1) Frye Regional Medical Center Hosts Girls’ Night Out
Frye Regional Medical Center is joining more than 60 other Spirit of Women hospitals across the country in hosting Girls’ Night Out, a fun, stylish and information-filled event on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at Lake Hickory Country Club, 430 17th Ave. N.W. This year’s theme, Passport to Health, is designed to move women towards better health and vibrant living by providing education in a fun and fanciful fashion. This event will feature health screenings and assessments, and participants will receive the latest information on women’s health and wellness. “Each year, Frye hosts Girls Night Out to celebrate women’s health and educate the women in our community about how they can commit to healthier lifestyles,” said Tamara Faucette, Director of Outpatient Services and Service Line Director of Women & Children. “Passport to Health will focus on wellness, while our attendees spend an evening immersed in a Paris-themed event. We have another fun-filled and informative event this year, and hope all women will join us for a Girls Night Out.” Comedian, actress and radio host Pam Stone is the keynote speaker, and guests also will hear from Dr. Kenneth “Todd” Piercy about vascular health and Dr. Chandra Baker about breast health. The mobile health unit will be on site starting at 5 p.m. and will offer screenings for blood pressure, bone density, BMI and mammography. Attendees can visit booths about Frye’s services, get a paraffin dip, win door prizes and much more. This will be a great evening of pampering, laughs, shopping and a walk on the pink carpet. Passport to Health is Frye’s Spirit of Women’s 2014 annual fall event. The host hospitals, in cities across the U.S., are all working toward the same mission – inspiring and empowering women to visit their healthcare provider annually to get the appropriate/recommended screenings and assessments. Although the primary goal of Girls Night Out is to educate women about making informed decisions about their health, it is the action steps following the event that are the real first steps on their journey to good health. In 2013, 44 percent of attendees made an appointment with a healthcare provider and 78 percent said that they planned to make a lifestyle changes as a result of what they learned. “(This) is a unique, festive event designed for women to come together while simultaneously learning about critical health and wellness information. We all know that good health is your best fashion accessory, and women will leave this event ready to activate positive change for themselves and their families,” said Tanya Abreu, President and Chief Visionary Officer, Spirit of Women Hospital Network. Passport to Health (Girls’ Night Out) is organized and hosted by Frye Regional Medical Center, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, with support provided by Good Housekeepingmagazine. The admission fee is $10, and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 877-31WOMEN to register or visit www.fryemedctr.com/GirlsNightOut to learn more about this event.
2) Connections for Employers Held Oct. 10
A Connection for Employers event will be held on Oct. 10, from 8-11 a.m. at the Watauga NCWorks Career Center located at the Appalachian Enterprise Center. Many employers have heard about the new NCWorks online system to help them locate their talent pool, but have you tried it out and been successful with posting openings and recruiting for the skills you need? Come hear how to get the most out of NCWorks as an employer. Registration is free. Please RSVP by Oct. 7. The Watauga NCWorks Career Center is located at 130 Poplar Grove Rd. Connector in Boone. For more information call 828-265-5385.
3) Appalachian Symphony Band Performs “Colors” Oct. 8
Colors is the theme of the Appalachian Symphony Band concert Oct. 8 at Appalachian State University. All of the compositions to be performed by the band all feature a color in their title. The free concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Kevin G. Richardson will conduct. The program opens with “Color” by Bob Margolis. The composition is based on five English folk dances. The title refers to the “instrumental” color of the composition, which includes an improvisatory, playful and mischievous treatment. Next on the program is John Mackey’s “Hymn to a Blue Hour” written in 2010. The title refers to twilight after sundown, before darkness sets in. Mackey musically captures the romantic and spiritual characteristics of this time of day. A march titled “The Purple Pageant” will follow. Written by Karl L. King and edited by John P. Paynter, the composition was dedicated in 1933 to a former director of bands at Northwestern University and honors the university’s marching band whose uniforms feature a deep purple hue. Next is Percy Grainger’s “Themes from ‘Green Bushes,’” based on folksongs from recordings he collected during in his career. “Green Bushes” was one of the best known folksongs in England. The opening melody is repeated in compositions by Ralph Vaughn Williams as well was Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.” The concert concludes with “The Red Machine” written in 2004 by Peter Graham. The composition was commissioned for the London-based Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards known for their precision marching and famous changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which has led to their nickname: The Red Machine.
4) High Country Recreation Holds Meeting Oct. 2
High Country Recreation will help host another community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at Valle Crucis School. While this will happen in conjunction with their PTSA meeting, this is open to anyone in the community. The purpose of this meeting is to generate interest in and get feedback on a community recreation center for Watauga County. Please come in and join the conversation.