PBS KIDS Offers Free Resources

As many schools across the country are closing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty looms as children prepare to educate their children from home. To alleviate the stress, PBS KIDS announced they will be sharing a daily email newsletter with educational activities for parents and children. These activities will keep children engaged and ensure both learning and playtime during this uncertain time. An example of today’s newsletter can be found below. Sign up for the newsletter here.

In addition to the daily newsletter, PBS KIDS has a variety of resources for parents and their children when it comes to the COVID-19 including tips for parents on how to talk to children about COVID-19, such as:
– Share age appropriate facts and keep it simple
– Assure children they are safe
– Emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters” such as washing your hands and practicing healthy habits

Additionally, PBS KIDS has shared tips for how parents and children can de-stress during this time of uncertainty. Some tips include:
Deep breathing exercising
Turn down the fireHOSE to manage stress

Announcing Kids’ Cooking Classes

There is a new class in town. Your kids will not want to miss this delicious opportunity.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is starting “Cooking with Casey.” Your children will learn basic cooking skills, try tasty snacks, and learn about the basics of nutrition! What is not to love?

What is ARHS’s goal in starting this class? Throughout this class your child will learn basic kitchen safety skills and increase their confidence in helping prepare meals in the kitchen. They will also learn the basics of nutrition focusing on sugar, healthy carbohydrates and protein, and how to build a balanced plate. Your child will leave the class feeling accomplished and excited about cooking healthy meals, snacks and desserts.

  • For children ages 8-10
  • The class will be held every Monday evening from 4:00 – 6:30 from March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020
  • There will be 10 spots available
  • Cost is $125 per child
  • Sign up at the front desk of The Wellness Center
  • Call (828) 266-1060 for more info

Let your child get comfortable in the kitchen, make new friends, and explore the world of nutrition.

App State Athletics Basketball Specials

App State Athletics released promos for Thursday evening’s women’s basketball game and Saturday’s women’s and men’s basketball games. This is the last week for regular-season home games for both women’s and men’s basketball teams.

On Thursday, all fans that bring in one or more canned goods, receive free admission to the game.

Also, for Fan Appreciation Day, fans can be part of the women’s basketball team poster.

For Saturday, to celebrate senior day, fans can use code SENIOR to score $5 tickets good for both the women’s and men’s games. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 28th.

Boone’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cash Prizes

David Jackson – President/CEO, Boone Chamber of Commerce

Where is your green? The time is near for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Bagpipes, Irish flags, shamrocks, and a sea of green will travel through downtown Boone on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 PM for the Town of Boone’s third annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade will begin at Poplar Grove Extension and move east down King Street, ending at Hardin Street. Local businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, and performing groups will have a chance to show off their Irish and mountain pride in one of the High Country’s premier events. A leprechaun emcee will be staged in front of the Jones House and a special panel of guest judges will score entries based upon attention to detail, difficulty of construction, and originality. Entries receiving the best scores from the judges will find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, as a generous sponsor has donated over $10,000 in monetary prizes.

Guests will also want to be sure to stop by the Jones House lawn, which will host a free family-friendly kids’ zone. Inflatable bounce houses, balloon animals, magic shows, face painting, games, and treats will all be a part of the amusement. Parade goers are encouraged to hang around downtown throughout the day as area businesses and restaurants will help celebrate with various discounts, deals, and food and drink specials. Downtown parking is free on March 14 after 12:00 PM.

Register Online Here (Registration closes March 2nd)

2020 Judging and Awards:

A generous sponsor has donated monetary prizes for the entries scored highest by our panel of judges. Winning entries will be announced Saturday evening at the Daniel Boone Rail Jam at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater (591 Horn in the West Dr). Gates open at 5:00 PM and the announcement will take place around 5:30 PM. Each parade entry will be given one complimentary ticket to the Rail Jam event; additional tickets can be purchased for $5 online at www.danielboonerailjam.com or for $10 at the gate. Prize winners will also be contacted via phone and be announced on the Jones House website and social media pages.

