November Weekend Events: Family Outings and Pre-Holiday Happenings Around Town 11/12-15

 outdoor-halloween-decoratinAs the days progress quickly towards the Holiday season, I’m finally finishing my decorating inside and out for our awesome Thanksgiving Feast with friends and family. It will be here before we know it, andThanksgiving decorations along with the Feast, things can get pretty hectic. Thank goodness that activities have slowed down a bit. Even though there is somewhat of a lull in big events this weekend, there are several fun, interesting, and educational happenings going on. Check these out!

The High Country Fairgrounds is hosting the High Country Cyclocrosscyclocross Series featuring Weeknight Off-Road Bicycle Racing at the fully lighted fairgrounds. Held every Thursday from 6 – 9 pm through Nov. 19, “It’s great for beginners and kids,”a spokesperson said. Located at 748 Roby Greene Road, Boone, registration starts at 6 pm followed by the Beginners and Kid’s race at 6:45 pm, then Experts and Masters race at 7:30 pm,  and the 2nd Beginners race at 7:31 pm. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for kids and students. A USA cycling license is required; one-day permits are available for $5. For more information, contact Andrew Stackhouse at       828-719-8448, or e-mail  The website is:

Paper Dolls picRemember playing with Paper Dolls as a little girl, or have seen them somewhere and thought it was a neat idea? Well here’s your chance to make some and share your beauty at the Three Cups of Tea Project called, “Let’s Hold Hands,” a paper doll making workshop held on Friday, Nov. 13, from 10 am – noon. This activity will be at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone where you design and decorate a paper doll in your image. The finished project will be on display at the Children’s Museum of Manhattanan and will serve as Ambassadors of Friendship to children around the world.

OSaturday, Nov. 14 Valle Crucis Elementary School will host a Holiday MarketHoliday Market from 10 am – 3 pm. Get a head start on your Holiday Shopping with items such as Jewelry, Kitchenware, Art, Stationary, Quilts, Wreathes, Stained Glass, Baby Gifts, Home Decor, Handbags, Homemade Spices, Puppies and Puppy Treats, Organic Play-Dough, Ornaments, Ironworks, and much more. Of course, there will be an array of wonderful Food for sale and a Bake Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness, and several school children will sell items to benefit their own charity. For more info, call 828-964-4712.

Kids nature craftsFor Fun Educational Crafts, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is hosting a program on “Fall Season Children’s Crafts” in Ashe County. A Ranger will meet at the Picnic Shelter at 2 pm for an hour of Nature Arts and Crafts using paints and crafty items learning about the seasonal changes that occur this time of year. Wear clothes that can get messy. For more information or directions, call (336) 246-9653.

Appalachian Therapeutic Bodyworks is having an Open House Chair Massage picSaturday, Nov. 14 from 10 am to until 2 pm with Free 5 minute Chair Massages and $1 for each additional minute. Who wouln’t want this freebie! Owner Barry Marshall encourages looking around, asking questions, and learning more about what Therepeutic Massage and Body Works can do for you! Located next to Harris Teeter at Shops at Shadowline, Barry also specializes in Sports Massage, Acupressure, Chair Massage, Pain Management, Deep Tissue Massage, and Rehabilitation. While there, make sure to register to win a Free 1 Hour Massage. For more info contact Barry at 828-964-0869.

These are some great ways to spend your weekend with family and friends. Take in some Fun, Play with Paper Dolls, Make some Crafts, and get a Massage. What a great life! Relax and Enjoy!

Also, make sure to check out Keri’s and her husband’s new website, for their Wooden Toy and Home Decor business, Heavenly Creations Decor, currently under construction, so please pardon their cyber dust. Even so, this will give you a look at what products they have to offer and who they are. Keri and her husband look forward to hearing from you and you are more than welcome to give  helpful hints as to making the website better and more user friendly. They  will soon be including links for area businesses selling Times Past Toys and Heavenly Creations Decor products and such..