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**URGENT** REMINDER – THERE IS A BURN BAN IN EFFECT THROUGHOUT WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA.  PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS AND WORKERS WHO ARE DEALING WITH THE FIRES, AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE FIRE.

** Please Be Aware! Mountain Electric Cooperative has issued a statement about scammers calling local residents and demanding payment by credit card over the phone. MEC Wants to let everyone know that they will not do this. Anyone receiving this call should notify local MEC office immediately. **

The Avery County Parks and Recreation Dept. are currently holding Youth Basketball Signups at the Rock Gym through December 9.  For more information call 733-8622

Now Through December – There will be a Toy Drive to collect toys for the Children’s Hospital in Johnson City.  You can drop off New Toys at Brenda Kays Crafts in Newland; There will be a truck parked in the Ingles Parking Lot in Newland from Dec. 10 until the delivery date (Dec. 17) as well.

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is currently holding a Wreath Sale to support the Imagination Library, wreaths are all locally made, cost $18/each, and will help buy books for the Library.  For more information contact Ruthie Styles or Carrie Hall at 733-2899, pickup available in Newland or Spruce Pine.

**December 2016**

The Congregation of Linville United Methodist Church, located at 126 Ruffin St., across from Hampton Store, invite everyone to come join them at 9:50 am on Sunday Mornings for an uplifting experience in hearing the unique and scriptural message of Christmas with Pastor Ted Henry. Join them and experience the true meaning and miracle of Christmas.

December 2, 2016 – 5:30 pm – The Christmas Parade will take place in the Town of Newland. For more information on local events go to http://www.greaternewland.org

December 2, 2016 – 7 to 9 pm – The Crossnore Jam will take place at the Crossnore Meeting House, all are invited to come and join in a great time of fellowship and music.  Held the first Friday of each month.

December 2-3, 2016 – The Town of Banner Elk will hold “A Small Town Christmas” Festival.  Friday night at 6 pm there will be caroling and a tree lighting ceremony, Saturday will begin with the Williams’ YMCA Reindeer Run 5k and conclude with a parade of lights at 6 pm.  For more information call the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce at 898-8395 or go to http://www.bannerelk.org

December 4, 2016 – 6 pm – The Primitive Quartet will be in concert at Bethel Missionary Bapt. Church during evening service.  All are welcome.

December 9, 2016 – 6 pm – There will be Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Festivities on the Town Square in Newland.  There will also be tree decorating contests, carols, Live Music and more.  All are invited. For more information on local events, go to http://www.greaternewland.org

December 9, 2016 – 6 pm – All are invited to come join around the Christmas Bonfire at the Crossnore Meeting House for Fellowship, and Cider, all are welcome!

December 10, 2016 – 3 to 5 pm – Linville UMC will hold a special Christmas Experience at the Church, located at 126 Ruffin Street in Linville; There will be special music with Tommy Hartley on piano, Rev. Ted Henry and others.  All are welcome, refreshments will be served.  There will also be a Bethlehem Town experience in the lower level.

December 11, 2016 – 6 pm – Bethel Missionary Bapt. Church presents the play “This Man Jesus” at the church celebrating the life of Jesus Christ from His Birth to His Death. All are welcome.

**EDUCATION CALENDAR**

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.

Be A Mentor – You never know the impact that you could make in the life of a child; If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor to a local child please contact the Western Youth Network at (828)264-5174 or email Angela McMann at mcmanna@westernyouthnetwork.org or download a volunteer application by clicking here: Western Youth Network Application

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

December 2, 2016 – 8:30 am to 1:30 pm – There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Avery County High School sponsored by HOSA, to sign up, call Susan Hawkins at Avery High at 733-0151

December 9, 2016 – Avery High FBLA will be sponsoring the 3rd annual Teddy Bear toss during halftime of the men’s varsity basketball game on December 9th.  Toss new or gently used stuffed animals on the court and they will be donated to make Christmas a little brighter for Avery County children.

Mayland Community College Classes for Week of Nov. 14: ALC Classes  SBC Classes

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