BEST IN SHOW
Winner: $2000
First Runner-Up: $1500
Second Runner-Up: $1250

PLACED ENTRIES
1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $900
3rd Place: $800
4th Place: $700
5th Place: $600
6th Place: $500
7th Place: $400
8th Place: $300
9th Place: $200
10th Place: $100

Watauga County Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open

Spring is just around the corner. Watauga County recreation announced registration deadlines for baseball and softball.

Major 1 BaseballFriday, March 6, 2020
Major I Little League Baseball is for children ages 11 and 12 (age as of April 30 of the current year). In this league, the fundamentals of baseball are continued to be developed. The season runs approximately 3 months. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. Placement drills are required for all participants. At the end of the season, an all-star team is formed. The registration fee is $55. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the first Friday in March.
Jr. League BaseballFriday, March 6, 2020
Junior League Baseball is for children ages 13-15 (age as of April 30 of the current year). In this league, the fundamentals of baseball are continued to be developed. The season runs approximately 3 months. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. At the end of the season, an All-Star team is formed. Placement drills are required for all participants. The registration fee is $55. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the first Friday in March.
Girls Machine Pitch SoftballFriday, March 20, 2020
Girls Machine Pitch Softball is designed to teach girls ages 7 & 8 the fundamentals of fastpitch softball. Age is determined as of 12/31 of the previous year. Teams are formed by geographic location. Girls play approximately 10 games during the season and meet approximately 3 times per week for games, practices, and/or clinics. Games will be played on Saturday mornings/early afternoons and weekday evenings beginning at 5:30pm. The season will run from mid-April through mid-June. Each player is required to have a glove and athletic shoes.  Ten players play in the field and all participants are in the batting line up.  No score is kept. The registration fee is $35 per participant. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by 5:00pm on the current deadline date.
Girls Fast Pitch SoftballFriday, March 6, 2020
Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball is designed to teach girls age 9 – 12 the fundamentals of fastpitch softball. Age is determined as of 12/31 of the previous year. With sufficient registrations, two separate leagues will be forms – Major 2 for 9 & 10-year-old girls and Major 1 for 11 & 12-year-old girls. Girls play approximately 12 games during the season. Teams meet approximately 4 times per week for games, practices, and/or clinics. Games will be played on Saturday mornings/early afternoons and weekday evenings beginning at 5:30pm. Some travel to surrounding counties will be required a few Saturdays during the season. The season will run from early April through June. At the end of the season, an All-Star Team is formed. Each player is required to have a glove, athletic shoes, and white softball game pants. Placement drills are required for all participants in this league. The registration fee is $50 per participant. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation by the current registration deadline.
T-Ball – ModifiedFriday, March 20, 2020
T-Ball is the first level of co-ed baseball for children ages 5 and 6 (age as of 4/30 of the current year). The T-Ball program is designed to teach children the fundamentals of baseball/softball including throwing, catching, and batting. The participants will bat off a tee the first part of the season and may bat coach pitch late in the season.  This program also emphasizes teamwork and sportsmanship. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. T-ball games consist of 3 innings in which every child gets to bat and plays in the field. No score is kept. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. Teams are formed by geographical location. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks (early April through June). The registration fee is $35 per participant. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the current deadline.
Machine Pitch BaseballFriday, March 20, 2020
Machine Pitch Baseball is a co-ed league for children ages 7 and 8 (as of 4/30 of the current year). The basics and fundamentals of baseball are taught. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. During the game, all players are in the batting order and 10 players play in the field. No score is kept. Teams are formed by geographical location. The registration fee is $35 per participant. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the current deadline day.
Major 2 BaseballFriday, March 20, 2020
Major 2 Baseball is for children ages 9-10 (age as of 4/30 of the current year). This is the first level of kid pitch. In this league, the fundamentals of baseball are developed. The season runs approximately 3 months. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. Placement drills are required for all players in this league. At the end of the season, an all-star team is formed. The registration fee is $55 per participant. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on the current year deadline date. 

