SERVICE: There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting from 10 a.m. until noon on Dec. 8 in the Stony Fork community. The theme of the meeting will be “Understanding the Nature of the Reality of Man.” For more information and directions, call (828) 268-2191.
DEMOCRATS: The Watauga Democratic Party will host a Legacy Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at CoBo’s Bistro and Bar (161 Howard St. Suite B, Boone). It will honor the work of a widely recognized Democratic leader and will also launch major fundraising for the 2014 campaign. The reception will offer multiple levels of giving, from $10 for students, $25 for a single adult ticket, $40 for a couple, and sponsorships starting at $50. Advance tickets may be obtained online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/legacy-reception-tickets-9418973403?aff=efbevent
or at the door via cash, check or credit card. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
BEECH MOUNTAIN: The Beech Mountain Town Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the council chamber room at Town Hall. The council will recess the meeting to 6 that evening. The meeting is being recessed and then reconvened at 6 p.m. in order for Judge Alexander Lyerly to be present to swear in the town’s newly elected officials — E. ‘Rick’ Miller, Paul Piquet and Cindy Keller. Items on the agenda will be addressed after the newly elected officials have been sworn in.
GOP: The Watauga County Republican Party will hold its Christmas party Dec. 12 at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner, music and festivities begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. Call (828) 963-4253 for more information.
BOONE: The Boone Town Council and the Boone Area Planning Commission will hold a special public hearing at 4 p.m. Dec. 11, with a planning commission meeting immediately following in the town council chambers, located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road, regarding the adoption of the revised Unified Development Ordinance.
NAMI High Country: (National Alliance on Mental Illness) welcomes all - those struggling with mental health challenges, family members, professionals, students, and anyone with a general interest. Our meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Lois Harrill Project on Aging, in the Watauga Human Services Building on W. King St. just past Galileo’s, coming from downtown Boone. Visit http://www.namihighcountry.org
for meeting details. If you need a ride or have questions you can call us at (828) 278-9293.
Grief Support Group: at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center. This group meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the senior center: 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A, Boone. This group is facilitated by Virginia Peurifoy, Bereavement Coordinator for Medi Home Health and Hospice. The group is free and open to anyone in the community. For additional information call (828) 265-8090.
Poetry Out Loud: Behind the Stacks, a local poetry group, meets the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Jones House, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 963-1164.”
Kundalini Yoga Classes beginning: Kundalini is considered the Mother of all Yoga using mantra, mudra, asana and meditation it is a comprehensive experience. Beginners to experienced welcome. Classes weekly at the Wisdom Tree in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, Thursdays at 5:15 bring water and a blanket. Call Elin Fisher with questions (828) 719-6087.
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. New members are welcome. Join us for lunch and fellowship. For more information, call Kathy Whatley at (828) 295-7000.
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 the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church fellowship hall in Blowing Rock. If interested contact Susan Sweet at (828) 263-8399 for more information.
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.
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 Fridays at 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 719-A Greenway Road Suite 100, Boone.
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 (email@example.com
) , 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or (828) 773-7844.
Florilina Club: A new social club compromised 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 (email@example.com
) 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.
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 Joan Underwood at (828) 367-0374 (Watauga County Healthy Carolinians) or Katherine Graham at (828) 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 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.
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.
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 second 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 permissible, there will be a ride to follow. Call Bill Gorman at (828) 406-2339 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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 (email@example.com
) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Glenda Teams at (828) 310-8491 or email@example.com.