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Originally published: 2014-05-13 08:30:40
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Calendar of events

May 13

MEETING: The Town of Boone Historic Preservation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the Town Council Chambers located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road, Boone.


FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners host "A Visit to the Ivory Tower Brewery at App State,"  2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Tour of the facility at ASU, where students learn the chemistry, art and business of beer brewing, as part of the fermentation sciences program. Sampling provided. Please arrive 15 minutes early and park in the Conference Center lot (free parking).  The brewery is located in the basement of the building.  Enter through the main front doors.


May 15

REIKI:  A Free Reiki tummo clinic, a  form of energy healing based on the heart, will be offered on  May 15 at the Sunlight Healing Center, 184 Water St., Suite 2, Boone. For more information, call Diana at (828) 773-3640.


MEETING: The Town of Boone Affordable Housing Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 in the Planning and  Inspections Conference Room located at 680 W. King St. For additional information, contact the Planning and Inspections Department at (828) 268-6960.


NONPROFIT CONFERENCE: Stone Soup, the annual nonprofit capacity building conference at ASU, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 in the Plemmons Student Union's Parkway Ballroom. The public is invited to register. This year's theme is "Community, Connection, Capacity." Enjoy a full day of workshops, networking and a keynote presented by Karl Yena, a former director of RJR Nabisco. He now devotes his life to volunteerism and serving with nonprofit boards across North Carolina. Sessions topics include nonprofit public policy, legal compliance, fundraising, social media, sustainable finances, life and work balance, financial accounting and community engagement. Registration costs $45 up to the day of the workshop. It covers parking, two meals and the presentations. Scholarships to cover registration are sponsored by the North Carolina Community Foundation, and can be found at http://act.appstate.edu/stonesoupscholarship. A complete schedule and registration information is available at stonesoup.appstate.edu. For more information, contact Kelsie Nuessmeier at (nuessmeierk@appstate.edu)


May 16

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Blowing Rock Country Club is hosting the third annual Watauga Humane Society Golf Tournament on May 16 with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Team prizes, special event prizes and a hole-in-one prize (car provided by Friendship Honda) will be awarded. The format of the tournament is a Scramble. Individual registration is $135 or $540 for a team of four. The fee includes a chance to play at the Blowing Rock Country Club, golf cart and green fees, a free bag lunch and other goodies. After the game there will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres and the presentation of prizes. All proceeds of the tournament will provide for the animals' care and shelter as they wait at the Watauga Humane Society for families to adopt them. For tournament information, call Jan Watson at (828) 264-1743.


FISH FRY: A fish fry meal will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at Rutherwood Baptist Church, located at 142 Don Hayes Road, Boone. Price is by donation. Proceeds will benefit playground equipment for the church. For more information, call (828) 264-5319.


MAY 17

CONCERT: Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys will return to Heritage Hall Theatre in Mountain City, Tenn., for their ninth homecoming concert at 7 p.m. May 17. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets or reservations, call (423) 727-7444 and leave a message or visit the box office at 126 College St. from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information about these shows and the remaining 2014 season, visit heritagehalltheatre.org.


ART IN THE PARK: Blowing Rock's seasonal outdoor arts and crafts celebration, Art in the Park, returns for 2014 on May 17. This juried art event features nearly 100 fine arts vendors located next to the American Legion Hall on Wallingford Street and takes place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 295-7851.


5K WALK AND RUN: The Jog for Justin 5K run is a benefit for Justin Solomon, a young man suffering from leukemia and complications from a bone marrow transplant. The event takes place on Saturday, May 17, at the Greenway Park in Boone. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9:30 a.m. Entry is $30 for adults and $15 for youth younger than 16. Each entry includes a raffle ticket. For more information, call (704) 641-9006.


EMPTY BOWLS IN AVERY: Students and professional potters are busy making handmade ceramic bowls for one of the biggest food drives in Avery County. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Banner Elk, participants can choose one of more than 100 empty bowls and then enjoy homemade soup, bread and dessert, for a donation, while learning about the hungry in Avery County. Participants will be able to keep the bowls. Donations will benefit Feeding Avery Families Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides more than 60 percent of the food assistance in Avery County.


