**Education Calendar Listing at Bottom of Calendar**

2014 Vacation Bible School Schedule in the High Country

The Cooperative Extension Service celebrates 100 years this year, for more information go to

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.

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.

**July 2014**

POSTPONED!! will be rescheduled at a later date:  July 19, 2014 – 9 am - Hunter’s Helping Kids will hold their annual Turkey Shoot at Jim and Jennie’s Music Barn, Agest 6-15 welcome to come compete, prizes awarded, registration begins at 9.

July 24, 2014 – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm -  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in collaboration with the High Country Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will be holding the second of three public involvement workshops to obtain public input on the Avery County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). Location of the second event will be at the Avery County Senior Center.

July 25-August 2, 2014 – OLD FASHION TENT REVIVAL - Evangelist Johnny and Sadie Ward and Evangelist Wesley Ward will hold the tent revival in Newland at 8602 S US 19E.  All are welcome to attend.  Call 828-268-5097 or 423-725-3501 for more information.

July 26, 2014 – 12 noon - Rain or Shine, Liberty Hill Bapt. Church in Spruce Pine will hold a Back to School bash.  It will take place on the church’s softball field.  Liberty Hill will distribute school supplies, child must be present to get items.  Free Lunch and Inflatables. All are welcome. Will take place from 12 noon to 4 pm while supplies last, located at 241 Hoot Owl Lane in the Estatoe Community.  Call 765-7258 for more information.

July 26, 2014 – 7 pm - AWT Wrestling will return to the Rock Gym.  All are welcome.

July 26, 2014 – 7 pm - Long Ridge Bapt. Church will be holding a singing at the church with the Johnson’s Chapel Youth Choir and End of the Road bringing the message in song.  All are welcome to attend.

July 28th – 30th, 2014 – 7pm - Emmaus Road Baptist Church in Spruce Pine will be holding Revival at 7pm nightly, featuring Rev. Steve Dagenhart. Pastor Luther Carver and the congregation invite everyone to attend.

July 29, 2014 – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm -  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in collaboration with the High Country Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will be holding the third of three public involvement workshops to obtain public input on the Avery County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The third event will take place at the Banner Elk Town Hall.

**August 2014**

August 1, 2014 – 5 pm to 6:30 pm - Aaron Bapt. Church will hold a Bean Supper at the Church, cost will be $6/person, children 6 and under free.  Funds will benefit the church mission programs. Great meal of Pinto Beans, Slaw, Corn Bread, Tea and Desserts.

August 1, 2014 - Pittman Gap Church will be holding their night Golf Tournament at Sugar Mountain Golf Course.  It will be a 4 person team format, Captains Choice, and cost will be $65/person.  1 Flashlight required per cart, call Pastor Cotton Ray at 733-4789 or Sugar Mtn. Golf Shop at 898-6464

August 9, 2014 – 12 noon - The 2014 Memorial Concert will take place.  Darin and Brooke Aldridge will be in concert, also singing will be Ernie Penley, His Mercies, Elvis (John Greene), and more.  Location is in the Gym at Avery County High School.  This will be a benefit BBQ Dinner and donations will be accepted, all proceeds will go to the Jim Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Come out, bring your lawn chair, and enjoy a great day of food, fellowship and great Gospel and Bluegrass Music. $8/plate minimum donation.

August 9, 2014 – 6 pm - His Mercies will be in concert at Elk Park Christian Church with a cook out and fellowship time for the community.  The group will be celebrating the release of a new CD.  All are welcome!

August 9, 2014 – 7 pm - Curtis Creek FWB will hold a “Singing” for all who would like to come, special singing with a group coming from Georgia. All welcome.

August 10, 2014 – 11 am - Homecoming 2014 will be held at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Glendale Springs, NC, on Sunday, August 10. You are invited to be a part of the celebrating as the church is commemorates their 73rd year proclaiming the gospel near and far. Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a special concert by 2008 Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame inductee, Squire Parsons. Following the concert, the church will host an 11:00 a.m. worship service featuring singing by Squire Parsons and preaching by guest evangelist Rev. Denton Hart, Pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church in Creston, NC. Then head over to the church fellowship building immediately following the service for a wonderful Southern home-cooked meal. Van transportation is provided for the local area. The church is located at 3044 Old Wilkesboro Rd., just off High 16 and across from the Raccoon Holler Campground. For more information, directions, or to request pick-up, call the church at (336)982-4840, Pastor Sonny Thomas at (336)982-4743, or go to

August 10, 2014 – 2 pm - The Williams YMCA will hold their annual Hall of Legends event at the Hugh Chapman Center.  This year’s inductees will be Don Baker, Roy Krege, and Cindy Peters.  All are welcome to attend, cost is $20/early or $25/day of event; you may purchase tickets at the Williams YMCA, The Board of Education, The Avery Co. Museum, and the Avery Chamber of Commerce.  Call 737-5500 for more information. Dinner will be provided.

August 16, 2014 – 5 pm - The Inspirations, Primative Quartet, and Archie Watkins will be singing at Jack Hicks Trucking in Elk Park. Joining them will be KC and the Elk Valley Boys, sponsored by Elk Valley Bapt. Church. All are welcome, bring a lawn chair. Free Admission, plenty of parking and lots of food, call 733-1237 for more information.

August 17-20, 2014 – 11 am and 6 pm Sunday, 7 pm Monday to Friday – REVIVAL - Elk Valley Bapt. Church with Brother Mike Holcomb, of the Inspirations bringing the message. All are 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

**September 2014**

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.

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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 County Pool Complex will open daily at 10 am beginning June 14, 2014.  New for this season, a hot lunch will be provided by Avery County Schools; any child under 18 is eligible and must be at pool by 11 AM to register for the lunch for that day’s delivery.

The APRD Summer Camp Schedule is as follows:

August 4-8 - Cheer Camp Session III
August 11-14 - Viking Baseball Camp

For more information on the Summer Schedule and camp registrations and fees, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 733-8266.

August 2, 2014 – 11:30 am to 2 pm - Avery County Quarterback Club will host its Annual Football Frenzy for 3rd-8th grade football players and cheerleaders at the ACHS football field . Physicals will be offered for $20. Registration for Parks and Rec. football and cheerleading will be available. Competition, activities, tours of lockerroom and weight room will be offered as well. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch.

August 3rd – 11:30 am to 4 pm - Avery County Quarterback Club BBQ Fundraiser will be held at the Linville Land Harbor Golf Club House. BBQ Plates include BBQ, two sides, rolls, dessert and drink for $10. Take out available.

August 15, 2014 - Freshman Orientation will take place at Avery County High School for the incoming class.  Any Student taking Honors English I are required to read “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles prior to returning in the fall. More information will follow in July.

August 16, 2014 – 10 am to 2 pm - There will be a Back to School Bash put on by the Avery County Schools at Land Harbor.  This will be a wonderful way to kick off the 2014-15 school year.

Mayland Continuing Education Classes week of July 14: ALC Classes  SBC Classes


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