1) Author and Social Change Advocate Fred Bahnson to Speak April 3 at Appalachian
Fred Bahnson, a national advocate for deliberate living and mindful relationships with food, will give two public lectures April 3 at Appalachian State University. His first talk titled “Monk, a Rabbi and a Heroin Addict Walk Into a Garden – The New Face of the Food Movement” will be presented at 12:20 p.m. in room 205 of the Living Learning Center off Bodenheimer Drive on campus. His second talk, “Soil and Sacrament-A Journey of Food & Faith,” begins at 3:30 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. A book signing will follow his talk. Parking is available for a nominal charge in the Rivers Street Parking Deck. His college visit is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Department of Sustainable Development, the Department of Culture, Gender and Global Studies, University College and Watauga Global Community.
2) Blood, Sweat and Gears Donates Specialized K-9 Training Equipment to Watauga County Sheriff’s
On March 14, Blood, Sweat and Gears purchased and donated $1,503.80 in specialized training equipment for the Watauga County Sheriff’s Canine Program. This equipment will be utilized in maintaining the proficiency of the three canines Moses, Elvis and Tanner currently used by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. This equipment will also be utilized at an upcoming training seminar this April hosted by Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. In April, local and regional Canine Teams will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long advanced training program and receive their certification through USLECA. THis equipment will help build the confidence of the young Canine Teams as well as challenge the more experienced teams.
3) Holy Week Events at Boone United Methodist Church
- Wednesday, April 16 – Foot Washing Service 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel: A time to remember Christ washing disciples’ feet as an act of servanthood.
- Thursday, April 17 – Meager Meal at 5:30 p.m.: All are invited for a simple meal in the Family Life Center of UMC
- Thursday, April 17 – The Last Summer Comes to Life at 7 p.m.: A dramatization of The Last Supper. Jesus said “One of you shall betray me.” This is a portrayal of each of the apostle’s responses. At the end of their monologue each ask “Is it i?” The 22nd year of this powerful drama will be in the sanctuary followed by communion.
- Thursday, April 17 – Foot Washing Service at 5 p.m.: A time to remember Christ washing the disciples’ feet as an act of servanthood.
- Friday, April 18 – Self Guided Stations of the Cross at 9 a.m.-6 p.m.:The Stations of the Cross will be on open exhibit in the sanctuary. All sojourners are welcome to read about and travel a short pictoral journey depicting Christ’s last earthly days and his resurrection. Images courtesy of Dr. Cynthia Taylor.
- Friday, April 18 – Christ’s Seven Last Words at 7 p.m.: A worship service in the sanctuary with reflections on Christ’s seven last words. Speakers include Keith Tutterow, Tyler Godshalk, Brandon Wrencher, Alexis Martinez, JB Beyer, Gene Ammons and Price St. Clair.
- Saturday, April 19 – Family Easter Celebration at 10 a.m.: Come celebrate the season with your family. Walk through the Easter story and prepare your hearts for Easter. Please bring your basket for an egg hunt. This event meets in the Family Life Center and is designed for families with children up to sixth grade and will occur regardless of weather.
- Sunday, April 20 – Easter Sunday!
4) Watauga Republican’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner
The Watauga Republican’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner will take place on Friday, April 4 at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Social time will start at 6 p.m. and the dinner and program will start at 7 p.m. All state and local Republican candidates are invited. This is a great opportunity to hear from and meet the candidates directly. Tickets are $35 each. Call 828-963-4253 to order tickets.
5) Smith Gallery at ASU Presents Art Critic and Author Eleanor Heartney
The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents a lecture by art critic and author Eleanor Heartney. Ms. Heartney’s lecture Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits and Other Acts of Art will be at Belk Library and Information Commons in Room 114 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Ms. Heartney is a critic and author based in New York City. She is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In her talk, she will present and dissect works by contemporary artists including a group of younger women artists and the issues that their work raises. She will also present a myriad things that are labeled art today and discuss what they tell us about the definition and meaning of art.