BOTH COMMITTEES: of the High Country Rural Transportation Planning Organization will hold meetings May 15 at the High Country Council of Governments building, located at 468 New Market Blvd. in Boone. The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee will meet at 10 a.m., and the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2 p.m.
WATAUGA COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB: will host a forum on the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) from 7 to 9 p.m. May 16 at the Commissioners’ Board Room at the Courthouse Annex, Boone. The format will be question and answer, with a panel of local health care and business professionals, including three doctors, insurance agents, small business owners and a hospital administrator. The public is invited to this nonpartisan informational session.
SISTERHOOD OF THE TEMPLE OF THE HIGH COUNTRY: located at 1043 King St., is hosting a meeting with Joanne Weintraub, professor of sustainability at ASU, at 2 p.m. May 19. She will discuss Judaism’s connection to the importance of sustainability and how people can support that connection in their places of worship and homes.
A BAHA’I DEVOTIONAL MEETING: will be held from 10 a.m. until noon May 19 in the Stony Fork community. The theme will be “Season of Renewal.” For more information, call (828) 268-2191.
HIGH COUNTRY AUDUBON: will have its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Ed Corey, inventory biologist, N.C. State Parks, will present a program on “Dragonflies and Damselflies.” HCAS invites the public to attend the monthly meetings and field trips. Announcements about meetings and field trips can be found on its website http://www.highcountryaudubon.org
WATAUGA COUNTY 4H HORSE POWER: There will be an organizational meeting for a new 4H club with an emphasis on husbandry for ages 5 to 18. at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Watauga County Extension Office in the Agriculture Center, at 971 West King St.; park in the rear, U.S. 321 side.
WATAUGA SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION: District Board will meet at 8 a.m. May 22 at the district office at 971 West King St.
FIBER ARTS GUILDS: Hand Spinning, meets the first Saturday and second Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and the Fiber Guild meets the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Western Watauga Community Center. For more information, call (828) 297-5195.
THE BLOWING ROCK GARDEN CLUB: meets at noon the first Wednesday of each month, (May through October) at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church fellowship hall in Blowing Rock. If interested contact Susan Sweet at (828) 263-8399 for more information.
TRANSITIONS LIFE SUPPORT GROUP: is a weekly interactive session designed for adults age 50 and older to promote mental and physical well-being as they maneuver through the changes that occur as life goes on. The group will meet each week from noon until 1 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove. For more information, call (828) 297-5195.
BOONE SHAG CLUB: meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. most Tuesday nights to dance the “Carolina Shag” to Motown, rhythm and blues and beach music, provided by DJ “Gentleman” George Brown. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. The dancing takes place at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. For more information, email Janet Shanahan at (firstname.lastname@example.org
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A monthly adult grief support group is being offered in Boone for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. The group is offered the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Watauga County Public Library. The group will explore typical reactions to loss, discuss the grieving process and review strategies for coping with grief and loss. This group is offered for free and preregistration is suggested. Call Carolyn Holder at (828) 268-1247 for information or to register.
Alcoholics Anonymous District 11: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem with alcohol, and help others to recover from the effects of alcohol. If you believe you may have a problem with alcohol, you are invited to attend the meetings. For meeting schedule, visit http://www.booneaa.org
or call the hotline (828) 264-1212.
Caregiver Support Group: Are you currently a full- or part-time caregiver providing care for a loved one? Then the Caregiver Support Group invites you to join us for our caregiver support group, at 1 p.m the first Thursday of the month at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-0336 for details.
Single in the High Country: Want to meet other singles for some wholesome and fun group activities? Then join the High Country Singles the third Saturday of each month for their social activity sponsored by the Banner Elk United Methodist Church. For more information and to RSVP, call Dan Brubaker at (828) 260-4792.
Celebrate Recovery Meeting: This is a Christ-centered recovery program based on principles from the “Beatitudes” (Matthew 5). Meetings are on Fridays at 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 719-A Greenway Road Suite 100, Boone.
BIBLE STUDY: Interested in studying the word of God in the High Country? It’s study not based with any denomination, but precept upon precept and line upon line. To get a biography of the teacher, call (336) 877-4903 or email (email@example.com
ReSound for Women: is a new Christian women’s support group. Meetings are every week on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 6 through Dec. 11 at 315 State Farm Road, next to the VFW, in the brown brick hexagon-shaped building. It is a ministry through Healing WatersMinistries.Org, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HealingWatersMinistriesOrg
. For more information, email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) , or call (828) 719-6615.
Adult Children Anonymous: ACA is a 12-step recovery program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The group meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. For more informatin, call (828) 898-3072 or (828) 773-4090.
