Second Wind April Calendar of Events

The Highland County Second Wind Calendar for the month of April has been released, and it includes plenty of activities for area seniors.

Tech-Senior classes are a volunteer led friendly group of “mature” computer users, dedicated to helping each other with the mysteries of personal computers. Suitable for beginning to intermediate computer users.  The classes are held in two locations: On April 4th, 18th and May 2nd ,from 1-3 at the Highland Telephone Cooperative office in Monterey, who sponsors the event,  and April 6th, 12th, and 26th from 10AM to Noon at Highland Public Library.

Move it! Make it!  Exercise classes can help build muscle and flexibility, which can help prevent injury from falls. Exercise begins at 3 PM every Wednesday at the Highland Public Library, followed by crafts and conversation at 4.

There will also be plenty of conversation at the Community Luncheon hosted by the Golden Oldies at the modular conference building, 11 AM to 1 PM, April 13. Come early to play bingo for prizes!

Shopping trips are also planned, with an April 5th trip to the Gateway Restaurant in Franklin, followed by grocery shopping, and a trip over the mountains for stops at store in the Valley scheduled for April 19th. Pick-up for these two trips will be at the Highland Public Library, at 10 am and 9am respectively.

Also at the library, on April 15th at 5:30 pm in the Mountain View Room, Bonnie Baxley will present a photo travelogue of her recent trip to Cuba. Or maybe you’d rather do the traveling yourself – if so, three “field trips” for seniors are planned. On April 9th, you can travel to the 14th Annual Bath County Bluegrass Jamboree at Bath County High School. There is a cost for tickets and transportation. The music lasts from 6:00 – 9:00, and transportation will leave the library at 3:30.

More music will be available on April 17th, with a trip to the Garth Newel Spring Concert in Bath County. There is a transportation cost – the concert begins at 2:00, and transportation will leave the library at 12:30.

And get in that spring spirit with a trip to the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area in West Virginia.  The unusual conditions in the 750 acres create a perfect environment for the unusual plants that grow in bogs including carnivorous plants. Lunch will be in Marlinton, WV, and meal expenses are on your own. There is a transportation cost – this is a collaboration with the Highland Recreation Commission, and the trip will leave the Highland Pool Complex at 9 AM.

For more information on these activities, contact Valley Program For Aging Services Highland County Coordinator  Harmony Leonard at 540-468-2178, or email

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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