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NOW thru Dec. 7, Avery Parks and Rec  BASKETBALL sign-up taking place.  Cost is $40/child, discounts offered for multiple children, contact the Rock Gym at 733-8266 or stop by to sign up today.

“Left Behind in the High Country” meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Oak Room of the Sloop Medical Building at Cannon Memorial Hospital. This is a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, for more information contact Sandra Brock at 467-5379.

Kenneth Melton, Jr. is beginning to collect for the Toy Drive for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Donations can be dropped off at Brenda Kay’s Crafts in Newland, Lowes Foods in Banner Elk, and He will be available at the Roses Parking area in Newland from December 1 to 13 collecting items.

**November 2018**

November 12, 2018 – 11:30 am – Avery County Rotary will be hosting their annual Veteran’s Lunch at the Best Western in Banner Elk; Veteran’s and their family members eat free, all others may purchase a plate at $8/each.  Dick Larson of Banner Elk will be the guest speaker for the event.

November 14, 2018 – 10 am – The Cooperative Extension Service will host a Send-off Celebration for the Avery County Christmas Tree to be used in the Blue Room of the White House during the Christmas Season. All are invited to come celebrate, please RSVP by calling 733-8270

November 15-17, 2018 – 6:30 pm nightly – REVIVAL – Elk River Ministries will be holding revival with Bro. Jonathan Casstevens, continuing revival; Located at the church in Hampton, Tenn (223 First Ave); For more information call Evang. Larry Dale Stamey at 828-260-7995

November 17, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm – There will be a benefit Lasagna Dinner for Nicole Guinn and Chad McKinney at Lower Shell Creek Christian Church in Roan Mountain.  Menu will include Lasagna, Salad, Bread, Drink and Dessert.  All are invited to come; Cost is $7/person, you may pre-purchase tickets by calling Kathie Ledford at 423-772-4143

November 26-30, 2018 – 7 pm nightly – REVIVAL – Flat Springs Bapt. Church will be holding revival, Pastor Bryan Miller and guest speaker Mitchell Mash, everyone invited.

November 30, 2018 – 8 to 9 am – The Trees for Troops trees will be picked up from the Avery County Cooperative Extension Center for delivery to our TROOPS. If you are interested in donating trees please contact Jerry Moody at 828-733-8270.

November 30, 2018 – The Annual 4H Christmas Tree Sale at Kohler Appliance in Newland will begin, if you have trees you would like to donate or need more information, contact Bobbie Willard at 733-8270


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

**The FIRST GRADUATING CLASS of Avery County High School will have a 50th Class Reunion next year. If you are in this class or know someone in this class, please contact either Phyllis Dennie Forbes at  or 828-733-9884, or Renie Stewart at or 828-733-0120. A planning committee needs directory information to communicate plans for the reunion of Avery High’s first graduates. Please include your email address, phone number(s), and mailing address.**

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