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Originally published: 2014-04-11 13:46:53
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Calendar of events

April 11

MOTOWN IN THE MOUNTAINS: Motown in the Mountains, the largest annual fundraising event for the nonprofit Boone Service League, takes place April 11 at the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. Funk, soul and classic rock band Soul Benefactor will perform timeless Motown hits with members of the Junaluska Gospel Choir. Tickets are available at http://www.booneserviceleague.org/motown.html and at the door.


DESSERT TASTING: The seventh annual Girl Scouts' Dessert Tasting and Silent Auction will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 11 at the Family Life Center at Boone United Methodist Church, located at 471 New Market Blvd. Area chefs will use their choice of Girl Scout cookies to create desserts to be sampled by the audience. Tickets are available at the door: $8 per person or $12 for two. For more information, contact Nancy Blair at (828) 719-5034 or (nblair@girlscoutsp2p.org)


FISH FRY: The Appalachian Shrine Club will be having its Spring Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 11 at the Snow Masonic Lodge on Temple Drive in Boone, near the Old Watauga High School.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 eat free. All proceeds go to benefit the Shriner's Hospital for Children. Menu includes catfish, slaw, hush puppies, fries, as well as an option for chicken or hot dogs for nonfish lovers. For more information or for tickets, contact Josh Teague at (828) 262-9897 or at the law offices of Joshua J. Teague, P.A. 827 West King St., Boone. Make checks payable to Appalachian Shrine Club.


April 12

FUNDRAISER: Appalachian Mountain Brewery will be hosting a fundraising event for ASU's Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 team from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 12. Food will be sold for $5 a plate and will include live music. Raffle tickets and AMB's local beer will be available for purchase. Prior to this event, AMB will also host the Appalachian Sustainability Council's inaugural Adopt-A-Stream clean up of Boone Creek from 2 p.m. to 4 pm. Information about the cleanup and other Earth Week events can be found at http://www.news.appstate.edu/2014/03/28/earth-day-2/.

FUN FESTIVAL: The first Family Fun Festival, a benefit for the Watauga County extended learning centers (afterschool program) and holiday snow day program will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 12 at Watauga High School. The event will feature games and activities, live music, jump houses and an auction. Parental supervision is required for children to attend.


CEMETERY CLEANUP: The Matney Liberty Cemetery, 7121 Hwy. 194 South, will have an annual cleanup day at 8 a.m. April 12. Those taking part are asked to bring shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, saws, and hand tools to help with the clean up in preparation for the mowing season. Donations for the cemetery may be sent to: Matney Liberty Cemetery Fund, c/o Vanessa Rupard, 1078 Upper Crab Orchard Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

 
CHILDREN'S BUILDFEST: The Children's Playhouse presents Playhouse BuildFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at Parkway School as part of the 2014 North Carolina Science Festival. A free event for children 2 to 12, Build Fest will be a daylong celebration of creativity and problem-solving, offering more than 25 hands-on STEM and art activities and engaging demonstrations. There will be all ages activities, as well as activities specifically designed for preschool, grades K-3 and grades 4-6. Admission will be free, but families making a day of it may want to purchase Playhouse, the High Country's only nonprofit children's museum. For more information, visit  http://www.goplayhouse.org or call (828) 263-0011.


CONTRA DANCE: The Boone Country Dancers returns to the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis for its next community contra dance on April 12. The evening will begin with a beginners' workshop from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. After the workshop, the regular dance will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a waltz break at 9:30 p.m. The dance will feature the band Spinning Wheel and the caller will be Connie Carringer. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for high school students and free to anyone 12 years old or younger. For further information, visit  boonecountrydancers.org.


TM: A free introductory presentation on Transcendental Meditation will be held at 11 a.m. April 12 at the Boone Healing Arts Center, 838 State Farm Road, Boone. For more information, call Randy at (319) 217-9210.


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.


