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

1) Pig Pickin’ and Open House Held July 29

Hospitality House is rolling out the welcome mat for our Ashe County neighbors, friends and supporters. Join us for an all day open house on Tuesday, July 29 for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event which will feature live music. Hospitality House is located at 338 Brook Hollow Rd. in Boone. For more information call 828-264-1237.

2) Back to School Safety Celebration Held Aug. 16

The Back to School Safety celebration will be held on Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. rain or shine. The festival will feature free school supplies, buster the bus, Scottie the Dog, a dunking booth, hot dogs and hamburgers, Chick-fil-a cow and Ronald McDonald, back to school information, smart start safety tips, face painting and much more. Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is presented by Avery County Schools and Linville Land Harbor.

3) Humane Society Offers Incentives for Massive Cat and Kitten Adoption

Watauga Humane Society is providing incentives for a massive cat and kitten adoption now. More than 125 cats and kittens have been surrendered in the last month and many more are expected in the weeks ahead due to a hoarding situation and two other similar situations involving outdoor cat overpopulation of local properties. Solving these problems is great for public health and safety, and reduces suffering but places a tremendous strain on the humane society’s resources both human and financial. Landowners with barns or other outbuildings are urgently needed now to relieve the situation. Until further notice, Barn Cats and seniors over six years are free. Cats over four months are $25 and kittens under four months will be adopted out for $50. All barn cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. All they need is food and some kind of shelter on the property. If you can provide a home for one or more of these outdoor cats, please call 828-264-7865 to make a reservation today. Time is short, please help.

4) CSIL Hosts ASU Expo Aug. 18

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) at Appalachian State University invites you to participate in the ASU Expo on Monday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. The Expo is an excellent way for you to reach out and promote your business to ASU students. For only $150, you will receive access to 2,500-3,000 ASU students. The main target audience is incoming first-year students with several upperclassmen also in attendance. Vendors will receive one eight foot table around the arena concourse and an on-campus parking permit during the event. Only 70 tables are reserved for businesses and non-profits, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to register for a table, visit www.csil.appstate.edu and complete the online registration form. We hope that you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to welcome incoming ASU students and to promote your business or nonprofit.

5) Making You Laugh on Habitat’s Behalf Held Aug. 12

“Making You Laugh on Habitat’s Behalf” with Jeanne Robertson will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at Lees-McRae College. The show will be held in Hayes Auditorium and tickets are $50. Award-winning speaker Jeanne Robertson is an expert in humor, whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6’2″ Miss Congeniality Winner in the Miss American Pageant or outlining thes teps to developing a sense of humor, Jeanne has been awarded every top honor in the speaking profession. For more information please visit www.averycohfh.org or call 828-733-1909. All proceeds will benefit Avery County Habitat for Humanity.

6) Mountain States Mobile Health Unit to Conduct Cardiovascular Assessments for the Community Aug. 14 at Lees-McRae

On Thursday, August 14 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Mountain States Mobile Health Unit will be in Lees-McRae College’s Hayes Parking Lot across from Hayes Auditorium. By appointment only, the Mobile Health Unit will conduct cardiovascular assessments and the first 25 participants will receive a complimentary assessment, courtesy of a sponsorship by the Mountain Ambulance and Healthcare Foundation and the Mountain States Foundation. After the first 25 participants, each assessment will cost $89. This event was coordinated as part of Lees-McRae’s new May School of Nursing and Health Sciences community outreach initiative. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. To schedule your assessment, please call 1-855-673-3376. The five-part assessment includes Lipids Test (Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides); glucose test; biometrics test (height, weight, waist and blood pressure measurements); cardiovascular test including carotid artery scan (ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries that assesses for buildup of fatty plaque), aorta Scan (ultrasound assessment for the presence of aneurysm in the abdominal aorta) and ankle brachial index measurements (assesses peripheral artery disease, also known as plaque buildup in the legs); and a sleep disorder questionnaire to determine the risk of sleep apnea. “The new May School of Nursing and Health Sciences is committed to engaging our healthcare partners and residents in pursuing prevention and wellness,” said Dr. Laura Fero, director of nursing at Lees-McRae College. “It is our vision to have our leadership and students facilitate these relationships and provide needed healthcare screenings to High Country residents. Our goal is to continue outreach throughout the year and build a collaborative relationship with the May School.” According to The Mountain Star, the Mountain States Mobile Health Unit was formerly known as the HeartCoach. As of January 2014, the 40-foot-long RV expanded its range of services and was renamed to officially be the Mountain States Mobile Health Industry & Community Health Assessment Unit. For more information about the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College, please contact Dr. Laura Fero at ferol@lmc.eduNestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 900 students hailing from 35 states and more than 10 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 800.280.4562.