1) Tour for Life April 13
Tour for Life, the world’s largest mobile pet adoption fair, sponsored by North Shore Animal League of America and Watauga Humane Society comes to Boone on April 13 from 1-4 p.m. at Walmart Super Center in Boone.
2) 2nd Annual Open Door/Open Mic April 15
The second annual Open Door/Open Mic, sponsored by the Open Door Program will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Whitewater Cafe on the second floor of the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. Because talent is a powerful dimension of diversity, and diversity is the cornerstone of Open Door, the stage will be open to all types of peformances from singing to juggling to monologues to guitar solos; the only condition is that the performance be respectful of all people. Performers will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis and sweet and savory refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
3) April Programs at Elk Knob State Park
- Trail Work Days: Every Saturday beginning April 5 and running through the middle of November except for Sept. 13, staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at 9 a.m. and work until approximately 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Tools are provided, but volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water. Most of the time will be spent building our new one mile loop trail, the Beech Tree Trail, although we may include some repair work on the Summit Trail. If you would like to be involved in a fulfilling project that will fill you with a well-deserved sense of pride, then join us on Saturdays at Elk Knob State Park. For more information, please call 828-297-7261.
Star Party: Join us for our second annual Statewide Star Party on Saturday, April 5. Come enjoy the dark skies of Elk Knob as we focus on the moon. We will use the park’s 8″ Celestron telescope to enhance viewing of celestial objects. If you have a pair of binoculars, please bring them. It is likely to be cold at this time of year so dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside the park office and use Stellarium so the weather won’t spoil the fun. Meet at the park office at 7 p.m. For more information please call 828-297-7261.
- Butterflies and Moths – Legendary Tales: In celebration of butterflies and moths, come learn about their fascinating history, interactions with humans, and amazing, little known facts about these marvelous creatures. Meet at the park office on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
- Trout Lily Hike: Come hike and see and learn about our swaths of trout lilies – a nice beginning to spring. Meet at the trailhead parking lot on Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
- Build-a-Butterfly: Designed for ages 4-7 but all ages are welcome. Come learn about what kind of animal butterflies and moths are. We will discuss strange body parts, their life cycle and metamorphosis. See a ranger transformed into a butterfly. Meet at the park office on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
4) Friends of the Library News
The Friend of the Library annual meeting will be held Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Mail Library Meeting Room. This year’s guest speaker is Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti. Mr. Bathanti is the author of numerous books of poetry, several novels and a short story collection. He will read from his poetry and short fiction. National library week begins on April 14 through 19 with many library events. It is appropriate to have Mr. Bathanti begin our special week with his readings. Please join us for the program. Looking ahead, the annual mall book sale will be held May 15-17. Get ready to rid your bookcases of old books and prepare for summer reading enjoyment.