KIDS WORKSHOPS: The ASU Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has released its schedule for upcoming spring and summer workshops for kids that are now open for registration. All workshops are held at the Turchin Center's Classroom 3200 and all supplies are included. Registration and pricing information can be found at http://tcva.org/calendar/super/id/947. Workshops include "Mixing It Up: Kids, Art and Books," April 12, May 10, June 14, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 4-7; "Making Markers Magical," June 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 6-10; "Mixed Media and Markers," June 23-27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., ages 11-14; "ActionFigures," June 30-July 3, 9 a.m. to noon, for ages 6-11; "Self-Reflection," June 30-July 3, 1 to 4 p.m., for ages 12-16; "Kids Art Week," July 14-18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 7-12;  "Color: A Visual Sensation," Aug. 11-15, 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 6-11; "Introduction to Design," Aug. 11-15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 11-15.


April 13

STATE PARK: Grandfather Mountain State Park is offering a free program on "Minerals You Can't Live Without" at 3 p.m. April 13; meet at the Lowes Foods parking lot off N.C. 105 at the intersection of N.C. 184. Join a ranger to learn about all the many minerals that are out there that are used on a daily basis. Dress accordingly for the weather. as this will be about a 30-minute outdoor program. For more information, call (828) 963-9522 or (andy.sicard@ncparks.gov) To view the Google map of the park, visit http://goo.gl/maps/iVikh.


CLOTHES DRIVE: maurices in the Boone Mall is holding a clothing drive to benefit ASHE (A Safe Home for Everyone). The clothing drive is taking place now through April 30. Customers can drop off their donations any time during store hours, which are 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For each donation, a coupon for 20 percent off any one regular-priced maurices item will be given.

STATE PARK: A program on the timeline history of Mt. Jefferson will be offered at 2 p.m. April 13 at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County; meet at 2 p.m. at the picnic shelter. Through the use of photographs, stories and maps, the group will discuss the evidence and legends about Mt. Jefferson's history. A hike will cross the ridgeline and allow for scenic views. Wear sturdy shoes. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.

 
STATE PARK: A junior nature hike will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 at New River State Park in Ashe County; meet at the U.S. 221 access area visitor center. Meet a ranger for a one-mile nature hike for children ages 4 and older. For more information, call (336) 982-2587.


STATE PARK: A program on butterflies and months - legendary tales will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 at Elk Knob State Park. In celebration of butterflies and moths, come learn about their fascinating history, interactions with humans, and amazing, little known facts about these marvelous creatures. Meet at the park office. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.


YOGA: Akal Dev Sharonne will offer a free yoga class at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone at 7 p.m. April 13. This "Chakra Flow Yoga" class will celebrate the season. Some experience with yoga or other forms of exercise will be helpful.  For more information call (828) 264-1384.


HOLY WEEK: St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Boone, 170 Councill St., behind Earth Fare, is holding Holy Week services. They include today, Palm Sunday, at 7:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; at 5:30 p.m. April 14-15, Holy Eucharist; 12:15 p.m. April 16, Holy Eucharist with ministry for healing and 3:15 p.m., Experiential Way of the Cross for; 7 p.m. April 17, Holy Eucharist and foot washing; 7 a.m. April 18, Liturgy of the Day with Communion from Reserved Sacrament; noon April 18, community service followed by a simple soup lunch; 7:45 p.m. April 19, the Great Vigil of Easter; 10:30 a.m. April 20, Festive Holy Eucharist, followed by a potluck brunch and Easter egg hunt.

 
CONCERT: The Hayes School of Music's Faculty Performance Series at ASU will present the New River Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. April 13 in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.


STREET FAIR: Bringing together local businesses and organizations for the advancement of music, food and community spirit, the third Howard Street Exchange is returning on from noon to 5 p.m. April 13 on Howard Street in downtown Boone. Any local businesses, nonprofits or bands that would like to have a space at the event should contact Ben Loomis at (757) 876-1093 or (hsebcn@gmail.com) The deadline for vendors to sign up is April 6. For more information on the fair, visit howardstreetexchange.squarespace.com. The rain date is April 27.


LIBRARY: The Friends of the Watauga County Library's annual meeting will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 in the main library's meeting room. The guest speaker is N.C. poet laureate Joseph Bathanti. Bathanti is the author of numerous books of poetry, several novels and a short story collection. He will read from his poetry and short fiction.


