UPCOMING EVENTS

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Santa for Seniors

WAMY Community Action has a “Santa for Seniors” gift drive to provide presents for shut-ins and hospice patients in Mitchell County. Gift-wrapped boxes containing crossword puzzles, winter socks with grips, lotions and balms, non-homemade treats, blankets, winter accessories, holiday toiletries, books and slippers are requested. Boxes may be dropped off between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. until Dec. 16 at WAMY Community Action, 496-A Balsam Ave. in Spruce Pine.

 

Youth bash

Little Rock Creek Baptist Church, 48 Green Creek Road in Bakersville, is hosting a Youth Bash at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with a devotion, food and crafts. Everyone is welcome.

 

Christmas parade

The town of Bakersville Christmas Parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Main Street.

 

Ornament Make-and-Take

An “Ornament Make-and-Take” is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, upstairs at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville as part of the Christmas ‘Neath the Roan slate of events. Children can create ornaments to take home. Call Harley Masters at Southern Ridge Café at 828-537-2023 for more information.  

 

Letters to Santa

A “Letters to Santa” event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, upstairs at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville as part of the Christmas ‘Neath the Roan slate of events. Children can create letters to Santa and place them in the Christmas mailbox outside Southern Ridge Cafe. The letters will also appear in the Mitchell News-Journal’s special “Letters to Santa” section. Call Harley Masters at Southern Ridge Café at 828-537-2023 for more information.  

 

Candy Cane Hunt

A “Candy Cane Hunt” is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Bakersville Creek Walk as part of the Christmas ‘Neath the Roan slate of events. Special prizes will be awarded to children who find numbered candy canes. Call Harley Masters at Southern Ridge Café at 828-537-2023 for more information. 

 

Blessing of the Pets

There will be a Blessing of the Pets at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Spruce Pine First Presbyterian Church. Pets should be on a leash or otherwise corralled. Call 828-765-4036 for more information.

 

Health coverage event

Pisgah Legal Services in Spruce Pine is hosting an ACA marketplace open enrollment health coverage event from 4:30-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. Certified navigators will be available to provide education and enrollment assistance. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment guarantees a slot. Call 1-855-733-3711 or 828-766-1850 to schedule an appointment. 

 

Holiday concert

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble’s free annual Holiday Concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville. Visit www.toeriverarts.org for more information.

 

Quilt Guild

Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Burnsville Town Center for its Christmas covered dish lunch and games. Bring an item for Christmas decorating or giving for show-and-tell. We will collect beauty items to be given to the local family violence safe houses. There will be a drawing for the 2019 opportunity quilt.

 

Board of Education

The Mitchell County Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Central Office in Ledger.

 

Annie Kids

The Mitchell High School Performing Arts presents “Annie Kids” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12-14; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Kathy Miller Auditorium at Mitchell High School.

 

Christmas dinner

The Friends Across NC group is giving Camp Funshine campers and their families a Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, and at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will make an appearance. The dinner is at the Burnsville Town Center. Call Lucy Wilson at 828-385-0211 for more information.

 

Ice skating

An outdoor “synthetic” ice-skating rink will be located on Upper Street in downtown Spruce Pine Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. This is a free event (skates included) sponsored by the town of Spruce Pine. Call Spruce Pine Main Street at 828-765-3008 for more information.