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Today’s Email Announcements

Jacob Daniels Featured at Studio 140 in Banner Elk

Studio 140 in downtown Banner Elk is currently featuring paintings by artist Jacob Daniels. “In my life I have come to see that creativity is not something contrived, but discovered,” Daniels says. “I am a sojourner, striving to learn the precise principles that are seen in nature, of art and design, and translate them into my own voice on canvas. I paint using practices derived from old world studio techniques. My philosophy of art is based from regional, spiritual, and humanitarian influences. Art is a parable and my goal is to create thought-provoking imagery that is universally relatable, yet each viewer walks away with his or her own personal story.”

Eat at Cafe Portofino to Support Oasis on Thursday

On Thursday, March 31, Cafe Portofino in downtown Bone will give 10 percent of restaurant sales to OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) — a private, nonprofit organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga, Avery and surrounding counties.

Cafe Portofino is located at 970 Rivers Street. Call 828-264-7772 for more information.

Spelling Bee for Grown Ups Set for April 12

15th Annual Spelling Bee for Grown Ups
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Watauga High School Gymnasium
5-7 pm
Offered to promote Education in the High Country
 Teams of four will spell words in writing in three rounds (Easy, Intermediate and Difficult). If a word is misspelled, the team has the option to “buy” Bee Bucks and remain in the competition.
Registration per team is $100
(including 2 bee bucks)
Additional Bee Bucks are $10 each.
Awards for best costumes and table decorations.
Prizes for best spellers.
Public is invited to join in the fun!
Light refreshments provided

ASU to April 14 Lecture on Slave Impressment During the Civil War in NC

Civil war historian Jaime Amanda Martinez will speak April 14 at Appalachian State University on “Slave Impressment and Political Dissent in Governor Zeb Vance’s North Carolina.” Her lecture begins at 6 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The public is invited to attend.

Martinez is an associate professor at UNC Pembroke. She teaches the U.S. Civil War, antebellum America and African-American history. She is the author of the book “Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South” published in 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press.

Slave impressment was a policy instituted by the Confederacy in which slave owners were forced to surrender control over portions of their slave populations to state authorities, military officials and the national government in order to defend the Confederate states.

Historian Aaron Astor wrote, “This is an important and deeply researched book that sheds important light on the process of state formation in the new Confederacy, the experience of slaves temporarily released from plantations and into the uncertain world of the battlefront, and the development of a counter-policy of confiscation, emancipation and enlistment by the Union.”

Martinez’s talk is sponsored by the Department of History, Center for Appalachian Studies Department, Department of Cultural, Global, and Gender Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Council.