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

1) Watauga Soil and Water Meeting March 26

The Watauga Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold its regular board meeting on Wednesday, March 26 at 8 a.m. in the District Office located at 971 West King St. The public is invited to attend. 

2) CCC&TI Summer Camps for Kids

This summer, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Continuing Education Division will once again offer “Extreme Super Summer Camp” for kids ages 5 and up. The program will offer week long courses and activities from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Each session covers two different topics with students separated into different age groups to allow each program to be customized with appropriate activities. Extreme Super Summer Camp sessions begin on June 23 and run through the week of Aug. 11. Early drop off times will be available from 7:30-8 a.m. Late pick up times will be from 12-12:30 p.m. Cost per session is $75 and includes early drop off, late pick up, two programs and a snack between programs. Registration for camps is ongoing. To register or for more information call 828-726-2242. Programs include musical madness, fitness, science adventures, Spanish fiesta, life on the wild side, Robotics 101, Art Expo, You’ve Got Talent, speed camp, kids in the kitchen and more. 

3) Support Local Schools with Jersey Mike’s March 26

On March 26, the Boone Jersey Mike’s Subs will cap off a month long giving campaign to benefit Watauga High School and Hardin Elementary School with a community fundraising event. The Boone Jersey Mike’s Restaurant is inviting residents to come in and enjoy a delicious sub meal and 100 percent of the day’s sales will go to Watauga High School and Hardin Elementary. The restaurant is located at 119 New Market Center. 

4) Third Annual Military Officers Association Pancake Breakfast March 22

The third annual Military Officers Association of America’s Pancake Breakfast will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Applebee’s located at 2036 Blowing Rock Road. Enjoy delicious hot pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for just $7 per person. Proceeds help to support ASU ROTC Scholarships, Watauga High School JROTC Scholarships, Avery High School JROTC Scholarships and Blue Star Mothers. For more information, visit www.HCCMOAA.com. 

5) Parenting Groups at The Children’s Council

Join us for parenting groups at The Children’s Council. Weekly drop in group meetings, all parents and caregivers and their children are invited. We offer food, free childcare, and a welcome packet with free gifts. We meet weekly on Tuesday at 1:30 an 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to drop in for any group or call The Children’s Council for more information at 828-262-5424. 

6) Blowing Rock Jazz Society Announces Concert Lineup

The Blowing Rock Jazz Society has announced their 2014 schedule. The dates are on Sundays and food and beverages will be available. All concerts take place at the Meadowbrook Inn. Call 828-295-4300 for reservations. All concerts begin at 7 p.m., with adult admission $20 and $5 for students. Memberships are available for $75 for the seven concerts. 

  • April 13 – ASU Jazz Ensemble I
  • May 11 – Wendy Jones (Vocals)
  • June 8 – Lovell Bradford Trio
  • July 13 – Larry Lapin
  • Aug. 10 – Noel Friedline Quintet 
  • Sept. 14 – Jason Foureman Trio
  • Oct. 12 – Melva Houston (Vocals, Jazz & Blues)

7) The Art of Living Reatreat Hosts Rejuvenation Weekend April 3-5

The Art of Living Retreat Center invites those looking for an informative and empowering total health experience to join in inaugural Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend April 3-5. With the majestic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the serene, self-rejuvenating haven offered by the Art of Living Retreat Center, the immersive weekend will guide attendees as they start their journey to wholeness and balance. Lectures, evaluations and treatments will all focus on the ancient Indian health practices of Ayurveda, healing and prolonging life through diet, exercise, meditation and spa bodywork. The weekend will be led by Dr. Thomas Mitchell, D.C., a Raleigh-based chiropractor who specializes in holistic and Ayurvedic treatments. With nearly 20 years of experience practicing Ayurveda, Dr. Mitchell is also a trained instructor for Art of Living Foundation meditation courses and one of the leading experts in Ayurvedic pulse assessments in both the United States and India. The three-day event will also include morning, afternoon and evening meditation sessions, yoga, Ayurvedic health lectures and a take-home Ayurvedic self-care kit. The Art of Living Retreat Center will provide a two-night stay in its peaceful spa suites as well as delicious Ayurvedic meals, incorporating fresh seasonal taste and texture to satisfy the five senses and promote a calm body and mind. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (828) 264-8382 or email info@blueheavenresortandspa.com.

8) High Country Poverty Awareness Day Community Conference April 11

The Children’s Council, the local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) a community based advisory group, and the Hospitality House are pleased to announce the High Country Poverty Awareness Day – The State of the Child, a community conference April 11 starting at 9 a.m. at Alliance Bible Church located at 1035 105 Bypass in Boone. Please RSVP online at thechildrenscouncil.org. Registration is free and full and half day registrations are available. There will be a complimentary breakfast provided by Stickboy and a complimentary bagged sandwich lunch as well. For more information, call 828-262-5424. 

9) Women, Science and Social Change Topic of March 24 Lecture

Dr. Mary Wyer, associate professor of psychology and women’s and gender studies at N.C. State University will present the fourth annual Dean’s Advisory Council Interdisciplinary Lecture March 24 at ASU. A student poster presentation and a reception will be held in Belk Library from 6:30-7 p.m. in the rotunda and hall outside Belk Library Room 114. The posters highlight research that is being conducted at Appalachian by female students, male students who have female mentors, and students who are doing research on gender topic. Wyer will also be available to meet with female faculty members and administrators on Tuesday, March 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 421 of the Chemistry, Astronomy and Physics building. During the meeting Wyer will discuss some of her research findings on women in science and topics relevant to female faculty and their careers. She also will lead a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in I.G. Greer Room 224 on the topic “Where Would Science Be Without Women?” Wyer has been teaching, writing and conducting research about women, inequality and science for more than 20 years. She recently completed a third edition of the textbook “Women, Science, and Technology” (Routledge 2014). She has secured more than $1.2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for these efforts, including an NSF ADVANCE Leadership Award (2002-05) for innovative approaches to addressing the underrepresentation of women in science.

10) Ceramic Artist Peter Callas to Lead Workshop and Present Lecture April 3

Visiting artist Peter Callas will lead a workshop and present an artist lecture on Thursday, April 3 at Appalachian State University. Callas is an internationally known wood-fire ceramic artist whose work is widely exhibited, published and collected. His workshop will be held from 1-6 p.m. in room 119 Wey Hall and his lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The public is invited. 

11) Environmental Symposium Held April 4 at Appalachian

An Environmental Humanities Symposium will be held Friday, April 4 at Appalachian State University in Plemmons Student Union’s Price Lake Room. Sponsored by the university’s Humanities Council, the day-long symposium begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks followed by a keynote address by New York University Professor Dale Jamieson who will speak on “Ethics in the Anthropocene.”