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Today’s Email Announcements

1) High Country Audubon Society to Meet Aug. 18

High Country Audubon will have its next meeting Tuesday August 18 at 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Doug and Connie Hall will be doing a program on frogs. Martha Cutler and Wayne Vandevender will also talk about their(June) trip to the Galapagos in October. HCAS invites the public to attend their meetings and field trips. Information about the meetings and field trips can be found on their website www.highcountryaudubon.org.

2) Blueberry Week at Banner Elk Winery

Banner Elk Winery and Villa
Come and Celebrate Blueberry Week at the Winery
Going on now through Sunday August 16th, 2015

Pick your own Blueberries- Bring the Family!
Blueberry Wine
Blueberry Ice (Port-Style Wine)
Live Music Saturday’s and Sunday’s
Winery open from 12pm – 6pm daily.

Blueberry Pie Eating Contest~
Kids & Adults! Cash Prizes~Wine~T-Shirts!
Saturday 8/15 @ 3pm.!
Call us at 828-898-9090 for more in

3) Live Music, Cocktails and Canvas at Grandfather Vineyard

Sunday August 16th: Music in the Vineyard by Titanium Hipsters from 1-4pm (Bring your own chairs)
Wednesday August 19th: Live Trivia from 6:30-8:30pm, 10% off all bottles, outside food welcome, win prizes!!!
Sunday August 23rd: Music in the Vineyard by The Analog Men from 1-4pm (Bring your own chairs)
Sunday August 30th: Music in the Vineyard by Edward Main from 1-4pm (Bring your own chairs)
Monday August 31st: Join us for our first ever Cocktails & Canvas night at 7:00pm. Just like Painting with a Twist only it’s at a winery! Paint your own canvas and enjoy a glass of wine at the same time all while soaking in the beautiful scenery of the vineyard. $50 per person. Call the winery at 828-963-2400 to reserve your spot.

4) New Pet Rest Area Mountain Dog and Friends

Join Mountain Dog & Friends this Saturday in supporting Genesis Animal Sanctuary and enjoy Mountain Dog’s brand new “Pet Rest Area” and mini dog park.  15% of all sales will be donated to Genesis. Come meet their rescued animals and learn about this valuable local organization.
TIME: 11-3:00
Mountain Dog and Friends is located in the historic stone house on Highway   105 South in Foscoe.     828-963-2470   www.mountaindogandfriends.com

5) Bob Francisco at Alta Vista Gallery

Alta Vista Gallery
P.O. Box 756
Valle Crucis, NC  28691
You’re invited to come celebrate with us on Saturday, August 22.  It’s Alta Vista Gallery’s 25th Anniversary, and we have a new show of oils by Bob Francisco.   Drop in from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet the artist and enjoy his show of 16 new oils,  which are hanging now thru Mid-September.   The show, titled  “Realism of the Mountains,” depicts mountain scenes in a detailed Realist style similar to Andrew Wyeth’s work.  Subjects include rivers and streams, lakes, and heritage farms and barns.  Sizes range from small (8×10″) paintings, up to 36×48.”   Refreshments will be served, including “Anniversary Cake!”  Bring friends with you to enjoy this fun event!
In addition to the image here (above), you can also see more of Francisco’s work at www.altavistagallery.com and on the gallery’s page on Facebook.  (Please Like our page, and please share it with your friends!)
Alta Vista Gallery is located only 10 minutes from Boone or Banner Elk, NC, in a National Register historic farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis, NC — between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex.  For a map and directions, and to view some of the art, visit www.altavistagallery.com.
Alta Vista Gallery shows over 100 artists in all media, specializing in mountain landscapes.  Also:  Sculptures, art tiles, and Mangum Pottery.

6) Author April Conley at Watauga LIbrary on Aug. 22

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join local author April Conley for a presentation about book one, The Edgewood Sisters, of her Edgewood Series on Saturday, August 22nd from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

Beneath the surface of the quiet town of Pine Ridge, secrets are around every corner. Once the sheriff, Jarrett Deaton, falls in love with an Edgewood sister, a known witch, the lines between good and evil begin to blur. No one can run from their past. Lies become exposed. Danger begins to rise. As the town calls for blood, the struggle for the sister’s survival begins. When the evil warlock, Xander, escapes from his hidden prison, Thorne Edgewood must not only fight for her family and her love, but also to control the black magic that is within herself.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2 or visit her website: http://www.authoraprilconley.com/

7) 2015-16 App State Basketball Season Tickets On Sale Friday

Fans can catch all of the exciting action of Appalachian State University men’s and women’s basketball in 2015-16 for $100 or less by purchasing season tickets, which go on sale on Friday, Aug. 14.

A 2015-16 Appalachian State basketball season ticket, which reserves a seat for all 29 games at the Holmes Center in 2015-16 (14 men’s, 15 women’s), costs just $100 for adults, $80 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and Appalachian State faculty/staff and $50 for youth (ages 3-12).

“One of the many things that we learned in our first season in the Sun Belt Conference is that basketball programs in this league have great fan support and that support helps lift home teams to wins on the court,” Appalachian State women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin said. “That was never more evident than when our home crowd helped lift our team to a come-from-behind win over Sun Belt power Arkansas State and when the Holmes Center was rocking during the men’s win over eventual conference champion Georgia State. This season, we need your support more than ever as our teams try to take the next step and cut down the nets as Sun Belt champs! Buy your season tickets today and be there for the exciting action of 29 Mountaineer games at the Holmes Center!”

In addition to season tickets for all 29 App State home games, tickets to see the Mountaineer men take on Hofstra in the World’s Most Famous Arena, New York’s Madison Square Garden, are also on sale and can be purchased through the Appalachian State athletics ticket office. Tickets for the Dec. 6 matchup in New York City cost just $40.

“As we conclude summer practice, I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming season,” Appalachian State men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox said. “We have a schedule that puts our team and University on a national stage — you may even say a Broadway stage! Now, we need your help. Our army is growing but we want even more. Our student-athletes and coaches need your support. Come join the army and show the country that Appalachian fans are the best out there. We need to fill the Holmes Center. We need to see Black and Gold at visiting arenas, including the World’s Most Famous Arena in December. Our program is on its way and we need you to be a part of it. Let’s get this done together! The time is now and it’s going to be one heck of a journey — come be a part of it!”

Appalachian State basketball season tickets can be purchased online at appstatesports.com, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center. 2014-15 season-ticket holders will receive renewal forms in the mail beginning the week of Aug. 17.


(includes reserved seat for all 29 games at the Holmes Center — 14 men’s, 15 women’s) Adults $100 Senior Citizens (ages 60+) $80 Appalachian State Faculty/Staff $80 Youth (ages 3-12) $50 App State Men’s Basketball vs. Hofstra at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 6) $40