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Curiosity For You, Home & Garden has relocated to its new location between Boone and Tweetsie Railroad at 3451 U.S. 321 South in next to The Incredible Toy Company.
Curiosity For You, Home & Garden offers select furniture consignments, home décor, garden, pottery, art, handbags, jewelry and gift items.
The new location welcomes Wolf Creek Traders, Michael Lankford Designs, Gabriel's Cottage and the Gilded Lily as select booth vendors.
Meanwhile, Curiosity Cakes To Go will open at the same location by July 01.
Curiosity is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call (828) 414-9700 or visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Curiosity/148948198497855.
Red Cross seeks type O negative blood
The supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels.
Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
Type O negative donors are needed now to help prevent the supply from declining further.
"The American Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders to ask them to help recruit type O negative blood donations to help meet the needs of patients in our community," said Revonda Wood, spokeswoman for American Red Cross Blood Services.
While all blood types are needed during the summer months, the Red Cross urges those eligible donors with O negative blood type to make and keep appointments in the upcoming days to help restore the blood supply.
A shortage of type O negative blood often occurs during the summer months when fewer donors are giving because of summer vacations and schools approaching summer break are hosting fewer drives.
According to statistics, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.
Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood, and volunteer donors are the only source.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when coming to donate.
Eligible blood donors are asked to call (828) 264-8226 to find a blood drive and to make an appointment.
Gonzalez named ASU provost
Dr. Lori Gonzalez has been named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. Her appointment was approved by Appalachian's Board of Trustees at its June 17 meeting.
She comes to Appalachian from the University of Kentucky (UK) where she is dean of the College of Health Sciences.
Gonzalez has been dean of UK's College of Health Sciences since 2005. Prior to that, she served in faculty and administrative roles in the college since 1991. Gonzalez, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ky., received her undergraduate degree in speech pathology and audiology at UK, her master's of art in communication disorders at Eastern Kentucky University and her doctor of philosophy in speech from the University of Florida.
Gonzalez will begin her tenure at Appalachian in September.
Dr. Lorin Baumhover, who served as chief of staff to the chancellor from February 2005 to December 2009, has served as interim provost since June 2010.
High Country Classics Car Show
The High Country Classics Car Club will host its annual High Country Car and Bike Show on Saturday, June 25, at the new Watauga High School in Boone.
Hundreds of show vehicles and bikes are expected to roll into town for this event that draws participants and spectators from miles around.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and will continue until noon, with awards presented by 2 p.m.
Plaques will be distributed to the Top 50 cars, Top 10 motorcycles, Best of Show and Club's Choice.
Concessions (lunch), a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and music are just a few of many reasons to attend. The most important reason, however, might be to honor the charities that the car club supports through its event proceeds.
This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit 5-year-old Moses Haley of Blowing Rock, who is suffering from a rare, aggressive type of cancer.
High Country Classics is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, restoration, preservation and promotion of classic cars, trucks and antiques.
Membership is open to owners of classic cars, trucks and antiques and to people interested in the same. Dues are $25 per year and cover members of the immediate family (husband/wife and children under 16 years of age).
The club also hosts Friday Night Cruise-ins at the K-Mart parking lot on the second and fourth Friday of each month. (Exceptions apply for pre-scheduled crafts shows at the same location.)
For more information, visit http://www.highcountryclassics.com or attend a club meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Poplar Grove Baptist Church.