January Weekend Events: Let’s Get Motivated! 01/21-24

 New Year’s Resolutions! Have you made yours? As you begin to consider possibly making some changes in your’s and your families lives, you know that it has to begin with You! A step forward is all that it takes to start on the path of health and wellness, and bring about real postive change and growth. I am really into the TV show Biggest Loser and gain a lot of inspiration from the contestants. As I watched this week a thought came to me, one I am going to put on my mirror, that “You can only move Forward when you Decide to quit looking in the Rearview Mirror”! Looking back will always hinder your progress and keep you stunted where you are, so Let’s Get Motivated this week and weekend by seeing what we can do to get healthier, look at our’s and our families future , have a little fun, and take care of our pets too!

Get healthier with The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program will be starting again on Thursday, Jan. 21st, at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road. Registered Dietitian Margie Mansure, and Exercise Science/Personal Trainer Amanda Davis will be leading the 15 Week course where people taking part will be Informed, Empowered, and Motivated to make healthier choices about eating and physical activity. Register with your $30 fee at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, 971 West King St., Boone; phone (828) 264-3061. 5 pm weigh-in and teaching begins at 5:20 pm.

Focus on the Future  with the College Foundation of North Carolina as Skip Watts  hosts a program about ways to pay for college on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, at 1 pm at the Watauga County Public Library meeting room. Topics will include financial aid basics, FAFSA, college costs, eligibility consideration, financial aid programs, and tax credits. The program is free and open to the public. Call (828) 264-8784 for further information.

Have Fun at the 3rd Rail Jam at Beech Mountain Resort on Saturday, Jan. 23rd. The 3rd Rail Jam promotes Winner-Takes-All Rail Jams, Graffiti Art, MC Battles, Grammy-nominated British-American rapper Slick Rick and Hip Hop, bringing together some of the best amateur skiers and riders. Competition is open to three divisions: 15 and under, all girls and best of breed. Registration begins at 11 am and Competition starts at 4 pm. For more information, or to register for the 3rd Rail events, go to www.3rdrailjam.com.

Learn Pet Care on Sunday, Jan. 24th, from 2 – 7 pm teaching Pet First Aid showing how to tell if your pet is ill, and what to do in case of an emergency separated into segments for Dogs and Cats. Call to register and specify which class they wish to attend or attend both, held at the Watauga Red Cross office, 331 Queen St., Suite B, Boone. Course fees are: $20 for dog, $20 for cat, or $35 for both. Participants must preregister and prepay. Call Lynn at 264-8226 to sign up or for more information. Do not bring your pet to class.

Hopefully these activities will spark your flame to Get Moving and Motivated for the better!

Also, make sure to check out Keri’s and her husband’s new website, www.timespasttoys.com 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 some of the products they have to offer and who they are. They are constantly adding new inventory as well. Here is a current item being offered: The Little Schoolhouse Birdhouse, complete with the ABC and 123. Can be customized to your preferences.

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..