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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Watauga Women in Leadership to Host Picnic on Saturday

Join the WWIL’s upcoming “Simply Southern” good ole fashioned pig-pickin’ and covered dish event from 2-5 p.m. on Aug. 23 at 409 Monte Verde Road in Deep Gap. Wear your favorite T-shirt and get ready to unwind with friends old and new as you enjoy dinner, wine from the Country Vintner and beer from Lost Province Brewing Co. for just $10 per person. Call 828-264-2225 to register or to learn more about the group.

2) Watauga Health Forum Planned for Aug. 24

Your input is important to continue supporting a vibrant, healthy Watauga County for years to come! Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and Appalachian District Health Department, along with community partners, invite you to attend the Watauga County Health Forum planned for August 24 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Watauga Medical Center Auditorium.

This event will highlight the key health issues in the area from the 2014-15 Community Health Report and provide attendees an opportunity to share their input about solutions.

To attend the event, visit www.apprhs.org to register.

3) Classes for Interested Foster and Adoptive Parents




Fall classes are being scheduled now for interested foster and adoptive parents.

Contact roberta.yates@watgov.org or call 828-265-8100

4) Yoga at the Senior Center

The next session of Yoga classes are scheduled to meet from 6:15-7:15pm at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center on Tuesdays beginning September 8th. Deadline to register is 5pm on first day of class.  Classes will also be held at the Western Watauga Community Center (WWCC) on Thursdays starting September 10th from 11am-noon.   A new class, Yoga for Beginners, will be held at WWCC starting September 10th, 12:30-1:30 pm. The instructor, Akal Dev Sharonne, has been a yoga practitioner and teacher for more than 30 years.  Her classes are a delightful blend of humor, challenge and wisdom.  The cost of each 12-week session is $74.00 per person.

5) Western Square Dancing at Linville Land Harbor

Friday No Western Square Dance

Sunday Aug 30, 2015  Ice Cream Social

Western Square Dance

Our Western Square Dance will be held at Linville Land Harbor

Recreation Center, 22 Land Harbor Plaza, Newland

1:00-1:30PM is A2. 2:00-4:00PM is a plus dance.

Caller is Stan Russell, Greer, SC. Dress is square dance attire or dressy casual.

No shorts please.www.mountainmixers.com

Sunday Sept 6, 2015   Dark- No dance Labor Day weekend

 A2 Square Dancing from Monday June 1, 2015-Sept 28, 2015 Mondays

7:00-9:00PM A2 Dancing with Jerry Biggerstaff, Marion, NC

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00PM A2 Review and Dance with

our resident caller Ron Libby

6) Soil and Water Board to Meet Aug. 26

The Watauga Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold its regular Board meeting Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 8:00 am at the Soil & Water Office located at 971 West King Street, Boone NC 28607. The public is invited to attend.

7) Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run on Sept. 19

The 16th annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatric Kids 1-Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19.  Along with the 5K run, there will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

The proceeds from this annual event benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, which works with willing landowners and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

The race will have prizes for the top three men’s and women’s finishers in each age group. The age groups are 13 and under, 14-18, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and up, masters 40 and up and overall.

Prizes for each category:
1st – 1 pair of Reebok One Series Running Shoes and a ski pass to Appalachian Ski Mountain

2nd – Lunch for 2 at Bistro Roca

3rd – ½ lb. of Bald Guy Coffee in a Stick Boy Bread Co. mug

Registration for the 5K is $20 per runner if registered by Sept. 12. Registration the day of the race will be $30 per participant. Registration for the 1-mile kids race is $10 per runner if registered before Sept. 12 and $15 per participant on the day of the event.

For the 5th year in a row the ZAP Fitness-Reebok Running Center is offering 5 weeks of free training runs and clinics in preparation for the Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5k. The training runs will be held on Wednesday evenings starting August 19th through September 16th. Runners will meet each week at 5:30 p.m. at the dirt parking lot on rt. 221 adjacent to the entrance to Moses Cone Park. Runs will vary in distance from 2 to 6 miles depending on experience and fitness levels. All ages are welcome, including children!

