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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1865 – Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America.
And now for the news……
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Autrey Tree & Landscaping
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Hospice of Yancey County
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Yancey County EMS
Burnsville Rotary Club
AREA EVENTS / ATTRACTIONS
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION AT ST. THOMAS
Save the Date – Saturday, February 10th from 5-8 pm – for a family-friendly evening of fun. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is hosting a Mardi Gras Celebration with music, food, a children’s party, parade, raffle, and auction. The Jerry, Mike & Bill Band, a lively pop, rock, and blues threesome will be playing music guaranteed to get folks dancing. Delicious refreshments including “New Orleans Style” heavy hors d’ oeuvres, King cake and several beverage choices will be available. Tickets are $25. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-682-0037.
ENTERTAINMENT / DINING
Feb 17 Burnsville Wedding Expo @ 11am
March 10 Spring Fest Craft Show @ 9am
March 16 Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers @ 7pm
March 22-24 Ready, Set, Grow Children’s Consignment Sale
OOAK ART GALLERY & MAPLES
OOAK: Fine, Folk, Funky Local Art!! Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 5:30pm;
Sunday 12:00 (Noon) – 5:00 pm
MAPLES: The Sweet Spot Next Door serving fine coffee, tea and bakery items.
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 3:00 pm, Sat. 9am – 3pm
ENTERTAINMENT AT OOAK ART GALLERY & MAPLES:
Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday
Join us for the First Friday Contradance at AMS Friday February 2, 8 pm. The caller will be Jesse Edgerton. Rumor has it that Bruce Green is fit to fiddle with Band X. $5 requested at the door.
Burnsville Wine will be having a final Mardi Gras Celebration on Friday, February 2, from 4-6pm. This week we are featuring Natchitoches and Crawfish Corn Bread. Yum! We’ll be having some awesome wines too. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! (Let the good times roll!) The balloons will be flying! New beers have arrived. For all you IPA lovers, I have gotten new IPA’s in, one being a West Coast Style and another from Nebraska and one from Tarboro Brewing Co. in North Carolina. For all of you who love a good Porter, I got one from Poland. It looks really good. We may taste some of these at our next Thirsty Thursday! They are only available in Burnsville at Burnsville Wine! Shop hours are 11-6 Thursday-Saturday. We are located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. There is ample parking behind the shop or the bank parking lot. Like and share us on Facebook, check our webpage for current information or call 682-3456 or email email@example.com.
PARKWAY PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER AT THE NU WRAY INN
Executioner of the Estate – an interactive murder-mystery dinner presented by Parkway Playhouse – will be performed on February 10th at 6:30pm at the historic Nu Wray Inn located at 102 Town Square in Burnsville.
The story: The most famous pastry chef in Bakersville, Eric “Sticky” Van Suijtsen, has recently died. His family and business associates have gathered at the Nu Wray Inn to witness the execution of the will. When the most obvious successor turns up dead, it’s clear that more than just the will has been executed! You and the rest of the guests must sift through all the clues to sort out this mysterious recipe.
Tickets to Executioner of the Estate can be purchased by calling the Nu Wray Inn at 828-682-2329. Tickets are $45 per person and admission includes a three-course dinner. The Nu Wray Inn is also offering a special overnight package. $250 plus tax includes 1 night overnight accommodations, 2 tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner, one bottle of wine, 2 Nu Wray Inn wine glasses and a Nu Wray Inn postcard.
The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild will hold its monthly meeting on the evening of February 19th at 6:30 pm at the Town Center in Burnsville. For information visit our website at www.bragwnc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toe River Arts Community Chorus is looking for singers. They have just started rehearsal for the Easter presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Especially seeking tenor and base vocalists. If you love to sing and be part of a dedicated group of volunteers, come join in at the First Baptist Church (on the Town Square in Burnsville), Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Please email Jessica.email@example.com with any questions.
Deadline to apply for the Toe River Arts Studio Tour June 1-3 is Wednesday, March 7 at 5pm, at either gallery (102 W. Main in Burnsville/269 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine). Artists must show in a participating Mitchell or Yancey county studio and be current members of Toe River Arts. Applications and information are available at the website, www.toeriverarts.org/for-artists or at either gallery. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Deadline to apply for representation in either Toe River Arts Burnsville (102 W. Main St.) or Spruce Pine (269 Oak Avenue) gift shop is Saturday, March 10 at 5pm. Artists must be Mitchell, Yancey, or Avery county residents and current Toe River Arts members. Work must meet guidelines that are available on-line at www.toeriverarts.org/for-artists or at either gallery. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Deadline to submit proposals for 2019 exhibitions in either the Burnsville or Spruce Pine facilities is Saturday, March 24 at 5pm. Participating artists do not have to be Toe River Arts members nor live in the region. Collaborations encouraged. Limited gallery availability. Submission information and applications are available on-line at www.toeriverarts.org/for-artists or at either gallery. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CRAFTY THINGS TO DO
MOUNTAIN PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD
The Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm at the Burnsville Town Center for their monthly meeting and presentations. For more information call 828-691-0449.
