Notes of Interest



Article Published: Oct. 7, 2010 | Modified: Apr. 3
Notes of Interest


ITEMS OF INTEREST

4-H Fruit Plant Sale : Plants will be ready for pick up April 11 and 12. For an order form, come by the Cooperative Extension office at 971 West King Street, call (828) 264-3061 or download at http://watauga4h.blogspot.com.

WINE FESTIVAL: The annual Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival will take place in Blowing Rock Thursday through Sunday, April 10-13. Presented by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature seminars, dinners, the Grand Wine Tasting, Grillin’ and Chillin’ event, live music and more. For more information, visit http://www.blueridgewinefestival.com or call (828) 295-7851.



Easter

EGG-STRAVANGANZA: The Downtown Boone Development Association, the town of Boone, the Jones House Community and Cultural Center and the Watauga County Public Library will hold the 13th annual downtown Boone Easter EGG-stravanganza from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 12. The fun begins at the Watauga County Library at 2 p.m., where children and families can enjoy live entertainment and arts and crafts, followed by an Easter parade to the Jones House Community and Cultural Center. Once at the Jones House, families and children can participate in the Jones House Easter egg hunt. There will be local agencies and businesses at the Jones House offering treats and activities. In case of inclement weather, all activities will take place at the library. The decision will be posted online at http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org, http://www.downtownboonenc.com and http://www.facebook.com/DowntownBooneNC. For more information, call (828) 268-6283 or (828) 264-8784.

EASTER GAMES: ASU recreation management students will be planning and running an Easter Festival at Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Center and Memorial Park on April 12. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. with games and activities. At 11 a.m., an Easter egg hunt begins. Participants should bring their own baskets. Prizes will be given for games, activities and the egg hunt. In addition, the bunny will be present. For more information, visit http://townofblowingrock.com/depts/Parks_and_Recreation/ and click on the link for events, email (prdirector@townofblowingrock.com) or call (828) 295-5222.

EGG HUNT: Deerfield United Methodist Church is having a community Easter Egg Hunt for ages 2 to 12 at 2 p.m. on April 13. There will be hot dog meal after the hunt.

PAGEANT: An Easter Parade Pageant will be held April 19 at center court at the Boone Mall. Divisions will include boys, up to 2 years old and 3 to 5 years old; girls, up to 18 months old, 19 to 35 months old, 3 to 4 years old, 5 to 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 12 years old, 13 to 15 years old and 16 to 19 years old. Dress will be Easter attire or Sunday best. Trophies, crowns and monogrammed banners will be award. Every child will receive a trophy. Entry forms are available at the Boone Mall office or downloaded from http://www.littlemissnc.com. Call Carolyn Marley at (828) 295-3880 for more information.

EASTER EGG HUNT: A communitywide Easter egg hunt will be held at Camp New Hope in Ashe County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19. The Easter Bunny will arrive by helicopter at noon, weather permitting. There will also be hot dogs, cupcakes, a presentation by park rangers, face painting, singing and dancing, a children’s playhouse and Santa Claus.



Music

CONCERT: Saxophones, from soprano to bass, will be featured during an April 7 performance of saxophone chamber music at ASU. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

CONCERT: An April 6 concert at ASU features brass chamber ensembles from the Hayes School of Music. The 6 p.m. performance will be held in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free.



ART/Theater

INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING: An introduction to East Asian brush painting is being sponsored by the Watauga County Arts Council and will take place at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. Sessions are being offered twice each day for six weeks beginning May 21. Participants may choose either morning sessions, which are offered from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or evening sessions, offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $180 for six two and a half-hour sessions, plus a $40 material fee. Scholarship funds are available. To register, visit the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, call (828) 264-1789 or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org to register online.



VOLUNTEERS

Raise Hope and Foster Dreams: Become a foster parent. Watauga County DSS is scheduling their spring training session for interested foster and adoptive parents. Contact Roberta Yates for more information at (roberta.yates@watgov.org) or call (828) 265-8100.

Watauga Humane society: need volunteers to help care for the animals, our building and grounds. We also need volunteers to help with adoption events, fundraising events and more. For more information or to sign up, click on the volunteer tab on our website http://www.wataugahumanesociety.org.



CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP: The ASU art department will host a workshop with wood-fire ceramics artist Peter Callas on April 3. His afternoon demonstration workshop will take place at the art building from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by a lecture in room 114 of the Belk Library at 7 p.m. For more information, call (828) 262-7271.

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. Location: Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. At 2 p.m. April 3 in the dining room, Nicole Delcogliano, an intern with Clean Water for North Carolina, will talk about some of the disastrous consequences of fracking in other states, where the shale basins are located in North Carolina and why it is better to leave shale oil and gas in the ground in North Carolina. In 2012, a dozen organizations formed the Frackfree NC Alliance, making presentations in more than 40 N.C. counties so far. Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com) to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.

