**Education Calendar Listing at Bottom of Calendar**

Banner Elk Fire and Rescue is collecting donations for Mt. Calvary Bapt. Church pastor, Rev. George Wright’s daughter, Nikki Wright.  Nikki, a 2013 graduate of Avery High, was diagnosed with CTEPH (Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension) and is facing extensive surgery to fix the condition.  Due to the nature of the diagnosis and the medical expenses that have been, and will be, incurred the Fire and Rescue is looking to raise funds to help the family.  If you would like to donate, please call 898-4623 or send your donation to Banner Elk Fire Rescue, 345 Shawnee Haw Ave., PO Box 175, Banner Elk, NC 28604.  Make Checks Payable to Banner Elk Fire Rescue.

Every Sunday afternoon, the HWY 181 Motorcycle Rest Stop Ministry will be open from 12 noon to 6 pm offering refreshments to Bikers passing by.  All welcome to come out, located at the old John Deere Dealership near the Parkway.

Support Boy Scout Troop 888 by participating in the Food Drive during the month of August. This is a National effort to collect food and personal items for the local community.  For more information please drop off items at Newland Town Hall, Avery Eye Care Center, and Carquest  of Newland; if you would like a distribution bag please call 387-7621.

Bethel Christian Academy is now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year, K-12; Call 765-0510 for more information. Bethel Christian Academy is part of Bethel Missionary Bapt. Church in Spruce Pine.

August 28 – November 20, 2014 – 6:30 pm each Thursday - There will be weekly DivorceCare Meetings at Mt. Calvary Bapt. Church in Banner Elk.  Childcare will be provided.  DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced.

**August 2014**

August 18-22, 2014 – 10 am and 7 pm - The 2014 Fall Camp meeting at the Tri-County Bapt. Temple will take place with many local pastors taking part in the services. All are welcome, for more information call 765-6065 or 828-850-3346

August 18 – 29, 2014 – Monday – Friday, 7 pm nightly – REVIVAL - Ralph Sexton Ministries will be meeting at Bible Bapt. Church in Elizabethton, Tenn. All are welcome, for more information go to

August 19, 2014 – 1:30 pm - The Avery Senior Center will host an Alzheimer’s Support Group at the center.  Guest speaker will be Carmen Lacey speaking about “Your Hospital Experience”.

August 19, 2014 – 6:30 pm - Author and Researcher, Mary A. Joyce, will be at the Avery County Morrison Library on Tuesday Night, August 19, speaking about her new book “Cherokee Little People were Real”  Everyone is welcome.

August 23, 2014 – 9 am to 3 pm - Avery County Household Waste Collection Day will be held behind the Avery County Board of Education in Newland.  Commercial Waste will NOT be accepted.  Collection items will include Pesticides and Herbicides, Paint, Gas, Oil and more. E-Waste will also be collected.  The Avery County Sheriff’s office will also be running Operation Medicine Cabinet. For more information call 737-5420 or 260-9205

August 23, 2014 – 10 am to 2 pm - Yellow Mountain Enterprises will hold their 4th annual Walk-a-Thon to raise money for the program.  This year’s event will take place at MacDonald Stadium on the campus of Avery County High School. There will be fun activities for the whole family and all are welcome to come participate.

August 23, 2014 – 2 pm - The Mack and Della Hughes family will meet at the picnic shelter behind the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland for a family reunion.  Gathering will begin at 2 pm and everyone will begin to eat at 3 pm, call 733-1196 for more information.

August 23, 2014 – 4 pm to 8 pm - There will be a Benefit Flounder and Shrimp Fry for Cindy Birchfield at Cloudland High School.  This is sponsored by the local churches in Roan Mountain. $10/ticket, $5/10 and under, Can be purchased at the door.  Includes Fresh Fried Flounder and Shrimp, hushpuppies, fries or potato, slaw and sauces, dessert and drink, or also the choice of Chicken Tenders.  Take Outs available.  Call Heather Hughes at 423-957-1653 for more information.

August 23, 2014 – 4 pm to 8 pm - Fundraiser for Paul and Amy Harris August 23rd from 4-8 pm at the First Baptist Church in Crossnore in the Family Life Building. Paul has recently had several surgeries, and Amy is fighting breast cancer. There will be BBQ, a silent auction and Cornhole Tournament. BBQ is $8 a plate minimum donation. All proceeds will go to the Harris Family. Any questions, call Bob Daniels at 733-9397

August 23, 2014 – 6 pm - Pleasant Hill Bapt. Church will hold the Second Annual Youth Rally at the church with Evangelists Gene Mullis, Jr. (Monroe, NC) and Cody Zorn (Lyons, GA) bringing the message.  All youth welcome to come at 4:30 pm and practice with the Youth Choir, refreshments will be served following the service. All are welcome! For more information, call Pastor Allen Laws at 385-1401.

August 23, 2014 – 7 pm - Long Ridge Bapt. Church will be having their fourth Saturday night singing with the Peacemakers.  All are welcome to come and enjoy a great night of fellowship and song.

August 23, 2014 – 7 pm - God’s House of Worship in Banner Elk will host Pure Heart and the Blairs in a special Saturday singing, all are welcome to attend.

August 24, 2014 – 10:30 am - The Frank Presbyterian Church will celebrate 100 years of Sunday Services with a special worship service and a pot luck meal on the grounds.  All are welcome to celebrate with them, for more information call 733-2700

August 24, 2014 – 2 pm - Decoration Day at Tanglewood Cemetery in Linville.

