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**Education Calendar Listing at Bottom of Calendar**

FREE LESSONS: Music lesson for playing old time mountain music are free to Avery County residents—instruments are provided. Please contact Niki LaMotte, 919-624-0466 or email

Clogging Classes are being offered at the Historic Cranberry School for Children and Adults at 6 pm. Children’s Class is at 6 pm on Tuesdays, Adult Class on Thursdays at 6 pm.  Call Crissy Kasper for more information at 828-528-2655

“Left Behind in the High Country” meets every Other Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Oak Room of the Sloop Office Building. This group is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.  For more information please call 828-467-5379 or 321-243-1640

**March 2018**

Now through March 23, 2018 – Avery Parks and Recreation Department is holding Signups for Tar Heel Youth Softball and Baseball, 10U and 12U Softball and Baseball Ages 13-15 are available, Sign-up fee is $40, contact the Avery Parks and Rec (733-8266) for more information or to sign up your youth.

Elk River Outreach Ministries now has a church in the Hampton, Tenn. area, Service times are 6 pm on Sunday and 7 pm on Thursday evenings.  All are welcome.  Elk River Ministries host “Living by Faith” each Sunday afternoon on Glory1130.

March 16, 2018 – 6 pm – The Rock United Community Church in Newland will be holding a Night of Worship at the church.  All are invited to come out for a great Evening of Praise and Worship, The Word of God, Prayer, Fellowship, Refreshments and Much, Much More! Guest Speakers Include: Phillip Greene, Craig Clark, Tina Hughes, Johnathan Castevens, and Rock United’s Pastor: Tommy Harris; Avery High FCA/UIC Member Braxton Maya will be speaking as well. Dont miss out on this Blessing invite a family member and friend and come expecting!!

March 17, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm – There will be a Poor Man’s Supper at Mt. Calvary FWB Church in Ingalls, just below Avery County Airport; all are invited out for a great night of fellowship, live music during the event.

March 17, 2018 – 7 pm – Evolution Championship Wrestling returns to the Rock Gym in Newland.  All are welcome to come out for a great night of fun! Cost $10/each, doors open at 6:15 pm.

March 19, 2018 – 5 pm to 9 pm – The Avery High Chorus will be holding a fundraiser at Pizza Inn in Elizabethton.  Part of the evening sales and all tips will go to the ACHS Chorus to help send them to the festival in April.  All invited!

March 22, 2018 – 10 am to 4:30 pm – The NC Cooperative Extension Service will hold an “Untangling Food Safety” Workshop at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC.  Register online by March 19, click here for more information or call 733-8270

March 24, 2018 – 7 pm – God’s House of Worship in Banner Elk will hold a special singing at the church; singing will be Fully Persuaded and Bought with a Price.  Everyone invited to come out and worship.

March 25, 2018 – 12 noon – Newland FBC will hold their Easter Egg Hunt and Luncheon at the Church following morning worship. All invited.

March 27, 2018 – 7 pm – Award winning historian Michael C. Hardy will be at the Avery County Morrison Library discussing his new book, “Kirk’s Civil War Raids along the Blue Ridge”.  All are welcome to come out and hear about the history of these raids, some of which took place in Avery County.  Books will be available for purchase, program is free and open to public.

March 29, 2018 – 6 pm – Elk Park Christian Church will hold its annual Tenebrae Service on Thursday, March 29th, at 6 pm. This is a meaningful service focusing on the suffering of Christ before the crucifixion. All are welcome to attend

March 31, 2018 – 6 PM – Belview Baptist Church In Newland will be having a Easter Drama on Saturday March 31st at 6 PM.  For more information contact Pastor Mike Ricker at 766-9645

**April 2018**

Now through April 11 – The Avery County Cooperative Extension Service Plant Sale is taking place. Contact ACCES for a copy of the Catalog and to place your order. The plants come from high quality commercial nurseries; plants are #1 quality. If you are interested in purchasing plants please contact the Avery County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-733-8270

April 1, 2018 – 6:30 am – Newland Christian Church will hold a sunrise service at the church. All invited.

April 14, 2018 – 12 to 2 pm – There will be an Old Time Bluegrass Jam at the Historic Banner Elk School; Players and Singers are invited to come out for a great time of music and fellowship; This will occur the second Saturday of each month, loner instruments will be available. Sponsored by the Avery Junior Appalachian Music Group, for more information contact Nikki LaMotte at 919-624-0466 or at

April 15, 2018 – 1 pm to 5 pm – The Annual MS Walk & Wellness, hosted by the National MS Society and the MS Community of WNC; event held at the Fletcher Community Park in Fletcher, NC, the only MS walk in WNC.  For more information go to 

April 18, 2018 – High Country Community Health will be holding monthly CDL Clinics for those who need to renew their CDL License.  For more information or to make an appointment, call HCH at 737-0221, office located at 448 Cranberry Street, Newland, NC 28657

April 28, 2018 – Newland FBC will hold a Kids Trip to Grandfather Mountain, for more information, contact Jessica Howard at 260-6730 or at the church at 733-9092

**June 2018**

June 26-30, 2018 – Newland FBC will hold CentriKid Summer Camp for rising 3rd to 6th graders, for more information, contact Jessica Howard at 260-6730 or at the church office at 733-9092


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

Kindergarten Registration for Avery County Schools will take place in the month of April.  Contact your local elementary school if your child will be 5 on or before August 31, 2018; Dates are as follows, registration begins at 8:30 am:

Crossnore Elementary – April 12, 2018
Banner Elk Elementary – April 17, 2018
Freedom Trail Elementary – April 19, 2018
Newland Elementary – April 24, 2018
Riverside Elementary – April 26, 2018

April 21, 2018 – 7 am to 11 am – Avery Middle School will hold a Yard Sale in the Cafeteria to help raise funds for the 8th Grade Trip.  Donations will be accepted, for more information or to donate items contact Erika Eller at 733-0145

Mayland CC Classes for Week of March 12 ALC Classes   SBC Classes


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