TOUR FOR LIFE: The Watauga Humane Society is hosting North Shore Animal League's Tour for Life event, the "World's Largest Mobile Adoption Event," from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Walmart in Boone. Shelters and rescues will be there to adopt out animals and raise money for animal welfare. There will also be a low cost rabies clinic, hosted by Animal Hospital of Boone, for $8 per one-year vaccine and $10 per three-year vaccine. In addition, Queeny's Pet Palace will give a pet a bright-colored temporary tattoo, PetStyle Salon will provide your pet with a toenail trim and Pet-a-Cure for $5, and get a microchip for your pet for only $25, thanks to Mast Mobile Pet Care & Acupuncture. A Red Cross Pet First Aid booth will share some tips and tricks about handling animal emergencies. There will be live music by Edward Main and Sailor's Warning. The Boone Police Department will provide a K-9 demonstration and Melissa McKinnon of Woof Pack Pet Services will also give Those interested in sponsoring Watauga Humane Society's Tour for Life event, sponsoring an animal, participating or making a donation can call (828) 266-9843 for more information.


CANTATA: The Perkinsville Baptist Church Adult Sanctuary Choir will present "Jesus, Only Jesus," an Easter worship cantata, at 7 p.m. April 12 and at 10:45 a.m. April 13.


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.


April 14


LIBRARY WEEK: Help the Watauga County Public Library in Boone celebrate National Library Week by attending one of these free events: Story time with guest reader David Blust at 11 a.m. April 14; story time with guest author Yogi Collins at 11 a.m. April 15; story time with guest reader Boone Mayor Andy Ball at 11 a.m. April 16; story time with guest musician Laura Donovan at 11 a.m. April 17. For more information, call the library at (828) 264-8784.




HOLY WEEK: The Blowing Rock Community Lenten Week services will be held at the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. Services on April 14, April 15 and April 16 will be held each day at noon followed by a luncheon. Communion will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunset Drive  at 6:30 p.m. on April 16. The Easter sunrise Sservice, led by the Rev. Lynn Stall, will be held at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church at 6:30 a.m. on April 20. The Presbyterian Men will host a breakfast at the church immediately following the sunrise service. For more information, call at (828) 295-7715 or email (lynn@firstbaptistblowingrock.com)


HEROES: Chad Pregracke, CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year, will speak at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone on at 7 p.m. April 14. The free event is presented by Watauga River Partners, Mountain Keepers, and Western North Carolina Alliance. Pregracke's 45-minute talk will focus on his life's work of cleaning garbage out of the Mississippi River and other waterways with his nonprofit Living Lands & Waters. Pregracke will follow the talk with a signing for his book, "From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers." The Harvest House Performing Arts Center is located at 247 Boone Heights Dr.


ALCOHOL SERVERS: Local restaurants, bars and alcohol retail establishments are invited to a free Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program training event from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at the La Quinta Inn in Boone. The training is for both on-premise and off-premise business owners, managers and employees. Business participants will receive certification from  the NC ABC Commission. Participants may preregister their business by visiting http://abc.nc.gov/education/rasp/?d=2.


BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives in the coming weeks --1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 14 at Chili's, 1934 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, for an appointment call (828) 266-9626; 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut St., Blowing Rock, sponsored by Blowing Rock Rotary, to schedule an appointment call (828) 295-3590; 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"; and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at the Caldwell Community College's Watauga campus, 372 Community College Drive, Boone, to schedule an appointment call (828) 297-2185. Those who are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can contact Ginny Anderson, donor recruitment representative (Carolina Blood Services Region), at (336) 416-4016.


