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Email Announcements Received Today:

1) Tai Chi Classes Offered at the Senior Center

Two 12-week sessions of Tai Chi (beginner and intermediate) will begin on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, instructed by Tim Winecoff. The intermediate class will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a 5:30-6:30 p.m. class for beginner students. The deadline for registration is 4:30 p.m. on the first day of class. Any age may join but priority will be given to persons aged 60 and older. The cost is $50 per person for either 12-week series. The Senior Center is located in the HUman Services Building at 132 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. For more information call 265-8090.

2) Faith Leaders Gather in Boone to Discuss Immigration

As the immigration-reform debate continues to heat up from the border with Mexico to Raleigh, faith leaders are coming together across the state to participate in interfaith events on immigration.  The statewide clergy breakfast series on immigration, which is sponsored by the NC Council of Churches, examines both the theological and practical sides of the debate – all in the context of humanizing the struggles of immigrant communities. “From Hostility to Hospitality: Immigration and People of Faith” will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at Boone United Methodist Church (471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC) from 9-10:30 a.m.  Rev. Cindy Banks, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and Charles Webster, Latino Health Program of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, will speak. This event is especially relevant since recently several counties in North Carolina have begun passing resolutions discouraging undocumented children, including unaccompanied minors, from attending schools in these counties. Jennie Wilburn, one of the event organizers, states: “These counties are making it clear that unaccompanied minors are not welcome here and will receive no support. As North Carolinians and people of faith, we need to make it clear that We are the people who do not neglect the stranger and we are the people who do not turn away children from our communities. While we may disagree about some of the policy particulars moving forward, we are united in the belief that every person is a child of God and that we are called to offer hospitality to our neighbors.” She says that this event will be a forum for honest questions and positive conversation among local colleagues, and everyone will walk away with additional resources and contacts. Learn more about the NC Council of Churches (www.nccouncilofchurches.org) and the NC Religious Coalition for Justice for Immigrants (www.welcometheimmigrant.org).