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

Click here for the compiled email announcements for the week.

1) November Programs at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

  • Fairies and Gnomes houses: Saturday, Nov. 2, come up on the mountain and use your imagination and natural materials to build woodland creature houses. Each person or family will build a small house for an imaginary small creature. 
  • Mt. Jefferson Nature Hike: Sunday, Nov. 3, meet a ranger for a hike out onto the ridgeline and explore Mt. Jefferson’s wonder. This hike may include some spectacular cliff side views from 1,600 feet above town. Bring a jacket and a hat, it may be chilly up there. 
  • Night Hike to Luther Park: Friday, Nov. 15. Are you looking for an adventure after dark? Come on up to Mount Jefferson for a breathtaking hike at night. Meet the park ranger for a one-mile hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging. Children are welcome but must be closely supervised. 
  • Painting the Mountain: Sunday, Nov. 17, come up for an hour of creativity, and try your hand at painting. A free canvas to take home will be provided for each participant. Tempera paints and brushes will also be provided as long as supplies last. No experience necessary, this program is for all ages. 

2) Boone Sunrise Rotary Club’s Annual Fruit Sale Fundraiser

The Boone Sunrise Rotary Club is announcing the 12th annual Florida Citrus Fundraiser to support local community service projects. The Club will be ordering cases of fruit from the Florida Indian River Groves, taking orders in our community beginning Oct. 1 until Nov. 12. Don’t miss out on fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit, please get your order in quickly. The 2013 fruit selection includes: navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, hamlin juice oranges and tangelos. This fruit is picked only a few days prior to shipment to Boone. Order online at www.fruitorder.com, through a Rotary Club member or by mail. 

3) Your Life, Your Choices: Understanding Powers of Attorney and Legal Guardianships

Come learn more about different types of powers of attorney and legal guardianships from the following speakers: Kandy Taylor and Kem Roberts Nov. 14 from 12:30-4 p.m. in the Courtyard Marriott. Light refreshments provided by Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation, Deerfield Assistant Living and Medi Home Health and Hospice. 

4) Quilt Meeting

THe Mountain Lauren Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. We meet in the second floor conference room of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. We will be making “Friendship Quilts” to be given to local organizations. We need people to iron fabric and sew the material together. If you would like to help, please bring your sewing machine, thread and scissors. Come and help a worthy cause. Call Dolores at 295-6145 for more information. 

5) Dan Phillips Meet and Greet

Knight’s on Main is hosting a Meet and Greet for Dan Phillips, Blowing Rock Mayoral Candidate on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the restaurant on Main Street in Blowing Rock. Dan Phillips states, “I am grateful to my good friend, Tim Knight, for hosting this event. I look forward to meeting a lot of Blowing Rock voters and listening to their concerns and answering their questions.” Phillips goes on to add, “I am running for Mayor to ensure our town prospers. We must retain and attract new small businesses to the Village and the Bypass…businesses that complement the beauty and charm of the Village.” Tim Knight, owner of Knight’s on Main, stated that he is “delighted to be celebrating the 18th anniversary of restaurant business in Blowing Rock.” The event is hosted by Tim Knight, Susana Russell and Jane Meyers. Food and beverages will be served and music performed by “The Neighbors.”

6) Local Training on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

AccessCare of the Blue Ridge, Community Care of North Carolina and Project Lazarus host education in pain management and opioid addiction. This includes clinical training for physicians and other prescribers and community training for community stakeholders on Oct. 30 from 5:30-9 p.m. in Watauga Medical Center Auditorium. Across the United States, rates of prescription drug abuse and accidental overdose have risen to epidemic proportions. Project Lazarus was created to combat North Carolina’s high rate of prescription drug overdoses and improve the treatment of chronic pain. These training sessions provide physicians, dentists and community stakeholders with practical ways to work together to improve care and patient safety.

7) “The Trojan Women” Presented Nov. 6-10

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the timeless tragedy “The Trojan Woman” by Euripides, as adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 10. The play follows four women who have lost their loved ones in the Trojan War and are now refugees in their own city. Ticket prices are $8 for students, $13 for faculty, staff and seniors and $15 for adults. For more information, visit www.theatre.appstate.edu or call the box office at 828-262-3063. Tickets are available Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. The classic story “The Trojan Women” is set in the wake of the devastating Grecian defeat of the City of Troy. Three recently widowed Trojan women lament their loss on a beach below the ravaged city. Though the battles may be over, doom lies ahead as they wait to be claimed by their Greek conquerers as slaves and concubines through the spoils of war. The plot follows Queen Hecuba, her daughter Cassandra-the mad prophetess, and her daughter-in-law Andromache, widow of the great Hector, and beautiful Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. According to director Dr. Ray Miller, it can be difficult to make tragedies from antiquity relevant for today. However, Miller promises an experience that will make ancient Greece accessible and relatable. To this end, playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s modern and easily understood translation of the play is performed instead of Euripides original text. With an accessible script, carefully choreographed movement and costuming evocative of current American military conflicts in the Middle East, the production team hopes to bridge the gap between the shared experiences of “The Trojan Women” and of American audience members. Furthermore, Miller plans to set the production neither in ancient nor modern times, but rather in a luminal space. When speaking about his concept for the show, he said “the women are kind of like the people of Syria, they’re refugees.” Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the College Street Parking Deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m. Parking is also available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck and on Howard Street. 

8) Sip and Sign

The High Country Women’s Fund Fall Circle of Friends Sip and Sign will be held Monday, Nov. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Enjoy fabulous food and an opportunity to “speed date” HCWF committee chairs. Move from table to table, learn from each committee and sign up to serve on your favorite in 2014. Kick-off of the Angel Tree Project to benefit the Children’s Council. 2013-14 allocation awards. For every pack of diapers you bring, get one ticket for the raffle to win a deluxe facial at Crestwood Spa. Hors d’oeuvres for $10 and cash bar available. RSVP by Nov. 6 at 828-264-4007 or info@hcwf.org.