In order to register for any athletic programs, you must turn in the completed registration form along with registration fee to the Watauga County Parks and Recreation office before 5:00 p.m. on the posted deadline date. Registration forms are available at the Watauga County Parks and Recreation office. Forms are also available in the Boone Mall on our Information Board near the food court. Any accepted late forms have an additional fee of $20.00 per youth athletic form and $50.00 per adult athletic form. Any accepted late youth registration form is not guaranteed placement on a preferred area team. To participate in a Watauga County Parks and Recreation program you must reside in Watauga County. Scholarships are available in youth athletic, you must fill out the proper paperwork to be and be approved by the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Director.

Address: 331 Queen St., Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-264-9511

Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment Spring Sale {Giveaway}

*Giveaway closed – Congratulations to Angie Barber!

Have you heard the news? Wee-Cycle has a new location at Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock for their Spring Sale!

Opening day is this Friday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m.

As a way of saying “thanks” for serving in area schools, Wee-Cycle invites all teachers to join the fun at the pre-sale on Thursday, February 6 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.). Please bring your teacher ID (from Watauga, Ashe, Avery, and surrounding counties – includes pre-schools and child development centers).

Enjoy shopping at the Spring sale which includes thousands of CHILDREN’S items in a wide variety of clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, large outside toys, furniture, and more!

To help kick-off the sale, we are hosting a giveaway for a $35.00 gift certificate to use at the sale this month. Please share this blog post on social media outlets and leave a comment in the below comments section of where you shared the post. Leave one comment for each share. We will close the giveaway at 5:00 p.m EST on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Good luck!

Watauga County Releases Family Recreation Membership Rates

The time is almost here for the opening of the new Watauga County Recreation Center.

The county released the following rates and stated that pending final approval, this is what they anticipate the rates to be for individuals and families:

A new video was released sharing the inside details of the center. Click here to watch the short video.

The county also announced on their Facebook page that homeschool art and Physical Education classes are a part of their proposed programming.

We will share more details as announced.

Make Plans to Attend the Blowing Rock Winterfest

Blowing Rock Winterfest

A must-attend event is coming up in the High Country. The Blowing Rock Winterfest has events for all ages. The smiles, laughter, and memories will stay with you forever. Mark your calendars for this weekend, January 23 – January 26. Your family can enjoy the following activities during this three-day event in Blowing Rock:

THURSDAY, JAN 23

FRIDAY, JAN 24

SATURDAY, JAN 25

SUNDAY, JAN 26

App State Basketball BOGO

Enjoy a fun family day this Saturday, January 18th, with App State Basketball to celebrate Yosef’s Birthday Party!

The celebration includes:

  1. Sign Yosef’s birthday card before the game
  2. Photo-op with Yosef and his mascot friends
  3. Free birthday cake for fans (while supplies last)
  4. Mascot game at halftime of the women’s basketball game
  5. Unicyclists performance at halftime of men’s basketball game

Purchase a ticket, and the ticket will automatically include a free ticket for both men’s and women’s basketball. Also, the first 100 kids to RSVP for the event will receive a free party favor at the game: http://bit.ly/30jgHvf

The Jones House opens registration for winter/spring music lessons

The Jones House staff is excited to announce their next 15-week session of group lessons, and they will continue to offer private lessons instruction as well.

The Boone JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program offers music lessons for kids and adults in traditional styles of the region for fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and sometimes other instruments (like dulcimer) or dancing (flatfoot!). The Boone JAMS program is an affiliate of the Junior Appalachian Musicians organization (www.jamkids.org). The program also receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Boone JAM features weekly 45-minute lessons taught in small groups at the Jones House on Thursday between 4:30-7:30 p.m, preceding the Jones House Old-Time Jam (7:30-11:00 p.m. every Thursday, year round). Private lessons are offered on Tuesday evenings. The group lessons are offered in two 15-week sessions in the fall (August-December) and spring (February-May). Private lessons are available throughout the year and are scheduled on a one-on-one basis. 

Winter/Spring 2020 Group Lessons

15-Week Session on Thursday
Time: 4:30/5:30/6:30 for 45 minute lessons
Begins January 30, 2020
Cost: $75/Kids $125/Adults
Instrument Rental: $25

Private Lessons

$125 for five 30-minute lessons

To register for the new session, please click here.

For more information, call 828-268-6280 or email brandon.holder@townofboone.net