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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

1) Sirens on the Mountain Jam Announces Festival Lineup

We’re excited to announce the 2014 lineup of the second annual Sirens on the Mountain (formerly Siren Mountain Jam), June 20-21. The festival is returning to the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone and our lineup features Rickie Lee Jones, Bettye LaVette and Rising Appalachia among many other outstanding musicians and artists. For more information, check out www.sirensonthemountain.com. 

2) Second Annual High Country Horticultural Symposium Slated for June 7

The second annual horticultural symposium sponsored by Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will be held June 7. The theme is “Designing Your Garden” and will feature noted speakers in addition to a tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. The day-long event is designed for local gardeners and home owners. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the Garden Club of North Carolina. THe program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes continental breakfast, catered lunch, free parking an a tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Pre-registration is required. Online registration by April 30 is $59 per person. After April 30 registration is $70. Seating is limited to 100 participants. Registration deadline is June 2. Register online at www.conferences-camps.appstate.edu. Speakers and topic include “Mysterious and Beautiful Rhododendrons” and “The Healthy Family – A Worldwide Floral Delight” presented by Dr. Kathy Kron, biology professor at Wake Forest University among many others. 

3) Rucco-James Duo Performs March 19

Guitarists Pasquale RUcco and Douglas James will present a guitar recital March 19 at Appalachian State University. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. The Rucco-James Duo specializes in the guitar literature of the early 19th Century performed on authentic instruments of the period. The two first met and became friends at guitar festivals in northern Italy during the early 1990s. They have now been performing together for nearly 20 years, charming audiences with their interpretations of music from the first true “golden age” of the guitar.” The duo will perform works by Antoine de Lhoyer an Mauro Giuliani. Rucco and James will be accompanied by Nancy Bargerstock and Chung Park, violin, Eric Koontz, viola and Corinne Cassini, cello. 

4) APPropros! Performs March 20

The vocal ensemble APPropros! will perform March 20 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. The ensemble is comprised of faculty from the Hayes School of Music. They are Julia Pedigo, soprano, Priscilla Porterfield and Mary Gayle Greene, mezzo-sopranos, John Fowler, tenor and Joseph Amaya, baritone. Pianist Rodney Reynerson will provide the accompaniment. THe program includes works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy and William G. Harbinson. 

5) Blue Ridge Electric Offers Scholarships to Local Youth

Looking for extra funds to help pay for college? Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is offering scholarships available to members. The application deadline is March 31 for scholarships worth $14,800. The Blue Ridge Electric scholarships are awarded annually based primarily on financial need as well as community activity, school performance and activities, and personal interviews. Recipients must live in the cooperative’s service territory. For high school seniors seeking a bachelor’s degree, five $2,000 Blue Ridge Electric scholarships are available; and for high school seniors or adults seeking a two-year degree, five $800 Blue Ridge Electric technical or vocational scholarships are available. An additional $800 Charles and Lucille Suddreth Scholarship is available to a Caldwell County resident seeking a two-year degree. The Charles and Lucille Suddreth Scholarship is a memorial scholarship funded by the family of former Blue Ridge Electric board member Charles Suddreth. Applications are available from high school guidance counselors, local community colleges, or online at BlueRidgeEMC.com under the “Community” tab. For more information contact Grey Scheer, Director of Community Relations, at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-451-5474, Ext. 3294.

6) Students to be Awarded Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Scholarships by Blue Ridge Electric

Rising high school seniors in the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation service area have a unique opportunity for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, this summer where they can see democracy in action, meet their representatives, visit historical sites, and learn more about how cooperative businesses work. Blue Ridge Electric is accepting applications for The Washington Youth Tour it sponsors along with the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives and other electric cooperatives across the country. This is an educational, week-long trip to Washington, D.C., taking place this year on June 14 through June 19. In just five days, students will see the White House, Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and will also spend a day on Capitol Hill to meet their elected officials. After the trip, Youth Tour winners are also eligible to apply for several exclusive scholarships and are invited to serve on Blue Ridge Electric’s Member Advisory Committee during their senior year. The ideal Washington Youth Tour candidate has a passion for leadership and persuasive speaking, as well as a desire to learn. Eight finalists, who will win $100 each, will be invited to compete for the four positions sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric. The Youth Tour winners will each receive $400. Applications for the Washington Youth Tour are due by March 31. Up to four students may be selected to represent Blue Ridge Electric. Recipients must live in a primary residence served by Blue Ridge Electric in Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Watauga, or Wilkes Counties. Applications for the Washington Youth Tour are available from high school guidance counselors, local community colleges, or online at BlueRidgeEMC.com under the “Community” tab. For more information, contact Grey Scheer, Director of Community Relations, at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-451-5474, Ext. 3294.

 Broyhill Leadership Conference:

Blue Ridge Electric also offers youth leadership scholarships for up to seven local students to attend the June 22-26 Broyhill Leadership Conference at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. The five-day conference is open to 10th through 12th grade students nominated by their guidance counselor. The Broyhill Leadership Conference helps students understand goal setting, motivational techniques, group dynamics, communication, and cooperation. For more information you may visit www.broyhill-leadership.org.