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Email Announcements Received Today:

1) Clay Lunsford Concert at Jones House Rescheduled for Feb. 17

The concert with Clay Lunsford tonight at the Jones House has been rescheduled for tomorrow – Tuesday, Feb. 17 – at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  A limited number of seats are still available. For more information, including a complete schedule of the 2015 Winter/Spring Indoor Concert series, please visit www.joneshouse.org or call 828-268-6280.

2) Farm Labor and Tax Compliance Workshop Held Feb. 20

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) announces a workshop on Friday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Center at 130 Poplar Grove Extension in Boone offering answers to all your questions about taxes and labor regulations for your farm or food business. Participants will learn about a variety of topics including agricultural tax return, how to do a chart of accounts, hiring labor and labor law compliance. The workshop will begin with registration and refreshments at 10 am, followed by a presentation from CPA Christina Wagoner on accounting and tax prep at 10:30 a.m. After a provided, free lunch at 11:30 a.m., the workshop will continue with presentations by Jason Roehrig from Tumbling Shoals Farm on the benefits and ways of hiring employees and Mike Womble from Carolina Human Resources on labor law compliance. This will include what is legal with regards to stipends, unemployment tax, workmen’s compensation, and much more! Don’t put it off any longer! This exciting and informative workshop will help you get the most out of your farm or food business. Space is limited and registrations are requested by Wednesday, Feb. 18. Please contact Carol Coulter at carol@brwia.org or 828-773-8319 as soon as possible to register.

3) BUMC Scholarship Applications Accepted Until March 31

It is the mission of the Boone United Methodist Women to offer scholarships for post high school educational needs.  There are NO restrictions based on the age, race, religion, or gender of the applicants, with priority given to undergraduate studies OR non-traditional/adult students. More information and applications are available in the church office or can be downloaded from church website (booneumc.org/umw-scholarship/). Applications must be received no later than March 31 and should be submitted to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd, Boone, N.C. 28607, ATTN: Jennifer Whittington.

4) Lees-McRae Experiences Ten Percent Overall Enrollment Increase for Spring Semester

For the second consecutive semester and the third consecutive spring semester, Lees-McRae College experienced significant enrollment growth. The overall enrollment for the spring semester has increased 10 percent, with a 77 percent increase in new student enrollment and a 6 percent increase in continuing student enrollment over spring 2014. At the start of the semester, 931 students were enrolled at the college compared to 843 the prior spring. The College’s enrollment breakdown includes 615 students on the main campus, 181 students in online degree completion programs and 135 students in degree completion programs offered at partnering community colleges – Mayland Community College, Surry Community College and Western Piedmont Community College. “This spring semester is a milestone for the college,” remarked Ginger Hansen, vice president of enrollment management and communications. “931 students marks the college’s highest spring enrollment in history.  We celebrate this accomplishment and embrace each student that has chosen to be part of the Lees-McRae College experience.” For more information about applying to Lees-McRae, please visit lmc.edu/admissions.

5) Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Cheap date night at Lost Province. Dinner + A Movie only $25 6-10 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. No charge to come and watch the movie. Movie feature this week is “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

Thursday, Feb.  19

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity)

8:00 p.m.-Closing Live Music: Redleg Husky. Formed in 2012 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Redleg Husky is an acoustic roots duo that has created a unique blend of boot-stomping folk music with soul.  Consisting of Misa Giroux (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Tim McWilliams (vocals, guitar, banjo), they have continued to captivate listeners in the Southeast, leading to features on the Alternate Root Magazine’s “5 Flying Under the Radar” and WNCW’s “Local Color,” as well as opening performances for national acts such as The Tillers and Kim Lenz and the Jaguars. (Optional Cover).

Friday, Feb. 20

Freakin’ Ferkin Friday at Five continues with the release of a firkin with black currants in our black saison (Saison de Nuit).

