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Published Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

New Needlework Class Begins March 24 at Senior Center

We are now accepting registration for a new session of needlework class. Classes will meet at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center each Thursday from 1-4pm beginningThursday, March 24. The instructor is Marianne Evans and the charge for the 12-week session is $38.00 with a drop-in rate of $5.00 per class.  Instruction will be available in knitting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross-stitch and hardanger. Class size is limited.  Any age may attend but priority is given to persons age sixty and older. The deadline for registration is 1pm on first day of class.  Please call Marianne at 828-264-2769 for more information.

ASU Steely Pan Band to Play the Schaefer Center March 20

Fans of the Steely Pan Steel Band from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music can experience the excitement and energy the musicians bring to performances March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus.  General admission tickets are $8 and go on sale Tuesday, March 15, at Schaefer Center box office.

Concert goers will be treated to compositions typically performed at Trinidad’s Panorama competition and local fan favorites as well.

Director Byron Hedgepeth said, “We are adding some Panorama tunes that haven’t been performed for a few years and three songs written or arranged by former members of the band.”

The lively “Birthday Party” by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe opens the performance. Sharpe was considered a child prodigy of the steel pan. Written in 1992, “Birthday Party” won second place in a Panorama competition. Arrangements of “Glory,” “Under the Sea” and “Whey de Pan Man” by former Steely Pan director Scott Meister also will be performed.

Jonathan Scales’ arrangement of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Disney cartoon “The Lion King” also is on the program. Scales, an alumnus of the band and Appalachian, is a successful steel pan performer and composer based in Asheville. The band will perform a version of “Reptilia” by the rock band The Strokes, arranged by steel pan band member and Hayes School of Music senior Jonathon Sale. Sale is this year’s recipient of the Steely Pan Steel Band Scholarship.

Other compositions on the program are the traditional pan tune “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” “Rubber Band Man,” “Pan2” by Appalachian alumnus and Los Angeles-based percussionist Chris Wabich and “My Paradise” by Ellie Mannette, who is considered “the father of the modern steel drum.”

The band recently performed at the Cape Fear Friends of the Fine Arts Community Concert Series at Campbell University and will perform in April at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center.

Republican Women to Meet March 30 in Boone

The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 30th at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone, NC. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in The High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-295-9020 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month. (There is no meeting if schools are cancelled due to weather.)

Renewable Energy Workshops Offered at Appalachian

The Appalachian Energy Center’s annual workshop series begins April 15 with a daylong event focusing on N.C. Commercial Energy Code Training.

The center, based at Appalachian State University, is a source of up-to-date information related to renewable energy, building science and energy efficiency fields.

Other workshops being offered are:

·       Inspecting Photovoltaic Systems for Code Compliance, April 30

·       Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design and Construction, May 16-20

·       Small Wind Energy Hands-on Workshop, June 3-4

·       Photovoltaic System Fundamentals, June 10-11

Workshops later in the series include Affordable Zero Energy Ready Homes, Solar Thermal Water Heating and Microhydro Design and Installation.

Workshop costs range from $100 to $1,150 depending on the type and length of the workshop. Special rates are offered to UNC system students. Continuing education credits also are offered.

For more details, including workshop locations and to view the full schedule, visit

KAMPN’s Annual Fish Dinner Set for Friday, March 18

No need to cook dinner on March 18! That Friday night, dine-in or take-out at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic CHurch in Boone for the annual fish dinner to support KAMPN 4 Autism. Adult plates are $12 and kids’ plates are $6 for ages 10 and under. Call 828-264-8338 for tickets or get them at the door. Visit for more information.

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