Fall Soccer Registration – Registration for Ashe County Youth Soccer League is currently underway. The league is open for ages 3 years old through rising 8th graders. A $20 per player late fee begins after June 30, 2016, so it is important to register your children during the month of June. Parents can register by mailing the forms and fee to: Mike Eldreth, PO Box 284, Lansing, NC 28643. Registration forms may be picked up at Tamales in Jefferson, or The Hobby Barn in West Jefferson. For more information, call 336-384-4527.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Books are Fun Book Fair, sponsored by The Ashe Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be held in the Segraves Conference Room at the hospital. And again on June 24, 2016 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June 24 – 27
7:30 p.m. Hello Dolly presented by the Ashe County Little Theatre will be held at the Ashe Civic Center. Sunday play time will be 2 p.m., all other dates, the play will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16, Students $5. Reserved seat tickets are available at the Ashe Arts Center. For more information call 336-846-2787.
9:30 a.m. George Kosinski to lecture and give a demo on watercolor for the BRAC. The BRAC meets at Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church, 201 S. Jefferson Ave., West Jefferson. Welcome and refreshments 9:30 a.m.; BRAC Business 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Program/Demo. BRAC membership is open to actively working artists and those interested in the ARts. Annual dues are $45. Visitors and guests are welcome. For more information contact [email protected], or visits www.blueridgeartclan.com.
4 p.m. Pork Barbecue Dinner. Bethany Methodist Church will be selling pork barbecue plates. The plates will include baked beans, cole slaw, roll, and dessert. Adult plates will be $8 and $7 for children under 12. For more information please call the church office at 336-877-2801 or visit the website bumcwj.org.
1 p.m. Guided Canoe Trip. Come and canoe the New River with a Park Ranger. Learn the history of the river and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the New. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water. Please be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. Life vests will be fitted at the Visitor Center prior to departure. The trip is limited to 10 people, so please call the park office for a reservation 33-982-2587. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service.
2 p.m. Free Outdoor Concert will be held at the Museum of Ashe County History. “Generation Excellent” will be performing. A group of young people that will amaze you with their talents. They will be performing on the green next to the Old Courthouse Building. Bring a chair, a blanket, and a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon of music at the Museum. The Museum Exhibits will be open from 1 – 4 p.m. on concert days. The music and the museum are free. Come and enjoy this exciting concert.
6 – 9 p.m. Freezing Basics: Freezing Fruits, Vegetables and Prepared Food for Future Use Workshop will be held in the Agricultural Service Center Conference Room, (134 Government Circle, Jefferson, NC). space is limited. Registration is required to ensure adequate seating and materials. There is no charge to participate in the workshop. Registration is required by Friday, June 24, 2016. For more information or to register please call the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center at 336-846-5850.
7 p.m. Ashe Democrats will meet at Smoky Mountain Barbecue. For more information call Patty Wheeler at 336-982-3114.
30th Annual Christmas in July Festival returns to the “Backstreet of downtown West Jefferson. Featuring handcrafted, original arts and crafts, the best in local music and dance, Non-Profit Row, and great food. The festivities kick off Friday evening with a street dance and music by the Lenz Frienz Band, Taylon Miller, Lucky Strikes Band, and the Buck Haggard Band on the Main Stage. Food vendors will be serving up great festival food from 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy the celebration of our mountain heritage with Christmas in July. For more information visit www.christmasinjuly.info.
8 – 11 p.m. Summit Support Services is sponsoring a FUN-raiser following the Christmas in July Festival. The event – “A Midsummer’s Night Dream in a Forest Fantasy Ball” will be held at the Ashe County Arts Center. Summit support Services is a local provider agency that supports adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Twenty five percent of the profit from this event will be give to Ashe Family Literacy. summit hops to sponsor a dance and to select a charitable organization to share in the profits every year. The tickets for this event is $25 per person or $40 per couple, and are on sale at the Arts Center, Go Postal, Ashe County Cheese, and Summit Support Services. Come dressed in your best fantasy outfit for the costume contest and extra funds for the silent auction.
5 – 8 p.m. Two Artists, Two Visions. Watauga County artists Jacob Daniels and Tommy Lee McGhee join forces to present an exhibit of diverse artistic work. The artists use paint in very different ways to express themselves. The exhibit opens with a reception during the Gallery Crawl. The exhibit will run though August 6, 2016.
