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Article Published: Apr. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Downtown Boone Easter Egg-Stravaganza Saturday

The Downtown Boone Development Association, The Jones House Community Center and the Watauga County Public Library, in conjunction with many local business sponsors, are announcing the 2011 Easter Egg-Stravaganza.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Watauga County Library. Storytelling and arts and crafts will entertain the children, followed by the Easter Parade to the Jones House Community Center for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Children up to the age of 10 will hunt for candy filled eggs and "golden eggs" that can be traded for a prize given by area merchants.

In case of bad weather, activities will be held at the Watauga County Public Library. A decision on the bad weather plan will be made by 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

The Egg-Stravaganza is seeking volunteers to help with the event. Organizers will meet the day of the event from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To help, or for more information, call (828) 262-4532.

Alpha Gamma offers scholarship

The Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will award two scholarships to students majoring in teacher education.

One scholarship will be awarded to a student at Appalachian, and one will be awarded to a Lees-McRae College student.

The application deadline is May. 4. Applications must be female juniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. If a junior is unavailable, the next priority will be a senior, nontraditional student or graduate student.

A letter of application containing a statement of financial need; a statement of commitment to teaching; and a list of extracurricular activities, both on and off campus, is required along with a complete and current transcript and two letters of recommendation or reference.

Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Betty B. Long, Appalachian State University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Boone, N.C. 28608. The Alpha Gamma Scholarship Committee will select the recipients.

National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

The High Country Caregiver Foundation, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making - an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

As a participating organization, High Country Caregiver Foundation is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and execute written advance directives (health care power of attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws.

These resources are available by contacting High Country Caregiver Foundation at (828) 265-5434 x. 128, ( or at

Boone Area Lions host Country Breakfast

All you can eat eggs, pancakes, bacon and country ham will be on the menu when the Boone Area Lions Club holds its annual Country Breakfast on Saturday, April 16, from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Boone on King Street.

All are invited to eat in or take out. Tickets are available from Lions Club members or at the door for $7 for adults and $4 for children under 6.

The Boone Area Lions will also be collecting used eyeglasses during the breakfast to be sent to people in need in other countries. Last year, Lions distributed more than 6 million glasses in developing nations. Local residents are urged to drop off used glasses, dark glasses and hearing aids during the morning. Lions Club brooms will also be on sale.

The proceeds from the Country Breakfast are used to support community projects aiding the visually and hearing impaired children and adults of the High Country. Lions assist those in need of glasses, canes and hearing aids with the assistance of the N.C. Lions Foundation. The club also assists local visually impaired residents by paying for the registration for summer camp at Camp Dogwood on Lake Norman. Other local residents are able to participate in the Visually Impaired Persons fishing tournament at Nags Head in October.

The Boone Area Lions will also sponsor a Blood Drive on May 3 and the Lions Vision Van on June 25. Flags are displayed by the Lions in downtown Boone and on U.S. 421 on seven holidays. The first flags will be flown on May 21 for Armed Forces Day.

Lions Clubs International is the largest international service organization in the world with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographical locations.

The Boone Area Lions Club meets for lunch on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. at Sagebrush in Boone. For more information, call club president Roger Bodo at (828) 964-2079.

LMC hosts Relay for Life April 15

Lees-McRae College Campus Life and the Student Government Association will host a mini Relay for Life on April 15, from 6 p.m. to midnight, in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.

Students were inspired to create teams for Relay for Life. The 19 participating teams represent a variety of organizations, including Student Government, Outdoor Programs, Paws (Campus Programming), Greek Life and academic divisions.

"This is my first year working with Relay for Life, and it has truly been a pleasure," said Justin Kitts, director of campus life and recreation. "I am still amazed at how helpful, energetic and hardworking our student leaders are at Lees-McRae College. I am looking forward to the event so that we can showcase their efforts and bring awareness to campus and the community."

During the evening, there will be several activities in which to participate. In particular, there will be a surf simulator, airbrush tattoos, wax hands, funny tees and candle art. Teams will also provide additional entertainment like a dunking booth, video game tournaments, food and much more.

"Lees-McRae College participates in Relay for Life because it is a life-changing event, one that gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, to fight against cancer and to find a cure," a college spokesperson said.
At Relay, teams will be walking for awareness and running booths to raise even more money for cancer research. All proceeds from Relay for Life support the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

For more information about Relay For Life at Lees-McRae College, contact Justin Kitts at ( or (828) 898-8753.

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