AYURVEDIC COOKING CLASS: The Boone Healing Arts Center will host an Ayurvedic cooking class, taught by Elena Sartori, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. The class will focus on the spiritual aspect of food and eating. Participants will make a vegan, gluten-free traditional Indian breakfast. Cost is $50. Class includes meal and recipe packets. To register online, visit http://www.bhacboone.com/workshops-events/ or call (828) 386-1172.

JOURNAL MAKING WORKSHOP: The Watauga County Arts Council is sponsoring a creative journal making workshop for girls ages 13 to 17 under the leadership of instructor Lexie Danner. It will take place at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. The fee is $20 for a three-hour session with a $5 material fee. Scholarship funds are available. To register, visit the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, call (828) 264-1789 or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org to register online.

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. Location: Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. At 2 p.m. April 7 in the upstairs conference room, come and learn the truth about John Brown. Lynne Getz will be talking about a man of burning furor who made an indelible mark in history just prior to the Civil War. But who was this man, what was he like? Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com) to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. Location: Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. At 10 a.m. April 8 join the group to hike the Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock. Meet in Cannon Garden Parking lot, 229 Laurel Lane, Blowing Rock. This is an ancient native trail winding along New Year’s Creek. The 3.2 mile round trip trail descends some 800 feet and provides breathtaking vistas of two waterfalls. Fairly strenuous hiking back up. Bring water and hiking poles. Join the group in town for lunch after the hike. Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com) to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. Location: Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. At 2 p.m. April 9 in the upstairs conference room, Mark Strazicich will discuss “The State of Our Economy and the Econonic Impact of the 2013 Shutdown.” Strazicich is a professor of economics at ASU. Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com) to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.

Yoga: The next 12-week session of Yoga classes are scheduled to start on Thursday April 10 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center. Deadline to register for the class is 10 a.m. on the April 10. The total cost of the class is $62. For more information, call (828) 297-5195 with any questions.

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. Location: Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. At 2:30 p.m. April 15 in the dining room, Evelyn Asher will provide an overview of entrepreneurship in Watauga County where the CCC&TI Small Business Center has enhanced its presence the past two years. Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com) to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.

YOGA: Akal Dev Sharonne will be teaching her next session of Yoga Classes starting April 15 at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center. This will be an 11 week session. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. on April 15. The total cost of the class is $62. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced yoga students. For more information, call (828) 265-8090.

WORKSHOP: As part of Grandfather Home for Children’s continuing mission “to find and support a safe family environment setting in which each child can remain free from abuse and hurt,” the ministry is embarking on a historic partnership with the Williams Family YMCA to stop child sexual abuse in the community by offering adults the chance to be trained in the award winning Darkness to Light program. The training will also include a lunch, tour of the historic Grandfather Home campus, and a special Circle of Courage presentation by the students living at Grandfather Home. The training will be offered on the Grandfather Home Hayes campus in Banner Elk from 9 a.m. to noon April 4. The cost is $10 to cover the cost of training materials. Registration will be limited to 50. Contact April Miller or Melynda Pepple for more information and to make a reservation at ( 828) 898-5465.

BUSINESS WORKSHOP: A free Entrepreneur Business Resources Workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 10 at the Appalachian Enterprise Center, 130 Poplar Grove Extension, Boone. Whether your business is new or established, or you’re just cultivating the seed of a great idea, success depends on getting the assistance you need. Learn about programs and resources available to the small business owner or potential owner. Briles Johnson, director of the N.C. Women’s Business Center, will be the speaker. Watauga Small Business Center workshops are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call (828) 263-5370 or visit http://www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness.

Needlework Class: at Harrill Senior Center in Boone. We are now accepting registration for a new session of needlework class. Classes will meet at the Harrill Senior Center each Thursday from 1-4 p.m. beginning Thursday, April 17. The instructor is Marianne Evans and the charge for the 12-week session is $38.00. Instruction will be available in knitting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross-stitch and hardanger. Class size is limited. Any age may attend but priority is given to persons age sixty and older. The deadline for registration is 12:30 on first day of class. Please call the Senior Center at (828) 265-8090 for more information.

HISTORY: A new historical society called the Watauga History Hunters will hold its inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Three Forks Baptist Church. It will be an informal meeting to talk about the rich history of Watauga County and to collect ideas for making sure that history is preserved and perpetuated. For more information, contact Michael C. Hardy at (828) 737-0305.

NEIGHBORHOOD YOGA: New Student Spring Special throughout the month of April. Two weeks of unlimited yoga classes for $25. We have over 20 classes per week, from beginner to advanced. For a complete schedule of classes and directions to the studio, visit neighborhoodyoga.net, and for questions or more info call (828) 265-0377.

