Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

Upcoming Classes at Mayland Community College

For more information:


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 Banner Elk Location

New! Waterways/Ecology (3 Hours)

Our region is one shaped, influenced, and bordered by waterways. From the early Native American hunters to the first European settlers, those who travel here have depended upon rivers and streams for navigation and resources; today, those same waterways are still vital to our culture, ecosystem, and economy. Historian and author Michael C. Hardy leads this journey of learning about the history and habitats of our vital waterways.

3/22, T, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

$25 Hardy

Managing My Retirement Account (3 Hours)

This class will be divided into two sections: managing your retirement plan during the pre-retirement and post-retirement years. Strategies for both growth and income will be discussed as well as the logistics of rolling over 401-K plans, managing income distributions, required minimum distribu­tions, beneficiary management and pension maximization as well as tax and estate planning issues.

3/23, W, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

$25 Davis

Beginning Digital Photography (21 Hours)

Join professional photographer Todd Bush, as he leads you into the world of photogra­phy. Todd’s photos have been published widely including in National Geo­graphic Adventure, Our State and many other magazine, book and web sources. This is a beginner’s class, but all levels are welcome. Also two or three field trips may include walking/hiking/photographing in scenic destinations over moderate moun­tain terrain.

4/4-5/16, M, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

$70 plus fees

Newland Location

Conversational Spanish (24 Hours)

Learn how to communicate in Spanish. Emphasis is on nouns, gender, pronouns, common verbs, verb tense, adjective, locations, and time. Short sentence construction and expressing likes and dislikes will also be discussed as well as other common topics. Students will be encouraged to express specific learning needs and their personal goals. Instruction will be oriented to language used in everyday situation such as work, school, socials settings, and more.

3/29-4/21, TTh, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

$70 Dover

Blood Drive April 7 at App State

April 07, 2016

Appalachian State University, Boone

416 Howard St

Boone, NC  28608

10:00 AM ‑ 3:00 PM

More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website CBCC has donation centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, and Greensboro ( for center hours).

Call 704-972-4700 or go to to make an appointment at any location.

*Please note CBCC’s minimum weight requirement for blood donors is 120 pounds.

About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is a non-profit community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to 27 regional hospitals, serving 19 North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. CBCC focuses exclusively on gathering red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives here in the Carolinas. Every drop stays here, saving local lives.  CBCC is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers providing more than 50% of the nation’s blood supply.

Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk Set for April 9

On Saturday, April 9, students from Appalachian State University’s recreation management program, in collaboration with Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff, and Huntington’s Disease Society of America, will host the 11th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk.

The annual event will take place at 9 a.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center on campus, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the 5K run/walk will support research on treatments and the search for a cure for Huntington’s Disease (HD).

Early registration for students, seniors and military personnel is $15. Early registration for the general public is $20. Registration the day of the event is $25. Each participant will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments and fun activities will be available after the race, along with a record of running times. Each registered participant will be entered for great door prizes but must be present to win.

For more information or to register for this year’s event, go to For more information about Huntington’s disease, go to

Tom Moore, the previous director of Resort Area Ministry (RAM’s Rack), is a Watauga County resident who was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease 15 years ago. Since his diagnosis, his father and brother have succumbed to the incurable condition.

Huntington’s is a hereditary, degenerative disease that slowly diminishes the patient’s ability to think, walk and function normally. Although treatments have been developed which lessen certain symptoms, there is no cure for the disease.

Moore connected with the recreation management program at Appalachian 11 years ago for assistance in raising awareness of the economical, societal and emotional affects HD has on patients and their families.

In the past 11 years, the Tom Moore 5K has grown into a successful event involving participants not only from Watauga County but Wilkes, Ashe and Surry counties as well.

Through the commitment of these counties, Huntington’s Disease Society of America and Appalachian’s recreation management program, more than $50,000 has been collected for research, making a significant impact on the lives of HD patients.

