TORCH CLUB: The High Country Torch Club has scheduled its meetings for 2014. They are held at 11:30 a.m. at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. Upcoming gatherings include July 14, with Stuart Omans, “Happy 450th, Shakespeare”; Aug. 11, with Wayne Clawson, “Sam Levenson”; Sept. 8, with Herbert Hash, “When All Hell Breaks Loose”; Oct. 13, with Loretta Clawson, “Mayors of Boone”; and Nov. 19, with Peter Petschauer, “Mystery of the Lost Plane.” For more information, call Bettie Bond at (828) 264-4275.
Poetry out Loud: Poetry group called Behind the Stacks meets the third Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jones House. For more information call Paula at (828) 963-1164.
Watauga History Hunters: will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., at Three Forks Baptist Church. For more information, contact Michael C. Hardy at (828) 737-0305.
SOCIAL GROUP: Mountain Friends is a social group for both part- and full-time residents. The group meets for parties, dinner and bridge, plus many other activities. For more information on membership, call (828) 297-1074 or (828) 264-1943.
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 information, call (828) 898-3072 or (828) 773-4090.
KIWANIS CLUB OF BOONE: meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courtyard-Marriott. Everyone is invited to visit and learn of our services for the community. For more information, call Sonny Sweet at the following (828) 773-5622.
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) 260-2019 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: A social club comprised of active snowbirds from both the Brevard County, Fla. and Watauga and Avery Counties who get together 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 or Cell (828) 719-1454.
The Cove Creek Handspinners meets 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
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.
La Leche League of Boone: A mother-to-mother breast-feeding support group meets every third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at The Children’s Council at 225 Birch 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.
LIFE: Free discussions about “life and hard times,” a conversation about self-understanding, emotional intelligence and self-efficacy, are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 381 East King St., Boone. This process is not about psychotherapy or religion. For more information, contact Glenn Wing at (email@example.com
) or (336) 200-0203.
WATAUGA WOODCARVERS: Learn to create works of art in wood. Individual woodcarving instruction available at no charge. (carving knife, thumb guard & safety glove, available at cost.) Beginner or experienced. Continue or begin your woodcarving adventure. Meetings every Tuesday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Western Watauga Community Center, 1081 Old U.S. Hwy. 421, Sugar Grove. Our objective is to teach, carve and learn together. For more information, visit or call Wayne at (321) 431-0645.
High Country Brainstormers – Stroke and head injury Support Group: Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month (through fall and then meets at lunch time during winter) 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the The Rehabilitation Center (formerly Blue Ridge Physical Therapy) 232 Boone Heights Drive, Boone. New members welcome. All ages. All meetings will have handicapped parking and will be fully accessible. For more information, contact Joan at (JoanUnderwood2002@yahoo.com
) , call (828) 367-0374 or Katherine Graham at (828) 268-9043.
THE BLOWING ROCK GARDEN CLUB: meets at noon the first Wednesday of each month, (May through October) at the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church fellowship hall in Blowing Rock. If interested contact Jean Baskin at (828) 295-0901 for more information.
Rhododendron Garden Club: seeks new members today’s garden clubs are focused on tackling environmental issues, doing service projects, supporting conservation efforts, and educating our youth on the importance of green and growing things to our world. We’re also about the fun of playing in the dirt, the adventure of trying to grow new things, and pride in seeing a successful project come to fruition. We meet in the morning on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Pat at (828) 263-8136.
Parenting groups at The Children’s Council: Weekly drop in group meetings, all parents and/or caregivers and their children are invited. We offer food, free childcare, and a welcome packet with free gifts. We meet weekly on Tuesday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to drop in for any group or call The Children’s Council for more information at (828) 262-5424.
NAMI High Country: (National Alliance on Mental Illness) welcomes all - those living with mental illness, family members, professionals, students, and anyone with an interest. We meet the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Watauga County Public Library Conference Room. Please go to our website for details http://www.namihighcountry.org
. You can also call us at (828) 278-9293.
Weekly AL-ANON Group Meetings: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Join us in confidential sessions. Monday: Noon St. Luke’s Episcopal Church behind Earth Fare. Monday: 8 p.m. St. Mary’s of the hills in Blowing Rock. Wednesday: (new time) 6 p.m. Western Watauga Community Center-Cove Creek. Thursday: 5:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church behind Earth Fare. Friday: Noon St. Luke’s Episcopal Church behind Earth Fare.
Community Club of Blowing Rock: The club, which supports the Blowing Rock library, meets the second Wednesday of each month through October at 11:30 a.m. at the library. Join us for lunch and fellowship. For more information, call Kathy Whatley at (828) 295-7000.
FIBER ARTS GUILDS: Held on the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center. For more information, call (828) 297-7097 .
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.
Grief Support Group For adults: Therapeutic sessions for those who have lost loved ones or who are dealing with other personal loss or tragedy. Meets the 4th Monday each month 10-11 a.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center, 1081 Old US Hwy 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679. Facilitated by Virginia Peurifoy and Jacob Willis. Bereavement coordinators for Medi Home Health and Hospice (828) 265-3926. New participants are always welcome.
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 and third Thursday of the month at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-0336 for details.
Celebrate Recovery Meeting: This is a Christ-centered recovery program based on principles from the “Beatitudes” (Matthew 5). Meetings are on Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 719-A Greenway Road Suite 100, Boone.