Cowee Volunteer and Rescue will be hosting the 36th annual Singing in the Valley this Saturday at the Historic Cowee School beginning at 2 p.m., with family fun, music, food and community events. The day will feature safety events for the whole family, with live music starting at 4 p.m. with the Gospel Mountaineers, The Clay Cogdill Family and The Wilson family followed by Blue Mountain Movement beginning at 8 p.m.

Community booths will be available all day for health and wellness, fire prevention resources, snacks and ice cream, a bake sale, T-shirts, corn hole and a silent auction.

For the young bicycle riders, there will be a safe riding course hosted from 4 to 6 p.m. by Jackie Moore with Active Routes to School. Active Routes to School is a NC Safe Routes to School Project supported by a partnership between the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Division of Public Health. Through this project there are ten Active Routes to School project coordinators working across North Carolina to make it easier for elementary and middle school students to safely walk and bike to school. The project coordinators work with partners in their communities to increase:

– One-time awareness events about the importance of Safe Routes to School.

– The number of ongoing programs that encourage walking and biking to or at school.

– The number of trainings on how to implement Safe Routes to School-related activities.

– The number of policies that support walking and biking to or at school.

– The number of safety features near schools.

– In addition to working directly with schools, the project coordinators work within communities to identify opportunities for shared use of facilities and Complete Streets to improve access to physical activity.

Community members are encouraged to bring a bicycle and receive a free helmet and helmet fitting while supplies last.

Members of the Cowee Valley Fire/Rescue Department will be providing fire truck and safety demonstrations for the community.

Safe Kids of Macon County will be working with Safe Kids of Jackson County to host a car seat checking station beginning at 4 p.m. The checking station is free to the public and will feature certified technicians checking to ensure children are fitted for the right seat.

Macon County Public Service will be represented for a special 9-11 Remembrance by Cowee Honor Guard Detail to honor fallen Brothers and Sisters.

A fundraising dinner will be served and will feature a $8 BBQ plate with all the fixin’s and a drink ($5 for kids).

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