ATTENTION 2016 BRIDES AND EVENT PLANNERS: We have the perfect location for that outdoor wedding, party, anniversary or company picnic. Call 284-5055 for more information.
Does your agency work with families with young children who live in Yancey County?
If so, the Yancey Alliance for Young Children (YAY Children!) Early Education Work Group would like to invite you to attend an Agency Roundtable meeting on Monday, February 12th from 1-3pm at the Yancey County Senior Center.
Our goal is to introduce and familiarize local agency staff members with the early learning opportunities (and financial supports) that are available to families in Yancey County. With this deeper knowledge of the early childhood system, we want to support your work with families, so you can assist them as they strive to access early learning opportunities for their young children. We know that the First 2000 Days of a child’s life is a critical time when their brain is developing, and emotional bonds are being formed. We’ve learned that these experiences from birth through age five can affect a child’s learning, processing and opportunities for success throughout the rest of their Life!
We recognize that it’s impossible for you to send ALL staff to this Roundtable session. With that in mind, our plan is to offer it quarterly (4 times) within the next year, and then twice a year after that. By planning an ongoing schedule of Roundtable sessions, we hope to be able to catch as many agency staff members in our county as possible. We also realize there will be turnover in staff positions, and we hope to address that by offering the Roundtable Session twice a year, in an ongoing schedule.
Please RSVP to Katherine Savage at Katherine@brpartnershipforchildren.org with your staff members’ names who plan to attend by Friday, February 2nd. If you have contact info for other agency leaders that you think their staff would benefit from this opportunity, would you please share this with them? As a YAY project, this is limited to Yancey County, at this point. We appreciate your help in building a strong system of support for our families and young children! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Setting Goals to Bring Purpose Into Your Everyday Life
Want to get more out of your day?
Want to triple the quality time in your life?
Join us at our free
40 minute workshop
At Cruz Life Center
Thurs, February 1st
@ 6:15 PM
Miguel Cruz, DC, C.Ad &
Lesia Cruz, HHC, C.Ad.
To reserve your seat call us at (828) 682-6157
Or visit our website www.cruzlifecenter.com
The Mayland SBC Entrepreneurship Certificate Series
Attend one class or all six! In this series, learn how to be a successful entrepreneur. SBC business professionals and guest presenters will increase your business savvy by providing current and applicable information. Upon completion of all six classes, participants will receive a certificate from the Mayland Small Business Center which is a great document to include in a business plan. Classes offered in Yancey and Mitchell County.
CLASS ONE: How to Start & Finance a Small Business (3 Hours)
Gain knowledge of the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations. Learn the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover resources available to help start and successfully operate your business. Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 22 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 19 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS TWO: How to Write a Business Plan (3 Hours)
A business plan is vital to starting and operating a business. Learn how to turn ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches the important components of a business plan and helps lay the foundation for a functional plan. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and dont’s of writing a plan, and steps for making the process easy. You will also learn to introduce yourself and your business with confidence and clarity, utilizing your personal “Elevator Speech.” Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 24 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 22 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS THREE: Marketing your Business (3 Hours)
This class discusses how to build a customer base. Business location, layout, signage, pricing, service, traditional/social media, direct marketing, promotional material, and trade shows will be discussed to help entrepreneurs effectively communicate and market. Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 29 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 26 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS FOUR: Basics of Bookkeeping (3 Hours)
This class will discuss the four most important financial statements in business: the personal financial statement, the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. The class will also cover basic bookkeeping and record keeping skills. Attendees will gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for a business. Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 31 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 29 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS FIVE: Your Small Business Taxes (3 Hours)
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Attendees will become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Don’t let your business fail due to lack of tax knowledge. Class begins at 1 p.m. on February 5 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin April 2 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS SIX: How to Present Your Business (2 Hours)
Development and proper presentation of a business pitch can build sales or attract investment. In this seminar, attendees will learn how to craft an effective business pitch that can be used in both verbal and written communications. Class begins at 1 p.m. on February 7 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin April 5 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
NEW! The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate Series
Combine your love of farming with a knowledge of business! Launch into agripreneurship with these area focused agribusiness and farming classes. Classes will be facilitated by the NC State Cooperative Extension and Mayland Community College Small Business Center. Attend one class or all six. Participants who attend all six classes will receive a Mayland Small Business Center/NC Cooperative Extension Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate of completion.
Class Three: Growing and Selling Mountain Medicinals (2 Hours) The market for medicinals is growing. Learn what grows best, planting strategies, marketing tips, and resources available to growers. Class begins at 6 p.m. on February 5 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
Class Four: Farm Resources You Should Know (2 Hours)
Get guidance and in some cases, financial assistance from these state, federal, and local resources available to growers. Learn how to register your farm for grants and cost share programs. Class begins at 6 p.m. on February 12 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
Class Five: How to be Profitable in the Livestock Business (2 Hours)
Learn about cattle and other livestock that can be raised in the local area. Learn how to manage for the market and get tips on how to profit from a new or existing operation. Class begins at 6 p.m. on February 19 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
Class Six: Farm Business Mindset (2 Hours)
Learn how to manage your farm, take advantage of tax benefits, audit proof books, and save time with expert advice from NC State University professionals. Class begins at 6 p.m. on February 26 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
SMALL BUSINESS CENTER
Business Starter’s Crash Course (2 Hours)
Start your day off with free coffee and donuts while learning about business. SBC Director, Allen Cook, will cover information and resources essential to launching a new business. Attendees will be provided IBIS business specific data, an Excel break even point analysis spreadsheet, an Excel financial projection spreadsheet, and a business plan template. Class begins at 9am on January 12 at the Spruce Pine Main Street Visitor Center. A second class will begin February 9 at 9am at MCC’s Avery Learning Center.
