome. All profits will benefit the Avery County Habitat for Humanity. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Joe Samuel at (828) 733-1263 or (firstname.lastname@example.org
BENEFIT RIDE: A memorial motorcycle ride for Watauga County Deputy William Mast, who died in the line of duty, will be held on Saturday, May 25. Registration will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Watauga High School. The cost is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider with a passenger. Funds raised from the ride will go toward a scholarship fund for rising seniors interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or firefighting or as paramedic. After the ride, riders will enjoy barbecue from Big Mo’s Barbecue, door prizes, a silent auction, a 50-50 drawing and live music from Blue Country. For more information, email (email@example.com
A TASTING: featuring 20 vegetable dishes prepared by Latino and Ango cooks and how-to cooking demonstrations will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. May 25 at the Agricultural Conference Center on Poplar Grove road, Boone. It is sponsored by Boone’s new “Granjeros Latinos” (Latino Farmers) group, which is dedicated to community gardens and the “local food” movement, and is a partner in a Heifer International grant administered by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. Other partners are the community garden at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the new FARM Café garden in Valle Crucis. There is no charge for admission, but donations to support the community gardens will be welcome. For more information, contact Elizabeth Elias at (828) 457-2281 or Faith Wright at (828) 963-3091.
OPEN HOUSE: Blowing Rock Produce and Provisions will have an open house party from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 25. The event will celebrate its one-year anniversary and will welcome Beyond Category Cycling into the building as the newest addition to the Blowing Rock adventure business category. Music by the Worthless Son-in-Laws, free wine and beer tastings and free food will be provided. For more information, call (8280 295-3550, visit (firstname.lastname@example.org
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4-H FUNDRAISER: Members of Watauga County 4-H Horse Power will be selling woven bracelets and anklets at a vending table during the High Country Horse Club Horse Show May 25 at Heritage Park at 110 Pebble Stone Lane, Newland. The show begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. For more information, visit http://www.HighCountryHorseClub.com
CASH MOB: The ninth organized “cash mob” in Watauga County will visit Earthwood Farm, 177 Southwood Trail, Boone, and then go to lunch at Thompson’s Seafood Restaurant, 5714 Old U.S. Hwy 421 S., Deep Gap, on May 25. The group will gather at Earthwood Farm at 10 a.m. For more information, visit wataugadems.com/1388.
PET ADOPTION: Fido Fest, A Celebration of Paws on the Trail and a pet adoption fair, will be held at the Mast Store Annex in Valle Crucis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25. There will be pack, leash and collar fitting and accessory advice from Ruffwear; health and well-being advice from the veterinarian Dr. Susan Mast; tips and training ideas from Melissa MacKinnon, Woof Pack Pet Services; pets available for adoption from the Watauga Humane Society; and sample treats from Zukes and Cloudstar.
GOSPEL SINGING: A Watauga County Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. May 25 at Mabel Baptist Church, located at Old U.S. 421, Zionville. For more information, Clint Cornett at (828) 297-3270 or Neil Oliver at (828) 297-3653.
Sunday, May 26
HOMECOMING: A Memorial Day service and homecoming for Meat Camp Baptist Church will begin at 11 a.m. May 26. The Rev. Herbert McCoy will be speaking. A covered-dish meal will follow the service.
ST. JOHN’S CONCERT: St. John’s Episcopal Church Summer Concert Season opener will feature the vocal and handbell choirs of Holy Cross Episcopal Church presenting “Sing’n in the Valle.” The free concert begins at 5 p.m. May 26. Bring a picnic to share after the concert. The church is located on Herb Thomas Road, off Mast Gap Road in Valle Crucis. Signs will be posted.
Monday, May 27
A BLOOD DRIVE: will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. May 27 at Deerfield United Methodist Church, located at 1184 Deerfield Road in Boone. For an appointment, call Pat at (828) 268-0509. Those interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can contact Revonda Wood, donor recruitment representative for the Carolina Blood Services Region, at (336) 413-3286.
VETERANS SERVICE: U.S. military veterans, their families and supporters are invited to the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Blowing Rock. The event will be held in Blowing Rock Memorial Park on Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on May 27. Veterans Ron Oberle (Navy) and Bill Parker (Marines) will speak of their experiences during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Chip Eidel will perform live music, and patriotic songs will be featured during a sing-along. The event is free.
MEMORIAL DAY: The seventh annual Boone Memorial Day Ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 27 at the Boone Mall. The ceremony is a public event to show appreciation to all veterans who have served the country. It is sponsored by the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
Friday, May 31
A BLOOD DRIVE: will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 31 at the N.C. Department of Transportation office on N.C. 194. For an appointment, call Carolyn at (828) 265-5378. Those interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can contact Revonda Wood, donor recruitment representative for the Carolina Blood Services Region, at (336) 413-3286.
Saturday, June 1
BARBECUE FUNDRAISER: The Todd Ruritan Club will be hosting barbecue fundraisers the first Saturday of each month, May through October. Hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. at the South Fork Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located across from the Todd General Store. Cost is $8 for an adult plate, or $5 for a child’s plate. Eat in or take out. For more information, call (828) 964-1362. Dates for the fundraisers are June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.
CHILDREN’S FUNDRAISER: Bridge Builders Inc. is hosting a fundraiser June 1 at the Crewette Building on Vandilla Street in Mountain City, Tenn. Proceeds will benefit the needy children of the Appalachian Mountain region. The fundraiser will feature a barbecue dinner with all the fixings, Shriner clowns, live music and an auction. The children’s event begins at 2 p.m., and children are admitted free. The main event — dinner and auction — begins at 5 p.m., with admission costing $5. For more information, call (423) 742-5595.
CHURCH FUNDRAISER: Howard’s Creek Baptist Church will host a fundraising event called “Missions Possible” from noon to 7 p.m. June 1. The day will include a hot dog stand, silent auction, funnel cakes, homemade bakery items, specialty booths, A High Country Cornhole Tournament and live music by Amantha Mill, Echo Park and others. A barbecue dinner will be available for $10. For more information, call (828) 264-1908.
FUNDRAISING SUPPER: The Shawneehaw Volunteer Fire Department’s annual BBQ Supper will begin at 5 p.m. June 1 at the Shawneehaw Fire Station, 171 Rominger Road, between Valle Crucis and Banner Elk. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Take-outs will be available.
BENEFIT SINGING: A benefit gospel singing for Earl Johnson will be held beginning at 6 p.m. June 1 at Watauga Baptist Church. Featured will be Carolina Crossing, Richard Greer and the Home Going Choir. For more information, call 963-4922.
Sunday, June 2
FREE DANCE: There will be western square and cued-choreographed ballroom dancing with live callers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 2 at the Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center. For more information, visit http://www.mountainmixers.com
Sunday, June 2
CIRCLE OF COURAGE: The children of Grandfather Home in Banner Elk invite the public to a Circle of Courage lunch and tour from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 7. The event is for anyone who would like to learn more about the children and families that Grandfather Home serves. The program is free, but organizers need to order lunch, meaning those interested should RSVP by June 5. For more information or to RSVP, call April Miller at (828) 898-5465 or visit http://www.grandfatherhome.org
OPEN HOUSE: The Foscoe Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 7. “If you own property in the Foscoe Fire District, you are cordially invited to attend at the main fire station on N.C. 105 South. Come and enjoy the free food — hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, chips and more,” a VFD spokesperson said. “For a small fee, you may vote for the department’s board of directors. Come and see our new members and equipment.”