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

1) Fall Garden Workshop for the Homeowner and Plant Sale Sept. 27

Want to learn about tips for your garden? The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host a free workshop on Friday, Sept. 27, from 1-4 p.m. Local expert Richard Boyland reviews how to mulch perennials, fall pruning, cover crop options for annual beds and tree planting. He will also have soil kits available. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host a “Plant Sale” concurrent with the workshop. Native plants will be available. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. For more information, see www.danielboonenativegardens.org or call 828-264-6390. 

2) Harp Recital and Choral Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills September 22

St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present a harp recital by Tom Veale this Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, at 3:15 p.m. in the nave of the church, followed by choral evensong at 3:30. The Introit for evensong will be Farrant’s Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake and the Anthem will be The Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, featuring Mr. Veale on harp. Service music will include Gibbons’ setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis and Preces and Responses by Tim Brown. The choir of St. Mary’s sings Evensong one Sunday each month through October, and everyone is welcome. Donations support the Choral Scholarship program at St. Mary of the Hills which provides financial support to students and budding young singers in exchange for outstanding contributions to the choir. The service of Evensong or Evening Prayer combines elements of two services, Vespers and Compline, which were part of the seven-service daily cycle of prayer in monasteries. It is said or sung every day in the cathedrals and collegiate churches of England, as well as in this country since 1785. The service is a fragment of the worship offered to God by christian people at every hour, in every part of the world. The form of the service has changed little since the 16th Century, but the content dates back much earlier – to the Psalms, the hymnbook of the Jewish temple. and the Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis), which are taken from the New Testament. The service is a lovely, quiet way to end the day. For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828-295-7323. 

3) Creating Moments of Peace with Suzi Woodard

This is a first in a series of four teach-ins: lunch and learn at the Jones House. On Tuesday, Sept. 17 from noon-1p.m. Suzi Woodard will be discussing Creating Moments of Peace. Suzi Woodard in a holistically-oriented licensed counselor with the collaborative Blue Mountain Center for Integrative Health, which she co-founded ten years ago this month. She, and the center, are committed to providing high quality health and wellness services, including massage therapy, yoga, mindfulness, expressive arts, environmental education and awareness and a wide range of mainstream and complementary and alternative counseling options at affordable prices. She encourages everyone to create spaces, even if small ones, in busy schedules for those miracle moments of mindful awareness that are the seeds of world peace. 

4) Business After Hours Sept. 19

Business After Hours with Appalachian Energy will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m. Please RSVP to Wysteria White at [email protected]. Required is $5 and a Biz card. 

5) Old Fort Railroad Day and Little Switzerland’s Fall Festival and Bed Races

Join the picturesque Little Switzerland community as they celebrate fall’s arrival with their second annual Fall Festival on Sept. 21 and 22. Experience old timey bed races, corn hole contests, great food, music and more. Old Fort celebrates their unique railroad history with this year’s Railroad Day Festival on Sept. 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in downtown Old Fort. Tour the Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car, dance to the tunes of Possum Creek, Mountain Oaks, Wingin It and The Windy Gap Trio. Classic Cars on display courtesy of the Route 70 Cruisers, food, arts and crafts, plus model train displays inside the Old Fort Train Depot and Railroad Museum. Both events are free. 

6) Peace Day Event

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University will show the film The Day After Peace in room 421 Belk Library n the campus on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The film commemorates International Peace Day. The event is completely free and open to the public. A panel discussion will follow the film led by Dr. John Cox from UNC-Charlotte and Amanda Moore, a senior at Appalachian. The film documents the efforts of Jeremy Gilley to establish a worldwide ceasefire one day a year. As a result, he convinced the members of the United Nations General Assembly to set aside Sept. 21 as the day for that ceasefire. The film features Judge Law, Kofi Annan, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox, the Dalai Lama and Jonny Lee Miller. Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences,the Center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides. For more information, call 828-262-2311. 

7) Boone Healing Arts Center Offers Workshops

  • “Claiming Better Relationships” with Cathy Owens: This workshop, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9-11 a.m. will help attendees specifically decide what kind of relationship they want in their life and focus on it. Attendees will discover what distractions have kept them from these relationships and will provide constructive methods to move closer to what they envision
  • “The Art of Ayurvedic Cooking” with Elena Sartori: This workshop, which takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 3-5:30 p.m., is intended to help students learn the healing properties of food ingredients and spices to discover one’s personal constitution based on the Ayurvedic nutritional healing system. In this workshop, students will prepare vegan and gluten free recipes, including sprouted burgers on flourless seed bread, faux chicken tofu salad and raw food dessert. The workshop will be taught by Elena Sartori, owner of StudioElenas and Certified Pilates and Yoga Teacher. Elena has worked as Ayurvedic chef for the Art of Living Foundation since 1995. Most recently she has held a position as head chef at the Heavenly Mountain Spa Restaurant and Cafe of the International Center for Meditation and Wellbeing in Boone. She has also been guest chef in several episodes of the TV show “Food with Life”
  • These workshops require preregistration and payment. For more information about these workshops or to register, call 828-386-1172 or email [email protected] or register online.