ELECTIONS BOARD: The Watauga County Board of Elections will hold meetings on absentee ballots at 5 p.m. on April 29 and on May 5 at the elections office in the Watauga County Courthouse in Boone.
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.
AUTISM: A support group for those who have a family member or friend with autism will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 29 at 400 University Hall, Room 168, Appalachian State University. Light Refreshments will be served. RSVP would be appreciated, but not necessary. For more information call or email Diane at (828) 773-3598 or (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Marchell Miller at (828) 264-3759 or (email@example.com
QUILT MEETING: The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 1 in the conference room on the second floor of the senior center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Joyce Cantrell will be presenting the program. The group will make donation quilts to be given to various local community organizations. Fabric will be provided; bring sewing machines and thread if
you wish to sew. The group will also need help cutting, ironing and assembling fabric. Call Gail at (828) 264-1947 for more information.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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 (828) 297-7481.
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.
GriefShare: is a Christ-centered, seminar and support group for those who have lost a loved one in death. Meetings will be held weekly, on Sundays, Feb. 9 to May 18 (excluding Mother’s Day), and are held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone each Sunday at 5 p.m. Child care is available by pre-registration. The church is located at 3505 Bamboo Road. For more information or to register, call (828) 266-9700 or visit mvbcb.org.
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.