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November 1, 2015

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Watauga Group Fundraiser


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November Happenings in Johnson County

November 6, 7, 8 At Heritage Hall: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 6, 7, & 8, 7pm & 3pm JCHS Players present The Giver and Gathering Blue. The Giver – (Lois Lowry novel: Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Gathering Blue- (second installment of “The Giver” series): This futuristic story takes place in a totalitarian society dominated by raw human needs and a profoundly savage nature. The protagonists in the tale are young, imprisoned orphans working as artists for the government. The possibility is explored that an artist, taken in the broadest sense, can change the world.

November 10, 2015 Harvest Festival & Silent Auction Fundraiser: November 10, 6:00PM. Sponsored by the Watauga Group of the TN Sierra Club to benefit the Watauga Watershed Alliance at the Prospect Bed & Breakfast Inn, 801 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN. The theme of our annual fundraiser this year will be a silent auction for services that our members can offer. This can also serve as an opportunity for our small business owners to advertise their businesses. For example, we have an offer for a load of hardwood split and delivered to your door. Other examples are a family portrait, GIS mapping service, house cleaning, guided nature walks, plumbing inspection, handmade crafts, elder, child or pet sitting, basic photography lessons, and a guided tubing adventure to name a few. The seafood based entree and seasonal soup will be provide by master chef Webb Griffith. Please sign up to bring an appetizer or desert. Please contact me with services you can offer with their estimated value or any ideas that might bring in bids. Dennis Shekinah, Secretary; Watauga Group; (423) 534-4804. The committee for the Harvest Festival asks that those good people who are contributing services fill out this info that we can print out a sign up form for you. A big “Thank You!” to those who responded so quickly with ideas and contributions.  This has the makings of being a truly epic fundraiser! 1. Name, email, phone # they should be contacted at for arranging their service after the auction and event. 2.  Description, in their words of what they can offer, or examples of what the person could expect or request. Approximate # of hrs. provided in this service.  For example " 4 hrs. or one half day general household cleaning" 3. Approximate value of service. 4. Time restrictions of offer ie. only in summer, weekends only, etc.

November 21, 2015 “Johnson County Arts Council Christmas Craft Show” 9 am-4 pm -at the National Guard Armory, S. Shady Street (Hwy 421 S.), Mountain City, TN 37683.

November 21, 2015 At Heritage Hall Theatre: Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 pm, Phantom. The popular Sixties rock band from Damascus will return for a victory lap at Heritage Hall after wowing the audience at their 2014 concert. For a wonderful walk down memory lane to the illustrious music of the sixties, call today to get your special seat for this night of nostalgia, sponsored by Farmers Barbecue & Grill and Johnson County Community Hospital.

November 22, 2015 “Thanksgiving Dinner at the Trade Community Center”, 11am-2pm. The Trade Community Center is located right off Hwy. 421 S. in historic Trade, TN. For more information, please call (973)296-1658

Doe Mountain Adventure Trails 1203 Harbin Hill Road, Mountain City, TN 37683 Open Daily, 8am-Sunset. Doe Mountain, an 8,600 acre mountain range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is now open, and with over 10 miles of Mountain Biking trails and 45 miles of Hiking & ATV riding trails currently available, Doe Mountain Recreation is quickly becoming the premiere outdoor recreation area in the South! Open Daily, 8am-Sunset. Call (423)727-9696 or visit for additional information and trail passes. The Doe Mountain Visitors Center (423)460-1295 is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road- off Hwy. 67 West, in Mountain City, Tennessee 38783. ADDITIONAL Trail Building is underway!