TORCH CLUB: The High Country Torch Club has scheduled its meetings for 2014. They are held at 11:30 a.m. at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. Upcoming gatherings include April 14, with Ken Shull, on "Catching Up with Cloning"; May 12, Roland Moy, "Optional Reality and American Democracy"; June 9, Robert Schneider, "Why Galileo Matters: Relfections at 450"; July 14, Stuart Omans, "Happy 450th, Shakespeare"; Aug. 11, Wayne Clawson, "Sam Levenson"; Sept. 8, Herbert Hash, "When All Hell Breaks Loose"; Oct. 13, Loretta Clawson, "Mayors of Boone"; and Nov. 19, Peter Petschauer, "Mystery of the Lost Plane." For more information, call Bettie Bond at (828) 264-4275.


April 15

OPEN MIC: The second annual Open Door/Open Mic, sponsored by the Open Door program, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 15 in Whitewater Cafe, on the second floor of Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. The stage will be open to all types of performances, from singing to juggling to monologues to guitar solos; the only condition is that the performance be respectful of all people. Performances will be scheduled on a first-come basis, and  refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Open Door, visit edc.appstate.edu/open-door.


AUDUBON: High Country Audubon will have its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 15 at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Jessica Krippel, a graduate stuednt in biology at Western Carolina University and the HCAS Sue Wells recipient, will present an update on the progress of her song sparrow research.  HCAS invites the public to attend its monthly meetings and field trips. Announcements can be found at http://www.highcountryaudubon.org.


ELECTIONS BOARD: The Watauga County Board of Elections will hold meetings on absentee ballots at 5 p.m. on April 15, 22 and 29 and on May 5 at the elections office in the Watauga County Courthouse in Boone.


CONCERT: Kevin Gray Richardson and John Stanley Ross conduct the Appalachian Symphonic Band in an April 15 concert. The free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall.


YOGA: Akal Dev Sharonne will be teaching her next session of yoga classes starting on April 15 at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone. The first four weeks of class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 Tuesdays and the last seven weeks of class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m Deadline to register is April 15. The cost of the class is $62. For more information, call 265-8090.


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.


BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives in the coming weeks -- 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut St., Blowing Rock, sponsored by Blowing Rock Rotary, to schedule an appointment call (828) 295-3590; 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"; and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at the Caldwell Community College's Watauga campus, 372 Community College Drive, Boone, to schedule an appointment call (828) 297-2185. Those who are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can contact Ginny Anderson, donor recruitment representative (Carolina Blood Services Region), at (336) 416-4016.


APRIL 16

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd., will hold Holy Week Services. They include: 5:30 p.m. April 16 in the chapel, a foot washing service; 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 17, a simple meal in the Family Life Center; 7 p.m., April 17, The Last Supper comes to life through a dramatization in the church sanctuary, Communion will follow; 5 p.m. April 17, a foot washing service at Blackburn's Chapel in Todd; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 18, self-guided Stations of the Cross in the church sanctuary; at 7 p.m. April 18, Christ's Seven Last Words, a worship service in the sanctuary; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 19, a Family Easter Celebration in the Family Life Center; and at 6:30 a.m. April 20, a sunrise service in the courtyard or chapel (depending on the weather), at 8:45 a.m., 10:55 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 20, worship services; and at 9 a.m., breakfast, with 10 a.m. worship at Blackburn's Chapel in Todd. For more information, call (828) 264-6090 or visit http://www.booneumc.org. Blackburn's Chapel is located at 3986 Railroad Grade Road in Todd.


WORKSHOP: The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE will host a special free lunchtime workshop for start-ups and existing business owners in and around Boone. The Small Business Programs and Services Workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. April 16 in the conference room at the Appalachian Enterprise Center, 130 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone; directions, http://aectr.com/AEC_directions.html. To register, Herman Metzler at (336) 982-5330 or (hgpmetzler@frontier.com)
 

CONCERT: The Appalachian Wind Ensemble and the 2014 Hayes School of Music concerto winner will perform April 16. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.


April 17

FIBER GUILD: The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild is now switching back to a summer schedule. Its meetings for the next six months will be held on the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center, beginning April 17.
 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 115 E. King St., Boone, will offer Holy Week services at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 17: at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 18; at 7 p.m. for an Easter vigil on Saturday, April 19; and at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday.
   

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.


