1) Cultural Awareness Dance Nov. 13 Will Benefit Central American Nonprofit
Students at Appalachian State University will host a cultural awareness event called Dance Around the World on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. to benefit the Tumul K’in Center of Learning in Belize. Dance Around the World is a multicultural dance featuring groups from Appalachian’s campus and the Boone community. Each group will perform and teach a dance that represents their culture. The dance will be held in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to give a suggested donation of $6. This event is organized by students in the Department of Communication’s Principles of Fundraising class to raise money for an international nonprofit organization. Proceeds from Dance Around the World will be used to purchase tshirts for Tumul K’in’s Maya Day celebration, scheduled for Spring 2014.
2) 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Building Competition
A group of students from Lynn Gregory’s Fundraising Class at Appalachian State University are putting on the third annual Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Building Competition on Friday, Nov. 8, in the Plemmons Student Union. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom. The benefit will go toward the new house being built in Watauga County by Habitat for Humanity.
3) Book Signing for author Jason Byassee
Jason Byassee, senior pastor at Boone United Methodist Church has recently published a new book, “Discerning the Body: Searching for Jesus in the World.” Jason Byassee is a fellow in theology and leardership at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. He worked at Duke Divinity School from 2008-20011, writing and teaching about theology and leadership and editing the Call and Response blog at Faith Leadership for much of that time. The book signing will be held on SUnday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Stick Boy Kitchen.
4) Operation Christmas Child Drop off Locations
In Boone, two locations have been designated as Operation Christmas Child Drop Off Centers – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. At these local collection sites in Boone, local volunteers are on hand to receive hundreds of gift-filled shoeboxes packed by caring Boone residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Bursting with colorful wrapping paper and energetic volunteers, these collection sites will be open during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25. The Boone collection sites are the Boone Processing Center at 801 Bamboo Road and Three Forks Baptist Church at 1922 U.S. 421 South.
5) Fox to Host US Service Academy Day for 5th District Students
Tomorrow, November 2, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will host a United States Service Academy Day for local students at the Historic Broyhill Building in Clemmons. The event will feature representatives from America’s five military service academies and will allow local students the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about compiling compelling admission and nomination applications.