1) Mountain Mamas Calendar
Mountain Mamas Calendar is a calendar of local moms in vintage glamour poses and settings in collaboration with Elias Photography. Funds raised from the sale of the calendars will go toward the goal of donation $5,000 to the Watauga Children’s Council’s diaper bank. Online pre-sales are currently available here. They are also offering a contest to those who purchase their calendar online before Nov. 3. People who do this will automatically be entered to win a free glamour mini-session with Elias Photography, including hair and makeup, sitting fee and one print. This is transferrable to a friend if they choose to use it as a gift. One entry per calendar purchased.
2) Hunger and Health Coalition on Facebook
The Hunger & Health Coalition is on Facebook! “Like” the Facebook page and keep up with news and events at the Hunger & Health Coalition. Don’t forget about the Homecoming Run for Hunger 5K on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Clawson-Brunley Park.Registration is at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Register online at www.hungerandhealthcoalition.com.
3) Breakfast at Bella’s Saturday
Avery Habitat for Humanity hosts Breakfast at Bella’s this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Bella’s Restaurant is located in the Food Lion Shopping Center at 3585 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk. A variety of breakfast items will be served and donations will be accepted. For more information or questions, please call Avery Habitat at 828-733-1909.
4) Appalachian State Baseball’s Fall World Series Begins Thursday
Appalachian State University baseball will hold its annual intrasquad Fall World Series beginning on Thursday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The Fall World Series is a best-of-five intrasquad series that not only allows second-year head coach Billy Jones and his staff to evaluate their team in a game-like setting but also serves as the basis for bragging rights throughout the winter for the winning squad. Black and Gold teams for the World Series were drafted on Wednesday evening. World Series games are scheduled to be held Thursday, Friday, Monday (Oct. 14), Tuesday (Oct. 15) and next Wednesday (Oct. 16). All contests are slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. except for the potential series-deciding Game 5, which will start next Wednesday at 3 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend all five games and admission is free. Appalachian State returns seven position starters and 3-of-4 starting pitchers from last year’s club, which went 30-24 and advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. The Mountaineers are also buoyed by the return of three year starter Tyler Zupcic, who is back on the field after sitting out all of last season due to a severe leg injury sustained in the 2012 NCAA Regionals.
5) Comedian Mike Jernigan to Give Free Performance at WCC
As part of Wilkes Community College’s observance of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Week, comedian Mike Jernigan will perform in the Mayes Pit/Cohn Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. until noon. The Mayes Pit/Cohn Auditorium is located in Thompson Hall on the campus of WCC. An amazing comedy impressionist, Jernigan takes pride in doing completely “curse-free” comedy because he believes that it does not have to be crude to be funny. Whether it is a corporate event, college or church social, Matt has done it and left a lasting impression without a single swear word or innuendo. Whether the audience is mostly kids, teens, college students, adults or seniors, Matt guarantees something for everyone. Jernigan hilariously spoofs popular rock, R&B, hip-hop, country and pop stars, while he interweaves an important message. With just his guitar and incredible talent, he brings everyone from Elvis Presley to Snoop Dogg to the stage. His long list of celebrity impressions includes: Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga, Michael Bolton, Green Day, Buddy Holly, Guns N’ Roses, Christopher Walken, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears and many more. A talented actor, Jernigan has appeared on many television shows, films and commercials including The X Files, Days of Our Lives, Comedy Central’s Make Me Laugh and Matlock. He has also appeared in some of the nation’s top comedy clubs. This event is free of charge and open to all faculty, staff, students and members of the community. Seating is limited in the auditorium, so come early and prepare to laugh. For students, each event has a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the WCC Absher Bookstore.
6) Appalachian Student Ambassadors Canned Food Drive
According to the US Cencus, 21 percent of people in Watauga County are living in poverty, but there is a way you can help decrease this statistic. The Appalachian State University Student Ambassadors are hosting their annual canned food drive, themed “Throw Down Hunger.” The canned food drive is a university-wide initiative that helps relieve hunger and give back to the surrounding community. All cans donated go directly to the Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition, benefitting families in Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties. This year our goal is to raise 10,000 pounds of food. We will kick off the canned food drive at the Black Saturday game on Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. where ambassadors will collect your cans on your way into the stadium. On Sunday, Oct. 27, ambassadors will be collecting donations from 2 – 5 p.m. at Food Lion and Ingles. During the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1, ambassadors will have donation tables outside of both campus markets. The donation tables in the Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The donation tables at Trivette Dining Hall will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ambassadors will again be collecting donations at Food Lion and Ingles. As an incentive, the “Throw Down Hunger” canned food drive offers various raffle prizes for anyone who donates. The top prize provides a lucky ASU student with two tickets to the Chancellor’s Suite for a home football game.