LMC Elite Residential Soccer Camp July 31-Aug. 3
The Lees-McRae men’s soccer program has released the date for its 2016 Elite Residential Soccer Camp, announced head coach Rich Wall Thursday afternoon.
The camp will take place on the campus of Lees-McRae College July 31-August 3.
The purpose of this camp is to provide high school student-athletes aspiring to play collegiate soccer a preview of the demands of playing in the NCAA. Each student-athlete will have the opportunity to train and compete under the guidance of collegiate coaches and student-athletes for the duration of this elite residential soccer camp. This camp will also serve as a high school team pre-season camp for any school teams that attend.
Participants are asked to bring eight changes of clothing for training sessions, bedding, sunscreen, cleats, shinguards, running shoes, soccer ball and any additional medical requirements.
The camps costs $300 per player, however, it will cost $275 if registered by July 11. Team registration is $250 per player with a minimum of 12 players.
Payments can be made via personal check or cash.
Eat at Cafe Portofino April 28 to Support WYN
Cafe Portofino will give 10 percent of its restaurant sales on Thursday, April 28 to the Western Youth Network. WYN recognizes a simple truth–growing up is hard, especially during those pivotal years from fifth through tenth grades. WYN invests in the lives of children and youth in order to build a better future and a stronger community for the High Country.
June Studio Tour in Mitchell and Yancey Counties
Toe River Arts Council Paint Out May 14
Salamander Saturday at Grandfather Mountain May 7
Grandfather Mountain is well known for its black bears. But if you think the mountain’s most abundant animal weighs 300 pounds and is covered in fur, think again.
And think smaller.
On Saturday, May 7, Grandfather Mountain will celebrate the salamander, the most prolific terrestrial vertebrate at the Linville-based attraction, as well as forest ecosystems throughout the world.
As part of Salamander Saturday, an initiative organized by the Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders (FCSal), Grandfather Mountain will offer special programming, including kids’ activities, nature walks, interactive exhibits and a chance to hob nob with the amphibian of the hour. All activities are included with regular admission.
“We’re participating in Salamander Saturday because it’s an international effort to raise awareness of what I consider hidden biodiversity,” said Mickey Shortt, director of education and natural resources for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “In other words, the Southern Appalachians are a hotspot for salamander diversity. Over 20 species have been recorded on Grandfather Mountain, and few people recognize this amazing resource that we have.”
Furthermore, some are quite unique to the area, such as the Weller’s and pygmy salamanders, both of which are found in wet, cool, high-elevation spruce-fir forests, such as those at Grandfather Mountain.
“These high-elevation forests are uncommon in North Carolina,” Shortt said.
The fun starts at 9 a.m., when Grandfather Mountain opens its gates for the day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can stop by one of four interactive tables in the Nature Museum, where they’ll have the opportunity to see a Hellbender salamander and learn about the species that reside on the mountain.
At 11:30 a.m., staff naturalists will present a special Junior Ranger program on salamanders. During the program, which starts at the mountain’s Butterfly Garden, kids (ages 5 to 12) will also learn how to become a Grandfather Mountain Junior Ranger.
At 3 p.m., staff naturalists will lead a Salamander Walk through the mountain’s Woods Walk trail, helping guests identify the local amphibians and learn about their important role in the ecosystem.
Meanwhile, throughout the day, the North Carolina Herpetological Society will hold its spring meeting. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nature Museum Auditorium, and those interested in attending may register by visiting www.ncherps.org.
“Anyone can participate in Salamander Saturday,” Shortt said.
The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or visitwww.grandfather.com to plan a trip.
- Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrate in many forest floor ecosystems and consume vast amounts of insects and other invertebrates.
- Salamanders are indicators of environmental health and help scientists better mitigate threats facing ecosystems.
- Salamanders can regenerate their limbs, making them important models for medical research.
- Salamanders represent one of the most ancient forms of animal life.
- The United States has more species of salamanders than any country in the world.
Wine to Water Gala April 30
Happy April to all! We are so excited to announce an amazing event coming up at the end of this month. On April 30, 2016, the Wine To Water High Country Professional Chapter will host their inaugural “Wine To Water Gala: A Clean Water Benefit” at the Blowing Rock Country Club, sponsored by The Daley Foundation and VPC Builders.
It is our hope that you will join in on this wonderfully fun-filled evening of food, wine, music (courtesy of Asheville-based Lyric), and a silent auction! Not only is this a great way to celebrate and raise awareness of Wine To Water, but it is also a way for you to personally help end the Global Water Crisis. To reserve your spot, tickets are on sale now until April 18, 2016 for $45. They will also be sold at the door for $50 each. Visit here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Besides air, water is the most basic need each and every one of us has to survive. Unfortunately, more than 663 million people lack access to clean water today and 2.4 billion lack access to improved sanitation. Often these problems go hand-in-hand. Since its inception, Wine To Water (WTW) has been dedicated to providing clean water in sustainable and repeatable ways to as many people as possible. And, although we are realistic that we, by ourselves, cannot resolve the water crisis quickly, we know we can serve a person, a family, or a community every day.
In fact, through the generosity of WTW supporters, their dedication to serve has resulted in over 400,000 people in 24 countries receiving clean water. To us, this is the overlapping and compounding ripple effect from drop in the bucket efforts that happen every day all over the world by those who care enough to take a step for the sake of others. Help us reach even more and buy your ticket now. It will be a night you will not forget!
If you have any questions, or would like additional details, please reach out to Courtney Mattar at [email protected]
We can’t wait to see you there!