Call for Public Art Submissions in Downtown Boone

March 15, 2016

Call for Submissions – 2016 – 2017 Downtown Boone Public Art Exhibit located at the sculpture sites of 567 and 664 West King Street

Organized and sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA):

PO Box 362

Boone, NC 28607


[email protected]

Entry Deadline: Please submit all materials to the address or email address listed above by Monday, May 2, 2016 5:00 p.m. eastern time.

The Downtown Boone Development Association is seeking three public art sculptures for the downtown Boone sculptures sites:

The Downtown Boone Development Association established the Public Art Program to help enhance the downtown Boone central business district through the incorporation of sculpture and artistic streetscape improvements in the downtown area. This annual program is designed to give sculptors an opportunity to display large-scale work in a pedestrian-friendly, downtown setting that supports a lively arts community. By providing a place to exhibit, the DBDA hopes to encourage arts activity within the community and provide the atmosphere and opportunity for artists to exhibit their work, share their talents, and communicate their diverse visions with residents, visitors, friends, and neighbors in downtown Boone.

A $500 honorarium will be awarded to each of the chosen artists.

Jurors: The Jurors of the Downtown Boone Public Art Exhibit are members of the DBDA Design Committee. Decisions will be made by May 16, 2016.

The following information must be submitted for a sculpture to be considered for the 2016 – 2017 Downtown Boone Public Art Exhibit:

 Photos of the sculpture

 Dimensions and weight of the sculpture

 Date of commission

 A brief description and list of the composite materials

Estimated value of the sculpture

If your piece is chosen by the DBDA Design Committee you will be contacted and a contract will be composed in relation to the specifics of your piece. Installation will begin the week of June 4 or soon thereafter with all pieces installed by July 1, 2016.

Questions – please contact Downtown Coordinator, Virginia Falck at 828.268.6280, [email protected]

Community Bingo April 19 at Avery Senior Center

Bingo: 5-7 p.m. on April 19. You must sign up at the Avery Senior Center. Cards are $5 each, limit four cards. Prizes from local businesses. Sandwiches and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Life Care Center of Banner Elk. All proceeds will go to the Avery Senior Center.

Wilkes Playmakers Lining Up Season of Shows for 2016

Wilkes Playmakers has been providing Wilkes County with Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Dramas for over 25 years and this year is no different. We have a wonderful season of shows this year, with something for everyone. From musicals to drama, to children’s shows, Murder Mystery Dinner theatre, comedy and an uplifting Christmas show, you’ll see it all at Playmakers this year!  Cinderella Wore Combat Boots, Cabaret, Peter Pan, of Mice and Men, and Beautiful Star are all in the lineup.  Playmakers is also lining up concerts for everyone, from rock to folk to Christian to Broadway Show tunes.  It’s all happening this year!  Still want more?  Well, there is also the 2nd annual Zombie Apocalypse.

As part of our mission to showcase and teach performing arts in our community, we are also starting the Benton Hall Academy of Musical Theatre with classes for Children, Teens and Adults.  We have brought in Janet Stegman, the founder of the Kids on Broadway, a talented vocal coach, musician and comedienne.  Classes will begin in April.  We are also looking to develop local playwrights with a passion for theatre.  Our Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is the first example of developing local playwrights. You can check out our new website for more information.

 That being said, we need your help!!  We are looking for volunteers with a passion for Performing Arts and even more so, we need your help financially.  It costs a lot to maintain a 100-year-old building and to provide the shows and even more to start an educational center.  Playmakers needs to raise $25,000 this year to cover the costs of everything previously mentioned.  We know this is a lot of money but we are asking small.   We are hoping to involve EVERYONE who enjoys theater and entertainment and ask you to support us with whatever gift is comfortable for you. If you could give any amount from $1 to $20 or more (think of one cup of fancy coffee to one businessman’s lunch)  a month, it would go a long way to helping us achieve this goal.  We are also looking for show sponsors, day sponsors in our ‘Keep the lights on’ campaign, corporate sponsors and those interested in buying  season tickets.  You can get more info at

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