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.
 
May 18


MUSIC: Baird's Creek Presbyterian Church will sponsor Vintage Valle Music, a series of free music presentations beginning on May 18. The concerts will be held the third Sunday of each month through August. Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on May 18, June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17. There is no charge. Opening the series will be the Junaluska Gospel Choir. The church is located at 2147 N.C. Hwy. 194 S, Vilas.


May 20

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners host "Natural Approaches to Health and Life Extension." Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Lois E. Harrill Sr. Center conference room. Come and hear Dr. Stuart Kaplan speak about the health benefits of his profession, chiropractic medicine and his passion for yoga. He will teach us about the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, as well as demonstrate some yoga moves attendees can do while seated.


MS PRESENTATION: A program on "MS: Making Treatment and Lifestyle Decisions" will be presented from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 20 at the Watauga County Public Library, Boone. A light lunch will be provided. Register online at: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/NCT/Find-Resources-and-Support/Programs/North-American-Education-Program-(NAEP)-Making-(5).


May 21

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 12:30p.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.


May 22

FREE CLASSES: High Country Lifelong Learners 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Lois E. Harrill Sr. Center conference room. Retired teacher, June Mann, invites you to bring in your favorite recently read book and tell the group about it, what you liked, didn't like and what you might have changed if you were the author.


May 24

KIDS TRIATHLON: The High Country Kids Triathlon will be held beginning at 10 a.m. May 24 at Watauga Parks and Recreation in Boone. Swim is in the pool and the bike and run are on the Greenway Trail. There will be three age groups: 8 and young, swim 50m, bike 1 mile and run .5 mile; 9 to 12 age group, swim 100m, bike 3 miles and run 1 mile; and 13 to 18 age group, swim 200m, bike 4 miles and run 1.5 miles. Prizes and refreshments follow the race. Proceeds will benefit the Watauga Swim Team. Entry forms are available at parks and recreation or register online at http://active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2126094. Call (828) 964-9378 for more information.


FUNDRAISER: Watauga Lake Winery, 6952 Big Dry Run, Butler, Tenn., is holding a fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. There will be arts and crafts vendors on the lawn, music, a silent auction, hot dogs, hamburgers and the works. Proceeds from food purchases, silent auction and a 50/50 will benefit the Tennessee Fisher House Foundation. Bring a blanket and enjoy the day. Fisher House provides lodging at no charge to families of veterans who are having treatment at VA hospitals across the country. For more information, call (423) 768-0345 or (423) 768-3633.


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.


5K WALK: The inaugural Paws For A Cause Doggie Fun Walk and 5K Run will take place May 24 in Newland. All funds raised will go to support the Avery County Humane Society. Participants can run in the 5K with or without their dogs, or they can walk with their friends and pets in the Doggie Fun Walk. Registrants can set up their own fundraising page and are encouraged to invite friends and family to join in raising money for the cause. Those interested can also pick up a registration and fundraising form at the ACHS. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers, as well as top finishers in the 5K. All well-behaved dogs are welcome. Participants must be 18 years of age or have the signature of a guardian. To sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/NC/Newland/PawsForACause. Follow ACHS on Facebook at AveryCountyDoggie5kandWalk or at http://www.averyhumane.org/catalog/dogrun.php.


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.


May 26

5K RUN AND WALK: Hospitality House and the Western Youth Network  are teaming up to host  a Memorial Day Color Blast 5K Run/Walk on May 26 to raise funds, awareness and support for families and youth in the community. The event will take place on the Boone Greenway Trail at Clawson-Burnley Park beginning at 5 p.m. Preregistration is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger until May 21; on-site registration will be $30 for adults and $15 for children for youth 12 and younger. Participants can register online at http://www.HospHouse.org or registration forms can be found at Earth Fare, The Rock Sports Bar and Grill, Peppers, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Town Tavern in Blowing Rock, and 24/7 Gym at New Market Centre. For more information, contact Brittany Johnson at (Brittany@hosphouse.org) or Faith Motter at (motterf@westernyouthnetwork.org)


May 29

AARP CLASS: AARP will offer a driver safety classroom refresher course geared especially for older adults' driver safety needs from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 29 at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone. The cost of the program is $15 per person for AARP members ($20 for nonmembers). Coffee, water and a light snack will be provided. Call (828) 265-8090 for more information or to reserve a seat.


