Try out the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center for free on January 9th!

Paul-Broyhill-Wellness-Center-webDid you make a goal to be healthier in 2016? You may want to take the time to visit The Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center this Saturday for free!

This center is a member of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The second annual New Year New You event on Saturday, January 9, will run from 8 am – 1 pm. Participants may enjoy free access to the facility between 8 am – 4 pm. The Paul H. Broyhill Center is located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone.

The goal of the event is to provide guests with a free, behind the scenes look at what the Wellness Center has to offer. Participants will be able to sample a variety of beginner level fitness classes which include, Crossfit, Spin, Yoga and Water Aerobics. During the event, participants may also meet the Wellness Center staff, enjoy free family swim time and register to win door prizes. Additionally, participants may take advantage of a reduced membership initiation fee available only during the event.

Tours will also be available throughout the day to allow guests an opportunity to explore the 63,000-square-foot fitness facility. The Wellness Center, which just celebrated its 17th anniversary, is outfitted with an indoor track, two pools, racquetball and basketball courts, a cardio fitness area, free weight gym, locker rooms, a massage therapy studio and childcare services.

“The goal from the very beginning has always been to establish a place for the community to connect,” said Jodi Cash, Director of the Wellness Center. “Hopefully, through this New Year New You event, we will be able to welcome some new members and assist them in meeting their wellness goals in 2016.”

To learn more about the New Year New You event or the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center call, 828-262-1060 or visit,

45th Annual Girl Scout Day at Grandfather Mountain {September 19}

Photo Courtesy: Grandfather Mountain

Photo Courtesy: Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain has a fun-filled day planned for all Girl Scouts. All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership. Discount admission for other family members. Staff naturalists will provide free nature programs throughout the day.

Here is a complete itinerary of the day:

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Check-in table at the Nature Museum to register your troop and work on an insect challenge. Your troop’s submission will be entered for a prize drawing at the end of the day!

9 to 9:45 a.m: Buzzy Bees
Come and learn about the wonders of pollination through this fun and active game. Meet at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Area.

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:05 to 11:35 a.m.: A Bug’s World
Be prepared to get up close and personal with some of our smallest lifeforms on Grandfather Mountain. In this program, Grandfather’s education staff and participants look through leaf litter and search for insects. Guests get the opportunity to collect the bugs inside a small container to get a closer look and try to identify them. This is offered twice if we have a lot of participants, since it’s a hands-on program. Meet at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter.

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Beekeeping 101
Learn what it takes to maintain a hive of honey bees from a local beekeeper. See the tools and observe the challenges in caring for bees, while learning about the importance of these pollinators. Meet at the Butterfly Garden.

11 a.m. to noon: Girl Scout Service Project
Contribute your troop’s service to Grandfather Mountain’s Butterfly Garden. Please call (828) 733-4326 to register your troop for this project. Limited space available.

1 p.m.: Guided Hike on the Bridge Trail
Join us for a walk to search for insects along the way! Meet at the lower Bridge Trail trailhead by the Black Rock Parking Area. Please call (828) 733-4236 to register. Limited space available.

1 to 2 p.m.: Butterfly Blitz in the Butterfly Garden
Drop by to attempt to capture and identify butterfly species in our Butterfly Garden! We’ll search for other species of insects, too. Meet at the Butterfly Garden.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.: ARTamorphosis
Girl Scouts will create their own butterflies, and, using field guides, they will see how close their imaginations are to the real thing. Capping off the program, the girls will get their hands painted like their personal butterflies and transfer them to a large canvas. The result will be a kaleidoscope of butterflies for all at Grandfather Mountain to see. Meet at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter.

4 p.m.: Closing Ceremony
Join your fellow scouts for a short closing ceremony at the Butterfly Garden.

Enjoy your day!