August 24, 2014 – 6 pm - Sons of the Savior will be @ Yellow Mountain Baptist Church Sunday Aug 24th @6:00 pm. Everyone Welcome

August 27 – 30, 2014 – 7 pm nightly – REVIVAL - Belview Baptist Church in Newland will be having revival services on Wednesday August 27th – Saturday August 30th  at 7 pm each night. Brother David Edwards from Turkey Cove Baptist church in Marion, NC will be preaching. Special singing each night. For more information contact Pastor Mike Ricker at 828-385-2645

August 28, 2014 – 11:30 am - Medi Home Hospice will hold its annual butterfly release memorial at the Linville Village Plaza Gazebo on Thursday, August 28th at 11:30 a.m.  Music and light refreshments will be offered.  Butterflies are released in memory of a loved-one who has died during the past year.  To reserve a butterfly, or for more information, call the hospice office at 828-733-0663

August 28, 2014 – 5 pm to 7 pm - Benefit Supper (Chili, Baked Potato Bar, Salad, Dessert, Coffee/Tea) for Crossnore Elementary School. Proceeds will go to help with extra supplies that the school needs.  Will be held at the Crossnore Presbyterian Church. Co-Sponsored by: Crossnore Bapt., Fellowship Presbyterian, Fletcher Presbyterian and Crossnore Presbyterian.

August 30, 2014 – 8:30 am - the Avery Shrine Tournament will take place at Sugar Mountain Golf Club, Shotgun start beginning at 8:30 am. Captain’s Choice format, $60/person, includes green fees, cart and lunch. Be there at 8 am to register, if you do not have a foursome, you will be added to one. Mulligans are 3 for $10.

**September 2014**

September 5, 2014 – 7 to 10 pm - The William’s YMCA will host Shake, Rattle and Roll for Children’s Programs.  There will be a 1950’s style Sock Hop in the Hugh Chapman Center of the YMCA.  Cost will be $10 in advance or $15 at the door and all proceeds will go to the Y children’s programs.

September 6, 2014 – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm - Spruce Pine Christian Church will hold their 2014 Women’s Retreat at the church.  The topic will be “The Home Experiment” focusing on Titus 2.  Guest Speakers will be Tina Wilson and Stacey Lynn Vines.

September 6, 2014 -12 noon to 3 pm - The William’s YMCA will host “Stay in Your Own Home” Fair at the Hugh Chapman Center.  This will be in partnership with the Avery Senior Center, call Kay Dechard at 737-5500 or email for more information.

September 6, 2014 – 6 pm - The Town of Newland will host an End of Summer Bash on the Riverwalk with Avery County Native Jeremy Autry and his band.  Crossing Avery will do a benefit show on the Riverwalk. A percentage of merchandise sales will go to The Jim Greene memorial Scholarship Fund. Admission free, bring your own chair. Firework display by JECO Pyrotechnics, Inc following the show. Sponsored by the Town of Newland and Newland Businesses.

September 9-13, 2014 - The Avery County Fair will take place at Heritage Park in Newland, located behind Ingles.  This year the theme will be “A Century of Service to Avery” and will focus on the agrarian roots of the County.  There will be Educational days sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service on Wed. and Thurs., Sept. 10 and 11, which will cover many different aspects of the agriculture and history of the county. For more information contact the Cooperative Extension Service at 733-8275.

September 20, 2014 – 9 am - The 7th Annual Avery County Toy Run will take place.  Registration will begin at 9 am at the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland, the run will depart at 11 am and all motorcycles are welcome.  Riders are asked to bring a toy valued at $15, or will pay a rider fee of $15/rider. There will be free food, entertainment, and door prizes, as well as a 50/50 raffle, all are welcome.  For more information call Jerry Calloway (765-2098) or Tommy Burleson (457-5298).

September 20, 2014 – 7 pm - The Avery High Class of 1974 will hold their class reunion at Mountain Glen Golf Clubhouse, there will be music, dancing, food and fellowship, cost is $10/at the door, bring an appetizer or dessert; for more information join the Facebook group “Avery High 1974″

September 23, 2014 – 6 pm - The Avery County Cooperative Extension Center will be hosting a commercial recertification training for private and commercial applicators at the AVERY CAMPUS of Mayland Community College on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  The training will begin at 6pm.  Call 733-8270 for more information.

**EDUCATION CALENDAR** brought to you by Mayland Community College

View the Up-to-Date ACS Calendar Here

Are you an adult, or do you know an adult who would like to learn to read or learn to read better? Mayland’s Adult Education Dept. can help, call 766-1333 for more information.

The SCOTTIE Mobile Pre-K (click for information) is out and about and if you have a child who would be eligible for the classes but are unable to attend Pre-K, this is a service of the Avery Public School System and Smart Start.  There are many locations throughout the county for folks to attend.  For more information or a full list of the SCOTTIE schedule, contact the Board of Education at 733-6006

The Avery YO! program is accepting registration from August 25 to 29, 2014 for the 2014-15 school year.  The YO! After School program is available at all elementary and middle schools, and will begin on September 2, 2014; more information is available by contacting the Avery County Cooperative Extension Service at 733-8270.

August 22, 2014 – 7:30 pm - Avery Viking Football opens their 2014 season with Cloudland

August 25, 2014 – 5 pm - Avery Lady Viking Volleyball hosts Ashe County in Viking Gym

August 29, 2014 – 7:30 pm - Avery Viking Football takes on McDowell in MacDonald Stadium

September 3, 2014 – 6 pm - Avery Viking Soccer Hosts Owen in WHC action.

September 5, 2014 – 7:30 pm - Avery Viking Football hosts Thomas Jefferson, it will be Little League Night at MacDonald Stadium.

Newland First Baptist Church is holding their Youth Basketball League again and are looking for coaches for each age group.  The league is for ages K-6th grade, boys and girls, and begins in the middle of October.   Those who are interested can contact Jessica Howard at 260-6730

Mayland Continuing Education Classes week of August 18: ALC Classes  SBC Classes


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