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**Education Calendar Listing at Bottom of Calendar**

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a home repair ministry based out of Johnson City, TN, and will repair homes FREE of charge again this summer for Avery and Mitchell County families! Using volunteer labor and the leadership of summer staff, ASP hopes to work for 12 or more families in the area- so take action to apply now. Appalachia Service Project will be working actively in Avery County from early June through late July.  For Information on the Appalachia Service Project CLICK HERE

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, open May through October.

High Country Trolley Tours will be offered this summer through the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, Dates will be July 23, August 27 and September 17.  You may call the Avery Co. Chamber to reserve your spot, 898-5605

**July 2015**

June 29 to July 4, 2015 – 7 pm nightly – The 35th Annual Singing in Hominy Valley will be held in Candler, NC at the Hominy Valley Music Park, cost is $15/adults, 12 and under are free, bring a lawn chair or rent one for $1.  Appearing will be: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Isaacs, and more, hosted by the Primitive Quartet. For more information go to or call 828-667-8502

July 3 and 4, 2015 – The Avery County Solid Waste Dept. has announced that the Avery County Landfill will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the Fourth of July Holiday, will reopen on July 4 from 9 am to 1 pm; Collection sites will be open on July 4 on normal Saturday Schedule.

July 3, 2015 – 6 pm – The Cranberry Community will hold their annual 4th of July Parade and Cookout on Friday, July 3.  Parade will begin at 6 pm and cookout will follow with fireworks beginning at dark.

July 3, 2015 – 6 until – The Johnson Brothers will be in concert as part of the Riverwalk Concert Series, fireworks will follow.

July 3, 2015 – 6 to 9 pm – The Band Kelley will be in concert at Carolina BBQ during the evening.  The Band Kelley is from Appling, Ga and range in age from 9 to 23, a great family bluegrass band, all are welcome.

July 3, 2015 – 7 to 9 pm – Come for a special edition of the Crossnore Jam! From 7 to 8 PM there will be performances from the jam musicians. You can sign up for a slot. Then from 8 to 9 PM all will jam together. It happens Friday July 3 at the Crossnore Meeting House. The Crossnore Jam is held every first Friday of each month year round. Don’t miss the fun!

July 3, 2015 –  7:30 pm to 10:30 pm – The Minneapolis Community will hold their 4th of July celebration and end with shooting Fireworks at the Candlestick Retreat Center at Minneapolis Bapt. Church.

July 4, 2015 – 7 am to 10:30 am – Altamont UMC will hold their monthly fellowship breakfast at the Church’s Outreach Center.  All are welcome.

July 4, 2015 – 7 am to 11 am – Heaton Christian Church will host their annual July 4th Country Breakfast in the church fellowship hall.  Menu will include: Biscuits and Gravy, eggs cooked to order, sausage, bacon, country ham, waffles, fruit, and homemade jams and jellies, for more information contact the church at 733-9460

July 4, 2015 – 9 am to 1 pm – The Annual 4th of July Festivities in the Town of Newland will take place with a Kid’s Parade, there will be a number of events going on through out the day around town, including Duck Races, Raffle, Concessions and more.  All invited.

July 4, 2015 – 8 am to 4 pm – The Annual 4th of July Car Show will take place at the Rock Gym in Newland.  Food will be provided by Carolina BBQ and Skyland Ministries will be performing throughout the day.  Free for spectators, over 100 awards to car owners including Best of Show, Car and Truck, GM, Ford, Mopar, plus Top 50 awards and 25 specialty trophies, for more information call 733-3558

July 5, 2015 – 6 pm – Heaton Christian Church will welcome Tommy Oaks and his son John Thomas Oaks for a presentation of the Musical written by John Thomas called “Star Queen”.  Star Queen is based on the book of Esther and all are welcome!

July 5, 2015 – 6 pm – Calvary FWB Church in Glendale Springs will have Mountain Faith, Bluegrass Gospel group and America’s Got Talent performer, to the church for a concert on Sunday evening, July 5.  The service will start at 6 pm and all are invited and welcome to attend. For more information and/or directions, call the church at (336) 982-4840 or Pastor Sonny Thomas at (336) 982-4743.

July 6-10, 2015 – 6 to 8 pm – Pleasant Hill Bapt. Church in the Frank Community will hold Camp Courageous VBS at the Church for ages infant to teen.  All are welcome.

July 7, 2015 – 9 am to 4 pm – First Bapt. Church in Newland Kids is taking a group to Hands-On Museum in Johnson City, TN.  Cost is TBD.  Contact Jessica Howard at 260-6730 for more information

July 10, 2015 – 10 am to 2 pm – FBC Newland Kids Pool Day at the Newland Pool, lunch provided, $3/per child.

July 11, 2015 – 9 am – There will be a Relay for Life Survivor Breakfast at the Golf House at Linville Land Harbor on July 11, 2015 at 9 am.  If you are a survivor, or know of a survivor, that would like to attend, please RSVP.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Brent Price at 387-5787 or Carrie Phillips at 963-3935

July 14, 2015 – 10 am to 2 pm – FBC Newland Kids’ Activity Day at the church, lunch provided.

July 18, 2015 – 10 am – The Highway 181 Motorcycle Rest Stop will host a Bike Event and Car Show, located at the Old John Deere Place in Jonas Ridge, there will be motorcycle riding, classic cars and trucks, live music and door prizes, call 387-7287 for more information.

July 21, 2015 – 6:30 pm – The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Col. John B Palmer Lodge, invites anyone to come out for their meeting at the Burnsville Town Center.  All are welcome and they meet the third Tuesday of each month.

July 24, 2015 – 6 pm – The 2015 American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held at Avery County High School.  Teams may sign up by contacting Carrie Phillips at 963-3935

July 26-29, 2015 – 6 pm to 8 pm nightly – FBC Newland will hold Vacation Bible School at the Church, The theme will be “Everest” and all are welcome.

**August 2015**

August 8, 2015 – 5 pm – The 4th Annual Jim Greene Memorial Scholarship Concert will take place at Avery County High School.

August 11, 2015 – 7 pm – The Kruger Brothers will be in concert in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College as a fundraiser for the Habitat for Humanity.  Mt. Calvary Bapt. Church and Habitat for Humanity welcome everyone out for a great night of fellowship.  All proceeds from the evening will go to help build homes for locals.  Cost is $30/ticket.

August 15, 2015 – 6 pm – Elk Mountain Church will be holding a special singing with the Mountain Echoes bringing the message in song.  All are welcome!

August 29, 2015 – 9 am to 3 pm – The Avery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will take place behind the Avery County Board of Education in Newland.  For more information contact 737-5420 or 260-9205

**September 2015**

TBD – The Avery County Humane Society will hold the 2nd Annual Doggie Fun Walk and 5K Run at Avery County High School  For more information contact the Humane Society at 733-2333, all runners must be signed up by May 30 to receive T-Shirt, cost is $25/participant.


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 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

Mayland Community College Paving the Way – Paving the Way Information

Mayland Community College Classes for the Week of June 22 : ALC Classes   Music Camp 2015


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