Thursday, April 17
WRITING: The fourth annual Celebration of Student Writing at ASU will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 17 in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union. The event is free and the public is welcome. Door prizes will be awarded.
Friday, April 18
TENEBRAE: First Presbyterian Church, 131 Big Valley St., Boone, will hold its annual Tenebrae service at 8 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18. The service will include hymns, songs, personal reflection, Scripture lessons and a brief meditation. The service will be led by pastor Joel Long, music director Joseph Amaya, pianist Sylvia Rippy and the FPC Chancel Choir. A nursery will be available. For more information, visit http://www.firstpresboone.org
Saturday, April 19
BREAKFAST: The Watauga American Legion Post 130 will sponsor a “Country Breakfast at the Post” from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 19. Cost is $8 per person for all you can eat. For takeouts, call (828) 264-2864 Saturday morning only. The post is located at 135 Bear Trail and Junaluska Town Park in Boone. For more information, Facebook/Watauga American Legion Post 130 or https://sites.google.com/site/ncpost130/
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Poplar Grove Baptist Church will host a pancake breakfast on April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 19. Donations will benefit the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. For additional information or directions to the church, visit poplargrovebaptistchurch.com.
HEALTH: A Tea Friendship Caravan will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19 at the Boone Healing Arts Center. The free event will begin with a traditional Chinese gongfu-style tea ceremony, a casual social ritual that promotes relaxation and openness. Eric Karchmer, acupuncturist at the center, will present information on traditional Chinese theories about nutrition. Light snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is recommended. The center is located at 838 State Farm Road. To register for an event online, visit http://www.bhacboone.com/workshops-events/
or call (828) 386-1172.
WORDKEEPERS: The next Wordkeepers event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 at the Ashe County Arts Council, 303 W. School St., in West Jefferson. At 3 p.m., prior to the 4 p.m. readings, musicians Henry Doss and Scot Pope will play their original music. Wordkeepers features writers reading their latest works in five-minute open microphone time slots. Refreshments are provided. Writers interested in reading from their work should email Chris Arvidson at (firstname.lastname@example.org
HORSE HELPERS: Horse Helpers of the High Country, a nonprofit equine rescue organization, will host a spring open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 featuring barn tours, children’s activities, refreshments and information about Horse Helpers’ mission. The event will be held at Wisteria Farm located at 1199 Odes Wilson Road in Zionville. For more information, email Amy Hudnall at (email@example.com
) or call (828) 297-1833.
Tuesday, April 22
VETERANS: The Appalachian World War II Roundtable is an established group of WWII veterans and historians who have given symposiums in the High Country and regularly speak at schools. “If you are a WWII veteran or interested in speaking directly with ‘the greatest generation,’ please consider joining us at our next monthly meeting. The vets are making themselves available to any and all questions. It will be like talking with a favorite uncle (or aunt),” a spokesman said. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone.
VEGBOONE: VegBoone will be hosting an all-vegan potluck to celebrate Earth Day at 6 p.m. April 22 at the Watauga County Public Library on Queen Street. For more information and to register, go to http://VegBoone.com
or email (VegBoone@gmail.com
Wednesday, April 23
BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives in the coming weeks — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 23 at Watauga Medical Center, 336 Deerfield Road, Boone, to schedule an appointment go to http://www.redcrossblood.org
and enter code “Watauga Medical Center.
Saturday, April 26
POETRY: Lovers of poetry are being asked to share their favorite poem and tell why they chose it at 11 a.m. April 26 in the meeting room of the Watauga County Library. All ages are welcome to present a favorite published poem, one of their own or be the audience. The community event is in honor of Poetry Month and The Favorite Poem Project started in 1997 by Robert Pinsky, national poet laureate. Friends of the Library and Behind the Stacks, a local poetry group, are co-sponsors. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Paula at (828) 963-1164 or Ross at the library reference desk at (828) 964-8784, ext two.
FUNDRAISER: The Marine Corps League of Watauga County will be holding a barbecue fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at the Boone Moose Lodge. Plates will be $10. All proceeds will be used to assist veterans in Watauga and Avery counties. Tickets may be purchased in advance from league members, or plates will be sold the day of the event. To purchase tickets contact Chuck Wright at (828) 443-5944, Jon Sigmon at (828) 964-7294 or Kris Fowler at (828) 260-2981.