May 31

EMERGENCYFEST: The Watauga County Firefighters Association will host the 11th annual EmergencyFest at the Raley Hall parking lot at Appalachian State University in Boone. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. The free event will feature firefighters and emergency personnel from the area giving demonstrations and meeting with the public. For more information, contact Jim Landis at (828) 406-0911.



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.


June 6

GRIEF RETREAT: Widows Peak is a weekend retreat June 6-8 designed for anyone who has lost a life partner and wants to take a meaningful step forward. Seven authors, experts and thought leaders, including Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, will serve as mentors for the three-day immersion. Through discussions, breakout sessions, performances and activities, participants will interact with the mentors to gain practical tools they can take home. The retreat is at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone and registration is currently under way. "The experiential weekend will be hands-on, intimate and, above all, inspiring," said Thomas Bell, the Art of Living Retreat Center's client relations director. "We wanted the event to go beyond traditional grief talk, and elevate the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our guests." For more information about Widows Peak or to register, visit http://www.widowspeakretreat.org or call (800) 219-7103.


June 7

SYMPOSIUM: The second annual horticultural symposium sponsored by Appalachian State University's College of Arts and Sciences, will be held June 7. The theme is "Designing Your Garden"; the daylong event is designed for local gardeners and homeowners. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes continental breakfast, catered lunch, free parking, and tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Preregistration is required. Registration online by April 30 is $59 per person. Registration after April 30 is $70. Seating is limited to 100 participants. Registration deadline is June 2. Register online at http://conferences-camps.appstate.edu or mail in registrations to Horticultural Symposium, Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 34042, Boone, NC 28608.


5K RUN: Hunter's Heroes Memorial Run and Celebration will feature 5K and 10-mile runs from Boone to Blowing Rock beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 7. The post-run celebration will take place at Blowing Rock Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events will benefit Rob Ellerbe David, son of fallen Major Ryan Scott David, whose National Guard MAFF7 airplane crashed while fighting wildfires out west two years ago. For more information, contact Emily Greer at (greereg@email.appstate.edu)


June 9

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 June 9, with Robert Schneider, "Why Galileo Matters: Reflections at 450"; July 14, with Stuart Omans, "Happy 450th, Shakespeare"; Aug. 11, with Wayne Clawson, "Sam Levenson"; Sept. 8, with Herbert Hash, "When All Hell Breaks Loose"; Oct. 13, with Loretta Clawson, "Mayors of Boone"; and Nov. 19, with Peter Petschauer, "Mystery of the Lost Plane." For more information, call Bettie Bond at (828) 264-4275.


June 14

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," 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.


June 15

MUSIC: Baird's Creek Presbyterian Church is sponsoring Vintage Valle Music, a series of free music presentations. The concerts will be held the third Sunday of each month through August. Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17. There is no charge. The church is located at 2147 N.C. Hwy. 194 S, Vilas.


June 20

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The second annual Sirens on the Mountain Festival will be held at the High Country Fairgrounds east of Boone June 20-21. The musical lineup includes Rickie Lee Jones, Bettye LaVette, Shannon Whitworth, Gigi Dover, Rising Appalachia, Underhill Rose, Michelle Malone, Melissa Reaves, Red Leg Husky, Laura Blackley and others. For more information, visit http://www.sirensonthemountain.com.


June 23

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," 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.


June 24

SPEAKER: North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata will speak to the public in Blowing Rock on June 24 as part of the "Outside the Rock" series. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the community meeting room of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and is free and open to the public. Tata will speak about the new North Carolina Strategic Transportation Investments Law (House Bill 817), which goes into effect July 1, 2015, and its possible impact on the High Country. Afterward, he will answer questions from the public.

 
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