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January is full of arts, entertainment and more in the area

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area offers hiking and views of three states. In January, a hike as
well as two vista viewings will be presented on the mountain with the viewings meeting at the
second overlook (pictured).

Originally published: Jan. 9, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 9, 2013

Heather Canter

After all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's celebrations, January may seem like a sudden halt to events and activities, but that isn't the case in Ashe County, which has a flurry of happenings taking place.

Whether you're more inclined to participate in arts and crafts, take a computer class, take in a concert or venture outside and take a hike, individuals can take their pick of the varied offerings in the area.


Arts and Crafts

The Ashe County Public Library features many programs throughout the year. At 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, individuals can try their hand at crocheting. Materials will be provided for attendees.

At 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, the youth services department at ACPL will host story time, “Family Fling,” for all ages. The topic will be “Millions of Cats: What are they up to?”

Story time will continue at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the youth services department. The topic is “Ice is Nice … For Penguins,” and art ice will be the featured activity.

A program, “Wash Your Hands, Please,” will be offered at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 16, in the youth services department. Individuals will learn about keeping germs away.

Getting crafty continues as the library's theme on Saturday, Jan. 12, Saturday,  Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 24. Creating pine cone bird feeders, collage postcards and origami with April will be the respective activities.

For more information about events at ACPL, call (336) 846-2041.

The Ashe County Arts Council has several events set for January, including meetings with area arts-related groups.

The artists' reception for the “Introspection” exhibit will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 8 and will present an artists' look inward with self-portraits, original paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Other arts-related events include the meeting of the Shape note Singers at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Ashe Arts Center and the meeting of the Blue Ridge Art Clan at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the ACPL.


A computer basics class will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, in the computer lab at ACPL. Students will learn about hardware, software, using the mouse and typing.  For more information, call (336) 846-2041.

The Friends of Mount Jefferson will host a follow-up meeting to their December meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the park office at Wagoner Road Access of New River State Park. In addition, the group will host a pot-luck at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the old Sweet Aromas building in Jefferson. This is planned to be less of a business meeting and more of a social gathering for potential donors and volunteers.

Lansing Tech has several classes coming up, beginning with an expo. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 19, an Agriprenure Expo will be held for individuals to visit and view the class content and schedule. The N.C. Ag curriculum course content will be focused on developing farm ideas, marketing, business operations and financials through experiential learning. The class fee is $50 and is limited to 15 students. For more information, call (336) 384-4000.

Small kitchen gardens will be the topic on Monday, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18 and March 4 and 18. Classes will be held every other Monday evening, geared towards small kitchen gardens and how to get the most out of a small space. Individuals are invited to bring his favorite seed catalogs for vegetable variety discussion.  For more information, call (336) 384-4000.

Gardening for home will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Wednesday, March 6, every Wednesday evening at Lansing Tech.  For more information, call (336) 384-4000.

All Lansing Tech classes are held in the Lansing Town Hall building at the corner of D and B streets in the Lansing Tech classroom. For more information, email (glad28643@gmail.com)

On a larger scale, at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, a community celebration will serve as an entertaining, but educational, evening for those attending. The Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council and will be held in the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson.

Local leaders will present readings and tributes. Glenis Redmond will be featured performer. The event is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. For more information, call (336) 846-2787.

Area school students won't miss out on arts and education opportunities. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Glenis Redmond, poet and storyteller, will be at Ashe County Middle School and Ashe County High School to perform. She will be followed on Monday, Feb. 11, by Donna Washington, storyteller, performing at Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Westwood Elementary Schools.



Award-winning, critically-acclaimed performers Al Petteway and Amy White will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ashe Arts Center. The duo will feature traditional, contemporary Celtic and Appalachian-influenced music. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call (336) 846-2787.

The Ashe Arts Center will host an intimate evening with Si Kahn in conjunction with a special fundraiser chili dinner and concert. Funds will benefit the arts council's school and community programming. Reservations are required and tickets are $35 each. For more information, visit http://www.sikahn.com.

Rounding out the entertainment for the month will be an evening of classical music at the Ashe Arts Center with chamber ensemble, Harmonia Baroque. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at (336) 846-2787.

Outdoors and Sports

The High Country Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. The featured program will be “The Mastery of Flight” from The Life of Birds, a series created by David Attenborough. For more information, visit http://www.highcountryaudubon.org.

At Family Central and in connection with Ashe County Parks and Recreation, open gym will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Friday and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The gym is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The gym is also closed from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday for pickle ball. The skate park is closed for the season.

The area has three state parks to explore and some special programs in which to participate.

New River State Park's day use area, Kings Creek Access will be closed for the winter months, Nov. 1 through March 31 and will re-open April 1. The park is located off New River State Park Road in Laurel Springs. For more information, call (336) 982-2587.

Elk Knob State Park has seen some dangerously slick roads due to repeated thawing and freezing. Currently, the road into the park is closed just past the flagpole. The road to the park office and trail head is closed to all vehicular traffic. Individuals are asked to park perpendicular to the fenced field on the right when entering to maximize the parking area and hike to your destination within the park. Individuals are asked to not block the barricades or park gates and to not park in the roadway.

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is open for the season and has some events planned this month. Individuals should remember that the summit restrooms are closed for the winter season and the only other public restroom is located at the park office, located just inside the park gate.

Three of Mount Jefferson's events include:

Mount Jefferson Geology Hike, beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.Vista viewing at noon at the second overlook on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27.

Area residents who would like to take in some basketball or wrestling action have six different days on which the Ashe County High School teams can be seen.

The schedule for January is:

Friday, Jan. 11: ACHS basketball at West Wilkes, begins at 4 p.m.; and wrestling hosts West Wilkes at 7 p.m. at ACHS.
Friday, Jan. 18: ACHS basketball host Wilkes Central, beginning at 4 p.m.; and the wrestling team will travel to Wilkes Central for a 7 p.m. match-up.
Tuesday, Jan. 22: ACHS basketball hosts Forbush at 4 p.m.; and the wrestling team travels to Forbush for a 6 p.m. match.
Friday, Jan. 25: ACHS basketball will travel to Starmount, and the games will begin at 4 p.m. The wrestling team will host Starmount at 7 p.m.

For those who would like to watch a match-up in the parks and recreation futsal league and the Ashe Youth Basketball League, the schedules can be found online at http://ashecountyparks.com/schedules.html.


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