NEEDLEWORK: Registration is now being accepted for a new session of needlework class. Classes will meet at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday beginning April 17. The instructor is Marianne Evans and the charge for the 12-week session is $38. Call the 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.


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. on April 17 in the dining room, Alan Hauser will speak on "Great Stories in the Bible." Contact high.country.lifelong@gmail.com to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.


April 18

EASTER EVENTS: Brushy Fork Baptist will host an Easter cantata at 7 p.m. on April 18 and an Easter egg hunt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 19. A Sonrise and Communion service will take place at 8:30 a.m. April 20, with breakfast following the service. A nursery will be provided. For more information, visit http://www.brushyforkbaptistchurch.com/.
        

"WALK WITH JESUS": Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Banner Elk is hosting a special Good Friday service April 18 during the Passion Week before Easter. "Walk With Jesus" is a multisensory experience as families remember the events of the week leading up to and through the resurrection of Jesus. The event begins at 6 p.m. Group sizes will be limited and a new group will begin its journey every 20 minutes. So, participants can arrive any time between 6 and 7:15 p.m. and have their own journey. Groups will experience Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Gethsemane, The Crucifixion and the Resurrection. For more information, call  (828) 898-4735 or visit http://www.mcbc-bannerelk.org.


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: 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.


April 19

STATE PARK: A nature hike will be offered at 2 p.m. April 19 at the Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County; meet at the picnic shelter. This nature hike will explore some of the wonder and beauty that exists on Mount Jefferson. Wear sturdy shoes. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.


TRAIL WORK DAY: A volunteer trail work day will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 19 at Grandfather Mountain State Park; meet at the Boone Fork parking area near 299.9 milepost on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Join the park's staff for a day of trail maintenance and get a feel for what goes into managing a popular hiking destination. Volunteers will learn how to safely and effectively use tools, be shown sustainable trail design techniques and become familiar with trail labor. Work will be based on experience and skill level of volunteers and will range from easier low-level physical activity to advanced highly physical trail construction. This volunteer day is suitable for adults and children 12 and older. All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal adult guardian present. Volunteers should be dressed in appropriate clothing for outdoor work; bring work gloves, wear closed-toed shoes and bring food and water for refreshment during the day. For more information email (grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov) To view Google map of our park, visit http://goo.gl/maps/iVikh.
  

TRAIL WORK DAYS: Every Saturday now through the middle of November (except Sept.13), staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at Elk Knob State Park at 9 a.m. and work until about 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.  Tools are provided, but volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water.  Most of the time will be spent building a new one-mile loop trail, the Beech Tree Trail, although the work may include some repair work on the Summit Trail. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.


STATE PARK: A program on the American woodcock's "Skydance" will be offered at 7 p.m. April 19 at New River State Park in Ashe County; meet at the U.S. 221 access area visitor center. In addition, be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes outside For more information, call (336) 982-2587.


STATE PARK: An old homestead hike will be offered at 2 p.m. April 19 at New River State Park in Ashe County; meet at the U.S. 221 access lower parking lot.  Hear stories and look over the old Stump home site on this easy one-mile hike. The hike will last about 45 minutes. For more information, call (336) 982-2587.


HEALTH: A Tea Friendship Caravan will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19At 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.


EASTER IN THE VALLE: Valle Crucis United Methodist Church will host Easter in the Valle from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 19. There will be a variety of Easter activities and an egg hunt for children of all ages. The church is located across from Valle Crucis Elementary School and the Mast Store Annex.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Laurel Springs Baptist Church invites families to its Easter Eggstravaganza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 19. There will be pizza, games, and an out-of-the-box Easter egg hunt for the kids. The event is free. For more information, contact Travis Suits at (828) 262-1330.


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 (chris@chrisarvidson.com)

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 (horsehelpersnc@gmail.com) or call (828) 297-1833.


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 decorated by the children, a presentation by park rangers, face painting, a fire truck, singing and dancing, a children's playhouse and Santa Claus.


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.