Top 10 Reasons Your Business Will FAIL (3 Hours)
FACT: 80% of new businesses fail in the first five years. Attend this seminar to learn the top reasons many new startups fail and gain insight on how to build your business in a manner to beat the odds. Class begins at 5:30 on March 1 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES
YANCEY COUNTY CAMPUS
Machining Level I (48 Hours)
NEW! Class begins on February 1 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
SQL Server (24 Hours)
Learn to create a basic database and associated tables and views, and how to query one or many different tables using SELECT statements. Topics will include, creating a database and tables, writing SELECT queries, querying multiple tables, filtering text and duplicates, sorting and grouping query results, using the built-in functions of SQL Server, and writing sub-queries. Class begins on February 1 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Mini Scrapbooks from Recycled Cardboard (3 hours)
NEW! Make a beautiful scrapbook from recycled cardboard such as a large cereal box. The instructor, Michal Ramsey, specializes in turning trash into treasure. A supply list will be provided at registration. Class begins on February 2 at 9 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Introduction to iPhone/iPad (3 Hours)
Learn the newest operating system and the key features of your new iPhone or iPad. Topics will include Facetime, messaging, taking photos, editing photos, Siri, maps, and more Class begins on February 5 at 1 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Microsoft Access (24 Hours)
Spreadsheets can only go so far. Databases are the next best step for complex data sets. Access 2016, Microsoft’s powerful database software, is the perfect introduction for those new to relational databases. This course provides an overview for first-time users. Learn the best uses for Access, tour the interface, and learn how objects interact, add data to a table, and run report. You will be able to get going quickly with Access templates, create queries and reports to pull insights from data, and even use data from existing sources like Excel. Class begins on February 5 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
3D Printing – A World of Possibilities (48 Hours)
NEW! 3D printers are becoming more affordable and open up a world of possibilities. Join us in the exciting hands-on class to bring your creations to life from art projects, to car parts, medical devices, and more. Class begins on February 5 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center
Manufacturing Technician Level I (130 Hours)
NEW! Class begins on February 6 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Certified Solidworks Associate Certificate (150 Hours)
NEW! Class begins on February 6 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Basic Computer Skills (24 Hours)
Are you intimidated by computers? Never turned one on? Then this is the class for you. Instructor Clyde Byrd will guide you through the world of computers starting with how to turn one on, mouse techniques, saving and finding files, navigating the internet, email, and much more. Class begins on February 6 at 1 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Fundamentals of Photoshop (24 Hours)
Learn how to use Photoshop through fun, informative demonstrations and interactive labs. Students will utilize the Photoshop program in order to manipulate photos, produce a variety of original artwork, and graphic designs, as well as lettering, layout, and coloring. The instructor has 20 years of experience of using Photoshop professionally. He has worked in a wide-range of industries, designing and producing comic books, graphics, logos, and galleries. He is a published artist and writer, and freelance artist. Come enjoy a relaxed, openly creative environment where you will learn the Fundamentals of Photoshop. Class begins on February 6 at 12 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Introduction to Aquaponics (9 Hours)
NEW! This class provides an introduction to Aquaponics, the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants filter the water for the fish. The third participants are microbes (nitrifying bacteria) that convert ammonia from the fish waste into nitrates the plants can use. Class will be held at the Earth to Sky Park. Class begins on February 20 at 6 p.m.
Greeting Cards (1 hour)
NEW! Nothing is more touching than receiving thoughtful hand-made gifts and cards. In this class, you will learn to make custom hand-made birthday cards. A supply list will be provided at registration. Class begins on February 23 at 11 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
AREA MEETINGS OF INTEREST
ORGANIZATION DATE TIME LOCATION
Burnsville Town Council 2/1 6:00 pm Town Hall
Yancey County Commission 2/12 6:00 pm Yancey Co. Courthouse
Rotary Club Thursday Noon Western Sizzlin
Toe River Model Railroaders Wednesday 2:00 pm Spruce Pine Library
Al-Anon Monday 7:30 pm 1st Presbyterian Church
Women’s Club of Burnsville 2nd Thurs. 2:00 pm Call 682-3581 for location
Would you like us to forward your business items of interest to other chamber members? Submit your items weekly via email no later than 8:00 am each Tuesday for email transmittal to members each Tuesday morning.
Email to Ginger@YanceyChamber.com.
Normally, submissions will be included two weeks out from the date of event. Chamber Office Telephone 828-682-7413.
Note: We reserve the right to modify or exclude content.
Please check our website for other calendar events.