8-11 p.m. Live Music: The Hot Club of Lenoir. The Hot Club of Lenoir (HCOL) features some of the best musicians the area has to offer. Steeped in the Americana Jazz tradition mixed with Gypsy Jazz flavors and modern styles, the HCOL is a family friendly musical group of amazing talent. The Hot Club of Lenoir has performed at such events and venues as The Hues and Brews Festival sponsored by the Caldwell County Arts Council, Caldwell Cuisine events at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, and Caldwell Community College. (Optional Cover).

Saturday, Feb. 21

College Basketball on the Big Screen

8:00 p.m. -Closing Live Music: Matt Walsh. His music primary focus is original music and blending his roots with new ideas rather than replicating them. The result reflects many genres of music – early electric and hill country Blues, Rock, old Country, Rockabilly, Soul, Stoner and Garage Rock, Hip-Hop and Psychedelia. (Optional Cover).

Sunday, Feb. 22

College Basketball on the Big Screen

Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Cheap date night at Lost Province. Dinner + A Movie only $25 6-10pm. Movie starts at 7 p.m. No charge to come and watch the movie. Movie feature this week is “Spiderman”.

6) Appalachian Repertory Orchestra Performs Feb. 24

The Appalachian Repertory Orchestra performs works by Telemann, Bach, Sibelius and Holst Feb. 24 at Appalachian State University. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. The program opens with the overture from “Don Quixote Suite” by Telemann. Inspired by Cervantes’ 15th century masterpiece, Telemann’s suite is based on his Don Quixote opera written in the mid-1700s. Next on the program is Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068.” The orchestra will play four of the suite’s movements beginning with the well-known “Air on the G string.” While the violin’s G string is known for its rich character, it was the least-favored of the violin’s strings by Baroque composers. In his air, Bach showcases the string’s warm, mellow tones. Young musicians in the audience will also recognize staples of the Suzuki repertoire contained in the suite – “Gavottes I and II” and “Bourrée.” Jean Sibelius’ hymn-like “Andante Festivo. written in 1922 for string quartet, was inspired by the composer’s love of nature. It is marked by rich chords and a quite solemnity. It was first performed at the 1939 World Exhibition in New York. When it was recorded later in Helsinki, Sibelius told the musicians to “play with more humanity.” The simple melody was called an emotional balm to a world soon to be torn by war. It is most often performed today for solemn state occasions in Sibelius’ native Finland. It also was performed at Sibelius’ funeral. The concert concludes with “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst. In the early 1900s, Holst was named music director at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. Known for “The Planets” and “St. Paul’s Suite,” among other compositions, Holst wrote “Brook Green Suite” while he was in a hospital. It was one of the last compositions he wrote for his pupils.

7) Appalachian Concert Band Performs Feb. 23

Rousing marches, a hymn-like composition based on Gregorian chants and a melodic tribute to a composer’s mother will be performed Feb. 23 by the Appalachian Concert Band at Appalachian State University. Conducted by Dr. John Stanley Ross, the band will begin its concert at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. Joe F. Phelps will be a guest conductor. Graduate conductors are Onsby C. Rose and Matthew S. Brusseau. The British-style march “Mercury” by Jan Van der Roost opens the performance. It is followed by “With Quiet Courage,” written by Larry Daehn in memory of his mother who endured the hardships of farm life in Wisconsin. The program returns to an up-tempo composition titled “Handel in the Strand” by Percy Aldredge Grainger.  The title refers to George Fredrick Handel and is meant to conjure an image of Handel walking down London’s Strand to upbeat modern music. Also on the program is “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, conducted by Onsby C. Rose, and “Somerset Rhapsody” by Gustav Holst, conducted by Matthew S. Brusseau. Rose also will conduct “Prelude on a Gregorian Tune” by David Maslanka. Joe Phelps takes the baton for “His Honor” by Henry Fillmore. The lively march was written in 1933 for the major of Cincinnati. Phelps taught trumpet for 30 years in Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music. He founded and directed the Trumpet Choir in the music school, and conducted brass choirs, concert, marching bands and played in faculty brass ensembles. He continues to teach part time at Appalachian.