April 20

STATE PARK: A trout lily hike will be offered at 2 p.m. April 20 at Elk Knob State Park. Come hike to see and learn about the swaths of trout lilies -- a nice beginning to spring. Meet at the trailhead parking lot. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.


SUNRISE SERVICE: Henson Chapel United Methodist Church welcomes everyone to worship at an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 20, with breakfast to follow. The church's wind ensemble will begin worship with a prelude of hymns and chorales outdoors in the churchyard beginning at 6:40 a.m. Brass and woodwind players of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the band; musicians are asked to arrive at the church no later than 6:25 a.m. for warm-up and organizing. Any questions may be directed to music director Michael Salley at (336) 202-5626.


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: 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.


April 21

STATE PARK:  A free "Painting the Mountain" program will be offered at noon April 21 at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County; meet at the picnic area. All supplies are provided for free. Come up for an hour of creativity, and try your hand at painting. A free canvas to take home will be provided for each participant.  Tempera paints and brushes will also be provided as long as supplies last. No experience necessary. The program is for adults and children. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.


April 22

STATE PARK: A free program on "Trees and Tees - Make your own T-shirt" will be offered at noon April 22 at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County. Make your  own shirt design using leaves and fabric medium. The program is designed for children ages 6 to 12. T-shirts will be provided as long as supplies last. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.

   
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)


STATE PARK: An Earth Day event will be held at 11 a.m. April 22 at New River State Park in Ashe County; meet at the U.S. 221 access visitor Center. Join a park ranger to help celebrate Earth Day by helping plant native trees in the park. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, work gloves and bring water to drink. All tools will be provided. For more information, call (336) 982-2587.


ELECTIONS BOARD: The Watauga County Board of Elections will hold meetings on absentee ballots at 5 p.m. on April 22 and 29 and on May 5 at the elections office in the Watauga County Courthouse in Boone.
 

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: 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.


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. on April 22 in the upstairs conference room, Josette Maxwell will present the talk "Was the U.S. Founded as a Christian Nation? An Historical Perspective." Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com)  to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.


April 23

STATE PARK: A program on building fairy houses will be offered at noon on April 23 at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area in Ashe County; meet at the picnic area. Use your imagination and natural materials to build a springtime woodland creature house.  Each family will learn how to build a small structure for their favorite imaginary forest creature. For more information, call (336) 246-9653.


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: 1 p.m. April 23 at Profile Trail; and 10 a.m. April 24 at the Boone Fork parking lot.


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"; and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at the Caldwell Community College's Watauga campus, 372 Community College Drive, Boone, to schedule an appointment call (828) 297-2185. Those who are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can contact Ginny Anderson, donor recruitment representative (Carolina Blood Services Region), at (336) 416-4016.


April 24

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) The next free hike is at 10 a.m. April 24 at the Boone Fork parking lot.


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 24 in the upstairs conference room, Carol Coulter, director of operations, National Committee for the New River, shares the mission of the organization in protecting the land along the river which is critical to preserving wildlife habitat, rare and endangered species, cornerstones of biodiversity, and working with private landowners to stabilize eroding stream banks and restore riparian buffers to prevent further erosion; and increasing citizens' capacity to defend and protect the New River watershed. Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com)  to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.


April 25

BENEFIT: The Best Cellar Restaurant in Blowing Rock will donate a portion of its proceeds from dinner service on April 25 to the Crossnore School. For reservations or to learn more, call the Best Cellar at (828) 295-3466.


STATE PARK: A "Make a Kite" program will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 25 at Grandfather Mountain State Park; meet at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Park at 233 Park Road off N.C. 105. Meet at the stage area. The program is appropriate for those 7 and older. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. In celebration of National Kite Month, a park ranger will give a PowerPoint presentation on the "many neat things that have been done since 200 B.C. using kites." At the end of the PowerPoint, parrticipants will have the opportunity to make their own kite to take home and fly. For more information, call (828) 963-9522 or email (luke.appling@ncparks.gov)


April 26

TRAIL WORK DAYS: Every Saturday now through the middle of November (except Sept.13), staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at Elk Knob State Park at 9 a.m. and work until about 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.  Tools are provided, but volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water.  Most of the time will be spent building a new one-mile loop trail, the Beech Tree Trail, although the work may include some repair work on the Summit Trail. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.