The Zap fitness training program schedule is:
Wed Aug 19th (5:30 p.m.)- Building a Proper Training Program
Wed Aug 26th (5:30 p.m.) – Improving your Running Technique
Wed Sept 2nd (5:30 p.m.) – How to Improve Your Basic Speed
Wed Sept 9th (5:30 p.m.) – Proper Nutrition for Runners
Wed Sept 16th (5:30 p.m.) – 5k Race Strategy & Course Tour

The schedule for the event on September 19th is as follows:
7 a.m. – Registration and packet pick up at Blowing Rock American Legion located at 333 Wallingford St. in Blowing Rock
8 a.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
8:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk
9:30 a.m. – Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held at Bistro Roca in downtown Blowing Rock, where refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers for this event are still being accepted for those interested in such a well-established race.

They will help register runners, set up the signs along the course and assisting with logistics at the finish line.  Volunteers get a race shirt and they get to eat Stick Boy treats, drink Bald Guy Coffee, and they can even run in the race if interested.

Those who would like to volunteer can contact Nikki atnikki@blueridgeconservancy.org.

The event was started 16 years ago as a small fundraiser for what was then known as the High Country Conservancy. The race was originally established by a small group of people on the board of the High Country Conservancy as a fun way to raise money and also to highlight the scenic Mayview neighborhood in Blowing Rock.

Sponsors for this year’s event are Stick Boy Bread Co., Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Bistro Roca, Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery, ZAP Fitness, MPrints, Hemlock Inn, Blowing Rock Brewing, The Town of Blowing Rock, Attractions Print, Ray’s Weather, and Appalachian Ski Mountain.

For more information about this event, click here.http://blueridgeconservancy.org/news-events/annual-events/mayview-madness-run/

To register online, click here. Or pick up a paper race registration form at Stick Boy Bakery. https://events.com/r/registration/stick-boy-bread-company-mayview-madness-5k-and-blue-ridge-pediatric-kids-1-mile-fun-run-blowing-rock-september-2115

8) Ribbon Cutting for Upper Thunderhole/China Creek Trail in Blowing Rock Saturday

WHAT: Join us for the dedication and ribbon cutting of the newly restored Upper Thunderhole/China Creek Trail in Blowing Rock. The trail will be dedicated to Kirby Brown, a longtime Blowing Rock homeowner and passionate conservation advocate.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: The trailhead, located adjacent to the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve at 1280 Laurel Lane, Blowing Rock, NC. Look for directional signs around the Equestrian complex to assist you with parking.

WHO: Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and NC Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC).

WHY: A crew from the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps spent the summer clearing the trail, installing water bars and switchbacks, and making the trail more accessible and safer for the public to enjoy. We will dedicate this historic U.S Forest Service trail to Kirby Brown, a lifelong hiker, birder, and explorer of natural places across the globe. Kirby’s love for the Blue Ridge Mountains and Blowing Rock, as well as her fervent belief that young people should be connected to the outdoors, inspired the Conservation Trust for North Carolina to place a Youth Conservation Corps crew on the trail this summer.

BACKGROUND: The NCYCC, a partnership between the Conservation Trust for North Carolina  and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, is a comprehensive youth development program that uses the natural world as a platform for teaching environmental stewardship, job and leadership skills, community service and personal responsibility.  This summer there were four crews deployed around the state; one of them worked the entire seven weeks on the Upper Thunderhole/China Creek Trail, in close coordination with the U.S. Forest Service. Each crew had six to eight crew members between the ages of 16 and 24, and one to two highly trained crew leaders. The crews worked 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 7 weeks and were paid minimum wage.  Each day also included a one-hour educational program focused on conservation and social topics.  The crews lived together at camp sites near their respective work projects.