Monday, October 5, 2020

Weekly Village Update 10.1.20


Chamber News
Chamber Membership Renewal!
The Chamber sends out our annual membership investment dues on October 1st.

The invoice you receive will be for your 2021 membership.

If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at 828.295.7851 or email Regina.
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market has been extended to Thursday, October 15th!

Enjoy a few more weeks of fresh flowers, bread, local meat, goat cheese, eggs, and more!

This week The Mustard Seed Market will be at the market with Pumpkins!
Art in the Park - Last One!
The final Art in the Park of the season is Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-5pm. High risk visitors are encouraged to attend before 11am or after 3pm.

Thank you to our event sponsors Hendrick Luxury Group and Our State Magazine!

Concerts in the Park is Sunday, October 4th in Memorial Park from 4pm-6pm featuring local favorite, Handlebar Betty! Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Alair Homes of the High Country.
Get Ready for Holiday Shopping with Google
Google has launched a mini-site with Holiday Shopping Tools & Resources.

The tool kit is full of ways to help promote online shopping and in person.

Google’s Local Opportunity Finder is designed for small businesses looking to attract customers to a physical location.

Learn more about how to utilize your business profile on Google at our next Grow with Google Seminar on October 6th at 1pm. Register online here.
Chamber PPE Discount
  • Touchless, infrared thermometers have been reduced another 37% with Chamber member discount prices ranging from $26.99 - $44.99 (depending on how many you order).
  • Starting prices for 2oz sanitizer (gel or liquid) has been reduced 57% to $1.13 - $1.35 a bottle with member discount.
  • 3-ply mask starting price has been reduced by an additional 13%, now $0.37-$0.54 per mask with member discount.
  • A gallon of liquid or gel sanitizer has been reduced 12%, now $26.96-$33.75 per gallon ($.21 per oz), with member discount.
  • KN95 starting prices have been reduced 9.7%, now $2.25 - $2.84 per mask with member discount.

**New Products Now Available**
  • Face Shields
  • Alcohol Wipes

Chamber Health Insurance Discount
Aetna Funding Advantage (AFA) makes it easy for members of any Chamber of Commerce in 26 western North Carolina counties to save money on their benefits with up to 25% savings on monthly costs vs an ACA plan**. And now, these businesses can save on average, an additional 2% on monthly costs through Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

Our newsletter reaches over 1,000 member contacts each Thursday!
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Member News
New Hours at First Citizens Bank
The Blowing Rock Branch has new hours of operation starting immediately.

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Drive Thru
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
October Events at Mystery Hill
Mystery Hill is celebrating Halloween all month long:

  • Oct 2 – Protection Bottle Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 9 – Mountain Myths Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 16 – Herbalism Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 23 – Candle Making Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 31 – Spooky Storytelling – 10 am to 2 pm

Learn more about these events and register online here.
HCBCF Blood Drive
Saturday, October 3rd
Tanger Outlets
11am- 4pm

All donors will recive a $10 gift card and a $10 charitable donation will be made for every blood donor!

It's officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Don't forget to sign up for the Virtual High Country Breast Cancer Foundation 5k .
Octoberfest at Sugar Mountain
There are lots of reasons for you to grab your beer stein, put on your Lederhosen or your Dirndl and head to Sugar Mountain Resort Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2020. The Harbour Towne Fest Band will provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 30th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free. Rain, shine or snow the festival will go on! For additional information please call 828-898-4521.
App State named among nation's 'Best Colleges' for 2021
This fall, national publications U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review and personal finance magazine recognized App State as one of the nation’s top-performing schools for its academics, value, innovation and student veteran services, among other aspects.
Seasonal Jobs at Samaritan's Purse
It’s that time of the year again! Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child has seasonal, paid employment opportunities available and would like to share them with the local community.
They have need for over 700 people and there are many jobs available for team coaches, warehouse workers, certified forklift operators, Class A drivers, and mail processing staff. The processing season begins mid-November and runs through mid-December. These positions are temporary, full-time opportunities, Monday through Saturday, and require a solid commitment for the duration of the project.
Applications are open now through October. Instructions for applying online can be found on the Samaritan's Purse website under “Get Involved” - “Employment” - “Operation Christmas Child Processing Center Seasonal"
The Schaefer Center Presents..!
The 2020-21 season of “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, announces its fall series, which will be presented in an all-virtual format Oct 9-Dec. 4.

The series traditionally offers students, faculty, staff and the community a diverse array of music, theatre and dance designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the campus and surrounding area, showcasing some of the finest artists around the globe, the nation, and the region. The virtual experience will be no exception, featuring a varied lineup that includes livestreamed and pre-recorded theatre, music, and other events — from American Shakespeare Center and Watkins Family Hour to the university’s own Hayes School of Music and a special event with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.
The Children's Council is asking for your input!
The Children's Council of Watauga County, Inc. is seeking input from our community for our strategic planning process. Please complete this quick survey so they can access what our community already knows about their work, what they doing well, and/or what they need to be doing to better serve young children in Watauga County.

Even if you don't know much about them, your input will be helpful. Please respond by September 30, 2020.
Spectrum Reach Webinar
Wednesday, October 14th

Rebuild My Town
Hosted by Chip and Joanne Gaines of the Magnolia Network

We'd love to see you!
The Chamber Team is glad to see our businesses re-opening! Email Regina to let us know you're open and we will stop by for a socially distance visit.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

Our newsletter reaches over 1,000 member contacts each Thursday!
Thank you to our 2020 Chamber Partners!

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