STATE PARK: A program on "Night Flyers - Owls" will be held at 7 p.m. April 26 at New River State Park in Ashe County; meet at the U.S. 221 access area visitor center for a program and short hike. For more information, call (336) 982-2587.


STATE PARK: A program on "Skins and Skulls" will be held at 10 a.m. April 26 at New River State Park in Ashe County; meet at the New River State Park Visitor Center. During the program, the group will explore the skins and skulls of   local animals and learn where they live, how they survive, and how we can protect them. For more information, call (336) 982-2587.


FREE YOGA CLASS: A free yoga class for cancer survivors will be held fromn 10:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Boone Healing Arts Center. The class is designed for anyone at any stage of a cancer diagnosis. Registration is recommended. Yoga has been shown to help with range of motion, unwanted feelings, body image and fatigue. Participants are asked to bring a doctor's note saying they are able to attend a yoga class, class organizers said. 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.


AYURVEDIC: An ayurvedic cooking class will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at the Boone Healing Arts Center. Ayurvedic cuisine is unique for its emphasis on making sure each dish is cooked and spiced so as to achieve maximum digestibility to avoid the formation of toxins. Participants will make an Indian vegan and gluten-free dinner menu and dessert. Class costs $50 and includes meal and recipe packets. It will be instructed by Elena Sartori, chef and owner of Studio Elenas. 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.

CONCERT:  Clean and press your Hawaiian shirt and great ready for a night of steel pan music when the Steely Pan Steel Band and alumni perform in a free concert April 26. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. Doors open at 7 p.m.


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. 2.
 

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 $150.00 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)


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.


April 27

STATE PARK: A Build-a-Butterfly program will be held at 2 p.m. April 27 at Elk Knob State Park. Designed for ages 4 to 7; all ages are welcome. Come learn about what kind of animal butterflies and moths there are. See a ranger transformed into a butterfly.  Meet at the park office. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.


April 29

AUTISM: A support group for those who have a family member or friend with autism will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 29 at 400 University Hall, Room 168, Appalachian State University. Light Refreshments will be served. RSVP would be appreciated, but not necessary.  For more information call or email Diane at (828) 773-3598 or (cmdiane@skybest.com) or Marchell Miller at (828) 264-3759 or marchellrosemiller@gmail.com.


ELECTIONS BOARD: The Watauga County Board of Elections will hold meetings on absentee ballots at 5 p.m. on April 29 and on May 5 at the elections office in the Watauga County Courthouse in Boone.
  

KINDER T-BALL: Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation is beginning its Kinder T-ball Program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old. The goal of the program is to teach the basic skills of T-ball, learn teamwork, good sportsmanship and to have fun. The program will run for four weeks beginning on April 29. Registration is now open. The child's birth certificate is required with registration Call Erin at (828) 295-5222 or visit  http://www.townofblowingrock.com for more information.


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. on April 29 in the upstairs conference room, Gwen Robbins-Schug with ASU's Department of Anthropology will discuss "Bioarcheology and the Indus Civilization: Tracing the evidence for social order, complexity and collapse in the human skeletal remains from Harappa." Contact (high.country.lifelong@gmail.com)  to request the current class catalog and be placed on the email list.


ALCOHOL INK WORKSHOP: The Watauga County Arts Council is sponsoring a six-session alcohol ink workshop, which will take place at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for six successive Tuesdays beginning April 29. Participants may register for individual sessions for $35 per session or participants may register for all six sessions for $190.  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.


April 30

COOKING WORKSHOP:  A Sweet Sensation Cooking Workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 30 at the Boone Healing Arts Center. Participants will learn how to use alternative sweeteners to make sweet treats without processed white sugar. All recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and free of refined sugar. Cost is $35 if registered by April 28 and $40 if registered after April 28. Includes printed recipes, handouts and food samples. It will be instructed by Caroline Stahlschmidt, certified holistic health coach. 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.

 
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