KIWANIS CLUB OF BOONE: meets for lunch and a program every Tuesday at Paolucci’s Italian Grill from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come for a visit and learn more about the service club. Contact Liz Cornella for more information at (828) 265-3595.
The Boone Area Lions Club: meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Sagebrush Steak House. For more information about the club or the Lions’ Vision Van, call Roger Bodo at (828) 964-2079 or Susan Cole at (336) 877-1321.
High Country Atheists: The purpose of the group is to bring atheists together and build a community of like-minded people for support, education and fun. All atheists are welcome. Join the group at http://www.meetup.com/High-Country-Atheists
Chronic Illness/Pain Support Group: The group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m., 805 State Farm Road, Boone. For further details, contact Lucyna Sonek, LPC, at (email@example.com
) or (828) 773-7844.
Florilina Club: Looking to form a new social club comprised of laid-back snowbirds from both the Brevard County, Fla., and Watauga/Avery, areas for fun events such as picnics, hiking trips, dinners out, dances, etc. For further details contact Shari Barrett at (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or call (828) 963-1195.
The Cove Creek Handspinners meets monthly the First Saturday and second Sunday of the month: Meet at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove. Equipment and fiber are supplied upon request. All are welcome to come and learn or to enjoy spinning with friends. For more information, call Sandra Basel at (828) 297-3046.
High Country Brainstormers – Stroke Support Group: meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Rehabilitation Center (formerly Blue Ridge Physical Therapy), 232 Boone Heights Drive, Boone. New members are welcome, all ages. The free group is for stroke and head Injury survivors. Handicap parking is available. For more information, contact Bryan Belcher at 286-8961 (Watauga County Healthy Carolinians) or Katherine Graham at 268-9043 (The Rehabilitation Center).
Reformers Unanimous Addictions Recovery Program: is held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 933 Millers Gap Hwy. in Newland, every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Craig Perkins at (828) 467-3796 or visit http://www.ebcnewland.org
. The group provides free transportation and refreshments.
La Leche League of Boone: A mother-to-mother breast-feeding support group meets every third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 116 West King Street. For questions, contact (828) 414-8170 or visit http://www.LLLboone.org
for more information.
Weight loss, eating well and Diabetic Support group: features a holistic approach to developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It meets Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (828) 297-5195 for more information; Western Watauga Community Center.
A High Country Professional and Entrepreneur: Networking Group is meeting. There are no fees design-concepts.com. For more information, contact Polly Humphreys at (828) 504-2003 or Bailey Granbeck at (828) 295-4300.
Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood: Samson Society is meeting each Friday in Boone. The Boone Samson Society is seeking men who want to walk for God in active fellowship and participation. Visit samsonsociety.ning.com.
High Country Centering Prayer: Meets each Monday at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 170 Councill St., Boone. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Linda Caraway at (336) 877-1503.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: meets 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A candlelight meeting is Friday at 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Service Center, 719A Greenway Rd., Suite 100, Boone. Call (828) 234-0797 for more information.
Surviving to Thriving: Call High Country Counseling at (828) 264-0333 for more information. OASIS stands for Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter.
Boy Scout Troop 237: meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. under the leadership of Scoutmaster Travis Denny. Cub Scouts Pack 237 meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of cubmaster Carol Denny.
High Country Toastmasters: extends an invitation to the public to attend its weekly meetings at 5:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church’s fellowship hall (downstairs entrance). For more information, contact Melissa Spoharski at (828) 406-0785 or email (Info@HighCountryToastmasters.org
Open all addictions 12 step recovery meeting: is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. For more information, call (828) 964-8888 or (828) 265-6444.
HIGHLAND CIRCUIT RIDERS: welcomes the public to come join them every secound Saturday of every month to find out what The Christian Motorcyclist Association is all about. They meet for breakfast at Smokey Mtn BBQ in West Jefferson from 10:30 a.m. till noon. When weather is permissable, there will be a ride to follow. Call Bill Gorman at (336) 977-2740 or email (email@example.com
) for more information.
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. It’s a 12-step group sharing experience, strength and hope in dealing with recovery from compulsive sexual and relationship issues. Call (888) 677-1552 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) for more information.
The Watauga NCCB: is a local support group for the blind and visually impaired. It meets on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon at Grace Lutheran Church. It needs volunteers to help with transportation. For more information, call (828) 297-5346.
Improve Your Social Life Through Public Speaking: Meetings are held every Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church’s fellowship hall. For additional information, contact Katherine Alford at (828) 264-9010 or (email@example.com
) or Glenda Teams at (828) 310-8491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI: (National Alliance on Mental Illness) High Country meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Lois Harrill Senior Center, 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. For more information, contact (email@example.com
) , or Like us on Facebook: NAMI High Country.