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners offers lectures and activities to adults in the area. Location: Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Poplar Grove Connector, Boone. Every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to Noon, Classroom 3: “Lifelong Painters.” Leader: JoAnn Pippin, watercolor artist with 20 years of experience. Join JoAnn and others who gather every Wednesday for a “paint together” session. Just bring your watercolors and equipment and be inspired by this lively group of painters. All levels are invited, but some experience with watercolor is helpful. Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com) to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.

DRAWING FOR CHILDREN: The Watauga County Arts Council is sponsoring drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 under the instruction of Katherine Marx. The ongoing lessons will be offered every from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. Because it is an ongoing class, the fee will be $16 per class payable by the month in advance. Scholarship funds are available. To register, visit the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, call (828) 264-1789 or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org to register online.

Health education classes: The Community Care Clinic offers free interactive health education classes. Fun and Fitness, All About Diabetes, Stop Smoking, Yoga and Lunch and Learn are taught on a regular schedule. You do not need to be a patient to come to these classes. For more information, call the clinic at (828) 265-8591 or email (ccclinic.education@gmail.com)

FREE CLINIC: Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. on Hwy. 105 in Boone. Victoria Daniel is offering an afternoon of EnergyWorks healing sessions at no charge to the public. Recipients of EnergyWorks experience numerous positive results such as pain relief, stress reduction, deep relaxation, and emotional rebalancing to name just a few. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 394-9270 or email (tellvictoria@yahoo.com) and enter FREE CLINIC in the subject line.

ART CLASSES: are offered at Soukup Art Studio in Boone. Classes are available for beginner and intermediate level adults and teens. Painting, drawing and collage media are explored. Group classes are offered on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings. For details or to inquire, visit http://www.soukupfineartstudio.com.

WATAUGA WOODCARVERS: Learn to create works of art in wood. Individual woodcarving instruction available at no charge. (carving knife, thumb guard & safety glove, available at cost.) Beginner or experienced. Continue or begin your woodcarving adventure. Meetings every Tuesday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Western Watauga Community Center, 1081 Old U.S. Hwy. 421, Sugar Grove. Our objective is to teach, carve and learn together. For more information, visit or call Wayne at (828) 297-7481.

Free Introductory Healing Touch Sessions: Akal Dev Sharonne, CHTP, is offering free introductory sessions to introduce people to this powerful form of energy healing. Sharonne has been practicing Healing Touch for 12 years. Sessions are held at the Blue Mountain Center, located at 1064 Meadowview Drive in Boone. To schedule an appointment, please call Akal Dev at (828) 264-1384.



SPORTS/OUTDOORS

WILDFLOWER HIKES: Weekly free spring wildflower hikes in Grandfather Mountain State Park with park rangers Sue McBean and Luke Appling have returned. Participants should plan on being out for two and a half hours. The hike will not be more than two miles and will be on easier portions of the trails. Participants should dress for the weather, wear appropriate trail shoes and bring water and a snack. All ages will enjoy this program, but children younger than 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (828) 963-9522 or visit (grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov) Upcoming free hikes are: 2 p.m. April 4 at Profile Trail; 10 a.m. April 8 at Profile Trail; 2 p.m. April 10 at Profile Trail; 10 a.m. April 18 at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Park, meet at park sign; 6 p.m. April 18 at Profile Trail; 5 p.m. April 20 at Profile Trail; 1 p.m. April 22 at Profile Trail; 1 p.m. April 23 at Profile Trail; and 10 a.m. April 24 at the Boone Fork parking lot.

STATE PARK: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County will hold a free program on Mount Jefferson geology at 2 p.m. April 5; meet at the picnic shelter. Meet a ranger for a 1.3-mile hike. Bring a coat and wear sturdy shoes. For more information or directions, call (336) 246-9653.

STATE PARK: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County will hold a free Astronomy Night April 5; meet at 8 p.m. at the park office. Bring a small flashlight for a one mile hike to Luther Rock. Wear sturdy shoes. Children must be closely supervised. For more information or directions, call (336) 246-9653.

STATE PARK: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County will hold a free Luther Rock Nature Hike April 6; meet at the picnic shelter at 2 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes. For more information or directions, call (336) 246-9653.

DODGEBALL: The Boone Police Department will be hosting a dodgeball tournament to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina on April 26 at the Old Cove Creek School Gym, located at 207 Dale Adams Road in Sugar Grove. Dodgeball teams will consist of six players. There is a $150 dollar minimum donation fee for teams wishing to register. The tournament will be double elimination format, with prizes going to the top team. All teams that register before April 11 will receive a Dodgeball Throwdown T-shirt. For more information or to register, contact Jake Harkey at (Jake.Harkey@townofboone.net) or Kevin Wilson at (Kevin.Wilson@townofboone.net)

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