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Email Announcements Received Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

1) Adult Learning Series Held Oct. 18

Join Dr. Ming Singer for the final installment of the “Mind & Consciousness” adult learning series! This Saturday, Oct. 18, the topic of discussion is “Emotions“.  This session will focus on: emotion and reason, emotional intelligence and emotions and illness. Free and open to the public.

2) Newland Business Association Hosts Trick or Treat Oct. 31

The Town of Newland and the Newland Business Association invite the public to join in the fun at the annual Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat Celebration on Friday, Oct. 31, from 4:30-7 p.m. with costume contest and prizes at 6 p.m. It will be held throughout downtown Newland and the Guy-Braswell Annex below the library. This event is co-sponsored by the Town of Newland and the Newland Business Association in cooperation with many local businesses and community organizations. Local merchants will be handing out special treats for trick-or-treaters and everyone is invited to dress up in their most creative Halloween costume. The Halloween Costume Contest judging and prize awards will be held at the Guy-Braswell Annex. For more information call 843-457-2736.

3) Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club Meets Oct. 28

The Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. Ariadne (Ari) Harris, Director of Development for Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences, will be the speaker. For more information call Baben at 828-264-2539.

4) Celebrate Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain Oct. 25

Frights and fun await kids at the Beary Scary Halloween Festival on Oct. 25 at Grandfather Mountain. The celebration offers a full day of nature programs about creepy, crawly critters, Halloween-themed crafts, animal enrichments and trick-or-treating, all included with park admission. Kids in costume enter the park for half price! “Beary Scary Halloween is a great chance to meet the Grandfather Mountain animals and learn about some of the creatures that you might consider creepy or scary,” said Christie Tipton, curator of the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats. “The staff join in on the fun by dressing up in costume, and the Mountain is decorated just for the occasion!” The day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a craft booth in the Nature Museum where kids can make spider houses or bats. Between 11 a.m. and noon, guests can trick-or-treat with the Grandfather Mountain animals and their keepers in the Animal Habitats. At 11:30 a.m., join a fun interactive program called “Going Batty for Bats” in the Nature Museum Sunroom to learn about these flying creatures and why they are so important in nature. At the “Fatten Up for Fall” program at 12:30 p.m., figure out what it takes for bears to survive the winter by becoming a bear yourself! Meet the Mildred the Bear statue in the nature museum. At 1 p.m., help the keepers decorate Halloween pumpkin and other treats to give to the animals during Animal Enrichments, or make an “enrichment” for yourself. These enrichments help break up the animals’ routines and encourage them to stay active and intellectually stimulated. A Kids’ Costume Contest begins inside the nature museum auditorium at 1:30 p.m. with prizes awarded for the winning costumes. Staff naturalists hold an additional program at 1 p.m. on Creepy Crawly Critters to learn about creatures of the night, creatures that bite and other spooky animals. At 2 p.m., walk along with the habitat keepers as they deliver the Halloween treats prepared earlier in the day. The enrichment session begins at the deer habitat before visiting the otters, cougars and bears. The day concludes by putting you face-to-face with a few spooky prowlers in an Animal Encounter at 2:45 p.m. in the Nature Museum Auditorium. All programs are included with park admission. For more information call 828-733-2013.