July 9 – Aug. 6 – Sept 3 – Oct. 1
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ashe Humane Society will have a yard sale. Donations are appreciated and may be dropped off during business hours: Tues: 3 – 6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please no clothes or electronics. For more information call AHS at 336-982-4297, or [email protected] or visit www.ashehumanesociety.org.
6:30 p.m. Peak Creek Ruritan Club will meet at the Peak Creek Ruritan Community Center, 7062 Hwy 88 East, Laurel Springs. After the meal, supplied by the members, Carolyn Shepherd, Director, Ashe County Cooperative Extension Service, will present a program on “Aging in Place.” Information will be provided which will be helpful to seniors wishing to live at home as long as possible. For more information, call 336-982-2547 or email [email protected]
Ashe County Senior Center is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provide of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount.). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information or to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129.00, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
8 – 11 a.m. Lansing Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for GLAD (Greater Lansing Area Development) will be held at the Lansing Fire Department, Hwy 194 N, along the beautiful Big Horse Creek which flows through the Historic Lansing Creeper Park. Featuring local blueberries from Old Orchard Creek Farm and country sausage provided by Rose Mountain Butcher Shop. The plates are $8 include pancakes, country sausage, and choice of beverage.
7:30 p.m. Blues in the Night. The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players with vocalist Martha Bassett return to the stage of the Ashe Civic Center for an evening of unforgettable music with songs from the great American Songbook. Selections include pieces by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael. Seating is reserved and tickets are available in advance at the Ashe Arts Center or by calling 336-846-2787. Tickets are $16 adults, $5 students.
11 – 12:30 p.m. Ashe Sharing Center’s Northwest Ashe Mobile Pantry will be at the following locations: Creston Volunteer Fire Station and Phoenix Baptist Church Parking Lot.
6 – 8 p.m. Drying Foods for Future Use Workshop will be held in the Agricultural Service Center Conference Room, (134 Government Circle, Jefferson, NC). space is limited. Registration is required to ensure adequate seating and materials. There is no charge to participate in the workshop. Registration is required by Friday, July 15, 2016. For more information or to register please call the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center at 336-846-5850.
July 22 – 23
Ashe County Bluegrass & Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held at Ashe County Park, Jefferson. Camping opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 22. Traditional music lovers and performers will gather for two days of music and dancing with individual and band competitions in youth and adult categories. The competitions begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with prize money totaling $4,350. Dale Morris is the Emcee for the event. The 2016 judges are Steve Kilby, Trevor McKenzie and Lynn Worth. For more information visit www.ashecountyarts.org or wwww.ashefiddlerscovention.org or call 336-846-2787.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Ashe County Hay Producers Meeting will be held at Southern States. Dinner will be provided – no charge. Meeting speakers will be Micah Orfield, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Jim King, Manager, Southern States, Jefferson, NC. Meeting topics: Mowing/Baling Quality Hay, Utilizing Quality Hay as Winter Feed, and Supplementing. Please RSVP by Thursday, July 21, 2016 so there will be adequate materials, seating and meals available for participants by calling 336-846-580.
4 – 7 p.m. Ashe Central Class of 1976 Reunion will be held at West Jefferson Town Park Picnic Shelter. The dress is casual and there is no charge. Please bring a hors d’oeuvre and a drink to share. Bring your family, a friend or just bring yourself for an evening of fellowship. For more information email [email protected]
Aug. 25 – 28
Steel Magnolias will be presented at the Ashe Civic Center. A touching, funny story about the power of friendship. Show times and dates are as follows: 7:30 p.m. -Aug. 25, 26, 27, 2 p.m. on Aug. 28. All seating is reserved. Tickets are available at the door, or at the Ashe Arts Center. For additional information or to reserve seating over the phone with a credit card, call 336-846-2787.
Oct. 7 – 9
To Kill a Mockingbird. Dramatization of Harper Lee’s classic novel will be presented at the Ashe Civic Center. Show times and dates are as follows: 7:30 p.m. – Oct. 7 & 8, 2 p.m. on Oct. 9. All seating is reserved. Tickets are available at the door, or at the Ashe Arts Center. For additional information or to reserve seating over the phone with a credit card, call 336-846-2787.
Oct. 17 – 22
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Rapunzel starring Ashe County’s youth will be presented at the Ashe Civic Center. Show times and dates are as follows: 7:30 p.m. – Oct. 17 – 21; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct 22. All seating is reserved. Tickets are available at the door, or at the Ashe Arts Center. For additional information or to reserve seating over the phone with a credit card, call 336-846-2787.